Expert Challenge: Planes, Trains, Automobiles & Cruises

AAA Travel Specialist Kay McGarity helped a Charlotte couple plan two cruises, four flights, three European tours and a ride through the Chunnel — all in one summer voyage.   Trip Details AAA Travel Specialist: Kay McGarity, Charlotte, N.C. AAA Members: Kana and Young Chin, 68, Charlotte, N.C. Destination: England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Belgium, […]

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A Journey of Discovery

Viking Ocean Cruises' traces path of Vikings As children, many of us remember learning a rhyme that went “Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in fourteen-hundred-ninety-two” before becoming the first European to land on American soil. We now know that before the better known explorer arrived on the continent, Viking explorer Leif Eriksson and his adventurers […]

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Alaska: Cruising More for Families

Snow-streaked mountains rose up out of the water, their steel gray peaks reflected in placid Glacier Bay. The sky was blue, a rare sunlit morning on this trip. Before us lay a photo op for the ages. But my fellow travelers grew quiet, anticipating more. We were in the company of some of the most […]

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When Dreams Set Sail

When Savannah Valade graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2014 she started planning a long, leisurely trip through Europe. Just the thing before getting locked into a career with limited vacation time, she told friends, picturing herself exploring an-cient Roman ruins, enjoying sun-splashed beaches and taking in the museums of Paris. […]

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Italy: Beautiful, Historic and Delicious

Italy's top destinations — Rome, Florence and Venice — only seem to whet travelers' appetite for more of the enchanting boot-shaped peninsula whose 20 regions each have their own wealth of food, wine and shopping. It's the birthplace of Botticelli, da Vinci and Michelangelo, after all, and a country where enjoying beauty and the quest […]

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A Winter Spectacular in Japan

IMMERSIVE TRAVEL Because Someday I Dream of Traveling the World… If you’ve always wanted to see the dancing cranes and magnificent sea eagles on the Japanese archipelago, make plans now to spend 19 days in Japan next February on a Zegrahm Expeditions adventure led by ornithologist Mark Brazil. Fly from Tokyo to Kyushu Island, home […]

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On The Move: Marina Bay, Singapore

Located in Southeast Asia, it’s hard to believe the Lion City was a quiet fishing village just over a century ago. Now one of the grandest city’s in the world, Singapore is an electric powerhouse exploding with vibrant green spaces and the most jaw-dropping blend of exquisite architecture and technology anywhere. After arriving to the […]

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Lavish in Las Vegas

The “sin city” image is so yesterday; today’s Vegas is all about luxury. If there’s one place whose very name evokes excess, surely that place is Las Vegas, where being the biggest, the best, or the most is a goal in itself. So when serious indulgence is on your agenda — and the fulfillment of […]

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