Florence: 3 days of Artful Fun

A visit to Italy often includes a stop in Florence and no matter your budget, travel style or personal interests you will find it a treasure chest of incredible beauty!  It must have the highest percentage of significant and exquisite artwork per square foot of any city in the world, and you needn’t be an Continue Reading

Los Cabos, Mexico: Desert Meets the Sea Adventure

Do you know Cabo in Mexico?  The desert meets the sea in this amazing destination on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.   I am a frequent visitor to the Playa Grande resort located just steps from the beautiful marina in Cabo San Lucas, and I always feel that I have come home when I Continue Reading

Emilia Romagna: The Authentic Italy!

Writing about interesting travel experiences is a job that I do not take for granted.  Being your Active Travel Pro comes with responsibilities that I take very seriously!  One of these is sharing my adventures with you so that you might imagine yourself in a far off land, immersing yourself in the culture and fully Continue Reading

Bologna, Italy Foodie Fun!

One year ago I visited Italy for the third time, my first in the Emilia Romagna region.  While attending a conference with other travel professionals, I fell in love with the area.  Part of my love affair was with the beauty of the land and its incredible Roman history.  I also loved the richness of Continue Reading

When Travel Plans Change: Remaining Calm in the Storm

It’s inevitable, or Murphy’s Law, or something like that!  And while it is definitely not in my nature to expect the worst, it is surely helpful when best-laid travel plans go awry to remain calm in the face of that storm. Hurricanes have fascinated me since I was  little girl, standing hand in hand in Continue Reading

An Active France Itinerary: 5 Days of Fun Part II

France truly made me happy.  I loved this adventure immensely.  It was almost spiritual walking around the corner from the Best Western Latin Quarter Pantheon to the historic piazza on our last morning in Paris, and we found the streets empty of tourists while we enjoyed our cafe at the lovely le Comptoir de Pantheon.   Continue Reading

An Active France Itinerary: 5 Days of FUN! Part One

Ahhhh, France is such a lovely place.  And while the history of the country can fascinate your mind…the stories of the “days of old” help us imagine what the people’s lives were like who lived there and fought for their castles and their freedom…what it is now is what captured my heart during our journey. Continue Reading

AmaWaterways AmaLyra Review: A Normandy River Cruise

First of all, let me say that I am very comfy on a ship of any kind.  There’s something about being on the water that soothes my soul.  Maybe it’s knowing that my maternal great great grandfather was a ship captain in Sweden?  Perhaps it’s because I grew up by the ocean and have always Continue Reading

Small Ship Sailing with Star Clippers

What is a clipper ship?  They were fast, yacht-like vessels with three masts and a square rig, generally narrow for their length, and were used primarily for trans-Atlantic trade in the middle third of the 19th century.  Later as they were used for the more rapid delivery of tea in the East.  The boom years Continue Reading

Romance and Adventure Travel

I will bet that you never thought of romance and adventure travel going hand-in-hand, now, did you? Allow me to paint a picture for you! Then we can have a conversation about what will be the best option for you. You and your special companion want a short vacation together, you know, to see if your travel styles Continue Reading