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The Art of Daycations

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In this fast-paced world it’s essential to refuel and to rebalance personal perspective for well-being and personal happiness. Travel artisan and storyteller Nina Lesiga will share ways to achieve experiential, authentic and intriguing day trips. Learn about day trip possibilities and ways to achieve that “gone away” feeling.

Nina Lesiga retired after 30 years in the corporate world and created a "dream job" for her second career. Building on her love of solo adventuring, she created a website and blog, (gottatravelsolo.com), started a group for solo travelers on MeetUp.com and began offering seminars for those interested in hitting the road on their own. Lesiga has appeared on “Ageless”, “Art Now & Here” and “CT Style” TV shows. She co-produces PechaKucha 20x20 Westport and the Stratford Storytelling Adventure.
 

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Passage to Cuba: A Visual Journey With Current Travel Guidelines

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Accomplished photojournalist Cynthia Carris Alonso will discuss her experiences and her book, Passage to Cuba: An Up-Close Look at the World's Most Colorful Culture. With access few other have had, Alonso has spent 20 years capturing scenes and stories of Cuba and sharing with those who were barred from Its shores. The program captures, with an “insider’s access and a visitor’s sense of wonder” (Jack Crager, senior contributing editor, American Photo), two starkly different worlds contained within this island nation: the luxurious realm where foreigners flock, and the unseen corners where ordinary citizens dwell away from tourists’ eyes. As an American photographer, accredited journalist, and member of a Cuban family by marriage, Alonso enjoyed rare access. She met and fell in love with her husband while in Cuba, and her embrace of his country shines through. She captures not just luxurious beaches and hotels, but the resilience, passion, struggle, and survival of the Cuban people.

Diane Salvo, operations manager for Tauck, will share details on traveling to Cuba. Community partner: Tauck

Cynthia Carris AlonsoCynthia Carris Alonso has been a photographer and photo editor for more than twenty years, working for publications such as Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Business Week and Time.com, and exhibiting her photographs in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Since the early 1990s, Cynthia has traveled regularly to Cuba, photographing the country’s most famous artists, important news events, and the daily life of the people. In 1992, Cynthia met her future husband in Cuba, and today she lives with him and their daughter in New York City.

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Travel Photography

July 31, 2015
Photo by Alison Wachstein

Local Master Photographer Alison Wachstein shared tips for taking better travels photos on a trip, whether you have a DSLR or a point and shoot camera, on July 31, 2015.

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Volunteer Vacations

May 15, 2015
Sheryl Kayne

Sheryl Kayne, author of Immersion Travel USA: The Best & Most Meaningful Volunteering, Living & Learning Excursions, shared tips and trips on volunteer vacations in the US on May 15, 2015. 

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Travel Photography

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cuba travel-alison wachsteinLocal Master Photographer Alison Wachstein will share tips for taking better travels photos on your next trip, whether you have a DSLR or a point and shoot camera. After a brief talk, the group will take a short walk around downtown Westport to practice techniques. (Photo: Alison Wachstein)

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alison wachsteinAlison Wachstein is an award-winning professional photographer and photojournalist, capturing expressions and relationships for over 35 years. She has taught photography at several universities throughout the Northeast, including Fairfield University and Seton Hall and is the creator of the book, Pregnant Moments. Collections containing her works include the International Center of Photography.
 

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Volunteer Vacations

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sheryl kaneSheryl Kayne, author of Immersion Travel USA: The Best & Most Meaningful Volunteering, Living & Learning Excursions, shares tips and trips on volunteer vacations in the US. Volunteer vacations offer opportunities to “do something good” while also experiencing new places and challenges in locales you might not otherwise visit. 

Immersion Travel USA- The Best & Most Meaningful Volunteering, Living & Learning ExcursionsKayne travels extensively and works and volunteers where she visits. Her book won The Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for Best Travel Guidebook. She was the writer-in-residence at the Everglades National Park, a writing fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and has appeared on NPR, CNN, CBN, ABC Weekend Evening News, Lifetime Television Network, MTV and others.
 

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Is There a Safari in Your Future?

June 4, 2013
Susan Farewell

Travel agent Susan Farewell discussed going on safari, on June 4, 2013.

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Journalist Mitch Broder on His Book, Discovering Vintage New York

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Discovering Vintage New YorkNYC journalist Mitch Broder shares adventures at old haunts in Manhattan as he discusses his book Discovering Vintage New York: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More. As Manhattan succumbs to the big chain stores and tourist traps that come with the modern age, it struggles to maintain its storied identity. Fortunately for locals and visitors alike, a number of classic restaurants, shops and other establishments still thrive today that evoke the unique charm of the city. They include a secret restaurant that has served the same meal every night for close to seven decades.

Mitch BroderAll of them are among the most treasured survivors in the city, ranging in age from 50 to over 200. But they’re not merely old. Or historical. Or old and historical. These spots evoke a bygone metropolis. They are lost in time, yet compellingly timely. Whether they span decades or centuries, they are vibrant, quirky, and just plan fun to explore.

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Take-a-Break and Learn Where to Travel Next

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susan farewellA member of the travel media and a travel concierge, Susan Farewell will provide insights, tips, and recommendations on where to travel now. Her suggestions include great ideas for easy weekend getaways in the Northeast as well as bigger trips to Europe and beyond plus major once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as safaris. Susan will answer questions about all of your travel needs.

A former travel editor at The Condé Nast Publications in New York City, and now President and Editor-in-Chief of Farewell Travels LLC, Susan is a widely know digital, print and broadcast travel journalist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue,Gourmet, Cooking Light, Travel and Leisure, Outside, Metropolitan Home, McCall’s, Child and Bride’s. She also writes for newspapers such as The New York Times and The New York Post, newsletters and numerous in-flight and regional magazines as well as various websites.

Susan is the author of several travel books including How to Make a Living as a Travel Writer, Hidden New England and Quick Escapes from New York City. She has also co-authored many books. She has a B.A. degree in Greek Classics from Boston University and College Year in Athens, in Athens, Greece. Her website, FarewellTravels.com, includes ideas and recommendations for travel as well as opportunities to book and save on hotels, flights and trips.

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Travel Book Author Patricia Schultz on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

September 7, 2012
Patricia Schultz

Bestselling author Patricia Schultz shared insights from her travel book, the recently updated 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, which re-invented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide, Friday, September 7, 2012.

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