We’re off to see the Wizard

Oz Museum Actually, that wasn’t our intent when DJ and I were on a recent road trip to Denver from Indianapolis for Thanksgiving.  Just off Interstate 70 is the Oz Museum located in Wamego, Kansas (there just so happens to be another in Liberal, Kansas in the southern part of the state).  You know there is no way I was letting this slip by so the decision to stop was made. The museum is about 10 miles north of I-70 and when you get into the main part of town, you’ll catch a glimpse of the…

How To Fly With An Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

? You probably read recently about United Airlines barring a woman and her emotional support peacock from boarding a flight. Those reports made me wonder what it might take to book a flight with an emotional support animal – a koala bear in this case – in the video above you can see what happened. During the process I came to learn a lot about emotional support animals (ESAs), the process for booking a flight with one, and why the airlines have started to enforce more restrictions on passengers with ESAs. Here’s how to book a flight with …

PHOTO: Great Pyramid of Giza, also Known as Pyramid of Khufu

I’d long wanted to visit the Egyptian pyramids, but kept putting it off due to scheduling and concerns over safety in the region. Last fall, I finally made it. One of the biggest surprises for most travelers is the location of the pyramids. Photos show them surrounded by sand, as if they are solitary structures far out in the desert. In truth, they are located on the opposite side of a busy street that fronts the archeological park in Giza, the city located just across the river…

Adventures in China, Part 3

By Julianne Keskey This is Part 3 in a 4 Part series of Adventures in China. For Part 1, click here & for Part 2 click here. After a few days of work (and a little play) in Luoyang, we were all curious and ready to explore more of Henan Province. With our complimentary bus tour, our first stop was the Longmen Grottoes just outside of Luoyang. Chilly rain and fog greeted us when just days ago the weather was beautiful, sunny and …

Private Scenic Seaplane Excursions to Halong Bay

One of the best ways to experience Halong Bay in Vietnam is by private seaplane. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Vietnam and Artisans of Leisure arranges private scenic flights from Hanoi over the bay. Fly over the dramatic karst peaks and admire the scenery from above before landing and boarding a private boat for a cruise through the bay aboard a traditional sailing junk. Pass floating villages, visit iridescent grottos, dine on fresh seafood for lunch and enjoy swimming and kayaking among the bay’s…

PHOTO: Tomb of Sennedjem, Temple of the Artisans in Luxor, Egypt

Interior of the Tomb of Sennedjem at Temple of the Artisans at Deir el Medina in Luxor, Egypt. Though every one of the tombs has a prominent sign saying “no photos,” in many cases an Egyptian guide would follow me inside and allow photos in return for baksheesh (a bribe). In most instances I declined, but this particular tomb …

The Best Travel Apps Of 2018

? Travel apps are useful though tend to give you diminishing efficiency the more of them you load on your phone. Over the past 12 months, I’ve tested a lot of travel apps, but these are the ones I kept and ended up using the most in the last year. You can see all of the apps I would recommend to you in the video above or read on. These are the…

15 things to do in Karakol

Last year I had the privilege of visiting Kyrgyzstan for the first time. I attended the World Nomad Games, got a taste of adventure travel around Song Kol, briefly visited Karakol and then lingered for while in the capital city of Bishkek. In many ways, it was the perfect introduction to the country; however, I…

Surviving the Touts at the Temples and Tombs of Luxor, Egypt

I looked up from my yogurt and fresh fruit just as a wonderfully strange bird landed on the low wall around the rooftop of Beit Sabee Guest House. The Hoopoe is a fairly common bird in Egypt, but I’d never seen anything like it. His red-crested head swept backward to a perfect point, while his long stiletto beak arced downward – two ends of a double-tipped javelin. One beady black eye peered at me with curiosity. Slowly, I picked up my camera and snapped a photo. Seconds later… The post Surviving the …

Top 10 Film Locations To Travel To Around The World.

Travelling with a purpose brings a whole new dimension to your travels and allows you to see destinations in a whole new light, and movie tourism, travelling to see the locations of your favourite movies and TV shows is a perfect way to do just that.  Did you ever watch a movie or TV show and fall in love with the location or marvel at …

PHOTO: The Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt

Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt is the second largest ancient religious site in the world, after the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Construction at the massive site began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom (between 2050 BC and 1710 BC), when the city was still known as Thebes…

Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not

Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the biggest celebrations on our planet. It’s wild, packed and with over 50, 000 shows from The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the biggest celebrations on our planet. It’s wild, packed and with over 50, 000 shows from big names to unknowns. It has been going on every August for seventy years. Yet on Mozart’s 10 city European solo concert tour in Europe this summer, we purposely missed it, but not Edinburgh. Why? We visited …

PHOTO: Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France, a 15th Century Hospital for the Poor

I stepped into the inner courtyard of the Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France, and stopped in my tracks. Across the brick-paved courtyard, half-timbered butter yellow walls soared to gable roofs covered in multi-color polychrome tiles. This was like no hospital I’d ever seen. Hotel Dieu, which translates literally to hospital in English, is one of France’s most revered historic monuments. Also known as the …

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence You don't want to miss these gorgeous, magical, fragrant, purple Lavender fields when you travel to Provence. You already You don't want to miss these gorgeous, magical, fragrant, purple Lavender fields when you travel to Provence…a must on your bucket list. You already know we love this spectacular area of Southern France as we have been coming to Provence for many years, but this was the first year back to the Luberon area since 2006 as there is …