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A tower-house in Kokkala, Greece, with steps leading to a small bay. Photos by Linda Huetinck

My husband and I spent considerable time planning a June 27-July 26, 2018, trip to Greece, one that would avoid foreign tourists. Since we had visited Athens in 1984 (when there were only two other people at the Acropolis) and again in 2007 and had also visited a number of Greek islands, we wanted to experience the small villages of Greece (after a short trip to Athens).

We were joined on this trip by our son, Will, and his daughter, Cherise; our ages ranged from 86 down to 9...


We love to travel frequently and for several months at a time, so we spend a lot of effort on stretching our money. We’d like to share how we visited eight Central and Eastern European capitals for 50 days at a cost of $6,900 total for the two of us in fall 2016.

This total included $600 in airline fees. We used airline miles for business-class flights (Atlanta-to-Budapest and Bucharest-to-Atlanta).

Since our Hilton and Marriott points were being canceled due to lack of...


I travel alone, so I always carry two ATM cards when traveling, a Charles Schwab Visa debit card and a Fidelity Cash Management Visa debit card, in case one is pickpocketed. I always notify Schwab and Fidelity about my travel plans so the cards won’t be blocked when I try to use them overseas.

I will carry an ATM card only on the day that I need to use it. Otherwise, I just take enough cash for the day.

I always try to stay vigilant when I take money out. I will usually...

Cheetahs in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Photo: Bob Loveland

A safari that my wife, LaMerle, and I took to see wondrous wildlife and the awe-inspiring landscapes in Kenya with Gate 1 Travel in January 2013 was a trip of a lifetime. This safari in East Africa was our usual one-and-done experience, after which we moved on to the next adventure in another part of the world.

Fast-forward to November 2018, when we were discussing where to go in 2019 and beyond. Out of character, I said, “I wouldn’t mind going back on safari again...


On a cruise with Oceania Cruises (855/327-9575, in December 2018, I took a shore trip in Belize. On the tour, which had a title something like “Jungle Walk With a Shaman,” we met Aurora Garcia-Saqui, who has a store selling herbal medicines.

She had learned how to use medicinal herbs from her uncle, who was a local healer. She gave us a demonstration of how to actually prepare herbs. We then took a walk through the jungle and were shown how to...


When I bought my Toyota Prius in 2007, the salesman showed me that by pulling a particular fuse, I would never have to worry about coming home to a dead battery after a trip. Even after a trip as long as three months, I just pop the fuse back in place (it takes two seconds) and the car starts up like normal.

The fuse I pull is number 39 (there are 50 in all), located in the engine compartment panel under the hood. It controls the Smart Entry & Electronic Key System, audio system,...

We arrived in Ushuaia's harbor early morning. Photo by Wanda Bahde

My husband, Ray, and I joined 24 travelers on the tour “The Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords,” Feb. 12-27, 2018, with Overseas Adventure Travel (Boston, MA; 800/955-1925,

The total cost for the two of us was $13,190, which included three nights in Buenos Aires, round-trip air from Orlando, AIG trip insurance and tips, food and incidentals.

The Patagonian Steppe is an expansive barren scrub with long...


On a 17-day private tour from mid-August into September 2018, my wife and I had a guide in Kenya who was certainly the best guide I’ve had in my 10 or so trips to Africa over the past three decades.

Mohamed Shariff was our driver/guide during the Kenya part of our Kenya/Tanzania tour set up through Monograms (Littleton, CO; 866/270-9841,, a division of Globus that arranges private tours.

Many of Monograms’ tours are similar to Globus’ big tours...