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10 Ways to Survive a Cruise Ship Disaster

10 Ways to Survive a Cruise Ship Disaster

The Titanic set out on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. It struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912 and sank the next day, April 15, 1912. The Titanic may be the world’s most famous cruise ship disaster, but there are certainly other famous ones. On May [...]

10 Best Ghost Towns of the West

10 Best Ghost Towns of the West

Visiting ghost towns is a great way to give your kids a quick education about the history of our country during the days of the Wild West. Not all of these places have disappeared into the landscape. Some were revitalized into thriving towns again and been given a second life. I can’t guarantee you’ll actually [...]

5 Cruise Lines that Cater to Kids

5 Cruise Lines that Cater to Kids

  For a great family vacation, you can’t beat a cruise. The room and food is included in the price as are activities aboard ship. There’s daycare for the little ones and tween and teen activities that keep the older kids occupied. Cruise lines plan shore activities with detailed guides on what would suit each [...]

15 Questions for Planning Your Next Cruise

15 Questions for Planning Your Next Cruise

The Titanic set out on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. It struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, and sunk the next day. While ship design and safety has come a long way since those days, you can still have a disastrous cruise without some planning. Here [...]

Getting Unstuck on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Getting Unstuck on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Forty-seven, 48, 49, 50. I stopped counting and climbing. I looked up, shielding my eyes from the glare of the sun as I tried to get my breathing under control. The act of catching my breath at nearly 14,000 feet made me acutely aware of how oxygen-rich the air is at sea level where I [...]

Brazil is Happiest Place on Earth

Brazil is Happiest Place on Earth

Is it the beautiful beaches? The gorgeous women? The pulsating rhythms of samba and bossa nova? Is it all of the above? Whatever it is, Brazilians – at least those who use the social media app Instagram – are the happiest people in the world. Read Related: 9 Great Reasons to Visit Brazil This Year [...]

How Traveling to Peru Taught me Gratitude

How Traveling to Peru Taught me Gratitude

Travel, especially to an underdeveloped country, can be an eye-opener. Diane Valenti learned gratitude during her trip to Peru. My guide, Marco, showed up promptly at 8 a.m. His clothes pressed to perfection, face scrubbed, and shoes shined. I could still see the comb marks in his damp hair. I, on the other hand, was [...]

The Mother Road: Route 66 is Still the Place to Get Your Kicks

The Mother Road: Route 66 is Still the Place to Get Your Kicks

Route 66, also known as the Mother Road and the Main Street of America, may have had its heyday years ago, but it’s definitely still worth a drive. Construction of the highway began in 1926 and it became one of the most famous roads in America. Connecting Chicago to Los Angeles and passing through 8 [...]

10 Big Things in Texas & How They Got There

10 Big Things in Texas & How They Got There

Texas is a huge state and prides itself on being biggest at everything. Courtesy of Toyota, I had the chance to drive around and see some of these big things and find out why they are there. Not all are the “world’s largest,” but I guarantee you’re in for some really BIG surprises. Read Related: [...]

Fun Activities for Kids in San Francisco

Fun Activities for Kids in San Francisco

San Francisco is a fun, family friendly city where you won’t need a car to get around. It has great public transportation, as much as San Franciscans may complain about it. You can get all around town on buses, metro, old fashioned trams and the beautiful cable cars, which even city dwellers use for fun. [...]