Once (or Twice, or Third Time’s a charm) In a Lifetime Wedding Planning Advice

Congratulations,  you’re engaged! What’s next? Every year in the United States, there are approximately 2.5 million weddings, and the wedding industry has grown to an empire of 40 billion dollars per year—that’s a lot of starry-eyed lovers tying themselves up in knots!         As a much-married woman myself , I’m a wedding […]

Packing for Your Trip: Pre-Vacation Drama

Before every trip, business or pleasure, my friend  Victoria used to empty her entire closet onto her bed, iron everything she owned,  and then sort  each item into “take” and “don’t take” piles. Over  a couple of weeks (!) she’d gradually pare down the “take” pile until she had the right amount of clothes for the […]

Alaska Dreams Part One

I figured I’d get to Alaska when I well past 70. People used to say the Alaska cruises are filled with the “overfed and nearly dead.” I pictured a geriatric crowd, just one click away from being set out on an ice floe with only a hunting knife, no longer viable members of the tribe. So when the […]

European River Cruising

River cruising is so popular that cruise companies are scrambling to build new ships fast enough to keep up with demand. New itineraries are opening up every season  and the most popular itineraries sell out a year or more in advance. What’s it all about? A river cruise, at first glance, seems like a wonderfully tranquil […]

Small Ship Cruising

Fall in Love with Small Ship Cruising Small cruise ships give you a chance to enjoy awe-inspiring destinations up close and personal, with no hassles or frustrations. What a Way to Go! Visit a new port each day and unpack only once. Sometimes it seems that traveling itself is the worst part of seeing multiple destinations. […]