The Americas

In just another week, this political madness will – hopefully – all be a not-so-fond memory. Till then, my hat is off to those businesses trying to put a positive political spin on our travel efforts. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the U.S Virgin Islands is letting their constituents (also known as guests) vote with […]


If It’s Winter Up North, It’s Summer in Antarctica

by Susan McKee on October 5, 2016

Antarctic Sailing

Cold weather ahead! It’s time to plan your winter travel. Some of us head south to Arizona or the Caribbean to escape the chill. Others of us look to embrace the season by heading to a ski resort. What about a cruise to Antarctica? A boat’s the only way to get there, unless you’re attached […]


Animal Tourism: Endangered Species in Latin America

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 28, 2016

The natural beauty of Latin America is rife with exotic species that are as much of a part of the inspiration for tourism as the regions in which they reside. But the sad truth is that many are on the path to extinction. I’m sure you’d agree that it’s important we not only see these […]

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Cozumel Scuba Festival Adds Routes for Advanced Divers

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 17, 2015

The dates of Mexico’s extraordinary dive event, Scuba Fest, have been announced. The Fourth Annual Cozumel Scuba Fest will be held December 8-13, 2015. While the Fest is geared for all levels of divers, including beginners, this year it features new products and routes focusing on advanced-level diving off the Mexican Caribbean Island of Cozumel, […]


Past is Present in Cuba

by Susan McKee on June 1, 2015

Crumbling Colonial architecture. Endless vistas of Caribbean blue seas. Music that still stirs the soul. An artist whose work marks him as the love child of Barcelona’s Antonio Gaudi and Simon Rodia of Watts Towers fame. That’s what I remember most about a recent visit to Havana. The artist – José Rodríguez Fuster – is […]

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10 Things I didn’t know about the Galapagos

by Guest Contributor on June 23, 2014

10 Things I didn’t know about the Galapagos (via Finding the Universe) “Oh, you’re going to the Galapagos!”, a friend of mine emailed me. “Reminds me of all the stuff I had to learn in biology, you know, about Darwin and so on, but hey: that is so exciting!” “Loz,”, I asked my better half, […]


Puerto Rico: The Real Fountain of Youth

by Guest Contributor on June 9, 2014

Puerto Rico: The Real Fountain of Youth? (via Richard Bangs) When Christopher Columbus made landfall in Puerto Rico during his second trans-Atlantic voyage, in 1493, a young Spanish nobleman, Ponce de León, some scholars believe, was on board. Rumors of hefty quantities of gold brought Ponce de Leon back, in…


Glamping in Costa Rica!

by Guest Contributor on May 19, 2014

Glamping in Costa Rica! (via TodayCostaRica) Costa Rica Travel article and photos by Carmen Schaffer. I have never been one to be known for camping. The idea of staying in a nylon tent while sleeping in or on a sleeping bag directly on the ground has never really appealed to me nor has the idea…


Unsolved Mystery Sparks Galapagos Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 29, 2014

Since 1994, Tropic Journeys in Nature, an Ecuador ecotourism company, has led tours through the country’s most engaging landscapes. Now it’s focusing attention on a soon-to-be-released (Spring 2014) documentary film, “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,” and invites guests to become Floreana Island’s on-site sleuths. The documentary is a bizarre real-life drama of the […]


Working on a Cruise Ship: What’s it Like?

by Marilyn Jones on January 27, 2014

Sailing on Carnival Conquest

Seven fun-filled days in the Caribbean. No cooking, no cleaning, not a care in the world — unless you’re one of Carnival Conquest’s 1,150 crew members who make sure every guest’s needs are met. Dining room staff, stateroom stewards, cooks, maintenance personnel, engineers, officers, entertainers, photographers and store clerks, systematically, efficiently and stealthily care for […]