Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination Travel Tips

Partner With A Travel Professional

Have you ever wondered why people seek out and use a travel professional to help them plan a trip? The reasons vary from not having enough time to plan to just wanting it all planned for them. But the very best reason to partner with a travel professional is customer service. Customer Service A travel… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination River Cruise

Cruising the Danube River

Two weeks ago, Tim and I boarded the Avalon Illumination in Budapest, Hungary to cruise up the Danube River. This is our first experience with river cruising. This itinerary is called Magnificent Europe. It spans 3 rivers and 68 locks over a 14-night cruise. As we boarded the ship, we were efficiently and warmly welcomed on board… 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 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 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 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 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