Mary Jane  Wood Zabinski

Carolyn J. Wood


Carolyn enjoys research, writing, and helping others to see and understand their life experiences in different ways. Her efforts have been recognized through teaching, research, and human service awards. Throughout her career as professor of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning she taught graduate seminars with a human behavior focus. The skills she has honed over the years help her better to observe, understand, appreciate, and connect with people from different cultures. As a result, she is better able to assist travelers to expand their worldly viewpoints. 


Carolyn has published numerous articles and book chapters and has given presentations throughout the U.S. on a variety of topics. She received a B.A from Drake University, an M.A. from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. from Washington University (St. Louis). She retired as Professor Emerita from the University of New Mexico. She hasn’t traveled as much as Mary Jane; but she is making up for that in retirement, and at this point has visited 53 countries, most while cruising. 

Mary Jane Wood Zabinski


Mary Jane is a world traveler in every sense of the word! She has traveled to 107 countries, many more than once; and most of her travels have been on either ocean or river cruise ships. Her travel experiences are varied, having cruised with several popular lines including Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Silverseas, Viking, and Windstar. While the shortest cruise was for two days, the longest were world cruises of 104 days in 2011 and 115 days in 2013, followed by a cruise around Africa for 83 day.


She has a B.S.B.A from Creighton Univer-sity. Prior to her retirement, she was an entrepreneur and owner of several success-ful businesses. Mary Jane and Carolyn write about their cruising and travel adventures on the blog: