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Jun 26th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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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 21st

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in South America
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Travel Inspiration | Argentina

Argentina. This South American country quite arguably has the world’s tastiest beef, sexiest dance, most immaculately dressed people, cutest penguins and the continent’s highest peak. Add in the gauchos and plains of Patagonia, world-class trout and salmon fishing, glacier skiing in the Andes and the European sophistication of its capital, Buenos Aires—and a trip to […]

Jun 20th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Central America
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Client Highlight | Belize Family Adventure

When we first started talking to Pique Travel about ideas for Spring Break 2017, we knew we wanted something unique. They’ve already helped us with amazing trips to Nicaragua and my recent women’s trek to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.  So needless to say, the bar was set high! After several discussions, our family of four decided […]

Jun 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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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 […]

Jun 17th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Europe
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Off the Beaten Path in France & Italy | Liz Matassa, Pique Travel Designer

For months, my husband (second-generation Italian) and I have been planning a trip back to Italy and to southern France. We were anxious to take our 8-year-old son there to experience some of the places we love. Because we were returning to some of the places we’ve already visited (Nice and Florence in particular), I […]

May 22nd

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Africa
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Client Highlight | Close Encounters in Kenya

Submitted by John Neumann, Pique Travel Client My 12-year- old Eliza asked for an elephant for Christmas. She got a gray stuffed one from Santa Claus, a tie-dyed one from her aunt, and a foster elephant in Kenya. Godoma had been stuck in a well, only a couple of months old. Her parents had run away to […]

May 18th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel News
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New Cruise Ships for 2017 and 2018

Cruising continues to be a popular way to vacation, exposing travelers to multiple destinations with the perk of only having to unpack once. Those who consider themselves “cruisers” are typically pretty loyal to cruising. In fact, 92% of travelers returning from a cruise are likely to book another one. What brings them back? One reason […]

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
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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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” […]

Apr 26th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Asia
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Travel Inspiration | India

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back more than 5,000 years. Culturally diverse and complex (with mainly rural, traditional and agrarian populations), it’s a nation undergoing significant political, economic and social change while facing various unique challenges to maintain […]

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