Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel International Destination

Travel Down Under

Have you dreamed of traveling to Australia but thought that it was just too far away? From the west coast of the United States that travel time is almost the same as to Europe. Australia has a diverse eco-system and covers a lot of territory. Australia is roughly the size of the US, so don’t… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Tips

5 Tips for Summer Travel

June is here. The kids are getting ready to be done with school. The weather is becoming steadily nicer, here in the Pacific Northwest, and our thoughts are turning to travel. Whether your family will be traveling abroad or locally, this summer, here are five tips to make your trip a smooth success. Create a “remember… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel International Destination

International Travel with Kids

The first time that my children left the country was to go to Tijuana, Mexico for a short-term mission. My parents were skeptical, but my husband, Tim and I had been before and knew the safety factors of the area that we were working. I think that they were 5 and 7 years old. As… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel International Destination

French Polynesia: Bora Bora

Our final stop on this 7 day journey, was the island of Bora Bora. It is called the Romantic Island. We stepped aboard an Air Tahiti flight from Moorea. The plane was a prop jet which held about 60 people, small, but not tiny. The views from the plane were excellent, as we passed various… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel Family Travel Group Travel International Destination

French Polynesia: Moorea

French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands. The main grouping is known as the Society Islands. The capital of Tahiti is where all the international flights land. From here it is an easy commute by plan or boat to explore the rest of the nation. The Society Islands, like Hawaii, were formed by volcanos…. Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel International Destination

French Polynesia: Tahiti

I was chosen by my parent company, Montrose Travel, to participate in an agent familiarization (FAM) trip to French Polynesia. This trip is 6 nights and 7 days on the islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. We stayed at the Hilton Moorea and the Hilton Bora Bora. Getting there Tahiti is 8 hours by non-stop… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel Family Travel National Destination

Tale of Three Canyons

          Spring Break, 2015 Each year that we host exchange students in our home, we allow them to choose a destination for their Spring Break trip. We have been to San Francisco and Northern California twice, the Island of Kauai once and this year we drove the canyons. Here was our… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel

Customized Travel Adds Value

Anyone can travel. In today’s high-tech world, it is easy to go online click a button and have a reservation for a vacation 5,000 miles away in a foreign land. Is it easy? Sure it is. Does it save you money? Not necessarily. Travel advisors, like me, are paid by the suppliers. The suppliers have… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

Your Passport

I have had a valid passport since my first trip to Europe in 1991. Since I returned to the travel industry I am continually amazed at the number of travelers who do not have a passport. This post is to encourage you to get your passport either renewed or ordered. Advantages to having a passport: You… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenGroup Travel International Destination Tours

Escorted Ireland

In February of 1991, a friend and I took our first international trip without our parents. It was an adventure to remember and one of our stops was Ireland. We braved the “wrong-sided” roads and explored the southern area of the Emerald Isle. I must admit that while I enjoyed the trip, we should have… Read more