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A South Pacific Escape

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A South Pacific Escape: Tahiti versus Fiji – Which one is right for you? Tahiti & Fiji are both exotic south pacific nations ideal for romance vacations & for the traveler who desires a more exotic, less crowded beach destination. (Hawaii receives as many tourists in one week as Tahiti gets in a year) It is a bit of a jaunt to fly to these south pacific paradises, but the natural beauty, amazing clear blue water & the warmth of their people make the long flights worth it. Tahiti is 8 hours from LAX while Fiji is a bit further at 10 hours from LAX. After arriving on Tahiti or Viti...

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How to Plan In Case Things Go Wrong

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TRAVEL TIPS How to Plan In Case Things Go WrongNothing bad is going to happen while you’re on vacation … probably. Ten days into what would have been two months in South America, I broke my leg in two places. I was deep in Chile, a country whose language I didn’t speak, and I’d just booked flights to Brazil and Easter Island. I could have panicked. Instead, I was just disappointed. After years of extended traveling, I had a system in place to handle emergencies. I was in a staggering amount of pain, in an embarrassed heap far from home and hostel, but I wasn’t too worried. You don’t need...

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A Great Slice of Australia -The Whitsunday’s & the Great Barrier Reef

Australia is simply too large a country & continent to be seen in one visit, unless you have unlimited time & resources.  Think of Australia as a large pie. You eat it a slice at a time. Airlie Beach, an Australian resort town on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast, is a gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. When I visited this past year, I felt as if Airlie Beach was on the verge of change. Yes, it still has the laid- back hippy feel but the new luxury accommodations are a sure sign. I spent 3 NTS in Airlie beach boating, snorkeling, diving & flying. Day 1 -Whitehaven...

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Australia Travel Tips

AUSTRALIA TRAVEL TIPS When planning a vacation to Australia, please remember it's an island the size of continental U.S.A. It is wider across than the distance from New York to Los Angeles but has a population of only 23 million people. Electricity The electric current used in Australia is 240 volts AC, 50 hertz. Sockets take two or three flat, not rounded, prongs. North Americans and Europeans will need to buy a converter before they leave home (don't wait until you get to Australia, because Australian stores are only likely to stock converters for Aussie appliances to fit American and European...

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Luxury, European River Cruises

Traveling through Europe on a River Cruise is really a stress-free, fun way to adventure. This past year, I had the chance to sail the Danube River, Vienna to Nuremburg. It was truly a blast. Our river cruise ship, the Ama Sonata, carried only 160 passengers & dropped us right in the center of a new town daily. Bikes were always available. Ama Waterways has embraced fitness trends & only employs professional instructors. I appreciated their daily excursions, and that each was set up by fitness level and difficultly. Practicing Yoga, or doing Zumba on the top deck, became an excellent...

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Say Yes to Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast.

This destination is still a gem. Just returned from a splendid vacation in Croatia; an 8 day/ 7 NT, RT Split southern Dalmatian Cruise abroad the 38 passenger Avangard, a deluxe ship of the Katarina Line.  The pleasure was all mine!  Port stops included the islands of Korcula, Mljet, Havar & Brac plus Dubrovnik, the Peljesac Peninsula & Split.  Andre in Dubrovnik I enjoyed the relaxed paced of this deluxe small ship cruise itinerary. The local food & wine experiences were well done & the tours were interesting.  Our guide Aida, who lived in Dubrovnik through the Croatia...

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