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June 2014
Compulsive Traveler

Top Ten Tips for Visiting Boston

Follow the 2.5-mile trail to 16 historically significant sites including museums, meeting houses, churches and cemeteries. Stops include Paul Revere’s house, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides.

May 2014
The Tenacious Traveler

So Much to Dig Into in the Outer Banks

The most famous attraction on Roanoke Island is the Lost Colony, a something-for-everyone drama that entertains with special effects, daring action, comedy, music and dance. It relates the true story of the disappearance –  no one knows where or why –  of the 116 men, women and children who settled in the New World in 1587.

Passport Perspectives

Simplifying Currency Challenges in Vietnam

One U.S. dollar equals 21,277 dong. There are lots of zeros printed on the currency and to make it convenient for our comprehension, the first thing we did was to lop off three of them.


A Surprise Adventure Riding the Mexican Rails

I gave up. If five Mexicans could sleep on one narrow cot, the two of us could manage as well. After all, we wanted to experience the true essence of the country, and believe me, the essence on that hot, humid, sleeper was overpowering.

April 2014

Adventure In Oz, Australian Style

Then, for no discernible reason, the train stopped. And until you have stopped in the vastness of the Outback, you don't know the meaning of the phrase, "in the middle of nowhere." We sat, watching the time grow later, wondering how we were going to make that flight.

Health, Wellness & the Good Life

A Great Fall/spring Getaway in the Great Smokies

The byways in Great Smoky Mountain National Park are languid and serene. Within a day's drive of much of the East Coast, it's no surprise this is the most visited of our national parks, yet at times it can feel as if you are discovering it alone. 

Compulsive Traveler

Ten Must-do Things in China

Walking along the Bund, the riverfront walkway offers a glimpse of the old Shanghai with its 1920s-style buildings while across the river the skyline has a space-age quality. The Shanghai Museum is one of the best in China showcasing 5,000 years of history.

March 2014
The Tenacious Traveler

Enjoying the Unique Experience of Cancun, Mexico

One reason for our decision was how the hotel was built to protect and enhance the surrounding environment. As a result, it has been ranked by the Mexican government among the top three sustainable hotels on the Yucatan peninsula. The 340-acre setting encompasses five major ecosystems, and is home to some 120 species of plants and more than 90 species of animal life. And that's just for starters!


Chasing Money Abroad

She stalked off and reappeared with a pleasant woman who spoke to us in English. Unfortunately what she said was that her bank did not perform that service. She gave us directions to one she said would definitely accommodate us. When we went there, we realized we were back in the first bank.

Compulsive Traveler

Cooking and Culture in Bali

While most of the people in Indonesia are Muslim, the majority of the people in Bali are Hindu but even the non-Hindu people of Bali observe Nyepi Day out of respect. Imagine 24 hours without the sound of cars, radios, TVs or any other manmade noise.

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