Oh! The Places You’ll Want to Go in 2016

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, cariocas landscape, general view with the Christ of Corcovado

All I want for Christmas is a bucket list trip. Rio, anyone? (Photo: Travel + Leisure)

Between the shopping and wrapping and baking and singing, I like to pause during the holidays and daydream about the vacations I want to take in the new year. Every December there are many “Best Of” lists published and each one comes with gorgeous slideshows. I pour a glass of wine, kick back, and swoon. It’s Tinder for travelaholics: swipe right, swipe right, SWIPE RIGHT! Continue reading

Tips from a Pro: How to Take Great Travel Photos

Photographer-Avery-MeyersI fully intend to take dancing lessons before the first of my kids gets married. It’s one of my self-improvement goals. I have others, including “learn how to host an excellent dinner party” and “master intermediate plumbing” – I consider myself an advanced beginner, having repaired many running toilets.

Also on my list was the goal to improve my photography skills but it soared to number one with a bullet when I booked a bucket list trip to South Africa. Taking photos with my iPhone and compact camera would be fine, but I want better than fine for this trip. So I went looking for a professional photographer who would be willing to share some tips and techniques.
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The British are Coming! And They’re Getting a Fast Pass!

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Coming soon to an airport near you: speedy U.S. customs clearance for UK citizens. (Photo: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov)

Over 5 million United Kingdom citizens cross the pond each year and, starting on December 3, it’ll be much easier for them to clear U.S. Customs. After successful vetting by their own government, UK citizens can apply for the Global Entry program, administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Continue reading

Traveling with a Crowd? Here’s the One Thing You Must Pack.

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The Giverny gardens were lovely. But what if my camera battery died!

If you’ve got wine, a baguette straight out of the oven, cheese, and a rooftop terrace in Montmartre, what else could you possibly need?

Outlets.

Traveling with a family of 5 adults means you’re packing a lot of devices. Finding places to plug them all in is a challenge. Continue reading

Fake It! How to Have a European-Style Country Holiday in Upstate NY

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Whose woods these are, I do not know. And I won’t, because there’s a “No Trespassing” sign posted.

Touring the European capitals is on most bucket lists, including mine. But I also want to go off the beaten path and drive Bavaria’s Romantic Road and bicycle through Burgundy. My ultimate adventure involves a Heidi-like “wandern” in a Tyrolean country village with a mountain lake and a herd of goats, because you’re never too old to learn to yodel. Continue reading