Three articles win awards in 2017 NATJA awards competition!


The NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) award winners have been announced! I was pleased to receive three awards for 2017! The SILVER prize winner was for my article, “Eternal appeal,” on my Greek Isles cruise on Windstar Cruises, published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, entered in the category, Cruises – Print Publication. You more »

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Tropical Travel Girl named to Best Boomer Travel Blogs to Follow in 2018!

I am honored that my site, Tropical Travel Girl, has been named to the “Ultimate List of the Best Boomer Travel Blogs to Follow in 2018” by Getting on Travel, the first and only multi-authored online magazine catering to the over-50 luxury traveler. Check out the list of 45 blogs and you will be sure to find helpful resources for your travels!

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Indoor Oceans: The Aquarium at Moody Gardens, Galveston Island, Texas

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I’ve visited lots of aquariums, or as I like to call them — indoor oceans — but never one located inside a bright turquoise glass-windowed pyramid! A total of 1.5 million gallons of saltwater exhibits are contained within the 10-story aquarium, including ocean life from the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean. It is the largest more »

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Memphis beyond Graceland: Sun Studio

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While no trip to Memphis would be complete without paying a visit to the home of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, this city has a lot to offer beyond Graceland. Of course, much of it is still related to the mark Elvis Presley made after moving with his family to Memphis…

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Visiting Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entertainment complex

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It had been 15 years since I entered the gates of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. This year, 2017, the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing on August 16, 1977, the timing was right to return.

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New article: “Beaches and Beyond” Indiana Dunes article in AAA Home & Away

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Yes, my home state of Indiana has beaches! My article on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State Park entitled “Beaches and Beyond,” which showcases the beauty of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, was published in the Hoosier edition of AAA Home & Away magazine’s July/August 2017 issue. I’ll be adding a new Destination Page on more »

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Indoor Oceans: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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As a SCUBA diver for more than two decades, one of my favorite places to be is underwater exploring a coral reef, swimming among colorful schools of fish. When that’s not possible, visiting an aquarium like the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is an excellent alternative.

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Happy World Oceans Day! “Turn the Tide” on plastic pollution!


Oceans. I’ve been in love with the ocean from the first time I saw the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time in, on or under the Caribbean Sea as a scuba diver, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. When I learned there is an annual World Oceans Day, I wanted to do my part to spread the word.

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North Carolina’s Crystal Coast: Cape Lookout National Seashore and Lighthouse


Wide beaches and wild horses await visitors to North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore, covering more than 50 miles on three undeveloped barrier islands off its central shore.

Access to the national park, which is a part of the Southern Outer Banks, often referred to as the Crystal Coast, is only by commercial ferry or private boat.

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A look back at 2016 travels: April – California’s Central Coast (Oxnard and Morro Bay)


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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