The Americas

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 […]


Escape the Cold at Stunning Moon Dance Cliffs

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 23, 2013

beach chairs

With colder weather fast approaching, your thoughts may likely be turning to booking a warm destination getaway. Consider Moon Dance Cliffs Resort in Negril, Jamaica, named one of 2013’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor, is stunningly beautiful and this time of years offers great options for a warm-weather destination for couples […]


Farm-to-Table in the Peruvian Amazon

by Mary Jo Manzanares on September 18, 2013

potatoes in peru

Every October 5th, the Andean peoples of Peru celebrate the day of the Olluquito that signifies the importance of the From, one of 3,800 varieties of potato found in Peru and served at Rainforest Expeditions’ three eco-lodges deep in the Peruvian Amazon. A leader in Peru’s sustainable tourism, Rainforest Expeditions is introducing farm-to-table to its […]


Valentine Suggestions from The Travelers Way

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 14, 2013

We’re sending out the very best in Valentine wishes to our readers. And since we know some of you may be looking for romantic travel ideas, we have some of those to share with you as well. Now, it’s too late to pull any of these off today, but you can find a card and […]


Machu Picchu Tour: A Reverential Experience

by Guest Contributor on December 22, 2012

Machu Pichu

When I was a little girl and my parents first walked me into the cool interior of our church sanctuary, I just got it – this was an important place. I had that same feeling when we arrived at Machu Picchu. There was a reverence about being high up on that mountain that was unmistakable. […]

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Private Island Adventure at Disney’s Castaway Cay

by Jenni Ingersoll on July 22, 2012

In 1996, with the goal to expand the Disney Cruise experience, Jim Durham, an imagineer for Walt Disney Corporation, was assigned to scout out an island location in the Bahamas where passengers aboard Disney Cruise Line ships would visit and enjoy at their leisure.  After purchasing the island property from the Bahamian government, Jim and his […]


Information about the museums of Uruguay won’t fill up the pages of your guidebook, but anyone with an affinity for the whimsical and the unusual will have a field day in this quirky South American country. This two-day museum excursion explores the wackiest wonders of two Uruguayan cities:  Atlantida and Montevideo. And when you’ve had […]


Peru: Cruising the Amazon in Stylish Luxury

by Rita Cook on May 28, 2012

luxury amazon cruising

Forget about trekking to the Amazon and roughing – unless you just want to do that.  Instead, check out the M/V Aria who just launched their five-star floating hotel offering cruises to the northern part of the Amazon River in Peru. Cruising is an Amazon experience in every sense of the word because it’s still all about […]


Eating Local: Carne en Jugo in Guadalajara, Mexico

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 14, 2012

carne en jugo

Sampling local cuisine is one of the high points of travel for me.  I love sleuthing out regional dishes, trying local delicacies, and learning about the culture of a people by enjoying their food.  It satisfies my curiosity and that rumbling in my belly. So get your Mexican music playlist queued up (find some suggestions […]