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“Sea & Learn” Returns to the Dutch Caribbean Island Saba in October

Oct 6, 2015
The Dutch Caribbean Island of Saba announces the return of its annual “Sea & Learn” Environmental Awareness Month in October 2015.

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Up close (but not too close) and personal with a glacier

Getting close but not too close to the Dawes Glacier
I understand why the Native Tlingits called glaciers “white thunder.” We see harbor seals lounging on chunks of blue ice in the water. The glacier looks like blue cotton candy with chocolate sprinkles. more
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Kayaking on the Salt Chuck — eagles and bears!

Black bear munching on grass near Salt Chuck
Mornings like this make you realize why you can’t compare this Alaska cruise with just 60-plus passengers to a giant cruise ship with thousands. Rather than docking in ports, we’ve anchored in a cove here in Southeast Alaska precisely so we can go off for a morning paddle more
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Visiting Orlando’s parks like the One Percent

Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
No waiting for buses, navigating crowded parking lots or walking more than you or your kids can take. Hall whisks you around Walt Disney World in a private car that he parks exactly where you want to be. more
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Active or passive — this un-cruise is for you

Humpback going on a dive
“We plan the itinerary so that we can stop like this,” says our captain, Dano Quinn, who has been piloting vessels in Alaska for the last 16 years. more
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Eagles and starfish. Snorkeling in Alaska? You bet

Snorkeling expedition from the Wilderness Discovery
Did I mention this father and child are Bald Eagles and we are listening to their conversation from kayaks in spectacular Saginaw Bay on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska? more
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Thar they blow! Humpbacks galore on the Inside Passage

We spot dozens of Humpback Whales like this one on the Inside Passage
We are cruising around Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska aboard the InnerSea Discoveries Wilderness Discoverer when we spy humpback whales. So cool! Two are off the bow of the ship! more
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Heading off on an “un-cruise” in Southeast Alaska

Kayaking near Dry Pass on the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska
This morning kayaking near the entrance to the Dry Pass, we see giant red sea stars, anemones and the biggest clams I’ve ever see – Gasper Clams (so-called because they squirt water out of their shells). We learn make these clams make for great bear snacks. more
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Include Travel Insurance in Your Summer Vacation Plans

Portrait Of Three Generation Family On Beach Holiday
As any parent knows, when kids are involved, unforeseen circumstances can materialize at the drop of a hat. Illness can sideline the entire family, resulting in financial losses such as costs for airfare, tickets to attractions and other non-refundable deposits. more
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Parents need sleepaway camp too!

Migis Lodge cookout
Migis Lodge in Maine is a small resort too—just 35 cottages—at most, 150 guests.We could all use a place like that this summer to get unplugged with the kids, if only for a few days. There’s no glitz or glam, just old-fashioned family time. more
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Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range

View of Glaciers in Alaska Range
Kantishna Air Taxi mostly flies visitors around the mountain, said our pilot Andy Young. “A plane in Alaska is like a car anywhere else,” he explained. “It is how we get around. There just aren’t any roads in a lot of the state.” more
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