Norway Travel: 9 Customs and Etiquette Tips

Written by Collette Peck on January 15, 2015

Norway has gotten so popular as a travel destination (partially due to the success of Disney’s Frozen) that tourists are flocking to the fjords!  And which such dramatic scenery, it’s no wonder!  If you are looking forward to a visit to Norway, here are a few Norwegian customs and etiquette rules that you might find helpful on your trip.

Norway’s Constitution Day is celebrated on May 17. It commemorates the date when the nation’s constitution was signed.

1. For starters, more than

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Luxury Hotel Spotlight: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Written by Donna Evans on December 23, 2014

Just the word “Tahiti” conjures up images of crystal clear, turquoise water that beg you to enter, over-water bungalows that beckon, and a tropical paradise that breathes romance.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort’s lagoon and bungalows.

I just got back from staying at the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora, which epitomizes these images, but also boasts service, cuisine and enchantment for anyone celebrating a romantic moment. The over-water bungalow suites are spacious and well-designed with an enormous open shower,

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Destination Spotlight: Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by Wendy Hart on December 12, 2014

Los Cabos is a rugged beach destination ringed by mountains and desert, located at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. It’s composed of two towns, with Cabo San Lucas located on the southern tip and its sister city, San Jose Del Cabo, located slightly to the north on the Sea of Cortez. With it’s easy access from the U.S., it has been a beloved tourist destination for many years, offering a variety of activities and accommodations ranging

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Luxury Hotel Spotlight: The Brando, a private island resort

Written by Kirsten Little on December 5, 2014

Stay on a private island near Tahiti on a week-long business trip? Yes, please! Sometimes I really love my job…  I just returned from a Classic Vacations meeting for their President’s Circle travel agencies (of which Andavo Travel is a proud member), held at The Brando.

The arrival ceremony

The Brando is Marlon Brando’s luxury resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful private island of Tetiaroa (30 miles from Tahiti), which is surrounded by a sparkling lagoon. You can only access the island

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Churchill Polar Bear Expedition: A Must for Wildlife Lovers

Written by Donna Evans on December 4, 2014

Tundra, cold, ice, snow, and wind – I experienced all of them on my trip to Churchill, Manitoba in November. The polar bear sightings made it all worthwhile.

A street in Churchill

Our expedition began with a flight into Winnipeg and an overnight stay at the very convenient Sheraton Hotel at the airport. The next morning our charter flight left early and whisked us to the windy and freezing Churchill, where we were met and escorted onto an old bus that

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Dubai: The Fastest Growing City

Written by Mike Cameron on December 3, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to attend the Virtuoso Chairman’s Event. The UAE was established as a country in 1971 and is located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf.

Dubai has undergone a rapid transformation—from a desert located, pearl-diving culture, to one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Today, Dubai is a tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services hub and

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Destination Spotlight: Argentina

Written by Mary Catherine Anthony on December 2, 2014

If you do not have Argentina on your bucket list, you may want to rethink your list. I just came back from Argentina and I could not have been more blown away by the food, wine, people, and atmosphere around me. I visited three regions, which included Buenos Aires and the Pampas, Salta to Cafayate, and then (my favorite) Mendoza, the wine region in Argentina.

Argentina countryside

Buenos Aires is the Paris of South America. The people are mainly immigrants from

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Luxury Hotel Review: Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Written by Donna Evans on November 18, 2014

Leopard seen while staying at Leopard Hills

In the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve of South Africa, there are many choices for ultimate experiences. I chose the fantastic camp of Leopard Hills, where we were greeted by the general manager, Duncan. Located in the private game preserve, there is no shortage of wildlife and encounters with the Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), including the leopards they boast in their name. Our spacious suite included our own plunge

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Cruise Ship Review: Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Written by Seta Kembikian on November 14, 2014

I was recently invited to come aboard Cunard Line’s cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth, for a ship inspection and lunch when the ship was in port in San Francisco during her 2014 World Cruise.

The Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth is Cunard Line’s newest (entered service in 2010), and second largest (2,068 passengers) ship. She is large, and feels quite spacious, but by present cruise ship standards (5,400 passengers currently being the largest cruise ship afloat), she’s still relatively mid-sized. As a

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Destination Spotlight: Oahu, Hawaii

Written by Brenda McClain on November 13, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to attend Oahu’s Fourth Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival trip, hosted by Virtuoso.  I was invited because of Andavo’s membership in Virtuoso’s luxury travel network. This extraordinary event was held on three different nights and featured over 40 celebrity chefs along with 20 of Napa Valley’s greatest wine estates. The events were: “A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly”, “Corks & Forks” and “It’s a Food World After All”. The closing evening was a clear night

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