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Tripbase Travel Secrets E-Books for Charity

Friday May 21, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 2 Comments

Tripbase Travel Secrets - free e-books for Charity: Water, Nancy D. Brown contributor

Tripbase Travel Secrets - E-books for Charity Water

First down loadable series of E-books of Travel Secrets –  Free!

Imagine a list of top secret travel tips compiled by travel writers and bloggers from across the globe? If you are a savvy web user and look to the internet as a first step to begin your travel planning, have I got a travel tip for you.

Tripbase  has compiled a series of seven e-books of “The Best Travel Secrets” that you, my dear friend, can download FOR FREE! Top travel writers such as Peter Greenberg, Rolf Potts and Johnny Jet have contributed three of their best kept travel secrets for this e-book series. 

First e-book tied to Charity

Download free travel e-book - Help raise funds for Charity: water

Download free Tripbase travel e-book - Help raise funds for Charity: water

As the folks at Tripbase asked all of the travel writers and bloggers to donate their “best travel secrets” it is only fitting that Tripbase continue to pay this goodwill effort forward with a donation to Charity.

Tripbase has partnered with New York-based Charity: Water and will make a donation to the organization based on the success of the e-book downloads.

Want to know my three travel secrets? What are you waiting for? Dowload the free Travel Secrets e-book. Of course, if you’d like to make a donation to Charity: water, they welcome your donation.

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What are your favorite travel secrets? If you have a blog, join in the fun. Leave a comment below.

Three Best Travel Secrets

Friday May 14, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

Three Best Travel Secrets, Travel Tips from Travel Expert Nancy D. Brown

Three Best Travel Secrets from Nancy D. Brown


Secret Travel Tips from a Travel Expert

As a travel writer, I’m often asked “what are your best travel tips?” Rather than respond with “read my newspaper or magazine column,” I came up with three travel tips that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else.

Visit Your Destination on Horseback

travel tip secrets from Nancy D. Brown, visit your destination on horseback

Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown recommends you visit your destination on horseback

Get off the beaten path during your travels and hit the dirt – literally. Visit your destination from the back of a horse. Unless you are touring a major city, most places offer horseback riding to the general public. From beginner to advanced rider, there are many types of horseback riding vacations available across the globe.  

Visiting Kauai? Go horseback riding on one of the oldest working cattle ranches in Hawaii at Princeville Ranch.

What better way to learn about California’s Los Padres National Forest than from a local who rides the horseback riding trails on a daily basis?

 Have you considered horseback riding to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon? There are special equitrekking tours offered for the horse lovers amongst us.  I try to fit in a horseback ride on all of my travels.  


Visit The San Francisco Visitors Site "Only in San Francisco" and learn from locals

Visit The San Francisco Visitors Site "Only in San Francisco" and learn from locals


Social Media – a Traveler’s Best Friend?  

We all look online when we are planning a trip. You wouldn’t be reading these secrets if you weren’t web-savvy. Once you have narrowed down your destination, let’s say a visit to San Francisco, do a search to find the San Francisco CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau.) Once you’ve found them,  look to see if they have a FB page and are on Twitter. Follow them, become a fan. Ask direct questions about where to find lodging discounts or where to go for the best tacos in the Mission District. CVB’s exist to serve you, the traveler – use them and save money while you’re at it.  

By the way, you can follow me on Twitter and for the horse lovers.   

Lost Luggage Tip Secrets  

Have you ever had your luggage lost on an airline flight? I had my luggage lost on a non-stop flight. Rather than stomp my feet and raise my blood pressure, I decided to ask fellow travel writers for their lost luggage tips and share the secrets with you.

My favorite tip comes from Wendy Perrin of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, “take a picture of your luggage from your mobile phone. This way you can show the airline EXACTLY what it looks like.”

What’s your best travel secret?

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Best Things to See and Do in Wickenburg, Arizona

Friday February 19, 2010 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

See the Saguaro Giant Cactus in Wickenburg, Arizona

When I crave good hearty Cowboy cuisine, I turn to Cowboy Cafe.

To escape work I go to The Spa at Los Caballeros.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at the Hassayampa River Preserve.

If you come to Wickenburg, get your picture taken at the Historic Jail Tree.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Anita’s Cocina, get the Carne Asada dinner. 

Wickenburg is my one stop shop for western wear.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to DJ’s Frontier Diner.

For a huge splurge, I go to Rancho de los Caballeros for an all-inclusive horseback riding vacation.

Photo ops in Wickenburg include: Bronze statues in downtown; vulture peak; historic Santa Fe Depot; Box Canyon and Historic Vulture Mine.

The best vantage points are taken by hiking to the top of Vulture Peak.

The most random thing about Wickenburg is that they are known for having top-notch addiction treatment centers. In fact, when I was in Wickenburg reviewing  the Kay El Bar Guest Ranch, the local paper reported that Tiger Woods was rumored to be in town for sexual addiction treatment.

In Wickenburg, an active day outdoors involves walking or hiking, horseback riding, roping or jeeping.

My favorite walking route is the Westside pedestrian trail next to Highway 60.

See the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona

To find out what’s going on at night or on weekends, read The Wickenburg Sun.

You can tell a lot about Wickenburg from visiting our rural community and watching a special heritage event.

In the spring you should attend Cowgirl Up!

In the summer you should check out Fiesta de Septiembre.



The winter is a good time to go to Gold Rush Days and Rodeo.

 A hidden gem in Wickenburg is the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Nana’s Sandwich Saloon.


There are plenty of cowboys and cowgirls in Wickenburg, Arizona

Just outside of Wickenburg you can visit Congress, Arizona, have lunch at Nichols West.

The best way to see Wickenburg is to take the historical walking tour of downtown.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Camp Imagination, Wickenburg Fly-In & Car Show, hiking the Hassayampa Preserve and visiting the gem & mineral room at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

What are your favorite things to see and do in Wickenburg?

Thank you to Julie Brooks of the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce for assistance with this post.

All photos by Nancy D. Brown