Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Planning Travel Tips

What REAL ID means for Washington State Travelers

Passports are becoming more important soon for Washington State Travelers. On December 20th, 2013, a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act was passed by congress. Washington state is one of the states that has not complied with the Federal Read-ID act. This act was passed to establish a base security bench mark for… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenReconnect

Reconnect with Travel

Travel helps to connect you with other areas of the world, experience different cultures and appreciate what you have in your own back yard. I have been married for 25 years. I think that one of the keys to our great marriage is taking time to reconnect with each other. We began coming to Jamaica… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Planning

How to Plan Your Travel

The world is a wide and wonderful place. Trying to decide when and where to travel next can be a difficult decision. That is where the services of a travel professional can smooth the way to help you to narrow your choices and discover your possibilities. Where and When Many travelers want an escape from… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

5 Reasons to Visit Jamaica Now

I am a Fan of Jamaica. I have been since my first visit in 1997. That was the year that my wonderful husband, took pity on the mother of a 3-year-old and an 13-month- old and gave us some R and R on Jamaica. We have been hooked ever since. White sand beaches The town… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel International Destination River Cruise

Tempting Fall Travel Treats

As the school children return to their work, it is time for the adults to play. It is not too late to plan fall travel treats. There are many options still available and the prices have dropped as the suppliers are trying to fill last-minute space. So if you are ready to go, let’s do it!… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination Travel Tips

Partner With A Travel Professional

Have you ever wondered why people seek out and use a travel professional to help them plan a trip? The reasons vary from not having enough time to plan to just wanting it all planned for them. But the very best reason to partner with a travel professional is customer service. Customer Service A travel… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Tips

5 Healthy Travel Tips

This summer, I traveled for 5 weeks and was able to stay healthy. Traveling is hard on your system, but the rewards of new places, new faces and new experiences makes it worth the effort. Healthy travel takes just a few thoughtful precautions. Air Travel Drink your water and stay hydrated. I do this a… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination River Cruise

Cruising the Danube River

Two weeks ago, Tim and I boarded the Avalon Illumination in Budapest, Hungary to cruise up the Danube River. This is our first experience with river cruising. This itinerary is called Magnificent Europe. It spans 3 rivers and 68 locks over a 14-night cruise. As we boarded the ship, we were efficiently and warmly welcomed on board… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel National Destination

National Park Week – California

California is a great place to visit for its National Parks. From north to south a few parks to see are Lassen Volcanic N.P., Yosemite N.P., and Sequoia and Kings Canyon. If you want to jump out to the northern coast, don’t miss the Redwood N.P. The redwoods are located in the northwestern corner of… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel National Destination

National Park Week – Oregon

Oregon not only has the last miles of the Historic Oregon trail, it also boasts beautiful beaches and National Parks. Crater Lake National Park and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are two parks to add to your bucket list. Crater Lake National Park is located in the South-Central part of the state. The lake has… Read more