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Destinations

5 Epic Trips To Take Right Now
From stylish and over-the-top to far-flung and extended, these once-in-a-lifetime tours in Africa, Europe, and Oceania are ones for the books.…

Bonding over Burgundy: Nourishing outdoor adventures
Explore this glorious region’s hiking and cycling trails, cruise its waterways, or drift over the landscape in a balloon…

What are the best hikes in Croatia?
From easy forest hikes right outside the capital to multiday mountain treks, Croatia’s diverse hiking options are the country’s best-kept secret.…

This Small Town on North Carolina's 'Crystal Coast' Has Some of the Most Affordable Beach Houses in the U.S.
The 85-mile stretch of North Carolina coast is also called the Southern Outer Banks.…

Travel etiquette to know before flying to Hawaii
A recent study found 72% of Americans have traveled or plan to travel in 2022. However, a big question that comes with travel is remember proper travel etiquette.…

Tours and Activities

Now's the Time for an Awe-Inspiring Tour in the Great Outdoors
Why you should immerse yourself in the wonders of nature and see some of the most incredible locations in Europe and North America this year.…

Looking to bike in Europe? Lake Constance straddles three countries
An 18th-century baroque basilica awash in pink and surrounded by vineyards. Reconstructed prehistoric stilt-house dwellings above the water. A medieval castle …

5 Destinations to Have Your Next Family Reunion​
Learn why a dude ranch, national park, cruise, amusement park or overseas trip could be great places to hold a family reunion. …

Culinary travel feeds the soul
As travel emerges from the pandemic, studies have led a number of tourist boards to focus their mark…

7 tips on how to make your adventures more sustainable
Seven sustainable tips to make your next adventure more sustainable.…

Cruise

These Are The Top Three River Cruises In North America
Wherever there is a river, there is likely to be a river cruise. While traditional cruise ships reach farther destinations like Bali , river boats...…

Cruise ship tour: Celebrity Beyond is its biggest ship yet
Celebrity Beyond, the line's largest and most luxurious ship yet, really is beyond in every sense of the word.…

This New Luxury Cruise Line Just Announced Alaska Sailings to See Whales, Glaciers, and Gorgeous Port Cities
If you've never taken an Alaskan cruise before, 2024 might just be the year to do it. Soon-to-launch luxury cruise line Explora Journeys just announced a series of Alaska sailings in 2024…

Dance floor brawl involving 60 people breaks out on cruise ship
Vessel escorted by US Coast Guard after fight breaks out involving up to 60 people…

Cruise Line Eliminates Single Supplement on Over 275 Cruises
Celebrity Cruises will allow solo cruisers to sail at the same rate as those who book double occupancy on nearly 300 cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe through next March.…

Transportation

10 things you need to know about riding Amtrak overnight
This spring, I took an Amtrak sleeper train from Sacramento to Denver and back. I loved watching the spectacular scenery unfold as we passed herds of elk by the shores of the lengthy, stalwart Colorado River…

Top tips from a flight attendant to avoid the worst of summer's travel headaches
Since we can’t confirm the authenticity of the post, we thought we’d go right to the source and interview a flight attendant who’s currently in the midst of a summer travel schedule.…

Don't start your vacation already stressed: Travelers share how early to arrive at the airport
How much time do you give yourself to get to the airport? Travelers weigh in on how early you should arrive before your flight.…

Germany to fast-track foreign airport workers to ease travel chaos
The German government will fast-track work permits and visas for several thousand foreign airport workers, mainly from Turkey, to help to ease summer travel chaos that has frustrated holidaymakers, German ministers said on Wednesday.…

Nation braces for miserable travel weekend as canceled flights stack up
Americans are headed into an ugly Fourth of July travel weekend, with 1,800 flights canceled already this week with days left to go. …

Lodging

Historic Colorado resort offering season pass for just $329 with access to 60 partner resorts
I'm always on the lookout for a good deal when it comes to outdoor recreation and one historic Colorado ski resort just announced a season pass option that's sure to…

Two ways you can use hotel points to save big on summer travel, despite inflation
Find out how to use Hyatt's award chart and Marriott's de facto award price bands to save big on your summer vacation.…

Hotel Workers Are Sharing Red Flags, Hacks, And Secrets About Hotels And I'm Disgusted And Intrigued
There's a way to ask for an upgrade without annoying the front desk person.…

Gay happy hour, neutral pronouns, a ‘glam room’: Hotels go LGBTQ-friendly
Mattel said hotels have often made her feel like they are designed for cisgender men, with space to hang a suit but no vanity or beauty lighting. …

Tourist disappointed by the reality of his hotel room vs promo shot
Tourist Jerone Tan checked into the five-star-rated Tower Suites hotel, located mere yards from the Tower of London, expecting a 'floor-to-ceiling outlook' in his room...…

Other and Odd

Americans Can Travel To These 186 Countries Visa-Free In 2022
As the world reopens for travel, the U.S. passport is experiencing a strong rebound, allowing Americans to enter 186 countries visa-free.…

3 lessons I wish I'd learned sooner about travel
Experience may be the best teacher, but I wish I'd learned the following strategies before I became an unwitting student. I've boiled down my recent travel woes into three lessons…

Retirees planning to travel should check their Medicare coverage to avoid costly surprises
Depending on the specifics of your Medicare plan, you may not have coverage at your destination, whether in the U.S. or beyond its borders. Here's what to know.…

How to Slay Your Vacation With Confidence as a Plus-Size Traveler
Navigating traveling when you're plus-size can be tricky, but with these tips you can feel confident everywhere from the beach to the plane.…

Family Road Trip Calculator solves the food travel snack debate
The Family Road Trip Calculator offers the solution for the food travel snack question. Ready to get rolling and keep the hunger at bay.…

Press Releases of Interest

Canva Templates for Travel Professionals Produced by TRO and Voyager Websites Week of 6.20.22
Use these Canva Templates to market your travel agency on social media…

Canva Templates for Travel Professionals Produced by TRO and Voyager Websites Week of 6.27.22
Use these Canva Templates to market your travel agency on social media…

The Travel Institute’s Annual 50% certification scholarships are back
The Travel Institute’s 9th Annual Promote Your Professionalism, PYP, campaign kicks off today, June 27, running through July to give all travel professionals the opportunity to utilize scholarship funds while strengthening their business skills…

Canva Templates for Travel Professionals Produced by TRO and Voyager Websites Week of 06.27.22
Use these Canva Templates to market your travel agency!…

Canva Templates for Travel Professionals Produced by TRO and Voyager Websites Week of 6.20.22
Use these Canva Templates to market your travel agency on social media…

Mike's Morning Missives

And That’s a Wrap

2019 is just about yesterday’s news. I don’t want to use a beat up worn-torn saying but I will: “Where has the time gone?” I also refuse to suggest that you have a Happy New Year. I’d rather remind you that time waits for nobody, and whether your New Year will be happy or not is entirely up to you. As I look down the barrel of another year I see an empty slate. Yesterday’s news is exactly that… yesterday’s news. Not a single evening news program goes by without…



Mike’s 1-Minute Marketing Memos

Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda

  Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to this behavior: I would’ve done it if I had more money. I could’ve tried if I had more time. I should’ve called them but … This happens more often than not, when you get an idea and fail to act on it. This simply does not have to happen. Once you have an idea for a notion to do something, do it. Don’t think it to death. And don’t procrastinate until you forget what it is you were going to try.



Luxury Travel Tips

Elvis Has Left the Building

Not long after starting my training firm, The Wealthy Travel Agent, I received a call from my friend Richard Earls, publisher of Travel Research Online (TRO), asking if I would write a column on luxury travel. I immediately agreed. Over time, it morphed into one that advocated sound sales-based business practices with luxury travel as the product of choice – but could be applied to any model. I don’t want to be that person who overstays their welcome.



Departures

And They’re Off: Travelers and Suppliers Eye European Shores; MMGY Offers Data

Just a few days after the United States dropped its testing requirement for inbound travelers, Mandee Migliaccio at Stepping Out Travel Services in New Jersey already has booked a client who called to say, “finally I feel like I can travel freely”—and is off to Italy.



Spotlight

Avanti Launches “Another Side of Britain” e-brochure To Showcase Diverse Reasons to Vacation Independently in UK

Wholesale FIT travel specialist Avanti Destinations has launched an e-brochure for advisors describing the many reasons Great Britain appeals to independent travel clients, whatever their interests or demographics, and whether they are first-time or repeat travelers to the UK.



TRO SMITH

Zen Sales

In its simplest form, marketing consists of generating new business and keeping old. Any new customer may spend money with you once, but a loyal customer provides a lifetime of business!