Return to Athenry: taking a heritage trip to Ireland

This summer my youngest daughter took a family trip to Ireland. Listening to her plan her travel brought back memories of my trips to Ireland, first as a teenager and years later when I brought my kids. Though we visited many gorgeous locations, both trips focused on the town of Athenry in County Galway. My … Continue reading Return to Athenry: taking a heritage trip to Ireland

10+ Best in the World Afternoon Teas (top travel writers’ picks!)

I'm a casual person. I love simple picnics and quiet evenings with a book. But occasionally I love indulging in the elegance of afternoon tea. Especially when I travel. I don't know if it's the sense of luxury, the delicious treats, or the gorgeous venue, but when I'm planning a trip, I look for special … Continue reading 10+ Best in the World Afternoon Teas (top travel writers’ picks!)

How to Enjoy Authentic and Ethical Animal Tourism: the responsible traveler

When we were planning our first safari in 2014, I found many tour groups offering a "Walk With Lions" experience in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The brochures stated that these were young lions, likely orphans, and that the organization would reintroduce them to the wild when they matured. This sounded great! But the more I read … Continue reading How to Enjoy Authentic and Ethical Animal Tourism: the responsible traveler

10 Best National Parks for Seniors: U.S Parks Every Older Traveler Should Visit

“The story is, a man came up to Yosemite and the ranger was sitting at the front gate and the man said, “I’ve only got one hour to see Yosemite. If you only had one hour to see Yosemite, what would you do?” And the ranger said, “Well, I’d go right over there, and I’d … Continue reading 10 Best National Parks for Seniors: U.S Parks Every Older Traveler Should Visit

5 Best Reasons to Visit Costa Rica: Pura Vida Ecotourism

Costa Rica has been on my travel wish list for years. In fact it was so high on the list that we’d considered moving to the country even though we'd never visited. What's so special about Costa Rica? Read about this beautiful country and our reasons to visit Costa Rica and you’ll understand… Costa Rica … Continue reading 5 Best Reasons to Visit Costa Rica: Pura Vida Ecotourism

Dreaming of an East African Safari? Tips on Kenya and Tanzania

I was six years old when the book Born Free was published. A year later, though just a beginning reader, I worked my way through the book, enthralled by the images of Joy Adamson and the lioness Elsa. You can imagine my thrill when Born Free, the award winning movie was released. Images of Kenya … Continue reading Dreaming of an East African Safari? Tips on Kenya and Tanzania

10 Once in a Lifetime Trips to Take in Your 60s

The 60s, the years just after retirement, are prime traveling years. If life’s been kind, you have the physical and economic resources to take Bucket List trips. But where to start? We asked some top travel bloggers for recommendations and put together an article with a dozen dream destinations to explore after retirment.