Alison Gardner

Victoria-based Alison Gardner is a travel writer and editor of the online magazine Travel with a Challenge (, a resource for mature travelers featuring ecological, educational, cultural and volunteer vacations worldwide.

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Dublin’s warm Irish welcome begins with the Dun Laoghaire Marina

By Alison Gardner During an August visit to Ireland last year, I stopped by the country’s largest marina where superyachts tie up just outside Dublin. “Most of the big ones…

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Medieval sites, modern marinas lure yachts to Split

Story and photos by Alison Gardner After four visits to the Croatian Adriatic coast in 10 years, I am convinced that it is a yachting paradise – and the city…

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Yacht crew skills apply, and beat, land-based skills for new marina concierge

By Alison Gardner In her seven-year career at sea, Canadian Jennifer Belinski worked as crew on numerous yachts, most of them 100 to 200 feet in length. She worked as…

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