Top 6 Machu Picchu Travel Tips

Written by Doreen Lopez on August 29, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to experience the iconic Incan Lost City of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a popular tourist destination and considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Also, for the second consecutive year, Machu Picchu was voted as the #1 adventurous landmark by Travelers Choice. Located high in the Andes Mountains, it was first discovered in 1911, and has grown in popularity ever since. Because of its remote location, getting to Machu Picchu can

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Princess Cruises: Norwegian Fjords Cruise Review

Written by Linda Smith on August 28, 2014

I just got back from sailing the Norwegian Fjords on the Emerald Princess. Our cruise left from South Hampton in England, and then we sailed to Stavanger, Skjolden, Alesund, and Bergen. Norway is a beautiful country and sailing through the fjords was an awesome experience. We visited stave churches (intact wooden churches from the Middle Ages), saw beautiful scenery, and experienced a few raindrops along the way.

Cruising the Norwegian fjords

In Stavanger, we cruised on a small boat in the

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Is your luxury cruise really all-inclusive?

Written by Collette Peck on August 27, 2014

To all cruising aficionados:

I am happy to report that I’m finding more and more cruise lines listening to their travelers who are sick and tired of being “nickel and dimed” once they get onboard a ship. Cruise lines are starting to offer a more truly “all inclusive” experience.

Many of the premium brand cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America are offering daily beverage packages and when you book in certain categories or have a particular status with the

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Virtuoso Travel Week Keynote Speaker: Patrick Lencioni

Written by Mike Cameron on August 26, 2014

I had the opportunity to listen to author and consultant Patrick Lencioni at the Virtuoso Travel Week convention at the Bellagio Hotel a couple of weeks ago. I have read one of his previous books, Death by Meeting.

Virtuoso Travel Week opening session at the Bellagio

He taught us how to take our relationships with our clients to a higher level of value by losing our fears, taking risks and being more genuine. His thesis is that this approach will build

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Wellness Vacation: Red Mountain Resort, Southern Utah

Written by Jeri Donovan on August 21, 2014

Thinking about taking a wellness vacation? I recently returned from Red Mountain Resort in southern Utah and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for a myriad of wellness reasons. However, all wellness travel set aside, the spectacular red rock scenery ALONE encircling the resort, is more than worth the price of admission.

Speaking of admission, Red Mountain Resort is a terrific value. The inclusive packages offers 3 daily meals, complimentary guided hikes, a full schedule of fitness classes that includes (naming just a

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Dubai

Written by Donna Evans on July 22, 2014

Dubai is known for decadence, wealth, oil and innovation. For the time being, here are my top 10 reasons to visit Dubai (not in any particular order):

1. The tallest building, Burj Khalifa, at 2700 feet high

2. The tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

3. The world’s biggest aquarium

4. Biggest mall, the Dubai Mall

5. 7 star luxury hotel, the Burj al Arab (each room is a duplex), shaped like a sail

6. Gold Souk, a large market where you can purchase gold at

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Virtuoso Travel Week: Agents shopping for your next travel adventure

Written by Laney Williams on July 22, 2014

Shopping’s never been more fun!  I’m excited to tell you that soon a whole contingent of Andavo Travel advisors from across the country will be heading to Virtuoso Travel Week, the world’s largest luxury travel show, held each August in Las Vegas.

This event brings together the world’s leading luxury travel providers and travel agencies for a week-long, collaborative event where advisors shop cruises, hotels, tours and destinations for their clients. This one-of-a-kind event gives Virtuoso Member travel agencies and advisors

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Luxury Hotel Review: Mukul Beach Golf and Spa Resort, Nicaragua

Written by Donna Evans on July 10, 2014

If you want to try a new destination and enjoy luxury, why not visit Nicaragua and enjoy a stay at the five star Mukul Beach Golf and Spa Resort?

Everything is incredibly lush and luxurious. The beauty of the property and location can’t be properly relayed in photos. It is magical. The cliffs, the waves, the birds, the gentle shower just after lunch, and the pleasant, soft breeze all mesmerize your senses.

A villa at Mukul

The 621 sq ft houses, called

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Luxury Hotel Review: Kaya Mawa, Malawi

Written by Donna Evans on June 27, 2014

After a recent tour throughout Malawi (that long, skinny country sandwiched between Mozambique and Zambia in Africa), I knew enough to expect beauty when we landed on Likoma Island. I knew that Lake Malawi was vast and that lovely properties could be found. However, I did not expect the grandeur of the hidden gem I found in Kaya Mawa, the exclusive luxury resort.

The lovely Michelle greeted us and made us feel welcome and special immediately upon our arrival. At first

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Destination Highlight: Berlin, Germany

Written by Meredith Price on June 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to visit Berlin, Germany, while attending the Virtuoso Symposium event. Berlin is a beautiful, very clean city, with a tremendous amount of green space and an overwhelming amount of history. It’s a very vibrant city with a wealth of shopping, restaurants, and night life. There is a building boom in Berlin and a lot of construction throughout the city, which attests to its growth and strong economy. I think it would appeal to not only the

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