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 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 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 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 GerkenCustom Travel

Mid-Year Goals

Can you believe that it is the first of July? Where has the first 6 months of 2015 gone? Here at Gerken Getaways, I have been helping clients to book cruises to the Mediterranean and Mexico. There is a small group, whom I will escort, going to Ireland in October. (Space is still available, if you would… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel Themed travel

Cruising Styles

      The world of cruising is vast. There are cruise ships, routes and experiences for every type of traveler. We are currently in the WAVE season. This is a term that the travel industry uses to describe the optimal time to book a cruise. Many of the cruise suppliers have the best sales… 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

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel Group Travel

Multi-generational Travel

There are many benefits and very few draw-backs to multi-generational travel. It can be as simple as a family reunion or as interesting as a family trip to Europe or the Caribbean. Traveling with more than one generation, gives the group different perspectives on the same area or monument. While traveling in Scotland with my… Read more