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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer Opportunities are everywhere but they cane be overwhelming. I will be travling to South East Asia this summer and here are a few of the ones...

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By Rick Steve's and a little help from me, Mom aka Penny Fleming. When this was written my kids are the ages below but they are no longer go with mom and dad on a tour. They are very much a part of where we go. Rick Steve's writes about his kids that were young and taking them on trips.  When they were in their single digits, our trips were consumed with basic survival issues, such as eating and sleeping. By the time they entered their teens, the big challenge became making our trips educational and fun. Europe is rich with amazing museums, churches and art. But unlike you, kids may not appreciate the magnificence of a Michelangelo statue or the significance of an ancient temple. Still, ...Continue Reading >
Star Clipper is a fleet and Grand Voyage - Turkey, Greece, Montenegro & Croatia - Star Clipper they are graceful as a swan. This is a true clipper ship reflecting their proud heritage in every inch of their polished brass and gleaming bright work.  I will be stepping aboard the Star Clipper for an 18 day adventure in the Mediterranean to discover why these ships should be the next travel incentive that you book.  Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Send your award winner This is my Itinerary Saturday 20 June 2015   Istanbul, ...Continue Reading >
Don't want to be home for the holidays? This was the perfect trip. This was one time of the year when no one was looking for me. Enjoy the un-tourist guide to the islands of Belize This was our first trip to Belize and we are so very glad that we chose Ramon's! Best place to stay. We got out of  Belize City on the mainland and had our hearts set on Island Life . We took the ferry from San Pedro and out to Ambergris Caye  The staff, especially Jack, made our trip even more memorable! No TV and Wi-Fi was not the greatest in the room but decent in restaurant and beach area We booked two excursions through the dive shop and both were great! Highly recommend Hoi Chan and Shark Alley snorkeling.  The ...Continue Reading >
Bathrooms As our travelers have already been warned, there is a noticeable difference between Western bathrooms and Eastern bathrooms – mainly, the seat! It takes some practice and balance to master the Eastern toilet but we are looking forward to the challenge and know that we will all come home having mastered the squat and having tones glutes to prove it! Panoramic views, soaking tubs bathrooms that are as big as a room. I fell in love with Bathrooms. I love the adventure of exploring them in cites where I have heard they are, let's just say, they take getting used to. I will start with our first trip to Japan. We passed the airport bathrooms becasue we were told they would be, "western" ...Continue Reading >
When you arrive into a foreign country it is so nice to see your name on a card held by the person that will take you to your destination. Just so happens the owner, Nadege picks you up and you can ask all the questions you want. Mystic River is a place for the person that wants to read by the river and listen to the sounds of the birds or the person that wants adventure. I wanted both. So much to do I felt that I was at a luxury adventure camp. We arrived late in the day and our arrival was the beginning of an adventure. This is not a paved road street sign destination. It is exciting and it is bumpy. But it was wonderful. Why, I felt like it was truly out in the middle of nowhere. I had no ...Continue Reading >
You may have heard of, or fallen victim to, the old "catch my baby while we pick your pockets" scheme. The new class of tourist rip-off makes that look like chump change. By Ray Pagliarulo, Reprinted from Budget Travel. See this photo? This is me I was a victim of a pick pocket in Amsterdam. Orlando Here's a scam so bad even Mickey Mouse took a stand. Guests in hotels around Disney World have been finding pizza delivery menus conveniently slipped under their doors, but place an order-and make the mistake of giving your credit card number-and you'll really pay. The phone number isn't connected to a pizza parlor but to identity thieves. Disney World supported a law designed to crack down on ...Continue Reading >
Bali, the Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills, mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich. When we started planning ...Continue Reading >
C'mon. You know you want one. You've seen other folks ushered  into first class, given the key to a hotel suite that's a lot bigger than the  one they paid for, or peel out of the rental lot in a way hotter car than the  one they can afford. What's their secret? Read on to learn how our top travel  experts get upgraded. By Fran Golden, Tuesday, Feb  11, 2014, 12:00 PM  |   (Edwin Fotheringham)  Love the article I have a long, transcontinental flight coming up. I dread being cramped in a  coach seat, but I can't afford first class. What are my chances of getting  bumped up for free? They're actually better now than ever. To cut costs, some U.S. airlines have  been offering ...Continue Reading >
FOREIGN EXCHANGE Reprinted from a LA Times story I thought was really interesting In the village of Liuyi, China, there are only about 30 women left who followed a once-common tradition that was painful but also bonded mothers and daughters. But the eyes are drawn to Fu's deformed feet and the tiny, ornate shoes on the floor next to her, both objects marking the 76-year-old as one of the last of a kind. For almost a millennium, the practice of foot binding was prevalent across Chinese society, starting with the wealthier classes but over the years spreading down through urban and then poorer rural communities. Now the ancient, some say barbaric, practice is almost gone. Isolated from ...Continue Reading >

Volunteer Opportunities are everywhere but they cane be overwhelming. I will be travling to South East Asia this summer and here are a few of the ones that I will be going to.

Baan San Fan Orphanage in Thailand

Barnherm Nuang Mai in Thailand also a CNN Hero