Authentic/Local Experiences

Oberammergau’s history links to our present

By Carol Rowland / November 18, 2020 /

I’ve been working on some trips and river cruises associated with the rescheduled Oberammergau Passion Play in 2022, and I find the history of the event and how it connects with the current issues fascinating, so that inspires this week’s article. Oberammergau’s history links to our present Introduction What once began as a promise to…

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Vampire-inspired travels

By Carol Rowland / October 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Vampire-inspired travels

The upcoming Halloween holiday inspires this week’s article about destinations that provide spooky and thrilling sights related to a classic horror figure. Vampire-inspired travels First mentioned in European folklore around the mid-1700s, vampires have terrified and intrigued us mere mortals for centuries. The most prominent example remains Dracula, the bloodsucking Count created by acclaimed Irish…

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The Best part of traveling is sharing experiences with others

By Carol Rowland / September 30, 2020 / Comments Off on The Best part of traveling is sharing experiences with others

Today is National Mud Pack Day – I bet you didn’t know that tidbit. When I saw that, it made me think of one of my favorite moments traveling, and I thought I would share why group travel is such a great way to see the world. The Best part of traveling is sharing experiences…

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How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

By Carol Rowland / September 23, 2020 / Comments Off on How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

As we look forward into the future and the chance to travel again at some point, I’m excited about planning trips into next year and the opportunity to get back to exploring the world. One of the best ways to deeply explore the world is through expedition cruising; I wanted to talk about that as…

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Japanese Ryokans – Sleeping in true cultural immersion

By Carol Rowland / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Japanese Ryokans – Sleeping in true cultural immersion

This time last year I sailed a two-week cruise around the islands of Japan with our oldest son. I loved Japan and learning about the culture. Since I’m particularly into authentic experiences and cultural immersion, one of the highlights was staying in a ryokan before our cruise, and I’d like to share the concept of…

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A Sunny Vacation with Covid Safety

By Carol Rowland / September 2, 2020 / Comments Off on A Sunny Vacation with Covid Safety

Since I’ve had some questions around this, I thought I would share a current status of how some of the all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are handling the current situation… How are Mexico all-inclusive resorts opening and managing COVID safely? The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a massive decrease in global travel, but the good news…

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A Tattoo for your bucket list – Edinburgh Military Tattoo!

By Carol Rowland / August 26, 2020 / Comments Off on A Tattoo for your bucket list – Edinburgh Military Tattoo!

I had planned to be Scotland this week with my husband to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, but the trip was cancelled due to Covid. I’ve been fortunate enough to see it, but it’s been on his bucket list for years. It is a breathtaking experience, so I want to share why it should be…

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A trip that offers inspiration and reflection – the Camino

By Carol Rowland / August 12, 2020 / Comments Off on A trip that offers inspiration and reflection – the Camino

A conversation with my son inspired me to share about the Camino de Santiago this week, as I have found folks have heard of it but don’t know too much, or are curious about it works for those of us who are a little older and not really hikers… All about the Camino de Santiago…

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An idea for now and future travels – Rooftop Bars!

By Carol Rowland / August 5, 2020 / Comments Off on An idea for now and future travels – Rooftop Bars!

As I dream about future travel, as well as some current summertime fun, ideas lead me to think about rooftop bars and how they are the perfect diversion for current times and anticipated trips… Rooftop Bars are the perfect recess I admit it – I am a sucker for rooftop bars. I find the atmosphere…

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Learning about new destinations and experiences for you

By Carol Rowland / July 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Learning about new destinations and experiences for you

This week I’m busy with some virtual networking so I’m sharing a bit of insight into one way I learn about interesting experiences and lovely hotels… Networking for knowledge and insight I’m spending most of this week and next week conducting one-on-one virtual meetings with some of the folks in the travel trade from Ireland.…

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