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Ten Ways To Know If Small Ship Cruising Is For You

First published on Huffington Post December 2, 2014 Though they offer fewer onboard activities, small ships, defined as those that carry fifty to 300 passengers, are best for a certain kind of traveler. Here are ten ways to determine if small ship cruising is right for you. If it is, we’ll steer you to the […] Read more

American Cruise Lines Review

The escalating hassles of international travel (not to mention a fearsome fear of flying) turned my attention recently to a type of vacation that has been growing in popularity of late: Small Ship American River Cruising. As a Connecticut-based empty-nest travel writer with an active, fit 81-year-old teacher-naturalist mother, I sought a trip that could satisfy our […] Read more

Piedmont Region of Italy Is Like Tuscany Forty Years Ago

Piedmont, in Italy’s northwest corner just over the Swiss border, has one of the most achingly beautiful landscapes in the country if not on the whole face of the earth. Travelers who have been to Rome, Florence, the Almafi Coast, and even Tuscany, will find in Piedmont a relatively quiet, off-the-beaten-path series of hill villages […] Read more

Montreux Switzerland And All That Jazz

Ordinarily, Montreux Switzerland is a scenic, sleepy town on Lake Geneva.  But once a year, it burst into buzzy, bebop, bluesy beats when the Jazz Festival comes to town. If you are a fan of Jazz, Blues or R&B, and a lover of exquisite, serene lake towns, Montreux provides the best of both worlds. Montreux […] Read more

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley And The Best Massage In Aguas Calientes

You have to tell yourself over and over that these pilots have flown into this snug-tight airport a million times. That’s the only way to enjoy the approach into Cusco – a city of 500,000 and at 11,200 ft. elevation, one of the highest cities in the world.  It sits in a valley surrounded on […] Read more

Lima, Peru: There’s More To Explore

Visiting Peru for the first time? Chances are you’re bound for Machu Picchu or the Amazon and will stay in Lima a very short time.  But, perhaps you should rethink that. We’ll start with some Getaway Maven fun facts: Lima is a sophisticated city with a population of 8.5 million. Tourism is the third largest […] Read more

Sandoval Lake Lodge: At Play In the Peruvian Amazon

It’s one hour from Lima to Cusco, then another half hour flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon Basin: just 30 minutes from one of the highest elevation cities in the world to the bright green, dripping, muddy world of the Rain Forest. There’s a good chance you’ll land inside a whipping, monsoon-like storm […] Read more

Diani Beach and Mombasa, Kenya: Paradise and Adventure on the Indian Ocean

Written by recent Princeton grad, Stefanie Siller, who is currently working in Kenya.   Last week, my friend Rhianna and I embarked on an adventure to the Kenyan coast. Our trip started with Diani Beach, a small strip of paradise located along the Indian Ocean. After a full day of travel (5 hours to Nairobi via […] Read more

Stratford, Ontario; Beliebe it or Not

WHY GO: Here’s a strange fact: Stratford, Ontario, a good two-hour drive from Toronto and home to the preeminent Shakespeare Theater Festival in Canada, is also hometown of teen hottie Justin Bieber. Talk about Yin/Yang.  This small outpost has also been nurturing quite a Locavore culture drawing high-caliber chefs who work magic with the products […] Read more

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