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Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia

Soaring over Cappadoccia in a Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia

Turkey is one of those amazing destinations that seems to stay with travelers long after they’ve gone on to other adventures. The unique vibrancy and culture that pulsates through the country’s bustling cities such as Istanbul and Ankara is nothing short of enthralling. Adding even more intrigue to the country is its unique rural landscape that …

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Japanese Train System

How to Be Your Own Boomer Tour Guide in Japan

Japanese Train System

How comfortable are you when it comes to exploring a completely foreign city on your own? It seems that travelers are always divided on the issue of organized tours versus DIY exploration. However, both travel styles have their advantages and disadvantages and sometimes it just comes down to the individual destination. Today, My Itchy Travel […]

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Bhutan Travel

Bhutan Travel Tips

Bhutan Travel

As world travel seems more and more accesible these days, there are still a few destinations that remain fairly elusive for most travelers. One such destination is Bhutan, a Himalayan country sandwiched between China and India. As of late, the country has become more accessible to tourists and today, Kay Dougherty, author of Blonde Brunette […]

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Impression West Lake Hangzhou China

Saturday’s scene: Dancing With Water

Impression West Lake Hangzhou China

Magnificent? Astounding? Spectacular? None of these adjectives come close to describing Impression West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Performers dance on stages that are set 3 cm into the Yuehu Lake—a natural part of West Lake—as they portray the Han folk story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian. A dazzling light display turns the lake’s natural surroundings […]

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China tour document box from Ker & Downey holds lots of goodies.

Checking Off Bucket List Items on a Luxury Trip to China

China tour document box from Ker & Downey holds lots of goodies.

Today, Alan and I leave for a small group luxury trip to China. Along the way, we’ll be checking four items off our boomer bucket list: flying on the Dreamliner, riding a high speed train in China, seeing pandas and cruising the Yangtze River. Our journey begins in Los Angeles, where we’ll board a United Dreamliner […]

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The Five Essentials of Active Travel in Bali

Pura Tirta Empul, Bali

Active travel may mean different things to different people. For some, hiking and biking are great ways to see the local sights while for others, higher risk activities such as sky diving and underwater cave explorations are the only way to travel on the edge. However, for most of us, no matter what activity level […]

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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Saturday’s Scene: Cultures Collide in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Entering Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, I’m a bit confused. Christian and Muslim art are displayed side by side. Is this a cathedral or a mosque like Sultan Ahmed? The answer—now a state museum, the venerable building with a tumultuous history has served in both capacities. Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the massive […]

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Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan

A Visit to Nara, Japan: One Giant Buddha and Lots of Hungry Deer

Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan

I’ve just returned from a two week adventure in Japan and I’m still trying to come to terms with everything we saw in this beautiful country. From the quiet chaos that is Tokyo to Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples, we found ourselves in a dizzying state of awed inspiration just about every single day. On most […]

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Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Saturday’s scene: looking up in Istanbul

Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

On a visit to the Blue Mosque—Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the official name—you’re going to get a neck ache. I guarantee it. How can you not? Looking at the intricately designed domed ceilings of this Istanbul, Turkey, landmark is practically addictive. Are you planning a cruise? Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin […]

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Saturday’s scene: Autumn in Siberia

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How many baby boomers can say that they saw autumn in Siberia? Alan and I are raising our hands here. While cruising from Vancouver to Singapore on Regent Seven Seas Mariner, we experienced the fall colors of the Kamchatka Peninsula on a cruise excursion to the smoking volcanoes. As you can see from the photo, […]

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