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Is It Safe?

Aren’t you worried? Aren’t you scared? Why are you going…….there? It’s fascinating to me that over the last few years, increasingly when I tell someone that I have a trip planned, these are some of the more common questions that I’m asked. If I believed that my life was in danger or that something bad […]

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Go East, Young(ish) Men

Maybe we didn’t go as far as we could have, and maybe we aren’t as young as we used to be, but traveling with a couple of friends you’ve known for 20 years or more can be pretty damn fun. This spring I traveled with a couple of friends of mine to Central/Eastern Europe for […]

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Brexit?

If you’ve been on planet Earth for the last week or so, you are no doubt aware that Brexit happened. I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide a brief tutorial on what this is all about and what it means for travelers. Huh? So what in the world is this all about. The story […]

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Parisian Ambience

I’ve written before about my love affair with the city of Paris.  It’s beautiful, but there is something about the character of the city that is a unique mix of warmth and coolness, simultaneously.  It stimulates me and relaxes me to be there.  It matches my occasionally melancholic mood. A few weeks ago, I spent […]

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Let’s Go To The UK!

Are you looking for an amazing travel experience that is both fun and educational? I have a great opportunity for you to travel with me to the United Kingdom! In May 2016, you can absorb the history and amazing cultures  of London of Edinburgh with Toland Travels. Your days will be spent seeing the sights […]

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Look! Up In the Sky! It’s…….DragonCon!

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about back to school time, or the start of autumn. It’s that time of year when average Joes decide to throw on their best superhero costumes and turn some of America’s great cities into the futuristic metro areas of comic book lore. Throughout the summer […]

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My New Restaurant

If I could, I would open a restaurant.  I would open a restaurant that would have  a casual, yet hip atmosphere, and played great music.  My restaurant would incorporate aspects from the restaurants and cultures I’ve experienced all over the world. As with all dining establishments, location is paramount.  Mine would be found just on […]

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Where To Go

Conde Nast has compiled a list (complete with a slide show) of its list of “Trips of Lifetime.”  Several of them are on my list, and I could add a few more, based on this.  How amazing are those pictures?  Who wants to go to Croatia with me? See their list by clicking HERE.  

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Toland Travels-Live!

It happened again! Another successful Toland Travels-Live! event took place at Urban Standard in Birmingham, Alabama. It was interesting, and entertaining, and so emotional, on a number of different levels. I must thank all of the participants this go round, Lara Paterson, Fergus Tuohy, Heather Fann, Lee Smith, and Bob Boyd. They all did an […]

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Flush!

You can tell everything you need to know about a culture by taking a quick peek at one room – the bathroom. The toilet, the W.C., the loo, the head, and the “shitter,” whatever you call it, it’s full of cultural insights. You can learn what importance the culture places on privacy, cleanliness, technology, and […]

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