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Travel Dreams

Here we are in November, and many of you are likely dreaming of that winter getaway……might I simply say that if you are looking to go to the sunny south, consider a different kind of vacation. Small group tours which involve wildlife, culture, cycling and/or hiking are all still available to countries like Mexico, Cuba, Belize, and beyond.

If this doesn’t appeal, consider booking that special vacation at an all-inclusive or booking that cruise to the Caribbean soon for the best choice- and often the best prices!  (Price protection is a wonderful thing for all inclusive vacations……)

Touring Costa Rica is a popular booking at the moment- but absolutely it is one place that is incredibly popular, and one shouldn’t wait if you are looking for that special vacation.  (Loved Costa Rica- my first small group tour!)

Explore Costa Rica is ONE such popular trip- but there are others- this one to Mexico and beyond looks fascinating as well…….

Many of you are also looking ahead to spring and summer vacation time- yes I have started to book Europe already……cruises, tours, and custom vacations are all underway in the planning and booking stages.  A deposit as low as $250 can hold that dream vacation!

Iconic Italy is a popular trip- as is this walking tour of the Amalfi Coast– but these are just small samplings of what is available…..

Finally, I am also already researching and booking 2019…….for those that like to plan ahead……set your travel goals early and head to _______ – after all you must start somewhere!  (Fill in your dream destination- I have.)

Make Your Travel Dreams Come True

I am also incredibly excited to announce that my own travel dreams came true this past October when I was able to travel to Kenya for the Great Migration.  This was a dream trip which I first considered in 2009 while researching my trip to South Africa.  At the time, I simply thought it was a dream- drifting in a hot air balloon while on safari in Kenya over the Maasai Mara Reserve. Yet due to some hard work, this dream came true- and not just for me but for a couple of my customers!  Add on almost a week exploring Amsterdam- wow!

Let me make your dreams come true……all it takes is an email, a phone call or a text/ PM message.  Often sales come up which offer great prices- and are gone before you know it!  I can watch for that sale and contact you as soon as I see it.

Currently, for instance, both G Adventures and Exodus Travels are offering sales on their small group tours.  Larger group travel is often on sale until the end of January- if this is your style of travel, contact me now. River cruises and ocean cruises are both on sale now for 2018- and some for 2019!

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

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More Amsterdam!

As I mentioned in my last post, I also chose to spend extra time in Amsterdam on my way home.  This time I was completely on my own, but having already had a sampling (so to speak) of the city, I was very much looking forward to my final few days, and to exploring more Amsterdam!

My Accommodations

This time I decided to stay at a small boutique hotel in the Museum District, just one block from the Van Gogh Museum- which coincidentally was my first outing the day after I arrived.  Truly my favourite museum of the two (Rijksmuseum being the first I saw)-perhaps because I am a huge fan of Van Gogh- plus I loved the way the museum and works were displayed……it told a story.

Standing just outside Hotel Fita looking down the street

Back to the boutique hotel- kudos to the small boutique hotel- Hotel Fita– a comfortable small hotel with a fabulous breakfast to start the day!  Highly recommend this conveniently located hotel……..with a small elevator which was certainly a bonus!

This location is also just a block from Amsterdam’s Rodeo Drive for any travellers that like to shop, and close to several good restaurants- the best was The Seafood Bar where again I was able to slide in at the last minute for some delicious seafood.

My Activities

Beside the Van Gogh Museum, I also headed out on a small group day trip to explore the windmills of the countryside, a cheese making facility/ farm with tastings, and visits to a couple of small villages.  A great way to see a bit of the countryside.

Touring the Countryside

My last day, despite the forecasted rain, I decided to walk as much as possible. I headed to the Jordaan area just past the Anne Frank house to browse in some small shops, before cutting up towards Central Station, and then across towards the Resistance Museum and the Botanical Gardens. Great exercise and a great way to see more of the city- and some more of the history of the city. I then caught a couple of trams back to my room, where I enjoyed a glass or two of red wine before heading to an Indonesian restaurant a couple of blocks away.

Walking in the Botanical Gardens in Amsterdam

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable exploration of Amsterdam- both coming and going…….

If this style of travel suits you, be sure to stay tuned to my posts, and then travel with me on my next trip of this sort…..

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