Rovos Rail: Climb Aboard and Travel Back in Time

Luxury train travel in South Africa described in a Rovos Rail reviewRemember pop-up books? I loved them as a kid. You’d be reading along, then you turn the page, and SURPRISE! – a fantastic 3-D illustration of a scene would spring up.

That’s what it felt like to be sitting in the balcony car at the end of the passenger train as we click-clacked our way through South Africa’s Great Karoo, sipping chilled cocktails. But I wasn’t in a children’s storybook; my pop-up was straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. All that was missing was a chalk body outline on the floor and Inspector Hercule Poirot. Continue reading

Bucket List Travel Ideas for 2016

2016 resolutions might require bucket list travel ideas.I found last year’s list of resolutions pinned behind an expired Bed, Bath, and Beyond 20% off coupon. I resolve to pay more attention to my resolutions this year. What’s on your list? Want to travel more? If you need some bucket list travel ideas for 2016, then I suggest visiting a Travel Show this winter. It’s a great way to take the take the first step towards planning your next vacation, pick up some tips from travel pros, explore different cuisines, or to simply daydream for a few hours.

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Suitcase Packing Tips: When Every Pound Counts

Two giraffes at sunset in South Africa, a trip that needs special suitcase packing tips.44 pounds? A soft-sided bag? With no wheels? I was speechless as I read the luggage restrictions for my upcoming bucket list trip to South Africa. I was going to have to teach my inner old dog some new tricks. Following are suitcase packing tips and products to help you travel lighter. Continue reading

“Don’t Drink and Book”: 5 Tips To Avoid Costly Reservation Mistakes

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Press the button. Don’t press the button. Press the button. Don’t press the button.

Do you panic as your finger hovers over the “Submit Payment” button? It never happens when I’m impulse buying a case of Mt. Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, but, when it’s travel-related, I immediately assume that a terrible mistake is about to happen that will cost me thousands of dollars in non-refundable fees. This carries over to my evening slumber and after booking, I’ll continue to wake up startled wondering if I’m supposed to be somewhere and, if so, where that somewhere is supposed to be. Continue reading

Fork It! Eat Your Way Out of Winter Weather Blues.

I suspected this winter had reached record suck levels, but it wasn’t confirmed until I saw “Northeast” and “Siberia” in the same headline. There was no January thaw, so the accumulated snow trapped us in a polar prison. Even if you were lucky enough to book an escape, you suffered airport delays, cancellations, reroutes, and the really fortunate ones skidded off a runway at Laguardia last week.

So what’s a poor, frostbit survivor to do? I recommend making a reservation at a destination restaurant and then eating and drinking to excess.

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This is my garden. Martha Stewart says I should plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day. Fat chance. (Photo: The Open Suitcase LLC)

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