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September 2017   Home is Burning, Dan Marshall  3/5 Stars A son’s tale of how his family dealt with his father’s ALS.  Not exactly a happy story, but  I found it compelling, probably because I’ve been through long terminal illness with my mother and mother-in-law.  This book was relatable. The language is real, and by …

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International 6 Reasons to Visit Paris in Winter

6 Reasons to Visit Paris in Winter

Do you ever really need a reason to visit Paris? I think not, but winter is actually a really great time to visit, even though spring in Paris gets all the glory. Prices are Great Our total for airfare and lodging for 3 people for 4 days in Paris in November was about $2000! Winter …

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Escape Tips 6 Awesome U.S. Cities to Visit With Teenagers

6 Awesome U.S. Cities to Visit With Teenagers

All parents of teenagers know that they can be a bit finicky.  What we want to do doesn’t always mesh with what they want to do.  But here’s a list 6 U.S. cities to visit with teenagers no matter where their interests lie. New York My teens love NYC so much it’s become an annual pilgrimage …

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Escape Tips Flying Into the Cancun Airport

Flying Into the Cancun Airport

Our flight to Cancun was definitely a party plane!  I’ve only seen such happy, cheerful passengers on the way to Vegas.  Everyone was relaxed and ready to start their beach time! Immigration & Customs in Cancun You must complete both customs and immigrations forms to enter Mexico via the Cancun Airport.  Every person in your …

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Escape Tips 5 Reasons to Visit Dallas in the Fall

5 Reasons to Visit Dallas in the Fall

The Weather is Beautiful in Dallas in the Fall Fall is my favorite time of year in Dallas. We finally get a reprieve from the summer heat, the evenings develop a hint of crispness, and the daytime temps are just downright pleasant. We spend summers hiding from the heat in the air-conditioning or the pools, …

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Escape Tips 5 Fave Audio Books To Inspire Wanderlust

5 Fave Audio Books To Inspire Wanderlust

I may love books even more than travel.  My book collection must exceed the amount that I can ever read in my lifetime, and yet I can’t resist acquiring more. My love for both travel and book intersects with audio books. I’ll admit, I was an audio book resistor.  I love real books.  Why would I …

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International A Day in Cancun

A Day in Cancun

We chose the charming village of Puerto Morelos as home base for our family of five on an eight-day trip to the Riviera Maya. Puerto Morelos was the perfect location to visit Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and the Yucatan Penninsula. A 30 minute taxi-ride to Cancun led us to gorgeous beaches, excellent tacos and shopping …

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Escape Tips Twelve Tips For Visiting the Mayan Riviera

Twelve Tips For Visiting the Mayan Riviera

1. Be Prepared for the Heat We’ve visited the Mayan Riviera the fall in winter when the weather is more temperate, but in July it is HOT.  We thought the heat would be no big deal–we’re Texans after all, and triple-digit temperatures in summer are the norm. But we also stay inside out air-conditioned homes …

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Escape Tips The One Travel App You Must Have

The One Travel App You Must Have

If you are a U.S. citizen who travels abroad and you don’t have the Mobile Passport App you need to get it RIGHT NOW! (And no, I’m not being paid by the government to tell you this!) We just came back from Mexico, and I think we were the only people on our plane who …

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Escape Tips Dealing with the Unexpected

Dealing with the Unexpected

We’ve had our share of unexpected travel mishaps.  It is frustrating and disappointing when you’ve spent a lot of money anticipating a trip and something disastrous happens shortly before you leave–or worse–during your trip.  The best way to ease the pain of a bad situation is to plan ahead.  Of course, you can’t plan for …

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