Meeting the people through a unique program in Jamaica
Eileen meets Doris Morgan of Meet the People

Meeting the people through a unique program in Jamaica

We are visiting Doris Morgan, who has been welcoming tourists—more than 1000—since the mid-1980s, showing them a bit of Jamaican cuisine and culture through the little publicized Meet the People program. Did I mention she does this for free and that there is no charge to the tourists?

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Learning Jamaican heritage on a walking tour of Falmouth
Fruits for sale in Falmouth Jamaica

Learning Jamaican heritage on a walking tour of Falmouth

In the early 19th Century, when grand balls were held at the famous courthouse in Falmouth, Jamaica’s oldest seaport, young women would sew fireflies into their gowns so they would literally sparkle.

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A private villa in Jamaica with a homey feel and lots of space
Pool area at the Villas by Linda Smith

A private villa in Jamaica with a homey feel and lots of space

We are eating dinner on the terrace listening to the ocean, feasting on Caribbean lobster. No we aren’t at a tony restaurant in Jamaica. We are at Serenity on the Beach, one of the 100 private villas in Jamaica managed by Villas by Linda Smith.

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Setting standards for family vacation – Half Moon Resort Jamaica
Beach scene at Half Moon Bay Jamaica

Setting standards for family vacation – Half Moon Resort Jamaica

John Bartels has no interest in going home. He, his two sisters, and his parents have been spending a vacation week at Half Moon, a Rock Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been setting a high bar for resorts here for more than 50 years

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Volunteering on Vacation: Memorable Adventures from Family Trips
Enkereri students

Volunteering on Vacation: Memorable Adventures from Family Trips

When the two Whitaker teens talk about their holiday trip to Tanzania two Christmases ago, it’s not the animals they saw on safari that proved the most memorable, as amazing as the elephants and giraffes were. It’s how they helped a small unofficial orphanage.

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Mexico in the fall – special insights into culture and heritage
A view of Puerto Vallarta's Central area

Mexico in the fall – special insights into culture and heritage

Visit Mexico during an annual festival and you will have special insight into the country’s cultural traditions and heritage. Mexico, of course, is a lot more than the sum of its beaches, as wonderful as they are.

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Lake Tahoe On a Budget: The Beach Retreat & Lodge
Hammock awaits visitor to Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe On a Budget: The Beach Retreat & Lodge

Lake Tahoe is one of the largest alpine lakes in the world, with a full menu of recreational options to match its grand size. Combine the cobalt blue water with miles of pristine nature trails and you’ve got a perfect match for lovers of the great outdoors.

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A whirlwind trip to the parks and great memories to take home
Headed Home

A whirlwind trip to the parks and great memories to take home

The whirlwind parks tour continues at Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm. Heading home with an armful of souvenirs, Hannah says: "I had such a great time with my dad and will always remember this trip with him."

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A father-daughter trip to the parks and beaches of Southern California
Hannah and Mike at Disneyland

A father-daughter trip to the parks and beaches of Southern California

Ten-year-old Hannah Sitzman is a serious and competitive gymnast who only gets one week off her training a year. So she and her Dad Mike made the most of every day on a whirlwind visit to the parks and beaches around Los Angeles recently.

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