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Written by Sharon Sinclair. My husband and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Called the “Mother City”, Cape Town is a diverse city with many cultures and interests including beaches, mountains, harbors and botanical gardens. The waterfront area is alive with local talent, restaurants and shops… [Read More]

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Written by Joy Thrun. One of the hottest trends in the travel industry these days is river cruising. Born in Europe and growing around the world, almost every major river on the planet features exciting itineraries on beautiful new ships. If you have not taken a river cruise yet, you are probably intrigued and if… [Read More]

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Written by Megan Myslinski (Classic Travel Intern, Fall 2015). Wanderlust is defined as "a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about," a desire that compels wayfarers, cosmopolitans, and globetrotters to sojourn, traipse and gallivant to sights unseen all over the world. I know I’ve had this urge to explore since my tiny tot days… [Read More]

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Written by Pam Sievers with photos by Kathy Lindahl. Is it really a vacation when you get up every morning by 5:30? Where you ride in a vehicle for 10 straight hours, jostling over rutted roads, dried up river beds and expansive plains? Where your bathroom break is the patch of parched land behind the… [Read More]

Written by Eric Dobbrastine (Classic Travel Intern, Summer 2014). Born and raised in Grand Ledge, Michigan and having never left the United States, a study abroad trip to Ghana during the summer of 2007 was a signature experience influencing my deep desire to do something much more meaningful with my life. The wide-spread poverty, the… [Read More]

Written by Jack Vitek. In April 2004, the US government lifted travel restrictions to Libya, a ban in place for 20 years. I flew into Tripoli on the day the ban was lifted in as a representative of Oklahoma State University because we were interested in having Libyans return to our institution. Prior to travel… [Read More]

Written by Marshall Cossman. In February my wife and I took our first trip to Egypt. It was an eleven day tour sponsored by National Geographic and operated by Abercrombie & Kent. Since we had experience with both companies, we were not surprised with the quality of the trip. Our first three days were spent… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. South Africa is becoming increasingly attractive to Americans, as the awareness spreads that the country is not only about safaris and wildlife but also the cosmopolitan pleasures of its sophisticated cities-their nightlife, music, art, shopping, beaches, golf, international cuisine- and the wine country. It's a long way to go but worth… [Read More]

Written by Edinam Alifo. "Akwaaba - Welcome to Ghana". This is the warm greeting a visitor will receive upon disembarking at the Kotoka International Airport in the Capital City of Ghana, Accra. Ghana is located on the West Coast of Africa, about 750 km. north of the equator in the same sub-region as the Republic… [Read More]

Written by Diane Churchill and David Labaree. We knew we were no longer in Lansing when the single landing strip was the only pavement in sight, the airport terminal was a large thatched roof hut, and we had to share the road with an elephant that was leisurely munching at a tree for lunch. The… [Read More]

Written by William Faunce. We had always wanted to see elephants in the wild. On a safari in Kenya and Tanzania last January, we not only saw all the elephants we wanted but also had close-up views of lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, water buffalo, rhinos, hippos, zebras, wildebeests, baboons, gazelles, and some animals, like the tiny… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. Prior to our recent trip to Egypt, I thought that 'Walk Like An Egyptian' was just a cute little song from the '80s. Upon arriving in Cairo, we discovered that it is actually a survival technique. Cairo is a pulsating mass of organized chaos expected to reach a population of twenty… [Read More]

Written by Denny Custer. Everyone has been to places were they say , "Wow, doesn't that just suck the breath right out of you?" May we share a couple of those "breath suckers" from our recent Egyptian adventure? Karen and I had an idea to tack Egypt onto the end of a European trip. Like… [Read More]

Written by Frank Stephenson. Make sure you have plenty of memory for camera or film. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water even if you’re not perspiring. Water in hotels is fine to drink, but anywhere else, drink bottled water (even on riverboat). Do not eat any food from the vendors or outside of the restaurants… [Read More]

Excerpts from Jack and Gigi Cawood's travel journal. The title of "been there, done that" implies that once might be enough for some places, but in our case, traveling this past week on a cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon, we definitely want to go back and revisit some of these areas. Our travels were on… [Read More]