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Apr 19th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Africa
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Experiencing Southern Africa – Ann Coleman, Pique Travel Designer

Africa has always been, and continues to be, a land of great intrigue for me. So when I found out I was chosen from a large pool of Virtuoso Travel Agents to join their coveted South Africa familiarization trip, I was ecstatic!  Here’s a brief look at the amazing experiences and wildlife sightings I had […]

Apr 19th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Central America
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Client Highlight | Guatemala Heritage Trip

This month we planned a trip for a client to travel with their adopted son to visit his homeland of Guatemala. Their trip focuses on exploring the varied landscape and learning about the local culture. They were able to visit a local farmer to learn about peanut butter making, even having a taste of their own […]

Apr 19th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Australia & New Zealand
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Travel Inspiration | New Zealand

Kia ora (welcome) to the “Youngest Country on Earth.” From the Bay of Island’s pristine beaches to the soaring pinnacles of the Milford Sound, New Zealand is simply stunning. A popular destination on client’s bucket list, here is some insider information to inspire your travel lust. About New Zealand New Zealand consists of the North […]

Apr 19th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel Advice
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Fast Track Security

One wild card factor that affects airport travelers is always the length of and time spent in long security checkpoint lines. Skipping the line, or at a minimum reducing the wait time in them, is always a plus.  So what options do you have to help you get to the gate faster? Unfortunately, there isn’t […]

Apr 19th

2017

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Travel News
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What is Sustainable Tourism?

As 2017 began, the United Nations announced that they were declaring it the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The term ‘sustainable tourism’ has become a buzzword recently yet there is still often confusion about what it means or how you can participate in it as a traveler. What is Sustainable Tourism? The general […]

Aug 4th

2015

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Africa
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How can we save the next Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe?

The worldwide coverage surrounding Cecil the lion’s unnecessary and untimely death in Zimbabwe has been the story of the week.  So why should we care? And what can we do to help turn the tide against poaching and trophy hunting in Africa? It was one lion. Are people over-reacting? It’s an indisputable fact. Poaching and […]

Dec 29th

2014

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Uncategorized
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Swimming with wild dolphins

Follow Your Curiosity Drift away with this short video that will take you to a magical place off the coast of Oahu where you can swim with wild dolphins.  

Dec 29th

2014

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Ted Talks
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Scuba diving in a wheel chair

TED Talks – Travel Inspiration When Sue Austin got a power wheel chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In this inspiring story, Sue aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels in this thrilling footage of an […]

Nov 29th

2014

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Africa
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Hides of Hwange

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe A New View On African Safaris Imagine standing within arms length of a baby elephant as she drinks water under her towering mother? Pique Travel Design is proud to offer the Hides of Hwange. A luxury safari experience designed to give you a unique perspective unlike any other. Guests will quietly […]

Nov 12th

2014

Author By Jim Bendt
CategoryPosted in Uncategorized
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Travel to Galapagos

The Amazing Galapagos Islands Most would agree…this world is fragile.  Cultures are challenged.  Landscape is altered.  Species are jeopardized.  As a student of life, my constant goal is to understand, appreciate and share these aspects of our precious world with others – particularly my children. A recent trip to the Galapagos Islands with them opened […]

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