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Part 2 of On the Road to Vancouver: To South Dakota and Mt. Rushmore

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Traveling any distance in the twenty first century usually means stepping onto a plane and, several hours later, stepping off, in Timbuktu or Kalamazoo. You don’t have to invest a ton of time to get to someplace faraway.

So, when we entered South Dakota on our second day driving out of Atlanta, it seemed impossible. I mean….South Dakota! That’s, like, near the North Pole isn’t it?

And yet here we were.

But after the novelty wore off I’m thinking, all South Dakota is, ...

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Part 1 of On the Road to Vancouver: See the USA in your Chevrolet

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(well…4 Runner doesn’t rhyme with USA)

I looked at our drive across the country, from Atlanta to Vancouver, as an adventure. Fewer people take the time to make that trip, so we almost felt like reverse pioneers(doing something people used to do more of, but don’t do as much anymore). To avoid being overwhelmed and intimidated by the time and distances, we decided to look at the trip as a series of one-day journeys.
Our target for day one was Kansas ...

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Feeling active? Head to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic

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So many times our clients call and want a vacation full of adventure in a beautiful place that isn’t too far from home. Well, I’ve found the perfect spot – Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. Already known for its three championship golf courses by Pete Dye– including Teeth of the Dog – the resort also offers deep sea fishing, bird shoots, and world class polo. Who knew?

The 7,000 acre resort is the convergence of so much that ...

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Get the most from your carry-on bag

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It’s time to think of the inside of your carry-on suitcase as real estate — make the most of what you’ve got, keep it functional and make neatness count.   The carry-on bag could be the solution to some of the summer travel season’s likely woes — including checked baggage fees on American Airlines and possibly other carriers — but it also has the potential to cause headaches. You don’t want to find a rumpled mess when you arrive at your ...

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Fly Fishing in Patagonia

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“Why would you fly all the way there, and pay that much money, when there is terrific fly fishing so much closer?”

That’s what my fishing buddies were asking me when I told them I was going to Argentina to fish four days in the storied waters of Patagonia. And I had to admit it was a good question. While the trip to Buenos Aires is easy, relative to many other international flights, I was traveling perhaps triple the time and ...

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Tales from the Intern

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Similar to my past urges to go skydiving and bungee jumping, I have wanted to hitchhike ever since I discovered that ignoring good sense was fun. Going to W.B. Yeats’ grave was the entire basis of “’Round Ireland with an English Major,” so a trip to Sligo was crucial. Anne and I headed out from Galway and arrived with little money, a map of the city and a thirst for poetic sites (yes, I know that this is the opposite ...

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How Many Countries Are in the World?

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There are 191 members of the United Nations.  Unfortunately, the number 191 is too often used to represent the number of countries in the world. Although this number represents almost all of the countries in the world, there is still one country (the Vatican City) that is independent and has chosen not to become a member of the U.N. so 191 really is not the number of countries in the world. Their list of 192 countries reflects the political agenda ...

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Cool Hotel Pools

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The moment you step into the Park Hyatt Tokyo, you realize the hotel and the views are extraordinary. And one of the many extraordinary secrets of this beautiful hotel, one that many guests never see, is the pool on the 47th floor. At dusk, the snow covered Mt Fuji glows in the distance and as the sun sets and city starts to light up, the star of this show is not the pool itself, but those incredible views.

With floor to ...

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Don’t Live by ATMs on Trips – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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As thieves become better at cracking ATM codes and stealing credit card numbers, banks are getting more aggressive about locking down their international systems when they suspect fraud, leaving travelers stranded without access to their cash, and no warning.

Take the case of Frank Conlon, a retired University of Washington history professor, who tried to use his Wells Fargo Bank-issued Visa debit card at an automated teller machine in London recently. It wouldn’t work, even though he had used it six ...

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On The Danube, A Trip on AmaWaterway (Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine)

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Explorations’ Owner and Travel Advisor, Jennifer Campbell sailed on AmaWaterway’s AmaCerto for the Virtuoso Chairman’s Recognition Event, read her coverage of the trip featured in Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine:

For many of us, our only cultural reference for the Danube River is its starring role in the lullaby waltz On the Beautiful Blue Danube, composed by Johann Strauss and performed regularly on the Lawrence Welk Show. As lovely as the piece of music is, ...

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