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Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.


How I Plan to be More Spontaneous

Planning to be more spontaneous may seem oxymoronic but I’ve been called worse. Heck, take away the “Oxy” part and that’s a name I’m more used to hearing. Anyway, The Wife says I’m too uptight with our vacation planning so, in the vein of loosening up a bit, here are […]

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Shots You Need and Some You Don’t When Traveling Overseas

If you are traveling overseas, there are some shots you may need and some you don’t. With mosquitos carrying everything from Yellow Fever to Malaria, the smart thing is to be prepared. You can overdo it though, so here are a few tips that will hopefully help you out. Do […]


7 New Year’s Travel Resolutions

Hardly anyone keeps the resolutions they make every year. That’s why this year I resolve to work out less, gain at least 5 pounds. and take more nap; but that’s just me. Here are a few travel resolutions that may be a tad bit harder to keep, but will save […]


6 Secrets to a Successful Flight

It’s hard enough handling air travel these days without making it more difficult on yourself. Hopefully these few tips will make your next flight more successful. Pack Light and Pack Right The airlines are getting stickier about carry-on size bags these days. If your carry-on is too large, they will […]

7 Funky Foods from Around the World

7 Funky Foods from Around the World

Some people will eat anything. While I’m not as picky now as when I was a child, there some things that I don’t think I could bring myself to eat, no matter what the local customs may be. Rocky Mountain Oysters, Western United States For those who don’t know, Rocky […]

Private Islands of the Cruise Ship Lines

Private Islands of the Cruise Ship Lines

There are about 700 islands or cays (usually pronounced as “keys”) in the Bahamas and quite a few are private. Even if you aren’t friends with a billionaire or movie star, you can visit some of these private strips of sand and palm trees by cruising on certain cruise ship […]

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6 Best Places Your US Dollar Will Go Further

Any time is a good time to travel, but simple economics tells us to go when and where the dollar is strong. Exchange rates are working in our favor in many regions of the world right now, making this a great time to stretch your wings and head out. Mexico: […]


Are You a Good Travel Buddy?

Not everyone is suited for travel. What is tougher is finding two people who can travel well together. What makes a good travel buddy? Here are a few things to look for. Where Are We Going Some folks like the beach, others the mountains. I have had several friends ask […]


Florence, Italy: 7 Reasons Why You Will Definitely Return

Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is one of the main, must-do stops on any tour of Italy. Florence is the home of the Renaissance; need I say more? Okay, Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante all called this home and could not stay away. Here are just […]

Father’s Day: A Quick History

Father’s Day: A Quick History

Father’s Day was established in the U.S. in the early 20th century but is now a worldwide event. Here is how some other parts of the world celebrate Dads. A Shaky Start The first observance of our day had a shaky start on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. […]