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A Travel Agent’s Tips on the North Shore of Kauai thumbnail

Written by Rhonda Brooks. The North Shore is the remote area of the island of Kauai in Hawaii, with picturesque views in a lush tropical setting. The quaint town of Princeville offers cliff-side views of the Pacific Ocean, while the beach town of Hanalei offers many fantastic sunsets from the pier and many food trucks… [Read More]

Written by McKenna Thelen. About every other year, my family and I travel down to Florida to visit my relatives that live down there. We stayed at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee for our second time. This is a great place to stay if you are traveling with kids. We… [Read More]

New! Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana – Not Exactly What You’d Expect! thumbnail

Written by Jill Fischer. I was expecting SpongeBob SquarePants and a fleet of other Nickelodeon characters to greet me and to be bombarded with them wherever I went. I assumed all that would be available to eat would be hot dogs and cheeseburgers. Honestly, I thought I’d hear children screaming everywhere. Nevertheless, I signed up… [Read More]

San Francisco – Iconic City by the Bay! thumbnail

Written by Tamara Corrie. My husband and I recently traveled to San Francisco for a brief stay and believe me, I wish it could have been longer! We simply were not able to get to as many iconic sights as we would have liked, partially due to traveling over a holiday weekend and partially due… [Read More]

Travel Agent’s Review of Secrets Akumal thumbnail

Written by Denise McCain. Secrets Capri has always been my favorite resort until I stayed at Secrets Akumal, which is now my favorite resort by far. The only part I did not like was the long transfer down from the airport in Cancun to Akumal, which was just over an hour. The room at the resort… [Read More]

African Adventure: South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe thumbnail

Written by Sharon Sinclair. My husband and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Called the “Mother City”, Cape Town is a diverse city with many cultures and interests including beaches, mountains, harbors and botanical gardens. The waterfront area is alive with local talent, restaurants and shops… [Read More]

Exploring Italy from Venice to Florence thumbnail

Written by Valerie Tkaczyk. When former Classic Travel group specialist and my former office-mate, Hannah, 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… [Read More]

Reasons to Love a River Cruise – Tips from a Travel Agent thumbnail

Written by Joy Thrun. One of the hottest trends in the travel industry these days is river cruising. Born in Europe and growing around the world, almost every major river on the planet features exciting itineraries on beautiful new ships. If you have not taken a river cruise yet, you are probably intrigued and if… [Read More]

Sailing & Scuba Diving the Virgin Islands thumbnail

Written by Jill Fischer. I couldn’t imagine going to the Virgin Islands and only staying on one island. All you need is one week, and you can see it all! Well, you can get a good summary of things. The way to do the Virgin Islands is simply by sailing. We had a private catamaran… [Read More]

Destination Weddings in Riviera Maya, Mexico thumbnail

Written by Linda Dolecki. Riviera Maya offers the perfect setting for your destination wedding, featuring stunning white sand beaches, turquoise Caribbean waters, tropical jungles, and ancient Mayan ruins. The first thing you should know about planning a destination wedding is to use a travel agent. I have the expertise to match you with your ideal destination… [Read More]

Madrid: A Travel Agent’s Perspective thumbnail

Written by Tom Thrun. Part 1: In Love with Lisbon Part 2: Castles in Spain Part 3: Madrid: A Travel Agent's Perspective After bidding a fond “adios” to the south of Spain, we headed north to Madrid. The capital city is an easy 4-hour drive from Granada nonstop, but we made a couple of stops along… [Read More]

Castles in Spain thumbnail

Written by Tom Thrun. Part 1: In Love with Lisbon Part 2: Castles in Spain Part 3: Madrid: A Travel Agent's Perspective After four great days in Lisbon, we continued on our journey south into Spain. Let me take this opportunity to give a big shout out to our generous hosts, Globus and Travel Leaders, for… [Read More]

Traveling While Living Abroad thumbnail

Written by Megan Myslinski (Classic Travel Intern, Fall 2015). Wanderlust is defined as "a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about," a desire that compels wayfarers, cosmopolitans, and globetrotters to sojourn, traipse and gallivant to sights unseen all over the world. I know I’ve had this urge to explore since my tiny tot days… [Read More]

In Love with Lisbon thumbnail

Written by Tom Thrun. Part 1: In Love with Lisbon Part 2: Castles in Spain Part 3: Madrid: A Travel Agent's Perspective Thanks to Globus and our Travel Leaders affiliation, this September we embarked on a two week Iberian adventure to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. We began our trip with five days in Lisbon, what… [Read More]

Breathtaking Machu Picchu thumbnail

Written by Sharon Sinclair. My husband and I recently returned from an escorted tour to Peru and Machu Picchu with Gate 1 Travel. As a Travel Agent, I usually choose not to go on escorted tours but prefer to make my own itinerary. However, this is one location that I didn’t want to tackle on… [Read More]

Oceania Baltic Cruise thumbnail

Written by Marshall Cossman. From late August, for twelve days, my wife and I cruised the Baltic and North Seas and the Gulf of Finland on Oceania's Nautica. It was our second Baltic cruise, but we went to some different ports. Even repeated ports were interesting as we took different excursions from before. Seeing cities… [Read More]

Ten Best Things to Do in Dubai thumbnail

Written by Valerie Tkaczyk. 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… [Read More]

Cruising the Danube with Uniworld thumbnail

Written by Rhonda Brooks. Before starting our 7-day Enchanted Danube River Cruise which begins in Budapest, Hungary and ends in Passau, Germany, we spent a couple days in Budapest. Budapest is a beautiful city in the day, but even more so at night when the city is lit up. Highlights of Budapest include: Buda Castle… [Read More]

Our First Trip to Europe thumbnail

Written by Bobby and Meghan Koivunen. My husband and I recently spent three nights in Rome followed by 11 nights on the Celebrity Reflection for a Mediterranean Cruise. We sailed from Rome, Italy to Santorini, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Kusadasi, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; and finished back in Rome. We loved this cruise… [Read More]

Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road & Beyond thumbnail

Written by Hannah Nowicki. Iceland has always been high on my list of dream destinations. I first saw it in Delta’s Sky Magazine quite a few years ago. They were introducing non-stop service to Reykjavik (Iceland’s capital city), thus highlighting it as a featured “not-to-miss” destination. This was the beginning of Iceland’s tourism boom. All… [Read More]