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Oct 31st

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Africa
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INSPIRATION | SOUTHERN AFRICA

The Southern region of Africa continues to gain attention from travelers all over the world. So, what makes up this area of a hugely diverse continent?   For many, Southern Africa is often confused with South Africa (which is single country in this region).  Southern Africa encompasses a complimentary mix of countries that are easy to […]

Oct 26th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Europe
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ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE & ICE

By Judy Berland Everyone often uses the phrase “a trip of a lifetime.” For my husband Rick and I, our recent trip to Iceland was surely that. We worked with Liz Matassa at Pique Travel to plan this two-week adventure in September. It was a perfect blend of activity and relaxation, filled with amazing scenery, […]

Oct 20th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel News
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HOW IS THE CARIBBEAN RECOVERING?

This recent excerpt from the New York Times Travel Section shares a detailed account of which Caribbean islands were hit hardest, where recovery efforts are at and which areas are already coming out the other side of a treacherous hurricane season.   After an unforgiving start to the hurricane season, some idyllic Caribbean destinations are […]

Oct 19th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Asia
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Cambodia & Thailand | Erin Green, Pique Travel Design

When I was in middle school, my family spent three years living in Kuala Lumpur as expats. My early years spent in Southeast Asia led to a love of the culture, food and scenery of the region. For years, I yearned to go back. I’m fortunate enough to have just returned from a long-awaited visit […]

Oct 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET BUMPED FROM A FLIGHT

There seems to always be high-profile airline incidents in the news where people are getting bumped or stranded from their flights. So, what can you do to help avoid it from happening to you? Here are a few insights on doing what you can to keep your seat and what to do if you do […]

Sep 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Europe
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INSPIRATION | Spain & Portugal

Travel to Europe continues to lead the way in destinations most often chosen for a diverse, cultural and active getaway.  And, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned explorer of the continent, Spain and Portugal have caught the eye of many looking to experience a mix of scenery, culture, history and culinary delight. Of […]

Sep 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel News
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What’s Hot in Luxury Travel?

Virtuoso Travel Week 2017: As part of the elite travel consortium Virtuoso, Pique Travel has access to some of the best worldwide partners, unique experiences and travel knowledge available in the industry. In August every year, thousands of Virtuoso travel partners descend upon Las Vegas to shop for the upcoming year of travel.  In fact, […]

Sep 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Family Travel
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CLIENT HIGHLIGHT | Enjoying the Wilds of Alaska

It’s been a dream of mine to take my son on a “boys only” fishing and outdoor adventure to Alaska. In July, that dream became a reality and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.  We started our journey with a direct flight on Delta Airlines from Minneapolis into Anchorage. We only spent one night in the […]

Sep 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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Photography Tips for Travelers

You spend months, maybe years, dreaming about places you want to visit and experience. And you know that when you get home, everyone is going to want to hear your stories and see pictures. So how do you increase your chances of taking great shots while you’re traveling? Here are a few tips that might […]

Sep 17th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Family Travel
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Hidden Hawaii | Linda Bendt, Pique Travel Owner

For anyone who knows us well, Hawaii holds a very special place in our hearts. For three amazing years, we lived on Oahu and basically fulfilled the role of perpetual tourists as we soaked up all the islands, traditions and culture. Few would argue that when you live someplace, you really get to know the people, ins/outs […]

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