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Samantha Brown

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Globetrotter Samantha Brown has visited 49 countries and 30 of the United states so far, and she aims to share the joy of seeing the world. She's an expert on the "must do's" of a destination, but her true passion is to focus on the people, their culture and the privilege of spending time in their everyday lives.

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Cruise Tips: Keys to Smooth Sailing

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelI have 10 cruises under my belt — enough so that I’ve developed a protocol that helps me start enjoying myself as soon as I’m on board. Here’s what I do. I always bring a carry-on. That huge bag I packed might not be delivered to my room for hours (and I know it’ll have to be ready to go again the night before the cruise ends). In a carry-on, I’ll have the things I want to use immediately: swimsuit, …

Luxury Travel: To Spree or Not to Spree

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelSometimes we want to indulge on a special vacation. We read “Zen-like ambience.” How peaceful. “Oasis.” Ah, yes. “Holistic therapy for body, mind and spirit.” How rejuvenating. But how do those eat-your-heart-out amenities really stack up? Couples massage? A butler-drawn bubble bath strewed with rose petals? An elegant seaside dinner served at a table right in the sand? Some luxuries are sure to please, and others … not so much. As a travel-show host I’ve been treated to just about every form of …

Europe: By Train or by Plane?

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelI love train travel. If I can choose between a plane and a train, I’ll choose a train whenever I can. It makes the transition from one place to another a gradual one, with plenty of time to watch the world go by (to say nothing of the deep nap the train puts me in). And for some trips the travel time can be about the same, or close enough, once you factor in getting to the airport an hour …

Food Talks

Posted on 05/6/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelAh, the language barrier. No matter how much you’re looking forward to your trip abroad, you can’t ignore that nagging worry about interacting with people who speak a different language — and potential situations ranging from difficult to ego-crushing. Rest assured, however, that no one expects you to speak in full sentences or be able to conjugate verbs. What you should know, even before you even arrive in another country, is how to be polite. “Hello,” “please” and “thank you” …

Pack Thank You Notes

Posted on 04/18/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelOnce when I was in Switzerland, I met a local woman who went out of her way to show me around the resort town of St. Moritz. She refused payment — and even my attempt to pay for lunch. When I finally had time to pick up a gift for her, it was Sunday, and all the shops were closed. Except, of course, the touristy one. So I bought her a box of chocolates. I gave a Swiss woman a …

How to Survive Economy Class

Posted on 03/28/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelFlying economy class? I’m sure you’re anticipating the worst — and no, you’re not just getting grumpier as you get older! The seats are smaller than they used to be. Forget about pillows and blankets. Food? Maybe a little bag of peanuts with a tenacious seal. (How’d my seatmate get that thing open? Should I ask him to open mine?) Still, if you plan ahead, it’s not too much hassle to bring along some of the creature comforts we used …