Sit in Captain Kirk’s Chair Now through October 31, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida
Oct02

Sit in Captain Kirk’s Chair Now through October 31, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida

It would be illogical not to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida this fall and experience Star Trek: A Fall Celebration. After all, the television series is celebrating its 45th anniversary and Florida residents can save $5 on admission! (General admission is $43 per person.) Last month I was the guest of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and viewed the Star Trek exhibit which has been extended from it...

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Florida Keys Girlfriend Getaways, Romantic Weekends or Whatever Your Escape, Chose Historic Key West Inns
Sep20

Florida Keys Girlfriend Getaways, Romantic Weekends or Whatever Your Escape, Chose Historic Key West Inns

Friends and family often ask me for recommendations on what to do and where to stay in South Florida. I have one answer when asked, “Where should I stay in Key West?” My response is always Historic Key West Inns, a collection of five inns in the heart of Old Town Key West. Of the five inns, I have personally stayed at Merlin Guest House and Key Lime Inn. Friends recently stayed at Albury Court and they absolutely loved it!...

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition Returns for Second Year, Nov. 10 – 14, 2011
Sep12

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition Returns for Second Year, Nov. 10 – 14, 2011

The Best Beach in America* will host the second annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition, Nov. 10 through Nov. 14, 2011. Having attended last year, trust me, you’ll want to save the date and plan a visit to Sarasota, Fla., to see the amazing masterpieces these master sculptors create out of the powder-soft quartz sand. Their skills allow them to create arches, round spheres and incredible detail from...

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What It’s Like Visiting Cuba on a People-to-People Program
Jul18

What It’s Like Visiting Cuba on a People-to-People Program

Have ya heard the news? Americans can now travel legally to Cuba on people-to-people programs with licensed operators. Although it was about eight years ago, I imagine the trip I experienced in December 2003 is similar to itineraries licensed operators will run to Cuba beginning in August. As a participant on a people-to-people program to Cuba with Insight Cuba, here are observations and thoughts on what I experienced: Travel with a...

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Bridge Differences with Legal Travel to Cuba
Jul18

Bridge Differences with Legal Travel to Cuba

Cuba was my forbidden fruit and in 2003 before President W. Bush pulled the cultural licenses enabling Americans to visit with licensed operators, I had to find a way to legally visit. Insight Cuba was the solution and I traveled with them for an extended weekend in Havana on a people-to-people program. Travel Bridges Differences As travelers, we know a large part of the travel experience is interacting with locals and other travelers...

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Lecturing as Part of Edison State College’s Lifelong Learning Institute: Fall 2011
Jun28

Lecturing as Part of Edison State College’s Lifelong Learning Institute: Fall 2011

I’m so excited to announce I’ll be lecturing on travel to participants of Edison State College’s Lifelong Learning Institute on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, between 1 and 3 p.m. at the Charlotte Campus in Punta Gorda, Fla. Details will be posted on the Institute’s website in August including the full course schedule and pricing. (I’m volunteering but there is a minimal fee to support the program.) To say...

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Celebrate First Day of Summer with Free Admission into U.S. National Parks on June 21, 2011
May30

Celebrate First Day of Summer with Free Admission into U.S. National Parks on June 21, 2011

If you visit this blog often, you know I’m a big supporter of our country’s national parks. Although admission is already a bargain, the U.S. National Park Service will be celebrating the beginning of summer with free admission into National Parks on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Find the list of participating national parks by state on the National Park Service website. Beyond June 21, there are two more dates in 2011 when the...

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Well, Don’t Call Me Professor…Yet
Apr14

Well, Don’t Call Me Professor…Yet

Network, network, network. That’s how the world goes ’round these days and so does digging your well before it’s empty. I can’t definitely say networking is what landed me my most recent gig but am guessing it’s responsible for part of it. I have been asked to lecture on travel as part of the local continuing education program here in Charlotte County, Fla. I don’t have specifics yet and don’t...

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#JapanLife – Raising Awareness 3/27 – 4/2

Today marks the first day of #JapanLife and through April 2, bloggers and Twitterers will be sharing experiences about Japan in an effort to raise awareness about the country and support recovery efforts following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Join the conversation on Twitter using the #JapnLife. You can donate to the Red Cross to support the recovery or an organization of your choosing. During the week, I’ll be posting...

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Remembering the ’95-’96 Government Shutdown
Feb18

Remembering the ’95-’96 Government Shutdown

If you’ve been living under a news-free rock, there’s talk of a federal government shutdown which would be really, really bad for the country. If it happens and the same agencies who were impacted during the ’95-’96 shutdown are closed, the tourism industry is going to take another economic hit along with other sectors of the economy and possibly public safety. I remember the 1995-1996 federal government...

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Monograms Makes Independent Travel Simple
Jan20

Monograms Makes Independent Travel Simple

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Monograms. All opinions are 100% mine. My tentative big trip for 2011 will be a week in Alaska. While some people enjoy travel planning, sometimes I don’t have time for it. For these trips, I leave the planning to a travel agent or other travel supplier which is where my new friends with Monograms come into play. In exchange for supporting my travel habit, I’m writing this...

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Anti-Valentine Package in Vancouver, B.C.
Jan13

Anti-Valentine Package in Vancouver, B.C.

Not sure about you but the thought of Valentine’s Day makes me wanna say, “Blah!” Thankfully, there are some places trying to make it a little brighter for single ladies, such as the Sutton Place Hotel in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. If you and your favorite gal pal are looking for a place to escape cupids, sappy love songs and tacky heart-shaped chocolate boxes, book the “Be My Anti-Valentine” Single Ladies...

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No Single Supplement on Feb. 2011 Costa Rica Trip
Nov09

No Single Supplement on Feb. 2011 Costa Rica Trip

When I hear ecotourism, Costa Rica comes to mind. I’ve never been (yet) but so many of my friends have and they return with tales of lush rain forests, zip-lining adventures and exotic creatures as colorful birds and monkeys! If you’ve wanted to go, the publicity folks for Abercrombie & Kent have made me aware of their “Highlights of Costa Rica” journey embarking on Feb. 22, 2011. Even better, the single...

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No Single Supplement Fee on Select Galapagos Trips
Jul18

No Single Supplement Fee on Select Galapagos Trips

Let’s rejoice at some groovy news to the solo traveler’s ears, International Expeditions is waiving the single supplement fee on its January 7, May 27 and September 30, 2011 Galapagos Islands cruises. Solo travelers will incur a savings of 25 percent off regular fares while enjoying the amazing wildlife, landscape and history of the Galapagos Islands. I’m typically not a fan of packaged tours as a solo traveler...

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National Tire Safety Week Tips from Michelin
Jun09

National Tire Safety Week Tips from Michelin

I love solo road trips and the thought of breaking down on the highway causes some concern even though I’m a card-carrying AAA member and now have OnStar. Inspecting a car prior to a trip is a must and although I passed driver’s ed back in high school, I’m not very savvy when it comes to car maintenance. In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, which kicked off June 6, my friends at Michelin are offering these...

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