Travel to Germany: Walking Tour Uses Five Senses to Discover East Berlin of Yesteryear
Jun17

Travel to Germany: Walking Tour Uses Five Senses to Discover East Berlin of Yesteryear

Following Dirk down the sidewalk along Karl-Mark-Allee, a boulevard built during the days of the German Democratic Republic, and looking at the pre-fabricated apartment buildings, I imagined what life was like in a 1949 – 1990 East Berlin behind the Berlin Wall. Admittedly, I am ignorant when it comes to historical events around the GDR, a totalitarian Communist dictatorship, but with each step during the tour, Dirk painted a...

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Florida Travel: Teen-Owned Sage Paddle Company Offers Fab Fun on Navarre Beach
May31

Florida Travel: Teen-Owned Sage Paddle Company Offers Fab Fun on Navarre Beach

“Are you having fun?” 16-year-old Sage Offutt asked with a smile as she pulled up next to me on her teal-colored scooter. Her long, strawberry-blonde hair was loosely tied up in a bun on top of her head and she wore a tie-dyed T-shirt which read, “Just Livin’ the Dream.”

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Traveling Solo to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Apr29

Traveling Solo to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you were give an airline ticket to visit any place in the world, where would you go? Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was a big check off my bucket list and don’t think it would have ever happened without the assistance of Turkish Airlines. See, in October 2015 they ran a campaign launching new air service between Miami and Istanbul, Turkey.

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Traveling Solo to Kansas City, Missouri
Apr22

Traveling Solo to Kansas City, Missouri

Traveling solo to Kansas City wasn’t my original intention when planning to attend BlogPaws, the pet bloggers’ conference earlier this month. I was hoping for an adventurous road trip with my dog Radcliff. As the conference date grew near, I did the math and decided it was more economical to fly on Allegiant nonstop from Punta Gorda into Kansas City and leave Radcliff with his pet sitter rather than driving two or three days each way.

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Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring
Apr17

Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring

Do you call it soda or pop? Either way, sip it in Sebring. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I learned there was a shop designated to soda pop in Sebring. For months I had the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival on my calendar and even told visiting friends and family who planned last-minute Florida trips I could not meet with them because I had plans to see how high I could get my blood sugar by sampling some of the 200 sodas available during the festival. TWO HUNDRED SODAS.

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My Airbnb in Berlin Was Eclectic and Awesome!
Mar28

My Airbnb in Berlin Was Eclectic and Awesome!

I don’t say this lightly but my Airbnb in Berlin, Germany, was eclectic and awesome! This was my first Airbnb experience (and you’ll hear more about that in another post) and I’m thrilled to report it was a positive one.

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Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs
Mar17

Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs

A walk in a German forest with a man and his pack of dogs sounds like the beginning of a Lifetime movie and not necessarily the one with a happy ending. Meeting a man I have never met in a forest, in another country really seems like a bad idea. Add to that 15 dogs I never met and it seems like an even worse idea. Doing this goes against all common sense as a solo traveler. But, this is one of the things I did in Berlin and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life!

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Solitude and Reflection in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Jan31

Solitude and Reflection in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

It’s been more than a year and I have a boatload of experiences still to share including a visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The visit came about because I was in the nation’s capital attending the inauguration of President Trump then attended the Women’s March the following day. 

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Pet-Friendly Florida: I Stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ Hotel and Cannot Believe the Experience I Had
Dec08

Pet-Friendly Florida: I Stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ Hotel and Cannot Believe the Experience I Had

Recently, I stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ hotel and cannot believe the experience I had with my dog. Yes, I admit I am a bit jaded when it comes to hotels. When I was younger, I stayed in ratty roadside motels that were a little suspect. As I grew in my career and travel blogging, I have since stayed in a range of accommodations that can be described as simple to stately and plain to posh. 

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Man vs. Dog. Why a Canine Companion is Better than a Human One.
Nov26

Man vs. Dog. Why a Canine Companion is Better than a Human One.

Seemingly unlucky in love, am I better off with a canine companion than a man in my life? After spending Thanksgiving alone (by choice) I hopped in the car and headed to the Everglades for a couple of days with my dog in tow. Hours spent driving meant idle time which always gets my mind churning.

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Catching a Break After Hurricane Irma: Battered and a Little Broken
Oct02

Catching a Break After Hurricane Irma: Battered and a Little Broken

Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida three weeks ago and I’m still finding my normalcy. Except for a few fallen palm fronds and a wind-blown bougainvillea, this devastating storm spared my home and property yet, I’m still feeling unsettled as I transition from surviving to living.

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Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine
Jul06

Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine

Forget about a Rocky Mountain high, how about a Smoky Mountains shine? Exploring and traveling on my own is my identity and my trip to Eastern Tennessee was no different. Traveling solo in Gatlinburg I inhaled the Smokies’ fresh mountain air, learned about some of the moonshine culture, explored caverns and almost got myself in trouble with the federal government!

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Quirky Gatlinburg Attractions: Kitchen-Kitsch and Homage to the Dukes of Hazzard
Jun29

Quirky Gatlinburg Attractions: Kitchen-Kitsch and Homage to the Dukes of Hazzard

Find kitchen-kitsch at the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum and a country cousins shrine to The Dukes of Hazzard in two quirky Gatlinburg, Tennessee, museums.

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The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.
May16

The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.

“Ma’am, I will just run your license through the system to see if you’re one of the people allowed in,” the federal officer with the Department of Energy told me. I was at the entrance to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee’s Secret City.

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A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico
Apr02

A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico

I’ve been told many times I’m brave but really, I’m not. But, you want to know who in my life was brave? My friend Barb who packed up her truck and cat to retire in Mexico. She was a strong, brave woman and although I am not going to share her challenges and triumphs, I will share with you her journey south to retire in Mexico.

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