Chateau de Chenonceau

All you need to know before you go to the best château in the Loire Valley: A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. …

Feeding elephant at Thailand's Elephant Nature Park

The van pulled up to the Elephant Nature Park just outside of Chiang Mai and disgorged six sweaty strangers. Not one of us had any idea what to expect from a night spent in an elephant sanctuary, or that in just 24 hours we would leave the park forever changed – and forever friends. …

The plan was to come home in early October after my 90-day Schengen Region visa expired. BUT…then my friends decided to spend a few days in London and, well, I am easily persuaded to stay abroad. Since the UK hadn’t kicked me out yet, I could spend some time in the Scottish Highlands before …

France for the holidays is magical, romantic…and logistically challenging. The French unofficially start their holiday at least a half-day early (kudos to them for it), which can make fitting in all of your dream sights, attractions and destinations a bit of a challenge.