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

River Cruising – Christmas Markets

December 23rd, 2014 by Tina Weiss | Posted in Holiday Celebrations, River Cruising

Intriguing Travels

Holiday Dinner

Holiday Dinner

Hello Everyone, You will be receiving this newsletter on Christmas Eve morning.  Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!  I am counting all of the blessings in my life now more than ever.  Whatever you are going through, there is always something to be grateful for.  I heard something the other day that stuck with me.  We’ve all heard the phrase “Looking at the glass half full versus half empty.”  Lets face it, sometimes the glass may be as it is, half empty.  What I heard made profound sense and actually gave me a tool or vision to work with during these times.  Here it goes, when the glass seems to be half empty, know that there is always a pitcher next to it to help you fill it back up.  That puts a new twist on things!

It is my wish that you and your loved ones celebrate each other throughout this Holiday Season.  Be that pitcher.  Help fill their glasses at the times when they may be half empty.  You’ll be surprised at who might be there to fill yours when needed. Merry Happy Christanakahanza …  as a friend of our says, don’t miss the funny stuff 🙂

Always working on being Grateful,

Tina

Christmas Cruise Avalon ornamentsRiver Cruising typically serves the 35+ demographic.  The average age is more like 50, however that is going down each year as younger travelers are enjoying the River Cruise experience.  In any case, River Cruising is usually not the type of experience you would think of going on with younger children.  The exception would be during the Holiday Season to visit the Christmas Markets in Europe. Christmas Markets have been a long standing tradition in Europe.  They capture all the magic of the Holidays with the traditions of local cultures, predominately Germany, Austria and the eastern regions of France.  Note the picture of Miltenberg, Germany compliments of Avalon.  Accounts of these festive markets date back to as early as the thirteenth century, notably in Vienna where it was called the December Market.  Visitors will most likely see a depiction of the Nativity displayed in the middle of all of the activity. Vendors proudly offer their Christmas wares.  Some may be handcrafted Nutcrakers, toys, books or traditional figures made out of nuts or “Prune Men” made out of dried fruit. Each vendor will typically have their own wooden structure, stall or “hut” to display whatever goodies they have.  Smells of gingerbread and mulled spiced cider float through and warm the frigid air. Many of the major River Cruise companies, such as Viking, Uniglobe and Avalon all offer family centered Christmas Market experiences.

Christmas Cruise Avalon ViennaThese special Christmas Market itineraries are usually offered from the beginning of Advent to December 23rd.  It is a wonderful way to visit a multitude of Christmas Markets without having to change accommodations along the way.  The whole family will enjoy settling into well appointed, yet understated accommodations then embarking on a magical adventure with something for any age group.  That being said, it is probably best to wait until all family members  have the attention span and control to really appreciate the experience.  Some operators may not allow children under a certain age. All of your meals, daily tours, beer and wine with lunch and dinner are included in most of the river cruise ships.  Some incorporate even more amenities.  The shopping at these magnificent markets would of course need to be added to your budget.  Beware the temptation to sample all of the authentic baked goods, meats and piping hot beverages offered at the Christmas Markets.

Germany would offer the most options for a multi-generational family considering a Christmas Market River Cruise.  Cologne is a majestic town located on both sides of the Rhine River.  We visited the cobblestone streets of Cologne in September.  It is a lovely and historic place.  I cannot imagine the beauty of this city adorned at Christmastime.  They boast almost 4 million visitors to their Christmas Market each year. Some River Cruise options are more elegant than others and offered at different price points.  The discerning traveler would be pleased to know that the industry is continually innovating their ship designs and stateroom accommodations.

Viking River CruiseGuests can choose accommodations to be as simple or as lavish as their every need desires depending on the particular River Cruise and the Stateroom or Suite Category that they choose.  From cozy to outright spacious, there is an option for every traveler. Time goes by quickly.  Think about a Christmas Market River Cruise when planning next year’s Holiday trip.  You will not be disappointed.

Please contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com or 317-660-2080 if you would like more information or would like a complimentary consultation regarding your next trip.