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

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel National Destination

National Parks Week

This week, April 18th-24th is National Parks week. The National Park system is 100 years old this year. To honor this week, I will be posting about various National Parks of the west that I have visited. If you would like a copy of my itinerary please contact me. Today, I will begin with a… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel

Comings and Goings of Gerken Getaways

In September, Tim and I attended a travel convention in Jamaica. We learned a lot from our supplier partners and saw some amazing resorts in the Montego Bay and Ocho Rios areas. Despite popular beliefs, you are able to get off of the resort properties and explore the region. Many of the popular excursions depart… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Tips

Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know

In the year that I have been back in the travel industry, I have heard many accounts of people needing insurance for their trips. Many of these experiences are based on health reasons, but not all. When we were in France last year on a tour, one couple had flown from Spain to France. Unfortunately,… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel Group Travel International Destination Tours

Small Groups Equal Big Advantages

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  – Attributed to Mark Twain Picture yourself in Rome. The city is alive… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel

Taking Your Vacation On The Road

Many people like the flexibility of driving on a vacation. Many of us think of motor homes for extended road trips in the US. Who wouldn’t want to explore the great National Parks of the West or follow the trail for Civil War battles in the East, with a motor home. Motor homes are like… Read more