Timely Travel Thoughts & Tips – Volume 4

Here are some thoughts on what we are doing and exploring in the world this week. APPS WE LOVE – We always want to be able to exchange pleasantries in whatever country we land (not to mention ordering a glass of wine) – so we’re loving Duolingo — a fabulous free app that makes learning…

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Timely Travel Thoughts & Tips – Volume 3

Here are some thoughts on what we are doing and exploring in the world this week. REFLECTIONS – As the holidays and end-of-year festivities wind down we have decided that a good theme for 2018 is Making ‘Someday’ Today. We took a record number of travelers to Africa in 2017; and for most, an African…

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Reflections on 2017

Happy New Year Travelers, It’s been a banner travel year for On The Map Travel. We’ve seen herds of elephants and elusive male lions (3 at one time!) in South Africa; artisans creating beauty from practically nothing in the Cambodian countryside; the weathered faces of sellers in the souks of Morocco and the beaches, farms…

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Insure For Peace Of Mind

    So, you think you don’t need travel insurance?  Think again.   We are always extolling the benefits of obtaining trip insurance to our clients.  We know what can go wrong when traveling – we’ve seen it all too often.   We buy it for our own trips too, although, like many of you,…

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Timely Travel Thoughts & Tips – Volume 2

Bon Jour Travelers! Here are some thoughts on what we are doing and exploring in the world this week. HOTELS – Marrakech can be bewildering, and while it boasts many grand hotels, the smallish Riad l’Orangeraie is a jewel. Located in the heart of the Medina surrounded by the historic souks, it is still just…

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Timely Travel Thoughts & Tips – Volume 1

This is Volume 1 our blog with thoughts on what we are doing and exploring in the world this week. Sign up on our website and the latest editions will appear automatically in your inbox. HOTELS – Sometimes you land someplace very special. Terre di Himera in the hills above Cefalù, Sicily is certainly one…

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Everytime I am In Paris

The best steak-frites in Paris

Life is full of the unexpected, particularly when traveling. Sometimes it is nice then, to fall back on the familiar, the predictable, on the oh-so-reliable that – regardless of the frazzle of jet lag, long lines at passport control or rainy weather – you can rediscover your own spot of sunshine with a fine meal.…

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Why Florence Owns My Heart

The first time I ever visited Florence, I was a young married woman, no kids yet, and no pre-conceived notion of what I would find.  I used a travel advisor (at the time they were always and only referred to as “travel agents”) who booked us into a hotel on the Oltrarno (other side of…

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Audrey’s Five Favorite World Travel Meals

Food. There are those that eat to live. Then there is me – I live to eat. Food is, like music, one of the things that bring back memories. It evokes the sounds, smells and sensations of my travel past. Simply by recalling a special meal, I am transported back to the place where I…

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Travel Gadgets & Gear I Want for the Holidays

All year long I read blogs and articles about cool travel gear.  I sneak looks at other travelers to see if they have something swell that I might want, too.  I love perusing luggage stores or the travel sections of Bed, Bath & Beyond or Every now and then I buy something that is just…

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