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City of the Week: Bogota, Columbia

City of the Week: Bogotá, Colombia By Cristiana Dias Colombia has been ranked the 2nd best country to visit in 2017 according to the Lonely Planet, which confirms its up & coming reputation as a prime tourist destination. Having undergone a remarkable transformation, the capital and largest city in Colombia, Bogotá, is well worth a visit! Situated upon a high plateau in the Andes Mountains, approximately 2,640 meters above sea level, the climate of Bogotá is pleasant year-round. Although the peak season to travel to Bogotá is in the summer because of the Bogotá Festival, its dry season is from December to March. There are so many delicious foods to try in Bogotá, so a great place to start off your foodie journey is in the Zona G, known as the gastronomical zone. In Chapinero, you’ll find the Paloquemao market where you can try all kinds of exotic...

Top 7 Vineyards in the South of France

By Katie Edgerley Head down the coast away from the glamour of St. Tropez and you’ll find yourself in the more rugged but nevertheless extremely beautiful area of Ramatuelle. Travel further down a bumpy and beaten track and you’ll arrive at Domaine La Torraque, one of the most beautiful vineyards in Provence. Stretching across 40 hectares of land, Domaine de Torraque has been cultivating wine and olive oil since 1805 and has recently obtained the Label Bio Ecocert. Wine tastings at Domaine de Torraque are free, but to really experience the beauty of the place, pay the €28 to receive a guided tour around the vineyards in a 4x4 with the winemaker himself and learn about the high quality white, red and rosé wines he produces. Located 25km north of Montpellier, the vineyard at Chateau de Valflaunès covers 13 hectares with extraordinarily beautiful views of...

City for the Week: Anchorage, Alaska

City of the Week : Anchorage, Alaska By Cristiana Dias It was 150 years ago, in 1867, that the United States made the Alaska Purchase, buying the Alaskan territory from the Russians for $7.2 million. In order to commemorate the 150th anniversary, the Alaska Historical Society has created numerous events to celebrate the 49th American state; the list being available on its website. Not only can you try and find the events taking place in Anchorage itself to celebrate this occasion, but there are so many other things to do in this great city. The city of Anchorage is Alaska’s most populated city. In the summer, Anchorage gets about 20 hours of daylight, with temperatures up to the low 70s, whereas in the winter, daylight typically only lasts for 7 hours, with temperatures that tend not to surpass the mid 20s. Nature lovers won’t ever get bored in...

Advice: Traveling with Children under 5

Advice: Traveling with Children under 5 By Cristiana Dias Having kids doesn’t mean that life has to stop! Just like adults, traveling the world can stimulate the curiosity of a child. Whether you’d like to take an island getaway or explore history in a vibrant city, traveling with young children can be quite a fun, but stressful, experience. First, make sure that you give your family plenty of extra time when planning your vacation. It is better to arrive extra early at the airport than to be straggling because one of your children needed five bathroom breaks, and the other one forgot his favorite stuffed animal at home. By allocating extra time and keeping a flexible itinerary, your vacation won’t be stressful when faced with unforeseen dilemmas. By planning accordingly, you are sure to be organized, which is important when traveling with children under 5 because you never...

Top 7 Romantic Destinations in Europe

Top 7 Romantic Destinations in Europe By Katie Edgerley Looking for a place to spend the perfect Valentine’s Day in 2018? Or a European honeymoon destination? Or simply for a romantic getaway to celebrate your relationship? (Do you really need an excuse?) We all know that Paris is Europe’s love capital, but don’t forget about all the other European destinations that will sweep you off your feet and have you swooning as soon as the plane touches the runway. Take a look at our European love list for some romantic inspiration for your next trip! Bruges With its fairy-tale architecture, cobbled streets and pretty canals, it should come as no surprise that Bruges is at the top of our romantic list. What better place to buy Valentine’s chocolate than the chocolate capital of the world? Visit one of the city’s fifty chocolate shops, particularly the Choco-Story museum,...

Island Hopping in Greece!

By Cristiana Dias The Greek Islands are considered a dream vacation to many travelers. Scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas, Greece’s 6,000 total islands, 227 of which are inhabited, make for a fantastic, island-hopping adventure. Starting off with the most well known group of Greek islands is the Cyclade group. The scenery at Santorini is one that we typically associate with Greece. There, the chalk-white houses and colorful windowsills make for some of the best views in all of Greece. It is the most southern island of the Greek archipelago and is made out of volcanic rock. As Santorini is typically for couples, Mykonos , another island in the Cycladic group, is known for its nightlife. The crowd on this island is international, especially during the warm summer months. Mykonos is also a charming island, as it has a reputation for being a fishing village and is covered in...

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

How to Stay Healthy While Travelling By Katie Edgerley Staying healthy when going on a trip means that you’ll be able to enjoy your travels to the fullest and make amazing memories. Follow these 8 simple steps to avoid sickness whilst away and avoid that post-travelling slump! Before you go Prepare your body: Staying healthy while travelling is all about preparation. Make sure you’ve left plenty of time to get any vaccinations required for your trip if necessary. If you are going somewhere where the probability of getting sick from tap water or rich food is quite high, start taking probiotic tablets around two weeks before you go to prepare your stomach to fight against any bad bacteria and take some with you on your trip! Pack useful items: It’s also a good idea to be prepared with a simple first aid kit, wherever you’re...

Top 7 Places to See Wildlife

Top 7 Places to See Wildlife By Shelly Clemente Kalahari Desert , Botswana There are small red dunes that seamlessly fade into golden grass, acacia trees and dried out rivers. Every year floodwater flows into the Okavango and into the Kalahari Desert to create a unique wetland that supports and sustains a huge diversity of wildlife. Apart from year-round excellent game viewing, the beauty of this water is breathtaking. There are approximately 580 bird species, 75 larger mammal species and more than 80 fish species in the area. This is definitely one of the best places to see elephants, antelope, meerkats, lions, hyena and cheetah in their natural habitat. Shark Bay , Western Australia You won’t believe the range of wildlife here. You can see giant whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef and dolphins at Shark Bay. It is an amazing marine reserve and a UNESCO World...

City Feature: Lyon

City Feature: Lyon Written by: Shelly Clemente Lyon, more than any other city in France, embodies that illusive French "art of living" – the joyful synthesis of all that makes life worthwhile: food, wine, culture, friends and family. The Musée des Beaux-Arts is a stunning museum that showcases some of France’s finest art collection including works by Monet, Matisse and Picasso. For a breathtaking view, head to Vieux-Lyon and take a rooftop tour on the stone-sculpted roof of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, whose interior is equally worth the visit. While in Vieux-Lyon, the old town, wander around the cobbled streets and over 200 traboules, narrow Renaissance alleyways, hidden away in the city. A highlight of Lyon is its newest neighbourhood: the Confluence. This formal industrial wasteland has recently been brought back to life by a multimillion-euro urban renewal project, recognized for its cutting-edge and environmentally sustainable...

City Feature: Lisbon

City of the Week: Lisbon By Cristiana Dias Named as one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2017, Lisbon is an enchanting European capital that can offer its visitors everything for a great vacation. With its Mediterranean climate, Lisbon is a year-round destination. Its winter temperatures range from 8 to 15 degrees Celsius, with otherwise warm, sunny days all year. Lisbon also boasts historical importance, as it is where many of the Portuguese navigators departed from during the Age of Discovery in the 15th century. Bartolomeu Dias was the first explorer to go around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, who was succeeded by Vasco da Gama, who was the first explorer to reach India by sea. Lisbon pays homage to its explorers with its Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument, located right near the fortified Belém Tower and the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge,...

City Feature: Montreal

City Feature: Montreal By Cristiana Dias If places could have children together, then Montréal would be Europe and North America’s child. This city is like no other; whimsical, culturally impressive, and so dynamic with its old age charm, and modern innovation. There is so much to do and so much to see in Montréal, and we’re going to tell you all about it. Because of its location, Montréal can be a trip within itself, an add-on to a Canada exploration vacation, a pit stop on a ski adventure, or a detour from a Niagara Falls discovery. Montréal suffers extremely cold winters, however its moderate summers can give you a break from the hot tropics! Similar to New York’s Central Park is Montréal’s Mont Royal that stands over 200 meters above the city. From the summit of this green park, you get a spectacular view of the entire city...

So You Want to See the World

One of the biggest perks with being a Travel Agent is the opportunity to venture out several times a year and see the world! There are so many ways that you can do this with little or no cost…and we’re going to show you how with these 5 sure-fire ways! This is the absolute best way that you can work your way to FREE just by coordinating and planning phenomenal Group Trips. These Groups could be set up for Weddings, Sports Teams, Special Events or specific Niche Travel. Whatever the reason, there are always great incentives and bonuses up for grabs to make up for your hard work and efforts that go into managing Group bookings. If you decide on hosting a Group, you most definitely will be going FREE; just sell the minimum number to go on your trip and off you go! There can be so many benefits...

O to 100K

Follow our Guide below that will take you on your Fresh Start Journey starting with Zero Clients, Knowledge or Experience and ending up at a Successful 100K Business within 2 years’ time! Your Business is all about you and what you put into it – You’ll get there FASTER if you put yourself out there and work for it or you could take a LEISURELY stroll, which is beneficial to all you Part-Timers out there and arrive here in 3 to 5 years! It’s all up to you and what works best for your Business! When starting out everything may feel very overwhelming as there is so much to learn and retain, but don’t forget how exciting it is to start out fresh and put all of your new venture ideas into fruition! Your New Business is your Oyster so just go with it and go ALL IN! Here are...

Qualifying Your Clients

Congratulations – your Client has come to you with the most amazing request for an upcoming trip and it’s up to you to come up with an incredible holiday itinerary for them! If you’re not prepared and have not mastered the skills, you could see this as pretty daunting and could potentially lose out on a forever Client. Don’t Panic - We’re here to help guide you into this next step with ease and show you how to be a Superstar Agent each and every time! Qualifying your Clients is not only the most integral step in selling travel but it is an important skill to perfect which takes lots of time and efforts to get into your groove! It can be a HUGE time-saver and also help you sift through the ‘tire kickers’ with those initial conversations. So let’s dive right in and get started! As Travel...

Ultimate Thailand Trip Guide

Thailand
Thailand, the country making almost every young adult’s travel bucket list, is a place full of wonder and adventure. It’s capital has been a party destination for students in that area of the world for a while, but its beaches and various islands are becoming a worldwide obsession for their economic, awe-inspiring beauty! The best time to head to Thailand is from January to March, for the prices are moderate compared to high season, the weather is nice, with little rain, and calm waters. Bangkok is the ideal beginning and end of your ultimate Thailand trip since it is the main transport hub for the country. Start your partying on Khao San Road, infamous for touristic nightlife. You should also visit some floating markets there, like Amphawa and Damnoen Saduak, as well as its impressive monuments, like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, both beautiful Thai temples. If...

Ultimate Moroccan Trip Guide

Hassan II Mosque
There are many ways to experience Morocco, so we’re here to give you a head start on your plans by providing some major cities and sites​​ that are a must-see if you have a decent amount of time to spend in the Kingdom of Morocco. One of the numerous ways you can begin your Moroccan adventure is by flying into the airport of Tangiers. If your departure airport doesn’t allow for this option, you can start the tour from a later point in our guide and go from there. In Tangiers, a beautiful port town with great seafood, you can visit the medina, the Place Avril 9, and experience a stunning view over the Strait of Gibraltar and Southern Spain. You can visit the Kasbah via the Place du Mechouar, and even the Cave of Hercules, about 15 minutes outside of the city center. After Tangiers, grab a taxi for...

Beaches Ochio Rios

Beaches Ocho Rios is among the top-rated allinclusive resorts that I have had the privilege to stay at. The resort offers the ultimate beachfront family getaway in Jamaica. Beaches and Sandals boast that they offer more quality inclusions than any other resorts in the world and they do not disappoint. From the moment you arrive in Montego Bay and enter the Sandals Lounge to await your transfer to Beaches Ocho Rios, you are taken care of by friendly staff. The transfer is about two hours from the airport and during your ride, you can take in the sights of the Jamaican countryside. Check in is easy and streamlined and before you know it, you are in your room and enjoying all the resort has to offer. The resort itself in beautiful with a great stretch of white sand beach, amazing pools and a fabulous water park. The waterpark offers eleven...

Beaches Ochio Rios

Beaches Ocho Rios is among the top-rated allinclusive resorts that I have had the privilege to stay at. The resort offers the ultimate beachfront family getaway in Jamaica. Beaches and Sandals boast that they offer more quality inclusions than any other resorts in the world and they do not disappoint. From the moment you arrive in Montego Bay and enter the Sandals Lounge to await your transfer to Beaches Ocho Rios, you are taken care of by friendly staff. The transfer is about two hours from the airport and during your ride, you can take in the sights of the Jamaican countryside. Check in is easy and streamlined and before you know it, you are in your room and enjoying all the resort has to offer. The resort itself in beautiful with a great stretch of white sand beach, amazing pools and a fabulous water park. The waterpark offers eleven...
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