How about an “UN” Cruise Adventure ???

Have you heard of "Un-Cruise"?   They are a Virtuoso preferred supplier and we have heard so many great things about them and finally did  some of their specialist training this week - VIDEO HERE Un-cruise specialize in small ship adventure cruising with vessels ranging from 22-90 passengers max.   Some of the destinations Un-cruise offer include: Alaska,  Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Latin America, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest & the one we are focusing on this week - Columbia & Snake rivers USA. VIDEO HERE [...]

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 ?? [...]

Winter Wonderland Adventures? Yes Please !

                                     (photos & itinerary cred: Backroads) If you’re the type of traveler who jumps for joy when the temps drop and the snowflakes start flying, you’ll love Backroads’ collection of incredible Snow Adventures. Whether you’re drawn to exhilarating activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing or more easygoing pursuits like wildlife viewing and hot spring soaking—or all of the above—Backroads has an array of [...]

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 [...]

Global Entry & TSA Precheck for “Free” ??

         With Global Entry or TSA Precheck, not only will you have a shorter line at the airport but also the security screening is less complicated.  Access to these programs isn't too pricey, but you can get them for free as a benefit on certain credit cards. Here's what you need to know about TSA Precheck and Global Entry and how to get your application fee covered by your credit card. Eligible Travel Credit Cards  While the two programs are relatively [...]

Lets avoid the “Scammers”

              The majority of our clients travel to Europe ( it's our specialty) and we send them lots of information prior to departure about being prepared for their upcoming trip, travel tips, currency, passports, etc.  European cities have a reputation for some petty crime like pickpockets, scammers, etc.  It's always best to use your common sense and certainly don't flaunt your money or valuables.  Besides personal security, there are some other local travel scams to watch [...]

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 Wine Destinations

  One of our favorite subjects - Wine. With over 70 wine producing regions in the World it can be difficult to narrow down your choices !! (original article cred - Vinepair) - link here Besides the usuals like Napa, Bordeaux & Tuscany, Vinepair focused on the "hidden gems" Included in the top 10 list are Moldovia, Macedonia Greece, Finger Lakes NY, Uruguay, Tasmania Australia, Israel & Chile. Below are 3 of the top locations, and you can read about [...]

Italy by river ??

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy. Encounter unforgettable sights on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in legendary Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” These two iconic cities bookend an exploration of Northern Italy that rewards the curious traveler with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna, and Ferrara.        Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice. Soak up the enchantment of “The City of Water” [...]