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Aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. Photo by Josip Palić

My husband, Josip, and I headed to Australia in late January 2020. This was my fourth visit and Josip’s first.

With such a long flight, nonstop from Los Angeles to Melbourne, we splurged on Qantas’ business class and were not disappointed. Qantas is the only airline where I’ve experienced quilted seat pads for making sleep more comfortable.

We saved money by having our flights booked by Justin Troupe (, a travel agent in Miami,...

Passengers on one of the ship's tenders. Photo by Steve Plotkin

Ever since seeing the epic 1958 film “South Pacific,” I’ve enjoyed a rich, exotic fantasy founded on travel posters of South Pacific islands. Along with my wife, Marcia, I finally had a chance to fulfill this fantasy when we took the 12-day cruise “Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands,” Sept. 21-Oct 2, 2019, booked with Paul Gauguin Cruises (Bellevue, WA; 800/848-6172,

We paid $10,220 per person for a mid-ship outside stateroom (Deck 6...

The Periclean colonnade at Achilleion Palace on Corfu. Photos by Carole Feldman

On previous trips to Greece, my wife, Carole, and I had explored the island of Crete, the city of Athens and several Mediterranean islands in the southern part of the country, so during our 2019 trip, we headed for northern Greece looking for new adventures.

From Chania, Crete, on Oct. 21 we flew via Athens to the island of CORFU (Kerkyra in Greek) in the Ionian Sea. Off the northwest coast of the Greek mainland, it’s almost a stone’s throw from southern Albania.



I have been traveling for decades. I’ve gone with small groups rarely and at times with a few special friends, learning to spread our wings and do what we wanted on a journey. Then, as my friends couldn’t travel as much as I, I traveled by myself throughout South America, Europe, Asia, India, the Pacific and a few parts of Africa.

I am a blonde and have never encountered any scary or difficult situations traveling alone, mainly because I first have studied each place I...

Ready for tea at <i>ROBA Bar & Restaurant</i> in London. <i>Left to right:</i> Stephen Addison, Ann Hustis, Nick Assad and Paula Owens.

It was on Boxing Day, the first day of our 2015 trip to London, that we finally, and inadvertently, discovered how to substantially alleviate the jet lag that had plagued our previous 30 trips to Europe.

Time in the UK is “only” five hours ahead of the time at our home in Charlotte (versus six hours for most of the Continent), but we suffered from jet lag just as much in the UK as in the rest of Europe. On our first European trip, we learned the benefits of spending the...


On almost all of the 6-week, twice-yearly trips to Japan that my husband, Clyde, and I have been making for the last eight years, and on annual visits beginning in November 1999, we have found the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) to be a no-brainer money saver.

To quote Chris Rowthorn (formerly of Lonely Planet and now of, “If you do just one round trip on the Narita Express (N’EX) train between Narita Airport and Tokyo, and one round trip on the shinkansen (...

Our villa at Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia Village, Belize. Photo by Michael Brandt

I was interested in running a half-marathon in Belize, my 157th, so my wife, Audrey, and I had our longtime friend and travel agent, Kathy Waldorf (Elk Grove, CA; 916/399-3104,, put together a travel package for us. It was an outstanding adventure and a must-go location.

We paid $3,031 for the package, which included air and lodging. Additional costs were for travel insurance ($374), ground transportation from Belize City to Placencia and back ($140), a visit to...

Banks of the Yangtze River near the Qutang Gorge, as seen from the <i>Viking Emerald</i>. Photo by Stephen Addison

Almost halfway through an “Imperial Jewels of China” tour with Viking River Cruises (800/706-1483, that my wife, Paula Owens, and I were on in May 2011, I inadvertently brushed against a sharp object and ripped a 6-inch gash along the right-side seam of my expensive safari shirt. Since we travel only with carry-on luggage, we travel light, so I had planned on wearing that shirt at least two more days during the tour.

This event occurred during...