By: Lucy Fernandez, Vice-President
There are times when words, even superlatives, aren’t sufficient to adequately describe certain travel experiences. My recent trip through the Canadian Rockies with Insight Vacations was just such an event.
Nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, 1 hour from Munich, the small town of Oberammergau, Germany is most well known for their Passion Play. Surrounded by majestic mountains and picturesque meadows, visitors from all corners of the world flock to witness Oberammergau’s unique history and to be a part of a rich tradition.
In my wildest dreams, I could not have known how this tour of Israel and Jordan with Insight Vacations would touch my heart so deeply. Experiencing, first hand, the history of the Roman legions, Muslim armies and the Christian Crusaders was life changing for me.
My wife and I recently took the Best of California tour with Insight. This was a beautiful trip and a wonderful experience for us. We arrived in San Francisco and took the shuttle to the Omni Hotel. The hotel was in a great location, surrounded by shops and restaurants. We met our tour director (Larry) and our traveling companions the first evening. We all hit it off immediately. We then enjoyed a light dinner and a couple of drinks, and turned in for the evening.
Growing up, I always saw myself exploring Europe with a big backpack, ripped up sneakers, and multiple large paper maps. I had dreamed of the backpacking life that most 20-something-year-olds fantasize about. I had it all planned out, my limited budget would allow me to fly into one airport, walk, hitch hike, or find a cheap standing only train ticket to move onto my next city. For accommodations, I would find any hostel that seemed relatively safe and clutch my belongings tightly in my sleep so no one can steal anything if I happened to be able to fall asleep among the noise of however many other people were in that same room bunking with me. Plan b would have been to find the warmest, cleanest corner or steps to get a few hours of sleep in before I explored the city with all my belongings on my back.Continue reading