Hyatt Ziva Cancun article on is NATJA awards Finalist


“The New, All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun: A Welcome Addition to Cancun’s Hotel Zone,” my article posted on, received Finalist honors in the 2016 (NATJA) North American Travel Journalists Association’s awards competition. The category was Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Resorts. This awards competition, now in its 25th year, honors the “best of more »

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A look back at 2016 travels: April – California’s Central Coast (Paso Robles)

Springtime is a glorious time of year to visit California’s central coast. I spent the first nine days of April 2016 in a roughly 200-mile area within Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, venturing as far north as Paso Robles…

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Island Treasures: Mopion Islet, Grenadines

Mopion Islet, Grenadines

Mopion islet. I discovered it in 2004 after surfacing from a dive on the surrounding coral reefs, and snapped this photograph that has become one of my all-time favorites. It was only after…

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A look back at 2016 travels: January – Sanibel Island, Florida

For those of us who love to travel, looking back at the memories we’ve made in places outside our home territory is a way to extend the pleasure of the experiences we’ve had. It also helps to reinvigorate the sense of wanderlust we feel for seeking out new destinations to explore in the year to come. I hope you’ll enjoy this retrospective of my travels in the past year.

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Chico’s: my go-to travelin’ clothes! (Win a Chico’s Zenergy® outfit!)

Ever since a Chico’s store opened in my hometown of Evansville, IN, in the early 2000s, my wardrobe has increasingly been filled with Chico’s clothing and accessories. I am truly a Chico’s girl! The classic styling with just enough trendiness to not be boring and stodgy suits me, and many of my Chico’s pieces more »

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Ah, Athens! Must-see sites: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

Thinking of booking a cruise of the Greek Isles that leaves from Athens? If so, you should plan to arrive a day before the ship departs from Piraeus port for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, you don’t want to miss the ship, due to unforeseen circumstances, like a flight delay or cancellation. And you don’t want to miss experiencing the high points of this amazing ancient city.

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New Interview with Tropical Travel Girl on Travel Notes and Beyond

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Learn more “About Me” in a new interview posted on Anda Galffy’s site, Click Here: Interview – Debbra Dunning Brouillette – Tropical Travel Girl I’ve introduced myself here on Tropical Travel Girl on the About Me page, but if you would like to get to know me even better, you may wish to more »

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Serendipity in Santorini: A Day to Remember

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

What were the chances… “You’re going to Santorini when?” My husband and I had booked our Windstar cruise of the Greek Isles and two weeks before we were to leave, I found out that a couple from my hometown — very good friends that I’d known most of my life — were going to be staying on Santorini the same week we would be visiting from our ship.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun resort featured on


Thinking of traveling to Cancun? The all-inclusive resort, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, is worthy of adding to your list! My blog post about this special place, posted on Johnny Jet’s website –, several months ago, will give you a full report on its rooms, restaurants and activities.

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Scuba diving on Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys: a sanctuary for sea life

Scuba diving to a soundtrack of tunes like Jimmy Buffet’s “Fins” and the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” was a first for me. Typically, the only sounds I hear underwater are the sounds of my own breathing, in and out through the regulator, as I fin along the reef.

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