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

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel

Education, Culture and Experiences

I grew up a child of travel. My parents were divorced when I was a young. As my sister and I grew older, we commuted from one coast to another to see our Dad. Since he was a pilot, we flew stand-by. In those days, we were rarely bumped, but we did learn how to… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination Travel Tips

Trip Planning Highlights

The travel industry works 12 -18 months ahead of travel. Cruise lines are starting to publish the early fares for 2017 already. Special event travel such as the 500 anniversary of Reformation and Martin Luther in 2017 are already filling up. For popular destinations, you may be too late for this Christmas already. How can… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel Themed travel

A Christmas To Remember

I know that it is only July! But, it is time to think about holiday travel. In only 6 short months the holiday season will be in full swing. How will you celebrate this year? If you ask your children, what they got for Christmas last year, would they be able to tell you? It… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel

Mid-Year Goals

Can you believe that it is the first of July? Where has the first 6 months of 2015 gone? Here at Gerken Getaways, I have been helping clients to book cruises to the Mediterranean and Mexico. There is a small group, whom I will escort, going to Ireland in October. (Space is still available, if you would… Read more

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