Category: Itineraries

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Where to see bears in Alaska

If your goal is to see bears in Alaska, you need to choose an itinerary that visits these specific areas. These remote regions are home to hundreds of bears who all congregate during salmon season and are practically posing for pictures.  You can do this as a day trip and fly roundtrip back to Anchorage the same day, or for an amazing experience you can stay the night in nearby wilderness lodges to get extra bear-viewing time.

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Rocky Mountaineer Trip Planning Checklist

Rocky Mountaineer is one of the most extraordinary luxury trains in North America. Follow these planning tips to simplify the itinerary design process!

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What to do in Northern Portugal

Northern Portugal is a region that is perfect for travelers who are interested in adventure activities, winemaking, hot springs, and history. Here are my itinerary suggestions for this magical region of Portugal.

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Seven things NOT to do in Hawaii

There is so much to do in the Hawaiian Islands – a wide range of activities and experiences – however I always like to share my top things NOT to do when visiting this fantastic vacation destination.   Here are seven things to avoid on your next Hawaii trip. 

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How to choose an African safari

When you choose an African safari you need to look beyond just the dates and the pricetag. Choose an African safari by looking closely at the value, not just the price-tag. Avoid disappointment by carefully examining these four things to consider before making your decision.

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Portugal’s Alentejo Region: A Place Where Time Stands Still

The Alentejo is one of Portugal’s best kept secrets, often referred to as “Tuscany before the tourists arrived.” You’ll fall in love with its rural scenery, farm to table cooking experiences, sweeping plains of olive groves and cork trees, horse riding on traditional ranches, and stays on gorgeous estates with wine-tasting, bird watching, hiking, and other activities included.

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Best hotels and resorts in the USA to replace your international vacation 

There are an incredible number of fantastic vacation options right here in the continental USA. If your nest-egg for your annual European vacation has gone unused this year, why not think about making reservations at one of these American properties instead?
In this article I’ve assembled a list of some of the most fantastic properties for all styles of travel – seaside escapes, rural retreats, wellness-focused getaways, desert ranches, mountainous adventures, and more.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Croatia?

To help you figure out when to schedule your trip, I’d like to share a local perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of each season as well as some travel tips for that time of year.  Here’s a summary of what each season offers, with more details and ideas for your itinerary below. 
Summer is best for: beaches, watersports, festivals, and island hopping. 
Fall is best for: land and water-based outdoor activities, national parks, sightseeing, and food tourism. 
Winter is best for: holiday festivals, Carnival, winter sports, and spas.
Spring is best for: land-based outdoor activities, whitewater rafting, national parks, and sightseeing.

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New: Rocky Mountaineer USA Route – The Rockies to the Red Rocks

This luxury train trip in the Southwest USA with Rocky Mountaineer is a fantastic option for travelers wanting an extraordinary American vacation. From vast canyons and chromatic deserts, to red sandstone landscapes that twist through the bright blue sky, this stunning rail route is filled with highlights best seen from the fantastic expansive glass-dome coaches.  The two-day train journey travels between Denver, Colorado to Moab, Utah with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. 

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Puerto Vallarta: Eight Reasons to Visit

 Puerto Vallarta is more than just a beach vacation. It’s a vibrant, stunning juxtaposition of golden beaches, green jungles, meandering mountains, and intriguing culture. After returning from a fantastic stay in Puerto Vallarta,  I’m in love with this …