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The Exceptional Traveler: Exquisite, Affordable Vermont in the Fall (and Winter)

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.16.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I've been to Hokkaido -- it is indeed gorgeous -- but if you're willing to swap fish who've never seen a freezer for farmhouse cheddar wrapped in chestnut leaves and warm maple syrup, Vermont is just as remarkable for a fraction of the time and cost.

The Exceptional Traveler: Are You Sure You Want to Sign Up for That Tour?

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Sri Lanka has absolutely everything a traveler could want. Miles of sugary beaches lined with palm trees, wildlife reserves, ancient ruins that house massive Buddhas, historic colonial towns, a bounty of tropical fruits -- and it's safe.

Maza's Story: A Mexican Street Dog Finds Refuge in Manhattan

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

The first time I saw her, she was dragging a heavy chain fastened around her neck. Each step the skinny and weak dog took was an effort painful to watch. From the first moment I saw Maza, something about her told me she wanted more than a full stomach and a place to be safe; this dog wanted to be part of a family.

The Exceptional Traveler: My First Date with Airbnb

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

When my recent housesitting assignment in the southwest corner of Mallorca was over, it was the perfect opportunity to give Airbnb a try.

The Exceptional Traveler: A Traveler's Alternative to Assisted Living

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I considered many options and countries before deciding to rent a house in Mexico. We came close in Panama, but moving my mother to a property beneath a volcano... well, I wasn't setting myself up for those endless family jokes.

The Exceptional Traveler: One-Week No Hassle Getaways

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Think small. Delve deep into a place you'll remember all of your life. When you see how effortless it is to travel this way, you'll be eager to begin planning the next trip.

The Exceptional Traveler: Adventure in the Caribbean

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Any typical resort vacation in the Caribbean can be turned into an exciting adventure by taking advantage of the reliable and inexpensive ferry system that connects many of the islands.

The Exceptional Traveler: Travel on $1200 a Month! Part II

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

The response to my last post, 'Travel On $1200 a Month!' was enthusiastic, but I received many emails from people wondering if I could travel so cheaply only because I was in Mexico. Happily, this is not true.

The Exceptional Traveler: City and Country

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Whether you have a week, ten days or two weeks to get away from it all, a well established travel philosophy of mine is to visit both city and countryside on every trip.

The Exceptional Traveler: The Currency Exchange Game

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Many people like to have some cash when they arrive in a new country. I know I do. Airports and hotels worldwide are notorious for low conversion rates, so you need to do a little research at home before leaving.

The Exceptional Traveler: The Mileage Game

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Tickets to Europe that were $500 two years ago, are now $1,000. If you look closely at the breakdown, you'll see that the base ticket price is still the same $500; it's the increased taxes, security fees, fuel surcharges, etc. that account for the whopping additional $500!

The Exceptional Traveler: Travel and Volunteer

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Depending upon what you enjoy doing, you can combine travel and volunteering in virtually any part of the world. Here's one suggestion for people who like to drive, take beautiful walks, be dazzled by nature and world-class views, relish peace and quiet, and seriously love animals.

The Exceptional Traveler: Live a Good Life

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Whatever you do, do it well. If your dream is to travel, it doesn't matter if you're afraid. Go anyway. Make it a good life.

The Exceptional Traveler: Think Globally, Not Locally

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.05.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I want you to "think outside the box," or in this case more precisely, "think outside the country."

The Exceptional Traveler: House Rentals

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

You have to take the time to find out how much things actually cost or you can't negotiate to do exceptional things less expensively. When I'm visiting a place I think I'd like to return to, I start talking to people.

The Exceptional Traveler: Housesitting

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I'm a big fan of house rentals and housesitting, having done both many times in different parts of the world, from Morocco to Carriacou in the Caribbean. Not only can it be arranged within any budget, there is no better way to learn about another country and become part of the community.

The Exceptional Traveler: Don't Own a Car!

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 07.26.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

I know this sounds radical, perhaps even anti-American, but if you choose to live in a place where a car isn't essential, you will save a ton of money during your lifetime. This was a deliberate decision I made in order to have the freedom to travel.

The Exceptional Traveler

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 09.09.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

How do you do exceptional things inexpensively? So select a place you've always wanted to see, get a ticket and go. Travel light. Talk to strangers. And follow these tips.

Without a Spare: A Fearless Woman's Life of Travel (Excerpt)

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 08.20.2013 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Ethiopia defies description. I have never been to a more unique country. The Coptic art and floor-to-ceiling frescoed churches dazzled us, and 99 percent of the time we'd have the places to ourselves.

New Thrillers and James Bond to Watch This Holiday Season

Brad Balfour | Posted 02.24.2012 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Exotic locations, fast cars, beautiful women, and crazy gadgets are the excitements in today's cinematic thrillers -- whether they be spy-oriented, crime adventure, or a suspense mystery.