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The Charm of Santorini

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My first glance of the blue-domed churches and picture-perfect sunsets of Santorini left me knowing that this was truly a trip of a lifetime. The landscape of the island makes it one of the most beautiful in the world.

I Go to Rio - A Magical Travel Moment

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Friday, July 14, 2017

I think everyone out there has that one special place that they hope to see “some day” during their lifetime. For me, ever since I was a child, that place was Rio de Janeiro where I could see the statue of Jesus high on top of Corcovado Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summertime always brings thoughts of family vacations past and present. One vacation I distinctly remember is when my dad announced that we were going to start at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway and travel its entirety!

Disney's New World of Avatar

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, July 7, 2017

Regardless of your age, there's something magical about a Disney vacation. Imaging seeing the wonder on your grandchild's face as they experience all that Disney has to offer. And now, their newest attraction, Pandora - The World of Avatar, opened with great fanfare on May 27 at Walt Disney World in Orlando and it celebrates the power of nature.

Fireworks in Washington D.C.

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

There's something magical about fireworks. There is something spectacularly magical about the fireworks in Washington D.C.

The Queen Victoria Receives Refit

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cunard’s ship, the Queen Victoria is known for her elegance and luxurious facilities. She will soon set sail from Southampton, England after a month-long renovation.

Cooling it in Asheville

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, June 23, 2017

While most of the southeastern states swelter in the summer, temperatures in Asheville, North Carolina are usually a bit cooler. The dramatic scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop is stunning.

Ireland on a Luxury Train Ride

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A world of luxury awaits you on a rail journey through Ireland. Belmond’s Grand Hibernian Train most assuredly will provide an elegant travel experience of a lifetime!

Tips for Tipping in Europe

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer time is upon us which means travel time for many of us. Europe is always a popular destination for many Americans in the summer. Here's a few pointers when it comes to dining out and tipping in general in European countries.

Rome’s Largest Catacombs Opening Soon

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A decades-long restoration of Rome’s Domitilla catacombs will be opening later this year. The newly restored subterranean burial place is over seven miles long, four levels deep and houses more than 26,000 tombs.

Croatia’s Super-Popular National Park

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, June 9, 2017
Krka National Park

Croatia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Cruise lines are flocking there as well as land tour operators and visitors from all over Europe come to visit this beautiful country and it’s stunning shorelines.

Eiffel Tower Zipline: Let's Do It!

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The excitement of seeing Paris has just gotten even better for anyone visiting the City of Lights between June 5 and 11. The newest attraction, the Eiffel Tower Zipline, is in, well....full swing!

The Best Airport in Europe

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, June 2, 2017
Munich Airport

Skytrax Awards has named Munich Airport in Germany as the 2017 Best Airport in Europe. This is the 10th time it has received the honor. It was also awarded the World’s Best Airport Terminal.

Hotels that are Going to the Dogs

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

As an avid dog lover, I was pleased to know of Ritz-Carlton’s involvement in a program called “It’s a Dog’s Life. Many hotels now are catering to guests that travel with their fur children....and I couldn't be more pleased!

Montreal: The Next Best Thing to Paris

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, May 26, 2017

Paris isn’t the only city in which to sample the culture, food, ambience and language of France. For all of us living in the good old U.S.A., we need to look no further than our friendly neighbors to the north in Montreal, Canada.

New Ship May Revolutionize River Cruising Industry

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AmaWaterways announced on May 12, 2017 about plans for the biggest ship in its fleet, which will be launched in 2019. It is to be the largest in Europe. The AmaMagna will be twice as wide as current ships owned by AmaWaterways.

To Ban or Not to Ban

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, May 19, 2017

A few weeks ago, I heard the dreadful news that our laptops and tablets may be banned on flights from Europe and perhaps other routes. A wave of panic came over me as I contemplated how I could survive traveling without these devices. 

Las Vegas Shopping Spree

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A few years ago, my best friend and I began pondering over taking a trip to Las Vegas. I am not much of a gambler so didn’t think this would be my cup of tea. However, my BFF talked me into checking out sin city just to say we were finally there. 

Jazz it up in New Orleans

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, May 12, 2017

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. This style was originally music for dancing and has a beat that makes you want to stomp your feet.

 

New England's Only National Park

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Not only is Acadia National Park the only National Park in New England, but the first one created east of the Mississippi River. Located on the rugged coastline of Maine, the park is home to the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, and a variety of animals and plant life.

World’s Largest Flower Garden

Posted by: Donna Smith, Special Contributor on Friday, May 5, 2017
Keukenhof, Netherlands

Prepare to be amazed if you get the opportunity to visit Keukenhof Gardens! This flower garden park in the Netherlands is a perfect day trip from Amsterdam.

Apps that make Traveling Easier

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Simple, user friendly apps are my preference. When traveling, I don’t have time to figure out a complicated app. That only defeats my purpose. It wouldn’t be fair to keep my favorites list to myself, so here are the ones that I use ...

Bustling Barcelona

Posted by: Donna Smith, Special Contributor on Friday, April 28, 2017


Have you ever been to a destination that you couldn’t get excited about or care that you’re even going there? Perhaps the location is included on a guided tour or a cruise beginning or ending in a certain city.

Ladies Carry-on Essentials

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I created two packing lists many years ago when I began traveling. One is for checked luggage and the other is for carry-on items. I have revised these lists many times such as when I deleted my iPod from the list and added an iPad and iPhone. This is how I listen to music these days when traveling.

Touring with the new Google Earth

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Special Contributor on Friday, April 21, 2017

Learning and hearing about a destination firsthand is where the expertise of a travel professional comes in handy. Researching and learning about a destination beforehand is also excellent, especially if you’re using the brand new redesigned platform, Google Earth.

Strolling Along in Savannah

Posted by: Donna Smith, Special Contributor on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Savannah takes me back in time with its antebellum architecture and atmosphere. The historic district is filled with beautiful oak trees, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and mansions from the Civil War era. I thought perhaps I would see Scarlett and Rhett walking past at any moment.

Three Popular Museums in London

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

London is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, and home to many of the world’s top museums. We thought it would be fun to highlight a few of the most popular museums in London.

A World of Color at the Chelsea Flower Show

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring has sprung and we are enjoying the beauty of flowers budding and blooming. One place that is the ultimate in flowers and gardens is The Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Bagpipes 101

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The forthcoming Journeys for Women tour to Scotland has me reminiscing about my trips there and the first time I heard bagpipes being played. The sounds of each note sent shivers up my spine, making me feel both excited and mournful. 

Applying for TSA Pre-Check

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
TSA PreCheck

Air travel has certainly changed. Compared to pre-9/11, security at airports worldwide has dramatically increased, causing longer lines and frustrated passengers, many of whom travel regularly on business. When TSA Pre-Check was introduced in 2011, it was only an experiment. It rolled out completely in 2013 and is now in over 180 airports.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider applying for TSA Pre-Check.