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Rockefeller Center - New York City | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Holiday, Shopping, Travel, on 16 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

If you’re looking for something fun to do for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve this year, I’d like to suggest a weekend getaway to New York City. You won’t believe all of the exciting events the city has lined up for the end of year holidays! Check them out below:

The Macy’s Day Parade and Balloon Inflation Parties

You’ve probably seen the Macy’s Day Parade on television from home, but imagine seeing those amazing large balloons and all of the excitement live, in person. I’ve even got an extra special opportunity available for you to see how the parade comes together! You can watch these massive balloons get inflated and get some photo opps that aren’t always available to the general public. And, there are VIP parade viewing parties available as well.

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Harry Potter in the UK | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Authors, Books, Family Travel, Theme Vacations, Travel, on 2 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Though the last “true” Harry Potter book was published in 2007, and the final installment of the original film series came out in 2011, it’s safe to say that Harry Potter fandom won’t be dying down any time soon. J.K. Rowling has released several complementary books, the London Warner Bros. studio hosts daily tours, and there’s even a hotel that has opened in the U.K. with Harry Potter themed “Wizard Chambers.” If you too have a thing for Mr. Potter, below are just a few things you might want to consider adding to you Harry Potter itinerary through the U.K.

Tour the original studios where Harry Potter was filmed

For more than 10 years the Leavesden Warner Bros. Studio in London was home to the film series. After production “wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artifacts, many of which wouldn’t have been saved on a typical production.” What was left behind became part of the studio tour allowing fans of the movies to see costumes, props and sets, up-close and personal.

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Destination Wedding | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Caribbean, General Travel Information, Travel, Travel Tips, on 19 May 2017, by , 0 Comments

Considering having a destination wedding for your upcoming nuptials? That’s an excellent decision! Not only will you save a lot of money compared with a traditional wedding, you’ll have a stunning location to say “I do” to the one you love. If you do hope to have a destination wedding – there are three things you need to know.

  1. It might not be legal in the United States.

This is one of the most surprising facts to couples, but the reality is that many destination weddings are in fact just ceremonies. In other words, you’ll still need to get married in the states to make the civil agreement legal. There are ways to have a legal wedding outside of the U.S., but the paperwork, blood tests (yes, really!), and all of the additional red tape make it a lot more difficult. Add to that the fact that if you make it legal in another country, it might not be recognized by the states, and you might as well just get married here, and have the ceremony elsewhere.

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Holiday Trips to Book Now | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, General Travel Information, Travel, on 5 May 2017, by , 0 Comments

Summer isn’t even here yet, but odds are you’re already anxious for your next vacation. Though you may simply be planning a getaway while your kids are out of school this June and July, I would strongly suggest you start considering your vacations for the fall and winter too. Here are just three of the holiday trips to book now:

  • Thanksgiving Getaways
  • Christmas Escapes
  • New Year’s Adventures
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Importance of Taking a Vacation | Ingenious Travel

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

Think 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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