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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Where are my Skiers ??

Our fearless leader, Meredith had the pleasure of visiting the brand new ski resort in France !!  Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.  They literally opened the doors (or slopes) this month - it looks amazing (see some of the photos below). It's definitely a bucket list of mine to go ski at a European resort. We have so many great ski resorts here in the US too but it's expensive by the time you pay for accommodations, meals, lift tickets and [...]

Something Magical for the Holidays ??

Sometimes it's great to get away during off times or even during the Holidays right ?? Keeping on the track of the European Christmas Markets, you can get your fabulous European vacation in while getting your Holiday shopping done at the same time. The European Christmas Market cruises offer the best of both Worlds. Here's a list of some of the specialties you can pick up at these markets - your friends and family will LOVE these unique treasures that [...]

Have you been dreaming of Croatia ?

Croatia is becoming one of the top European destinations to visit. Travelers are looking for something different and so many of the more popular European destinations have become overrun with Tourists. Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. The hot spots to visit are Dubrovnik, Plitvice National park, Istria and of course the Islands (there are more than 1,000) Dubrovnik: [...]

Fancy something “Classic” ??

Everybody has their thing right ?? A hobby or past-time that they enjoy. Classic Cars are very popular especially vintage British cars !! If you own one, you'll know exactly what we mean !! I'm sure there are lots of events and meets you can go to to "show off your beauty", and..... wouldn't you love a "Classic Car Vacation??" Well..... we can do that !!! It's amazing when you do the research what you can find, and we have [...]

What’s next ???

Have you had a travel bucket list for a while ? Where have you been dreaming about ? Now's the time to tick something off your list. But how do you pick which destination to go to ?? Try this neat little quiz from The Travel Channel that might help you along. Can't wait to hear what you got -  WooHoo I got PARIS !!!          Here's some tips that might help you when planning your next vacation: Full article [...]

Ireland 2.0

Among the amazing experiences in Ireland was my visit to the Armagh area in N.Ireland.    Visit Armagh which consists of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils are really putting this area on the map. Ghilian Campbell was my brilliant host & tour guide and I can't thank her enough. In addition, I also participated in a walking tour of Armagh itself and learned so much.  Visit their site (link here) to see the array of great tours, food treats, bespoke [...]

Beautiful Northern Ireland

          Above: View from Culloden, Belfast City Skyline & Belfast City Hall This week I've been traveling in the beautiful Northern Ireland.  Some of the stops along the way have been Culloden Estate just outside Belfast, also visiting Belfast City, Armagh, Banbridge, Carlingford Lough just to name a few.   Some of the top takeaways for me have been:  Hospitality, Gourmet Food, bespoke and VIP experiences.  The interactions I have had with the local people have been second [...]

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