Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel International Destination Reconnect Travel Planning

Scotland Awaits You

When you think of Scotland, you probably first think of movies that you may have seen. Outlander, Harry Potter, Skyfall and of course The Highlander. There are iconic sights from these and other movies all throughout Scotland, but there is so much more. Scotland is the land of activities. There is something for everyone and… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel Family Travel International Destination Reconnect River Cruise Tours Travel Planning

Travel Deals in December

As everyone is rushing back and forth this holiday season,  treat your family to a gift that makes memories. Travel is not only fun, it is a great way to re-connect with your spouse, kids or extended family. Shared experiences can be remembered for years to come. Time is one of our most valuable resources…. Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel Family Travel Group Travel International Destination

Visit Slovenia in 2019

I recently went to Slovenia for a few days. Wow! I could have stayed there for a whole week or more. Slovenia’s natural beauty and friendly people make it one of my top recommendations for places to visit in 2019. Coupled with a trip into Croatia, just an hour away by car to the border… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel International Destination Travel Planning

Planning Your Next Vacation Professionally

There are all types of planners. Planning a vacation a year in advance comes easily for some, while others wait until weeks before to plan a getaway. For some types of trips, either method will work as long as you are willing to be flexible. I recently had a woman call my office you wanted… 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 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 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 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