Carol's Travel Blog

The perfect remedy for jet lag experienced on arrival to Auckland, New Zealand involves following five simple steps. Step 1: Take a nonstop flight to Auckland arriving early morning, and head straight to the ferry to Waiheke Island.  You might have the ferry to yourself.   Step 2: Check into a boutique hotel that captures…>> Read More

It’s time to update your Italy bucket list to include Puglia (particularly the towns of Lecce, Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano a Mare) and the town of Matera in the region of Basilicata (Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its historical center called “Sassi”). Puglia is in southern Italy on the Adriatic Coast,…>> Read More

Dubrovnik is the most famous of the destinations in Croatia, in part because it has been a location for filming of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik is not to be missed, but there is so much more to the Dalmatian Coast that can be considered essential Croatia. If you like active trips,…>> Read More

It’s hard to resist at least a short visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Positano, Ravello and the town of Amalfi are all popular and breathtaking. If you can, avoid the summer months (spring and fall are a bit less crowded). A driver is recommended–you can relax and enjoy the views along the coast and leave…>> Read More

A recent visit to South Africa had some eerie similarities to favorite haunts in Northern California…But South Africa has at least two major differences from my home state.>> Read More