Authentic/Local Experiences

4 Fascinating Countries You’ll Explore on the Rhine River

By Carol Rowland / September 21, 2022 /

Travel goes on and a consistent area of interest is river cruising. It’s such an amazing way to immerse yourself in a destination, since it’s so easy to walk right off the ship into the heart of a city, combined with the convenience of unpacking once. The Rhine River is one of the most popular…

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Pamper yourself in Iceland’s geothermal spas

By Carol Rowland / August 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Pamper yourself in Iceland’s geothermal spas

Pamper yourself in Iceland’s geothermal spas Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, as it is home to numerous volcanoes and glaciers, along with countless hot springs and geothermal spas. Iceland is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries with its cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, ice fields, explosive geysers, and…

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Expanding your palate

By Carol Rowland / July 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Expanding your palate

It’s amazing to see how our travels expand our perspective and cause us incorporate what we have learned into daily life… Expanding your palate through travel I was reviewing the menu at a Mediterranean restaurant, and decided to get the falafel side dish as part of my lunch. As I was sitting there eating, I…

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Heis and leis and lush scenery – Tahiti

By Carol Rowland / June 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Heis and leis and lush scenery – Tahiti

I have the wonderful privilege of visiting various destinations and providing inspiration of the amazing places of this world. One of the highlights for me in 2019 was getting to travel to Tahiti – now that’s a bucket list trip! That experience inspires this week’s article… Why Tahiti should be on your travel bucket list …

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5 places I didn’t care to visit in Ireland

By Carol Rowland / May 4, 2022 / Comments Off on 5 places I didn’t care to visit in Ireland

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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