The Gift of Travel

It’s the holidays again, and that means the pressure of finding the perfect gifts for loved ones. Uncertainty about sizing and fit makes clothing a difficult choice, appliances or house-hold items are too impersonal, food and wine too fleeting. What’s a determined and generous gift-giver to do?

Experience of a Lifetime

With the rise of social media, travelers are documenting and sharing their experiences at lightning speed these days. As this phenomenon spreads, so does the desire to find more unique and authentic experiences to share. Where once it was enough to bring home a photo and a souvenir from a trip, now vacationers want intangible experiences that provide memories of…

Souvenir Showdown

Photos and journals are wonderful ways to keep a recent vacation alive in our minds, but nothing is better than bringing a piece of your globetrotting adventures home with you so that you can relive the wonder everyday. Home is where the heart is, and it should also pay homage to the other places where you left a piece of…

Escape to French Polynesia

Crystal turquoise waters, perfect temperatures year-round, white and black sand beaches, towering waterfalls, rugged volcanic hillsides, lush tropical foliage, over-the-water bungalows… it’s no wonder that the islands of French Polynesia are an idyllic dream vacation for many. While there are 100 islands in this area of the South Pacific, most visitors are familiar with the popular destinations of Tahiti, Mo'orea…

Beyond Paris

It’s no wonder when people think of France, they think of Paris. The city of lights is magical, the Eiffel Tower is iconic and it is definitely a romantic destination. But the allure of Paris can often overshadow the gorgeous countryside of France, a stunning landscape of wildflowers and vibrant fields well worth a visit!

The Mighty Danube

The Danube is not blue, despite the name of the famous Johann Strauss’ waltz—it’s actually more of a murky grey-ish color. But the waltz is the popular, if unofficial, anthem of the area nonetheless. The mighty Danube flows through the heart of central Europe. Its 1,795 miles travel from east to west, flowing through 10 countries including Hungary, Austria, Slovakia…

Behind the Shroud

Lots of globetrotters in search of vivid culture dream of a journey to the exciting destination of Southeast Asia. Known for its beautiful beaches, mesmerizing historical sights and a touch of adventure, this area of the world is often found on travel bucket lists. While there are a variety of ways to experience this corner of the world, the increased…

Experience Cuba

Like so many of us familiar with the photos of a forgotten era, I was very curious to experience Cuba firsthand. I had the opportunity to do so recently when American Airlines launched its inaugural non-stop flight from Charlotte to Havana.

Culture, Custom and Cuisine

No matter where your interests lie, all of us dream of a 
European vacation. For some, it’s the chance to retrace the steps of history and immerse ourselves in the significant and famous sites that dot the continent’s landscape. For others, it’s the opportunity to be exposed to the varied cultures and incredible people that make up Europe. And for…

A Continent of Superlatives

South America is a continent of superlatives, boasting the world’s largest river, biggest rainforest and tallest waterfall. It is home to majestic mountain ranges, gorgeous beaches, vast deserts and icy terrain. The diversity in South America can best be experienced on a cruise that exposes travelers to the diverse continent in a way that land tours cannot match. Travelers to…