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Plan Your Fall Reading

I’ve been working on my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (it’ll be out right before Thanksgiving to allow you to maximize all the sales), and since a is always top of my list (I have the , but there are numerous versions available) it seemed like a good time to share some of my reading recommendations. […]

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Sixty Two

Sixty-two. A cardinal number (60 plus 2) and a composite number with divisors of 2 and 31, The sum of the number of faces, edges, and vertices of an icosahedron or dodecahedron. The atomic number of Samarium, a lanthanide. The code for international direct dial calls to Indonesia. The number of home runs it took […]

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A Complicated Update of My World Map

On my most recent trip to China, I also visited Macao and Hong Kong. Politically, both of these destinations are in China – a fact that I was reminded of numerous times in the phrase “one country, multiple systems.” However, when going to Macau from mainland China, you need to exit one “country” and enter […]

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15 Things I’m Thankful For this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving was originally a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the preceding year and of the harvest. It is a secular celebration, although it has roots in religious and cultural traditions, and is associated with the gathering of family and friends to feast from […]

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Wine Tasting with MJ

You know how I love my wine! That’s part of the reason I came up with my quest to visit all the wineries in Washington State – over 900 of them! You can find more about that quest on my new wine website, Seattle Bits & Bites, where I’ll be writing about my quest and […]

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Universal Orlando Resort: I’m So Excited

I am an unapologetic Universal fan, whether it’s Universal Orlando Resorts in Florida (I went there last year for Halloween Horror Nights), or Universal Studios Hollywood (I went there on a getaway last month with a family teenager). So you can imagine my enthusiasm when Universal Orlando Resorts asked me to join their Blog Squad, a […]

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New Countries New Map

On my Viking Homelands cruise with Viking Ocean, I visited FIVE new countries! I’ve never collected countries, just for the sake of collecting, however I do like keeping track of where I’ve been (ah, the memories) and updating my map every time I’ve been somewhere new. Here’s what the map looks like after this most […]

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Guest on This Week in Travel

This morning I was a guest on This Week in Travel, a podcast broadcast in both video (on Google Hangouts and then uploaded to YouTube)  and audio (subscribe on iTunes), with a few of my favorite travel people:  Gary Arndt, Chris Christensen, and Jen Leo. We talked about travel news and current events, where we’ve […]

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A New Country for 2016: Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Last week I was excited to add a new country to my growing list of countries visited. I use the Travelers’ Century Club’s list of countries, which currently numbers 325 countries and territories, as it has changed as the map of our world has changed. For fun display purposes, I like this map of the […]

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2015: A Year of Travel in Review

2015 was a different year of travel for me. Typically, I travel 7-10 days each month, rounding out with some local trips and experiences. This past year, however, I found that I was gone for weeks at a time, often coming home for a day or two to unpack and head off again. I don’t […]

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Plan Your Fall Reading

I’ve been working on my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (it’ll be out right before Thanksgiving to allow you to maximize […]

CabinZero Review: Functional & Stylish

In my fairy tale world of travel, I’d be like Samantha on , who would wrinkle her nose and transport […]

Weekend Guide: Getaway to Langley, Washington

plan a relaxing getaway to langley washington

This weekend guide to your getaway to Langley, Washington, will help you plan your getaway, complete with where to stay, […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic District of Panama

Panama City has two sides – the modern, with its skyscraper banks and casinos, and the old town, the historic […]