Tropical packing tips from expert Anne McAlpin,


Anne McAlpin, nationally known packing expert and author of Pack it Up: Travel Smart, Pack Light, travels more than 100 days a year and averages 12 flights each month. She has visited 78 countries on six continents, including lots of tropical islands. In a recent interview she shared specific tips on what to pack more »

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Undersea Attractions: Underwater Sculpture Parks in Grenada and Mexico


I have strolled through many museums, admiring artwork and sculptures from renowned artists, but my visit to an underwater museum, outfitted in SCUBA gear, was a first for me. Last July, my husband and I visited Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park during our stay at the all-inclusive, Sandals LaSource Grenada and found it to be more »

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New article: “Swimming with Giants” whale sharks article in AAA Home & Away

Swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, had been on my bucket list for years. On August 18, 2015, my dream was fulfilled, just a few days after my birthday. It was a belated birthday gift worth waiting for, but it didn’t come easily, as you’ll read in my article, published more »

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Bird-lovers flock to Sanibel’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

While Sanibel Island, Florida, is perhaps best known for its world-class shelling, it is also the location of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex — the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S.  Covering over 6,400 acres, it attracts over 245 bird species and is famous worldwide for its spectacular migratory bird more »

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Shelling on Sanibel with “Shellebrity” Pam Rambo,

It’s not every day that you get to walk the beach with a “shellebrity.” Pam Rambo, shelling expert extraordinaire, based on Sanibel Island, Florida, graciously agreed to meet up with me, along with my husband, Stephen, when we were on vacation in Sanibel in early January.

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Nevis, West Indies: Mangos and a Visit from an Old Friend

An old friend paid me a visit at my Paradise Beach Nevis villa on my first full day in Nevis, June 8. Pas Turner and I go way back—to ’98 or ’99—when I had my first mango daiquiri at Cla-Cha-Del, the restaurant he then operated along with his mom, Claudina.

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Four Seasons Nevis – Dive and Dine experience: from ocean to table

If you’re a certified scuba diver and a lobster lover, boy, do I have an experience for you! On a recent trip to Nevis, while staying at the Four Seasons resort, I accompanied Executive Chef Jason Adams, on a quest to lasso a lobster.

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“Pack It Up” expert Anne McAlpin shares her story and how Oprah played a part in her success

The travel bug bit Anne McAlpin at age 16, when she spent six weeks cycling through Europe. It was her first experience with overpacking, as she and…

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How to choose your ideal island destination: Getting started

“What is your favorite island?” Because of my experience in traveling to tropical locations, this is a question I’m often asked.

Others are: “I want to go somewhere…

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Why I love islands: history and culture

I’ll admit it. History and geography weren’t my favorite subjects in school. Memorizing dry, historical facts and trying to make sense of places on a one-dimensional map…

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