Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

Did you know that the Walt Disney family has developed a world-class museum in The Presidio Complex of San Francisco? The museum highlights the accomplishments and life of Walt Disney, the man.  Through his amazing story, the museum seeks to inspire others to develop their own imagination and strive to reach their goals. Click the … More Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

11 Awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences

If you are traveling to San Francisco, consider these 11 awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences. Take some time to follow the Barbary Coast Trail or take the San Francisco Time Machine Tour with Emperor Norton to learn about the city’s historic gold rush days. See paintings by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt at … More 11 Awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences

9 Major Central Rome Christian Sights

Did you know that the stairs Jesus walked up to face Pontius Pilot are now located in Rome? Did you know that you can see relics of the Passion of Christ, including thorns from the Crown of Thorns and pieces of the Holy Cross in Rome? Did you know that wood from the crib of … More 9 Major Central Rome Christian Sights

St. Paul’s Outside the Walls of Rome, Italy

Use this guide to plan your visit to the burial place of Saint Paul just outside of the ancient walls of central Rome in the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, near where Paul was beheaded in the year AD 67. Reflect on Paul’s life and martyrdom while you walk through the majestic and peaceful basilica, one of only four major papal basilicas in the world. Learn about the life and death of Paul from the mosaics, artwork, and architecture of the basilica. Most importantly, grow in your own faith as you experience a unique closeness with the Apostle Paul in the most important church dedicated to him and to his preaching. Click on the audio bar at the end of this post to listen to an accompanying podcast for even more insights about visiting St. Paul’s Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy. … More St. Paul’s Outside the Walls of Rome, Italy

Rapallo, Italy, Italian Riviera Gateway to Cinque Terre [with Podcast and Maps]

If you are exploring the Italian Riviera on the northwestern coastline of Italy, consider staying on the coast in the lovely and affordable town of Rapallo. Transportation to and from Rapallo is quick and easy from Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Genoa via car, train, and ferry. The town itself has an old market, a small … More Rapallo, Italy, Italian Riviera Gateway to Cinque Terre [with Podcast and Maps]

Easy 5-Step Plan for Visiting Cinque Terre, Italy [with Maps and Podcast]

See all five lands of the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy with this plan and podcast. Start your day in Monterosso with shopping, great views, time on the beach and/or a wine tasting lunch. Then, take the train or ferry to Vernazza for an ice cream or shopping. Next, take the ferry to see Manarola and … More Easy 5-Step Plan for Visiting Cinque Terre, Italy [with Maps and Podcast]

19 Highlights of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Immerse yourself in the comprehensive Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Learn about the horrific era of slavery. Be inspired by the courageous individuals who fought, and continue to fight, against prejudice. See artifacts from the past and present representing the impact of African … More 19 Highlights of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Nine Highlights of Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Be sure to visit the new Museum of the Bible while visiting Washington, D.C. The huge museum contains one of the largest collections of Bible artifacts in the world, and it is located only two blocks from the National Mall. In the technologically-advanced museum, guests can “fly” above Washington, D.C. to view Bible verses on … More Nine Highlights of Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. – 27 Things to Do with 5-Day Plan and Podcast

Use this plan to see 27 top sights in Washington, D.C. over the course of five days of visiting world-class attractions. Suggestions for dining and advance planning, as well as ideas for modifying the plan if you have more or less time to spend in Washington, D.C. are included. Click on the audio bar at … More Washington, D.C. – 27 Things to Do with 5-Day Plan and Podcast

Six Educational Benefits of Travel

I have seen first-hand the educational benefits of travel. Did you know these benefits are well documented in research? As you think about traveling, consider the educational benefits for yourself and for your children. If you have followed my blogs and podcasts, you know that I am a former teacher, principal, and school superintendent. As … More Six Educational Benefits of Travel

Getty Center, Los Angeles, California: Day Planner

Use this day planner to enjoy a perfect day at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, one of the world’s top art museums. Take the tram to the top of the hill and admire the Los Angeles skyline from the unique perspective of the Getty Center. Take a free tour of the highlights of … More Getty Center, Los Angeles, California: Day Planner

Copenhagen Day Trip: Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød

Take this 3-mile self-guided walking tour from Hillerød station to visit Frederiksborg Castle and gardens and to stop in the town center of Hillerød and shop before returning to the station. Or, skip some of the walk by taking the Frederiksborg Ferry along the lake from the ferry stop near the castle gardens to the … More Copenhagen Day Trip: Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød

Nashville Country Music Walking Tour

If you are visiting Nashville, Tennessee, whether you are a Country Music fan or not, you will probably want to check out the country music highlights in the birthplace of country music. Follow along with this article, walking tour, and podcast to get an overview of the main country music sights and, if you are … More Nashville Country Music Walking Tour

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Things to Do in One Perfect Day

If you are planning a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, be sure to swim and enjoy water sports on the beach, see the alligators in the Florida Everglades on an airboat tour, visit historic attractions like the Bonnet House, shop in the famous Las Olas district, and take a Jungle Cruise as you admire millionaires’ … More Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Things to Do in One Perfect Day

Ireland Travel 2018 – Dublin with Side Trips Two Week Itinerary

When I am asked to plan a perfect two week trip to Ireland, I recommend Dublin as a base for the majority of sightseeing, with side trips to Killarney, Waterford, Howth, and Limerick, along with tours of the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange. I recommend at … More Ireland Travel 2018 – Dublin with Side Trips Two Week Itinerary

Five Travel Tips from Two World Travelers

Recently I had the opportunity to reflect on travel past, present, and future with travel podcaster Laura Hoffman of Amidlife Traveler. We talked about our current and past travels and what we each plan for future travels. As we reflected on the benefits of travel, we discussed common travel tips that we share as world … More Five Travel Tips from Two World Travelers

One Perfect Day in Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France

In Sainte-Mère-Église, the town in France where the first of the Normandy battles of World War II began, visit the famous church with stained glass windows with paratroopers surrounding the Virgin Mary, the World War II Airborne Museum, and landmarks around the town depicting its famous history, especially during the D-Day Battle. As my husband … More One Perfect Day in Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France

Ronald Reagan Library Highlights

Walk through Air Force One in the middle of the huge airplane hangar at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. See a large section of the Berlin Wall that United States President Reagan so famously stood in front of when he exclaimed, “Mr. Gorbashev, tear down this wall!” Visit the memorial site of … More Ronald Reagan Library Highlights

Key West, Florida 2018 Update

When Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys in September of 2017, many feared the worst for Key West. Thankfully, Key West largely rebounded within a month of the storm! So, I updated my Key West travel guide for 2018, “Key West 2018: One Perfect Trip Travel Guide,”  on Amazon and Kindle. Key West attractions, as … More Key West, Florida 2018 Update

11 San Antonio Sights: Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast

Many of San Antonio’s sights are located near the famous River Walk and can easily be reached by foot and/or riverboat. So, stay in a hotel on or near the River Walk and join in all or some of this four-mile walking tour to visit 11 San Antonio sights. These sights include The Alamo, the … More 11 San Antonio Sights: Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast

Hawaii 2018: One Perfect Cruise

Planning a Hawaiian cruise in 2018? I am! And, I am planning to repeat much of what I have done in the past on the Pride of America cruise ship on the Norwegian Cruise Line cruise that begins and ends in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii every Saturday. My husband and I plan to enjoy Oahu and … More Hawaii 2018: One Perfect Cruise

Two Perfect Days in Maui, Hawaii

I have visited Maui, Hawaii, many times and enjoy it more each visit. For the past several trips, my husband and I have visited Maui as a two-day stop on the Pride of America cruise ship. On our trip we try to drive the road to Hana, visit the top of Mount Haleakala Crater at … More Two Perfect Days in Maui, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii, Things To Do

If you are visiting Oahu, Hawaii, be sure to take some time to get outside of Waikiki to visit all that the island has to offer. Pay your respects at Pearl Harbor; step on the USS Missouri, the last World War II battleship of the United States; go snorkeling and swimming at Hanauma Bay; climb … More Oahu, Hawaii, Things To Do

North Shore Highlights, Oahu, Hawaii

When visiting Oahu, Hawaii, be sure to take a day to visit the North Shore. On the way there, stop at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl Cemetery, and the Dole Pineapple Plantation. On the North Shore, get a famous shave ice at Matsumoto Shave Ice and shop in Haleiwa … More North Shore Highlights, Oahu, Hawaii

Epcot 2018 Travel Guide Day Planner

This article with podcast is adapted from my new Amazon book, “Epcot 2018: One Perfect Day in Disney World”. The book is designed as an Epcot 2018 travel guide and day planner to help provide the best use of your time and money while enjoying the Future World and World Showcase attractions and dining at … More Epcot 2018 Travel Guide Day Planner

Helen – Georgia’s Bavarian Town

Travel just two hours north of Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States by car to reach the Bavarian town of Helen. Helen is a tourist town that celebrates its history as a Native American cultural region, a center of the gold rush that began when gold was discovered in Georgia in 1828, a railroad town … More Helen – Georgia’s Bavarian Town

Travel Walks with Walkli

As you know if you have followed my travels through my podcasts and blogs, I love to really get to know places by walking from sight to sight wherever possible. I create walks using the mapping tools on walkli.com, so I can easily explain the places I visit, show the maps in detail, and include … More Travel Walks with Walkli

Italy Travel 2018 – Two Week Itinerary

When I am asked to plan a perfect two-week trip to Italy, I recommend beginning in Venice and traveling to Florence, Pisa, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi. I recommend two nights in Venice, three nights in Florence, four nights in Rome, and four nights in Sorrento. On this trip, see St. Peter’s at the … More Italy Travel 2018 – Two Week Itinerary

6 Holiday Travel Tips for 2017

As we enter the 2017 Holiday Travel Season, I want to share with you six tips that might be useful this year for helping you enjoy holiday travel. I have some general suggestions with specific examples for you to consider, along with links for more information from a variety of travel resources. If you are … More 6 Holiday Travel Tips for 2017

Disney World Hotels – Resorts in and near Disney

Deciding where to stay at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, can be one of the most important decisions affecting the quality of your Disney vacation. Since I have stayed in many of the hotels and resorts in and around Disney World, I wanted to take some time to expand on the information I have shared … More Disney World Hotels – Resorts in and near Disney

Atlanta Botanical Garden – Article, Podcast 35

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an oasis in the middle of the city. It is a fun place to spend a day or part of a day any time of year. There are fountains, an indoor conservatory and orchid center, a garden with a view over the Atlanta skyline, a glass windowed restaurant with views … More Atlanta Botanical Garden – Article, Podcast 35

Holy Land Experience – Orlando – Article, Podcast 34

If you are a Christian visiting Orlando, Florida, consider taking a day to see the Holy Land Experience. There are plenty of entertaining and educational opportunities at the Holy Land Experience to help you grow in your faith. Learn about the Bible by viewing authentic papyrus and scrolls from the earliest writings of scripture, as … More Holy Land Experience – Orlando – Article, Podcast 34

Epcot World Showcase Dining Map, Fact Sheet, Podcast 33

If you are visiting Epcot at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, use this dining guide to plan your visit. Epcot’s  World Showcase restaurants serve menu items representative of the cuisine of the countries represented, so you can “dine around the world” at Epcot. The restaurants are staffed with citizens of the countries represented, so this … More Epcot World Showcase Dining Map, Fact Sheet, Podcast 33

Disney Springs Dining Options (Podcast 32)

If you are visiting the Orlando area, whether or not you are visiting the theme parks at Disney World or Universal Studios, be sure to visit Disney Springs at least one day for lunch and/or dinner. The dining and entertainment complex has recently been expanded to include many more options, and a few more will … More Disney Springs Dining Options (Podcast 32)

Limerick Lunch and River Shannon Walk: Maps, Pictures, Podcast #31

Limerick is about 2 ½ hours from Dublin via train, bus or car. It makes a nice lunch stop before continuing on your way to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, or other amazing destinations in the west of Ireland. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the 13th century King John’s Castle. Have a … More Limerick Lunch and River Shannon Walk: Maps, Pictures, Podcast #31

Two Perfect Days in Killarney, Ireland: Things to Do, Walking Tours, Maps & Podcast #30

If you visit Ireland, try to spend at least two days exploring Killarney. This town makes a great base for exploring the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula, and its many highlights warrant at least two days for exploring the town and the Killarney National Park. On your first day, take a walk or … More Two Perfect Days in Killarney, Ireland: Things to Do, Walking Tours, Maps & Podcast #30

Tips to Save Time and Money for Travel – Podcast #29

Save time and money to get the best out of your travel experience by planning in advance and taking advantage of special offers and opportunities. Below are 10 tips with some examples to help you enjoy your trip. … More Tips to Save Time and Money for Travel – Podcast #29

Howth, Ireland: A Dublin Daytrip – Things to Do with Maps and Podcast #28

If you visit Dublin, be sure to take a day or part of a day to visit the town of Howth on the Irish Sea. If possible, pick a day with little wind, so you can take the ferry around the island, Ireland’s Eye. In the town, visit the ruins of a medieval abbey, walk inside a defensive tower built to watch for potential invaders from Napoleon’s army that is now a vintage radio museum, and see Howth Castle, still inhabited by descendants of the original Lord who arrived in Howth in 1177 AD. Near the sea, watch as fishing nets are made, walk out to the original Howth lighthouse at the end of the pier, and enjoy fresh seafood as you look out over the harbor. … More Howth, Ireland: A Dublin Daytrip – Things to Do with Maps and Podcast #28

Dublin, Ireland Walking Tour of 11 Christian Sights with Maps, Pictures and Podcast #27

Did you know that some of Dublin’s most visited sights are intertwined with the history of Christianity? The richly illustrated Book of Kells, containing the Gospels of the Bible, draws almost one million visitors per year to Dublin’s Trinity College. The Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle, with some of the oldest writings of the Bible, draws nearly 300,000 visitors per year. And, of course, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral are must-see sights for every visitor to Dublin. So, if you want to make sure you see some of Dublin’s best Christian sights, use this walking tour with maps to navigate around Dublin and to make sure that you have an opportunity to learn about the history of Christianity as you enjoy all aspects of this amazing city! … More Dublin, Ireland Walking Tour of 11 Christian Sights with Maps, Pictures and Podcast #27

Waterford, Ireland: Things to Do with Walking Tour

Did you know that Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city with a rich history from its Viking founders? Did you know the Irish tricolor flag was first raised in Waterford by Thomas Meagher? And Thomas Meagher went on to become the first Governor of Montana? Oh, and don’t miss the Waterford Crystal factory and, best of … More Waterford, Ireland: Things to Do with Walking Tour

Dublin, Ireland’s Chester Beatty Library: Overview and Christian Highlights

Did you know that Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library was Europe’s Museum of the Year in 2002 and its collections have only grown since then? Did you know that this often overlooked gem contains some of the oldest writings of the Bible, including the earliest known book containing all four Gospels, the earliest copy of the … More Dublin, Ireland’s Chester Beatty Library: Overview and Christian Highlights

Neuschwanstein Castle – A Bavarian Day Trip from Munich

See Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Marienbrucke, Museum of the Bavarian Kings, and Alpenrose am See. Learn about Train Trip Savings and Travel Tips. It’s an Easy Day Trip from Munich – even during Oktoberfest! Hello fellow travel lovers! I wanted to share with you how it is easy to visit the famous Neuschwanstein fairy tale castle on … More Neuschwanstein Castle – A Bavarian Day Trip from Munich

Capri, Italy – 10 Things to Do with Walking Tour, Maps and Podcast #019

Capri, Italy – 10 Things to Do with Walking Tour, Maps, Pictures, Podcast – Boat Tour, Walking Tour, Shopping, Highlights, Chair Lift, Historical Buildings, Churches, Capri Town, Anacapri, Funicular … More Capri, Italy – 10 Things to Do with Walking Tour, Maps and Podcast #019

Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii – 10 Highlights, Things to See and Do, Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast 016 and More!

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii – 10 Highlights, Things to See and Do, Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast and More … More Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii – 10 Highlights, Things to See and Do, Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast 016 and More!

London–Thames-10 Things to See & Do, Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast 015

London Thames Highlights, Things to Do and See, Podcast, Walking Tour, Maps and More: St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Dining Options … More London–Thames-10 Things to See & Do, Walking Tour, Maps, Podcast 015

Washington DC – 8 Monuments and Memorials – Highlights, Maps, Walking Tour, and More – Podcast 014

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London – Westminster Area Highlights & Walking Tour: One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast 11

London Westminster Area Highlights and Walking Tour – Tips for Planning in Advance and Discounts … More London – Westminster Area Highlights & Walking Tour: One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast 11

Engelberg and Mount Titlis, Switzerland – Things to Do & See: One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast 007

Engelberg and Mount Titlis, Switzerland – Things to Do and Highlights … More Engelberg and Mount Titlis, Switzerland – Things to Do & See: One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast 007

Copenhagen, Denmark – 11 Highlights & Walking Tour: One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast 005

Copenhagen, Denmark: 11 Highlights, Detailed Information in Show Notes with Links, Walking Tour with link to Map and more! … More Copenhagen, Denmark – 11 Highlights & Walking Tour: One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast 005