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RIVER CRUISE TIPS #14: HOW TO TRANSPORT WINE (OR SNOW GLOBES) ON A PLANE
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  RIVER CRUISE TIPS #14: HOW TO TRANSPORT WINE (OR SNOW GLOBES) ON A PLANE I detest shopping when I’m at home. It’s such a chore. But, I love to bring special items back from my travels. Something will no … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS #13: KIDS & RIVER CRUISING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS #13: KIDS & RIVER CRUISING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Traveling with your kids can be awesome. It can be awful too. Believe me, I know. Our travel memories include temper tantrums in fancy restaurants and … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS #12: HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST RIVER CRUISE
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS #12: HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST RIVER CRUISE Hey, I admit it. When I watched Downton Abbey, my eyes stayed glued to the TV when river cruise commercials came on. Who isn’t mesmerized with the images of … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS #11: HOW TO RIVER CRUISE WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS #11: HOW TO RIVER CRUISE WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS Interested in river cruising but concerned your dietary restrictions will cause you problems? You can relax. With a little bit of planning, you can set your worries aside. Traveling … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS #10: DUDE. BE NICE.
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Dude. Be Nice. My friend had this printed on her t-shirt the other day. I read her shirt. My grumpiness lifted. Life felt happier. I know it sounds weird that a t-shirt can change your mood. But, it did. And, … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS #9: HOW TO PACK FOR A RIVER CRUISE
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS #9: HOW TO PACK FOR A RIVER CRUISE Ok, You’ve booked your river cruise. You’re set. Now it’s time to think logistics and how to pack. Packing stinks. And, shopping for what you need to pack is … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #8 CHOOSE A THEMED CRUISE (HERE’S WHY)
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #8 CHOOSE A THEMED CRUISE(HERE’S WHY) I know – a themed-cruise sounds kitchy and annoying. But it’s not at all. And don’t worry, no one forces you to dress as a pirate. If you like that kind of thing, … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #7 HOW TO BUDGET FOR A RIVER CRUISE
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #7 HOW TO BUDGET FOR A RIVER CRUISE I get it. I’m a dreamer too. My travel bucket list is lengthy. But, we dreamers have a problem. We THINK about these trips, but we don’t always DO them. … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #6
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3 REASONS A RIVER CRUISE IS PERFECT FOR A SPECIAL MOTHER/DAUGHTER TRIP Everyone should travel with their mom. (Well, if your mom is like mine, I guess.) Mom and I travel well together. We get along but also know when … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #5-BOOK CLUB PICK FOR A JEWISH HERITAGE CRUISE
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    RIVER CRUISE TIPS #5 – BOOK CLUB PICK Those who river cruise tend to also be avid readers. Or, so it seems. It’s true for both my mom and me. And, it’s true for the travelers I have met … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #4
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RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #4 EAT AT THESE TWO PLACES IN BUDAPEST These next two tips come from a friend of mine who teaches in Bratislava. Yes, her life is cooler than yours. It’s cooler than everyone’s. She’s been everywhere. Lucky for mom and me, … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #3
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2-Minute Tips for River Cruisers In 2017, I started a new series of quick tips for river cruisers. Each tip should take less than 2 minutes to read. If you missed the first two tips, you can see them HERE … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #2
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2-Minute Tip for River Cruisers Welcome back! Now that you have read Tip #1 on how to choose a sailing, it’s time to talk about your next river cruise tip. And just a warning, this next tip annoys people. Sorry.   … Read More

RIVER CRUISE TIPS: #1
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2-Minute Tip + A Bonus Tip 2017 brings a new feature to River Cruise Joy – The “2-minute” weekly travel tip for river cruisers. Each tip offers helpful advice, insider information, and can be read in 2 minutes or less. You’ll finally … Read More

ALARMING THINGS PEOPLE DO IN OR AROUND PLANES(AND LESSONS IN AIRPLANE ETIQUETTE)
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I’m sure you’ve witnessed the entitled businessman yelling at a gate agent. You’ve sat next to the nonstop chatterbox on a plane. And let’s not forget about the fistfights that break out when someone decides to seat recline on the … Read More

JOHANN STRAUSS II AND HIS BLACK POODLE
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Ok, I admit it. I was a Bon Jovi fan back in the day. I did my share of lip syncing those tunes in the mirror using a brush as a microphone. Don’t judge. You know you did it too. … Read More

HOW TO RIVER CRUISE(WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK)
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So, you want to river cruise but worried about overspending? Not to worry, follow these tips and cruise worry-free! Develop a Trip Funding Strategy “I can’t wait to have enough money to take a river cruise.” I hear this one … Read More

QUICK! WHERE’S THE WORLD’S LARGEST WINE BARREL?
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    Excursion Highlight – Sailing along the Rhine Quick!…Do you know where the world’s largest wine barrel is? Heidelberg. Housed in the Heidelberg Castle, the tun is 8 1/2 meters wide and 7 meters long. It has a dance … Read More