International Travel

The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

By Carol Rowland / July 21, 2021 /

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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The Best Sights to see along Egypt’s Nile River

By Carol Rowland / July 14, 2021 /

In the next few weeks I’ll be working on launching our Egypt trip for February 2022. Egypt is a top bucket list destination and I’m excited for the amazing itinerary we have. There is so much to see there that you’ve likely never heard of, yet are so much a part of the story of…

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Understanding the Differences Between Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions

By Carol Rowland / June 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Understanding the Differences Between Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions

One of my future group trips is what I think is the ‘Big Kahuna’ of bucket list trips – an Antarctica cruise. I’ve had some folks ask about the difference between Antarctica and the Arctic expedition cruises, so I thought I would cover that this week. I’m into expedition cruising in a big way, so…

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Beyond Mykonos and Santorini: Exploring Some of the Smaller Greek Islands

By Carol Rowland / June 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Beyond Mykonos and Santorini: Exploring Some of the Smaller Greek Islands

For our Anniversary we’ll be cruising the Greek Isles for two weeks starting in late August. While stops at Santorini and Mykonos are always favorites, this cruise is filled with many smaller ports that folks aren’t as familiar with. I’m scouring my resources to find interesting excursions to take in Spetsai, Paphos, Limassol Cyprus, and…

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Visiting the D-Day sights around Normandy

By Carol Rowland / June 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Visiting the D-Day sights around Normandy

It seems appropriate that right after the remembrances of Memorial Day that we have the D-Day anniversary coming up this weekend. I visited the Normandy area a couple of years ago right around the 75th anniversary, and seeing the sights in person, with the stories of bravery and patriotism, takes one beyond history books to…

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Post-Covid Travel – The dominoes are falling

By Carol Rowland / May 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Post-Covid Travel – The dominoes are falling

This has been a busy week in travel news, and today I share the significant highlights that may be of interest to you… Covid Travel News – The Dominoes are Falling… There’s been a palpable shift in the mood about Covid – a positive feeling of getting back to normal – that is reflected in…

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The mystical intrigue of the Northern Lights

By Carol Rowland / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on The mystical intrigue of the Northern Lights

I’m busy planning many future trips, and bucket list experiences are at the forefront, as folks are ready to travel and make sure they see some of their top desires. One magical experience on many lists, including mine, is seeing the Northern Lights, so I though I’d share a bit about this beautiful phenomenon. An…

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Culture and Culinary Experiences in Los Cabos

By Carol Rowland / May 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Culture and Culinary Experiences in Los Cabos

Last week I had the opportunity to explore the Los Cabos area of Mexico with our hosts from Visit Los Cabos and Delta, going beyond the sun and beach scene of the all-inclusive resorts to learn how this area can satisfy travel yearnings for cultural discoveries, epicurean experiences, and diverse local encounters. For those of…

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Top Sights and Experiences in Prague

By Carol Rowland / April 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Top Sights and Experiences in Prague

I’ve been planning some future river cruises for clients and one of the favorite cities to visit as an extension to a Danube river cruise is Prague, which is full of intriguing sights and local experiences, so I share some top highlights… 7 of the Best Things to do in Prague Prague is the capital…

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Experiencing an Onsen in Japan

By Carol Rowland / April 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Experiencing an Onsen in Japan

Last week there was news of the 100-day countdown to the Olympics in Japan, and it’s sad visitors won’t be able to attend. Japan is one of my favorite trips ever, as I love the cultural influences that are so different from ours. Today I share a unique aspect of Japanese tradition… Experiencing an Onsen…

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