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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.

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The Palace of Holyroodplace

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Isle of Skye | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, General Travel Information, Girlfriend Getaways, Travel, Unique Getaways, on 30 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Located off the west coast of Scotland, is the Isle of Skye – the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides. This stunning destination features mountainous terrain, rocky slopes, and dramatic landscapes. With its rich history, exciting wildlife, impressive castles, and even Fairy Pools, it feels like a setting straight out of a story book. If you’re lucky enough to have Skye, Scotland on your travel itinerary, here are five things you might want to consider doing while you’re there:

  1. Take a dip in the Fairy Pools – Located in Glen Brittle there are deep blue pools in the river flowing with water from the Cullin that is crystal clear. You’ll trek there on foot, crossing rivers and steep terrain, but the crystal waters and backdrop of the mountains is nothing short of impressive.
  2. Explore the castles of Eilean Donan and Dunvegan – Eilean Donan Castle is considered to be the most romantic of all the Scottish castles. This famous castle is so striking, it even made an appearance in several Hollywood blockbusters including Entrapment, Highlander, and The World is Not Enough (one of the James Bond films). Dunvegan Castle was home to the 30th MacLeod Clan Chief. Stuck in its time, Dunvegan is where you can get a real feel for how things were done in the days of old. Additional castles to consider visiting include Armadale Castle, Castle Moil, and Duntulm Castle.
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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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