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 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

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 GerkenCustom Travel Family Travel National Destination

Tale of Three Canyons

          Spring Break, 2015 Each year that we host exchange students in our home, we allow them to choose a destination for their Spring Break trip. We have been to San Francisco and Northern California twice, the Island of Kauai once and this year we drove the canyons. Here was our… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTours

Experience Culture

Over the past several years, Tim and I have taken a few escorted tours in Europe. The first was with our sons through the Northern part of Italy, zigzagging across the country as we worked our way south to Rome. I must admit that I took this tour, with my feet dragging. I had been… 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

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

Author: Kathryn GerkenTravel Tips

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