Hunting the Light on a Norwegian Cruise

Looking out over Alesund

Looking out over Alesund

Trying to fulfill a bucket list often involves a lot of money and traveling for most people, but in order for me to check another off the list, it meant taking a big chance. Visible during a winter’s night, in what I like to call the top of the world, are the northern lights (also known as aurora borealis). From Alaska to Canada to Scandinavia, you can take the chance in many places, but my route was technically guaranteed—which made my “chancing it” maybe a bit more like cheating (which I wouldn’t change).

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Ann Arbor: A Place to Be Inspired

Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor

Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is consistently ranked among America’s great cities as a foodie mecca, a college town, and a retirement haven. Home to the University of Michigan, the city of 114,000 inhabitants offers a variety of cultural attractions that are both affordable and accessible. The city’s vibrant, walkable downtown earned a spot in Fodor’s Travel 2014 as “America’s Best Main Streets”—chock full of galleries, boutiques, and unique eating and drinking establishments.

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Daku Resort: Fiji’s Hidden Paradise

Aerial shot of Fiji’s Daku Resort

Aerial shot of Fiji’s Daku Resort

There are a handful of destinations that carry a certain mystique, which serves to attract visitors from around the world. Fiji is certainly one of those exotic locations. Just saying “Fiji” out loud can put your mind in vacation mode. The islands of Fiji have capitalized on their mystique and created a wide variety of tourist experiences that have one thing in common: relaxation. After all, when you visit the islands, it’s all about “Fiji Time.”

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Beautiful Bali: Rain or Shine

Looking out from the Viceroy Bali

Looking out from the Viceroy Bali

Balinese greetings are smiles, bows, and frangipani flower necklaces. Balinese air is fragrant, and the land is washed intermittently in warm downpours and sunlight. In Bali, subtle pleasures and indulgences are delivered in myriad ways. Here you feel light and floating on air, like a flower petal.

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Sailing the Galapagos: The Best of the Best

Spotting a whale during our boat tour with Ecoventura

Spotting a whale during our boat tour with Ecoventura

There's no better way to see the Galapagos Islands and its magnificent wildlife than sailing around this spectacular archipelago on an intimate and luxurious yacht. Beyoncé and Jay-Z couldn't do any better.

Looking for a truly memorable adventure that would engage not just my husband and me but also our 7-year-old son, we set off on a week-long tour with Ecoventura, which offers stunning, environmentally-friendly tours around the islands.

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Travel and Adventure Show 2015

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