Donna S. Vieira

Lindblad Expeditions Head Off to Japan

Lindblad Expeditions has announced two new fascinating adventurous itineraries to Japan in 2021 on board the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Departing September 15, 2021, the Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture itinerary takes you back in time on a 14-night voyage into Japan’s riveting history, from the historic castle towns of the Edo period to the elegant shrines and merchant districts of the Meiji era to the poignant sites of World War II. Another, …

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Heading to The Bahamas?

The Islands of The Bahamas are ready to welcome visitors to its shores on October 15, 2020. Until October 31, all incoming visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or for the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. This means limiting your vacation experience to the grounds and amenities of your hotel or accommodation of choice. As of November 1, the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement will be lifted for all visitors, returning …

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Varadero, Cuba, Opens the Doors

On October 15, 2020, Varadero opens the doors within a specific area to international tourists. Within the safe tourist corridor, between K Street and Punta Hicacos, tourists will have a choice of several four- and five-star hotels, a golf course, two marinas, Dolphin Park, two shopping plazas and additional restaurants and services. Tours and excursions will also be available within the approved zone. All services must be paid by credit card or debit-visa from Canadian …

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SFO’s Quiet Airport Program

Trust San Francisco to come up with a new way to reimagine a traveller’s health and safety in these chaotic times. From mandatory face masks, sanitization stations, physical barriers and social-distancing markers, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is committed to relieving the stress of air travel by reducing background noise in terminals. The plan, launched in 2018, is to make the SFO experience a more relaxing and enjoyable one. So far, there has been …

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Cruising in America

Here’s a neat way to cruise close to home. American Cruise Lines recently announced the 190-passenger American Jazz cruise ship will be plying the Mississippi River in 2021. Also, bound for the Mighty Mississippi is American Melody, the fourth modern riverboat to join the fleet of 14 small ships offering itineraries and numerous shore excursions in over 30 U.S. states. Three new cruising itineraries have been added for 2021: a new 8-day Cape Codder out …

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The Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.  But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained …

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Fun-filled Panama City Beach, Florida

Situated in the Panhandle on the the northwest side of Florida, Panama City Beach is your ideal fall and winter getaway. Here’s why. First of all, the summer crowds are gone. And although winter temperatures are slightly lower than those in Southern Florida, the climate is perfect for golfers, tennis players, cyclists, hikers, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Powder-soft white sand beaches still lure sun-lovers to the warm, emerald-green waters in the Gulf of Mexico. But, …

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The Journey Within: SHAME

First, let me say shame is not a natural emotion. We are not born with shame. Shame is a social emotion that is learned from our parents, our society, our culture, our religious leaders, our teachers, our bosses, or any significant other. In other words, the emotion of shame is taught and imposed on us. HOW DOES SHAME FEEL? Shame feels dark, heavy, lonely, unlovable, humiliated, undeserving, inadequate, self-flawed, self-loathing, unworthy. Shame carries feelings of …

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Use the Chaos of Life to Wake Up.

This simple, yet powerful, phrase in white font against a cheery pink background greets me every time I open my laptop. It puts things in perspective, no matter what kind of day I may be having. If I am not experiencing any chaos, it reminds me to thank my lucky stars and be grateful for all I have: my home, health, partner, family, friends, work, God-given gifts, life experiences and so much more. On the …

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What COVID-19 Taught Me

It’s been quite a roller-coaster ride for the past three months, hasn’t it? In spite of many forewarnings, no one had a plan in place in the event of a pandemic. No one! No government, no hospital, no individual. Not even the WHO! So what’s going on here? Maybe this was a lesson in taking personal responsibility for our part in the evolution of the human species. After all, isn’t that our raison d’être, our …

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