Intriguing Travels – Vacation Trends & Ideas!

August 8th, 2016 by Tina Weiss | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Europe, Family Travel, Hawaiian Islands, Multigenerational Travel, Value of Vacations

Intriguing Travels

St. Lucia Honeymoon

St. Lucia Honeymoon

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share a picture of our daughter and new son-in-law on their honeymoon just after they got married in June.  The Wedding was beautiful and a surreal experience to say the least!

Our daughter and son-in-law did not have a Destination Wedding.   I did have the honor of planning their Honeymoon with her Fiance  as a surprise for Lindsey.  They both wanted sun, activities and the beach.   We surprised her with a trip to St. Lucia.  They both loved it which made me a very happy mom… who just happened to be their travel planner 🙂

I thought I would share some ideas for your next trip that might tweak your interest.

Whether you crave sun  & beach or immersing yourself in culture & history, we need to continue to seek out new destinations to explore, rejuvenate and marvel at what the world has to offer us.  Whatever your dream destination is, I would very much like to help make it come true.

Gratefully,

Tina

It is an understatement to say that we are all different.  Your dream destination may not even be on my wish list.  If you are retired, then you probably have more time and resources to travel than someone building their career.  I hear from a lot of people that they wish that they had traveled more when they were younger.  No matter what age you are or how old your children are, there is a travel opportunity ready to unfold that will enhance your life forever.  Here are just a few trends amongst an endless supply of journeys that await you.

River Cruise on the Rhine

River Cruise on the Rhine

River Cruising

River Cruising has become an extremely popular travel experience.

Demographic –  Typically 50+ but edging downward.

Highlights –  Unpack & pack once.  Ability to see many destinations on one trip.  Cultural immersion. Tours, food, wine & beer with meals included with majority of cruises with upgraded amenities included on others.  Ease of getting on and off of the ship.  Ability to customize pre & post stays in nearby cities.

A Good Friend's Oasis

A Good Friend’s Oasis

Custom Tours, Individual or Group

Demographic – All ages

Highlights –  Control over entire itinerary.  Thoughtful planning with travel advisor to feature your own interests.  Intimate and very personal.  Ability to choose hotels and tours that match your travel style and budget.  Travel with companion or group of your choosing.  Custom arrangements can be as detailed as you need from having a private guide every day to incorporating some private tours and leaving some free time.

Viking WinnTomWineTastingGuided Tours, Individual or Group

Demographic  –  All ages

Highlights –  Ideal for the more social travelers who want to meet and travel with “new friends.”  Great for groups of  friends & families who don’t mind mixing with others.  Many escorted tours have a theme that tends to attract like minded people.  For example, adventure, wine, or culinary themes woven into a particular trip.   Structured itineraries.  Bus transportation is typically used to get from point A to B.  Quite a few meals are built into the program.

Girlfriend Getaways

Demographic –  All ages usually women 40+ celebrating a milestone birthday

Highlights –  4 or 5 day trip.  Typically involves wine 🙂  and a beach location.  Women are naturally good at bonding and this experience enhances their feeling of being connected with other women.  Yoga classes, cooking experiences and excursions round out these trips.

Babymoons

Demographic –  Couples expecting their first child

Highlights – a romantic getaway before the family dynamic completely changes.  The Caribbean was very popular.  The Zika Virus now makes that a challenge.  Hawaii has become a destination for babymooners.

England/Edinburgh/Paris Vacation

England/Edinburgh/Paris Vacation

Multi Generation

Demographic –  Every age group within the family

Highlights –  all inclusive resorts are popular for this type of group.  Villa Rentals are becoming very popular as well.  Most resorts have kid’s club options for all ages.  Families have the opportunity to bond and still have their own space.  The location is “neutral” so that no one has to physically host.  Many times this helps with the family dynamics.

To sum it up – there a many, many ways to travel!  What factors are important to you?  Are you needing some time with your extended family because you live all over the country?  Is it time to take that romantic river cruise to explore places you never knew existed?   Take some time to think about your next dream vacation.

I’m here to help you plan memories that you (& whomever you decide to travel with) will cherish for a lifetime.

To help plan your next vacation, please contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com or 317-660-2080

Switzerland, Lucerne

February 25th, 2015 by Tina Weiss | Posted in Switzerland

Intriguing Travels

Hello Everyone, My mom and her boyfriend were smart and headed south to St. Augustine for the rest of February.  They are then going to their “adult playground” (retirement community) for the month on March- also in Florida.  My husband and I headed north this past weekend.  What were we thinking! Actually, we had a wonderful time in Chicago visiting our daughter.  Love will make you do crazy things.  Speaking of which, our daughter’s roommate celebrated her 24th birthday.  Her boyfriend did something so sweet.  He planned the whole weekend and surprised her with the itinerary, a stunning dress and other thoughtful gifts.  He also managed to shame males everywhere 🙂 Have a great week!

Gratefully, Tina

Switzerland is a country of great beauty.  While it is has an abundance of mountains, rivers and lakes, its borders are all comprised of land.  Five countries call Switzerland their neighbor.  They are Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France.

The largest lake in Switzerland is Lake Geneva followed by Lake Constance.  Lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe.  Many are familiar with the Geneva Convention.  There are actually 4 “conventions” which are agreements on the treatment of people during the war.  The Geneva Convention is commonly referred to the fourth convention held in Geneva after WWII.  While there are many things to do and see during a visit to Switzerland, I’d like to focus on Lucerne for this newsletter.

Lucerne has a lake of its own, aptly called Lake Lucerne.  It has a complicated shape and is the fourth largest of the Swiss lakes.  In addition to the beauty of Lake Lucerne, visitors flock to the town of Lucerne for its captivating views of the Swiss Alps, specifically Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi.  The active traveler can enjoy adventure all seasons throughout the year from hiking in the summer to skiing in the winter.

Kriens is the beginning point for the spectacular “Golden Roundtrip.”  Travelers will enjoy a panoramic gondola an aerial cablecar to venture to the top of Mt. Pilatus.   At a view from 7,000 ft., enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the Alps and Lake Lucerne.  Here you will also find several restaurants and a expansive sun terrace.  Your decent to Alpnachstad will be on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway in the world!  You will venture on to the city Lucerne via a scenic boat ride.

The Chapel Bridge spans across the river Reuss and divides the Old Town and a New Town.  It is the world’s oldest covered wooden bridge.  The original bridge hearkens back to 1332.  Unfortunately, the bridge needed to be re-built after the fire of 1993.

Lucerne is also home to the Lion Monument which is a stone carved monument carved into a wall of sandstone of a dying Lion.  It is meant to honor Swiss Mercenary soldiers who were sent to defend King Louis XVI of France during the French Revolution.

The medieval town of Lucerne has many cafes and restaurants along the water.  Travelers must make a visit to Kornmrk in the Old Town.   Kornmrk dates back to the 1300.  It was the central market and place for grain until as recent as the 19th century.

Feel free to cruise on the lake.  Ferry’s run on schedules all day.  Visitors can hop on & off at different villages, rent bikes, then stop to enjoy a drink or lunch at one of the many  cafes or restaurants.

Feel free to contact Tina @ 317-660-2080 or email tweiss@intriguetravel.com for more information or inspiration for your next trip!