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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 first and second place prizes in their travel writing contests. Her articles appear in newspapers across the country and websites across the internet.

Arizona Cowboy College: Channeling City Slickers’ Billy Crystal for a Day

Heels down. Toes out. Squeeze with calves, not knees. Lighten up on the reins. Sink your butt into the saddle. So began my first riding lesson at the Arizona Cowboy College in Scottsdale which was followed by instructions in grooming, shoeing, advanced riding techniques and roping.

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay: A True Surrealistic Watercolor

In the 1992 movie Indochine, credited with putting Ha Long Bay on the map, Catherine Deneuve describes it as “the most remote outpost of Indochina.” Today, the bay still retains that end-of-the-Earth, Lord-of-the-Rings-on–water quality.

A whale of a good time in Juneau, Alaska

Cameras and binoculars consistently point at where the whale just was in hopes of catching him there when he reappears, like paparazzi shooting a celebrity.
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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.
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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.