Authentic/Local Experiences

How are Japanese gardens different from other gardens you’ll see traveling?

By Carol Rowland / February 17, 2021 /

I’m still dreaming of future trips and remembering past travels, and one of my favorites was my trip to Japan a couple years ago. Japan is a fabulous destination, and today I share one of the many aspects that make it so inviting… How are Japanese gardens different from other gardens you’ll see traveling? I…

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Seeking the Big 5 on Safari

By Carol Rowland / February 10, 2021 /

Learning about new experiences and destinations for future travels is still something we can enjoy now, and this week’s article is inspired by the dream of an African safari… Seeking the Big 5 on Safari As we continue to imagine future travel adventures, one of the most exciting bucket list experiences is a safari in…

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The opposite of fast food is…

By Carol Rowland / January 7, 2021 / Comments Off on The opposite of fast food is…

New year, and fresh start. I’ve been working on some great future travel plans as 2021 and beyond opens up to new possibilities, and I’m excited for what is to come. I’ve developed more clarity in our focus, so I’ll touch on a bit of that this week… The Slow Food Movement During my many…

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Art inspirations on a Seine River Cruise

By Carol Rowland / December 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Art inspirations on a Seine River Cruise

I wanted to share a unique art-filled itinerary in France, which was also my very first river cruise experience… Art inspirations on a Seine River Cruise History, idyllic French meadows, and fantastic art come together in a river cruise down the River Seine, offering passengers an intimate voyage into the very beating heart of French…

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Is Chasing a Solar Eclipse in Antarctica on your Bucket list? It Should be.

By Carol Rowland / December 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Is Chasing a Solar Eclipse in Antarctica on your Bucket list? It Should be.

One of the future trips I’m working on is an Antarctic cruise, and in doing my research I found a very special event that magnifies that experience even more, so that inspires this week’s article… Is Chasing a Solar Eclipse in Antarctica on your Bucket list? It Should be. Imagine yourself surrounded by the quiet…

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Oberammergau’s history links to our present

By Carol Rowland / November 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Oberammergau’s history links to our present

I’ve been working on some trips and river cruises associated with the rescheduled Oberammergau Passion Play in 2022, and I find the history of the event and how it connects with the current issues fascinating, so that inspires this week’s article. Oberammergau’s history links to our present Introduction What once began as a promise to…

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Vampire-inspired travels

By Carol Rowland / October 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Vampire-inspired travels

The upcoming Halloween holiday inspires this week’s article about destinations that provide spooky and thrilling sights related to a classic horror figure. Vampire-inspired travels First mentioned in European folklore around the mid-1700s, vampires have terrified and intrigued us mere mortals for centuries. The most prominent example remains Dracula, the bloodsucking Count created by acclaimed Irish…

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The Best part of traveling is sharing experiences with others

By Carol Rowland / September 30, 2020 / Comments Off on The Best part of traveling is sharing experiences with others

Today is National Mud Pack Day – I bet you didn’t know that tidbit. When I saw that, it made me think of one of my favorite moments traveling, and I thought I would share why group travel is such a great way to see the world. The Best part of traveling is sharing experiences…

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How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

By Carol Rowland / September 23, 2020 / Comments Off on How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

As we look forward into the future and the chance to travel again at some point, I’m excited about planning trips into next year and the opportunity to get back to exploring the world. One of the best ways to deeply explore the world is through expedition cruising; I wanted to talk about that as…

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Japanese Ryokans – Sleeping in true cultural immersion

By Carol Rowland / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Japanese Ryokans – Sleeping in true cultural immersion

This time last year I sailed a two-week cruise around the islands of Japan with our oldest son. I loved Japan and learning about the culture. Since I’m particularly into authentic experiences and cultural immersion, one of the highlights was staying in a ryokan before our cruise, and I’d like to share the concept of…

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