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When you see tropical foliage like this, you can't help but imagine yourself on a lush island paradise alone or with the one you love and never coming back to civilization.  You would never suspect that this awe-inspiring scene is what you will see as soon as you exit the baggage claim at the Honolulu International Airport.  The funny thing...

One of the great things about traveling is that you get to stay in a nice, comfortable accommodation where someone else is responsible for changing the sheets and keeping your room clean.  Unfortunately, most of us are programmed to automatically book a hotel when considering places to lay our head during vacation.   If you're like me, you may be a little...

There is something special about my hometown, Atlanta, GA.  People tend to be friendly, helpful and believe in taking the time to smell the roses.  That means, we find really cool things to do to keep us busy: 1)  Take a day trip to Helen, Georgia [caption id="attachment_2951" align="aligncenter" width="508"] Lederhosen lives! Celebrating Octoberfest 2009 in Helen, Georgia!   Photo credit: helenga.org[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2953"...

On a wintry afternoon in 2003, we were walking along the streets of Montmartre in Paris enjoying the scenery.  It wasn't long before we happened upon this beautifully crafted church that, frankly,  we were not familiar with.  Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica is a Roman Catholic church that sits majestically on the top of a hill above hungry, but talented...

This is the third in a series of infrequent articles that feature spa deals for the budget traveler. I consider myself to be a fairly practical person.  I'm not (usually) wasteful and I pride myself on making cogent financial decisions.  So, I was a little bit surprised when I found myself clicking the buy button on one of my favorite discount...

One of the special delights of traveling is that you find yourself in extraordinary and unexpected circumstances.  We decided to spend a little time in Miami before boarding our cruise ship the next day.  As an avid gardener and a fan of architecture, I thought a visit to the National historic landmark, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens would be the perfect...