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This month’s desktop calendar wallpaper was taken at Half Moon Caye, a natural monument located at the southern end of the Lighthouse Reef atoll, in Belize
March 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Half Moon Caye, Belize

This is the March 2013 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad too! Get your March 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! I took this photo at Half Moon Caye, a natural monument located at the southern end of the  Lighthouse Reef atoll in Belize. You couldn’t ask for a better desert island than this: […]


This month’s desktop calendar wallpaper features a water lily floating in a pond on the grounds of the Four Seasons at Manele Bay in Lanai, Hawaii.
January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Pond Lily - Lanai, HI

This is the February 2013 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad too! Get your February 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  I took this photo of a water lily pond at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay. We were on Lanai because Chris had been invited to participate in the island’s  inaugural New […]


2013 Travel Trends, from ETC ’13

by Chris on January 27, 2013

What is the state of the American traveler? A few trends that I heard at the annual ETC conference in Orlando.

I spent this weekend at the annual conference put on by the Educational Travel Community (ETC), a place where tour operators and destinations can connect with universities and other entities that offer learning vacations for their alumni. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen trips like this advertised in the back of your alumni magazine. This conference […]


Our free desktop wallpaper series continues for 2013! Our January photo was taken at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, on Canada’s Vancouver Island.
January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Pacific Rim National Park

Happy 2013! We’ve decided to continue our free desktop calendar series  for another year. It gives my husband Don a chance to show off the wonderful photography that he does in his spare time (and my shots aren’t so bad either). Get your January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  We took this photo, from the Rainforest hiking […]


2012 in Review: Travel Lessons Learned

by Chris on December 26, 2012

2012 in retrospect: Travel lessons learned after 132 (!!!) nights on the road.
Bear cubs in British Columbia

The week between Christmas and New Year’s always feels like one of reflection. It’s when I think about what went right and wrong during the year, and try to figure out what’s on tap for the future.While I’m not a huge resolution person – I’ve found that as soon as you write a plan, life has […]


Stranded by Sandy – or another winter storm? Here are some tips with how to rebook your flight when weather forces airline cancellations.
Hurricane Sandy path

A fabulous weekend getaway to Napa could have turned sour when Hurricane Sandy forced most of our party’s outgoing flights back to the East Coast to be canceled. Nothing is a bigger buzzkill than airline problems. But the Philly women on the trip – my sister and several of her friends who work for Fortune […]

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This week’s Photo Friday: In honor of our fifth-year wedding anniversary, a shot from the Captiva Island beach where we were married.
Beach chairs on Captiva Island, Florida

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is CHAIRS. As regular readers might know, Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of my favorite places to relax and recharge. The chairs in the photo above are on the beach in front of the ‘Tween […]


Free desktop wallpaper for October 2012: A colorful scene of fall foliage in the Vermont countryside.
October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Vermont Fall Foliage Picture

This is the October 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too! Get your October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! Chris and I had stayed overnight in Stowe on our way back from a fall foliage trip through northern Vermont and parts of Québec, Cananda, including the Eastern Townships, Quebec […]


This week’s Photo Friday theme is bridges, so we take you to Madison County, Iowa, which has the titular covered bridges of the popular book and movie.
Roseman Covered Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is BRIDGES. My in-laws live in Atlantic, Iowa, a town of 7,500 an hour east of Omaha. I’ve visited several times, first for my husband’s high school reunion and last year to celebrate my mother and father-in-law’s […]


Yukon, Ho! The Appeal of the North

by Chris on September 5, 2012

There’s something about The Yukon that will always have a romantic draw. Some photos from my trip to Whitehorse earlier this year.
Jack London statue, Whitehorse, Yukon

As with almost everything else in my travel life, The Yukon came to me first between the pages of a book. The Call of the Wild, to be exact, although I later preferred White Fang. Both books involve dogs, in immensely savage situations; not necessarily the most pleasant intro to the Far North. Jack London’s […]