Picturesque Washington DC

You know your one friend who always looks good in photos, no matter what she is wearing or doing?  Washington, DC is like that. Call her camera friendly or photogenic or picturesque. She is a gorgeous city with lush gardens, stately architecture, historical statues, and memorial parks that can make you as teary as a sad film. Washington, the capitol of the US, is trendy …

Question regarding Turkey and India

Dear Nellie Bly, The information below may be of interest to you. It’s of interest to me since I have recently been given the go-ahead to take time off and do a journey to India. I’m looking for flights to and from New Delhi in the February-March 2017 time frame. Do you have any thoughts on the flight from Los Angeles to Istanbul to New …

Best Places in Oceania

Oceania is made up of thousands of islands, numerous cultures, various languages, and astounding natural beauty. You can explore giant coral reefs, relax on sandy beaches, walk through sophisticated cities for world-class art, sample gourmet food, swim in wilderness pools, hike mountain trails, and learn about indigenous cultures. Oceania has it all! Really. Cover Photo description: Watsons Bay, New South Wales, Australia It is a …

Question regarding Cambodia and Vietnam

Dear Nellie Bly, My husband and I are planning a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in January, our first trip to Asia. While we are excited, we do have a question. Neither of us speaks an Asian language, and we have read that many Vietnamese shopkeepers badger and take advantage of tourists. We like to travel independently, but wonder if it is better to work …

What to Do in a Terrorist Attack or Mass Shooting

Over the last several years, we have watched in horror the various mass shootings and terrorist attacks involving tourists. The attacks have shattered lives in many cities and countries, such as, London, Madrid, Mumbai, USA, Tunisia, Egypt, Tel-Aviv, and Paris, to name only a few. And the attacks continue. Slow and ineffective responses, sadly, increased the carnage. Although travel is supposed to be fun—and it …