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Luxury Hotel Review: Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma

July 9, 2015 | By

This past weekend I was invited for an overnight stay at a luxury boutique hotel called Farmhouse Inn. It is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country in California. One and a half hours from San Francisco, and 30 minutes from Napa. The warm welcome at the front …

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Luxury Tour Company Review: Exeter International

July 7, 2015 | By

In April of this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Russia on a “travel agent familiarization” trip with Exeter International, a tour company specializing in luxury travel to Russia and Eastern Europe. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg airport, a representative from Exeter was there to greet us …

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Remote luxury lodges under the southern sun

June 18, 2015 | By

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the representative for some fabulous lodges in Chile, and it made me want to share what I have learned. Staying true to my specialty, I am concentrating on a few in the southern hemisphere. CHILE In Chile, the Explora Lodges are nothing …

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Take a Vacation, Get a Promotion?

June 16, 2015 | By

I recently came across an article on the Harvard Business Review, titled “Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?” by Shawn Achor. The theory is this: Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message …

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Small-Ship Cruise Review: Voyages to Antiquity

June 11, 2015 | By

I just got back from a cruise with Voyages to Antiquity on their ship, the Aegean Odyssey, which holds an average of 350 passengers. This was a dream come true for me because I’ve been following this cruise line since it’s inception back in 2010, as it fits into my …

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Pearls of Wisdom: Tips from Travel Agents

June 4, 2015 | By

I loved the article in this month’s issue of Virtuoso Traveler magazine titled, “Pearls of Wisdom: Virtuoso advisors share their top 59 travel tips, from planning to packing to pointing you to that perfect picnic spot.”  I loved the section on the latest cool luggage (Bluetooth tracking and locking!), the …

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Airline Review: Virgin Atlantic

May 28, 2015 | By

If you’re like me, you’ve found that the start and end to your vacation really set the overall tone, and boy was I flying high on my recent trip to London. Literally. I was traveling with a few other Andavo travel advisors, and our friend Marcos Gomez from Virgin Atlantic …

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Luxury Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

May 26, 2015 | By

During my recent trip to London with a few other Andavo travel advisors, I was able to stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the friendly and attentive staff into their cozy lobby. The fireplace was roaring and kept London’s spring …

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Destination Spotlight: Madrid, Spain

May 24, 2015 | By

This time my travels took me to Madrid, Spain for a week. I spent six nights at The Westin Palace, a hotel commissioned by the king of Spain in 1912. The location of the hotel was perfect, close to Retiro Park, the Prado Museum and Puerta del Sol, so was …

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Adventure Cruising With Un-Cruise Adventures

Adventure Cruising With Un-Cruise Adventures

May 22, 2015 | By

Ever since I first heard about Un-Cruise Adventures, (one of my esteemed Virtuoso suppliers) I knew it was something that I had to experience. It became front and center on my bucket list for active adventure cruising.  As a wellness travel advisor and because I am a bona fide travel info junky, I immediately enrolled in the coursework to become an Un-Cruise Adventures Certified …

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