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Harriet’s first appointment was at the University of New South Wales, Australia where she taught voice and speech training and acting. Then in the US she established and ran a destination management company in San Diego using her extensive travel experience to enhance the visitors’ stay. Since then she has visited every continent and more than half the countries around the globe absorbing life and sharing it in articles published worldwide. When she is at home in Texas she is an active member of the American Red Cross disaster response.

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Expert Articles by Harriet Halkyard

Recreational Vehicles and RVing

Save money, see more, and be more adventurous with RV boondocking
Boondocking can save you time and money as you drive across the country, so try out some of the rest areas and picnic places that your government has built for you. When you want to be alone, dry camp...

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Destinations

How to survive Thailand's Full Moon Party
Thailand’s Full Moon Party is one of the biggest beach parties in the world. It can be an amazing experience and your ticket to let loose and celebrate travel with some 15,000 other people. If you j...
Spend a semester at sea and circumnavigate the world on a ship
Whether you’re a college student, a lifelong learner, or just want to take a trip that is as fun as it is life-changing, Semester At Sea is an adventure you don’t want to miss. Where else can you ...
Advice on hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
Regardless of the list of dos and don'ts that you need to keep in mind when planning this historic Inca Trail hike, my best advice is to simply make it happen. Countless well-traveled people have retu...
Careful planning will make your first trip to Italy exhilarating
Traveling to Italy for the first time can, and should, be an exhilarating experience. With proper planning—logistically and mentally—you’ll see why Italy ranks as the fifth-most visited country ...
Your first trip to France will be a joy with proper planning
Traveling to France for the first time can be intimidating, but only if you listen to the negatives (and they’re mostly unfounded). Your proper planning and being mentally set for a great time will ...
Pick the perfect vacation destination for the holiday season
Travel is a personal decision, and choosing the best holiday destination should be determined by what you want to do. Envision in your head the perfect vacation, keep in mind these expert tips, and bo...
Plan a safe and exciting vacation to Mexico
Mexico is a wonderful destination. Learn about the culture, treat the people with respect and they will do the same. Be smart, be prepared and get ready for a great vacation! Buen Viajes!...
Planning and experiencing an unforgettable honeymoon in Paris, France
Paris is a great destination for a honeymoon but may not be for every couple. Now you know what to expect and can decide if this is the right destination to celebrate your new life together. Bon voya...
Advice for making your Las Vegas luxury hotel vacation a reality
Vegas is a great destination with unlimited possibilities for luxury hotels. Do a little research in advance, and decide what you want most out of your vacation. In Vegas, there are so many great choi...
How to plan a memorable and inexpensive destination wedding
A destination wedding can be a very romantic option and usually results in less of a “runaway guest list”. And in many cases, a destination wedding will cost the same or less than a wedding back h...
Travel like a local in Luxor, Egypt to enjoy this ancient city
Spend some quality time in Luxor. Some guide books say you need at least four days to see everything. I’d say that and a heap more than that. It’s also a safe, convenient base from which to strike...
Tour Bordeaux, France and indulge in the finest wines in the world
A visit to the Bordeaux wine region allows you to indulge in some of the finest wines in the world, in a wide range of character. Prices vary dramatically and fit every wine lover’s budget. Not only...
Visit Napa Valley and taste some of the finest wines in the world
Every one who comes to Napa Valley goes home thinking, “I could live here." The countryside is gorgeous. The art and architecture is unique. And of course the wine is some of the best in the world. ...
Expert advice on taking a summer vacation in Telluride, CO
Although it may still be spring in your neck of the woods, and the snows are still melting in Telluride, it’s not too early to start thinking of a summer vacation in southwest Colorado’s San Juan ...
Expert advice on planning a beach getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and oceanview condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each property features modern décor that reflects a c...
Plan the perfect family getaway to Myrtle Beach
Family vacations are the best way to take time and reconnect with your children. What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than to spend some time with your family exploring the...
Plan an amazing and unforgettable vacation to Costa Rica
Costa Rica has so much to offer and has an incredible amount of natural diversity in such a small county. But don’t let its size fool you. The terrain and infrastructure limits how much you can see,...
Traveling to Luxor, Egypt? Visit the Deir el-Shelwit temple
A little gem at the edge of the desert, the Deir el-Shelwit temple is a mini version of the precinct of Isis at Philae, and a once-lost piece of Ancient Egyptian history that you can now easily visit ...

General Travel

Stress-free airline travel with children
Using a few of these great tips can save you a lot of unnecessary headaches. You might even be able to enjoy the journey just as much as you will enjoy your destination. Now you can sit back, relax, a...
How to select a luxury resort
A luxury resort experience can be pampering, relaxing, and rejuvenating. To make the best choice, understand your values and preferences and research your target destination carefully. With a little e...
Air travel tips for a smooth trip
Air travel can be a pleasant and relaxing experience if you prepare for it by carefully choosing your seat, using frequent flier miles strategically, wearing a stylish and comfortable outfit, giving y...
Advice for business travelers
Business travel is unavoidable at times. To minimize stress, pack smart, travel comfortably, use your time wisely and research your target destination. With careful preparation you can make a smooth t...
Advice for larger air travellers
Get a good night’s sleep the night before your flight and come rested. Expect some minor irritations, but just go with it. Flying is rarely enjoyable for larger flyer but relax knowing you planned y...
Choose the best hotel for the holiday vacation
With hotels, picking the wrong one can literally ruin a trip. Make sure you read reviews and be sure to spot any consistent complaints about cleanliness or housekeeping, both of which are warning sign...
How to survive the hectic holiday travel season
Traveling during the holidays will likely never be a stress-free endeavor. It will always be a popular time to travel, and tempers will occasionally flare. But with preparation and the right attitude ...
How to find the best travel deals using online sites
There are a plethora of online tools that can help with ticket booking that are constantly evolving and changing to meet new consumer needs. Stay on top of them and learn how to best leverage the ones...
How to travel the world on a shoestring budget
Too often, money is the factor that drives people away from world travel. But, in fact, it’s easy to travel on a thimble budget of as little as $15-20 a day, if you pick the right spots. By having a...
Education travel abroad offers an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture
By using your common sense and the suggestions above, you will be able to plan and enjoy an educational experience abroad....
Make maximum use of your precious vacation time by planning carefully
Travel on crack has its inherent benefits for the busy wanderlusts eager to see the world. Approached correctly, it makes the aggressive and daunting itineraries possible. Mountains, partying and beac...
Choose a green hotel when traveling and be environmentally conscious
It’s more possible than ever today to take a trip that maximizes enjoyment and minimizes negative environmental impact. Paying attention to some of these ideas can go a long way toward taking a trip...
Plan a getaway to Colorado’s wine country for a unique experience
At an altitude of 4,507 feet, and with more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction enjoys warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons. Wine enthusiasts will find bed and brea...
Expert advice on preparing your car for the family summer road trip
Start your road trip off on the right foot and prepare your vehicle for the trek – not only will you drive away with less fear of car troubles ruining your trip, but the money you put into preventat...
How to prepare your home for overnight guests this holiday season
It’s fun to have house guests. It’s a time to socialize and show off your home. With a little expense and effort, you can freshen up your living space and not only make your visitors feel welcome ...
Plan a trip that avoids the travel nightmares
Travel is supposed to be spontaneous and fun. Some hiccups along the way are to be expected, and they can even push you into new experiences. However, you want a trip that has as few bumps as possible...
Advice on making the best of an unexpected travel delay and layover
A long airport layover doesn’t need to be dreadful. With proper planning you can make the most of your time, whether it’s working efficiently, taking a nap, or enjoying some regional cuisine. If y...
Find some alone time during a family vacation to help reduce stress
Maybe you're a single uncle that needs a break from your seven screaming nieces and nephews, or you're a mom of three who just needs some time to regroup and get back to having fun. In either case, ta...
Choose the right hotel room to ensure a great family vacation
Despite your desire to get out and explore, you'll still spend a good amount of time in the hotel room when you're traveling with kids. They need a quiet place to sleep, a warm bath, and a little room...
Plan a multigenerational vacation with seniors who have special needs
Multigenerational travel is a great way for grandparents, their children and grandchildren to spend quality, memorable time together. Many baby boomers and seniors may require special needs equipment ...
How to keep your toddler occupied and happy on the airplane
Children can either be the type of child that people love to see on airplane, or the exact opposite, an unruly bear incapable of calming down. It is up to you as the parent to lead them into every exp...

Weekend Getaways

Enjoy a weekend summer getaway in Winter Park, Colorado
The choices for what to do in Winter Park over a summer weekend are almost endless. Deciding on which ones to do may be the greatest challenge. Spending just a little time in planning now will assure ...
Visit Grand Lake, Colorado for a weekend getaway in summer or winter
For more than 100 years, visitors have been returning year after year to Grand Lake for a summer break. Some come for a day, some for a weekend or a week, some for the season – and a few for a lifet...
Plan ahead to get the best deal on a weekend getaway
Weekend getaways are the perfect trip that allows you to get out of town without taking off time from work. By planning ahead and really thinking about what you want the trip to accomplish; you can ha...
A weekend getaway to Lake Geneva, WI can offer year-round family fun
For nearly 150 years, Lake Geneva has been a vacation destination for Chicagoans. Today, Lake Geneva is recognized as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations offering a vast array of lodging opportuni...
Surprise your partner with a romantic weekend getaway
No matter what type of trip you plan, the very act of doing a surprise journey means you care about your partner. Surprise trips can be a great way to rekindle some romance and have some fun out in th...

Backpacking

Backpacking tips for your next adventure
Backpacking is a wonderful sub-culture of traveling you will want to experience at least once in your life. You have the tips, now grab a backpack and spin the globe!...

Outdoor Adventure

Plan a family outdoor adventure vacation for an amazing experience
A family adventure trip can be one of the most memorable vacations ever, refreshing body, mind, and spirit. Adventure travel enhances family bonding and builds teamwork, all while enjoying an exhilara...
Taking your kids fishing is a great way to spend time together
Fishing is not just about fish during a family fishing trip, rather it is an opportunity to relax and enjoy time together, time in the outdoors and time learning new skills. That’s why taking little...
Go on a guided mountain climbing adventure for your next vacation
Do your due diligence and make sure that you’ve considered all of the aspects of a guide service that will contribute to your safety in the mountains. A mountain climbing adventure is exciting, dema...
Have a safe and fun day trip with the kids on the family boat
A day on the water can quickly go from bad to worse if an accident occurs, so remember to boat safely. Always have life jackets, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, charts and a VHF radio on board. A da...

Recreational Vehicles and RVing

Save money, see more, and be more adventurous with RV boondocking
Boondocking can save you time and money as you drive across the country, so try out some of the rest areas and picnic places that your government has built for you. When you want to be alone, dry camp...
Buy an RV with confidence with this professional advice
RVing is a fun and affordable way to travel and just might be the perfect solution to your traveling needs. Follow this advice, stay informed, and be sure to check out your local RV dealers....
Advice for hitting the road and going on an RV adventure
It’s always a great time for an RV adventure. If you have an opportunity to travel and experience the hidden treasures of this beautiful country, it is encouraged that you take advantage of it. Reme...
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