A Pianist Who Plays for Charity

What did you do this summer? Hit the beach? Visit the in-laws? Take the grandkids to Disney World? Ask Mark Damisch and the 57-year-old Chicago lawyer will tell you he spent five weeks on tour playing piano concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to raise money for worthy causes. Damisch’s exhausting schedule – 21 concerts in six countries  - isn’t for the faint of heart. But he’s a pro at marathon travel. (He was in Copenhagen, Denmark, when we spoke.) This …

The No. 1 Aspiration of the 50+

Whenever we ask folks ages 50 and over what they are most looking forward to doing in their later years, more often than not their response is, “Travel!” Travel is the No. 1 aspiration of the 50-plus. People want to travel to experience new things and spend time with family and friends. It makes them feel happy and fulfilled. I think the desire to travel and explore starts at an early age. I remember summer days getting my bike, a …

7 Tips for Safety When Loved Ones Travel Alone

My heart is wrenching for the family of Victoria Kong, an 83-year-old woman who recently traveled by herself from Barbados in the Caribbean to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.  Somehow, she got off the plane and bypassed a wheelchair that her family said they had arranged for her.  Airport cameras caught her in the taxi line, but later captured images of her walking away from the airport along the river path. On Monday, her body was found in the Potomac river. …

Rhapsody “In Bruges”-A Fan of the Film Visits the City

You know how the Disney parks have rides that let you re-live great moments from movies like The Little Mermaid and Snow White? And how at Universal you can “ride” Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter films? Well, if one of your favorite films is the cult classic In Bruges-and it’s one of mine, for sure-then a visit to the Belgian city of Bruges is a lot like hopping on an In Bruges theme park ride. Join the discussion: Going …

Cotacachi, Ecuador: Paradise at the End of the Rainbow

On 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

In 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 …