Authentic/Local Experiences

How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

By Carol Rowland / September 23, 2020 /

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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Sleeping in true cultural immersion

By Carol Rowland / September 16, 2020 /

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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A Sunny Vacation with Covid Safety

By Carol Rowland / September 2, 2020 /

Since I’ve had some questions around this, I thought I would share a current status of how some of the all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are handling the current situation… How are Mexico all-inclusive resorts opening and managing COVID safely? The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a massive decrease in global travel, but the good news…

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A Tattoo for your bucket list

By Carol Rowland / August 26, 2020 / Comments Off on A Tattoo for your bucket list

I had planned to be Scotland this week with my husband to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, but the trip was cancelled due to Covid. I’ve been fortunate enough to see it, but it’s been on his bucket list for years. It is a breathtaking experience, so I want to share why it should be…

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A trip that offers inspiration and reflection

By Carol Rowland / August 12, 2020 / Comments Off on A trip that offers inspiration and reflection

A conversation with my son inspired me to share about the Camino de Santiago this week, as I have found folks have heard of it but don’t know too much, or are curious about it works for those of us who are a little older and not really hikers… All about the Camino de Santiago…

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An idea for now and future travels

By Carol Rowland / August 5, 2020 / Comments Off on An idea for now and future travels

As I dream about future travel, as well as some current summertime fun, ideas lead me to think about rooftop bars and how they are the perfect diversion for current times and anticipated trips… Rooftop Bars are the perfect recess I admit it – I am a sucker for rooftop bars. I find the atmosphere…

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The Less Glamorous Way to Learn

By Carol Rowland / July 22, 2020 / Comments Off on The Less Glamorous Way to Learn

This week I’m busy with some virtual networking so I’m sharing a bit of insight into one way I learn about interesting experiences and lovely hotels… Networking for knowledge and insight I’m spending most of this week and next week conducting one-on-one virtual meetings with some of the folks in the travel trade from Ireland.…

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The Stunning Parks of Wyoming

By Carol Rowland / July 15, 2020 / Comments Off on The Stunning Parks of Wyoming

Last week I shared my visit to South Dakota and some of the highlights, and this week I extend the America’s-national-parks-theme to its neighbor of Wyoming… The Stunning Parks of Wyoming The world is full of extraordinary sights and views. Travelers fly from one side of the globe to the other to discover new cultures,…

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Exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota

By Carol Rowland / July 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota

For those wishing to get away from their months of quarantine, the prospects of a fantastic vacation may seem low in the summer of 2020. Yet there are still chances to get away and experience an amazing trip while still staying on the same native soil. In fact, there is one destination whose doors are…

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