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Polynesian Cultural Center Invites Visitors to Participate in Island Life

polynesian cultural center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a popular attraction for visitors to the island of Oahu, and with its new Go Native! programs, visitors will have even more opportunities to learn about the Polynesian culture.  Guests will be enticed into participating in traditional aspects of daily life from Pacific island cultures like those of Samoa, Tahiti […]

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Mardi Gras Celebrations Around the U.S.

Mardi Gras mask

I’m currently on a plane (yay inflight wi-fi), heading to Shreveport-Bossier for my first Mardi Gras celebration.  When I was younger, the idea of partying and whooping it up at this quintessentially decadent holiday had great appeal with all the drinking, parades, and beads.  Somewhere along the way to adulthood, the allure faded and the […]

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Delicious Dining From Oahu’s Food Trucks

shrimp plate

Lunch wagons have long been a part of the Hawaiian culture, feeding workers as well as hungry surfers.  Lately, though, it seems these 4-wheeled eateries have started providing more upscale, dare I say gourmet friendly cuisine, responding, in large part, to the mobile restaurant trend that’s hot all across the country. Choose from among these […]

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10 Travel Snacks that are Healthy, Easy to Pack, & Will Get Through Airport Security

interior of airplane

With meals on flights either non-existent, expensive, and often unhealthy, and airport food not too much better, one way to make your vacation a little more pleasant is to pack some food to take along on your flight.  Or road trip. If you’re flying you’ll still have to avoid liquids and gels (get those once […]

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Flavors of Peru

Anticucho Peru skewers

Food, glorious food — It’s one of the many things that I enjoy about traveling!  Visiting a new country or region often means discovering a new food, spice, or other dish.  Sometimes those discoveries are not something I’d want to try again, but fortunately, more often it’s a tasty delight that I long for once […]

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Best Bag Ever: eBags Crew Cooler II

ebags crew cooler

The eBags Crew Cooler is a very popular bag with Flight Attendants, pilots, and others who spend much of their life on the road.  For a long time it was one of those secrets whispered about on the jump seat as we’d watch – with great envy – as a co-worker would pull out the […]

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Forture Cookie Factory Tour in San Francisco

fortune cookie

Many cities with large Chinese and Chinese-American communities have fortune cookie factories, and many provide tours.  If you are in San Francisco’s Chinatown, you can find a fortune cookie factory tour at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, in an alley historically known for its brothels and gambling.  You can smell the fortune cookies being […]

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The Wonder of Lisbon’s Pastéis de Belém

Hieronymites Monastery Lisbon Portugal

  Anyone who has taken advantage of the tempting, cheap deals for Lisbon hotels and headed off for a getaway to the Portuguese capital, will know that Pastéis de Belém are something of an institution, and a gastronomic experience that is not to be missed. Also known as pastel de nata, these egg tart pastries […]

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Tuscany Apartments & Cooking Classes


Guest post:  Today I have a guest post from a new friend, Matt, who lives in one of my favorite parts of the world – Tuscany. He’s provided this guest post about an activity that I’ve wanted to do while visiting Tuscany, learn how to cook some of those wonderful dishes.  Here’s how Matt says […]

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Julia Child’s Paris

Paris neighborhood, 2007

During the holiday season it seems like I watch lots of movies.  Whether it’s catching up on television, renting videos, or indulging in pay-per-view, it’s an enjoyable way to spend some lazy winter days.  Assuming you like the movie, of course. I like a variety of movies, but the ones at the top of my […]

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It’s My Blog Anniversary!

On March 17, 2006, I wrote my first blog post ever on my travel blog then named Flyaway Cafe. You […]

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ruins of Pompeii have become one of Italy’s most visited sites. On August 24th, 79 A.D., erupted in a […]

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, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

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, […]