Travel and Culture

Nancy Schretter

One of the best parts of cruising is exploring exciting ports of call. While many cruise vacationers take excursions offered through their ship, others prefer to travel on their own or with a small group. If you’re considering booking an independent shore excursion, here are eight great tips.

Georgiana Kurtz

The Florida State Park system has 175 units of parks, trails, and historic sites. Its 800,000 acres and 100 miles of beaches are administered by the Florida Park Service within the Department of Environmental Protection. Read on to learn its history and what it offers for recreation and education.

Ruthe McDonald

There is nothing quite like family traditions. Here's a short story from my past. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter Holiday!

Bee Smith

While the six counties of Northern Ireland were part of the ancient kingdom of Ulster, these days Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are the Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland. Here are my four favorites from these three.

Editor Wanted

Why do I love the Sonora Style Mexican Food? Why is it my comfort food? From refried beans to caramelized Flan these are just some of my favorite Mexican Style Foods.

Hanny Suriadi

Raja Ampat is an ultimate destination for divers who are looking for a fabulous and exotic experience of its exciting underwater beauty. Located at the tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in Papua Island, the region is very famous for its world class diving and snorkeling.

Valerie D. Aguilar

Loreta Velazquez, inspired by Joan of Arc’s story as a child, is the only woman to have served in the Civil War as a socialite spy and as a male officer in battle simultaneously. Soldiers who served with Lieutenant Buford confirmed that he conducted himself with integrity and conduct becoming an off

Francine McKenna-Klein

Oktoberfest in Munich: That super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, where the mottoes on many of the heart shaped gingerbread cookies are in Bairisch, the local dialect. Some traditions, mottoes and "translations" for those unmissable accompaniments to Oktoberfest beer.