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Cotacachi, Ecuador: Paradise at the End of the Rainbow

Posted on 03/14/2013 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelOn a hill above Cotacachi, at a bend in the road overlooking an impossibly green valley, someone has painted a sign on a post. It says “Dios esta aqui.” God is here. No matter what your religious beliefs, this place makes you believe in a higher power. This is the Andes, where magical things happen. And this is where I live. On the day of the summer solstice, not one… but two… rainbows appeared in the sky, one above the …

Travel Is the Best Aphrodisiac

Posted on 02/11/2013 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsIn this new world of branding, my brand is as a sex, love and relationships expert. But within that ring of romanticism, my heart belongs squarely to romantic travel. I have just finished a manuscript with AARP called Perfect Places for Romance and Passion at Any Age and I previously worked with the same coauthor, Dr. Janet Lever, on the newly released Getaway Guide to a Great Sex Weekend. Once my love of romantic travel might have seemed a bit …

Mayhem in the Quiet Car

Posted on 12/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIf you’ve ever taken Amtrak, you may be familiar with the “quiet car.” This car (as recently described in a New York Times article) is a haven from the constant noise, music and conversation that invades many of our lives. I myself am a regular quiet car rider. It’s a usually peaceful experience and I use the time to catch up on research reports or read a book. But every so often we experience an “incident.” The Wednesday before Thanksgiving …

5 Travel Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers

Posted on 11/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThere are a lot of things that come to my mind when the subject of Thanksgiving Day comes my way. I think of my dearly departed grandmother who made the best Thanksgiving Day dinners in the world with nearly everything made from scratch out of her garden. I think of my departed mother-in-law Rita who loved putting on a big Thanksgiving spread and having her family around her. And, I think of my own mother’s pumpkin pie.  Yum. Yum. Yum. …

If I Retire Abroad, How Do I Pick Where to Live?

Posted on 10/17/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelMy husband, Dan, and I will soon celebrate 11 years of living the expat life. We’ve lived in seven different locations (in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Ecuador) and spent a considerable amount of time in many, many more – especially Belize and Costa Rica. Believe me, we’ve learned a lot in the past decade! Importantly, we’ve learned that it’s impossible to compare and contrast the merits or disadvantages of entire countries. And if you’re thinking about retiring to a foreign …

Booking a Trip? Timing Is Everything

Posted on 09/26/2012 by | Travel | Comments

TravelThe giant travel aggregator site Kayak has some advice for consumers on the best times to book travel in order to snag the cheapest airfares. Drumroll please… Don’t book too early, and don’t book too late. OK, that’s slightly glib. But that’s basically what the site — which says it averages 100 million search queries a month — concluded after sorting through a year’s worth of data. Among its recommendations: Book domestic trips 21 days before departure. Those who went …