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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Remembering a great adventure in the high Chilean desert


It’s only 10 a.m. but I feel like we’ve been going all day. That’s because we left our hotel Tierra Atacama before dawn—I’d never seen such bright stars across the desert sky—on our way to the highest geyser field in the world—El Tatio Geisers at 14,190 feet! more
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Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a great and safe place for kids to learn


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention we’re less than a year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar forecasts will signal the end of all humanity. But experts aren’t convinced and I’m not worried. more
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Learning to scuba dive with the whole family


diving | wreck diving | family travel
I’m just thankful to share this spectacular adventure in paradise with my husband and kids. It’s terrific — and rare — when you can find something you all enjoy, especially as the kids grow older more
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It’s not too late to plan a spring break — or think about summer


Spring Training
The good news is it’s not too late to plan a spring getaway (check the rest of my website for ideas) whether you’ve got just a few days or an entire week to spend and there’s still time to find a great deal. more
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Just a walk in the snowy woods


Solden Austria
I was thinking about that Snow Walk the other night when Mel called from college to report giddily that she’d spent the weekend on a back-country skiing trip that “was harder than anything I’ve done on skis.” more
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From Guest to Guide: Growing up in Adventure Travel!


Guest blogger Kasey Austin writes that her "earliest memories go way back to Alaska, everything from ice fishing with my dad to spending time at a remote fly-in camp and hiking trails frequented by moose and other larger than life critters!" more
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The un-cruise: a sailing trip through the British Virgin Islands


The best part: There is no one telling us what time we have to eat dinner or even where we are going next. Welcome to the alternative to mega cruise ships and fancy resorts. more
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Last day in the BVI – to the new resort on Scrub Island


“This is a place for adventures,” says General Manager Martin Smith, who says the key is organizing your stay—with the resort staff help. more
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A day of water sports (or not) at the Bitter End Yacht Club


Snorkel, sail, windsurf or kayak? We’re at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the island of Virgin Gorda which has been a haven for sailors and yachters for years. more
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To Anegada: spectacular sailing and a famous spot for lobsters


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
This island—just 3 miles wide at its widest point—is famous for its lobsters that many fisherman here catch by free diving as deep as 60 feet. Sailors like us (we’ve been sailing around the BVI on a Moorings charter Catamaran) make the trip here for the lobsters as well as the spectacular wind-swept beaches. more
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