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How to Spend One day in Nagasaki, Japan

peace statue in Nagasaki

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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Woman wearing a non la, or conical hat, riding a bicycle in Hoi An Old Town in Vietnam. Her reflection in shown in the Thu Bon River.

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 from The Nomad’s Daughter is here to tell us all about her recent trip to the country where she …

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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

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

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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an exursion to siberia

Exploring Smoking Volcanoes by Army Truck in Far East Russia

an exursion to siberia

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 not […]

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Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

Visit the Temple of Heaven: Where Chinese Boomers Hang Out

Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

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

Mekong Delta shore exucrsion

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

a little pocket park with towering bridge in background.

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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woman sitting overlooking the Himalayas

Hiking in the Foothills of the Himalayas

woman sitting overlooking the Himalayas

Updated 07.31.2019:  Hiking is by far one of our most favorite activities to do while traveling, especially when exploring beautiful exotic lands. As part of our Hiking around the World series, guest contributor Shaly Pereira from traveltoes85, is here to share with us her experience hiking in the Himalayas. Trekking in Uttarakhand, India Ever imagined […]

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Seeing pandas in China

Chengdu Panda Tour for Boomer Wildlife Watchers

Seeing pandas in China

Updated 07.31.2019:  Wildlife watching is one of my favorite active boomer travel adventures. Alan’s too. Of course we prefer to observe wildlife in their natural environment, like we did on a South African safari. Seeing Pandas in China When it comes to wildlife experiences, seeing pandas in China has long been on our bucket list. […]

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Excelsior Bar

Solo Travel to Hong Kong

Excelsior Bar

Solo travel. It’s one of those things that everyone says you have to do at least once in your life. If you’ve never traveled without your partner, family members or group of friends, the thought of solo travel can be pretty intimidating, but it can be a wonderful experience. If you’re looking to take your […]

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