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About Fyllis Hockman

Fyllis Hockman is an award-winning travel journalist who has been traveling and writing for over 25 years -- and is still as eager for the next trip as she was for the first. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association -- both of which have awarded her fist and second place prizes in their travel writing contests. Her articles appear in newspapers across the country and websites across the internet.

Uganda Safari: Among the best no matter how much they try to talk you out of it

Immediately as we entered the park, a handsome water buck sprinted across the road followed by an assortment of other antelopes and a number of elephants standing around oblivious to the clicking of cameras around them. Shortly thereafter, we were immersed in baboons, cape buffalo, giraffes, warthogs and the occasional hyena.
By |March 16th, 2013|Today|Comments Off|

Monteverde Cloud Forest: A Costa Rican tourist attraction that discourages tourists

The last 18 miles of the road leading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, full of ruts and potholes by design, takes over an hour and a half to navigate. The locals like it that way. And they choose not to fix it because it would be too easy then for tourists to visit.

Nepal: Changing lives one library at a time

READ (Rural Education and Development) Global, is transforming the lives of villagers throughout Nepal. The idea of Nepalese having a sense of their own power in furthering the libraries is still in its infancy but has tremendous potential for future development.

Confucius: Life Beyond the “Golden Rule”

The renowned Golden Rule — ”Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” — originated with Confucius more than 2,500 years ago. Fyllis Hockman shares her trip to Confucius' hometown in China.
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Mohonk: Sumptuous Old-World flavor tastefully wrapped in casual elegance

A Rogue’s Gallery of famous people and family members who contributed to the long history of Mohonk Mountain House features pictures of Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Carnegies who vacationed here along with several presidents and other heads of state. Around every corner, a rocking chair, lounge chair, or settee looking out on yet another beautiful view.

Stewart Island: The “other” New Zealand island

Stewart Island, 674 isolated square miles of land to the south of South Island that very few New Zealanders visit, much less anyone else, is the only place in New Zealand where you can spot kiwis, the native bird that few natives ever see.

Amelia Island: A town time forgot — thank goodness

It's a town time forgot — or maybe it just refused to move forward. Serene and unpretentious, Amelia Island remains in the 1900s — reveling in its long, colorful history, quite aware it no longer has to prove anything to the rest of the world.

Namibia — Where arid desert meets frigid sea

The country is on the southwest coast of Africa and is named after The Namib, a 1,200-mile-long stretch of real estate where scorching desert in stunning contrast overlaps frigid sea. Water, wind, sand and sun play off each other to create a unique visual landscape that challenges the most versatile of photographers.

Tips for surviving a day at a theme park

It's that time of year again when kids everywhere start clamoring for that most dreaded of family excursions -- the annual trek to a nearby amusement park.

Sipping vino and savoring vistas in Tuscany

Wandering the hilly, narrow cobblestone streets in our home base of Montalcino, Italy, a Medieval city of interlocking passageways, steps and alleyways curving around and through and behind and beyond the main square, I reminded myself I was walking through history spanning eight hundred years.