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New Guest on Alaska Princess Cruises

May 29, 2017
Bear sightings for Princess Cruises guests in Alaska are one of the most highly anticipated experiences during a cruise to the “Great Land.” This season all Princess guests can meet the new bear mascot on board named “Stanley.”

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A Portland, Maine Family Vacation at the Inn by the Sea

A private boardwalk leads from Inn by the Sea, ME to sandy Crescent Beach
The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A private boardwalk leads through a wildlife sanctuary to an idyllic sandy beach, where you’ll see lobster boats and sunsets straight out of an Edward Hopper painting. more
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Taking the Kids to free attractions in Washington DC this spring

Just published - The Kids Guide to Washington DC - second edition
It doesn’t cost anything to visit the Lincoln Memorial at night, to play pilot in a mock cockpit at “America by Air,” a permanent exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, attend a family event or one for young children at the Museum of African American History and Culture or visit the giant pandas at the National Zoo. more
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The Kids Guides — kids helping kids discover America

The Kid's Guides are pocket-sized books for kids ages 6-12 and chock full of tips from kids in the know more
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Dubai: biggest building, biggest mall, mixing pot of cultures

Selfie-taking at the top of the Burg Khalifa
The woman is busy taking selfies at the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world – 2,716.5 feet and more than 160 stories. more
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A Trip to Cubs Spring Training with my Dad

My dad is still skeptical of this selfie deal
I convinced my dad to join me this spring in Arizona for spring training. As coincidence would have it, two of his very best friends from his college years at The University of Texas were also planning a trip. more
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A mixture of Bedouin tradition and modern: Dubai

Desert camel ride
Dubai is such a mixture of the old from the Bedouin tradition and the new—the tallest building in the world--The Burj Khalifa--and the biggest indoor theme park more
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On a long-haul flight, Emirates Airlines thinks of everything

Littlest Flight Attendant aboard
It’s the extra touches—the captain signing their travel journals, the chance to have their picture taken in a flight attendant’s or captain’s hat—perhaps even the chance for a wannabe young flight attendant to help serve. more
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Celebrating Harry Potter in Britain on his 20th anniversary

Tower Bridge
It’s no surprise that Britain is planning a lot of celebrations in Harry’s name. The good news for all of the fans on this side of the pond: It’s an excellent time to visit London and beyond more
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Off the rails and trails in Arizona for Cubs Spring training

Green Zebra ATV Tour near Phoenix AZ
A quick father-son trip to spring training in the Cactus League to see the World Champion Chicago Cubs (yes that's still sinking in). Air travel misadventure our first day followed by adventure in the Sonoran Dessert on day 2. more
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A Quick Spring Getaway to Aspen

Hotel Aspen
Hank and I went on short spring getaway to Aspen. Although only 12 miles as the bird-flies from where we live in Crested Butte, in the winter it takes about 4 hours to drive around the mountains. more
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