The Great & Powerful Oz - Australia That Is

The moment your sites are set on your next travel destination, it's normal to want to run out and buy the latest & greatest guide books. There are so many to choose from; Fodor's, Frommer's, Lonely Planet, or Rick Steves just to name a few. However, when the destination is Australia, it's imperative to trade in those guide books for the Aussie Slang Dictionary. If you can't speak their language, how are you going to ask for a "grog" (beer) or where's the "dunny"? (toilet) And trust me, you will need to know this. The Aussie's are also famous for stringing several words together to make one. For instance, a common greeting is, "howyagoinallrightmate? "In other words, "how are you today, feeli

Costa Rica And Its "Pura Vida".

Costa Rica had long been on my list of future travel destinations. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, it offers 900 miles of tropical coastline. It is home to over 600 different wildlife species, and 25% of Costa Rica is made up of protected forests and reserves. But I wanted to experience it a little differently. My previous trips had either been for work or my own pleasure, and I felt like it was time to give back in a different way. I did my homework on the best volunteer vacation organizations, and Global Volunteers won me over. Established in 1984, it is one of the longest-running volunteer vacation providers in the world. They operate in over 17 countries and offer

Youth May Be Wasted On The Young; However, This 55 And Over Crowd Knows How To Reclaim It

(This article was published in Robson Ranch Views magazine, my mother's 55 and Over retirement community. She and her boyfriend recently moved from Seattle to Arizona to enjoy life in the sunshine. I took this photo of them on their new lot where their dream house is currently being built.) Julie Stevens, daughter of RRAZ home buyers I find myself in unfamiliar territory. Growing up it seemed I was the child my parents were always taking to the airport, saying their goodbyes as I headed out for my next adventure. I’ve lost track of the number of airport crying sessions. Now at 46 the roles are finally reversed. My mother and her boyfriend, who both officially retired this year, sold our chil