Category Archives: Travel

Helpful travel guide for the Holy Land

Book Review: The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel, by John A. Beck

If you are planning a trip to Israel in the near future, you will want to consult The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel by John A. Beck. The author has spent many years teaching field studies in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt and serves as a permanent adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel.

The book covers the waterfront and includes everything you need to plan your trip. The author begins by instructing the reader on a brief history of the land of Israel. He also includes sections on geography, seasons, and climate—winds, water, and rainfall. He also provides suggested itineraries for a one-week or two-week trip, as well as helpful facts that travelers need to know before coming to the Holy Land.

The bulk of the book gives detailed descriptions of what to see and do in every geographic section of Israel—Jerusalem, both walkable sites and drivable sites; the Coastal Plain; the Central Mountains South; the Central Mountains Center; and the Central Mountains North. The final section of the book contains historical maps of the land of Israel during various time periods of biblical history.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Books, Travel


Why does anti-discrimination feel like discrimination?

We are in the process of planning and booking a vacation in 2017. I had researched and considered a boatload of options for airfare, hotels, B&B’s, tours, rental cars, and more. One option we considered was using Airbnb for one of our hotels. That is, until I received the following note this morning from the organization.

The Airbnb Community Commitment


Earlier this year, we launched a comprehensive effort to fight bias and discrimination in the Airbnb community. As a result of this effort, we’re asking everyone to agree to a Community Commitment beginning November 1, 2016. Agreeing to this commitment will affect your use of Airbnb, so we wanted to give you a heads up about it.

What is the Community Commitment?

You commit to treat everyone—regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age—with respect, and without judgment or bias.

How do I accept the commitment?

On or after November 1, we’ll show you the commitment when you log in to or open the Airbnb website, mobile or tablet app and we’ll automatically ask you to accept.

What if I decline the commitment?

If you decline the commitment, you won’t be able to host or book using Airbnb, and you have the option to cancel your account. Once your account is canceled, future booked trips will be canceled. You will still be able to browse Airbnb but you won’t be able to book any reservations or host any guests.

On the one hand, I agree with Airbnb’s desire to treat all people with respect and dignity. We are all created in God’s image and should be treated as such. However, to tell me that I am not welcome in the Airbnb community unless I agree with their values and convictions feels a lot like discrimination. It sure feels like Airbnb is passing judgment on those whose religion leads them to different convictions on these topics.

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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Culture, Travel


Beware discount travel sites

Discount travel sites

Probably should keep this in mind as we plan our trip to New Zealand for Caitlin’s wedding.

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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in Fun, Travel


Sunset sail on the Boston Bay

We ended our vacation in style with a sunset cruise on the Liberty Clipper, a 125 ft sailboat, part of the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships. It was a memorable evening, which included hearing the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” firing her cannons at sundown.

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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, Photos, Travel


Lake Winnipesaukee

Some friends introduced Carol and me to Alton Bay Christian Conference Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. During our time there, we enjoyed boat trips on the lake, meals in various restaurants, conversations on the beach, drives through the countryside, sunny days, shopping in the rain, and visiting local scenic attractions. Good days.

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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in New Hampshire, Photos, Travel


Driving the Kanc

On Thursday, Carol and I drove the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. We hiked a short ways to the Sabbaday Falls and walked across the covered bridge. While a bit cool and breezy at the top, the day warmed up as it went on. Another beautiful day enjoying God’s creation.

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in New Hampshire, Photos, Travel


Franconia Notch State Park

On Monday, Carol and I visited Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. We walked through the Flume Gorge and took the aerial tram to the top of Cannon Mountain. Beautiful day with stunning sights. Enjoying God’s creation.


Posted by on August 15, 2014 in New Hampshire, Photos, Travel