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Northern Passage | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Unique Getaways, on 29 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

Looking for a unique travel idea for 2018? Why not travel The Northwest Passage? There is an exciting cruise the runs the full extent of the Northwest Passage for 21 nights, voyaging from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic to the Bering Sea and ending in Alaska.

About the Journey

This unique 24-day adventure will begin in August 2018. After a short time on land in Montreal, you’ll travel by charter flight to Greenland where you’ll hop aboard the luxurious expedition ship ‘Le Boreal’ for your 21-night cruise across The Northwest Passage. While aboard you’ll enjoy:

  • A private balcony with every stateroom and suite
  • shore excursions led by an expert team
  • all-inclusive amenities such as house drinks, meals and gratuities, port charges and taxes.

You’ll also enjoy complimentary room  service, complimentary gear and equipment for your excursions, airport meet and greet with private transfers and pre-cruise hotel stays and sightseeing. And, if you’re staying in a suite, butler services are also included.

What You Can Expect

  • Just as some of the world’s greatest polar explorers did long ago, you’ll discover the most historic and remote islands, fjords and harbors of this elusive passage. Your cruise stops may include Beechey Island, Franklin Camp, Fort Ross and Gjoa Haven.
  • If the conditions permit, you’ll get a chance to see the stunning northern lights.
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food allergies | Ingenious Travel

Posted in General Travel Information, on 22 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

When you’re a frequent flyer who is on a diet because you are allergic to certain foods, it can be difficult dining out while away from home. It may be a bit of a challenge, but it’s not impossible to find the foods you can eat starting in the airport, on the airplane, and at your destination.

Researching Your Options

The good thing is that most restaurants, and nearly all commercially available food products now label their foods to alert diners of the ingredients. People who are allergic to nuts or wheat, for instance, should be able to see at a glance whether or not the foods they buy in a store contain ingredients to which they are allergic.

If you travel with a smartphone (and who doesn’t these days?), there are plenty of apps both free and paid that typically list restaurants and the nutritional details of their most popular dishes.

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Skiing | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Holiday, Resort Travel, skiing, on 15 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

Searching for a family-accommodating ski resort that won’t bore your younger downhill racers? You’re in luck because we’ve found some of the best kid-friendly ski resorts in the United States. Without further adieu, here they are in no particular order:

Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado

Just under two hours from Denver, Keystone is Vail Resorts’ budget and family-friendly mountain with some of North America’s best “backcountry” skiing. They’ve got a kids ski free program that allows kids 12 and under to ski completely free, and they’ve given away more than a hundred thousand complimentary lift tickets to families who book a two-night or longer stay in one of the resort’s three auto-free villages. The activities for children in these areas are virtually endless including snow play, adventure walks, pottery classes, cooking classes, skating and more. The best part? Most of the activities are also included with your stay!

Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah

Only a 35-minute drive out from Salt Lake City, Utah, sits Park City – a small town with Western flair. Not only does this spot host the Sundance Film Festival every year, it’s a ski-family favorite. Teens particularly like the area. Just a few of the features you’ll find here include Olympic-class slopes, fabulous ski lessons, a plethora of restaurants and shops, snowboarding, snowmobile tours and more.

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Gift Ideas | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, on 8 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for friends or family members this year? It can sometimes be difficult finding a present for everyone on your list, but if you are shopping for someone who enjoys traveling – you’re in luck. I’ve compiled a list of holiday gift ideas for the traveler in your life. Check them out below, and perhaps you’ll be inspired!

Backup portable battery charger for phones and tabletsLet’s face it, in this digital age everyone wants to stay connected. But, there’s nothing worse than getting to a destination and wanting to share pictures of it online only to find that your battery is dead! An external battery charger could be just what your recipient needs to stay connected until they can plug in their device at their hotel. Speaking of plugs…

Travel adapter for electrical outlets Get a travel adapter that can help your recipient use their US devices in another country. Note – it’s a good idea to either get a worldwide adapter than can be modified depending on the country they’re in, or to at least find out what types of outlets exist in the countries they would like to visit. Do your homework on the one you purchase, however. Cheaper devices may sound like a good idea, but you want to check the reviews of the one you’re buying so you don’t risk frying your devices!

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Caribbean | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Beaches, Caribbean, Family Travel, General Travel Information, Resort Travel, on 22 November 2017, by , 0 Comments

It’s no secret that 2017’s hurricane season wreaked havoc on the Caribbean. As a result, travelers worldwide have been canceling their trips left and right. Here’s the thing though, where you’re traveling might not be affected, and canceling your trips could be detrimental to their tourism industry.

Yes, it is true that the areas that were hit hardest by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are still recovering, and they have a long ways to go. However, according to a report in the New York Times, “nearly 70 percent were not damaged by the hurricanes and are eager to delicately tout that they’re open for business, according to Frank Comito, the chief executive officer of the Caribbean Hotel Association, an organization that represents hotels and tourism-related businesses in 32 Caribbean destinations.”

While the point of this travel update is not to dismiss or even overshadow how much the areas affected still need help, it is to let you know that you can still have a trip to the Caribbean if you would like to, and it will still help the economies of the surrounding areas. Bahamas, Aruba, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, and Jamaica are just five of the destinations the Times reported on, but there are many other destinations open for business, and hoping you’ll visit soon. The Caribbean region consists of 32 countries, and spans over a million square miles. These destinations depend on travel dollars to keep their economies going, and many of them are hopeful you will visit them soon.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Beaches, Family Travel, Shopping, on 3 November 2017, by , 0 Comments

Located in the South Pacific sits The Cook Islands. This stunning set of 15 islands are scattered across the area, and the largest island of the Cooks is . The Cook Islands are a fabulous place to consider escaping to in order to relax and refresh your body, mind and spirit. If you’re planning a visit to the Cooks, here are a few things you might want to do while there:

  1. Go scuba diving. You’ll quickly understand why this is considered one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving. The area is not overrun with tourists and commercialism, so you will enjoy the life under the sea in a mostly unspoiled environment.
  2. Hike through the Tropical Rainforest. The gorgeous terrain will put you up close and personal with the wildlife as you walk on nature’s green carpet.
  3. Travel around by scooter. You can rent a scooter and travel at your own pace, stopping when you want to see something new.
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Rosen Shingle Creek | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Golf, Hotel, Tennis, on 13 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

Recently I had the opportunity to stay at a gorgeous hotel in Orlando, Florida – the Rosen Shingle Creek. To put it mildly, this property is huge and would make for the perfect place to stay should you be visiting a Disney park, Universal Studios or Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or if you are simply in town for a conference like I was. I enjoyed the Rosen Shingle Creek so much, I felt compelled to share this property spotlight with you. I think you will find it offers everything that one could need and so much more.

The Rooms

Rosen Shingle Creek | Ingenious TravelRooms are available with double queen beds or single king beds, but there are also hospitality suites, executive suites, Grande and Presidential suites as well. The view from at least half of the rooms features the property’s stunning pools and golf course. All guest rooms come with:

  • Complimentary high-speed WIFI and hardwired internet access
  • 40” LED HDTVs
  • Mini fridge
  • Plush robes
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • IHome docking station and radio
  • Caswell-Massey guest room amenities and more.

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Botswana | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Adventure Travel, on 29 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

Botswana is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists seeking to go on an African Safari. Should it be a spot you too are considering visiting, you might start thinking about what to pack for your trip. With that in mind, here are just a few things to include on your list for your luggage:

First, and foremost, you’ll want to pack significantly less than you might be inclined to bring. You won’t have much room for your belongings, you’ll be moving quite a bit and your stuff will become heavy and difficult to carry with you. It’s also worth noting that on mobile safaris, there are weight limits that prevent you from bringing too much stuff.

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North Island New Zealand | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Adventure Travel, Food, Golf, Theme Vacations, Wine, on 22 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

New Zealand features some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. But, there’s more to a vacation than gorgeous settings. With that in mind, here are a few of the things you can see and do while in North Island New Zealand:

  1. Try their award winning wines – Sauvignon Blanc is made here, and tourists and residents alike contend that there isn’t another country in the world that makes a better Sauvignon Blanc than New Zealand.
  1. Indulge in the fresh local produce. Some say that the food here is better simply because they are so good at farm fresh to table in terms of cooking.
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Edinburgh | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, General Travel Information, Girlfriend Getaways, Travel, on 18 August 2017, by , 0 Comments

Scotland’s capital lives and breathes history and Edinburgh doesn’t disappoint. We at Ingenious Travel recently visited this beautiful country and spent four active and fun-filled in this extraordinary city. A word to the wise, be sure to pack your walking shoes, the city is quite hilly.

Here are five things we recommend as a must see/do while in Edinburgh:

  1. Edinburgh Castle

This famous castle sits upon Castle Rock, an extinct volcano, and provides some of the best views of this historic city. Edinburgh Castle is famous for its Great Hall, the Half Moon Battery, the Crown Jewels, and the Stone of Destiny. However, the oldest and most important buildings housed here is Margaret’s Chapel, built in the 12th century. This chapel is a tiny gem and if your name is Margaret, you can get married there for free.

Edinburgh Castle | Ingenious Travel

The Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle

 

  1. The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence while in Scotland when she visits each July to conduct royal business. Here take the audio tour which will walk you through the palace’s history and its connection to Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The palace stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat.

Edinburgh | Ingenious Travel

The Palace of Holyroodplace

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