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Doing the Dude Ranch

Doing the Dude Ranch When 180 horses’ hooves pounded the ground a few feet from me, manes flaring and breaths misting ghost-like, this city boy was transfixed. It was the 5:30 morning roundup at the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado, up in the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. The whinnying echoed in the nearby corrals as we walked the short ... Read More »

New Travel Sites: Less Here Than Meets the Eye?

New Travel Sites: Less Here Than Meets the Eye? If you looked at  afar.com’s web site you’d be impressed. It’s attractive, kinetic and well done. The company, founded by Greg Sullivan and Joe Diaz, stresses that travel is “experiential,” and that travelers have to “get out of their comfort zone.” That’s their brand message. They want travel “to delve beneath ... Read More »

Portugal’s Precious Port Wine Trail

Portugal’s Precious Port Wine by Kaleel Sakakeeny The Port Wine Trail begins in the only place legally authentic Port can begin, in Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city, and a three and a half hour train ride north from Lisbon. More importantly, it’s the gateway to the Douro Valley’s prized Port wine vineyards. The valley is really spectacular, a “must see,” and ... Read More »

Andalusia, Spain: Audio PostCard

Andalusia, Spain, or in the Arabic, Al Andalus, owes so much of its culture and tradition, even its language to the Moors, Arabs from North Africa who lived and enlightened this part of Europe for years. Listen to the 1-Minute Audio PostCard on Andalusia by clicking the player above. pr see the 1 minute Travel Video PostCard Read More »

Buying Fake Reviews on TripAdvisor

Paying for Positive Reviews on TripAdvisor If power corrupts then as they say absolute power corrupts absolutely. TripAdvisor, with it’s 45 million reviews of some 500,000 destinations is the undisputed powerhouse in shaping people’s perceptions of what hotel they should stay in and where. Good or bad reviews on the giant site can profoundly affect a hotel’s bottom line. So ... Read More »

Best Picks for Summertime Travel Novels

Summertime Travel Novels It’s summer “ and the reading should be easy,” so I came up with a short list of a few travel novels that I found especially rich and exciting. Very often a travel novel is a far better read than a guide book. It creates a vividness and depth of a town or village or city more ... Read More »

Why We Are Sexier On The Road

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Why We Are Sexier On The Road We knew travel was a terrific aphrodisiac, we just couldn’t prove it. Then came a report that the majority of couples have more sex in a week’s vacation than they do in two months at home! We knew there’s actually a Mile High Club with certain airlines offering sex in the sky for ... Read More »

The Appeal of Intimacy: B &B’s Make a Come Back

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Bed and Breakfasts Make a Come Back: What’s the Appeal? Not so long ago we reported on the study that most travelers avoided Bed and Breakfasts as a destination or place to stay. The reasons primarily had to do with lack of familiarity with the B &B culture, and the apparent preference of younger travelers for the anonymity of a ... Read More »

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