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September 29, 2006
The latest travel news - Every day, travel professionals receive countless reports via newsletters, e-mails and magazines advising us of the latest travel news. I thought than it would be a worthwhile idea to periodically share some of them the traveling public. So, this week, instead of highlighting a particular destination, I'll update you on the latest in travel news ... Full Story

September 22, 2006
It's Finland's 'Lively Season' - If you never thought of a trip to Finland, now is the best time to go. October through April is known in Finland as the "Lively Season." Finland is the seventh largest western European country. It is tucked among Russia, Sweden and Norway. Its borders run from Helsinki, its capital, on the southern coast, to the sparsely inhabited Lapland above th... Full Story

September 15, 2006
National Parks of the West: A GrandLuxe rail journey - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist Before the days of air travel, people traveled by train to get about the country. Image yourself reliving the golden age of rail and go back to a simpler, more romantic, era. If this type of travel interests you, then a GrandLuxe luxury rail vacation may be for you. GrandLuxe, formerly the American Orient Expre... Full Story

September 8, 2006
Visit Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Year in style - In the United States, most of us are aware of Chinese New Year, and maybe some of us like to go out to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate it. But why not celebrate Chinese New Year 2007 in grand style by taking a trip to Hong Kong? The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2,600 B.C. It is a yearly calen... Full Story

September 1, 2006
Kenya: One of the African safari choices - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist The closest most of us have come to a safari is right in our living room watching the Discovery Channel. A once-in-a-lifetime experience can take place on a Kenya safari. If you only have time to visit one part of Africa, Kenya should be at the top of your list. You can start your journey by flying in, and possib... Full Story

August 25, 2006
Japan is the land of the rising sun - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist Although Japan may seem like it's a world away (pretty much half a world) it is an unforgettable experience to take a tour and explore the culture and history of the Japanese people. Japan is actually an archipelago, consisting of four major islands surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands. The main island, ... Full Story

August 18, 2006
Washington D.C. is the heart of our nation - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist What greater way to see where history is made and remembered than to take a trip to our nation's capital. A vacation in Washington D.C. can be both rewarding and enjoyable whether you spend a week or just a few nights. We have family in the northern part of Virginia, so many of our visits include a trip into D.C.... Full Story

August 11, 2006
Prague is a city of history - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist. About 10 years ago, the city of Prague - the capital of the Czech Republic - was a dreary Eastern Bloc capital. Today, it is a modern European metropolis. With its first inhabitants arriving during the early Stone Age, Prague has a long and colorful history making it a very worthy vacation destination. Fifteen l... Full Story

August 4, 2006
Let's go island hopping - By Lisa Vivirito Ttravel columnist If you thought of Hawaii when you saw the title of this article, you're in the wrong part of the world. These islands lie at the heart of the Mediterranean. They feature year-round sun, stunning scenery and rich history influenced by many civilizations. These are the Maltese Islands, namely Malta, Gozo and Comi... Full Story

July 28, 2006
'Remember the Alamo' and more in San Antonio - When mentioning the city of San Antonio, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is the Alamo. However, there is much more to see and do in this historic city, which is now the eighth largest city in the United States. Native Americans first lived along the San Antonio River, and called the area "Yanaguana," which means clear or refresh... Full Story

July 21, 2006
Mazatlan is the pearl on Mexico's Pacific coast - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist Mazatlan, one of my favorite Mexican destinations, is situated on the Pacific coast almost directly across from the tip of the Baja peninsula. Mazatlan has its own airport and is a popular cruise port. Set at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains, it is on a peninsula that extends into the Pacific Ocean. Because... Full Story

July 14, 2006
Find adventure, relaxation, and natural wonders in Barbados - By Lisa Vivirito Travel columnist A tropical paradise in the southeastern Caribbean, Barbados is an island for many different types of vacations. The west coast, on the calm Caribbean Sea, is home to beach resorts, lush gardens, secluded coves, a colorful harbor and cruise ship terminal. The east coast, on the Atlantic Ocean, has rugged rock form... Full Story

June 30, 2006
Make Vancouver part of your Alaskan vacation - The Alaska cruising season is here and that means many Floridians will find themselves in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Whether you are planning a round-trip Alaska cruise or are just beginning or ending your cruise in Vancouver, consider spending an extra night or two to explore this wonderful Canadian city. Many city tours are available, ... Full Story

June 23, 2006
Visit the Colonial Cities of Mexico.By Lisa Vivirito, travel columnist - The beautiful beaches of Mexico are fabulous places to enjoy a vacation, but there is another side of Mexico to explore; it's historic Colonial Cities. With their cobblestone streets, colorful fiestas, plazas and parks with flowering gardens, and cathedrals, many of these cities and towns look and feel just as the Spanish left them two hundred yea... Full Story

June 9, 2006
Freedom of the Seas. by Lisa Vivirito, travel columnist. - By now, I'm sure most people have heard about the new world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. Whether you've read about it, seen it on the news, or seen it featured on the Today Show, it's hard not to be impressed by its size and features. This past Memorial Day, we had the opportunity to experience the Freedom of the S... Full Story

June 2, 2006
Puerto Rico is More Than Beautiful Beaches - by Lisa Vivirito, travel columnist. Puerto Rico has been known as "The Shining Star of the Caribbean" and for many reasons, it still is. A short flight of about two hours and 45 minutes from Orlando lands you in this friendly tropical jewel. Even more good news is that since it is a Commonwealth of the United States, not only are passports not re... Full Story

May 26, 2006
Consider Branson for a nonstop fun vacation - Located in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Branson was recently called one of the top family destinations in the country. Home to 49 theaters it has also been called the "Live Music Show Capital of the World." But there is much more to Branson, which makes it a very attractive option for a vacation for everyone. Branson is part of what is called ... Full Story

May 19, 2006
Florence: Italy's Renaissance city - There are many ways to see Italy. Whether you take a guided tour or go on your own, there is much to see. One of my favorite places in Italy is the city of Florence. Though its history dates back to Roman times, the most famous sights are from the Renaissance era. Florence boasts works from the Renaissance's greatest artists, including Brunellesch... Full Story

May 12, 2006
Canadian Rockies by rail - This time of year many travelers are looking forward to their Alaska cruise, many of which begin in Vancouver. For a different experience, instead of boarding a ship and heading north to Alaska, board a luxury train and head east into the spectacular Canadian Rockies. When beginning your trip in Vancouver, whether it is an Alaskan cruise or a rail... Full Story

May 5, 2006
Enjoy a Swiss adventure - Switzerland, a small country in central Europe, shares much of its history and culture with its four neighbors: Italy, Germany, Austria and France. Its archeological history dates back to prehistoric times, and most of its native population settled there at the end of the Roman Empire at about 400 A.D. Let's take a look at a guided tour of this Eu... Full Story

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