Sunday Stories for June 14th, 2015

The lush terroir of eastern Washington at Garrison Creek Cellars. #buickwinetour

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It’s been a week of catch up after my trip to Orlando, followed by wine tasting in Walla Walla. While I’m not completely caught up – yet – I’ve got a good handle on things and have outlined some stories on past travels. I’ve also started the speaker notification for TBEX Asia and TBEX North America. It’s a process that takes weeks, but I’m excited to have in rolling.

Here are some stories I found interesting this week:

The most impressive wineries in the world

In keeping with the spirit of last week’s wine tasting, I was particularly struck by this list of pretty darn spectacular wineries around the world. I haven’t been to any of them, but WOW – I’d sure like to!

Wine travelling has evolved into a highly popular activity, which is gaining more and more interest rating. A stroll through the world of wine will take you to places of unique beauty, architecture integrity, that impresses.

7 Free Things to Do in New York City

In a city that is often rife with expensive entertainment choices, it’s nice to find a few that are free. I love the idea of stopping by the library (Ghostbusters was filmed there).

With hotel nights running upwards of $200 – $300 dollars a night for a crappy hotel in the middle of nowhere, a budget is definitely needed keep your vacation in check. Despite the high costs, there are a surprising number of things you can do in the city for free.

9 Workout Moves You Can Do In a Hotel Room

Frequent travelers might appreciate these exercises that can be done in the privacy of your hotel room.

The hotel doesn’t have a gym? No worries! Forgot to pack your sneakers? No problem! Accidentally booked a beach vacation during monsoon season? NBD! These 9 moves are excuse-proof, because wherever you go, there you are—literally!

Reading the world (biblioglobes and more….) 

What a fun idea – reading a book about or from every country in the world. And this reader then wrote a book about it. While I still want to travel to all of them, this is a great way to get by until I do.

Ann Morgan set herself the challenge of reading a book from every country in the world. What a task that turned out to be! As her researches got underway in 2011, the remit gradually became expansive, and at times unwieldy, with many futile and frustrating dead ends.

Five of the most binge-worthy HBO shows of all time!

I met Mike on my Viking River Cruise. I enjoyed getting to know him, so was curious as to what he felt was binge-worthy. I’ve watched three of the five series, and of those, binge-watched two. I’m currently binge watching House of Cards (approaching the end of Season 1), but when I’m searching for some new binge-worthy shows, Mike’s recommendations will be on my list.

Like a lot of people, I’m picky. Do I want to watch the new HBO shows that everyone is talking about, or do I was want to relive the classics, the ones that I’ll never forget?



Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

One Response to “Sunday Stories for June 14th, 2015”

  1. June 14, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Loving the combination of diverse stories on this post. Thank you for sharing them – have, for example, never heard of Flight of the Conchords, so that might just have to join my list of box sets to watch.

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