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The time I rode a water buffalo in a rice paddy field of Malaysia

It’s the goal of every traveler to make meaningful experiences on their journeys. Those experiences? They’re made by the people we meet along the way. By opening ourselves up to intimate moments we create our stories. I had one of those days while traveling in Malaysia. It’s the kind of day …

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Meet the Cheery Beachfront Kauai Shores Hotel

Normally before a trip I spend a small amount of time getting myself aquainted with the hotels, activities and areas I’ll be experiencing. However, with a last minute hotel change (as sometimes happens during travel) and a hectic schedule I hadn’t got the chance to give Kauai Shores Hotel a …


When was the last time you took your family on vacation?

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A Scent That Carries A Memory of An Incredible Vacation

I’ve been to the ocean numerous times in my life. I’ve visited both the Atlantic and the Pacific states like Maryland, Florida, California and even Canada. As often as I have visited the ocean still failed to hold the significance to me that it does for so many other people. …

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James Foley: A Beacon of Courage and Truth

As I drove to work this morning, I listened to the story of James Foley on NPR. While I heard about his work and his shocking death, I found myself full of heartache for this man and his family along with admiration for his work. The American photo-journalist went missing …

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4 Most Common Things To Do In Las Vegas + Win a Trip For Two

There are places people travel for the amazing culture, the charity work or a nature experience. Then, there is Las Vegas. When people go to Las Vegas they’re looking for an incredible experience, to be dazzled by over the top sights and sounds.  Visit a World Famous Casino One of …

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Breathtaking Views of Bangkok from the Sky Bar at Sirocco

Located along the Chao Phray River in Bangkok, Sirocco is the world’s largest open-air restaurant and bar. High up on the 63rd floor of the State Tower, the second tallest building in Thailand, the views are utterly amazing. It’s unquestionably one of Bangkok’s most iconic venues and you may even recall seeing …


Where To Stay In Alaska: Large Waterfall Resort or Quaint Steamboat Bay?

When people think of Alaska the images they conjure up tend to differ. Some think of a mother moose and her calf, some picture glaciers and mountains, others imagine days spent boating and fishing King Salmon, Halibut and Rock Fish. If it’s any of the above, then Waterfall Resort and Steamboat …

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Mrs. Potato Head’s Summer Travel Tips & Packing Essentials

Woohoo! School is out and summer has aaarrrriiivvveeeddd! Most families are kicking off the summer travel seasons this holiday weekend. To make sure you’re prepared, Mrs. Potato Head wants to share her expert travel and packing tips. MRS. POTATO HEAD’S TRAVEL AND PACKING TIPS MRS. POTATO HEAD’S PACKING ESSENTIALS  Mrs. Potato Head says: “I’m packing your extra …

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Get $15 off Your First Ride with Taxi Magic

Living in gorgeous So Cal it isn’t very often I need to go some place I can’t walk or ride a bike to. In fact, I’ve had my car for over a decade and it has yet to surpass 90,000 miles! But when I do need to travel by car, …