Life Happens – Travel & Entertainment

For women 50 and over or soon entering this new age range, this is a space for me to share my experiences in midlife with you. Embrace your age, wisdom, and this new chapter with me.

“Interesting” items found in luggage by airport security

Airport security checkpoints have seen their fair share of unusual and often humorous items in passengers' luggage. Here are some interesting stories of odd discoveries. The Snake Surprise: A man traveling from Miami (of course, it's Florida:) attempted to smuggle...

Book Club Summer Reads and Vacation Suggestions

If you follow me you know I love my book club (pictured)! We have been friends since our boys were in kindergarten. We travel together, we dine, we celebrate birthdays and yes-we read. I have listed several books we have either read or that are on the discussion list...

Novel or whimsical places to stay in the US

Exploring novel travel destinations where you can visit and also stay at in the U.S. can offer unique and memorable experiences that differ from traditional tourist spots. Here are some popular and also lesser-known but fascinating destinations across the country: Dog...

Girls weekend-Marriott pools and spas in the U.S.

One of my favorite things to do on a girls weekend is stay at a resort with a beautiful pool, cabanas, pool side service for lunch and cocktails and if there is a spa near by-oy a perfect weekend. There is nothing better when you only have a couple of days together to...

Safest Countries for Women Travelers

Whether you are a female solo traveler or looking to book a girls trip I have created a list of countries I would consider traveling to alone or in a group. In my research determining factors were low crime rate, political stability, local attitudes towards women and...

Sonoma Valley Wine Country Favorites

As a travel agent and Sonoma Valley resident I am often asked what are some of my favorite wineries to visit. Because there are way too many awesome wineries to list in a single post I will post a few of my favorites each month including biodynamic wines, art...

Tips on picking the perfect cruise for your family

Are you new to cruising? Not sure how to get started? I get it, choosing the right cruise ship for your travel depends on various factors, budget, destination, family friendly or adults only, LGBTQ. In this post I have provided a few simple steps to help you get...

Affordable Beach Resorts

Affordable can mean something different to everybody, I get it. What is reasonable to some is expensive to others. In this post I will share factors to consider and destinations I feel are worth mentioning. To get you started: research off-peak seasons. Traveling...

Love Where You Live

If you follow me you know that I live in the gorgeous Sonoma Valley, the heart of the wine country and yes a fabulous difficult not to love location. But that doesn't mean I don't need a reminder to embrace and appreciate all that our area has to offer-there is more...

US State Parks to Visit in Winter

Winter months can be a great time to visit our local state parks albeit cold. But the reduced crowds can make it worth it. When visiting state parks in winter, it's essential to check for weather conditions, trail closures, and any special  requirements related to...
Safest Countries for Women Travelers

Safest Countries for Women Travelers

Whether you are a female solo traveler or looking to book a girls trip I have created a list of countries I would consider traveling to alone or in a group. In my research determining factors were low crime rate, political stability, local attitudes towards women and...

Sonoma Valley Wine Country Favorites

Sonoma Valley Wine Country Favorites

As a travel agent and Sonoma Valley resident I am often asked what are some of my favorite wineries to visit. Because there are way too many awesome wineries to list in a single post I will post a few of my favorites each month including biodynamic wines, art...

Affordable Beach Resorts

Affordable Beach Resorts

Affordable can mean something different to everybody, I get it. What is reasonable to some is expensive to others. In this post I will share factors to consider and destinations I feel are worth mentioning. To get you started: research off-peak seasons. Traveling...

Anyone can book their travel excursions with this link

Whether you are looking for museum tours, pub crawls or food tours, snorkeling, kayaks or yachts, camel rides, ATV etc. View the endless possibilities here

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