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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

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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

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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

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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

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Alternatives to Europe

Europe has been a popular destination for US travelers for many years. While, I would not hesitate to travel to Europe today, a few travelers, are a bit shy about recent threats to European countries. With that in mind, there are many great alternatives in the world to explore. South Pacific South of the equator, lays many… Read more

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Experience Cuba!

Back in the early 1990’s, My husband and I had the opportunity to drive into Prague. This was just after the border opened up to Western travelers. It was great to experience the culture and feel of the city before it became another European tourist town. It was authentic. The same is true right now… Read more

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Is Europe On Sale?

The exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollars is great, right now. It is almost a 1:1 ratio, which makes traveling to Europe this year more attractive than ever. Not only is it more affordable, but the many travel style options that Europe offers makes it desirable on many levels. Europe in depth… Read more

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4 Ways To See The World

  The old movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” describes many forms of transportation that can be used during your traveling experiences. These days, there are more options than ever before when you choose to travel. There are many price points to fit into every budget and each form of travel has its own unique advantages…. Read more

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Islands of Scotland

This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Scotland. Scotland is one of my favorite destinations to date. This was our second trip to Scotland and this time we were able to explore some of its beautiful islands. We spent a full week on the Island of Islay, which is… Read more

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River Cruising

How do you like to cruise? This week I learned about river cruising through the Viking Cruise Lines. They offer European river cruising as well as paddle boat cruising on the Mississippi River and a few ocean cruises on smaller vessels. I am not particularly a cruiser. I tend to get seasick. However, the great… Read more

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