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There are 35 articles by Simone Hasskew published on this site.


San Carlos de Bariloche is a city tucked away within the oldest park in Argentina. From European architecture, to delicious chocolate treats, to mountain views unlike anything you may have seen before, Bariloche is the place to see in Argentina.

Thanks to Aerolíneas Argentinas, the supplier sponsor for this article, you won’t miss your chance to visit the charming city of San Carlos de Bariloche.

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Robin Mountain

Robin Mountain is the Owner and CEO of Ntaba African Safaris. Along with his wife Stella, Ntaba African Safaris works tirelessly to provide itineraries that go above and beyond the expectation of their clients. Robin has not only traveled extensively through Africa, but even summited Mount Kilimanjaro three times! Qualified and registered National South African Guide is another title Robin wears, and he personally accompanies the majority of the tours Ntaba African Safaris hosts. With a degree in Animal Science and a wealth of knowledge on wild animals and bird life, Robin Mountain knows Africa, from culture to languages to animals.

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The town of Tepoztlán is classified as a Pueblo Mágico: a place with natural beauty, cultural riches, and historical relevance. Hotel Posada Del Tepozteco, an old mansion-turned-hotel steep with ancestry and tradition, has been a staple in the community for over 60 years. A founding member of the elite group of hotels and restaurants known as the “Tesoros De México,” who are considered the gold standard for excellence in hospitality and cuisine, Hotel Posada Del Tepozteco provides its guests with an unforgettable experience. Read the rest of this entry »

South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, offers flights to more places in Southern Africa than any other airline. Together, SAA and their regional partners, South African Express, Mango, and Airlink, offer service to over 75 destinations throughout Africa. SAA’s route network means greater convenience, with thorough check-in and baggage handling, affordable fares, and a wider choice of flights for your clients traveling to, from, and within the African continent.

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The Silk Road was integral for centuries to cultural interaction through Eurasia, connecting the east and west, and stretching from the Korean peninsula all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Consisting of several routes that travel through a variety of locations, the Silk Road has both historical and cultural significance while still offering an exciting, and enlightening, travel experience to visitors.

Thanks to ChinaTour, the supplier sponsor of this article, you won’t have to miss out on the many sights that wind through the routes of the Silk Road.

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steve_simao2Steve Simao, Vice President of Sales for Windstar Cruises, got his start working in Allentown, Pennsylvania working in operations at a local theme park, and has since been in the cruise industry for the last 20 years. An avid cruiser from a young age, he aspired to work within the Cruise industry. Graduating from Mansfield University with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on travel and tourism, Steve currently oversees both domestic and international sales for Windstar Cruises. In the past Steve has served as the Purser for the Holland America’s annual Grand World Voyage, quite an experience for the books. To learn more about Steve Simao, Windstar Cruises, and his role in the travel industry, continue on to his interview with Travel Research Online.

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lisa & steve_lebouleaLisa and Steve Cavanagh opened the doors to Le Bouleau, a bed and breakfast located in Aveyron, France, in 2015. Originally from South Africa, Lisa and Steve packed up and moved to Aveyron for a fresh start, and the idea of a bed and breakfast in the back of their minds. With previous experience in renovation and building they worked tirelessly to make Le Bouleau a reality. Lisa’s passion for cooking and Steve’s love of cycling make any stay at Le Bouleau an adventure; they host scenic cycling tours and culinary tours on top of providing fresh ingredients for their guests from their own gardens! Lisa and Steve go above and beyond to make any stay at Le Bouleau a memorable one. 

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St. John’s, the capitol and largest city within Newfoundland and Labrador, is a city full of charm from years past. With architecture unlike anything found anywhere else in Canada, and historic roots that make the city one of the top ocean-side travel destinations, St. John’s should be on everyone’s travel list. Thanks to North & Leisure, the sponsor of this article, you can see St. John’s in all of its grace.

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Discover Reykjavík with ShoreTrips

Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capitol of a sovereign state, is located on the southern shore of Faxa Bay in Iceland. Reykjavík it is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, but it boasts more than just that. Beautiful views, rich history, and never a shortage of entertainment, this Icelandic town should be at the top of your travel list. Thanks to ShoreTrips, the supplier sponsor for this article, you won’t have to miss a moment of life in Reykjavík.

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John_Gunning_pic_150John Gunning, Sales Manager for Down Under Answers and the three different brands within the company, goes in depth about his experiences in the travel industry, the beautiful places it has taken him, and what he has learned along the way.

Growing up on a small country property in central west New South Wales (Australia) who knew what lay ahead when I packed my bags and headed off to London in 1998. This was to be the beginning of my love and dedication to travel.

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Tuscany is vastly regarded as one of the most cultural, artistic, and historic areas in Italy. In Tuscany there is no shortage of interesting, educational, and entertaining activities and areas. Complete with 7 World Heritage Sites, museums filled with priceless works of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, and some of the most authentic and delicious restaurants and wineries, Tuscany is the ideal place for anyone looking to delve deeper into Italian culture.

Thanks to Sceptre Vacations, the supplier sponsor of this column, you can use this 60-Second Geography article in your own travel agency’s newsletters and websites.

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Israel’s Dan Hotels

When it comes to luxury lodging in Israel, look no further than Dan Hotel Chain. Boasting almost 3800 rooms spread out among 13 hotels, Dan Hotels has something to offer travelers of all walks of life. Their hotels can be found in many different cities within Israel, including their flagship hotel, the legendary King David Hotel. Located in the heart of the Old City, the King David Hotel opened its doors in 1931 at the meeting point of the historic Old City and the new, dynamic Jerusalem; it is also Jerusalem’s official venue for banquets and state occasions.

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As the Earth’s largest and most populous continent, Asia has much to offer any kind of traveler. From the beautiful gardens of Singapore, to the East-meets-West culture of Hong Kong, or the innovative Harajuku style and fashion of Tokyo, a visit to Asia will leave you wanting to return. Thanks to Windstar Cruises, the sponsor of this article, your Asian vacation will be smooth sailing.

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The Yangtze River, which translates literally to “The Long River,” is the longest river in Asia, third longest in the world, and the longest river in the world to flow through just one country. More than just setting records, The Yangtze River plays a large role in the history, culture, and nature. Within The Yangtze River you find Shennong Stream, which  consists of three sections each with something unique to offer its visitors.

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Jeff Pic 2Jeffrey Pawid, Business Development Manager for Events 365, powered by Ticket Evolution, has been a traveler at heart since a young age. Jeffrey started his career in travel working in sales, but since making the switch to the supplier’s side he has never looked back. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and currently finds himself working with the suite of booking solutions that are custom built for the travel agency community, where consultants can now make commission on shows, concerts, sporting events, theatre, and so much more. Jeffrey is thrilled to be in a position to help travel companies evolve by being able to offer their clients a wider variety of ticketing options.

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Israel is known for being part of a segment of geography known as The Holy Land. With the convergence of three prominent religions, it is no surprise that much of Israel is rich with culture and history that dates back centuries. From religious architecture and botanical gardens unlike any other, Israel has much to offer any visitor.

Thanks to Dan Hotels, the supplier sponsor of this column, you can use this 60-Second Geography article in your own travel agency’s newsletters and websites.

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Super Value Tours, the number one seller of tour packages to Japan and Taiwan is an award-winning wholesale tour operator to Asia. They offer exclusive services and opportunities that are not available from other companies, or even to the independent traveler. They have worked hard to build relationships that are both sincere and gratifying with local restaurants, hotels, and sites to offer these deals to their clients. Founded on the idea that all aspects of a tour, from start to finish, should be of the highest caliber of quality and presented at a fair price, Super Value Tours goes the extra mile to make sure this is the case.

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New Caledonia, a South Pacific archipelago with a total land area of more than 6,900 miles, is known mainly for its vast and varied environment, not to mention its beautiful lagoon and mixed culture. Acting as a refugium due to its isolated location, New Caledonia is home to an array of species of plants and animals unique to the world. Part of the Melanesian subregion and including multiple islands within its collective, New Caledonia has much to offer the traveler with an interest in the outdoors. With headquarters settled in New Caledonia’s capitol of Nouméa, Aircalin won’t let you miss out on a chance to see the alluring terrain of New Caledonia.

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Suzhou, the second largest city in the Jiangsu Province of East China, contains over 2,500 years worth of history in several forms. Known primarily for the extensive gardens and beautiful scenery, Suzhou is located Northwest of Shanghai. Often dubbed the “Venice of the East” or “Venice of China” due to its canals, it has grown to be one of the most popular destinations in China.

Thanks to Stunning China, the supplier sponsor of this column, you can use this 60-Second Geography article in your own travel agency’s newsletters and websites.

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From towering volcanoes to miles of rain forest and breathtaking views, the city of La Fortuna is not to be missed.  Positioned within the central American country of Costa Rica, La Fortuna has gained much traction over the years as a must-see travel destination.

Thanks to Costa Rica Dream Adventures, the supplier sponsor of this column, you can use this 60-Second Geography article in your own travel agency’s newsletters and websites.

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New York City Vacation Packages is more than just the only major independent travel company in the United States that focuses exclusively on New York City: they put their customers first, and have garnered years of success because of it. New York City Vacation Packages go the extra mile to accommodate their clients, even throwing in extras to make the trip that much more memorable.

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