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MSC Lirica Review – Would I Sail Her Again?

My husband recently declared that the test of a good cruise line is if you'd sail them again.  He said this as soon as we boarded the MSC Lirica for our very first MSC cruise. We are avid cruises and have been for many years.  We've sailed with pretty much all the major cruise lines that cater to the US market including Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and NCL.  But this was our first cruise aboard an MSC ship which caters mostly to the European market. Before I answer the all ...

Matera Day Trip- A Step Back in Time

Matera.  Ancient city,  shame of Italy, or hidden gem, which describes Matera best?  The answer, all of the above. Matera is a city and a province in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy; the area we fondly refer to as the heel of the boot. The modern city like any other thriving city is filled with apartment buildings, businesses, and traffic.  But that's not the Matera people come to see.  They travel there to see the Sassi districts, the historical city center whose buildings are ...

Puglia Day Trips – Martina Franca & Alberobello

Puglia or Apulia in Italian, is a region in southern Italy that borders the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on the east and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto on the south.  It's southern most portion of the country known as the Salento Pennisula which forms the "heel of the boot of Italy." Bari  the capital city of the Puglia region  has a population of 1.3 million residing within the city and it's suburbs.  It's a good place to base yourself while exploring the wonderful sites around ...

Traveling The World On Your Terms

  Escaping The Rut You’re in a rut. You’re tired. Life doesn’t have the zing it did before, and in the back of your mind, you think it never will again. But you’re wrong. You know how you get out of a rut? You realize you’re in one, and make a concerted effort to change. You may think you’ve seen everything. That’s just depression prompting you into complacency.   Proof positive: have you ever been to Australia? Yes? How about Antarctica? Alaska? Russia? Hawaii? The ...

5 Must Do Things in Kotor Montenegro

Kotor Montenegró is arguably one of Europe's hidden gems.  This picturesque town nestled at the foot of Mt. Lovcen is the end point of the Bay of Kotor.  It is a fairly new port of call for  cruise ships sailing the Adriatic Coast. Montenegró is a new country having gained her independence in May 2006.  It's tourist industry is just getting off the ground which is great for us tourists.  We were quite surprised to find everything in town very inexpensive. Kotor, Montenegró ...

Travel with Kids: Know Before You Go

Sooner or later many of us find ourselves searching for the best travel deals. This is particularly true when traveling with kids.  Family travel is costly and stressful.   The key to almost stress free travel with kids or without is planning.  Know before you go!  Avoid surprise charges; know luggage fees and limits; know airline, car rental, and hotel policies and amenities.  Pack wisely and make a budget.   I’m a travel agent always planning and searching for the best ...

A Day In Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone, Arizona, the name evokes visions of gunfights, saloons, Wyatt Earp, the Clantons, Doc Holliday, and ghosts. Everyone's heard of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and may have seen it depicted in the recent movie bearing the town's name.  But Tombstone is not just  a remnant of the Wild West.  It's a real town with real people who've lived there through out history and live there still.  This has earned Tombstone the epitaph "The Town Too Tough to Die." Ever since my ...

Don’t Leave Home Without These Travel Apps!

Traveling, specially during peak  season, is stressful.  You have to deal with crowded airports and busy roads no matter how you choose to travel. One of the best ways to lower you stress level is to put your smartphone to work.  There are many free Travel Apps you can download on to your mobile devices to help you plan your trip, keep track of reservations, navigate airports and cities, plan your route, and more. The only caveat is if you are traveling internationally you may be charged ...

Air Travel With Kids

Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go.  All that’s left is getting to the airport on time and then the family vacation finally begins.  Or does it?  In my experience the vacation doesn’t really begin until we get to our destination.  I often find myself asking “Am I’m having fun yet?” as I navigate the airport with luggage and kids in tow. Air travel is supposed to be simple and hassle free, with online check-in and security pre-screening we’re supposed to zip ...

Thanksgiving Travel – Where Will You Go?

Is it me or does it seem that once we hit Halloween the rest of the year seems to become a blur of rapidly changing seasons and holidays?  It seems that once the spooky fun and games of Halloween is over, it's time to think about the next Fall holiday, Thanksgiving.  Then it just rolls into Black Friday, Christmas, and continues on until the New Year.  It's one of the busiest times of year for me, I love it! Every year on November 1 I toy with the idea of chucking tradition out ...