Photo by Trey Ratcliff

Saturday, April 22, 2017

South Korea In Pictures

South Korea recently has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. But this is a country webbed with a sophisticated network of bicycle trails, many that are completely segregated from traffic. I recently bicycled from Damyang, south of Seoul and then took the ferry with my bicycle to Jeju Island. I found South Korea to be a country of lush landscapes, verdant agricultural lands, primeval forests, dense stands of bamboo, and scenic waterfronts where older female divers free dive for abalone and conch and then serve the shellfish raw on a seaside table. This YouTube video slideshow provides a window into my adventures.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Art and Architecture in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland is a city of art. Street murals dot the landscape, both along the main streets as well as in the Grandi neighborhood -- a former industrial fishing area -- that's burgeoning with new shops, and restaurants.

And, for art aficionados, Harpa, the opera house, is not to be missed. It’s stunning, both acoustically and architecturally. Stroll through the interior and you'll see how the hexagon-shaped glass panels perfectly frame the waterfront vistas

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Highly Commended Travel Blog for Advice on Iceland

Among all the countries I've visited, Iceland, by far, is right at the top of my favorites list. It has everything I hold dear: pristine landscapes, nature-based activities, a capital that's brimming with culture, young chefs doing very cool things in their restaurants in Reykjavik and elsewhere in the country. Iceland is always listed as one of the top five happiest countries in the world. They do just about everything right: they were the first to take in Syrian refugees. When the government was in financial crisis in 2008, they became the only government to put the bankers responsible in prison. Iceland was the first country to have a democratically-elected female president - and she was in office for 16 years. My list of what's great about Iceland could go on. I often blog about my favorite country here. And, as a result, Asher Fergusson, an Australian with a large following, selected J The Travel Authority from among 700 around the world travel blogs as one that's highly commended for its posts on Iceland.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Radio Interview: Staying Healthy When Traveling

Nothing can ruin a vacation or any journey, especially to far-flung lands than an illness or injury. I've spent years learning from bad experiences, as well as taking what I've learned from my vast background in health, medicine and biology and putting it all into practice to prevent travel-related ills. So I was delighted to be interviewed on this topic by Mary and Robert Carey on the radio program: Rudy Maxa's World with the Careys. Click on the button below to find out some of the things I recommend.


To listen to the entire show, visit this website: 

You can listen to Rudy Maxa's World with the Careys here.

And, for more practical information, check out Doc-in-a-Bag, the unique travel first-aid organizer.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Martinique in Pictures

The French island of Martinique beckons with its crystal blue waters, majestic volcano, and golden sand beaches. But I experienced the island's beauty from walking and hiking its verdant parks and gardens that are easily accessible to families. Habitation Clement with its abundance of outdoor contemporary sculptures is one of this island’s many picturesque green spaces. This YouTube video slide show presents a window into some of Martinique’s treasures.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Packing a First-Aid Kit for your Kids

Nothing ruins a trip more than an injury or illness, whether it affect you or your kids. And, though most people think they know what to pack in a first-aid kit, that’s generally not the case. The items end up being an afterthought and often revolve around aspirin, Tylenol and Band-aids.

I’ve designed a Kids Doc-in-a-Bag to help with the planning. It comes with a comprehensive laminated list of what to include in your kids first-aid kit, including:

kids Benadryl (antihistamine) for allergic reactions
topical cortisone cream for rashes + insect bites
child-safe sunscreen
child-safe insect repellant

I’m especially fond of the products manufactured by All Terrain like their child-safe insect repellant and sunscreen.

Check out Kids Doc-in-a-Bag for the entire list of everything you should pack in their first aid kit.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Woodlands Close to Mystic, Connecticut

I'm obsessed with green spaces. So even when I traveled recently to Mystic, Connecticut for business, I was determined to find walking or hiking trails. Bluff Point State Park is one of those bucolic locales just minutes from the Marriott Hotel and Spa where my meetings were held.  Sited on a peninsula beside the Pequonot River, the park is networked with paths for walking, hiking or mountain biking. On a cold winter day, I had the place to myself as I wandered beside the placid waters where, in the summer, it's likely you'll see kayakers and sail boats. Because glaciers once covered this area, the boulders dotting the area are no surprise, left behind by the glacial retreat. This vast landscape with coastal woodland populated mostly by oaks and hickory, sand dunes, salt marsh and grassland is considered the only remaining large undeveloped public land on Connecticut's coast.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Motion Sickness Remedy For Travel

Whether you’re traveling by planes, trains or automobiles -- or by bus or boat -- motion sickness will surely ruin your transit. I carry along a variety of items to keep motion sickness at bay. Among the products is Tummy Drops, which were created by a gastroenterologist. These drops -- made with natural plant oils -- come in a variety of flavors, including ginger, which has long been touted to ease motion sickness; peppermint, which may be able to relieve nausea; and cinnamon that acts to relieve bloating. I offer a discount coupon as well as free samples of Tummy Drops in my Doc-in-a-Bag, the unique first-aid kit organizer

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Monday, January 16, 2017

What To Wear At A Protest March

The inauguration -- and the Women’s March on Washington -- is less than a week away. And I’ve been asked by many friends and colleagues who are attending the march what to wear and what to bring. They asked for my guidance because this is a travel question, after all. It’s estimated that some 200,000 women are flocking to DC from out of state for this all-day event. It will likely to be frigid. And then there are the security concerns, which means avoiding any large bags that warrant searches. And the security concerns go the other way also given that it’ll be hard to keep valuable safe from the masses surrounding you. Here is what I recommend wearing for this event as well as what personal items to bring. The vast majority are items I’ve reviewed over the years. You’ll see that most of the fabrics are merino wool or fleece which not only provide warmth but they both wick away sweat and remain comfortable when wet.

  • Don’t bring a shoulder bag, hand bag, tote bag, messenger bag or backpack. It’s best to have something exceedingly small and flat (not bulky) that lies securely close to your body. And this bag should contain just your vitals, those items you can’t live without, such as your driver’s license, money, credit cards and other essentials. My atta-Bag fits the bill since it can be worn around your waist under your coat or jacket, or six other ways
  • Everything else you carry, including snacks and personal items, can be placed in zippered pockets in your coat or jacket.
  • Personal items should include flushable wet wipes, Bonine for possible motion sickness on the bus, lip balm, disinfecting wipes, throat lozenges, and sunscreen.  If you take medication, bring along enough for an extra day or so just in case.
  • Healthy snack items: unsalted nuts, dark chocolate, low-fat string cheese, whole grain crackers, peanut butter in an individual squeeze pack (such as Justin’s).
  • Bottled water that you can place in a lightweight water bottle sling holder that you drape cross body, such as those sold by Chico Bag
  • A scarf made of merino wool, alpaca or Polar fleece
  • A cap, hat or beanie that covers your ears and is made from merino wool, alpaca or Polar fleece. 
  • Gloves made of merino wool ORwear a thin glove liner made and atop that wear fingerless gloves. 
  • Socks made of merino wool or alpaca.  
  • A base layer thermal top made of merino wool

  • A base layer thermal bottom made of the synthetic Capilene or merino wool.
  • Atop your base layer top, wear a wool sweater with a hoodie just in case it gets colder than expected. 
  • Atop the sweat, layer both with a thin jacket that protects you from the cold and wind, and a thicker fleece jacket. Both of these should have zippers so you can vent in case you are getting overheated. And the layering option gives you plenty of options no matter how the weather changes. 
  • Atop your base layer bottom, wear a pair of Polar fleece leggings or pants.

  • Footwear should provide insulation and good traction, especially if it snows or becomes icy. This is my recommendation. 

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