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Nov 29th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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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
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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 […]

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 […]

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