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The Devastating Coronavirus Impacts on Travel-Related Entities: 

Statue in Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Present is Bleak, the Future Uncertain, but these Creative, Committed People Refuse to Give-up. In recent posts, I’ve documented our experiences during the Coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis: our tumultuous two weeks in Europe, how we’re coping at home, and resources to keep us from going crazy. As a travel writer, I strive to inform, entertain, and […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Miscellaneous

Don’t Let Coronavirus Curb Your Wanderlust: 

The Unique Staircase at Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal and Believed to be the Inspiration for the Hogwarts Staircase in the Harry Potter Series (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

How to Shelter in Place and Still See the World. To say these are strange times is an understatement. The government tells us that because of coronavirus we can’t leave our homes, visit family and friends, gather for religious and social activities, or travel. Our so-called leaders demand we shelter in place except to obtain […]

Miscellaneous / Service Dog Savvy

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge:

Otto enjoying the sun in Boquete, Panama (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Saying a Tearful Goodbye to My Sweet Otto. Otto von Guidemeister passed away in his sleep last night. I don’t know how else to break the news. As you can imagine, we are all devastated, because everyone who knew Otto couldn’t help but love him. The chemo seemed to be working until several spots showed […]

Accommodation / Miscellaneous / Travel / Travel Tips

Secret Hacks to Save on Hotel Costs

For vacationers, a hotel can either be the destination itself or simply a place to hang up your boots at the end of a long day of exploring. Whatever your purpose for booking a room, one thing is for sure: everyone wants to save a little extra. Of course, it’s not always easy finding the […]

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The Truth About All That Free Stuff:

A Travel Writer’s Inside View of Familiarization (Fam) Trips A fellow member of an online travel writers group to which I belong posted a question about how to get the ‘free stuff’. Before I could put fingers to keys in order to tear him a new one, others had already done a masterful job of […]