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When An Arbitrary Incident On Photo Safari Leads to A Viral Video

Last December, this Maven’s family of four traveled to Botswana and Zimbabwe with good friends – another family of four – who have been sharing our sense of adventure and world-exploration for several years. We spent nine days on photo safari (documented here and here), from December 19-29, 2015 and returned with camera SD cards […] Read more

Douro Valley and Northern Portugal in Pictures

WHY GO: The Douro Valley in northern Portugal might not be on the mind of every wine-lover, but the way things are going, it soon will be. Home to some of the best Ports in the world (Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port, 100 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine), and a growing number of acclaimed Reds, the Douro […] Read more

Porto Portugal: Made for Wandering

WHY GO: If there was ever a city made for wandering, it’s Porto, Portugal. Like Lisbon, streets are cobblestone, building facades gleam with colorful tile and the river (here, the Douro) figures prominently. But Porto is much more intimate, and all of that beauty is concentrated in its historic city center. Churches and public buildings […] Read more

Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal In Pictures

WHY GO: Lisbon Portugal is a hot destination right now – and should be. It’s the closest Mainland Europe city to New York (a 6 1/2 hour flight), colorful, classic and innovative all at once. Mosaic sidewalks, cobblestone streets, terra cotta roofs, tiled buildings – Lisbon is eye-catching no matter which way you look. Here […] Read more

Chinatown in the Year of the Monkey – a Photo Essay

Here is a new year’s celebration that lasts all year long. On February 8, 2016, New York City rang in the Year of the Monkey at Sara D. Roosevelt Park with the traditional Firecracker Ceremony, and on Sunday, the 17th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade will wind all through Chinatown. But that’s just the beginning–the Year of […] Read more

Getaway Mavens Win Awards in National Writing Competition

We are delighted to announce that Getaway Mavens received two awards in the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) annual writing competition. Sandra Foyt earned Gold place in the 2015 NATJA Awards Competition in the Destination Travel, Online Publication category for The Historical Romance of Quebec City. She also placed as a Finalist in the Illustrated Story, Online Publication […] Read more

Photo Safari at the Central Park Zoo

Opened in the 1860s, the Central Park Zoo was New York’s first zoo and the nation’s second (the Philadelphia Zoo preceded it in 1859.) Sometimes a source of controversy, the Great Central Park Zoo Escape hoax of 1874–polar bears and Bengal tires reported loose on city streets, oh my!–panicked and angered many New Yorkers. More […] Read more

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

What to do in Victoria Falls? Start with these and read the complete story on Huffington Post HERE.   Bungee Jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge – a stomach churning 350 foot plunge. Visit the Falls. The whole of the town of Victoria Falls is actually a National Park, which means that animals are given […] Read more

Linkwasha Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Boutique in the Bush

You’ll note the difference even before you arrive to camp. In the “Sundowner” shelter, hard by the bumpy airstrip, newcomers to Linkwasha, and three other Wilderness Safari Camps in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, find bowls of hand-made potato chips, wine, beer, hard and soft-drinks. You haven’t even seen one animal yet, but you’re now aware […] Read more

GETAWAY MAVENS TOP 20 MOST POPULAR TOWNS IN THE NORTHEAST USA 2015 (“Bringing you the best offbeat escapes in the Northeast”) is just 2 ½ years old, but with over 250 destinations from Virginia to Maine, it’s garnering lots of attention. Proving that readers are a romantic bunch, the most searched and read post by far is “Most Romantic Destinations in the Northeast USA.” But what […] Read more

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