A Life of Quiet Adventure

December 18, 2013
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The most influential man in my life, my grandfather, passed away this week at the age of 93. I’ve never known a time when my grandfather–“Father” to my mother and uncles, “Grampa” to my brother and me, and “Papa” to the younger generation–wasn’t the center of our family. So much of who I am comes […]

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Gone Fishin’

October 16, 2013
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This is all I’ve got for you today–my favorite Disney character literally doing what I’m figuratively doing this week. I’m enjoying some hard-earned downtime from both my day job and my blogging–and what better place for a vacation than sunny Las Vegas, Nevada? But you know me, I can’t completely unplug, so if you’re really […]

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Google Reader’s Demise

June 30, 2013

And now for a bit of non-travel news, but relevant to all regular readers of this and other blogs: On July 1, Google is shutting down Google Reader. Many of you may already know this. Some of you may not care. Some of you might be wondering “Why are you telling us this?” I’m telling […]

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Get Ready for a Breakaway: Norwegian Breakaway

May 1, 2013
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Dear solo travelers who are itching to go on a cruise: Do I have good news for you! Remember the excitement of 2010 when Norwegian Epic debuted with its solo lounge and 128 staterooms sized—and priced–for solo travelers? Well, Norwegian just gave birth to The Epic‘s brand new baby sister called Norwegian Breakaway which features […]

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Are You Up for a Challenge?

January 23, 2013
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Do you have a competitive spirit and a charitable heart? Then today’s post is for you. In Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg makes a wager with members of his club to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. He brings his valet with him and together, they experience all sorts […]

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2013 Travel Sneak Peek

January 2, 2013
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2012 set the bar pretty high when it came to travel. I mean, how can I possibly top a year during which I traveled 28,000 miles and visited 12 destinations, including Hawaii and Pompeii–all while holding down a full-time job? Well, the simple truth is, I can’t. So I’m not even going to try. But […]

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Looking Back on a Year of Adventures

December 19, 2012
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I love this time of year. In addition to looking ahead to the new year, making plans and setting goals, I’ve also been reflecting on the year that has passed. Here’s what 2012 looked like, from a travel perspective, for me: By the Numbers Number of Trips: 4 (keep in mind I have a full-time […]

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Review: The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012

November 28, 2012
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My apologies to all you solo travel generalists out there; this one’s for the Disney fans. Perhaps you’d rather read this blast from the past? Christmas Week Travel. . .Or Not. * * * * * Do you dream of a traditional Christmas with snow and sleigh rides, candy canes and hot cider, enormous Christmas […]

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A Thanksgiving Tail. . .Er, Tale

November 21, 2012
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Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is being celebrated tomorrow, Thursday, November 22. You may be staying home and cooking a turkey dinner (or some vegetarian version thereof), or you may be hitting the road to visit family or friends. Or perhaps you take advantage of the long holiday weekend to travel. This year, I’ll be […]

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