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April 2018
Ambord

Stuff You Should Know before You Make Travel Plans: National Park Passes, and a Few Scams and Scoundrels to Avoid

Trusting vacationers have been known to show up at a beach house or remote mountain cabin, ready to relax. Instead, they’re greeted at the door by a disgruntled property owner, who is not amused his peace and quiet has been disturbed by strangers trying to move into his house.

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Some of the travel providers that advertise on these sites aren’t on the up and up. They advertise prices that can’t be beat, you book with them, pay with your credit card, and boom, you’ve been had. The worst ones, according to Clark.com (a site that monitors scams) are those that sell cheap flights.

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The Tenacious Traveler

Baltimore Scavenger Hunt – Intergenerational Travel at Its Finest

We went no further than Baltimore, less than an hour’s drive from our home in Washington, DC. The experiment convinced us that anyone anywhere can follow our game plan and turn a short commute into a memorable getaway.

Love Cook

Psychics at Sea: Spirit Survives on a Sick Ship

I’d tried convincing my husband, who’s notoriously seasick-prone, to accompany me. He shook his head. He’s the only person I know who got sick in the Tunnel of Love...Needless to say, the Tunnel of Love is not lovely when your partner is leaning over the side.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

The Best of Houston, the Space City

Think of Houston as “Sport City Central” with five professional teams and four stadiums. Minute Maid Stadium has a retractable dome; get there early to watch the Astros’ batting practice. It also hosts many sports-related events including Olympic soccer tryouts.

March 2018
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The Tenacious Traveler

The World Through the Windshield – What a Trip!

Whatever your interest – history, magnificent scenery or many other passions – it’s likely there’s a driving trip, and maybe many, to satisfy your curiosity and spirit of adventure.

Joseph
Senior Moments

Two Thousand Miles for a Piece of Pie

I first learned about Pie Town from a Sixty Minutes segment entitled “Slice of Life.” The story captured my imagination, and I felt like I had received an engraved invitation to go there and have a slice of my favorite pie, chocolate cream. One cannot turn down an engraved invitation.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Great Things to Do in the Phoenix/Scottsdale Area

The Geographic gallery is a trip around the world through music with tableaus that feature the musical instruments of an area plus the clothing and other artifacts. Most vignettes include a video of groups playing their instruments in native apparel.

Witham
Ernie's World

Tokyo or Not Tokyo, That Is the Question

I never imagined wanting to go to Japan when I was a kid growing up in New Hampshire. Heck, I didn't even want to go down South because it seemed too foreign. But about 10 years ago, I took a class in the Art of the Bonsai and began shaping little trees.

February 2018
Fry

Solo Travel After Age 50: Definitely Doable

Cruise ship travel isn't just for couples, families, or spring break groups, I've learned. Some cruise lines even waive the dreaded single-supplement costs for their solo sailing passengers.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

On The Lincoln Trail

The site is a reconstruction of the village where Lincoln spent his early adulthood years. It was here that he clerked in a store, split rails, enlisted in the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster, and failed at several businesses before being elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

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