International Travel

Stepping Back in Time – Athens Greece

By Carol Rowland / April 14, 2021 /

Last week I wrote about the updated guidelines from the CDC and some of the ways cruising is starting back from various foreign ports. With Greece’s announcement that they will open May 14 to those travelers (including Americans) with either a negative covid test or vaccinations, they are on the forefront of international destinations welcoming…

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Updated travel guidelines and more…

By Carol Rowland / April 7, 2021 /

Friday was a significant announcement from the CDC regarding guidelines for vaccinated people, which featured key travel elements. There have also been a lot of developments in getting travel moving again, so those topics inspired this week’s article… Relaxation of travel guidelines Friday April 2 was a happy day in travel when the CDC released…

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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

By Carol Rowland / March 24, 2021 /

Anticipation of future explorations inspires this week’s article about a mystical destination… Machu Picchu and the Trail of the Incas The name Machu Picchu conjures up a mystical and exotic feeling, as one imagines the well-known images of this abandoned ancient city nestled in a valley between two mountain tops on the eastern slopes of…

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An authentic experience that has nothing to do with being green…

By Carol Rowland / March 17, 2021 / Comments Off on An authentic experience that has nothing to do with being green…

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, so we’ll see a lot on TV and social media with green clothes, green hair and green beer in celebration. But since Ireland is my special place (I normally go once or twice a year), I want to share an aspect of the Irish culture that I think is one…

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

By Carol Rowland / February 17, 2021 / Comments Off on How are Japanese gardens different from other gardens you’ll see traveling?

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 / Comments Off on Seeking the Big 5 on Safari

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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Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland

By Carol Rowland / February 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland

Dreaming of new destinations and stunning experiences is great way to shift from the downer messages of the news, so today I share some insights into best of the train trips in Switzerland, a country that is gaining more and more interest as a unique travel spot. Best Scenic Train Rides in Switzerland Located at…

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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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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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Insights into current Covid travel experiences

By Carol Rowland / November 11, 2020 / Comments Off on Insights into current Covid travel experiences

A little over a week ago, I returned from Mexico, where I attended a virtual conference and checked out the current state of international travel, so I wanted to share my perspective of that experience. Insights into current Covid travel experiences It was so exciting to pull my sad, lonely passport out of its spot…

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