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Seoul Airport is Great for Connections

Long layovers are a common occurance when traveling internationally, so I am always on the hunt for the best airports to connect.  In my opinion, Seoul, Korea just so happens to be a great choice.
With five hours to kill on my way from JFK to Hong Kong, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this little gem didn't disappoint.  The Asiana Business Class Lounge is roomy and stylish and has lots of little bells and whistles.  With massage chairs, showers and a nice food and drink presentation you can't help but be comfortable during your stay.  Not to mention the WiFi and baby grand piano, but the fun doesn't stop there.
The airport itself has a cultural center, live music and a great spa, in addition to all the shops you could ask for - Gucci, Prada and Burberry, to name a few.  
But the best feature, in my opinion, are the Free Korea Transit Tours. These tours range from one to five hours and take you by bus to local attractions.  The one hour tour brings you to Yonggungsa Temp…

Lindblad Expedition’s Galapagos: Expert and easy By: Ellen Goldman

Lindblad Expedition’s Galapagos:  Expert and easy
For many travelers, a trip to the Galapagos tops their bucket list.  However, concerns about accessibility and ease of travel sometime bring all consideration of actually going to a grinding halt. My husband and I had the privilege of taking a Lindblad Expeditions trip to the Galapagos on board the Endeavour.  Wow!  Easiest trip we have ever taken.  And, the animals blew me away.  (And that is coming from a non-pet person whose usual response to animals is “three kids and a husband are bad enough.”)

Let’s start with logistics.  We flew non-stop from JFK to Guayaquil.  We arrived early in the morning and were met at the airport by Lindblad representatives who shepherded us to the Hilton where our beds eagerly awaited us.  After a short snooze, we were briefed about departure time and pickup for the actual departure to the ship.  We were guided at every step of the trip, from airport to hotel to airport to ship, etc.   We had none of the…