Unique Things to Do in Bali for Art and Culture

Are you an art and culture lover looking for unique things to do in Bali? I remember my long-ago visit to Bali on a private cruise excursion. What an overload to my senses! The natural beauty combined with elaborate architecture and a thriving arts and crafts scene was an intoxicating mix of sights, sounds, and […]

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Angkor Wat

Tips on Visiting Angkor Wat in the Rainy Season

As the seventh wonder of the world, Angkor Wat is an incredibly popular, but still off-the-beaten-path destination in Cambodia. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, this site has somehow managed to withstand the test of time. Visitors from around the world come to see the ancient […]

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peace statue in Nagasaki

How to Spend One day in Nagasaki, Japan

If you only have one day in Nagasaki, Japan, how do you choose what to see and do? Considering Nagasaki’s place in WWII history, the decision isn’t hard for those trying to understand how one event—the dropping of an atomic bomb—so changed the world. One day is never enough to explore a city, but on […]

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How to Spend Three days in Hoi An

Vietnam is a destination that speaks to travelers for a number of reasons, but has an especially emotional connection with Americans. Visiting the country today is an eye-opening experience for many. Guest contributor, Teresa Otto is here to tell us all about her recent trip to the country where she found that Vietnam has way […]

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Close up of three snow monkeys peering into the water of a hot spring at their reflections.

Visiting Japan’s Jigokudani Monkey Park

Japan is one of the world’s most intriguing travel locations. With a staggeringly vibrant blend of traditional and modernity, the country has just about something for everyone, and then more. On a visit to Japan, people normally spend their time exploring the ancient temples as well as the modern architecture that makes up the country’s […]

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Exploring Smoking Volcanoes by Army Truck in Far East Russia

  Exploring smoking volcanoes by Russian army truck is a must-do Petropavlovsk cruise excursion. It’s one of my all-time favorite shore excursion experiences. And with over 400 nights at sea, I’ve been on plenty of them. The Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia is a beautiful land of smoking volcanoes and abundant wildlife. Since it’s […]

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Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

Visit the Temple of Heaven: Where Chinese Boomers Hang Out

How do you visit the Temple of Heaven, a popular Beijing attraction, on a luxury cruise through China? Most cruise lines offer a land extension to China’s capital city that’s well worth the time, money, and effort. When cruises visit China, they dock at Tianjin for a couple of nights so that guests can overnight […]

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Mekong Delta shore exucrsion

Explore Vietnam on a Mekong Delta Shore Excursion

Updated 08.01.2019: On a Mekong Delta shore excursion, Alan and I discovered a touristy experience that’s usually not our cup of tea. I can’t say it’s my most favorite Asia cruise excursion, but I did appreciate the introduction to life along the Mekong River, prime people watching and an interesting way to spend the day […]

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a little pocket park with towering bridge in background.

Going Off the Beaten Path in Singapore

While cruising around the world, it’s always a good idea to get off the boat and explore the ports. Even though it may be hard to tear yourself away from the fabulous offerings found on the ship, a long walk around a new destination can be invigorating. Popular cruise stops like Singapore offer endless things […]

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