Posts by: alison

Safely Eating Street Food Around the World

Jul 2023

My first adventures in eating street food outside the United States took place when I was in college traveling in Greece. I was a pretty green traveler and happily ate souvlaki, salads and yogurt from street vendors on a student’s budget without incident. Naiveté and luck kept me safe.

woman eating kunafa street food

The only time I saw the inside of a doctor’s office was when my friend badly chipped her capped tooth, and after the treatment she got, I’m not convinced the man was even a real doc.

Can you believe there was a translated phrase in our guide book: “my artificial tooth needs replacing”?  I can still hear the THWACK of the rubber band he used to get the cemented tooth off her gums! As you can imagine, it was not a pleasant experience, but I digress….

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The Best Sights from Cairo to Giza Pyramids

Jun 2023

Traveling from Cairo to Giza is at the top of every traveler’s Egyptian bucket list. The Pyramids and other extraordinary monuments present a remarkable concentration of sites to visit in what for many will be the trip of a lifetime. Egypt is one of the most fascinating countries in the world and Cairo is definitely having a moment in the world of travel.

woman walking in front of Grand Pyramid with bougainvillea on each side

If you have ever wanted to take a trip back in time and experience the ancient wonders of the world, Cairo delivers as promised.  This bustling capital has a history that spans over 5,000 years. Cairo transports with a journey from the era of pharaohs to the Islamic golden age to the modern day. You’ll also find a thriving metropolis, home to over 10 million people.

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The Best Guide for the Smallest Cruise Ships

Apr 2023

There are many excellent choices among the variety of small ship cruise companies offering itineraries today. Best is completely subjective and depends on your travel style, activity level and amenities you are looking for. This post is about the smallest cruise ships I have been on and the highlights of each experience. These unique vessels will open your eyes to some of the opportunities in the world of cruising.

small ship cruising boat in Alaska

Small is relative, it all varies by who you talk to. I’ve been on ships as small as 8 passengers and as large as 600 which for the company, was their version of a small ship cruise. Personally, I think the magic sauce is under 300, the “small”sweet spot. This number maintains what I feel is the true hallmark of small ship cruising: active, immersive, off-the-ship, eco-friendly travel.

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Delicious Vegetarian Food in Spain

Mar 2023

Food is a integral part of Spanish culture, boasting rich flavors, diverse ingredients, and unique cooking methods. Those searching for vegetarian food in Spain will be pleasantly surprised by the delicious variety.

Artichoke heart on bed of vegetables on gold trimmed plate sitting on tiles

It’s no secret that Spanish cuisine is known for its broad use of meat, particularly beef and pork as well as specialty seafood dishes. Traditionally, meat makes up a significant component of Spanish diets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat delicious vegetarian food too!

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29 Romantic Things to do in Miami for Couples

Feb 2023

Looking for romantic things to do in Miami for couples? The Magic City is made for romance and excitement. Whether you’re looking to up your instagram game at the Wynwood Walls, greet alligators and fluffy roseate spoonbills in the wild, vogue on Miami’s 35 miles of beaches or dine on some of the best seafood and Cubano sandwiches in the States, there’s a romantic spot just waiting for you in southern Florida.

buildings and palm trees Miami skyline

Combined with a myriad of fresh, exciting hotels focused on eco-luxury and a level of cultural excitement that draws visitors from around the world, this city checks the boxes for a getaway of fun things to do in Miami for couples. Visit the Gateway to the Americas for a weekend or a full 10-day adventure. You’ll find plenty to keep you busy!

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2023 Nantucket Daffodil Festival Welcomes Spring

Jan 2023

When the sun is shining and blooms are bursting in New England, it’s a sure sign the annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival is not far away. Flower Power lives on as more than 3 million narcissus planted on the Grey Lady come alive in shades of sunshine for this harbinger of spring.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival car decorated with flowers

The 4th weekend in April heralds the season opener for the island in 2023. I can’t think of another place I’d rather be to welcome the end of winter.  Nantucket is found off the coast of Cape Cod, thirty miles out to sea. Rumor has it that Mother Nature is supposed to give New England the gift of beautiful skies in the days ahead, a perfect excuse to get Daffy and put on your yellow dancing shoes!

40 Essential Egypt Travel Tips

Jan 2023

There has never been a better time to plan a trip to Egypt. Having just recently returned with oodles of information, my Egypt Travel Tips will help your planning process. Travel these days has gotten a bit challenging; I hope my suggestions will make your preparation smoother and your international vacation a wonderful holiday.

Pyramids and palm trees at sunset

With an Egyptian stamp clearly inked in my passport, I’m totally convinced the country is a destination everyone should have on their bucket list. I’m already trying to plan another visit with my husband, as I know the historical sites of temples and pyramids will be highlights of a lifetime of travel.

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What to Buy in Portugal 30 Souvenirs and Gifts

Oct 2022

No international trip is complete without a bit of shopping. Fortunately for me, Portugal souvenirs are plentiful, unique and handmade. Keeping it local is easy when you know what to buy in Portugal.

Tinned fish bordered by Portuguese tiles

I hold my personal shopping to a minimum while living an eco-friendly lifestyle. However, the consumer in me is a gift-giver. When I’m on the road, finding unique presents brings me joy! Buying souvenirs in Portugal is one part cultural event, one part eating and drinking and one part lure of discovery. All parts keep tourism dollars in the local economy.

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Scenic Day Trips from Cordoba Spain

Aug 2022

Córdoba, the southern Spain charmer, has an abundance of Byzantine and Moorish sites from the Middle Ages. Visitors who have tasted this living piece of history will no doubt want to explore further. With options for all types of travelers, venture deeper with these easy and fun day trips from Cordoba, Spain.

woman looking out castle windows into landscape in Spain

You’ve explored the mosque/cathedral, visited UNESCO World Heritage sites and tickled your taste buds in the city, but are craving more of seductive Cordoba. Blessed with both man made and natural wonders, the heart of Andalusia is an excellent region for both active and tasty adventures. Take a sip of liquid gold, climb ancient castles to look out over olive groves that lead to hiking trails through dramatic limestone mountains. Are you ready to explore some of the best day trips from Cordoba?

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25 Fabulous Things To Do in Cordoba Spain

Aug 2022

Are you planning a trip to Spain? The City of Three Cultures, should be at the top of your list. On a recent visit, I discovered a wealth of things to do in Cordoba. In fact, I also found the most inspirational building in all of Europe!

Medieval palace with flowers and fountains Cordoba Alcazar

Tucked into the heart of Andalusia, Córdoba receives less tourists than its more famous neighbors of Seville and Granada. Located in stunning southern Spain, this city’s hidden treasures are numerous, just waiting to be discovered.

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Inside Petra Jordan’s Rose City

Apr 2022

Exploring inside Petra has been a bucket list goal for as long as I can remember. For some, the City of Petra is unfamiliar – but for history buffs and  fans of Indiana Jones and The Lost Crusade, images of Petra will be instantly recognizable. This stunning ruin, carved into sandstone is hidden in a valley, surrounded by mountains.

The Monastery with blue sky and flowers in Petra Jordan

Petra is a wonder of the world that will leave you speechless as you marvel at the astonishing carvings. In 1985 it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The infamous movie in 1989 put the Rose City on the map of international tourism.

Take a journey with me. The confluence of culture, archeology and natural wonder awaits inside Petra. Learn a little more about how it came to be and discover how best to experience it.

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Prouts Neck Cliff Walk and the Black Point Inn

Mar 2022

Looking for old world charm, privacy and one of the loveliest, bold, peninsula coastlines in Maine? A trip to the Prouts Neck Cliff Walk and Black Point Inn should be on your summer vacation agenda. New England has her pretty on this season.

rocky shoreline with waves in Maine

This little piece of Maine is about as good looking as it gets. Established in the late 19th century for summer cottages, it’s no wonder this breezy oceanfront spot, complete with cliff walk jutting into Saco Bay remains a favorite seasonal getaway.

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