Turks and Caicos Islands – Open Again for Tourism.

Caribbean Connection By Caribbean Journal Staff Turks and Caicos Islands – Open Again for Tourism. The British Overseas Territory officially reopened its borders for tourism on July 22. So what should travelers know? All visitors need to complete a “TCI Assured Pre-Travel Authorization” application to be granted entry into the country (you can find it […]

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello….

National Harbor By Lani Gering You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello…. It was with a very heavy heart that I had to move out of the condo in One National Harbor where I had resided for over 10 years. I loved that little place. The economics just weren’t there anymore with the loss of […]

First Time Africa: Top Tips for Picking the Right Destination for You – Part 1 – Budget Holidays and Safaris

By Scott Dicken First Time Africa: Top Tips for Picking the Right Destination for You – Part 1 – Budget Holidays and Safaris I often get asked by friends and family what my top choices would be for a first-time traveler to Africa and to be honest I find it a massively daunting question. Not […]

“Every Day is Sunday: COVID Refugees Flock to Parks and Trails

From the Bay By Ad Crable, Bay Journal News Service “Every Day is Sunday: COVID Refugees Flock to Parks and Trails The Covid lockdown has unleashed swarms of visitors in the Bay region’s parks and on trails. Lynne Napoli of Boiling Springs, PA, lives near the Appalachian Trail, which is normally her refuge for quiet mental sustenance. But, this spring and summer, things are […]

Dog Days in the Blue Ridge…

By Julie Reardon w/Lani Gering Dog Days in the Blue Ridge… Between the ungodly hot weather, the continuing effects of dealing with the pandemic and life in general, Julie just couldn’t muster up any inspiration for her column this month. She has been dealing with some health issues on top of everything and asked if […]

Losing the Battle of the Beetles

Blue Ridge By Julie Reardon Losing the Battle of the Beetles Ash trees are losing the “battle of the beetles” and dying out in Virginia. We said good bye to some old friends this spring as we took down a dozen dead and dying trees lining our drive and shading our house and barns. Although […]

The USVI is Open for Tourists – Here’s What to Expect

By Bob Curley The USVI is Open for Tourists – Here’s What to Expect St Croix might be your best bet if you’re thinking about heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands soon after the U.S. territory officially reopened to visitors on June 1. Of the three islands in the USVI — St Thomas, St Croix, […]

Good News….Bad News

By Lani Gering Good News….Bad News I have had a plethora of people ask me what the status is of both the MGM Grand and the Gaylord National since the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 hullabaloo are being relaxed. I had great expectations that included both resorts being up and running in some sense and […]

Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains: Hiking, Helicopters and Hill Climbing!

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains: Hiking, Helicopters and Hill Climbing! Back in 2005 a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed on South Inylchek glacier at Khan Tengri Base Camp high in the Tien Shan Mountain Range in Kyrgyzstan. ‘It was about to land,’ my guide told me, pointing at the […]

Wild Oysters Abound in the Bay

Wild Oysters Abound in the Bay By Tim Wheeler, Bay Journal News Service Despite having fewer days to work, Maryland watermen harvested nearly twice as many wild oysters last season as they did the previous year, state officials report. Even so, a new study finds the state’s population of bivalves is in much better shape […]