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Dec 20th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Caribbean & Mexico
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CURIOUS ABOUT CUBA?

Cuba has certainly been making headlines over the last few years.  It’s a country filled with intrigue, history and a 500-year old culture.  If you’ve been on the fence about a trip to Cuba, I can honestly say it’s worth a visit.  I left this curious little country wanting to spend more time exploring.  That’s a […]

Dec 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Europe
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NOSTALGIC EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

As the holidays surround everyone in the US, it’s hard to deny the childhood excitement that comes over us. Twinkling lights, homes decked with decorations, family traditions and so much more have become part of many people’s way of life this time of year. However, for those who love the handcrafted ornaments, homemade candies and […]

Dec 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Uncategorized
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CLIENT HIGHLIGHT | INCREDIBLE INDIA

Shared by Pat Beaver – India 2017 India. It’s a country sized at 1.27 million square miles with a population of more than 1.3 billion people.  To say that traveling there can be daunting, would be an understatement. Lucky for us, we have friends from the Punjab region and Ann from Pique Travel helped us […]

Dec 12th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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Tips on Flying with Kids

Flying will children of any age can be a bit challenging. And, factors such as busy airports and long lines surely don’t help.  With the help of some friends within Virtuoso, here are a few of our collective tips that we’ve found helpful when traveling with children. Travel through family-friendly airports. For example, London Heathrow […]

Nov 29th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Uncategorized
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INSPIRATION| THE INTRIGUE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

Southeast Asia has become one of the world’s most intriguing destinations. This region, which consists of countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (among others), is full of unique experiences, people, foods and historical significance. And, with some dedicated time, two-three of them are easily combinable depending on how you like to travel. For those […]

Nov 29th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Uncategorized
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CLIENT HIGHLIGHT | EXPLORING JAPAN

From Tokyo and Takayama to Kyoto and Hiroshima (and so much in between), my wife Jenny and I recently had an amazing journey through the fascinating country of Japan. We started out by flying directly into Tokyo, the nation’s capital and largest city. In Tokyo we visited Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace Plaza, Senso-ji Temple, […]

Nov 28th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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WHEN TO BUY AIRLINE TICKETS

When is the best time to buy airline tickets? It depends. This recent article in USA Today gives travelers some insights and tips on when to consider purchasing your airline tickets. There’s clearly no fool-proof solution and “right” answer, but maybe some guidance on navigating the process. It’s a familiar — and frustrating — experience: […]

Nov 28th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Africa
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ZIMBABWE FREE FROM MUGABE

A letter of resignation came in to Parliament just as impeachment trials were underway. For Zimbabwe, it’s an historic time – Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over the presidency from longstanding president Robert Mugabe. Residents are literally celebrating in the streets. For travelers heading to Zimbabwe, nothing but good awaits. Popular tourism areas like Hwange National […]

Nov 28th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Europe
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CRUISING THE ADRIATIC | LIZ MATASSA, PIQUE TRAVEL DESIGNER

Italy, Croatia and Greece.  Three often sought-after European destinations. So, what if you could visit all three of them, plus more, in one effortless vacation?  I’m happy to say I just did – on board a Windstar small-ship ocean cruise on the Adriatic Sea. We started our journey in Venice, Italy.  We arrived a day […]

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 […]

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