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Valerie Tkaczyk

Valerie Tkaczyk About the Author: Valerie is a graduate of Michigan State University and worked at Classic Travel for five years as the director of marketing and technology.

8 Tips for Travelers Driving in Ireland thumbnail

The thought of driving on the opposite side of the road and the opposite side of the car than you’re used to in a foreign country can be daunting. For travelers, there are some countries in which the best method of transportation is via automobile. Unless you plan to take an escorted coach tour or… [Read More]

Exploring Italy from Venice to Florence thumbnail

When former Classic Travel group specialist and my former officemate asked me to visit during her extended backpacking trip, I knew it had to be Italy. After helping to organize so many Italy trips for clients, I was excited to experience it for myself. I decided to fly into Venice and out of Florence saving… [Read More]

Ten Best Things to Do in Dubai thumbnail

Dubai is an over-the-top modern city on the Persian Gulf. This city has grown so quickly that many of the things you see there today did not exist even ten years ago. Dubai is becoming a major tourist destination and for good reason as it has much of what you would want from a big… [Read More]

Making the Most of Your Trip to Iceland thumbnail

Whether you’re there on a free stopover to Europe or as a final destination, Iceland is sure to amaze you with its dramatic and otherworldly landscapes, Viking history, and interesting culture. Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and is home to some of the world’s most active volcanos and Europe’s largest… [Read More]

Exploring Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan thumbnail

Japan has always been near the top of my travel bucket list and so I finally decided to plan a trip for my significant other and I. We planned to spend some time in Tokyo and Kyoto before departing from Osaka. Before leaving for Japan, we decided to purchase the Japan Rail (JR) Pass. This… [Read More]

Un-Cruising Alaska from Ketchikan to Juneau thumbnail

“Once you step on board, you’ll understand immediately. It’s the casual nature. It’s nature itself. It’s the rare encounter. It’s the attentive service, the fellowship, the extraordinary sense of place. It’s all these things and so much more.” The short snippet above was taken from Un-Cruise Adventures’ website and I cannot think of a better… [Read More]