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  1. If you are expecting a tax refund do not earmark it for anything.  Interest-free loans to the government aside, put any surplus funds in a savings account and resist the urge to touch it. Stat! [caption id="attachment_5766" align="alignleft" width="235"] If only we could travel this easily, but until then, we'll have to pay our way to our dream destination...

The first thing that you notice when you step into A Spa For You Suites in Sedona is the owner, Thea Draaisma’s mega-watt smile that seems to come from somewhere deep in her heart and makes a soft landing on her face. She walks toward me with hands outstretched, “You must be Renee!” a half question and half declarative statement....

Have you ever sat down just to look at a sunset without any thought or desire to do anything beyond taking in the glorious sight before you? There’s no expectation, no waiting for anything more than what you see directly ahead. That was actually one of the primary reasons I wanted to visit the city of Sedona, Arizona. It would be...

Warning: This post contains music, so turn the speakers down or pause it if you need to, but listen when you can. This is a decidedly different post on my blog, but I wanted to honor Father's Day by recalling my own.  If your father is still here to receive your own love letter...

Today is my final installment in the Inspired Traveler series. I appreciate all the support from the readers and the participation of some really great travel bloggers who generously shared their wit and wisdom in their interviews. Helping the fat lady sing is one of my faves, Mike Figueiredo, who quite by accident has found himself blogging about traveling in...

When you make plans to visit New Orleans, you already know that great food, finger-snapping, jazz and spectacular scenery is on the menu. What’s even more special is that the Creole Queen riverboat gives you all that and more. I’m sure that you’ve seen paddle wheel boats on movies like “Showboat”, but it’s pretty amazing to see the expansive ship in...