Yosemite & Sequoia: John Muir’s California with Tauck

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Last summer I had the great fortune to travel to San Francisco, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Park on an itinerary crafted by Tauck and the great documentary film director, Ken Burns. The tour introduces travelers to the history of the U.S. National Parks, as well as the early battles and current efforts to create, save and expand the National Park system. We walked in the footsteps of naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who helped to preserve large tracts of California wilderness.Continue reading

Getting the “Insider Experience” in Italy with Trafalgar Tours

Some people like to take vacations without a real plan in mind: They want to be open to experiencing whatever strikes them on a given day. That can be a fine, spontaneous way to travel.

On the other hand, having a plan and some guidance can really help you get the most out of your time on a trip. Vacations can’t last forever, and you don’t want to have any days where you don’t have anything to do, or any regrets about missing something special. The “Trafalgar Insider Experience” is a great way to do that, as Trafalgar Tours can provide you with a number of unique experiences, based on their use of local guides and their travel directors’ years of experience.

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A Primer To Italy

A First-timer’s Guide To Italy

Italy has long stood as a popular travel destination, and it’s not hard to see why. Italy has a rich cultural history, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, and is full of art and architecture that reflects that history. Its Mediterranean climate makes visiting a pleasant experience at almost any time of year. The geography is gorgeous, from the beaches of southern Italy to the hills and mountains of the north.

It’s still possible to have a bad experience if you aren’t prepared, though. While there are plenty of sights to keep you entertained, you don’t want to be miserable because you got ripped off by a taxi or failed to bring adapters to make your electrical devices compatible. It’s very possible if you don’t know what to expect. Here are some basic trips to help you prepare for your first trip to Italy.

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Introduction to Luxury Cruises

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A luxury cruise can be a great way to spend a long, relaxing vacation.  Luxury cruises are filled with many more amenities than a standard cruise, which can be great if you don’t want to have to worry about whether any of your needs or desires will be met while on the ship. That freedom from worry is one of the biggest selling points in paying the extra price for a luxury cruise.

However, the word “luxury” gets thrown around far too often when describing a cruise. Since there are no official standards for using the term, any cruise line can claim their cruises are “luxury” cruises without having to worry about what that means. Don’t be fooled– you have the right to expect a higher standard if you’re paying for a higher standard.Continue reading