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Visiting Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

by Asako Maruoka / Feb 07, 2018 /
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If you haven't wanted to visit Port Douglas before reading this, you surely will after. It's a tropical oasis just north of Cairns, on the northeast coast of Australia. It's the only place in the whole world with two World Heritage sites - the Great Barrier Reef (sigh) and the Daintree Rainforest.

Visiting Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Benefits of Taking A River Cruise

by Asako Maruoka / Sep 14, 2017 /
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Have you taken a river cruise? It's an easy and slow way to see a country or area - and make the most of your time. River cruises allow you to take a journey that most won't ever experience - and visit some of the world's most important cities, located right on the water. Paris, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Budapest - all of these important historical cities developed because they were on the water!

A Beer Tour of Asia

by Asako Maruoka / Aug 22, 2017 /
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One of the best ways to learn about a country is through experiencing the food and drink. From Pad Thai in Thailand to sushi in Japan, the deliciousness can expand your worldview. But what about the drinks? Beer is an extremely popular and tasty way to learn about a country – and perhaps share a table at a restaurant and meet some new friends.

A Beer Tour of Asia

6 Ways to Save Money on Travel

by Asako Maruoka / Jul 25, 2017 /
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One of the best reasons to save money on travel is that you'll have MORE money to travel! The more travel you do, the happier you are (at least, that's the way it is for me). I am always looking to tips and tricks to save money - here are some of my best ways to save money on travel:

6 Ways to Save Money on Travel

6 of the Coolest Entertainment Venues in NYC

by Asako Maruoka / Feb 09, 2015 /
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If you want to hear great music, New York City is one of the best places in the world to visit. Beyond music, the Big Apple is home to any and all entertainment you may be looking for, whether it's sports, comedy, or something else entirely. From the ultra-famous to the hip and indie, these venues host great shows worth checking out next time you're in the city.

A Turkey Bucket List

by Asako Maruoka / Nov 13, 2014 /
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Making a Turkey bucket list is no easy feat. But one list that everyone should attempt, especially if having a limited time in this magnificent country. And it will probably be a pretty big bucket in order to contain everything that amazes, inspires, or simply relaxes one in Turkey.

5 of the Best Views from a Virginia Beach Hotel

by Asako Maruoka / Oct 24, 2014 /
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Virginia Beach is famous for its lively boardwalk and sandy beaches. With its prime Atlantic Ocean location, it's also known for some amazing sunrise views. If you're planning a Virginia Beach getaway, why not choose a room with a stunning view at one of these Virginia Beach hotels?


Ocean Beach Club


5 Historical Sites to Visit in Richmond, Virginia

by Asako Maruoka / Oct 17, 2014 /
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As one of the oldest cities in the nation, it's no wonder that Richmond, Virginia, is home to some of the most prolific historical sites in the U.S. History buffs from all over the world travel here to see the places where important historical figures forever changed the nation.


A Past Worth Telling

by Asako Maruoka / Jun 24, 2014 /
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A few select poems by Mary Ann Niemczura, PhD, from her book, A Past Worth Telling:


Our Second Family

There was always
A terrific noon meal
Ready and waiting
When I returned

From teaching in
The Comprehensive
School in Neresheim.
Hilde made a hot soup,

Visiting Cornwall: Family Travel Tips

by Asako Maruoka / Dec 13, 2013 /
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One of the best places to explore as a family is Cornwall. Located in Southwest England, it’s an incredibly beautiful location – and has plenty of things to keep both the kids AND the parents interested. Base your family holidays in Looe, Cornwall, and head out from there.