Make Travel Safe Again

Insights from a mid-pandemic trip to Portugal If you follow my social media, you probably know that I was recently in Portugal. Specifically, I traveled to the Azores Islands and Lisbon. Before you start travel shaming me, you should know...

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What you will love about sailing on a Royal Clipper Cruise

The Royal Clipper is no ordinary cruise ship. One of the three vessels in the Star Clippers fleet, with five masts and 42 sails, she is the world's largest fully-rigged sailing ship. The Royal Clipper carries 227 passengers in 114...

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Barge Cruising: A Guide for First-Timers

Barge cruising is one of the most relaxed and luxurious ways to see the European countryside. Barge cruises are vastly different than other types of voyages such as a river, small ocean or windjammer cruises. First-time barge cruisers...

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Best Vacation Rental Homes Around the World

I know a thing or two about vacation rentals because I have been renting them for several years. Right around the time our kids were no longer willing to sleep in the same bed, it stopped being fun to...

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Viking River Cruise Longship Overview

I am not much for crowds, especially while on vacation. That means when I cruise, I tend to favor small luxury cruise ship lines that carry just a few hundred passengers. You won't find me on a mega-ship with thousands...

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48 Hours In Berlin

Berlin is an underrated city and less expensive than many of the other larger European capitals. If you are interested in history, particularly World War II and the Cold War, then Berlin is an ideal place to visit. I...

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Windstar Cruises Review: A Small Luxury Cruise Line

Windstar Cruises maintains that they are 180 Degrees from Ordinary. After sailing on their luxury cruises numerous times, I completely agree. In fact, they are extraordinary. Recently my husband and I set off on a repositioning cruise from Dublin, bound for...

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Top 5 Things to Do In Porto

I first came to Porto on a Windstar cruise that was sailing from Dublin to Lisbon. Although I only spent a few hours in the port, I knew it was love at first sight from the moment I arrived...

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5 Vacation Rentals You Wish You Had Booked

Did you know that a weekly vacation rental is likely to be less expensive than staying in a single hotel room for 7 nights? Don't get me wrong, I love a luxury hotel room just as much as the next girl....

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A Walking Tour of London with Context Travel

My favorite way to see a city is to walk it. On a typical day, I'll wander the streets, logging anywhere from 7-10 miles. When I set out I don't usually have a plan. I may have a destination...

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