Majestic Views Overlooking the Sea of Cortez

by Dede Ogden Whether it’s your first time to visit or your 10th to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, you’ll find new experiences to add to your memoir. This was my first trip with a teenager so I looked at things differently than my past vacations to the oasis in the desert. It was Willem’s first time […]

Food and Fun: Historic Palm Springs

Article by Noreen Kompanik “Playground of the Stars” is what Palm Springs, California has been called for years. Royalty of the movie industry flocked to play in Palm Springs where they could still honor their contract stipulations to remain “within two hours of the studio” in case they were called back for another take or […]

Citrus Crush Palm Springs – Stunning Oasis in the Desert

Article & Photos by Noreen Kompanik Surrounded by thousands of miles of stark desert beauty, Palm Springs, California has evolved into a a vibrant culinary and art scene. Palm Springs’ connection to Hollywood attracts those looking for glitz and glamour; that provides much to do and see, with some fascinating history thrown in for fun. […]

The Young Tanzanian Who Is Changing Lives Through Airbnb

by PJ Wheeler As a young boy, Godwin Ndosi knew he wanted to create employment. The opportunity presented itself in 2015, when the twenty-three year old Maasai farmer was working as a safari guide and took a client on a tour. During that trip, Godwin was asked if he had heard about Airbnb. Godwin replied […]

How Vacation Renting Became Vacation Living

Article & Photos by Lynne Martin My husband Tim and I are experienced travelers. We began using vacation rentals before Homeaway or Airbnb were even twinkles in the eyes of their founders. In those days, vacation rentals were the purview of real estate agents with hit-or-miss results without standards or guarantees of any kind. We […]

The Cypress Lake House: Create Your Own Romantic Novel In Floral City, Florida

Article & Photos by Victoria Hart It feels like the setting of a Nicholas Sparks novel. A charming, two-bedroom 1 1/2-bath cottage on Lake Consuela in Floral City, Florida, this cottage begs its guests to slow down and surrender to the present moment. The rough cypress exterior siding blends perfectly with the lakeside setting. The […]

Mystical Iceland: It’s anything but a vast, icy landscape

Article & Photos by Rika Dockery If you’ve never been to Iceland, you may imagine it as a vast icy landscape. The Iceland I saw featured a lush green moss-covered lava fields, bountiful waterfalls, geysers and hot springs. There were volcanic mountains and glaciers, oceans, fields with sheep and horses, along with quaint colorful villages. […]

The Art of Doing Nothing

Article & Photos by Noreen Kompanik I‘m here in San Diego getting a pedicure for our upcoming trip to Mexico. I glance up at the television where our local news station is reporting some shocking statistics – a whopping 62% of workers check in with the office at least once or twice a week during […]

A Dog-Friendly Beach Vacation

Article & Photos by Rika Dockery When my brother-in-law invited my husband and me to pitch in for a vacation rental home on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, we immediately said, “Yes.” Late September is a great time to visit the Gulf because the weather is still warm but the crowds have subsided and […]

Food and Fun: Cairns Style

Article by Patti Morrow & Photos by Kary Kern Cairns, on the Coral Sea in tropical northeast Australia, is considered to be the gateway to Great Barrier Reef – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. the city is stylish and laid-back, and a central location for exploring an area pulsing with adventure […]