Author Archives: Sydney Smith

There are 65 articles by Sydney Smith published on this site.


Imagine a destination that encompasses everything you could ever want out of a vacation and more. Picture sandy beaches, snowcapped mountains, rolling hills, coastal roadways, aquariums and zoos, historical landmarks, bars and cafes, wineries and vineyards, and abundant wildlife. A destination like this seems almost too good to be true. Think again. Let Down Under Answers take you on an unforgettable journey through one of Australia’s most fascinating and diverse regions: Victoria.

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With romantic landscapes, fascinating heritage, distinct regional cultures and identities, and everything from vibrant cosmopolitan cities to charming medieval villages to enjoy, Great Britain is a diverse nation full of contrasts. From the stunning coastline of Wales to the dramatic Scottish highlands to the gentle rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales in England, Britain provides something for every type of traveler.
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Considered one of the most richly diverse regions in the world, the Dominican Republic’s natural beauty is just as significant as the culture and history that reside here. Originally inhabited by the Taino Indians, Christopher Columbus and the Spanish happened upon the island on their way to “the Indies”, and would leave behind a legacy that is still present today.

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The Southern Splendors of Australia are renowned for their wine, cuisine, and wildlife, but while each share these three qualities, their identities are far from similar. Down Under Answers takes you on a trip through unique regions of Australia where you’ll discover the hidden gems of the South. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Peru with Marnella Tours

A diverse region filled with incredible remnants of a historical and ancient civilization, the Republic of Peru reflects beauty not only in landscape, but in culture, as well. Discover the many sounds, colors, and tastes that make up Peru and explore what this rich society has to offer with Marnella Tours.
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LeeAnn Roper Cumbow’s career within the world of travel began in 1992 with Northwest Airlink as one of their flight attendants. In 1997, she shifted gears and launched her career with Vacation Express as one of their travel agents. She immediately caught the attention of Vacation Express executives, and in 1998, Cumbow became their Business Development Manager for Memphis.
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Discover Your Next Destination with Goway Travel

Operating since 1970, Goway Travel has been providing unforgettable travel experiences for travelers from all walks of life. As North America’s leading travel provider to Australia & the South Pacific, Asia, Africa & the Middle East, Latin America & Antarctica and the world’s most Idyllic Islands, Goway offers a wide variety of travel ideas ranging from fully independent travelling, to escorted tours and adventure touring for the more adventurous trekker. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore Italy with Back-Roads Touring

Back-Roads Touring’s small group tours take you into the heart of regional Italy, allowing you to explore areas beyond the well-worn tourist trail. Imagine learning how to cook the perfect pasta with a chef deep in the heart of Tuscany, relaxing in the tranquillity and serenity of Lake Orta, the Italian Lakes’ hidden gem, exploring Pompeii and Paestum with local guides who bring these incredible archaeological sites to life, learning about the origins and transformations of the Mafia in Sicily and dining in traditional restaurants from the Osterie d’Italia Slow Food Guide in lesser known Puglia.  Read the rest of this entry »

Between the surprising history and architecture, world-class beaches, top-rated diving and snorkeling, and unexpected culture and cuisine, the island of Curaçao is thriving with adventure immersed in ambience. Surrounded by the pristine waters of the Caribbean and lush coastal landscape, Curaçao is more than what meets the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore the World with Viking River Cruises

Accredited as the most award-winning river cruise line in the industry, Viking River Cruises provides remarkable value while placing high on competitive rankings, like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice, and Best Small Ships awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Read the rest of this entry »

FullSizeRenderSince 1995, Paul F. Kok has been working at the Avila Hotel, a resort that stands out as a hotel with a special Caribbean flavor and intimacy, with beautiful landscaping and lush gardens, private beaches, and the personal touch of management and staff for which Paul is highly responsible. The main promotion of the hotel over the years has been by word of mouth via enthusiastic guests, which has resulted in a high number of repeat guests, including high ranking officials from the Dutch Government and CEO’s of companies from the Netherlands.

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Labeled as the “richest city in the world” by Fortune Magazine, Abu Dhabi’s rapid development, advanced urbanization, and relatively high income of its population has transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis and a world power. As capital, Abu Dhabi is the center of the United Arab Emirates’ political and industrial activities, as well as the cultural and commercial hub for the country. Read the rest of this entry »

All Leisure Holidays Ltd is the sales and marketing office in North America for All Leisure Group PLC, a publicly traded company in the United Kingdom under the symbol ALLG. All Leisure Group PLC has six brands under their corporate umbrella, including three escorted tour brands that do not trade outside the UK, as well as three globally marketed cruise brands specializing in discovery cruising: Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises. The three cruise brands are all a part of All Discovery Cruising and are distinct with their own customer profiles and price points. They are each combined in their focus on enrichment and discovery cruising, which is about combining the chance to relax at sea on small ships featuring stylish on-board amenities and hospitality, with the opportunity to discover the world’s greatest sites and cultures in the company of experts. Read the rest of this entry »

World-renowned for its beauty and abundance of natural habitats and wildlife lies one of the most spectacular countries in the world: Costa Rica. Decorated with a variety of different landscapes, an impressive diversity of species, and multitude of parks and reserves, Costa Rica is a country crawling with opportunities to learn and explore.

Offering customized escorted programs and Learning Journeys, Perillo Tours has designed the optimum vacation experience for Americans looking to get away this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore Jaipur with TransAm Travel

As capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a historical city and gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. Between the colorful chaotic streets, where the old and new India mesh, this unique city is growing fast and bringing in tourists from around the world.

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Explore Tunisia with Tunisair

Located on the banks of the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea lies the country of Tunisia. Dotted with remnants of rich, ancient culture of centuries past and marked with beauty far and wide, Tunisia offers travelers a unique glimpse into its historical past. Travel with Tunisair as you embark on an unforgettable vacation to this spectacular country.
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Travel to Delhi with TransAm Travel

Between the remnants of ancient empires, captivating monuments and architecture, and bustling markets and villages lies one of the world’s most dazzling cities. Delhi, also known as the capital of India, is a culturally diverse city rich in both past and present influences that will captivate even the most frequent traveler.

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Discover Peru with Yampu Tours

Whether you are trekking through the luscious landscapes of the Peruvian Amazon, admiring the ruins at Machu Picchu, or finding your way through Pisac’s Indian Market, Peru provides visitors with countless opportunities to learn and explore. Tourists travel from around the world to get a glimpse of the historical Inca civilization that once resided in these mountains, yet, there are many other landmarks and adventures just waiting to be discovered.

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Explore Costa Maya with ShoreTrips

Draped in Mayan heritage with acres of unspoiled coastal land, Costa Maya is filled with rich, cultural influence and vast, natural beauty. Part of the Mexican Caribbean, Costa Maya has the highest concentration of Mayan archaeological sites and the largest Mayan population in Mexico. Follow the footprints that lead you into the historical past that make up this spectacular city! Read the rest of this entry »

Richard Hellar - Marine Operations ManagerRich is the Marine Operations Manager at G Adventures. Having worked with the tour operator’s marine programs since 2006, he has had the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most remote and beautiful destinations, almost always by boat. Rich brings a mix of field experience and passion for wildlife, remote destinations and shipping that help G Adventures create life-changing experiences. In addition to the tour operator’s Toronto headquarters, Rich has spent time working in the Antarctic and South East Asia.
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Plan Your Next Trip with SITA World Tours

With over 80 years of industry experience, SITA World Tours has built an excellent reputation in the world of luxury travel as the preferred Tour Operator for exotic destinations. By partnering with travel agents and offering customized opportunities, SITA has delivered the comprehensive services and values that luxury travelers appreciate. Read the rest of this entry »