Package tours – the good, the bad, and the ugly …

“It’s not travelling – it’s a mad dash through nine bloody countries in 18 bloody days, that’s what it is! And I have to be mother, and father, psychiatrist, host, teacher, interpreter, peacemaker and jokemaker to a silly crowd of Americans identical to my last silly crowd of Americans.” That was the view of tour-guide Charlie…

Should I book a cruise-ship shore excursion?

I recently had the good fortune to take a round-the-world trip with five middle-aged ladies. (Hmmm .. last time I said that, I got thwacked by my wife, and my sister – but how else am I gonna describe it? We are all well over 45, the dictionary definition of middle age …) Sigh. Take two…. I recently…