Authentic/Local Experiences

Cinque Terre: Where History Meets Beauty

By Carol Rowland / June 5, 2024 /

Italy is always a top destination, and one of the most beautiful areas that I haven’t written about before is Cinque Terre. I was fortunate to visit a few years ago on a day trip from a cruise stop, and I remember it as a stunning area, well worth its popularity, and that inspires this…

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Christ the Redeemer Statue – one of the 7 Wonders of the World

By Carol Rowland / January 24, 2024 / Comments Off on Christ the Redeemer Statue – one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Planning bucket list trips is one of our focus areas, and there are certain ‘checkmarks’ that excite me on my bucket list, like visiting all of the Seven Wonders of the World, so one of those inspires this week’s article… Christ the Redeemer Statue – one of the 7 Wonders of the World  Human ingenuity…

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Gaudi’s Influence on Barcelona

By Carol Rowland / January 17, 2024 / Comments Off on Gaudi’s Influence on Barcelona

My last trip to Barcelona really changed my mind about the artistic contributions of Antoni Gaudi, and so his tremendous influence in Barcelona inspires this week’s article. Gaudi’s Influence on Barcelona There are few cities worldwide whose architecture and style were influenced by a single person. But that’s where Barcelona stands out, since the city’s architectural…

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Exploring the Mekong River – Vietnam and Cambodia

By Carol Rowland / November 15, 2023 / Comments Off on Exploring the Mekong River – Vietnam and Cambodia

A few years ago, I had zero interest in this type of trip, so my conversion from meh to enthralled inspires this week’s article… Exploring the Mekong River – Vietnam and Cambodia When I think of taking a vacation to an exotic destination, traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia on a Mekong River cruise immediately springs…

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Peeling back the layers

By Carol Rowland / August 3, 2023 / Comments Off on Peeling back the layers

There are so many fabulous places to explore in this world, and it’s easy to only focus on the ‘name’ spots you hear about, so that inspires this week’s article… Peeling back the layers There’s more to a country than just the big name city with all the big name sights. Get beyond that first…

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Finding Nature in Travel

By Carol Rowland / July 12, 2023 / Comments Off on Finding Nature in Travel

I sat outside in our garden room this weekend and it made me think of nature as a form of recess, and that inspires this week’s topic. Finding Nature in Travel On Sundays when I try to totally disconnect from work, one of my escapes is to sit outside and read, journal, and just enjoy…

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Experience A Genuine Cuisine Adventure In Ireland

By Carol Rowland / July 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Experience A Genuine Cuisine Adventure In Ireland

One of our focus destinations here at Recess 4 Grownups is Ireland, and this year we have the Navy versus Notre Dame college football game playing in Dublin. That inspires this week’s article, since I find so many people have an incorrect opinion about Irish cuisine… Experience a Genuine Cuisine Adventure in Ireland  The Emerald…

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Exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota

By Carol Rowland / June 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota

As much as I love traveling internationally and discovering new destinations, sometimes there are interesting spots in the United States that are worth time on your vacation calendar. The upcoming 4th of July and some clients who are currently traveling inspire this week’s article… The Black Hills – An Unexpected Destination Many Americans have heard…

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Off-roading and Pentecost: Easy video travel memories

By Carol Rowland / May 31, 2023 / Comments Off on Off-roading and Pentecost: Easy video travel memories

This past weekend was Pentecost, and it reminded me of some fun projects I did from my travels, so I wanted to share this idea… Easy video travel memories I’ve talked in the past about how much I enjoy enrichment opportunities on cruise lines, and in particular about the ‘film making’ course I took on…

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Exploring Antarctica – Cruise by or step on?

By Carol Rowland / April 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Exploring Antarctica – Cruise by or step on?

A highlight of my year was doing my Antarctica expedition cruise. A lot of lines offer cruises to Antarctica, but there are many different approaches so there are key details that are not obvious but make a big difference… Exploring Antarctica – Cruise by or step on?  Imagine a remote and pristine wilderness, a world…

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