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

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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

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

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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

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination Tours

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

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

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

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

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