Cycling through California Wine Country with Backroads

Written by Collette Peck on May 24, 2016

First, I want to mention that I’m not an avid cyclist! However, that doesn’t matter with Backroads, an active travel company that offers cycling, hiking, walking and even camping tours. These active trips are geared towards folks at most abilities.

Andavo advisor Collette Peck ready to cycle

I recently joined a Backroads three day trip through hilly California wine country with people that wanted to bike 30 to 40 miles beyond the 19 to 23 miles per day we ‘amateurs’ were doing. I

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Luxury Hotel Reviews: St. Regis Monarch Beach, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Montage Laguna Beach, The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Written by Seta Kembikian on May 17, 2016

Our group of Andavo Travel advisors/affiliates on beautiful Monarch Beach.

Earlier this month, I along a few other Andavo Travel affiliates had the opportunity to explore a few Southern California hotels.

We all arrived independently from different parts of the country, where we met up at the Orange County airport. From there we were picked up by St. Regis Monarch Beach’s car service. Upon checking in at the hotel, we were upgraded to spacious suites with coastal views.
The lobby of the

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How to build a successful home-based travel agency: Interview 2

Written by Laney Williams on May 5, 2016

Welcome back to Andavo Travel’s new blog series, “How to build a successful home-based travel agency.” Each month, we interview one of our Andavo-affiliated travel advisors, in hopes that sharing their success stories will prove useful to those travel advisors new to the industry.

Margie Hand

For our second interview, we spoke to Margie Hand, an Andavo Travel affiliate located in Birmingham, Alabama, and member of the Andavo Travel President’s Club, which recognizes those with top sales in our network.  She

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Luxury Hotel Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran

Written by Hao Tang on April 28, 2016

In March, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran concluded renovations throughout their premium ocean suites.  The remaining rooms and suites will be completed by November. The completion aligned perfectly with my wife, Lura’s, spring break. If you enjoy traveling, marrying a teacher may not be the best idea, but that’s too late for me.  Naturally, we took this as a sign for a quick tour across Bali!

Welcome amenities… It’s the small gestures!

We visited Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran,

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Destination Review: Havana, Cuba

Written by Donna Evans on April 26, 2016

I just got back from a trip to Havana, Cuba, something I was so excited to experience given their very recent opening to tourism.  After waiting 2½ hours for our luggage to be delivered to the baggage carousel in Havana though, my expectations were not very high for my Cuba experience. It seems 2 flights landed at the same time and this tiny terminal, having only 2 baggage carousels, could not efficiently handle the challenge. Every bag arriving in Havana

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Destination Review: Xian and Shanghai, China

Written by Linda Smith on April 12, 2016

Linda Smith at The Great Wall

I Just got back from another great adventure – a 12 day trip to China where I was the guest of the Chinese Government. They had a ceremony at the Great Wall for 1,000 Americans to promote tourism in China for 2016. We started our trip in Beijing, then went to the Great Wall at Jinshanting, a 2 hour drive from Beijing – not the usual place visitors come when they visit the wall.

South

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How to build a successful home-based travel agency: Interview 1

Written by Laney Williams on April 5, 2016

Welcome to Andavo Travel’s new blog series, “How to build a successful home-based travel agency.” Each month, we will interview one of our Andavo-affiliated travel advisors, in hopes that sharing their success stories will prove useful to those travel advisors new to the industry.

Diane Guercio

For our first interview, we spoke to Diane Guercio of WorldWise Travel, an Andavo Travel affiliate, and member of the Andavo Travel President’s Club since its inception in 2012, which recognizes those with top sales

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Luxury Hotel Review: Kanana Camp in the Okavango Delta

Written by Donna Evans on March 31, 2016

Kanana Camp, a Ker & Downey luxury tented camp, is located in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. This well-run property offers incredible food, service, and spacious accommodations. Your wake-up call is accompanied by coffee or tea, and there are cookies in your room if you require or desire a quick bite before you reach the breakfast table.

A baby stork

As the river rises and the plains accept more water, the bird life increases and nature is enhanced. Many migrating water

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Luxury Hotel Review: Ngoma Lodge in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Written by Donna Evans on March 29, 2016

Chobe National Park in Botswana is known throughout the world as a premier viewing arena for elephants. This park has nearly 200,000 elephants and in our couple of days visiting I am sure we saw at least 50,000 of these entertaining and wonderful animals. They love the water and each other; we could have spent hours watching herd after herd head to the water’s edge for a swim, a drink, a mud bath or just the opportunity to play with

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United Airlines flies high in my book

Written by Donna Evans on March 24, 2016

While the airlines are constantly getting complaints for one reason or another, I have found that United Airlines continues to “up” their game when it comes to their international service.

I have long been a premium flyer with United and never really thought their service matched other international carriers. I flew them for the convenience of having their hub in Denver (where I am based) and flying everywhere from here. In the last couple of years I have seen a HUGE

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