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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...

Full Disclosure: During my stay in New Orleans, I was a guest of the Loews Hotel which was arranged by the very sensational New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.   However, my review is and will always be my honest impression of my time there.   Here's a transformation for you.  Take one Lykes Brothers Steamship building, a cargo shipping company that...