Pura Vida for “Reals”!

Pura Vida - Have you heard this term? It means "Pure life" and is most often associated with Costa Rica. It's their greeting and used frequently there - like when you say "Muchas Gracias" the response will be "Pura-Vida"! Love it. We recently got to visit this AAAA-mazing country, and we fell in love here.  Where else can you be on a beach IN the rainforest - I mean ....... There's so much to offer with several regions each one [...]

2021 – NEW YEAR – NEW RULES

It's been a while since we have updated our blog posts.  2020 was such a crazy year, what with postponing and canceling clients' trips, dealing with travel insurance claims, holding online for hours on end and so much more Covid dealt us. We had to bob and weave and flex our patience muscles to get through it, but we survived and we are still here. Some positives of 2020 besides our personal lives included: Updating all our policies and [...]

Something closer to home perhaps?…….

Being stuck at home is making us all stir crazy and while it's not safe to travel far afield right now - we can certainly look at our travel bucket list and make some revisions.  Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, have an adventurous soul, are culinary curious, love the big cities, want to rekindle the romance, have the ultimate family vacation, or just want a girlfriend/guys getaway, here are some of the top destinations closer t home to add to [...]

Let’s take the backroads ….. on your bike….

https://youtu.be/ZXAfr3b02rM Do you have a real "Athlete" or adventure enthusiast in your life? Do you shy away of traveling with them because you're not at the same level but would love to enjoy some amazing vacation experiences with them? Backroads give you the perfect combination of active experiences mixed with sightseeing and cultural experiences so there's something for everyone regardless of activity level.  Tours for everyone: singles, couples, families (even kids), and private groups. Have you heard of Backroads [...]

Hey Dude !!

This year more than ever families will want to get together and celebrate each other - we've probably missed lots of great family celebrations in addition to Mother's Day, Easter, and so on and families will be craving that connection. One of the experiences I personally would love would and would think of as a great "multi-generational family" experience would be to visit a "Dude Ranch" or that that type of experience - it's so "American" and for someone like me [...]

Shhh – It’s a secret- C’est un secret

Do crowds of people appeal to you ??   Some of the top tourist destinations have become so crowded and busy especially during the high season, that it's not an enjoyable relaxing experience and people are looking for more off the beaten track destinations to travel to and want to enjoy the "essence" of a country. I don't know about you, but if someone says "it's a secret" I want to know more.  Isn't there something really appealing about having "insider" info ?? [...]

All the “Posh” places

Jaap Buitendijk/Courtesy Focus Features So the buzz on the street is the newish  Downton Abbey movie !! Are you a fan ?? I'm definitely a fan.    I really miss the TV series and I'm sure I know lots of people who feel the same. There's something wonderful about going back in time to those days of Royalty and pomp & ceremony.   Even back in those days, you can see the feisty women characters like Lady Mary and of [...]

Is there really an “Ultimate” travel packing list ??

             Is there really such a thing as an "Ultimate" packing list ?? Everyone's different right? and everyone's an expert too :)  It's difficult to come up with a one size fits all list but we think this one is a pretty comprehensive list with choices for different types of travelers and certainly some best practices.  We do a weekly Tuesday Travel Tip video spot over on our Facebook Page Celtic Hearts Travel and highlight something useful [...]

Guided Vacations Yay or Nay ??

                   (Photo cred Travel Weekly, TCC Corp &  Insight Vacations) What are your thoughts about guided vacations ?? In the history of travel, and before I got into the travel business, personally, I associated guided vacations with busloads of older tourists at top attractions with cameras & plaid pants.(I'm talking Ireland in the 80's :)) No more - these days, guided vacations are immersive, exciting, challenging, incorporating local hosts, cooking experiences and lots more.  Today's [...]

Top Travel Picks for 2019

During the holidays is a great time to start thinking about where you want to travel to next year. Usually families get together and it's easier to solidify plans when everyone's there. Every year, the top travel publications come up with the hottest and upcoming trends for the following year. We've picked just a few of the top European destinations as well as some of the top cities for you, including Scotland, Romania, Italy and France .....    Matera - [...]

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