Authentic/Local Experiences

5 places I didn’t care to visit in Ireland

By Carol Rowland / May 4, 2022 /

5 places I didn’t care to visit in Ireland We’re preparing for our group trip to Ireland in July, and we also have a lot of activity for our Notre Dame vs Navy game trips for 2023, so with Ireland on my mind, that inspires this week’s article… By happenchance I started the foundation of…

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Connecting Through Food

By Carol Rowland / April 13, 2022 / Comments Off on Connecting Through Food

While working on other people’s travel during the week, on the weekends I’m preparing for my own travels, as I head to a ship inaugural sailing in a few weeks. As I plan for a few days in Barcelona before embarkation, I share one of go-to tour plans that I always include in my explorations……

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The Temples and Shrines of Japan

By Carol Rowland / March 23, 2022 / Comments Off on The Temples and Shrines of Japan

A few years ago, I wanted to travel on a particular cruise line to evaluate it for my clients and groups, and the only window of time I had was in August. I had no interest in going to Japan, but it was the cruise itinerary that fit into my schedule, so I booked it.…

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How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

By Carol Rowland / March 9, 2022 / Comments Off on How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

Join me next January for what I consider to be the top bucket list trip ever – going on a luxury expedition Antarctica cruise to step on the seventh continent. If you’ve never considered Antarctica, now is the time – I have special group pricing that is below published list price, and it is a…

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The Top Sights in Mykonos

By Carol Rowland / February 2, 2022 / Comments Off on The Top Sights in Mykonos

This weekend when I finally closed out work for the week – I have strict policy of no work on Sundays unless I have clients flying or traveling – I ended up working on my own trip arrangements. I had some Delta certificates that I wanted to use for traveling to Poland and Greece later…

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The Joy of Local Experiences – Feeling Like a Local in Foreign City

By Carol Rowland / January 6, 2022 / Comments Off on The Joy of Local Experiences – Feeling Like a Local in Foreign City

The start of the year is a time for imagining and planning of the future. In my weekly newsletter I want to provide all sorts of inspirations as you look at your travel dreams – sometimes I talk about destinations, sometimes about experiences (watch for a future article about what we did in Budapest –…

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Experiencing the Penguins of Antarctica

By Carol Rowland / December 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Experiencing the Penguins of Antarctica

As I look to the exciting trips I have planned for the future, one of my most anticipated is the Antarctica cruise in January 2023. I was never interested in this until my husband mentioned he wanted to go to there; once I started researching and I saw how totally fascinating the experience is, Antarctica…

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The Taste of Greece

By Carol Rowland / October 13, 2021 / Comments Off on The Taste of Greece

Since Greece is one of my favorites, and a great destination right now as it is quite easy to navigate the Covid rules, I thought I would tempt you with all of the fabulous food that you can enjoy on a trip to Greece… The Taste of Greece: An Introduction to Greek Food & Drink…

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Sushi Experiences from Conveyor to Fancy

By Carol Rowland / August 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Sushi Experiences from Conveyor to Fancy

For my trip to Japan, I was determined to learn to love sushi (despite my appreciation and preference for actually cooking food), and while there we had a variety of sushi experiences. In honor of the Olympics and my love of food as culture, I share more about this significant culinary export from Japan… Sushi…

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The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

By Carol Rowland / July 21, 2021 / Comments Off on The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Friday is the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in Tokyo, and I’m sure that beyond all the athletic events, there will be quite a bit of coverage highlighting Japan cities and experiences. My trip to Japan two years ago is one of my favorites ever, and I am enamored with the fascinating cultural traditions. In…

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