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 GerkenTravel Tips

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

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 GerkenTravel Tips

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

Author: Kathryn GerkenCustom Travel

Customized Travel Adds Value

Anyone can travel. In today’s high-tech world, it is easy to go online click a button and have a reservation for a vacation 5,000 miles away in a foreign land. Is it easy? Sure it is. Does it save you money? Not necessarily. Travel advisors, like me, are paid by the suppliers. The suppliers have… 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 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