Travel Styles/Specialty Experiences

Suit Yourself – Customize to Your Preferences

By Carol Rowland / January 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Suit Yourself – Customize to Your Preferences

As we look at future travels, creating a trip that really connects with your preferences is an area to focus on. I like to ask my clients about their hobbies and interests, so I can help tailor their experience. Often they will hesitate or just mention some basic things, but the deeper we can go…

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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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Musical Inspirations Along the Danube

By Carol Rowland / November 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Musical Inspirations Along the Danube

There are so many fascinating towns and cities to visit on a European river cruise, and there are a few that our cruise features that I wanted to share… Musical Inspirations Along the Danube There are many reasons why you may wish to book a Danube River cruise. Gorgeous scenery, fairy-tale castles, lush vineyards, and…

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The World’s Ultimate Flower Show: Floriade

By Carol Rowland / August 4, 2021 / Comments Off on The World’s Ultimate Flower Show: Floriade

One of the stops we enjoyed in La Crosse Wisconsin was the lovely Friendship Garden there, as La Crosse is the sister city to seven cities around the world, and there is a themed area representing each country. Beautiful gardens seem to appeal to everyone, so I thought I would share about an unique event…

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Cruising the Moselle River

By Carol Rowland / July 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Cruising the Moselle River

While the Danube and Rhine Rivers are the first to come to mind in Europe, the Moselle offers some other variations on towns and experiences and it’s a little like the road less traveled, similar to the cruise I’m doing now, so a perfect segue this week… Cruising the Moselle River Characterized by stunning twisting…

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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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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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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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What’s the difference between a church, cathedral, basilica, and shrine?

By Carol Rowland / March 31, 2021 / Comments Off on What’s the difference between a church, cathedral, basilica, and shrine?

This is a holy week for many, with Passover celebrations that started this past weekend, and Holy Week and Easter this Sunday. That theme inspires this week’s article, answering the confusion of the various church designations we come across in our travels… What’s a Cathedral vs Basilica vs Church vs ? When you are traveling…

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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

By Carol Rowland / March 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

Anticipation of future explorations inspires this week’s article about a mystical destination… Machu Picchu and the Trail of the Incas The name Machu Picchu conjures up a mystical and exotic feeling, as one imagines the well-known images of this abandoned ancient city nestled in a valley between two mountain tops on the eastern slopes of…

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