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The Bikini Has a Birthday

July is a month of birthdays:  Canada (July 1st), the United States (July 4th), and today, July 5th, the bikini turns 69 years old. For most women, the selection of the “just perfect” bikini begins well before its time to hit the beach during vacation, and it may very well be the first to-do item […]

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Waking up on Kauai

I woke up on Kauai this morning. Very early, before the sun came up. It’s one of my favorite times to sit on my deck and look out at the ocean. It’s quiet and peaceful. The sun slowly slips out from behind the clouds, leaving me to wonder about what the day will be like […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: SIP & SUP at The Fess Parker, Santa Barbara

The Fess Parker, Santa Barbara

Set on 24 acres of prime Pacific turf, Santa Barbara’s The Fess Parker, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, celebrates the season with a renovation of its guestrooms and new SIP & SUP package. This package pairs the much-buzzed Funk Zone urban wine venue with an adventure at sea, making it a trifecta of wine, water and world-class lodging […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Crush Season on Central California Coast

Blue Dolphin Inn, California Coast

It’s crush season on the Central California Coast!  This is the playoffs for winegrowers, with the whole year’s efforts leading up the harvest. The Blue Dolphin Inn in Cambria, just 28 miles from Paso Robles, one of California’s most popular wine regions with more than 250 bonded wineries, is offering a new “Coastal Wine Package” […]

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Postcard from Maui: Beach View

Maui beach view from hotel balcony

If you think a beach view isn’t important, just think about how relaxing it is to enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee and look at this view from your hotel balcony.

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Travel Product: Cool-it-Caddy

orange icepop from cool-it-caddy

Travel product development is a big industry, with every product hoping to be the next HOT item.  Cool-it-Caddy, however, isn’t interest in HOT, it’s interested in helping you keep your  cool. How?  With their Icepops line – an insulated cosmetic bag that you pop in the freezer till frozen.  The coolant is self contained, so […]

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Beach Shopping at Ron Jon Surf Shop

Cocoa Beach Ron Jon surf shop

Shopping is one of the top activities for travelers.  That’s right, surveys show that millions of travelers want to spend a little time shopping on their holidays.  Whether it’s a major shopping expedition, or just picking up a few souvenirs, I’m not certain, but there’s no doubt that a lot of money is spent shopping […]

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Noblo Umbrella Buddy Aids Beach Safety

Noblo Beach Umbrella

There are so many safety considerations on a beach vacation, that sometimes it’s seems like it’s more work than fun.  Sunscreen, water safety, jelly fish, and all the other potential hazards of spending the day on the beach multiply even more when you’re vacationing with children.  The Noblo Umbrella Buddy, created by two moms concerned […]

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Sun & Sand on Mallorca

Mallorca sea view

A popular Spanish holiday island in the the Mediterranean, Mallorca has a bit of a split personality.  On one side are the secluded beach, challenging cycling trails, spectacular natural beauty for hiking and enjoying, challenging deep water rock climbing, and an environment that creates a haven for a variety of seabirds.  On the other side, […]

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30 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara

In honor of Buy Nothing Day, Friday, November 26th, this post will try to convince you that the best things in life are free – even when it comes to travel!  So let go of your need for expensive 5-star hotels, gourmet meals, and spa treatments.  While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying those delectable luxuries […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, it romance gets short shrift. One […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]