Six Stunning Travel Destinations for Couples

Posted by Tammy Murphy

August 31, 2017 at 7:01 AM

What’s better than a romantic getaway with your partner? Couples every year plan special trips to relax, bask in the sun and enjoy each other’s company. Whether it be to celebrate a honeymoon, an anniversary, a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or just for fun, there are plenty of perfect places to travel to. You can certainly make a couples iStock_000022040490_Smalltrip out of almost every destination around the world, but there are a select few destinations that are made for just that. Here’s a peak at VIP’s list of the top six stunning destinations for couples.

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Topics: travel destinations, Romance Travel, Provence, Belize, Italy, St Barts, Islands in the Sun

Best time to Travel for best values and more

Posted by Tammy Murphy

September 16, 2016 at 3:58 AM

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When is shoulder season?  You've heard of "high" and "low", well shoulder season is right between.   

 

Just about the time that vacation crowds are scurrying home, cinque-terre-340348_1920.jpgTHAT'S THE TIME for best values and wide open spaces.  Availability is better, locals can appreciate travelers more, air and hotel rates drop and just before everything shuts down for the season, and sometimes receive a few more amenities.  

 

Snapshot:  What's the best time of year to visit _______?  If you're looking for value, slower pace, light crowds and good weather, that time is ______. 

 

There is a different answer for each destination.  Here's the scoop . . .

 

I don't know about you, but I like to create my own crowd, group vacations with our friends, or our family, etc.   I digress (more on that next week)

 

I T A L Y
Because all discussions begin with . . . Italy. 
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Autumn  (late October to November) or Spring (March/April) but this is constantly changing with the popularity of this beautiful country.   Personally, I love Italy so much, it doesn't matter to me which month if the opportunity arises, I'm there.  There are caveats to this rule, so be sure to discuss more in depth with your travel consultant.  

C A N A D A

National Parks (Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper) has a short shoulder season first two weeks of national-park-856316_1920.jpgJune and last two weeks of August.   Weather can vary from one coast to the other in Canada, but fall attracts travelers seeking the beautiful auburn hues and may be the perfect time to experience the viewing of a spot bull moose or wolf howl.   Thanksgiving is a great time for a short visit because it isn't a holiday for Canada.

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Topics: travel destinations, travel tips, travel planner

8 Incredibly Awesome Hotels Around the World

Posted by Robert Landen

September 15, 2016 at 9:06 AM

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More awesome, luxurious hotels exist in the world than you can imagine! These places are in all corners of the world, and they are just waiting for you to come see them. If you did, you would see how truly unbelievable they really are, but they are plenty of great hotels in the world. What makes these a step above the rest? All have three things which set them apart from the rest: their location, the amenities, and the décor.

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Topics: travel destinations

A City on Water

Posted by Tammy Murphy

September 14, 2016 at 10:36 AM

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Have you dreamed of visiting the City On Water?  

 Imagine being transported by WATER TAXI along the Grand Canal--my eyes were seeing something that was unlike anything I had ever seen in my life-a City On Water!  We dropped our luggage at the hotel and took to the water.  We rode to San Marco Square, bought vaporetto passes and headed across the lagoon.  And the first of many "day dreams" began--it didn't matter how many hours we had been up-nothing could slow us down-PINCH ME- I'm in VENICE, Italy.


My best advice for Venice
, (after you see all the iconic sites) throw away the map and GET LOST, you're on an island, you will eventually find your hotel.  The magic is in the moment--get lost in the moment.

PLEASE don't take that cookie-cutter tour of Venice, OR of anywhere in Italy.  We work with  fabulous on-location teams that are there for you every step of the way.  We know locals, Venetian-born and bred that cannot wait to show our travelers the Venice guidebooks often overlook. 

Maybe you have visited  Venice on a tour before, come again and get a closer look--we will help you see the CITY ON WATER with new eyes

I share one memory of my Venice trip below, but each trip we plan is YOUR trip.  You may like some, all or none of the things I liked about Venice.  We find out about YOU and plan the trip to fit your interests best.

Many guidebooks or travelers say skip the gondola ride, you won't hear that from me, I'm not sure if we would have splurged on the serenade gondola ride if it hadn't been a special occasion, BUT, I'm sooo glad we did.  It was so relaxing drifting along quiet alleys and seeing Venice from a completely different perspective.  This was definitely my top EXPERIENCE in Venice. 

Click this video to experience a magical moment in Venice

We all need to laugh at ourselves sometimes.  I will share a little funny about my well planned adventure BEFORE I HAD on location peeps . . . a hilarious start to our first night in Venice felt somewhat like our adventurous "Road to Hana" (but that's a story for another day).  First, we took vaparetta going in the opposite direction and rode around the island for 45 minutes.  We debarked at Piazza San Marco, thinking it was closer to the meeting point than it actually was.  We walked through a maze of alleys--we could see where we needed to be but couldn't get there (I tried to cut through a hotel kitchen with no success).  We finally arrived at San Giglio for our Sunset Gondola ride so thankful they had waited for us. 

We boarded with the gondolier and then to our surprise two guys joined us.  We were thinking "this is supposed to be private".  We assumed the gondolier was also the singer, but turns out that's only in Vegas.  The extra guys were our singer and guitarist - YAY!.

We sailed though the quiet canals listening to the sweetest and most passionate serenade you could imagine (or just listen -link above).   We felt like we were literally the only people in the city . . . to say it was a great way to celebrate our 27th anniversary is the understatement of the century--when you thought it was a dream come true, it just kept getting sweeter with each passing moment!  The singer was SO into his song --so passionate about his music, it was a beautiful Italian ballad so I'm not sure of the words, I just know it was beautiful and heartfelt, especially with the chiming church bells in the background.  There are no words to describe the overwhelming emotions from ALL OF US--priceless memories!

 I was mesmerized with the many canals,  dinner Al fresco,  getting caught in the rain as we wandered through the maze of narrow alleys in San Croce before finding the Frari Basilica; drinking hot chocoloate in the mornings at my hotel while watching the gentile lapping of the water against the steps; the BRIDGES, I could never get enough of the ornate bridges crossing the quiet canals; the food . . . fresh, reasonable prices and delicious--it was my first of many pizzas in Italy.  I do need to return to try the Venetian specialties, but Oh THE PIZZA.  And the wine.  And the gelato.  Did I mention pasta? 

Water . . . it is so serene.  Aren't you ready to plan your trip to the City on Water?

We  would love to give you a world of memorable experiences.

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Topics: travel destinations, Italy

Europe's Finest: Culinary Travel Destinations

Posted by Robert Landen

August 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Europe can be divided by food as much as by national boundaries, so it's no surprise that many people select their world travel destinations based solely on the kinds of things they can eat. If you want to tantalize your taste buds on your next European vacation, consider some of the following destinations.

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Topics: travel destinations, Europe

Rare Occurrence: 3 New Orleans Sailings on Luxury All Exclusive Ship

Posted by Tammy Murphy

August 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Have you dreamed of cruising aboard the luxurious Crystal?  Follow your wanderlust this November or December and prepare to enjoy the award-winning Crystal Experience aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity with these EXCLUSIVE limited-time departures.

Click here for a peak at Southern Sailing

Don't miss this chance, no New Orleans departures are available in 2017.   This is a great opportunity if you live in the New Orleans area, OR if you've been looking for an excuse to visit New Orleans

We  would love to give you a world of memorable experiences while enjoying exceptional value aboard the World's Best cruise line. 

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Topics: travel destinations

3 Destinations You Can Still Visit in 2016 for a Culturally Rich Experience

Posted by Tammy Murphy

August 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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The richest cultural experiences a traveler can have are often found on less traveled highways, away from the hustle and bustle of large populations, but the trick is finding out about these locations. If you ever have the chance, visit one of these places and you will truly be grateful you did. Take a look at these three amazing destinations you must try to visit to ensure a truly culturally rich experience. Each of them is unique, and still available for 2016.

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Topics: travel destinations

VIP's List of the Top 10 Luxurious Resorts Worldwide

Posted by Robert Landen

December 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

When money is no object, travelers seek out luxury. First class travelers want amenities that offer opulence and privacy, and they will travel the world to find it.Phuket

We've picked out what we believe to be the most luxurious resorts. While some of these are world-renowned hotels, we hope you will discover a few new hidden jewels among the mix.

So what exactly defines a ‘top luxurious resort’? Read our list below to see what we believe makes the cut.

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Topics: travel destinations

Six Stunning Destinations for Couples

Posted by Robert Landen

July 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

What’s better than a romantic getaway with your partner? Couples every year plan special trips to relax, bask in the sun and enjoy each other’s company. Whether it be to celebrate a honeymoon, an anniversary, a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or just for fun, there are plenty of perfect places to travel to. You can certainly make a couples iStock_000022040490_Smalltrip out of almost every destination around the world, but there are a select few destinations that are made for just that. Here’s a peak at VIP’s list of the top six stunning destinations for couples.

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Topics: travel destinations, Romance Travel, Provence, Belize, Italy, St Barts

VIP Style: This Summer's Hottest Festivals and Parties

Posted by Robert Landen

June 18, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Summer is upon us. Better weather, reconnecting with friends, and time in the sun. Tiring work routines, with all their monotonous concerns, are defied as the days get longer and brighter. Of course there are great options for partygoers who want to stay in the U.S., but why stay at home when the world is your oyster? From Ibiza to thailand-789724_1280-1Thailand, there are exciting events happening around the world all summer long. Have a generous amount of vacation time? Why not use it? This is your guide to the best summer globe-trotting events of the season.

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Topics: travel destinations

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