Why do we travel?

Written by Doreen Lopez on September 30, 2014

As a travel consultant, I’m usually in the midst of preparing for my next Journey. One of my latest trips was unforgettable! I traveled to Machu Picchu, Peru, where I found the Peruvian culture to be amazingly warmhearted and authentic. Machu Picchu was definitely the highlight, as it is archaeologically and visually breathtaking.

As I was preparing for my trip to Peru, and managing my clients’ travel, it made me wonder what motivates a person to travel? Travel takes you away

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Starwood Hotel and Resort Junkies Unite

Written by Laney Williams on September 10, 2014

As most of our clients know, Andavo Travel is a member of Virtuoso – a network of luxury travel agencies that have exclusive relationships with luxury travel suppliers and are thus able to arrange complimentary extra amenities for their clients (free breakfast, upgrades, spa credit, etc).

But did you know that Andavo Travel is also part of a new by-invitation-only program from Starwood, called Luxury Privileges?  This program covers all of Starwood’s St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels properties, and

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Wellness Vacation at the Esteemed Canyon Ranch Tucson

Written by Jeri Donovan on September 9, 2014

For close to 35 years, Canyon Ranch Tucson has embodied the true spirit of wellness vacationing. I recently had the opportunity to experience the wellness marvels of this magnificent property. And, I must say that from the moment I was met at the Tucson airport to be escorted to the ranch, I knew that I was poised to step forward and embrace a very special wellness experience.

New to Tucson, I was in awe of the mountain ranges that encircled the area and was absolutely delighted to see the desert beauty.

Canyon Ranch morning

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My Virtuoso Travel Week Report

Written by Donna Peacock on September 2, 2014

As a “newbie” to Virtuoso’s Travel Week held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas from August 9-15, I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed! As agents we were quickly immersed in the culture and style that only Virtuoso can offer. After the opening session and my first introduction to Matthew Upchurch, the CEO of Virtuoso, I was very convinced of the importance of my being there!

Personally, I had 352 appointments with travel suppliers ranging from cruises to hotels,

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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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