Bucket List Hack: New England Fall Foliage

IMG_4234New England puts on its FMPs every October. Catching sight of a mountainside draped in fall colors will make you rear-end another car and you won’t even care.

That’s why a trip to view the autumn foliage show is on many bucket lists.

But what if you can’t get there or don’t want to contend with busloads of leaf peepers? Continue reading

Shoulder Season: The Most Wonderful Time of Year for Sports Fans

Michigan Wolverines

On every sports fan’s bucket list? Attending a major college football game.

Shoulder season. The time of year when it’s okay to wear a wool dress and thong sandals to work.
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Stop Waiting. Take Your Bucket List Adventure Today!

Complete my bucket list? It’s more likely that I’ll be Dancing with the Stars.

When I completed the first draft (on the back of a Red Robin cocktail napkin), I was giddy with possibility. That was ten years ago and life is constantly putting up roadblocks.

Alaska glacier cruise

Getting up close and personal with glaciers was a highlight of my Alaskan Cruise.

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It’s 3 PM. Do You Know Where Your Coffee Is?

afternoon cafe coffee

I’m an aggressive tourist.

During our recent family trip to Paris, I launched a Napoleonic assault on the city, beginning immediately after my morning croissant and ending with wine on the terrace in the late evening.

“Slow down,” my daughter, advised. “Paris will wait.”

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Can’t Afford a Vacation? You Can Still Get Away – Here’s How

Amsterdam museumpleinYou paid the fall tuition bill. The a/c compressor conked out. And your lab ate the bedspread, again, requiring emergency surgery. Your vacation plans? Better luck next year.

Don’t put away the suitcase yet. It’s still possible to take a day (or two) away and recharge before the leaves start falling and the Subaru needs new tires. Continue reading