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Why I chose Viking’s ‘Portugal River of Gold’ cruise for my 100th country trip (Part 1)

This year not only was Portugal voted “The Best European Travel Destination” but they also received 20 other awards at the 2018 World Travel Awards ceremony. Also, this year Viking River Cruises was voted the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure readers (for the third time running) and has been...

Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 1: Whidbey Island

There are approximately 172 islands in Washington State’s San Juan County, plus the popular neighboring islands of Whidbey and Camano, and once you start visiting them you’ll soon learn that the finest fresh caught, shucked, brewed, foraged and farmed food awaits you at every turn. The easiest, prettiest and most fun...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 5 – Peace Lodge & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 5 on Stark Insider ... “Peace-out” at Peace Lodge and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens The perfect fairy tale ending to any Costa Rica trip has to...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 4 – Hotel Belmar & Monteverde Cloud Forest

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 4 on Stark Insider ... Hotel Belmar: an oldie but still bestie Although the family-run Hotel Belmar was one of the very first hotels to open in...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 3 – Villa Caletas

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two in Part 3 on Stark Insider ... Villa Caletas: fit for a Greek God Perched on a mountain top, almost 1,200 feet high, overlooking a fertile green rainforest backed...

Wanderlust: Costa Rica Part 2 – Alma del Pacifico

Travel writer Janice Nieder shares her journey traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two as Janice's adventure continues with Part 2 on Stark Insider ... Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa: This stylish beachside resort is my new “happy place” I‘m not...
Beach in Costa Rica

Wanderlust: Pure luxury meets unspoiled nature in Costa Rica (Part 1)

Travel writer Janice Nieder shares her experience traveling across Costa Rica. Read on for travel tips and advice, plus a surprise or two as Janice's adventure begins on Stark Insider ... Bookended between Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts, visitors will find some of the world’s most immaculate beaches, volcanoes,...

Can’t Miss Having Fun on this Mississippi Road Trip! Day 3: Tupelo-Columbus-Laurel

Janice Nieder's Mississippi road trip continues with day 3... There is so much to see in Columbus, “The city that has it all!” that depending on your time frame you might want to spend the night here. For starters, how cool is it that Columbus’s Welcome Center (where you can pick up...

Can’t Miss Having Fun on this Mississippi Road Trip! Day 2: Oxford to Tupelo

Join in the adventure! Janice Nieder heads to Tupelo in Part 2 of the Mississippi Road Trip... Detour to New Albany, a recent winner of USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Best Southern Small Town, for some tasty breakfast sweeties at Sugaree's Bakery. For over 20 years Mary Jennifer Russell has wowed...
Mississippi Gulf Coast

Can’t Miss Having Fun on this Mississippi Road Trip! Day 1: Oxford

Welcome to Part 1 of Janice Nieder's Mississippi road trip. Grab a buddy and hit the road for this fun-filled, Mississippi Home-Town Discovery road trip where you’ll visit the homes of literary biggies, William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, as well as the birthplace of Elvis-the King of Rock and Roll....