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Join Linda Ballou As She Makes Tracks to Her Favorite Less-Traveled – And Therefore Serenely Sublime – Trails in the Hawaiian Islands

December 3rd, 2019

Mark Twain described the Hawaiian Islands as the “prettiest archipelago ever to lay anchor in the South Pacific.” I agree, but so do millions of other travelers! Still, you can find serenity in a sublime setting if you bend an effort to get off the beaten track. Here are a few of my favorite less-traveled trails. Maunawili Demonstration Trail, Oahu Oahu, the gathering place where millions enjoy the healing waters of Waikiki, is perhaps the hardest island to find respite from crowds. On a recent trip, however, I stumbled upon the Maunawili Demonstration Trail, a high and dry path hugging the... Read More

Why Do People Want to Travel?

June 18th, 2019

By Dr. Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate “Someday I want to travel!” How often have you heard a friend or family member say that? How many times have you said it yourself? And why is travel such a common dream? There are two levels of answers to the question of why people travel. The first is the obvious one, and probably the reason we give ourselves and quote to others. We travel so that we can see sights, experience other cultures, attend events and learn more about the world. These are exciting reasons. But there are deeper reasons for traveling that have less... Read More

Five Sure-fire Tips for Traveling with Chronic Illness or Disability

May 14th, 2019

By Mary J. Yerkes for the NABBW NOTE: This article originally appeared at NABBW.com in 2009. We are happy to reprint it now as we move into the summer travel season. Thanks to Catherine Luther at UpgradedPoints.com, it has been updated to reflect new information. For the 1 in 2 Americans living with chronic conditions, traveling can be a challenge. Crowded airports, long flights, and public transportation can increase stress and exacerbate symptoms. But by learning to travel smart, you can experience the thrill of traveling, while minimizing your discomfort and stress. Traveling Tips Here are five... Read More

A Perfect Day 1 in Paris: Arrive & Make it Yours

September 12th, 2018

By Dr. Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Imagine yourself on a great 5-day trip to Paris. How would you design your days to have the most engaging and captivating experience, while traveling independently and keeping to a budget of under $5000 for two? What will you do with your precious travel time? Why would you want to do these things and have these experiences? And how will you arrange them and accomplish them, with a maximum of enjoyment and a minimum of frustration or overload? What are the stories that bring to life the places you visit? How do you best immerse... Read More

The French Connection: Five Ways to Engage and Interact with the Locals

September 11th, 2014

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel  Read More

Incomparable Capitals: London, Paris & Amsterdam

June 19th, 2014

Incomparable Capitals: London, Paris & Amsterdam By Carolee Duckworth NABBW\’s  Independent Travel Associate On this trip, you will divide your time among three of the most extraordinary cities in the world, each entirely distinct from the other. In London you will stay in a flat or hotel near Covent Garden, and take in two (or, better yet, three) theater performances, with at least one of them performed at the rebuilt Globe Theater that harkens back to Shakespeare’s days. You will find the river, in this case the River Thames. As you travel the Thames, tracing the journey made by... Read More

Luminous Italy: Florence, Hill Towns & Coasts

June 19th, 2014

Travel in Italy is a life-changing, deeply enriching experience… especially “Great Trip” travel. It is almost a crime against life and nature to glide past Italy encased in a tourbus. The smells of lemon trees. The colors of ceramic tiles. The leather markets and shops. The music in the piazzas at night. The views from the bridge over the Arno, looking back at the glowing marble church perched high above Piazzo Michaelangelo. The artistically prepared fresh sea bass and pasta with pesto and lightly sautéed spinach. The dazzling views of the water looking down from the rocky hills to which... Read More

Fabled France: Have the Full Experience.

June 19th, 2014

Loire Châteaux, Mont St Michel, the Normandy Coast & Paris, City of Lights The world is a very big place. And world travel is one of life’s great pleasures, as well as a certain means to expand yourself. There is no such thing as a trip that leaves us untouched. We return home from each travel experience a somewhat new person – larger and more aware, appreciative and with increased social and cultural capacities. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a single page” (St. Augustine). But there is travel, and there is travel. On the one hand, there is travel... Read More

Top Five Self-Guided European “Trips of a Lifetime” to Make Before You Die

June 18th, 2014

You may as well admit it. You’ve always wanted to travel in Europe, whether or not you’ve already done so. And even if you’ve traveled there many times, you yearn to go back—-again and again. For as long as there’s been an America, Americans have been drawn back to Europe, like Spock to the mothership. “Beam me up Scotty!” Whether this yearning to return is because many of our ancestors came from Europe…  Or because Europe has such a deep, rich and long-ranging history, much of it still there to wander around in… Or because it has amazing food and wine, to be experienced... Read More