Posted in Travel, on 21 April 2017, by , 0 Comments

Importance of Taking a Vacation | Ingenious TravelThink for just a moment about your vacation days at work. Have you taken all of them? If not, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a 2016 report by Market Watch, “More than half (55%) of Americans didn’t take all their vacation days in 2015.” Though it may seem self-serving for a travel agent to say this, the reality is that taking a vacation is incredibly important for our health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

We’re more overworked than ever before, and we’re simply not taking enough vacation days. What happens on a vacation? Finally, we’re taking a break. We’re allowing our bodies, minds and hearts to recuperate, to rejuvenate and relax. When we give ourselves a chance to recharge, we are healthier, happier and better able to perform in all areas of our lives.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Cruises, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 13 May 2016, by , 0 Comments

Antarctic Photography | Ingenious TravelAntarctica might not be the first place you think of when you consider a photography expedition. However, we’re betting that by the time you’ve read through this post, you will be ready to don your warm clothes for an exciting trek through one of the most beautiful places in the world to snap a pic or two, or 1,000! Here’s a simple guide to what you need to know for an exciting photography expedition through Antarctica:

The first thing you’ll need to know is what to bring, where to stay and when to go. Regardless of the time of year you go, you’ll end up wanting to carry warm clothes. We recommend layered clothes so that you can bundle up or down where needed. Believe it or not, you should plan as far in advance as possible. Even Antarctica’s hotels sell out and the best rooms always go first. Know your budget as soon as possible so that you can plan accordingly as well. It might go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway- know the expected weather conditions you will experience while visiting so that you’ll know just how many layers to bring with you.

Insider’s Tip: Everything we mentioned in the last paragraph are just a few reasons you will want to work with Ingenious Travel while preparing for your getaway! You’ll want advocates on your side working on your behalf ensuring you’ll have the best and safest trip possible.

What are the top things someone to do during your tour? Just a few of the exciting things you can enjoy on your trip include:

  1. Swim in Antarctica at the Deception Bay – Deception Bay is an amazing place with a caldera volcano offering a prime site for swimming in Antarctica. Swimming in frigid temperatures? YES! Just don’t go into deeper waters. Stick to where it’s warm and safe.
  2. Take a Zodiac Cruise in the Antarctica – A zodiac is a small boat that carries roughly 10 to 12 people. During your journey, you will see icebergs on a close up view while enjoying seeing many different seal types including leopard seals. This is one of those times your camera is highly recommended. Bonus points to you if you have one that is waterproof so that should any splashing occur your lens is protected.
  3. Send a post card right from the southernmost point – Port Lockroy hosts the southernmost post office still existing in the world. Send a postcard home and/or to family from there for the most unique of souvenirs. One word of caution, though. It could take up to 12 months before it arrives to it’s intended destination. Seeing this area along with the chance to send post from the place will be an amazing experience to say the least.
  4. Get Up Close and Personal With Penguins – This is Antarctica’s most popular tourist attraction and will definitely make for some fabulous photo opps! You’ll see thousands of penguins and get to walk among the massive colonies of them while taking your photos.

Other things you’ll want to photography include the natural beauty of the Lemaire Channel, the whales, the seals and even the birds. You might even want to do some kayaking and camping during your vacation. Want to learn more about all that Antarctica has to offer? Call Ingenious Travel today!

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Posted in River Cruising, Travel, Uncategorized, on 6 May 2016, by , 0 Comments

Rhine River Cruise | Ingenious TravelA Rhine river cruise is among the best ways to see some of the hidden delights that this beautiful stretch of water has to offer. The Rhine runs from the Alps to the North Sea and provides many great sights and sounds along the way. The advantage of a Rhine river cruise is that it will give you a taste of the life of the residents of different countries, something that a large cruise line generally cannot directly do.

Most of the river cruise liners traveling along the Rhine are small. They carry up to a maximum of 200 passengers. This gives it a cozy feel and is a great way to make some new friends on your trip. Whereas a liner cannot negotiate canals and rivers, a river boat can take you into unexplored territories to sample day-to-day life in many interesting locations. These cruise ships are well equipped with modern facilities allowing you to take a break, relax and enjoy exciting scenes on the way. Given the fact that they are smaller than their counterpart liners, these boats can navigate through narrower waterways such as rivers as able to take you to far destinations where the bigger liner can’t reach.

Many of Rhine river boats are equipped with luxurious cabins. Most also feature a balcony on which one can sit, relax and enjoy the sight of beautiful sights as the liner slowly navigates past them. Many cabins have televisions, telephones and showers for your convenience. Some even have fitness centers, hairdressers, and saunas for a truly relaxing river cruise.

For those who don’t like the thought of staring at endless miles of ocean, a River Rhine cruise is the perfect answer. The boat travels past interesting villages, forests, and many internationally important cities. You can spot famous landmarks, or simply admire the passing castles, vineyards, and wildlife as the boat speeds along.

Having said this river boats do not “whizz” past all of these beautiful spots and take you on a whirlwind tour. They are faster than the average canal boat, sure, but they are still able to travel at a slower pace than a traditional large cruise ship. It is safe to say that you will not miss any of the scenery while on your Rhine River cruises.

Rhine river cruises are the same as sea cruises in the respect that they still dock at certain stops to allow passengers to enjoy the onshore attractions. This can be small villages along the route or large cities that have international appeal. A Rhine river cruise, for example, may stop in the small village of Cochem for passengers to learn a bit of its local history, take pictures and interact with local people; it may then continue through the night to reach the major tourist attractions of the city of Cologne.

Deciding to take a Rhine river cruise will not leave you disappointed. Regardless of your travel style, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy every moment of your trip from takeoff to arrival. Contact Ingenious Travel today to start planning your Rhine river cruise adventure!

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Posted in Girlfriend Getaways, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized, on 8 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Girlfriends | Ingenious Travel

Going on a vacation with your girlfriends is about so much more than just having fun. It’s about escaping daily responsibilities. It’s about the uninterrupted conversations and just doing what makes you happy. It’s about bonding in a place away from home to create memories that will last you all a lifetime. It’s about sisterhood! Planning a getaway with your girlfriends can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. Should you be thinking about going away with your closest besties, here are some tips that may help you along the way:

Begin by picking a destination: You all must agree on a place to go. You can research the most famous destinations online, or you can get together and simply discuss where you all would like to go. Make a case for your choice destination and if you can’t agree on the exact destination, at least discuss the elements you want out of the trip. Now might also be a good time to get your travel agent at Ingenious Travel involved because we might have an idea for you that fits your time, budget and meets all of your needs.

Book flights that arrive at the same time, but if possible book the same flight: In the event you’ll each be traveling from different places, at least try to arrive around the same time so you can share transportation to your hotel. Call us to coordinate your travel times and we can either get you all on the same flight if you’re traveling together, or if you’re traveling separately we can arrange those accommodations.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Caribbean, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Travel, Uncategorized, on 1 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Exotic Travevl | Ingenious TravelAn exotic vacation means different things to different people. For some, it means a trip to a hot destination like Tahiti or the Seychelles. For others, it’s an adventure trip with nonstop thrills like sky diving and riding an ATV off the coast of Maui. An exotic vacation may entail lots of different and exciting activities that you would not have the chance to enjoy otherwise, but regardless of what you’re doing and where you’re going there are definitely some things you can do to make your exotic travel experience an easier one.

First and foremost, hire Ingenious Travel! When you hire a travel agent to handle all of your travel needs, your trip instantly becomes much more exciting and easier to plan because all of the legwork is handled for you! We can come up with an itinerary that suits your needs perfectly, and we can help you stay within your budget.

Second, figure out what exotic means to you. Sometimes answering the question of what the best places and activities of a given destination can prove difficult, and varies from person to person. One person might want to climb scenic peaks by morning, look for sea turtle eggs on the beach at lunch and go on a zip line tour in the afternoon. This may be great for them, but what if you would prefer something not quite so strenuous or perhaps a little cheaper? To know your trip goals ahead of time and the goals of your travel companions will better help you design the perfect trip.

Don’t go in blindly. By this I mean don’t just choose a destination based on a brochure. Ask us, your travel agents about the areas you are considering. We can tell you about guided tours, historic sites, and about areas that you otherwise would not have a chance to see and experience.

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Posted in Family Travel, General Travel Information, Shopping, Sports, Uncategorized, on 4 March 2016, by , 0 Comments

If you are planning your first trip to beautiful Barcelona, Spain and still wondering with what you are going to fill your days with while there, consider the following fantastic options that you absolutely must not miss out on…

Casa Mila | Ingenious Travel

Explore Gaudi’s Many Marvels

No trip to Barcelona would ever be complete without exploring and discovering the many impressive works of Antoni Gaudi, a famous architect who certainly left his mark on the city. Begin by wandering through Parc Guell where you will get the chance to see some of the most unique and colorful architectural designs in the world. Next, visit La Sagrada Familia – Church of the Sacred Family – before heading right over to Casa Batllo, his apartment building masterpiece unlike anything you have ever seen before.

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Wander Down Las Ramblas

There is a big chance you have already considered doing this as it is the busiest and most popular neighborhood in all of Barcelona. Filled with a nearly endless list of booths, restaurants and bars that are perfect for making your rounds and filling up your appetite as well as shopping bags. Though busy at most times of the day – except siesta time – it is a must, even if it is just a one-time activity.

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Posted in Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 26 February 2016, by , 0 Comments

With the everyday stresses of full-time work, keeping up with the house, your children and anything else that takes up most of your day, sometimes it is simply time for some overdue rest and relaxation. If you’re nodding your head to that, then consider putting a pause on all those stresses for just a few days or so and heading to one of these top spas in the U.S. Say goodbye to stress and hello to rest…

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa | Ingenious Trael

  1. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – California

Located just near San Diego in Southern California. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa spreads out over a total of 200 private acres where you can be assured complete solitude within an oasis that exudes balance and connection within its every inch. Focusing on the perfect combination of mind, body and spirit, this incredible spa allows its maximum guests of 32 to indulge in workouts such as Pilates and Zumba as well as meditation classes and of course treatments at its impressive spa. From a hot stone foot treatment to a relaxing oxygen facial, you may will soon begin to feel restored and refresh and possibly not wanting to ever leave this place.

Canyon Ranch Lenox | Ingenious Travel

  1. Canyon Ranch Lenox – Massachusetts

Surrounded by lush and colorful trees at every turn, Canyon Ranch Lenox is both beautifully and professionally managed with a focus on personalized services tailored to meet your every need from the second you walk through their inviting doors. They offer an array of classes when you decide to make them your spa of choice, that include focuses on life management, preventative health care, nutrition, spiritual growth programs and fitness sessions along with outdoor activities. The lavish spa will be waiting for you after classes to enjoy one of their Euphoria body treatments.

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