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Been There, Do This: Mono Lake, California

Been There, Do This: Mono Lake, California

Here’s what I intended to do on my trip to Mono Lake in Mono County, Calif.: take a couple of pictures, enjoy the scenery and climb up on a few of the lake’s beautiful salt deposits — they are, after all, what Mono Lake is known for.

12 Tips for Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Cruises

12 Tips for Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Cruises

Crossing the ocean onboard Queen Mary 2 with Cunard Cruise Line is a unique cruise experience. With a very rich mix of nationalities offering a complete world at sea, the ship is a hive of activities from enrichment lectures and classes to shows in the Planetarium, special meals and celebrations, dancing and much more. Knowing these 12 tips in advance will add a great deal to your clients’ enjoyment onboard.

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Some novels are best read with a glass of whiskey, served neat, to assist in punctuating long chapters and sweeping narratives. Regrettably, I’ve found that most literary establishments do not follow this pleasure-mixed-with-more-pleasure tactic — that is, until my friends and I stumbled upon Bookstore Bar & Cafe while strolling around the streets of downtown Seattle.

Been There, Do This: Tubing in New Braunfels, Texas

Been There, Do This: Tubing in New Braunfels, Texas

Tubing down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels, Texas, is a favorite pastime of Lone Star State locals and visitors alike. Bring your own tube or rent one from one of the many nearby companies that provide scheduled trips, shuttles and even coolers available for rent. (Yes, you can sip a beer while bobbing down the river — it’s kind of the whole point.)

Been There, Do This: Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Been There, Do This: Victoria and Albert Museum in London

If you are a museum fiend like me, London is a fantastic city to visit. In addition to Tate Modern, British Museum and the National Gallery, travelers would be wise to add Victoria and Albert Museum to their list. Also known as V&A, the museum houses a wealth of ancient and contemporary objects.

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that’s rife with history and natural beauty.

Fiji Airways Offers Relief to Anxious Parents

Fiji Airways Offers Relief to Anxious Parents

Any time an individual flies long distances with a child, the actual flight is probably the most significant source of anxiety. There is a lot to take into account: ease of the flight for the child, happiness of the other people on the plane and, of course, your own sanity.

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Before 1592, the people of Munich had to import their beer from the town of Einbeck some 340 miles away. Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, simply would not stand for this, and ordered his royal court to come up with a solution. Their plan: build Munich’s own brewery.

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

This particular afternoon — which I’ll never forget — almost didn’t happen. It began innocently enough. Our Windstar ship dropped us off at Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio, a small port town that is good for a quick walk but not an entire day, especially when other parts of Corsica are within reach.