Amazonia: Not your typical tourist destination

I am a hiker. But at home, no one uses a machete to blaze the trail prior to walking on it as Souza, our Amazon guide, did, creating a path in the overgrown rainforest step by step. Slicing, swatting, swooping, chopping, no branch, bush, vine or twig was safe. The hike was one of four daily activities during our 8-day adventure exploring Amazonia.

Brazilian cruise goes bust for hundreds

Anita Dunham-PotterLast month, over 100 passengers were denied boarding a Carnival cruise ship to South America for not having Brazilian visas. Sadly, many watched their hard-earned vacation dollars sail off without them. Why and how did this happen? Read about a disturbing cruise travel trend that all boils down to inexperience and ignorance.

Cruising couple bugged by yellow fever shots

Anita Dunham-Potter When you cruise abroad, you might be surprised to discover immunization requirements that are confusing and little-known. Read about one cruising couple’s odyssey in dealing with the myriad of requirements for yellow fever immunizations.

Medical tourism is booming

Don’t be shocked if some more affluent friends return from faraway trips looking extremely well rested. Look more carefully. There may be telltale scars. Medical tourism is booming.

Screeners find skeleton in luggage

Seems that baggage control handlers at Munich airport had a bone to pick with a 62-year-old woman when they found a human skeleton in her luggage.