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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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Yosemite – Ultimate Outdoor Classroom

Sunday February 14, 2010 at 3:03 AM | 3 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

Yosemite's Half Dome

Yosemite is a beautiful place in the winter time. No crowds, fresh snow and glorious days to take in the breath taking sights.

My high school senior recently returned from a five day and night trip to Yosemite. It was sponsored and partially funded by the public high school she attends in Northern California.

Jane Kelson teaches geology at Campolindo High School and spear heads the Yosemite Institute Field Course. In addition to studying geology, biology and ecology, the students do “hands on” projects such as testing the water quality of Yosemite Creek. It’s outdoor classroom experiences like this that keep students motivated and opens their eyes to alternative areas of exploration.

Campolindo High Students Experience Yosemite, California - The ultimate outdoor classroom in winter

High school senior Andi Kohen said, “the best part of visiting Yosemite was that it was an amazing opportunity to bond with fellow students while participating in a fun learning environment. Visiting Yosemite taught me a lot about how to respect nature, such as trying not to leave one crumb behind in order not to upset the ecosystem. Not only did it teach us to respect nature, it also taught us to respect others, such as our Yosemite Institute instructor when they are trying to teach us something important. It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I got a chance to experience it.”

Yosemite Falls the ultimate outdoor classroom

 The students slept in the canvas-covered tent cabins at Curry Village for a couple of days and then moved to the eastern part of Yosemite valley. They cross country skied on fresh fallen snow, glided across frozen ice on skates, created a human pyramid in front of a fallen tree trunk in Mariposa Grove and ate lunch at the base of a waterfall. How awesome is that?

As some of you know, California schools are taking a huge economic hit. Our Acalanes School District is experiencing  a $4.8 million district budget shortfall.

Administrators are going through classroom course offerings with a fine tooth comb to see where cuts can be made. Classes such as the Yosemite Institute Field Class may be on the chopping block. For our students, and future high school students who follow in their footsteps, I hope organizations such as the Moraga Education Foundation continue to fund outdoor classes such as this.

The experiences our children have outside the classroom are as powerful and motivating as their studies behind closed walls.

What are your favorite things to do in Yosemite?

Photos courtesy of Kendall C. Brown

Bloggers in Paradise, Cancun, Mexico

Saturday December 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM | 2 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun, Mexico

Hola, estoy en Cancun, Mexico at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. I’m a guest of the resort as part of a “Nine Bloggers in Paradise” trip. Marriott has nine different resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean and they invited nine travel bloggers to experience the resort and tweet about their impressions. A clever idea, indeed.

The resorts are offering several limited time offer specials. Cancun Resort and Spa guests receive 40% off Club 91 rates. That’s a good deal for families, because Club 91, a “boutique hotel” within the resort, offers familes numerous small meal options included with the price. The Spa is also offering several packages during the holidays.

The Pumpkin Package includes a 25 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, in addition to a 50 minute pumpkin facial for $155 USD. The Xocoatl Package starts with a 50 minute Swedish massage with chocolate oil, followed by a 25 minute facial, also for $155 USD. Spa Director Wdson Brum has put together a wonderful spa experience; there’s even a kid’s and teen spa menu available.

Still undecided where to go for the holidays? Visit the “Shake Up Paradise” website – click on the resort of our choce, shake the snow globe and your special offer will appear.

Follow me on Twitter for my tweets, pictures and YouTube videos of the trip. All nine bloggers will be tweeting throughout the trip using the hashtag #BlogParadise. If you’d like to check out where the other eight bloggers are headed, follow the links to their blogs shown below:

Barbara Weibel is at Marriott’s Curacao Beach Resort and Emerald Casino. (Thanks for putting this list together, Barbara)
Blog: Hole In The Donut Twitter: @holeinthedonut

Lisa Overman is checking out Aruba Renaissance Resort
Blog: Twitter: @islandstyle29

Aaron Hotfelder is discovering the Aruba Marriott Resort
Blog: Twitter: @aaronhotfelder

Pam Mandel is taking photographs at  Casa Magna Cancun Resort in Mexico
Blog: Twitter: @nerdseyeview

Chris Gray is on St. Kitts Marriott
Blog: Twitter: @caroundtheworld

Robin Locker landed at Grand Cayman Marriott Resort
Blog: Twitter: @mymelange

Julie Schwietert is at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Blog: Twitter: @collazoprojects

Charyn Pfeuffer is tweeting from CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa in Mexico
Blog: Twitter: @global_gourmet

Adios, Cancun, Mexico y muchas gracias por un buen tiempo. By the way, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is also on Twitter.

Goodbye, Cancun, Mexico and many thanks for a good time.

What are your favorite things to do in Cancun, Mexico?

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