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Now THAT’S a Good Idea!

Now THAT’S a Good Idea!

I love a good idea. Especially when it’s a fresh re-think of an established, long-held – but not necessarily logical – concept or practice. For example . . . Check-in/check-out times. Almost without exception, hotels require you to check out at...
Full of bologna (or boloney?)

Full of bologna (or boloney?)

Last month I embarked on a rather unusual journey: 1) It was a vacation – absolutely no hotel inspections were planned, and 2) it wasn’t an international trip for a change. Though I did travel to another world, for sure! Over the last two weeks, I blogged...
Planes, Trains and Automobiles … & more

Planes, Trains and Automobiles … & more

You may not believe this, but sometimes I just run out of ideas for this blog. So I went to my team for inspiration and they came up with a good one: different modes of transportation! Over the 40 years we’ve been arranging group travel, we have incorporated a...
A Dozen or so Reasons Not to Travel

A Dozen or so Reasons Not to Travel

I’m writing a book about travel. Foreign travel. Transformational travel. Not about how to travel, or where. But why to travel. Far away. To weird places. The weirder, the better. I hope to inspire more people to travel, to venture away from the familiar. But not...
Pura Vida? You betcha!

Pura Vida? You betcha!

  Question: Can one go to Costa Rica (rich coast) and enjoy a non-coastal experience? Answer: Absolutely! I was fortunate to have received an invitation from Auberge Resorts – a collection of world-class boutique hotels – to visit their property in...
I (heart) Ireland – Part 4!

I (heart) Ireland – Part 4!

Ulysses, published in 1922 and considered to be one of the most important books ever written, is 265,000 words in 18 episodes. This blog about Ireland, now on Part 4, will never win any literary awards – but will hopefully keep your attention until I finish recapping...