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

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 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