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 GerkenTravel Tips

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

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

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 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 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