An Impassioned Defense of Venice (It’s Not a Sewer!)

As I was planning my trip to Italy, I saw and heard all kinds of nasty things about Venice – that it was an open sewer, that it was a decaying, dying city and smelled.  Worse yet, we were going in July with anticipated temperatures of 100 degrees, so, if there was ever a time where Venice might have an unpleasant odor, this was it.  …

Travel Advisory for Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant there’s a fairly long list of places health authorities are advising you to avoid due to the danger of the Zika virus. The list includes: Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin and the Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Cape Verde, Samoa, and Mexico.The danger …

Best Winter Getaway

There are many fabulous places on this earth to escape to during cold, dark wintry months, but our favorite is Belize. And our favorite place in Belize is San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, an island about an hour boat ride (or 15 minute plane ride) northeast from Belize City. Why is this place our favorite? Like a good novel, the best travel is full of …

Staying in Seoul

Dear Nellie Bly, What can you tell me about going to Seoul, South Korea? Thanx and regards, AJ Dear AJ: South Korea hasn’t got any travel advisories or warnings I am aware of. The biggest thing is the traffic — the drivers don’t give pedestrians right of way, they don’t respect cross walks, and often don’t stop at red lights. Also, traveling solo in any …

A Female Guide to Solo Travel

This book is for all the women who wanted to travel alone around the world, but felt it was not safe; and maybe resented their male friends who did it. Lisa Eldridge, the author, has found ways to travel solo as a woman and make it work. She does it deliberately and ethically, in a word–smart. So if you or one of your women friends or …

Bad Choice for 2016 Olympics

For many reasons, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a surprising and horrible choice for the 2016 Olympics. The below are only a few of Rio’s many problems. Nasty and unsafe – The athletes competing in swimming events will be risking their health. It is well known that the bay where the swimmers will compete is contaminated on a daily basis with raw sewage. The sewage …