Flagstaff Arizona Attractions – Top 11 reasons to use Flagstaff as your base – Part 1

Route 66 Street mural a Flagstaff Arizona AttractionsFlagstaff Arizona attractions were some of the most memorable on our epic 4-month trip to the American Southwest.  Flagstaff Arizona is a gem of a city. What a lovely surprise, from Ponderosa pine forests, outdoor adventure, national monuments to iconic memorabilia! Flagstaff has it all, and it’s close to everything we wanted to see. Continue reading

Santa Fe New Mexico – Should it be on Your Bucket List?

Santa Fe New Mexico –

Why Put it on Your Bucket List?

Sculpture in front of Museum of Indian Art and Culture in Santa Fe New Mexico

Santa Fe New Mexico has it All

Santa Fe New Mexico – Thinking of visiting? Santa Fe New Mexico offers exhilarating and enriching experiences year round. From winter sports and summer hiking to the arts, great food, Native Indian and Spanish culture, to history and geology. A treasure trove of adventures awaits you. Continue reading

NOLA – How to See New Orleans in Style for Less $$

NOLA ornate iron lace porch railingsNOLA (New Orleans) planning was an important part of our 13 state 4 month trip. While planning, I learned that NOLA can be quite expensive. I checked out hotels on Booking.com, Airbnb, and checked RV campground prices (since we now have an RV). Compared to the other cities we visited, New Orleans accommodations looked to be more than twice as expensive. In addition to lodging, there are tours to see everything you can imagine in NOLA; at first glance, it looks like everything one might want to see costs money. While you could spend a fortune, there are many ways to see NOLA without spending a lot. Continue reading

Want to See Tasmania’s Coastal Gems, like Freycinet?

Tasmania

Freycinet Tasmania coastal viewWe spent one week in Tasmania where we explored Cradle Mountain, Devonport, Launceston, Freycinet on the east coast, and ended in Hobart. Do you like nature, the ocean, and fresh seafood and produce? We love Tasmania for its wild coastlines, foodie culture with fresh fish and oysters, wineries, locally made cheeses, and organic produce.  Best of all, its Continue reading

Mountain High to Deep Waterways – Lake Taupo New Zealand

Lake Taupo & Around

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Blue LakeIf you love the outdoors, beautiful scenery, mountains, waterways, history and culture, look no further than the Lake Taupo Area on New Zealand’s North Island. It brims with outdoor activities, from Continue reading

Akaroa New Zealand – for beach, wildlife, great seafood

Akaroa New Zealand

Akaroa New Zealand Harbour and cloudy skyWe are wildlife voyeurs and take every opportunity to experience the animals in their natural habitats on all of our travels. When Coast Up Close Wildlife Adventures invited us to join them while we were on New Zealand’s South Island, we planned a couple days in Akaroa New Zealand. So glad we did! See Akaroa with us … Continue reading

Morocco – A Colorful Journey

Morocco – A Colorful Journey

Tile facade of Morocco buildingHave you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a non-western culture, something totally different, exotic, and colorful?  My friend Gail wanted to celebrate her birthday by experiencing a totally different environment from her norm.  After 2 months of research on Morocco, and with the help of hotel owner from Skoura named L’ma, Gail planned their own private experience.  Her own trip was less expensive than standard packages and just as nice.

This article takes you through the colorful two week tour that she and husband Mitch experienced, and what they loved about Morocco.

Morocco Travel – What was different? Continue reading

Canadian Bus Trip Vacation – Value & Experience

Canadian Bus Trip Starr ToursIn deciding what to do for summer vacation last year, friends Mark, Karen and their daughter, decided on a Canadian Bus Trip where they could relax, and let Starr, a local bus tour company, do the planning and driving. This post is a result of an interview with them that discusses the 6-day trip, and its pros and cons.

Selecting the Canadian Bus Trip – Quebec City and Montreal

MOverlook of Montreal from Mount Royalark’s friend had recently used Starr, and Mark liked the idea of having someone else do the driving (sounds good to me!).  Mark hadn’t been to Montreal and Quebec City so it sounded like a good choice. The Canadian Bus Trip description sounded inviting – “Explore the rich culture and Continue reading