Celebrate Life’s Milestones via Travel

Written by Collette Peck on January 28, 2014

What do you get the guy who turns sixty and has more ball caps and tee shirts than he knows what to do with? How about a special trip to a fun sandy beach destination.

Cancun, Mexico

Of all the destinations around the world that we have visited, my husband’s favorite place to go is Cancun, Mexico. So, I made the arrangements for us to stay at an all-inclusive adults-only resort on the fabled white sand beaches of Cancun. This was

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Destination Highlight: Galapagos Islands

Written by Jelissa Tucker on January 27, 2014

The Galapagos Islands are a once in a lifetime destination. If you are close and you have the chance to go, definitely take it, but know that it isn’t going to be the most relaxing trip you’ve ever taken. The Galapagos are for the adventure traveler!

Here is why it is a must-see destination:

1. You can and will see more unique species of wildlife than you will anywhere else in the world! You’ll see so many sea lions. They are everywhere; on

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New England

Written by Jay Burghardt on December 4, 2013

My wife and I, to celebrate our 25th anniversary, took a trip to an area of United States that neither of us has ever seen before; New England, for the turning of the leaves. We seemed to have missed the peak of the colors by about a week, but still travelled many roads filled with beauty.  Now, I will not swear to exactly what states are part of the New England name, but we hit portions of 7 different states and

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European Rail Travel

Written by Collette Peck on November 14, 2013

I specialize in rail travel in Europe, but on my recent trip to Germany and Austria it was nice to see the improvements and changes that have been made.  When I book European rail tickets or passes for clients I often have to remind them that rail tickets are like airline tickets. They come with cancellation penalties and certain restrictions.  With point to point tickets, like an airline flight, you have to travel on the day and time your ticket was

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Written by Doreen Lopez on November 12, 2013

I recently returned from South Africa, and I have to say it was one of my favorite vacations. If South Africa is not on your bucket list, I urge you to consider making it the top of your list!

When you think of Africa…a safari vacation is probably the first idea that comes to mind. South Africa has so much more to offer. There are iconic cities such as Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. You will find scenic beauty at every

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AndavoMart 2013

Written by Jelissa Tucker on November 7, 2013

Andavo Travel held the seventh annual AndavoMart on, November 1-3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.

Some of the attendee’s outside Pikes Place Market in Seattle

AndavoMart brings travel advisors from across the country together for a few days of networking, hotel site inspections, company information sessions, travel vender meetings, great gifts and prizes, and amazing food! This event helps ensure Andavo Travel’s advisors remain in the top tier of luxury vacation travel agents.

This year’s event included hotel inspections of three of Seattle’s

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Wein in Wien! (Wine in Vienna)

Written by Collette Peck on November 7, 2013

Wein in Wien!  (Wine in Vienna)

Vienna is the only European capital with wineries within its city limits. I’m guessing you thought that Austrian wines consisted of only Grüner Veltliner??!  Guess again. On this Austrian Study Tour put on by the Austrian Tourist board, they were out to prove us all wrong. This particular ‘winegut’ and wine restaurant is a must visit for all you oenophiles! They treated us to a delicious ‘tasting’ menu very cleverly served on wooden boards, along

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Luxury Hotel Review: Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg

Written by Collette Peck on November 1, 2013

The Goldener Hirsch, or golden stag in Salzburg, Austria


Location, Location, Location. This hotel is on the main street (Getreidegasse), due to the fact that it’s been around since 1407! But don’t let the date of  this traditional inn style hotel fool you, this is a deluxe property in Salzburg. The original antiques, handmade furniture, and native rag rugs are opulent and discreet, and honor 600 years of hotel history. Absolutely unique for a hotel in Salzburg. After the waltzes and

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Luxury Hotel Review: Hotel Sacher Wien

Written by Collette Peck on October 28, 2013

I recently returned from an Austria Study Tour that was sponsored by Virtuoso. The Austrian Tourist Board went all out to showcase two of the iconic cities of Austria; Vienna and Salzburg. Although I have traveled to Europe many times, this was my first trip to Austria.

My first two nights were spent in one of Vienna’s landmark hotels, the Hotel Sacher Wien. You may know of the Original Sacher Torte, one of Austria’s most famous culinary inventions. This most famous

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Luxury Hotel Review: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Written by Doreen Lopez on September 27, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to spend several nights at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This hotel is a Vancouver landmark with its European architecture, copper roof and gargoyles that make it instantly recognizable. It is located in the heart of the city, convenient to Vancouver’s business district (the Convention and Exhibition Center) and entertainment center (shopping and dining on Robson Street, the waterfront and many historic districts).  This location is perfect for the business or leisure traveler.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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