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Tips from New York Times Travel Experts

Hey friend, have you heard of Times Journeys travel programs? Designed with New York Times readers, like me, in mind, they feature Times' editors and other Times "approved experts on trip to places like Machu Piccu and Normandy. A few weeks…
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Madison to San Francisco? Non-Stop?! Cheers to THAT!

United Airlines' recent announcement about non-stop daily flights from Madison, Wisconsin to San Francisco beginning this June is the BEST news I've heard in a long, long time! Just think of the possibilities! The Northern California Coastline,…
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Puppy Love in the Caribbean

If you love beaches and dogs as much as I do, imagine this:  You go to stunning Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean outpost known for its snow white sands and turquoise sea. You socialize a needy puppy in the sunshine. Fall deeply in love. Save the…
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Bahamas' Blue Lagoon Island: Should You Go?

Should you spend your precious day visiting this island on your next cruise or vacation in the Bahamas? Let's find out! YES, if you have young kids who like to build sandcastles and play in shallow water; yes, if you could use a lazy day…
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Lavish Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Is Miami Beach in your future? Let's hope so! If you haven't been recently, put this lavish midbeach property on your radar. The 169-room Faena Hotel opened last winter and I was fortunate enough to check in for an indulgent stay. From the…
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Cuba On My Mind

We all know the saying: "A picture is worth a thousand words." As a writer, I'd like to believe that words are as powerful as pictures, if not more, but I'm not sure that's true. Here are a few photos I snapped while walking along the steamy…
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Review: Onboard Crystal's New Yacht in Croatia

Hi, friend. If you've been following me on Instagram lately you that know that Mr. Scout and I have recently returned from a fabulous journey to Venice, Croatia, and Prague, including one-week cruising along the Dalmatian Coast on Crystal's 62-passenger…
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Prague Review: Modern Hotel Josef

  Hi, friend. We just returned from a stay at minimalist Hotel Josef in Prague, the city's first design hotel, and wanted to give you skinny in case you're heading to this glorious European capital. This cool, contemporary property…
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Dispatch from Korcula, Croatia

Hello, friend. It's late afternoon in Croatia and the Esprit is anchored off the Dalmatian island of Korcula, a charming spot that locals believe is the home of Marco Polo. It's a stormy day at sea, but the previous five days of our…