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See a list of our travel blog articles below. For the complete archives list grouped according to our writers please visit our Archives page.

Agua Dulce, CA
Alaska and Sarah Palin
Alaska Cruise 1
Alaska Cruise 2
Alaska: Musk Ox
Alaskan Faces
Alaskan Interior 1
Alaskan Interior 2
Alaska Marine Highway
Alaska Railway
Alaska Small Ship Cruise
Alaska Whale Watching
Amelia Island, FL
America Islands
Austin, Texas
Avila Beach, CA
Baja California Sur 1
Baja California Sur 2
Baja Wine Country, Mexico
Big Bear Lake, CA
Big Bear Lake Vacation
Cambria & Paso Robles
Canadian Rockies 1
Canadian Rockies 2
Canadian Winter
Catalina Island 1
Catalina Island 2
Central Coast, California 1
Central Coast, California 2
Charlevoix, Quebec 1
Charlevoix, Quebec 2
Cherokee Nation
Chincoteague & Assateague
Cleveland 1
Cleveland 2
Columbia River
Coronado, CA
Costa Rica
Cozumel, Mexico
Death Valley Pupfish
Denali National Park 1
Denali National Park 2
Dominican Republic
Drakesbad Guest Ranch, CA
Eastern Washington 1
Eastern Washington 2
Fairbanks, Alaska
Flagstaff, Arizona
French Canada Cruise
Glacier Peak, WA
Grand del Mar
Guadalajara, Mexico
Hana Highway, Hawaii
Hawaii Big Island
Highway 49, California
Honolulu, Hawaii
Inland Northwest
Jacksonville, Oregon
Juneau, Alaska
Kaua'i, Hawaii 1
Kaua'i, Hawaii 2
Key West
Kona, Hawaii
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Images
Lahaina, Hawaii
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Lanai. Hawaii
La Quinta, Palm Springs, CA
Las Alamandas, Mexico
Las Vegas 1
Las Vegas 2
Las Vegas 3
Lewis & Clark Expedition Cruise
Lexington, Kentucky 1
Lexington, Kentucky 2
Los Angeles
Mammoth Mountain
Maui, Hawaii 1
Maui, Hawaii 2
Mohonk Mountain House
Molokai, Hawaii
Monterey Bay
Montreal 1
Montreal 2
Morongo Resort
Napa Valley
New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Mexico 1
New Mexico 2
New Orleans 1
New Orleans 2
New York 1
New York 2
New York 3
North Cascades, WA
Northern Washington State
Nova Scotia
Oahu Surfing
Oakland Christmas
Orange County Part 1
Orange County Part 2
Oregon Coast
Ojai, California 1
Ojai, California 2
Olympia, WA
Olympic Peninsula, WA
Oxford, Mississippi
Oxnard, CA
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Palm Springs Museum
Palouse Scenic Byway
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena Rose Parade
Paso Robles, CA
Pismo Beach, CA 1
Pismo Beach, CA 2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Prince Rupert/Digby Island Airport, BC
Prudhoe Bay, Canadian Arctic
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada
Rhode Island
Richmond, BC
Riverside, CA
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Samish Island, WA
Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill in LA
San Diego 1
San Diego 2
San Diego Resort 1
San Diego Resort 2
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Monica, CA 1
Santa Monica, CA 2
Seattle & Jimi Hendrix
Seattle in August Photos
Seattle Parade Photos
Sedona, Arizona 1
Sedona, Arizona 2
Sedona Chapel
Seward Highway, Alaska
Sitka, Alaska 1
Sitka, Alaska 2
Skagway, Alaska
Sonoma, CA 1
Sonoma, CA 2
South Texas
St. Lawrence River, Canada
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis & Kansas City
Sun Valley, ID
Taos & Kit Carson
Taos, New Mexico
Texas Bull Riding
Texas Wine Country
Tongass, Alaska
Ventura, CA
Vero Beach, FL
Victoria, BC
Virginia Skydiving
Waco, Texas
Warner Springs Ranch, San Diego
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.: The Newseum
Western Canada
Westlake Village, CA
Whistler, B.C. 1
Whistler, B.C. 2

Maracaibo, Venezuela
Amazon Adventure
Amazon Jungle
Peru 1
Peru 2

Alcala, Spain
Alps Christmas
Aran Islands, Ireland
Arnhem, Holland 1
Arnhem, Holland 2
Augsburg, Germany
Baltic Sea Nations
Basel. Switzerland 1
Basel. Switzerland 2
Beira, Portugal
Belgium 1
Belgium 2
Berlin 1
Berlin 2
Berlin Train Station
Berlin's Hoppegarten
Bernina Express
Bled, Slovenia
Brno, Czech Republic
Bruges, Leiden and Dijon
Buckingham Palace
Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy
Cape of Circeo, Italy
Champagne and Lorraine
Champagne Country, France
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Consuegra, Spain
Cotswolds, England
County Cork, Ireland
Crete, Greece
Czech Republic Part 1
Czech Republic Part 2
Czech Republic Slideshow
Dolomites, Italy
Eastern Mediterranean
English Resort
Erfurt, Germany
Europe by Train
Europe's Churches
Europe's Statues
Flanders, Belgium
French Alps
Galicia, Spain
German Airship
German Aviation Museum
German Wine Tours
Germany (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Germany (small towns)
Germany (4 big cities)
Giverny, France
Graubunden, Switzerland
Graz, Austria
Great Britain
Heroes of Britain
Heroes of Europe
Holland River Cruise
Innsbruck, Austria
Ireland 1
Ireland 2
Ireland 3
Ireland 4
Ireland Dream Vacation
Ireland's Faces Slideshow
Ireland: The Gathering
Irish Chef
Ischia Island, Italy
Italy Auto Race
Kos Island, Greece
Lake Como, Italy
La Mancha, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Liverpool, England
Loch Ness, Scotland
London 1, American Student in
London 2, American Student in
London House
London's Regents Park
London Tour Part 1
London Tour Part 2
London Tour Part 3
London Tour Part 4
London Museum
London, Offbeat
Lorraine, France
Lucerne, Switzerland
Madrid 1
Madrid 2
Madrid 3
Madrid Tapas
Mediterranean Cruise
Meuse-Argonne, France
Monte Verità, Switzerland
Montpellier, France
Moscow & St, Petersburg
Norcia, Umbria, Italy
Normandy Beaches, France
Normandy, France
Normandy Parachute Jump
Normandy War Cemetery
Northern Italy
North Wales Railway
Norway 1
Norway 2
Norway 3
Norwegian Arctic
Norwegian Fjords
Offbeat Germany
Off the Beaten Path Europe
Oslo, Bergen & Trondheim
Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza
Piovene Rocchette, Italy
Pittormie Castle, Scotland
Pointe du Hoc, Normandy
Port Meirion, North Wales
Portsmouth, England
Prague, Czech Republic 1
Prague, Czech Republic 2
Provence, France
Rail Europe
Rhodes Island, Greece
Rhone River, France
Riviera di Ulisse, Italy
Rouen, France
Salzburg, Austria
Saxony, Germany
Schwyz, Switzerland
Scotland 1
Scotland 2
Scottish Ship Tours
Southern England
Southern Italy
Spain (Edible Books)
Stavanger, Norway
Stockholm, Sweden
St. Petersburg
Sutri, Lazio, Italy
Swiss Train
Switzerland 1
Switzerland 2
Switzerland and Artists
Switzerland Christmas
The Ritz, London
Toledo, Spain
Tour of Italy Bike Race
Tuscan Farm
Tuscany and Umbria
Unnamed Hotel
Valencia, Spain
Vicenza, Italy 1
Vicenza, Italy 2
Vicenza, Italy 3
Vicenza's Arch of Steps
Vicenza Vintage Auto Show
Vienna 1
Vienna 2
Vienna 3
Vienna 4
Yaroslavl, Russia
Yorkminster, England
Zurich Christmas

Camiguin Island, Philippines
Caramoan, Philippines
China Photos
Corregidor Island
Emirates Airlines
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Iligan City, Philippines
Japan 1
Japan 2
Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Jalalabad Photos
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul Photos 1
Kabul Photos 2
Krabi, Thailand Part 1
Krabi, Thailand Part 2
Langkawi, Malaysia
Mumbai, India
Petra, Jordan
Philippine Dolphins
Qufu, China
Taj Mahal, India
Terra Cotta Warriors, China
Thailand 1
Thailand 2
Yangtze River, China

Namibia 1
Namibia 2
Namibia 3
Uganda 1
Uganda 2
Uganda 3

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Marquesa Islands
New South Wales, Australia
New Zealand
Stewart Island, New Zealand
Tahiti Photos

Antarctica Slideshow

Azamara Cruises
Azamara Baltic Sea Cruise
Allure of the Seas 1
Carnival Paradise Cruise
Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas Photos
River Cruise
SS Lane Victory 1
SS Lane Victory 2
Three Value Cruises

4 Historic Hotels
Feasting on Bugs and Grubs
Interesting Travel Photos 1
Islands Part 1
Islands Part 2
Islands Part 3
Islands Part 4
Soft Adventures

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Richard Carroll's travel blog/review
Costa Rica's Green

Costa Rican volcano

Sitting at an umbrella table in downtown San Jose overlooking the Plaza de la Cultura is like a page out of Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." The plaza is laid out in a maze of stalls where passive vendors sell sparkling silver jewelry by the trayfull, hand-carved clay masks, colorful Guatemalan belts, area rugs, and hammocks perfect for a midday siesta. Three men play an old wood marimba over the buzz of the crowd while a steaming plate of Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) is served to an elegant lady who was performing with her guitar...

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Tim Robbins On His Road To Stardom

Tim Robbins

Award-winning Tim Robbins began his career on episodic television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming a major movie star including "Bull Durham" and "Mystic River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking." He is Founder and Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, which he formed thirty-five years ago and has directed multiple provocative productions.

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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Puerto Vallarta: Magic and Mayhem on the Malecon

Cedar Hill, Washington DC
So I heard that you could spend from dawn to dusk on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and never get bored and I thought, "Okay, I'm up for that challenge." Well, maybe not the dawn part – I'm not a morning person – so I had no problem leaving those early hours to the joggers and those seeking an early start to catch their red snapper for dinner.

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Gary Singh's travel blog/review
Monte Verità: In the Footsteps of Anarchy

Chiara's Rainbow, Monte Verita, Switzerland
Just as I reach the end of a squiggling, multicolored path, an acorn plummets from an oak tree above me. It lands at my feet, just as the path culminates at a mandala of Venetian glass, eight feet in diameter. On the worn-out front lawn of Monte Verità, the Mountain of Truth, this path, Chiara's Rainbow, evolves through the colors of the spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and finally violet – before arriving at the mosaic mandala where psychic energies supposedly prevail. The falling acorn brings me to the present moment.

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Guest Contributor's travel blog/review
The Mermaid Parade
By Michael Schlueter

bridge at the Charlottenburg Palace grounds, Berlin
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over New York City’s five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride.

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Eric Anderson's travel blog/review
Lake Charles’ Family-Size Low-Key Mardi Gras

dressed-up for the Mardi Gras
The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, the second largest in Louisiana, does not need parents there to avert their children’s eyes. This is family entertainment and children are very much part of it. The main office of the Lake Charles CVB has costumes from last year’s Mardi Gras but it also has figures to fascinate little ones from country boys fishing for their dinner to alligators who have already fed and are rubbing their stomachs.

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Guest Contributor's travel blog/review
Above Innsbruck: Climbing Karwendel

Karwendel mountain range
Breathtaking. Mind-boggling. I am reading about Alex Honnold's free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite but my mind cannot gain a firm foothold on what Alex does and how he ticks. However, reading the story of his El Cap climb rekindled memories of my first experience dipping my toes into the dimensions of what he does. Welcome to a story set among the magnificent beauty and outdoor spirited, playful people of the Tirol, Austria.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
John January and Linda Berry Have Chemistry

Nemeth and Deanna Bogart performing at Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico

Chemistry by its very definition is the spontaneous reaction of two people to each other, especially that sense of mutual attraction and understanding. This month John January and Linda Berry release their new project, Chemistry 101 and together they explore a range and depth of musical styles on both organic and physical levels. As a joint labor of love, January says Chemistry 101 is pretty straight-forward.

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Terry Cassel's travel blog
Remembering My Dad

Douglas A26 Invader

My father died while I was roaming through Northern Italy. He was 52. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home in Florida. I found out about it at the American Express office in Istanbul three weeks later when I opened a letter my brother sent me. This was 1970. There were no computers, no smartphones, no Skype.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Two "MUST SEE" Truly Spectacular Places in Europe. Here's Why.

Culzean Castle, Scotland
The Han Grotto and Culzean Castle. As the name of my Traveling Boy feature is "Travel With a Difference," it's important to me to always bring you offbeat and unusual tourist places around the world you may not know about. These two fit that category to a T, and they're absolutely worth a visit. One's in Scotland and one's in Belgium. Culzean (pronounced CULLANE) Castle is located near Maybole, Carrick, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland.

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Corinna Lothar's travel blog/review
NOLA: New Orleans, Louisiana

19th century building, Stuttgart, Germany
Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, the Garden District, the streetcar (now a bus) to Desire, the jazz clubs, the beignets at the Café du Monde and breakfast at Brennan’s come to mind when you think of New Orleans. But that’s not all there is to this unique American city, filled with treasures both culinary and cultural.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Tim Robbins Gives a Brief Primer on Theatre: Parallels on Indentured Servants & Student Debt

Tim Robbins

One of America's acting treasures, the award-winning Tim Robbins excels in any medium in which he works. He began his career on episodic television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming a major movie star beginning with his role as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh in "Bull Durham." One of his most memorable roles was in "Mystic River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking."

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Richard Frisbie's travel blog/review
The Shortest Road Trip

rainbow at Niagara Falls

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls has a 35 mile linear park, called Niagara Park, with seemingly endless attractions stretched along the full length of the Niagara River. I recently spent several days driving to each, sampling fantastic wines and great food while enjoying the rugged beauty of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It became one of the shortest road trips ever. From tunnels under the falls, to zip lines into the gorge, and from a soaking boat ride to the base of the falls, to a challenging hike along the shore of the rapids, Niagara Park's attractions are amazing.

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Ringo Boitano's travel blog/review
Highway 49 Revisited: Exploring California's Gold Country

aurora borealis lights up the night sky near Fairbanks
In the 1840s, the population of California was only 14,000, but by 1850 more than 100,000 settlers and adventurers had arrived from all over the world – and they came for one reason: gold. James Marshall had discovered the first gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in El Dorado County, creating the largest gold rush in history.

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John Blanchette's travel blog/review
Rolling Through the Outback on the Indian Pacific's Christmas Train

Santa with native Australian on an Indian Pacific Christmas train stop
It was mid December and a heat wave had embraced the country. Record setting temperatures were searing the land from high 90s in Sydney and Adelaide to blast furnace heat in the great Outback. Fires were raging throughout the country. But we were cool, riding the air-conditioned Indian Pacific railway across the southern expanse of Australia to the west coast city of Perth, a four-day transcontinental tour...

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Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
Three Musical Pilgrimages: Mozart, Grieg and Hendrix

Troldhaugen Villa in Bergen, Norway
Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) could read and compose music, plus play the violin and piano, when he was five years old. Born into a musical family in Salzburg, Austria (then the Holy Roman Empire), he had a unique ability for imitating music, which first became evident when he recited a musical piece by simply observing his father conducting a lesson to his older sister. This led to a childhood on the road, where the young prodigy performed before many of the royal courts of Europe.

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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.

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Happy 4th of July from the staff at TravelingBoy

We have designated this Independence Day to think of those who suffer from great sorry and misfortune. Here are some of our favorite charities.


The 2017 Global Peace Index finds that the world became more peaceful in the last year, however, over the last decade it has become significantly less peaceful.


Frommer's Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Vacation Giveaway

Was it really 60-years ago when Arthur Frommer published the iconic “Europe on 5 Dollars a Day?" To mark the milestone anniversary, Frommer is partnering with HomeAway, offering free vacations to six military families.

Arthur Frommer in Germany
Arthur Frommer was stationed in the Army in Germany when he wrote his first travel guide.
(Photo: Frommer's)



Director: Richard Lester
Writing Credits: Lawrence Marcus (screenplay), John Haase (novel), Barbara Turner (adaptation)
Cast: George C. Scott, Julie Christie, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Knight, Arthur Hill, Richard Chamberlain
Music: John Barry
Cinematography: Nicolas Roeg

The Knack & How to Misuse It
A Look Back at Petulia
By Walt Mundkowsky


The Rich and Famous Get Their Own Terminal at LAX
Courtesy Tim Winship, SmarterTravel

Los Angeles airport has a new terminal where wealthy travelers can enjoy private suites and chauffeured BMW rides across the tarmac to their gates.


The Most Affordable Countries to Visit in 2017

In the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, countries were given scores on 14 sets of criteria. These are not your typical tourist destinations, which can add to their price competitiveness.


Hands down, this Canadian gem is our pick for the most hilarious, madcap travel show on the cybersphere.

In this zany episode, the Travel Guys take on Seattle.


Money-Saving Tips all Travelers Should Try

As part of USA TODAY’s new travel research portal Embark, an expert panel of travel bloggers has been assembled to share their best advice to help you travel smarter, safer and more economically.


Solving the Puzzle: When the First Humans Arrived in the Americas

A Newcastle University expert is leading a new study which aims to resolve a longstanding debate about how and when people first came to the Americas.



What Not to Wear in the Airport Security Line
Roll through security like a pro by avoiding the following attire.
Courtesy: Smarter Travel

The best way to ease through airport security is to dress for success. Certain garments and accessories could get you flagged for extra screening, slowing down your progression through the airport. Want to roll through the security line like a pro? Avoid wearing the following attire:


How to Resolve Fights over Reclining Airplane Seats
An investigation into the economics of reclining
Courtesy of Christopher Buccafusco & Christopher Jon Sprigman, Evonomics

Not since the Battle of the Somme has such little space been the subject of such intense conflict.



the Beatles, mid-1960s

  1. What was the name of Ringo’s band before joining the Beatles?
  2. How many films did John Lennon appear which were directed by Richard Lester?
  3. George wrote Something about what woman?
  4. Who is the tallest Beatle?

The answers are revealed at the end of the column.

Countries That Require Visas for Americans

The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program.


Airplane-Provided Water, Ice, Coffee, or Tea

It's important to stay hydrated while flying, but you're better off BYOW (Bringing Your Own Water) rather than grabbing a free drink from the beverage cart.


Stay Informed, Stay Connected, Stay Safe!

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


10 Urban Legends About Flying That Aren't True
Courtesy Caroline Morse, SmarterTravel

From terrifying tales about airplane bathrooms to mid-flight door-opening fears, there are a lot of myths about air travel flying around out there. Here are 10 urban legends that just aren’t true.


Carry-on Luggage Tips for a Stress Free Security Check-in at the Airport


Man Tried to Bite Flight Attendant, Jumped From Plane

The man then made his way to the galley, pried open the door and jumped. He appeared in federal court Friday on a charge of assaulting/intimidating a flight crew member.

How Does the U.S.'s Amtrak Compare to China's Bullet Trains?


Tipping Etiquette Around the Globe

If you are confused about tipping in other destinations, we determined what’s best to tip outside of North America.


8 Ways to Live Hygge While Traveling

Even if you don’t know the word, you know hygge when you feel it
Courtesy Ashley Rossi, SmarterTravel

After all it’s a feeling of comfort and coziness, like a good conversation by the fire, a cup of steaming coffee in a warm cafe on a cold day, or a blissful moment of contentedness that holds you like a hug. And while travel is typically the opposite of hygge, there are plenty of ways you can bring the concept to your travels. Whether it’s the destination you pick or a hotel’s design, here are eight ways you can be a hygge-happy traveler. While you’re at it, check out T-Boy’s A 24 Hour Quest for Hygge.


Random Acts of Canine Kindness


Cedric the Dog takes a well-earned break after organizing a protest at a Mississippi puppy mill.

Dog Quotations

Deb's poetry break

To a Mouse
A Red Red Rose
By Robert Burns

O, my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June.
O, my Luve's like a melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair as thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will love thess till, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run:

And fare thee well, my only luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Tho' it ware ten thousand mile.

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Dear Heather

We Are All Terminal – We Just Don’t Know Our Expiration Date

Addressing the elephant in the room about your own death is something most couples avoid doing together and it is a big mistake.


10 Strange Laws from Around the World
Courtesy SmarterTraveler

From a stiletto ban in Greece to the pinball crackdown in South Carolina – give travel a unique flavor.


Traveling Boy

Being on the ground in over 180 countries means you get the full story.

Top 25 Most Interesting Webcams

Selected from hundreds of nominees by a panel of EarthCam producers, EarthCam announces the most unique and compelling webcams of the year.


Worldwide Vacation Rankings

U.S. News Travel's Best Vacations rankings identify the top destinations by region and vacation type.


Operation Homefront

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.


Together in Spirit – The Best Friends Animal Society

At the core of Best Friends Animal Society's work is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.


The Best Place to Find Cheap Flights


7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning

Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite status, and working the system to earn free flights and other perks.


Beatle Beat Trivia Hodgepodge Answers

Ringo Starr with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes
Ringo with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes

1. What was the name of Ringo's band before joining the Beatles?
A: Rory Storm & the Hurricanes

2. How many films did John Lennon appear that were directed by Richard Lester?
A: Three: "A Hard Day’s Night," "Help!" and "How I Won the War."

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd
Pattie & George

3. George wrote Something about what woman?
A: Harrison's first wife, Pattie Boyd. Also the inspiration for Clapton's "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight." She later became Clapton's wife.

4. Who is the tallest Beatle?
A: Official Beatle stats indicate John, Paul & George were all listed at 5’ 11.5”. I’ve been informed by a number of sources, though, that John was really shorter. Hard to tell with those Cuban-healed Beatle Boots.

Travel recipe of the month

A Penne Peppered Pranzo
With Pavarotti

Farfalle con Piselli e Pancetta

Have you ever glanced across the room in a restaurant and seen someone at another table engrossed in a business lunch? The poor frontline employee is talking frantically on an iPhone with someone back at the office while simultaneously crunching sales projections on an iPad as his/her regional manager, waiting impatiently, strums his/her fingers on the table and remarks, "Well?"

Non è una problema per me (It's not a problem for me). Today, I'm throwing away the gadgets and having lunch, virtually, with the late, great tenor-of-all-tenors, Luciano Pavarotti. "The King of the High C's" and I have all the time in the world, just like the length of one his operas.

In between arias, we'll lunch on a simple concoction I've whipped up in the kitchen many times before.

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Traveling Blues Features (partial list) – blues aficionado Tim Mattox writes about the blues:
Honeyboy Edwards
John Hammond
Eddie Vinson
Willie Dixon
Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors
John Mayall
Lowell George (Little Feat)
BB King
Johnny Winter
Joe Bonamassa
Preston Smith
Rory Block
Mick Taylor
Dennis Jones
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Buddy Guy
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Promise of the Real/Lukas Nelson
Jimmy Carl Black
Stephen Stills
Otis Rush
Little Walter
Johnny Otis
Kinsey, Perkins & Sumlin
Charlie Musselwhite
Phil Gates
JW Jones
Billy Watson
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
'Iceman' Albert Collins
Lightnin' Malcolm
Nathan James
The 44's
Anthony Gomes

Travel Humor (partial list) – a collection of jokes (with bits of travel adventures) from graphics artist Raoul Pascual:
Can You Get Married in Heaven?
3 Men, 3 Women and 3 Bears
Dangerous Snake
The Truth About Reindeer
Health Warning
Do You Want to be a Mermaid or a Whale?
Irish Jokes
Outback Half-Wit
Irish Millionaire
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