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You finally made it to Australia, a country you’ve wanted to explore your entire life, but the 20-hour flight has left you sick in your bed. This unhappy scenario occurs often for passengers whose bodies can’t handle the hardships of long flights. Between the dehydration, restriction of movement, food temptations and nasty germs at every…

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Eliza Myers

Remember the Moon

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on November 19, 2015

 
 

“Ga?” My 10-month-old daughter asked her question while pointing up into the sky. I was hurrying to get her inside while carrying a large bag so I quickly glanced up. It was the moon. I forgot it was up there. After really looking hard at the glowing moon with my daughter, I remembered that the…

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Eliza Myers

Stuck on an Alp

Posted by Eliza Myers in Switzerland, Travel Thoughts on September 17, 2015

 
 

Truth be told, I did not like the idea of sleeping in a chicken coop. However, as I jumped over boulder after boulder in search of the gondola about to ditch me on an alp in Switzerland, this seemed like best option if I ended up stranded for the night. Sometimes travel plans gone awry…

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I’ve noticed a phenomenon in airports that seems to occur frequently. Perfectly polite people enter the doors of the airport and leave their common courtesy behind. I realize the high level of frustration involved in every visit to the airport. However, when you have to deal with rudeness on top of waiting in long lines,…

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Looking at the clock as soon as I walked off the plane, I determined that I had nine hours to kill before my connection flight left New York. Since there is only so much a person can do in an airport, I had already decided to make the most of my day in the Big…

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“Just try it,” said my mom, offering me a taste of her boiled cabbage. “It’s not like it’s going to hurt you to just try it.” I looked at the mushy, green cabbage she was offering and quietly disagreed. It must be admitted that boiled cabbage can look pretty scary no matter how you feel…

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“What is a favorite view you remember from a trip?” People travel far and wide to take in a spectacular view. Our staff let us know some of their favorite panoramas they beheld during their travels.   “The incredible vistas from the top of Grinnell Glacier stay in my mind as some of the most…

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  Some works of art take people’s breath away. They stick with you long past your short visit. Our staff relate pieces of art that spoke to them while on the road. ‘The Pieta by Michelangelo leaves me without words. Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, this marble sculpture does not…

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We asked our staff, ‘What great international experiences have you had 
that aren’t available at home?’ Here is what they had to say! ‘One thing you just don’t find in America very often is a group of monkeys hanging out in the shade near a 400-year-old mausoleum. This incredible encounter happened to me in India,…

 
 

We asked the staff of The Group Travel Leader, ‘What’s a great local restaurant or watering hole that you’ve discovered on the road?’ Here are some wonderful places to keep in mind when you’re on the road. ‘Best dive bar hands down goes to Veets Bar in downtown Mobile, Alabama. It’s cold beer, live music…