Toronto: The World in a City

November 6, 2013
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Are you a foodie? Do you like eating local cuisine when you travel? If you’re thinking of traveling to Toronto, Canada, you might be thinking “Mmm, I can’t wait to try some of that poutine, bacon and maple syrup!” It might surprise you, then, to learn there is a lot more to the “local” Toronto [...]

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San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden

October 30, 2013
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Picture a tranquil koi pond, stocked with the large, bright orange fish, surrounded by rock-lined walking paths, a waterfall, gardens, and a traditional Japanese tea house. Now picture all that in the middle of. . .Texas? Yes, Texas. Land of cattle drives and oil fields and the Alamo. If this seems like an odd juxtaposition, [...]

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Using a Mobile Router for Hotel Room Wifi

October 23, 2013
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Late last year, I started traveling with just a tablet and smartphone. Getting rid of the ball-and-chain weight of my netbook was liberating for my back. Unfortunately, there was a tradeoff: Lack of hotel options. Almost all of the hotel rooms I stay in have wired Internet in the rooms, but not all of them [...]

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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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The Spooky Side of San Antonio

October 9, 2013
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Ghost tours are fast becoming one of my favorite evening activities in a new city. After going on a fantastic New Orleans ghost tour a few years ago, I decided that San Antonio would be another good city for exploring haunted sites. After all, wherever there is significant bloodshed, there tends to be ghosts–or at [...]

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Honolulu for the Solo Traveler

October 2, 2013
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Is Hawaii a travel destination you’ve dreamed of, but never been to? I can relate. It was on my lifelong travel list, but I never actually made it there until 2012. What took me so long? When I was growing up, Hawaii was where everyone wanted to go on their honeymoon. I had this image [...]

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A Niagara Falls Day Tour

September 25, 2013
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Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive outside Toronto, Ontario in Canada. From Vermont, it’s more like a 9-hour drive. So I knew when I visited Toronto last spring that it was going to be my best opportunity to see Niagara Falls. In fact, it was my number one priority for my trip. I had three [...]

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Best Places to Travel Solo?

September 11, 2013
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Every once in awhile, I receive email and Twitter requests from people for “best places to travel solo”. They’re looking to me for a shortlist of the “sure-thing” destinations where they’ll have a great solo travel experience. Sometimes, I even see an article make the rounds of social media attempting to come up with such [...]

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A Weekend Getaway in Mystic, Connecticut

September 4, 2013
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When travelers think of visiting New England, they often think of visiting quaint little oceanside towns that still retain historic charm–towns such as Mystic, Connecticut. I was there for the first time in June. Because I was there for a family wedding, I had only a little time to explore, but it was enough. Mystic [...]

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