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How Sanitary Pads Can Help Save the World

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I'm a travel ambassador. First they ask what that means (in my case, it means that I host a socially conscious travel series on PBS). Then they ask how can they become one, too! I've ha... continue reading

Lima: A City Rich With History, Culture and Love

From the archaeological ruins right in the center of the city to fabulous contemporary and historical architecture, creative sculptural salutes that decorate the city's parks and walkways and an encounter with a gentle soul immersed in Peruvian craft... continue reading

Serenaded By The Beauty Of Croatia

Picturesque seascapes, pulsating waterfalls, bountiful green valleys... such was the palette of backdrops we discovered while driving through continental and coastal Croatia a few months ago. And after spending almost two weeks there, on our last day... continue reading

Havana's Fusterlandia: Cultural Infusion From A Bold Artist

I love fantasy lands, especially when it involves an "I'm speechless" first impression. Once such place was my recent trip to Cuba where I visited a middle class neighborhood in Havana and fell in love with its impressive colorful and unique cultural... continue reading

Discovering Mongolia

The most fascinating stop on my Trans-Siberian Railroad journey across northern Asia was Mongolia, a country steeped in ancient history and the lore of Genghis Khan, a man who created a global empire. Today, Mongolia's government is committed to rapi... continue reading

Trans Siberian Railway Here I Come

I have never prepared myself for a journey as much as I had for my trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The name itself had long ago conjured up images of an exotic trip of epic proportions. Why? Because I would be traveling the world's longest railwa... continue reading

Seeing the Real Beijing: The Hutongs – the Old Fashioned Way

For the last leg of our Trans-Siberian railway journey, we spent almost three days in Beijing. There we enjoyed seeing the city’s modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, colorful shopping districts and first-class hotels. Towards the end of... continue reading

Mongolia: Nomadic Life in the 21st Century

Our next big destination along the historic Trans-Siberian Railway was Mongolia. As we left the hustle and bustle of Moscow, I was eager to experience how life in this large expanse of terrain would unfold. I had known some of the country’s h... continue reading

Put a Lock In Your Love in Siberia

1st stop along the Trans-Siberian Railway — Russia! Never in my dreams did I expect to be on a luxury train traveling from Moscow to Beijing! So when we began our trip, I was delighted to journey into a part of Russia that I only knew from f... continue reading

Bargain like the Grannies: A Guide

I travel all over the world and I am known as one of the greatest shoppers ever! No flea market, neighborhood store or thrift shop in any part of the world, is missed by me. I have bargained in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and well ….all ove... continue reading

No More Shop til I Drop

Textiles with strong geometric patterns, stylized jackets representative of ethnicities of countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe and wall art that captures daily life in settings around the globe made up the major items on my travel sh... continue reading

Grannies on Safari: Willow Pond

Most people think we only travel to far away and exotic places to shoot our television travel series, and in most cases that would be the case; however, I found a wonderful place to spend a weekend or even a week, and it’s not to far from my home. ... continue reading

Grannies on Safari: Why the Fourth of July Matters

It’s so much easier to talk about all the things our country does wrong, to focus on the wars we are in and to obsess about the economy. But when I traveled to New York City last week with my friend who is from Peru and who had always wanted to see... continue reading

One Perfect Summer Day: Camp Jabulani, South Africa

Rise early at 5am and have hot tea, Four Roses is my favorite, and a Rusk, which is typical Afrikaan dry biscuit (similar to a biscotti). Get into your safari Range Rover van by 530a and head out into the Bushveld (grassy plains dotted with dens... continue reading