Italy 2018 Travel Statistics

Italy…why is it such an amazing destination?  That it finished first or second in four of six destination categories in the 2018 Virtuoso Luxe Report may come as no surprise to most of us.  Here are the categories it placed high in:     Top Global Destinations (from first to fifth) Italy, Iceland, South Africa, Continue Reading

Viking Ocean Cruising: They Do More Than Rivers

Viking Cruise Line.  You have seen their river ships in the media, and they have done a great job of helping that segment of cruising grow, to be sure.   They cruise the oceans, now, too!  5 ocean vessels in the small to moderate size (400-1,199 passengers) are winning “best” awards from cruise critic in 10 Continue Reading

Choosing Your Cancun or Riviera Maya, Mexico Resort

Hola!  Having just returned recently from a week in the Cancun area of  Riviera Maya, the trip confirmed what I already knew to be true:  Cancun, Mexico is not only a great vacation destination, but the people who work so hard in the resorts there to make you both comfortable and happy deserve to see Continue Reading

How to Choose a Cruise

During a recent visit to Los Angeles to see my family, I had the pleasure of attending a Royal Caribbean sales program for travel advisors, and it was wonderful.  I met Vicki Freed, the Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Support.  She is amazing for our community of agents, and started as a Cali Continue Reading

Sustainable Travel (and why you should care!)

I happen to have G Adventures on my mind.  That’s because I chose the company for my private group next May to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu.  Bruce Poon Tip was a young man when he founded the company (back then it was GAP Adventures, but some other company decided he couldn’t use Continue Reading

A Honeymoon in Thailand

Is Thailand on your bucket list?  Consider this country for your honeymoon, even with the long flight from the US mainland.  There are pretty good connections through San Francisco and Los Angeles into Bangkok, and you will want to explore the cultural attractions here for at least a night or two before heading into the Continue Reading

Peru with G Adventures

Is Peru and the now famous UNESCO historic and spiritual site of Machu Picchu on your list of must-experience destinations?  I am SO excited to be hosting a private tour with one of my all-time favorite tour companies, G Adventures, to do the Inca Trail hike in May of 2019. I will be celebrating my Continue Reading

How to Choose Your Alaskan Cruise Adventure

The great land called Alaska is waiting to be explored.  An Alaska cruise-tour is by far the best way to experience this incredible land! I have had the pleasure of seeing Alaska by cruise twice, once with Celebrity from Vancouver and once with Norwegian from Seattle, and finally a self arranged land tour from Anchorage to Homer and Denali National Park.   I highly recommend Continue Reading

Hotel Xcaret in Riviera Maya Mexico

You might not think of Riviera Maya, Mexico as an adventure destination…well, think again!  It’s not my style to give a review of a hotel that I have not yet experienced.  In this case, I am breaking that rule because I am a travel professional who believes that both the Pacific and Yucatan areas of Continue Reading