Chico Hot Springs – A Slice of Paradise in Montana

By Donnie Sexton Chico Hot Springs, a quintessential Montana resort sits in Paradise Valley, midway between the historic railroad town of Livingston, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Chico is flanked by the Absaroka Mountains to the south and the almighty Yellowstone River to the north which is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Not too far from Pray, Montana, the ambiance of


Amazing Tourist Places in India that are Worth the Visit

India is a unique place to visit and honestly, I never thought I would make it there. I think everyone should experience this country at least once in their lifetime. It is like going on a journey through your wildest imagination. India is a massive country that is home to more than a billion people with huge cultural wealth, diverse religions, and a history that


What Is It Really Like To Visit Taj Mahal City in India?

Thinking of ways to show someone you love them? A box of chocolates or a fancy night out is great, but what about giving them a massive marble tomb that will take 22 years to build and cost over 30 million rupees? Now that's a display of affection. It also happens to be the story of the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings


Are You Ready To Book Your French Guadeloupe Holidays Trip?

The French are good at keeping secrets! Things like how to stay thin, a recipe that has been in the family for generations, how to make the perfect bottle of champagne, the best makeup to keep wrinkles away, and of course: The French Guadeloupe Islands. Most North Americans are unfamiliar with these French West Indies and opt instead for an all-inclusive English speaking resort on


Cesena, Italy Has a Secret You Should Know About!

Cesena, Italy: They have a secret While strolling the streets of Cesena, Italy... which is amazing in and of itself, I was introduced to the local library, a gem at the foot of the Apennine Mountains. This city is just 9 miles from the Adriatic Sea and was an important town during Roman times which was famous for its wines in the region. There was nothing unusual on


5 Surprising Things You’ll Love About Santa Fe

February on Travelocity! Every month I use my 25 years of travel experience on the Travelocity website about my latest travel experiences. I am a travel ambassador for Travelocity, and they like to call me one of their “Gnational Gnomads”, which I think is super cute. This is an excerpt from those stories. I was so excited to be visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico last month for my husband's


15 Interesting and Fun Things To Do in Ecuador

There are so many interesting and fun things to do in Ecuador. This small coastal country offers travelers a wealth of outdoor adventures - you can explore the vibrant Amazonian rainforest, discover the rich wildlife of Galapagos Islands, or simply soak in the scenic views of the Andes. Since it’s filled with a wide array of wonders squeezed into one tiny country, narrowing a list


What a Wonderful Stay: Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe

It is no surprise that the Inn of The Five Graces lies squarely in New Mexico, known as the "Land of Enchantment." With a clearly magical touch, internationally acclaimed importers, Ira and Sylvia Seret of Seret & Sons have created a living masterpiece for all to enjoy. Each of the 24 unique suites in this small luxury hotel embraces the beauty and bold color of richly exotic


A Complete Guide to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Viking Museum Norway: Introduction At over 1000 years old, the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo houses Viking boats and artifacts from the peak of Viking marine engineering. The Viking Age, from 800-1100 AD, was the age of the sleek, speedy longships. Without this crucial advance in ship technology, the Vikings would never have become a dominant force in medieval warfare, politics, and trade. Viking Ship


Gorgeous Genova, Italia: An Undiscovered Region

I am in love with the Liguria region of Italy, squeezed in between Monaco and Tuscany, it is the thinnest and the smallest of all the regions of Italy. It may not be the most popular area of Italia to visit, but take it from me, you have to visit if you have not had a chance to do so! The main airport to get


A visit to interesting Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico

During my recent trip to Oaxaca City, Mexico, I had a chance to visit an interesting natural site not too far out of the city called Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a petrified waterfall in the small municipality of San Lorenzo Albarradas. This seems to be in the middle of nowhere in the state of Oaxaca, which is about 6 hours away from


Montana’s Winter Wonderland – Ski Whitefish

Located in the northwest corner of Big Sky country, Whitefish sits along the Amtrak Empire Builder route, as well as being just 11 miles from Glacier International Airport. Whitefish is a “come as you are” town, where a pair of Carhartts with muck boots work just as well as designer label jeans and Gucci boots. The locals are a mix of cowboys, die-hard outdoor enthusiasts,


What are Viking River Cruises REALLY like? I WILL TELL YOU!

What are Viking River Cruises like? Let's peek thru the window with fascination and find out. The day I received the invitation, I was so happy as a travel journalist and Instagrammer. I was ready to take on the challenge of experiencing every detail of the Viking River Cruises. But, what are Viking River Cruises really like? I knew they were the jewel of the sea


Cruise Holland America: My Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage

  You can imagine the moment I received the email with an invitation for me to stay on a segment of the global cruise Holland America’s Grand Asia and Pacific Voyage! As a travel writer, I was thrilled.  As a traveler I was ecstatic! This global cruise started in San Diego and ended in San Diego 52 days later. I was to join them in


Puerto Vallarta All-inclusive Resort: Hyatt Ziva on the beach!

Along the secluded beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Hyatt Ziva stands out among the crowds of Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Resorts. This is because of its comfortable atmosphere and location RIGHT on the beach. Yet, the Hyatt Ziva is also located only about two miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta. This is an excellent location, as guests can easily catch a 5-minute Uber ride into the


16 Amazing Things To Do During a Norway Winter

Norway is absolutely beautiful and every traveler should include this country on their bucket list. With its scenic mountain views, interesting history, vibrant architecture, and wonderful people, the sheer beauty of this Nordic country is just too compelling to be ignored. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s my list of 16 Amazing Things To Do In Norway During a Norway Winter: Learn


Things to do in Norway: Spend a magical 48 Hours in Oslo

When you only have two days (in this case: 48 Hours in Oslo, Norway) in any major city, you need to be prepared and ready to zip off and enjoy the day, which is what happened to me recently on a side trip to Oslo, Norway.  I was so excited to return, as it is a gorgeous city and a "DO NOT MISS" city in my opinion,


Bremen Town Musicians – Riga, Lativa

The Bremen Town Musicians statue is based on one of the many Brothers Grimm Fairytales and is a major attraction in Riga, Latvia. The story is simple enough. The Brothers Grimm story is about a donkey, a cat, a dog and a rooster who are past their prime. They feel too old to be useful and are terrified they will be put down by their


Middle of the World Visit near Quito, Ecuador

Have you ever heard of the terms "center of the world, Ecuador"? I had no idea there was an exact location where you could go and stand at the location of latitude 0 longitude 0 in Ecuador! Latitude 0 0 0 is the earth's center point - 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds. People come from around the world to stand at this exact location


Ecuador: A Day Trip from Cuenca to a “Guild Town” known as Chordeleg

There are many adorable small towns nestled in the foothills of the Azuay province near Cuenca, Ecuador. This area is the new hub for American retirees that I wrote about in my article "Should We Retire to Ecuador?" The picturesque town of Chordeleg is one of those small quaint towns. Getting there from Cuenca was easy, the bus crested a hill and rolled down into a lush


21 Enjoyable Things to do in Savannah GA

Get yourself into that Southern mood, the sweet sickness that is Savannah's lure. I call it le mal doux, which is French for "the sweet sickness". How?  You ask? Try reading (or see the movie) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you take on the task of visiting Savannah attractions and finding things to do in Savannah, GA. This surely will put you in


Krakow Salt Mine: An Easy Day Trip

Krakow Saltmine: Amazing! Krakow, Poland is an amazing city and I believe that Krakow is the #1 most underrated city in Europe. I won't go into the details of the lavender growing along the old city walls or the shapes of the trees that blow in the wind or even the cobblestone central square, but I do want to tell you about an unusual place found deep


France, DO NOT FORGET: Normandy Beach Landings or D Day Beaches

Today I am remembering Normandy Beach as I take a bus tour from Paris to the D Day Beaches of Normandy. Soon enough, I stepped onto the shores of the Normandy Beach where I couldn't stop thinking about how World War II had finally ended in 1945. The end would have never happened if it was not for the bravery of the Allied Forces who landed


Near Breisach, Germany: Hansel and Gretel’s Black Forest

It was a foggy morning close to the Black Forest near Breisach, Germany where we had gotten up early to catch the bus to go into the southwest state of Baden-Wurttemberg, near Bavaria. Along the way, we saw many church steeples and stork nests, where on one steeple they actually had their own stork webcam. I have posted it here for you to view and see if


New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings, Funerals and a Commanders Palace Brunch!

  New Orleans: Jazz While in the French Quarter, I often heard this apocalyptic song being played by trumpeters in the streets. Since New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and blues, it might not be all that uncommon. Even a walk down Frenchmen Street will present you with swing, jazz, and blues music that is flowing from open-doored music saloons and bars. This is


Eat in Italy: Eat. Drink. Be Italian.

When I found myself with the better part of a day to explore the medieval city of Perugia, I stumbled across a Perugia food tour. It was offered by Via Del Vino Food & Wine Tours. This four-hour tour, created by Susan Guerra, seemed just the ticket for the perfect places to eat in Italy.  Now I confess to not being a connoisseur of great


Basel, Switzerland: Christmas Markets Not To Miss

It was my first day of arrival into Switzerland and I could not wait to get my Christmas Market tour underway. Arrival into the small city of Basel, Switzerland was fast and cheap on the train from Zurich. Basel is located where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet. It is the third largest city in Switzerland. It also has suburbs in France and in Germany.


Amazing Adventure Park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Xel Ha

Plopping into my clear plastic tube at Xel Ha, I was ready for cool relief. It had been scorching and sweaty hot, as the temperatures soared to over 100 degrees for the last few days. I had come to the golden lands of a Mexican destination. I was in search of the festivals surrounding the “Dia de Los Muertos” -those lazy days in November where


Ecuadorian Food: Cuenca’s Variety of Food Goodness

South American food was one of my favorite types of food (specifically Chilean) until I came across Ecuadorian food! Having a husband from Chile, I loved those handmade meat and cheese empanadas that are so easy to pack in a lunch or to eat by hand. Pastel de chocolo, a beef/meat corn pie is also one of my favorites. So when I visited Ecuador for


Should We Retire in Ecuador? Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca,  Ecuador is a UNESCO World Heritage city and the charming, colonial capital city of Ecuador. Going there is like stepping back in time, to another world, quite different from my own world. But, "o what a world it is!" Filled with over 52 churches and picturesque views of the Cajas Mountains, it will charm you. Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador and lies at around


Petra, Jordan: “A rose red city half as old as time.”

Truly we all have wondered what it would be like to travel to an Arabian country after watching Disney's Aladdin, a tale from the book One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights,  كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة)  and the joys of a camel ride in the desert! Indiana Jones also sparked my interest in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  In his search for the Holy


Croatia Island Hopping: Come with me and explore!

My Croatia Vacation: It was over a year ago that I had typed these words to the top of my bucket list on my website: Croatia Vacation. I have been in the travel business for over 5 years and I often hear about all the wonderful places to visit in this world. Whisperings of Croatia island hopping and amazing Croatia resorts have been going on


Out of my Comfort Zone: Montañita, Ecuador

I not only like to travel, but I love to travel. So imagine my surprise when even for me, I end up out of my comfort zone! Where on earth could this be? It happened to be Montañita, Ecuador.It was just one of those places that make me feel a little uneasy. Montañita is a little beachside town about one hour's drive outside of Guayaquil in


Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave Bar

Petra, Jordan By Night - A Practical Guide Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the Treasury in Jordan's famous carved city. It gets mixed reviews on the travel forums and Tripadvisor about whether or not it is worth it to go while visiting Jordan. I thought it was an amazing experience and one worth doing, so don't let the

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