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

Importance of Taking a Vacation | Ingenious TravelThink 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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Posted in Girlfriend Getaways, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized, on 8 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Girlfriends | Ingenious Travel

Going on a vacation with your girlfriends is about so much more than just having fun. It’s about escaping daily responsibilities. It’s about the uninterrupted conversations and just doing what makes you happy. It’s about bonding in a place away from home to create memories that will last you all a lifetime. It’s about sisterhood! Planning a getaway with your girlfriends can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. Should you be thinking about going away with your closest besties, here are some tips that may help you along the way:

Begin by picking a destination: You all must agree on a place to go. You can research the most famous destinations online, or you can get together and simply discuss where you all would like to go. Make a case for your choice destination and if you can’t agree on the exact destination, at least discuss the elements you want out of the trip. Now might also be a good time to get your travel agent at Ingenious Travel involved because we might have an idea for you that fits your time, budget and meets all of your needs.

Book flights that arrive at the same time, but if possible book the same flight: In the event you’ll each be traveling from different places, at least try to arrive around the same time so you can share transportation to your hotel. Call us to coordinate your travel times and we can either get you all on the same flight if you’re traveling together, or if you’re traveling separately we can arrange those accommodations.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Caribbean, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Travel, Uncategorized, on 1 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Exotic Travevl | Ingenious TravelAn exotic vacation means different things to different people. For some, it means a trip to a hot destination like Tahiti or the Seychelles. For others, it’s an adventure trip with nonstop thrills like sky diving and riding an ATV off the coast of Maui. An exotic vacation may entail lots of different and exciting activities that you would not have the chance to enjoy otherwise, but regardless of what you’re doing and where you’re going there are definitely some things you can do to make your exotic travel experience an easier one.

First and foremost, hire Ingenious Travel! When you hire a travel agent to handle all of your travel needs, your trip instantly becomes much more exciting and easier to plan because all of the legwork is handled for you! We can come up with an itinerary that suits your needs perfectly, and we can help you stay within your budget.

Second, figure out what exotic means to you. Sometimes answering the question of what the best places and activities of a given destination can prove difficult, and varies from person to person. One person might want to climb scenic peaks by morning, look for sea turtle eggs on the beach at lunch and go on a zip line tour in the afternoon. This may be great for them, but what if you would prefer something not quite so strenuous or perhaps a little cheaper? To know your trip goals ahead of time and the goals of your travel companions will better help you design the perfect trip.

Don’t go in blindly. By this I mean don’t just choose a destination based on a brochure. Ask us, your travel agents about the areas you are considering. We can tell you about guided tours, historic sites, and about areas that you otherwise would not have a chance to see and experience.

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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 Family Travel, Travel, Uncategorized, on 8 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

If you are looking to spend some quality family time this coming spring break but not quite sure where to head, consider the following great destinations…

Family Vacations | Ingenious Travel

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort – Paradise Island, Bahamas

If you want to guarantee a fun, thrilling and truly unforgettable time that everyone will walk away from with memories of a lifetime, then this is the place to head to for Spring Break. Your kids will enjoy the fun activities all planned and created by Atlantis Kids Adventure (AKA) program where they will get to take part in water slides, moving making fun, arts and crafts, water activities, rock climbing and so much more! The adults will love the spa, sea kayaking, fabulous restaurants and overall superb amenities.

Spring Break | Ingenious Travel

Steamboat Springs – Colorado, USA

If you have had enough sunshine and are looking for a picturesque mountainous landscape for your Spring Break, then Steamboat Springs in Colorado is a great option. Take ski instructions, cruise down the snowy slopes, get cozy in the teepees and log cabins, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and simply have some winter wonderland fun!

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