Travel Advice

Nov 28th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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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: […]

Oct 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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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
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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 […]

Aug 22nd

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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A Traveler’s “To Do” List

Now that you’re in full “anticipation mode” for your travels, be sure to think ahead of what you might need while you’re away and what might need to be happening (or not happening) at home.  Here are a few tips we often recommend to our clients when they’re traveling: Dial up your anticipation by starting […]

Jul 24th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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Tips for Sleeping on a Plane

Whether you’re a new or experienced traveler, sleeping on a plane can be a challenge – especially on long international flights. A long flight without rest can mean days of being tired once you arrive at your destination. And who wants exhaustion to get in the way of a trip you’ve been anticipating for months! […]

Jul 22nd

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Custom Travel
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CLIENT HIGHLIGHT | NEW ZEALAND TRAVELS

The seeds of our New Zealand trip were planted years ago by a friend whose pictures and memories inspired us.  After we retired in early 2016 we began planning a month-long trip with the help of Pique Travel Designer, Kris Nosworthy.  Being bookish types, we had a fairly long list of things to do and […]

Jun 26th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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The Value of Travel Insurance

The value of travel insurance – is it worth the investment? Is travel insurance really needed?  Is it worth the extra investment?  Or is it another “suggestive sell” ploy like those extended warranties we’re constantly getting pitched when we make larger purchases? Whether it’s your trip, your possessions, or your health, travel insurance is a […]

Jun 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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How to Pick the Most ‘Rewarding’ Credit Card

We are commonly asked which credit cards on the market offer the best travel rewards.  With so many card options, how do you choose?  While each of us has different preferences, we thought it might be helpful to share the top three credit cards you’ll find in our wallets at Pique Travel Design: Chase Sapphire […]

May 12th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Canada
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Traveling Western Canada by Train | Erin Green, Pique Travel Designer

Western Canada is known for its incredible scenery – especially the dramatic Canadian Rocky Mountains. One fabulous way to see this landscape is by train – along the old Canada Pacific Railroad lines. Erin on our Pique Travel team recently experienced this on the beautiful and luxurious Rocky Mountaineer in April.  Here’s more about her […]

May 3rd

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
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Packing Tips for Suitcase Success

You’ve seen it before – a family with 19 oversized bags and rolling devices simply trying to transport them from A to B for their vacation. You wonder how that family can need so much luggage. There has to be a more effective and efficient system, right? A Google search for “how to pack better” […]

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