Japan in the Time of Cherry Blossoms

It’s been over a month since I returned from the “Far East.” Yes, it has taken me that long to recover, return to normal life, and prepare to tell you my stories. The greatest challenge has been how to write about Japan. My previous trips have been fairly straightforward–since we usually visit a few countries at a time, I basically…

Life on a Cruise Ship

When you cruise, the ship is your bedroom, dining room, bar, and entertainment center. During the days at port, you can explore the world outside, but in the evenings and during at-sea days, the ship is all you’ve got. Here’s a glance at what life is like on a cruise ship–Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam.

Travel Planning: Where to Stay

Besides airfare, hotels are likely the biggest expense on your trip. It’s also one of the riskiest, because a bad night’s sleep can ruin your vacation. However, travel styles vary greatly and so do your options. So how do you get a good deal and still get the kind of accommodations that are best suited…

The Pros and Cons of Cruising

Cruises seem to have a polarizing effect. It’s a way of traveling that people love or hate, or that they haven’t tried because they’re afraid they’ll hate it. Here I’ll tackle some of the common ideas about cruising, and share with you our own experiences.