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Aug 22nd

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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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 […]

Aug 22nd

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Europe
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Client Highlight | South of France Road Trip

This past May, my fiancé Phil Margolin and I set out on a European adventure like never before. While many enjoy flying or taking the Rail, we chose to rent a car and explore our way through Southern France. Ann Coleman, from Pique Travel, helped us plot our route, line up amazing hotels, arrange memorable […]

Aug 21st

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Caribbean & Mexico
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All-Inclusive Resorts – More Luxurious than Ever Before

  The travel industry is under constant transformation: tours have become more unique and private, cruise lines are upgrading ships and itineraries to remain competitive, airlines have merged. One segment in particular has recently undergone some pleasantly surprising changes – the all-inclusive resort. When the all-inclusive model began, it was generally preferred by those travelers […]

Jul 27th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Caribbean & Mexico
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US Travel to Cuba

Over the past 10 years, travel to Cuba has slowly become easier for the American citizen. However, travelers need to understand there are still several key restrictions. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba reopened in 2015 after 54 years of closure. New People-to-People certified group travel itineraries were created, cruise itineraries started appearing, and travelers were […]

Jul 27th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Custom Travel
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Travel Inspiration | US National Parks

The US National Parks are often acclaimed as the country’s most treasured lands, encapsulating the American landscape full of scenic wonders, protected wildlife, historic landmarks and so much more. The parks’ incredible popularity means you’ll want to try to start planning at least a year in advance for access to your pick of lodging and […]

Jul 26th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Arctic
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Arctic Exploration | Linda Bendt, Pique Travel Owner

Our little family of four (Jim/I and our kids Andrew, 14 and Abby, 11) just returned from one of the most fascinating and unique expeditions we could ever hope for – an Expedition Cruise in the Arctic. We started our journey by flying direct from Minneapolis to Amsterdam (less than eight hours) and then onto […]

Jul 24th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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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
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 […]

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