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

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 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 GerkenInternational Destination

Your Passport

I have had a valid passport since my first trip to Europe in 1991. Since I returned to the travel industry I am continually amazed at the number of travelers who do not have a passport. This post is to encourage you to get your passport either renewed or ordered. Advantages to having a passport: You… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

Is Europe On Sale?

The exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollars is great, right now. It is almost a 1:1 ratio, which makes traveling to Europe this year more attractive than ever. Not only is it more affordable, but the many travel style options that Europe offers makes it desirable on many levels. Europe in depth… 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 GerkenFamily Travel Group Travel International Destination

4 Ways To See The World

  The old movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” describes many forms of transportation that can be used during your traveling experiences. These days, there are more options than ever before when you choose to travel. There are many price points to fit into every budget and each form of travel has its own unique advantages…. Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTours Travel Planning

Experience Travel

  Travel is all about experiences. Avid travelers are looking for the next experience to build their memories. Whether that is sampling unusual food in Asia, cave diving in Belize or just renting a kayak in Hawaii, we travel to experience. Most of my adult life I have traveled without the aid of a tour… 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