Indigo Pearl: 5-Star Luxurious Fun in Phuket, Thailand

After a ten minute drive from Phuket airport, heading towards Nai Yang Beach, down a dusty road lined with sleeping dogs and a few desultory shops and cafes, take a quick detour to enter the imaginative world of the Indigo Pearl, for a truly unique stay. If ever a hotel has earned bragging rights, this … Read more Indigo Pearl: 5-Star Luxurious Fun in Phuket, Thailand

2,000 Tourism Delegates Visit 32nd ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vientiane, Laos

  The 32nd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Vientiane was held from 21st – 24th January 21-24, and it was standing room only. ATF is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member nations of … Read more 2,000 Tourism Delegates Visit 32nd ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vientiane, Laos

Travel: Think Bellingham for the Best of the Pacific Northwest

Problem: When international visitors come to explore the incredible Pacific Northwest they usually run themselves ragged trying to fit in visits to Vancouver, Seattle, the beaches lining the Oregon coast and a few San Juan Islands. Solution: After spending an eye-opening week in Bellingham, WA. I was amazed to find that you could experience the … Read more Travel: Think Bellingham for the Best of the Pacific Northwest

A fab time in Macau – without stepping a foot in a casino

Bet you can have a FAB time in Macau without stepping foot in a casino. Don’t get me wrong. If you like to gamble then you’re absolutely in the right place. The gambling in Macau is simply off-the-hook. Macau’s 35th casino opened recently, the Sands Cotai Central, a mere $4.4 billion venture. Not really that … Read more A fab time in Macau – without stepping a foot in a casino

Three Unforgettable Ecuadorian Experiences

Ecuador is an amazing country (about the size of Nevada) that proves the best things really do come in small packages. Its compact size means that in just a few hours you can be hiking on a snow-capped volcanic peak, exploring a rainforest with over 25,000 plant species and 1600 bird species or shopping for … Read more Three Unforgettable Ecuadorian Experiences

Cruising the Galapagos Islands Aboard the M/Y Grace

Since there are at least 60 other first-class ships cruising the Galapagos, selecting the right ship can be a daunting task. You can spend endless hour researching them all only to end up just crossing your fingers and hoping that you made the right pick. But having recently returned from what was truly was “the … Read more Cruising the Galapagos Islands Aboard the M/Y Grace

Wroclaw Finally Gets Some Richly Deserved Respect

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and Krakow is constantly being touted as the “exciting new” Prague, Budapest and Berlin all rolled together… but for my zloty (Polish currency) the real darling of Poland is Wroclaw (loosely pronounced Vrote-Suave) the capital of Lower Silesia in southern Poland. Often referred to as the “Venice of Poland”, … Read more Wroclaw Finally Gets Some Richly Deserved Respect

24 Hours of Glorious Gluttony in Warsaw

Normally I would be crazed trying to fit in all the restaurants I wanted to try in just one travel day, but that’s all the time I had to explore Warsaw’s culinary climate before heading back to the states. Thankfully, Poland must have been created with foodies in mind, since meals here consist of a … Read more 24 Hours of Glorious Gluttony in Warsaw

Culture, Food and Adventure in Missoula, Montana, USA

I often get emails asking for suggestions on where to go for a foodie girlfriend trip or a fun-in-the-sun island getaway or a good destination spa for mother and daughters. My latest request was a toughie… where could four youngish single women go for their annual girlfriend getaway if half of them like culture, shopping … Read more Culture, Food and Adventure in Missoula, Montana, USA

Portland Provides the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

Portland, Oregon, aka the “City of Roses” was in full bloom when my Mom, sister and I met up there last weekend…along with about 250,000 enthusiastic fans of their annual Rose Festival & Parade. It didn’t work so much for us. I think you have to be a local to really appreciate the endless number … Read more Portland Provides the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

Visit Ascona in Switzerland’s Italian Riviera

Many magical pairings are living proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Take milk and cookies as a bedtime snack…and what are shoes without socks or Angelina without Brad? Another case in point is the medieval town of Ascona, perched on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, which shares the … Read more Visit Ascona in Switzerland’s Italian Riviera

Travel: San Juan Shiraz Wine Growing Region, Argentina

San Juan, “The land of Syrah,” may just be one of the best little wine areas you’ve never heard of. Hopefully, that’s about to change, according to the province’s Governor, José Luis Gioja. In terms of production, San Juan (located about 380 miles north of Mendoza) is Argentina’s second-largest wine region, with over half of its … Read more Travel: San Juan Shiraz Wine Growing Region, Argentina

Travel: 10 Things to do in Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Everyone knows that if you’re going to Asheville, a visit to the mind-blowing Biltmore Estate is mandatory, but did you also know that Asheville also offers a thriving arts and crafts community, a plethora of restaurants offering a cornucopia of international cuisine, a shopper’s paradise filled with various indie boutiques-many located in a beautifully restored Woolworth’s and a gorgeous walkable downtown filled … Read more Travel: 10 Things to do in Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Greg Kinnear wins top honor at SLO International Film Festival

“This is really incredible,” actor Greg Kinnear said as he was presented the King Vidor Career Achievement Award on Saturday 12th March 2011 at San Luis Obispo’s International Film Festival’s award ceremony in California, USA. “I don’t have a real award already,” Kinnear mused as he held the trophy. “A lot of certificates but nothing … Read more Greg Kinnear wins top honor at SLO International Film Festival