The Romantic Rhine

By: Linh Nguyen
Senior Travel Consultant

I recently spent 8 days on the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways on their new Visionary ship. Even though this was not my first river cruise, I can say that I was still absolutely impressed with the whole experience. The ship is modern and comfortable with enough things to do while you’re cruising through this beautiful river. The pre-planned itinerary was well balanced between included land tours, optional excursions, and free time. Everyone from the Tour Director down to the local guides was friendly, helpful, and always went above and beyond to make sure my trip was as memorable as possible. The Romantic Rhine with Avalon Waterways was one of my most memorable vacations to date.

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What to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag

 

Six essentials you don’t want to put in your checked luggage

Like it or not, airlines are known to temporarily misplace or lose checked luggage. You can replace items like clothing, shoes, book lights and sunscreen. But some precious items are simply irreplaceable—or very expensive to buy again. Here’s a checklist of six items you always want to keep in your carry-on luggage on the plane:

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Island Hopping with Norwegian Cruise Line

For several months now, my wife and I have been wanting to go on vacation. The problem was where, when, and what type of vacation would we like to go on. So, recently my parents called me and mentioned that we should all go on cruise. With my parents just coming from an NCL cruise to Alaska, they pitched the idea for us to take a cruise, which I have never been on. I agreed to the idea and set the ball in motion. Now, picking a vacation spot is not as easy as I thought it would be, since NCL offers so many destinations. With that said, I came to a conclusion that we should all go to Hawaii.

I have not been to Hawaii for over 20 years, in fact, it’s about time I should go back. We decided to go in January because we wanted to avoid the summer vacation crowds and high summer vacation fares. First, we booked on NCL’s Pride of America 7 Day Hawaii Cruise. This ship has the perfect itinerary for your “island hopping” adventure, not to mention you are at a port everyday rather than being at sea. And second, we booked 2 pre and two post nights in Honolulu. We really wanted to take advantage of the time we have in Hawaii, so we chose to do the pre and post nights with the cruise in between.Continue reading

Hawaiian Dreams with Insight Vacations

 A First-Timer’s Escorted Tour Experience in Paradise

 

Honolulu Hawaii

By: Andromeda Mendoza
 Affordabletours.com Senior Designer

Recently I decided to fulfill one of my travel goals which was to actually take a vacation. A real vacation—not one of those where, you’re so exhausted, you need a vacation from your travels. No. I wanted a real getaway trip, but a trip that included tons of sightseeing excursions as well as included meals, plus a guide that would take care of all of the nuances and details along the way. That’s when I decided to go for an At Leisure escorted tour to Hawaii. Since this was to be my first ever escorted tour, I decided to try a more upscale itinerary which led me to find Hawaiian Dreams, an Insight Gold Tour.

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