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REAL ID Act and Air Travel

      Some people feel the need to never get a passport as they don’t travel outside of the United States, but that is going to change in 2018. Starting at the beginning of next year, residents in states that are non-compliant with the REAL ID Act, will need to have passports in order to [...]

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Paris to Normandy Seine River Cruise on Avalon Waterways

  Why is it that the Seine was once such an inspiration to so many painters? The best way to find out is to enjoy a leisurely trip along the river as it winds its unhurried way between Paris and the English Channel. In doing so, you will be following in the wake of the [...]

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A Look at Silversea’s Silver Muse

       Silversea is counting down the days until the delivery of its new ultra-luxury, all-inclusive, all-suite flagship, Silver Muse. The sleek 40,700-ton cruise ship will welcome travelers starting in April 2017. Silver Muse, setting a new standard among the line’s nine-ship fleet, will carry just 596 guests: With a passenger-to-crew ratio of almost [...]

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Happy Holidays

                 It is the holiday season and time for giving, celebrations and traditions. I love the traditions that come along with this season. Yours may be different, of course, but these traditions become important no matter how small. When I was a child, my grandmother always had us over to her home to [...]

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Regent Seven Seas Explorer

An all-balcony, all-suite ship like Seven Seas Mariner, Regent’s new Seven Seas Explorer, built at a price tag of US$450-million, began sailing in July 2016. In the works since 2008, the 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer will offer some of the largest and most luxurious suites at sea. Her interiors are nearly unparalleled in the industry; an [...]

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Silversea’s Silver Spirit

  I had the opportunity to sail on Silversea’s Silver Spirit in July from Athens to Venice. Introduced in 2010, this ship may well represent one of the best in luxury cruising, exceeding at everything that matters: personal space, beautiful interior design, service, food, wine and choice of compelling itineraries. At 640 feet in length and a [...]

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If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Where would you travel if you could go anywhere? Imagine money and logistics are no problem. Let your thoughts go as you envision your dream vacation. Would you go exploring museums, shopping in fancy boutiques, climb a mountain, lay on a white sand beach and swim in crystal clear water, discover exotic animals or take [...]

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Why Do People Travel?

Why do people leave their homes and voyage all over the globe? The reasons why people love to travel are varied. They’re also very personal. Take a look at these 10 motivations, and see which ones ring true for you. Challenging yourself   You might feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your daily [...]

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5 Things to See Along the Danube

    When you embark on a grand voyage of the Danube River (ideally onboard your floating hotel, also known as a river cruise) … A river that bends and winds through 10 countries and four capital cities, you are bound to see and do a lot. Here are just five things you should include [...]

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Critters of Costa Rica

There are many reasons why I keep going back to Costa Rica.  The wildlife is definitely one of them.    

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Hello Carol,

We are back from Vietnam and ready to recommend that all of our friends plan a trip to travel there! All of the planned activities we did, and all of the places we stayed were wonderful. We were very pleased with Trails of Indochina and their service and would be happy to use them again! Also, the visa-upon-arrival service we used worked seamlessly, and I would recommend it to other travelers.

We especially were happy with the service from the tour guide that accompanied us through Hanoi and from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay and back. He was so personable and paid so much attention to the details of our travels that we really came to consider him a friend.

The Jasmine cruise on Ha Long Bay had great accommodations, delicious food, and well-planned activities. We were very glad that we stayed the two nights instead of the more popular one night option.

The Nam Hai resort was referenced to us as ‘Nirvana’ by our guide in Hoi An. He was right; the place was extremely luxurious. The two bedroom villa was gorgeous, and the attentiveness and friendliness of our butler, who showed us around town one day was much appreciated. The breakfasts here, and at the Metropole and on the cruise in fact, were all amazing and we were thrilled that they were included in our package.

I am so glad that we worked with you again to plan this trip. As you predicted, we were so glad to have had guides throughout our trip and to have the attention of guides and drivers for each transfer. Thank you for all of your hard work!

- Mary Ray