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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…



Late Season Departure for Alaska

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014


If you haven’t taken a late season cruise to Alaska, then you should consider this less crowded time and take advantage of a unique opportunity to view the sites. I’ve taken many cruises to Alaska in the past, but this year I decided to take a late-season, round-trip sailing from Vancouver, partly to see if…

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Exploring the Gateway to the Yukon

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014


Having been to all of the featured ports (and having experienced all their major attractions) on this itinerary previously, I felt that this trip more closely resembled reuniting with old friends rather than making new ones, and a very comfortable, leisurely way to vacation.  Consequently, numerous past visits to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, had fully…

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What can one say about Glacier Bay? This incredible wilderness of ice and mountains is not only one of Alaska’s premier natural attractions, but also a World Heritage Site.  Happily, the sun made appearances in the morning and frequently during the day, while low-hanging clouds added to the park’s mystique. Moderate temperatures also brought most…

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Inside Passage Southbound

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014


Happily, the poor weather we’d experienced on the northbound trip did not make a return as we cruised towards Vancouver. The sky-blue waters, snowcapped peaks, dense forests and picturesque British Columbia villages that make the “Inside Passage” special were on full view today for all to enjoy. Disembarking in Vancouver at the Canada Place Pier…

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Staff Soundoff: Jet Lag

Posted by Group Travel Leader in Travel Thoughts on December 08, 2014


  We asked staff at The Group Travel Leader the question: “What are your tricks for dealing with jet lag?” Find out what works for these seasoned travelers below!   “I’ve found it most helpful to stay awake throughout the first day after landing overseas, no matter how badly I want to sleep. Getting out,…



An On-The-Road Epiphany

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on November 21, 2014


Returning from Jordan last week on Royal Jordanian Airlines, I enjoyed a cosmic moment in my life. It started uneventfully. In a rush to get on the road to the airport in Amman that morning, I threw my headphones into a small bag I usually take on the plane. But for this trip, I had…



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Laughlin Getaway

Posted by Sponsored Article in Sponsored Articles on November 21, 2014


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Having spent the entire summer volunteering for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Visitor Center at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River, just east of its confluence with the mighty Columbia, I took the opportunity during my free time to go exploring throughout the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest. I kept my…