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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 Caribbean, Cruises, River Cruising, Travel, Uncategorized, on 29 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

Ocean Cruise River Cruise | Ingenious Travel

 

For those of you who have become quite the well-seasoned ocean cruisers, you may have heard that ocean exploration isn’t the only option out there. Whether you are growing tired of the massive crowds that come along with ocean cruising or you simply want to switch things up a bit for your future cruise adventure, here are some of the main differences of both to help you make some decisions…

No Waves vs. Many Waves

If you have ever had to deal with sea sickness, then you may know exactly why this is such a big difference. Nothing is worse than having your entire vacation ruined by the bumpiness that seems to not sit so well with your stomach. With river cruises, the chances of this are slim to none, making your stomach happier and your trip possibly much more enjoyable. For those of you who never suffer from sea sickness, then this may be irrelevant but still nice to know.

Seeing & Touching Land Everyday vs. Every Other Day

For river cruises, you are able to see land every single day you are on board in addition to actually in port and stepping on land every single day as well. This is unlike ocean cruises as you may go an entire day without even seeing a speck of land. If you don’t mind staring out into the wide open ocean and seeing nothing but blue all around you, then ocean cruises may be great for you! However, if you prefer quite the opposite and enjoy being in port every day, then river cruises might just be your cup of tea.

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Posted in Cruises, General Travel Information, Gift Ideas, Golf, Music, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 4 December 2015, by , 0 Comments

Theme River Cruises | Ingenious TravelWhether you have been on a themed river cruise before or are contemplating on heading out on your very first one, you should know that there are plenty of great options out there to choose from. If you are debating what types are available or which one would best suite your preferences, consider the following…

Christmas Theme

Make this Christmas the most special one yet by heading out on a Christmas themed river cruise through some of the best parts of Europe. Imagine cruising through France, Germany or Austria and stopping off at each inviting town to explore the many Christmas markets. This seems to be a favorite amongst those who want to spend the holidays in a unique and unforgettable way.

Food & Wine Theme

For lovers of both food and wine, this would be the absolute best choice and guaranteed to have you enjoying some of the best of both worlds for up to two weeks on board a fantastic vessel. Some of the most popular regions to explore are France and Italy although there are some options throughout the US as well that take you through wine countries of the Lower Mississippi River.

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Posted in Cruises, Family Travel, General Travel Information, Travel Tips, Uncategorized, on 17 October 2014, by , 1 Comments

7 Ways to Stay Healthy While TravelingMany people travel over the holiday season. As this is also known as the season for colds and flu, it’s important to be proactive when encountering germs. Here are seven tips to help you stay healthy while traveling this holiday season.

1. Wash Your Hands
The most important step we can take in staying healthy is keeping your hands clean and keeping them away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. You touch dozens of germy surfaces every day, when you travel, multiply that by 1,000. If you aren’t sure you will have access to soap and water, carry antibacterial wipes and/or hand sanitizer. Wiping down surfaces before using them can also help in reducing the number of germs you come in contact with.

2. Drink Plenty of Water
Flying can be dehydrating due to the altitude change and dry air. You’ve heard it, drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water a day; however you need more when flying. Many people also like to celebrate the beginning of their trip with a glass of wine or cocktail when flying. Wait until you’re on the ground to indulge as alcohol (and caffeine) is also dehydrating and can cause jet lag.

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Posted in Cruises, Family Travel, Resort Travel, Travel, Uncategorized, on 15 August 2014, by , 1 Comments

Family Vacations | Ingenious TravelPlanning a family vacation can be a little tedious especially when you are considering various preferences and interests. This is especially true when your family is composed of different age groups.

You need to take into account your enjoyment as a couple, your teenager’s hobbies and your toddlers care. Good thing, there are now plenty of vacation options that cater to families and the assortment of needs that go with them.

When choosing a family vacation option, it is important to pay attention to the dynamics and flexibility of your destination. The activities and entertainment selection should be diverse enough to keep individual members of the family amused and excited. The venue should also have adequate security measures to keep youngsters safe and sound without parents having to always keep them within sight. Finally, since it involves more than a few individuals tagging along, the cost that goes with the vacation should also be family friendly.

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Posted in Cruises, Travel, Uncategorized, on 11 July 2014, by , 0 Comments

Anchorage SkylineAmerica’s last frontier is not just the continent’s winter wonderland but also the adventure capital in this part of the world. When in Alaska, there is no lack of exciting things to do. In fact, there is so much to see and do in Alaska visitors often come back again and again because they just can’t get enough of what this majestic area has to offer.

Before you start your Alaska adventures, it pays to explore the area first to give you an appreciation of the spectacular gift of nature that this place really is. The best way to do this is to get on board a train that will take you past the striking scenery along the White Pass & Yukon Route. It is the best introduction you can ever have of the “great white state”.

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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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