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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 […]

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 […]

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