Mary Jo Manzanares

Plane Spotting and More at Kansai International Airport

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 13, 2017

Japan’s Kansai International Airpot (KIX) is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Opened in 1994, it serves as the international hub for ANA and JAL, as well as Peach, Japan’s first international low-cost carrier. If you’re traveling internationally to the Kansai region (Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka), chances are that you’ll arrive […]

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San Francisco Celebates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 30, 2017

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a yearlong celebration of San Francisco’s counter-culture with a 1960’s throwback including exhibitions, performances, literary events, tribute concerts and recognition of significant moments in time. The city of San Francisco served as a magnet for musicians, artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties. They […]

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Virginia is for Foodies

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 29, 2016

Virginia’s surging restaurant and bar scene have recently propelled the Commonwealth to new heights in the opinion of many leading food and drink journals. In fact, National Geographic Traveler named Richmond, Virginia to its elite list of Where to Travel for Food in 2016, citing the city’s blend of English, Native American, and African-American influences […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 24, 2016

Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of joy and blessings. We’re taking time away to be with families. I hear that there may be some Black Friday shopping going on, but I hope you’ll take some time to patronize your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday. And you won’t even have to leave the couch […]

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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 […]

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Happy Halloween 2016

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 31, 2016

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— (– from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe)

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Birding in the Lone Star State

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 14, 2016

Thanks to its incredible diversity of more than 540 bird species, Texas is widely considered to be America’s birding capital. The variety is further enriched by the convergence of three major migratory paths and an amazing range of habitat types. From well-known birding sites to off-the-beaten-path local hotspots, grab your binoculars and prepare to experience […]

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10 Best Fitness Spas in North America

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 3, 2016

Chances are you’ve heard about all the high-end spas that cater to celebrities. But where can us ordinary people go when we want to focus on fitness, with a little bit of luxury.

Getting away to a fitness spa can help you focus on your goals, whether that is losing weight, improving wellness, or learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Often located in gorgeous destinations, today’s fitness spas and health resorts help you sweat it out amidst gorgeous natural scenery, yet also offer  amenities to pamper and […]

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5 New Zealand Highlights You Simply Can’t Miss

by Mary Jo Manzanares on September 14, 2016

Planning a trip to New Zealand or just wondering what the top highlights are? You are going to discover that this southwestern Pacific Ocean country has plenty of breathtaking scenes – some of them second to none on Earth! It has more than enough both for adventure lovers and those who were hoping for some […]

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25 Family Friendly Attractions in Orlando Under $25

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 29, 2016

Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, , Florida, is the No. 1 family vacation destination, theme park capital of the world, and most visited destination in the United States.  An unparalleled mix of experiences create memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water …

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