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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 […]

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 […]

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