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Eye on the World: Alaska

Earlier this month, I left the humidity of Miami for the dry—and delightful—weather of Alaska. I hopped on one of John Hall's Alaska tours and...well, the images speak for themselves. Stunning? So much more than that.

Intrepid Travel Sets Sail for the Florida Keys

Intrepid Travel has introduced a new sailing tour in the Florida Keys' remote Dry Tortugas National Park for travel in 2017.

Make a Break for Club Med

This fall, your clients can escape to the all-inclusive Club Med Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic; Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico; or Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida and enjoy up to 50 percent off rates.

A Wild Thai Adventure for Multi-Gen Families

For an off-the-beaten path vacation fit for multigenerational families, book one of Wild Planet Adventures’ custom Wildlife Adventures itineraries.

Classic Vacations Reveals National Parks Itineraries

On the heels of the National Park Service celebrating its 100th birthday, Classic Vacations has joined forces with National Parks Revealed to offer a host of new itineraries to U.S. National Parks, as well as other destinations in the western U.S., Alaska, and southern Florida, including The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mount Rushmore, and Yellowstone.

Mexico for Families, Couples and Solo Travelers

From teens and tweens to lovebirds and those with a full nest, Mexico's robust hotel scene has something for every type of traveler.

Discover the Marvels of Costa Rica

Pleasant Holidays has opened sales of its 2017 Costa Rica Guided Vacations with guaranteed departures every other Saturday through Dec. 10, 2016, and from Jan. 7 to Dec. 9, 2017 with no minimum number of travelers required.

Eye on the World: Adventures by Disney on the Danube

Adventures by Disney's 8-day Danube River cruise is an action-packed itinerary that takes clients to eight destinations in four countries, and I've got a whirlwind photo tour with all the highlights.
Elephant sighting at Chongwe River Camp in Zambia is on the INCA itinerary.

A Love for the Exotic

Couples looking to rekindle their flame amidst exotic locations should look east to Africa and the Middle East. Here, the flame is fanned while viewing the Big 5, exploring cities steeped in history and walking in the footsteps of early explorers.

Explore Dusseldorf, Top Down, on a VW Safari

There are many ways to explore the posh and modern city of Dusseldorf located on the Rhine in western Germany, but the most exhilarating mode just might be from behind the wheel of a historic and colorful VW Beetle or Buggy.

A Pompeii Adventure in the Caribbean

Yes, we know the ancient Roman city of Pompeii with its numerous temples and weathered sites is quite a ways away from the glittering Caribbean; however, Montserrat, the Caribbean’s modern-day Pompeii offers just as impressive volcano-shaped landscapes, and your clients can see it all from the seat of a helicopter on the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Olveston House of Montserrat’s new Peaks of Perfection package.

How to Live Like a Local in Hawaii 

Today's travelers don't just want to fit in with the locals, they want to live like them, too. And while your clients may not be able to pick up Pidgin in time for their Hawaii vacation, you can book them at one of these properties where they can surf, party and get pampered like a native.

Book Now for Japan’s 2017 Cherry Blossom Season 

Super Value Tours has announced details of its cherry blossom season tours for 2017.

Taking Yoga to the Next (Elevation) Level

At the luxury tented Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, guests can participate in one of three heli-yoga experiences in the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Area.

Take a Hike in Southern Maine

When your outdoorsy clients come asking for a new place to adventure, tell them you’ve found this oceanfront escape on the rocky coast of Southern Maine where they can hike, mountain bike, and sail.
The Outdoor Lounge at Karongwe River Lodge.

South Africa From Beach to Bush

At INDABA 2016, one catchphrase that kept ringing throughout Africa’s largest tradeshow was “value for money.” While this notion could easily apply to hotels alone in South Africa (five-star lodges at less than $200 a night are just the start), value in this country goes far beyond the physical.
Guests can enjoy paddleboarding on the St. Lucie River. (Michelle Arean)

Onsite Review: An Athletic Transformation at Club Med Sandpiper Bay

onfession: I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. My idea of a workout is my occasional Bar Method class or biking through the neighborhood. And even that, I can’t commit to with much accountability. But during my stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida, I transformed into a pseudo-athlete. A
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas offers a Desert to Ocean Experience.

Singular Experiences

We’ve put together a selection of singular experiences that can only be made in Mexico.
The Marchenzimmer Raum (Fairy Tale Room) at the Boutique Hotel Schieferhof.

At Home in Thuringia, Germany

It was a chilly December night when I settled into my seat at St. George’s Church (Georgenkirche) in Eisenach, Germany for the sold-out Johann Sebastian Bach Weihnachts Oratorium. By this time, my press trip through the central German state of Thuringia had ended, but my affable guide Cornelia insisted I take part in this cherished holiday tradition she and her husband attend annually.
Susan Farewell

Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International Travel Experiences

To survive and thrive as a travel agent today, you have to think out of the box…big time. Many clients are no longer satisfied with just seeing a destination’s highlights and getting their photos taken in front of the iconic landmarks.
Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica.

Onsite Review: Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica

Fine, sustainable lodgings mixed with authentic experiences are in the DNA of Costa Rica, and Rico Tours president Leigh Ann Cloutier is excited about the country’s newest: Chayote Lodge.
Wild Planet Adventures’ Borneo itineraries offer the opportunity to see orangutans in the wild.

Journeys Beyond the Ordinary

Adventure travelers in general, and baby boomers in particular, have both ample appetites and ample budgets for vacations that mix up active adventure and involving cultural experiences, enhanced by expert guides and top-quality comfort, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. And that’s where the growth market seems to be in the wide and wonderful world called Asia, where clients will find a host of different paths to exploring far horizons on journeys beyond the ordinary.
Puzzle Israel is offering a yoga and culinary itinerary in Israel.

Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road

Israel is known for its Holy Land treasures—and rightfully so—but tell your clients that this tiny country is much more than a mecca for religious-focused travels. This country is made for visitors seeking out active exploration and cultural interactions with the locals.
Whale-watching in the Bay of Samana in the Dominican Republic.

Only on These Islands, 5 Unforgettable Experiences

“The average couple staying for one week at a Sandals Resort will take three Island Routes tours.” That insider’s comment at JAPEX is Exhibit A for making the case that Caribbean beach holidays have changed. Sure, even the most active and inquisitive travelers still lounge around the pool, but they also want to do things, see things. Following are five experiential activities that are hot—and are best booked in advance.
For 2017, Ponant is adding to its Antarctica sailings.

Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime

Fifty years ago Lindblad Expeditions founder Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first citizen explorer expedition to Antarctica, marking the invention of the category of “expedition travel.”
Red Rock Canyon exploration awaits guests staying at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary

A wellness-focused getaway wrapped with a bit of local experiences make for an ideal vacation that everyone from adventurous millennials to well-traveled baby boomers can appreciate.

explora Valle Sagrado Puts the Accent on Exploring

With the opening of explora Valle Sagrado in Peru’s Sacred Valley on July 1, the explora group will be welcoming guests to its first hotel outside Chile.

Island Routes Adds New Destination

Island Routes celebrated its seventh anniversary on June 1, and with that came the announcement of a new destination (its 12th one, in fact)—Mexico.

Collette Extends Savings on Trip of a Lifetime Itineraries

Agents can save their clients up to $1,500 per couple on Collette’s recently launched Trip of a Lifetime itineraries in Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America when using the promo code BUCKETLIST.

Selling an Active Honeymoon

In the June issue, we covered weddings and honeymoons across the globe. And for those of you whose clients prefer to take on an adventure whether it's immersing themselves in a unique culture, going in a safari, or taking a hike or bike ride through some of nature's most splendid landscapes versus sipping margaritas by the beach, we rounded up some pointers from top tour operators on how you can sell these active honeymoons.

Celebrate Dad With A Few of His Favorite Things

What better way for your clients to thank the men in their lives this Father's Day than with a few of their favorite things.

Get in the Saddle for Biking Tours Through Minneapolis

Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis and W Minneapolis - The Foshay recently announced travel packages to encourage your clients to get out and explore "the most bikeable city in America" with the property's general manager as their personal guide.
G Adventures offers a Hike, Bike and Kayak Thailand trip that’s ideal for active honeymooners.

Adventure-Filled Honeymoons

Today’s honeymooners want to hang with the locals; eat authentic dishes; go hiking; drink fine wine; and post photos of stunning locations that will get them a dizzying number of likes on Instagram. In the first few days of marriage they want to grow as a couple by discovering a bucket list destination together.
The Elite Travel Collection offers a 15-day South Africa trip that’s ideal for honeymooners.

Wildest Dreams

A honeymoon in Africa is beyond many honeymooners’ wildest dreams, but it doesn’t have to be. Imagine romancing it up in Morocco, exploring the savannahs in South Africa or living the island life in the Seychelles. The trio of tours we’ve married together for this story allow your newlywed clients to dive right into their wildest dreams.

Expert-Led Active Retreats

Some of your clients will want to spend the long summer days lounging by the pool sipping hand-crafted cocktails, and for them we suggest these waterfront properties featured in our May issue. But, for those looking for a more active, wellness-oriented getaway, we suggest the following expert-led wellness retreats.

At Home on the Range: All-Inclusive Retreats in the U.S.

The phrase “all-inclusive resort” generally conjures up thoughts of glittering shorelines, plush cabanas and piña coladas, yet some U.S. properties have taken a dramatically different approach to the concept, creating luxurious rustic retreats for discerning guests who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.

andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge Offers Bushmen Experience

For thousands of years, the San people, or Bushmen of South Africa, lived off of the land as hunter-gatherers, utilizing traps, throwing sticks, and bows and poisoned arrows to catch their food in the wilderness.

Eye on the World: Club Med Sandpiper Bay

This past weekend I headed over to Port Saint Lucie in Florida where I spent a few days at Club Med Sandpiper Bay. This property, located on the St. Lucie River, offers more than a just relaxing escape tanning by the water.

Take Off on an Alaskan Adventure with K2 Aviation

At 7,000 plus feet in the air, your clients will have a bird's-eye view of Alaska's picturesque landscape and 1,000 more reasons to thank you for booking them on K2 Aviation's Denali flightseeing tour.

Explore Canada’s Outdoors With the Loden Hotel

In Vancouver, British Columbia, the five-star Loden Hotel and cycling-themed Musette Caffe have teamed up to launch a fitness initiative that encourages guests of the boutique property to explore outdoors while enjoying all of the urban luxuries the hotel has to offer.

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