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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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Posted in Authors, Books, Girlfriend Getaways, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 9 October 2015, by , 0 Comments

Literary Destinations | Ingenious TravelIf you are a lover of classic novels, stories and tales and have always dreamt of being amongst the destinations that have helped to make each book noted throughout the literacy world, why not make your way to them on your next trip? With so many beautiful sights to explore and discover, you will find yourself taking a step into a unique and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Edinburgh – Scotland

With more than 500 novels inspired by the surroundings of Edinburgh including authors Robert Burns of the 18th-century and more modern authors like Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith, this is a must-visit. Spend time at the Writers’ Museum, join in on two different pub crawls or take a walking tour through some of the more specific spots mentioned in literature.

London – England

Take advantage of one of the hundred or so weekly offers of the London Walks’ lively jaunts including Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London and the Literary London Pub Walk. There are even opportunities for Sherlock Holmes fans to walk in the footsteps of sleuth’s or stop by Dukes Bar where the drinks helped to inspire Ian Fleming’s works.

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Posted in Authors, Books, Gift Ideas, Girlfriend Getaways, Movies/Television, Seattle, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 5 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner! It’s the perfect time to plan your travel for 2015. Here are five travel gift ideas for the book lovers in your life (or you!).

50 Shades of Romance:

50 Shades of Romance | Ingnious TravelTravel to Seattle to join 16 erotic romance writers for a weekend of debauchery, including a private screening of the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Some additional conference highlights include author panels, book signings, a pajama party, sexy shopping, and food! February 13-15, 2015

 

Downton Abbey VIP Private Tour with No RopesOxford | Ingenious Travel:

Travel to England: (Okay, I know, not a book, but close enough, right?) You’ve watched every episode of Downton Abbey and probably own boxed sets of each series. Next April you will be able to relive some of your favourite moments through this exclusive access visit to Highclere Castle, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. In addition, there are On Location visits to some of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds villages featured in the different episodes. Topped and tailed with time in London, the tour also includes leisurely visits to Hampton Court Palace, Blenheim Palace and the university city of Oxford. April 6 – 12, 2015

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Posted in Authors, Books, Comic Con, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 29 August 2014, by , 0 Comments

Dragon Con Logo | Ingenious TravelWhat is Dragon Con you ask? It’s an annual convention, held over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, that covers all things geek: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, gaming, comics, cosplay and more.

Dragon Con started in 1987, hosting 1,400 Sci-Fi/Fantasy devotees. Today, more than 50,000 fans congregate in Atlanta to participate in 45 areas of interest (including Anime/Manga, Brit Track, Fantasy Literature, Star Wars, Video Gaming, Writer’s Track, and many, many more), costume contests, the Dragon Con Parade, celebrity and author panels, and celebrity autographs and photo opportunities.

Dragon Con is spread out over five hotels: the Marriott Marquis Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Hotel Atlanta and the Westin Peachtree Plaza, which have advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Dragon Con doesn’t have to close down as early as conventions held at convention centers; therefore, activities start as early as 9 a.m. and end after 3 a. m.
  • Transportation – you don’t need a car. MARTA offers easy accessibility to the downtown area.
  • Lodging – Even if rooms sell out at the conference hotels, there are a number of options within a short walking distance
  • Food options – hotel restaurants, a food court, and local restaurants offer a variety of options
  • Fantastic people watching – it’s everywhere!

Disadvantages:

  • With the con being spread out over five hotels, you need to make sure you can get to your panel/workshop/activity in enough time.
  • Food options – be prepared to wait in line, especially at the food court
  • Weather – it’s known as Hotlanta for a reason! Be prepared for hot temperatures and high humidity.

Don’t forget to bring money! The number of vendors has grown over the years requiring them to be in their own space. You’ll find the vendors/exhibitors at The Atlanta Convention Center at Iceman |Dragon Con 2014| Ingenious TravelAmericasMart. Looking for a kilt or corset? You’ll find them there. Maybe you need a new light sabre or sonic screwdriver; you’ll find those there as well. Authors also have booths there, be sure to check to see when they’re doing book signings.

All in all, if you are a fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, comic books, video games, cosplay, or just want to get your geek on; this is the con for you! Memberships go on sale in September for the following year and are reasonably priced. Buy early as they do sell out.

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Posted in Authors, New Orleans, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, What's Up With Maria, on 24 May 2014, by , 0 Comments

Ingenioustravel.comWhat a week in New Orleans at the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention where fans had the opportunity to interact with over 700 of their favorite authors!

If you’re a book lover, aspiring author or published author, this was the place to be. The conference offered over 400 panels, workshops, and parties. If you’re an aspiring author, you may have sat in on a CRAFT panel such as Writing with a Partner or A Novel in 30 Days or Less. For READERs, you had our pick, no matter what your favorite sub-genre, from The Annual Shooting Stars Gala and Reader Party, Hats and Tats, Bad Boy Bingo, and many others

My two favorite panels were the Urban Fantasy – Legwork of the Damned (absolutely lover Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles) and Author Chat: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy with P.C Cast, Kresley Cole, Kim Harrison, and Larissa Ione. These women were fabulous and their books are pretty awesome, too! I was a total fan girl at these events. Here’s a clip from their session:

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Overall, there were too many favorite parts to name. It was wonderful seeing all my author friends as well as making new connections. Some of the best conversations took place in the hotel’s bar.

RT will be invading Dallas for next year’s convention. Hope they’re ready for everyone!

Be sure to check out our pictures on Pinterest, too!

 

 

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Posted in Authors, Baseball, Books, Football, General Travel Information, Girlfriend Getaways, Seattle, Travel, Uncategorized, on 4 February 2014, by , 21 Comments

Seattle Skyline

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII champs!

Whether you’re a football fan or not, Seattle is a great place to visit. Not only is it the coffee capital of the US (Starbucks anyone?), home to Amazon, Microsoft, and Nordstrom, it also has some really great things to see and do.

Have you been? My first visit was in September 2012 and I was amazed at all there was to do and see in the city. Our four-day weekend was packed and we still didn’t get to see everything.

Here are just a few things to take in while in Seattle. Join as we walk down memory lane:

Day One:  Space Needle, EMP Museum, Science Center

Day Two:  Bainbridge Island, Underground Tour

Day Three:  Edgewater Hotel, Pike’s Place Market, Pioneer Square

Day Four:  Safeco Field, Agrosy Harbor Cruise, Seattle Aquarium

If you’ve been, where or what do you recommend visitors see or do? If you haven’t and wanted to visit, what is your “must see” while there?

Be sure to check out our Seattle Pinterest boards for more pictures of our visit!

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Posted in Authors, Cruises, Holiday, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 26 November 2013, by , 22 Comments

SACRED HOLIDAY TRADITIONS–Sort of – By Jade Lee

Jade Lee Blog PicMy mother was Chinese, born in ShangHai, but emigrating here when she met and married my father during graduate school. In many ways, she was very American, but some holiday traditions escaped her. Halloween, for example, was beyond bizarre to her. Why would anyone send out their children to go begging? But what really confused her was the Thanksgiving turkey. There are no turkeys in China. To her the creature was an overgrown chicken or a weirdly shaped buzzard. It just wasn’t right, and though she eventually realized that it was a sacred American tradition to eat one and fall asleep on the couch the fourth Thursday of every November, she was never quite comfortable with it. So in her later years, she abandoned the turkey in favor of my favorite Thanksgiving recipe.

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Posted in Authors, Caribbean, Cruises, General Travel Information, Girlfriend Getaways, Uncategorized, on 19 November 2013, by , 35 Comments

One of the most popular diving and snorkeling spots in Mexico, Cozumel has become an extremely popular cruise ship destination in the recent years. The island is by far the largest island of Mexico and boasts of a vast variety of unique sights and activities that can be found nowhere else. The turquoise waters, plenty of adventure activities, the presence of ancient Mayan Ruins and exciting marine life viewing activities help transform Cozumel into a tourist magnet. A few of the Things to Do in Cozumel include –

07. Have a blast at the Discover Mexico Cozumel Park

Jose Cuervo TourThe Discover Mexico Cozumel Park, the one and only theme park of Mexico, is extremely popular for offering an exciting insight into the country’s rich and varied history, traditions and culture. While the museum aspect of the park is quite amazing, one of the best experiences are offered on the Jose Cuervo Tour. This is by far the best place to taste and learn how to make the most exquisite tequila in the Caribbean. The entry fee also includes an authentic taco lunch along with a shot of tequila to help complete the perfect day in Cozumel.

 

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Posted in Authors, Caribbean, Cruises, Uncategorized, on 5 November 2013, by , 28 Comments

bigstock-Caymans-23461001George Town, the capital of the Grand Cayman, is popular for a lot more than its banking systems and tax havens. The area is known to host some of the best sights and scenery in the Caribbean. The islands might not be known for dramatic landscapes and lively nightlife. But, what they do offer to the modern day tourist is a charming location, a slower pace of life and natural delights which range from snorkeling and diving to hiking and bird watching. Here is a list of the top 5 things to do in George Town.

05. Visit the Cayman Islands National Museum

Grand Cayman MuseumKnown to be the highlight of most itineraries in George Town, the  Cayman Islands National Museum is a small albeit extremely popular landmark of the capital city. Its small size is well compensated by the fact that it is housed in one of the oldest buildings on the island, a building which in itself is worth seeing. The museum offers tourists which a variety of artifacts which offer great insights into the history of the area and its local flora and fauna. The main highlight of the museum is a wonderful movie presentation which introduces tourists to the museum and to the island as well. With an entry fee of about $8, the museum is definitely worth one’s time.

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Posted in Authors, Books, Cruises, Girlfriend Getaways, Hockey, Olympics, Sports, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 1 October 2013, by , 0 Comments

Do you have your cruise booked?

Hockey fans, how will you be spending February 2014’s Olympic break?

hockey_stick_and_a_puckHopefully you’ll be joining us and other hockey fans for the Hat Trick Cruise! We’ll be sailing the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, visiting Grorge Town, Grand Cayman;  Falmouth, Jamaica; and Labadee, Haiti, while celebrating all things hockey! Not only will be soaking up some rays, we’ll lacing up our skates, playing hockey trivia, and raising money for Hockey Fights Cancer. (This cruise is a great way to escape the winter blues!) Visit www.HatTrickCruise.com to find out what fundraising activities will be taking place onboard!

 

Romance readers, cruise with Jade Lee to kick off your 2014 Summer Vacation!

With Jade Lee at Ball-1You’re thinking, summer just ended and you want me to think of next summer already? Yes we do! We want you to start your summer sailing the Western Caribbean with USA Today Best Selling Author Jade Lee on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas! This novel adventure at sea will depart from Galveston, TX and visit the ports of Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. For more details and to find out how you can reserve your cabin, visit www.noveladventuresatsea.com!

 

Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out our other upcoming trips at Ingenious Travel!

 

 

 

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