Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Planning Travel Tips

What REAL ID means for Washington State Travelers

Passports are becoming more important soon for Washington State Travelers. On December 20th, 2013, a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act was passed by congress. Washington state is one of the states that has not complied with the Federal Read-ID act. This act was passed to establish a base security bench mark for… Read more

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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

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5 Healthy Travel Tips

This summer, I traveled for 5 weeks and was able to stay healthy. Traveling is hard on your system, but the rewards of new places, new faces and new experiences makes it worth the effort. Healthy travel takes just a few thoughtful precautions. Air Travel Drink your water and stay hydrated. I do this a… Read more

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Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know

In the year that I have been back in the travel industry, I have heard many accounts of people needing insurance for their trips. Many of these experiences are based on health reasons, but not all. When we were in France last year on a tour, one couple had flown from Spain to France. Unfortunately,… Read more

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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

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5 Tips for Summer Travel

June is here. The kids are getting ready to be done with school. The weather is becoming steadily nicer, here in the Pacific Northwest, and our thoughts are turning to travel. Whether your family will be traveling abroad or locally, this summer, here are five tips to make your trip a smooth success. Create a “remember… Read more

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Prioritize Your Travel

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine Avid travelers are constantly looking towards their next trip. Whether it is to the next city or the next continent, a travel bucket list will help you to prioritize and focus your travel goals. First, let’s dream… Read more

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Welcome

Thank you for visiting Gerken Getaways! We are ready to help you plan your next vacation. Check back often to read about destinations that I have traveled to, great destination deals and travel tips to help you get the most bang out of your buck. I am passionate about planning a trip to remember. I will… Read more

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