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 [...]

HEADS UP – NEW CDC GUIDELINES

You probably saw that the CDC announced new travel protocols effective January 26th. Below outlines the new requirements for re-entry into the US after international travel. The tourism industry is resilient and flexible - in a matter of days, many hotel chains, travel suppliers, and on-site partners have already come up with solutions for this new curveball and that's all it is. Until we get this virus under control, we have to do what is necessary to control the spread. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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