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Cruising | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Cruises, Travel, on 15 June 2018, by , 0 Comments

Want to know the number one mistake travelers make when going on a cruise? That is aside from not hiring a travel agent? It’s over packing! You need less than you think you do while you’re on board. With this in mind below you’ll find things you simply should not pack for your next cruise:

Avoid bringing more outfits than the number of days on the ship. Only bring enough clothes for the duration of the trip. There’s no sense in bringing two weeks worth of clothes if you are going on a week long vacation. Speaking of too many clothes…

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Antarctica | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, on 18 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

When most people think of a vacation, they probably don’t think of Antarctica. The frigid temperatures, the lack of amenities, the frigid temperatures, the somewhat remote access, and did I mention the frigid temperatures?

Still, Antarctica is one of those breathtaking destinations that more and more people are adding to their bucket lists because it’s off the beaten path, and so unique. And, one of the best ways to explore this continent is in luxury, of course. By luxury, I’m talking about none other than a Lindblad Expedition aboard a National Geographic ship.

Cruises Are Booking Now for 2018 and 2019

Lindblad Expeditions are now booking for November and December 2018, as well as January, February, November and December 2019. The itinerary to explore The White Continent is 14 days long, and includes a day in Buenos Aires, Argentina before transferring to Ushuaia, Argentina. In Ushuaia, you’ll embark on either the National Geographic Explorer or the National Geographic Orion heading to Antarctica. From there, you’ll enjoy a full five days exploring Antarctica. With nearly 24 hours of daylight during these cruises, you can expect to have plenty of time and flexibility with your schedule to see all that this stunning location has to offer.

What to Expect

No matter when you go, you’ll want bring all the warm clothes. However, other than cold weather outdoors, what to expect varies based on when you will be sailing.

Guests traveling in November are considered the “first visitors of the season,” and will therefore enjoy the most pristine conditions, and “virgin snow.” This is a photographer’s dream offering such photo opportunities as icebergs, deep aquamarine colors, and ground as white as, well, snow!

November is also when the Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins come ashore to mate and build their nests, giving guests a rare glimpse of their amazing courtship rituals, sky pointing, and stone stealing.

During December the the gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins are on eggs which will hatch around the end of that month. Then, in January all the penguin hatchlings will be screeching and running about.

December and January are also the best times to witness the elephant seals coming ashore to molt. This time of year is considered the height of wildlife sightings. December is when there are 24 full hours of daylight, giving you the rare chance to take photographs at midnight as well.

Guests traveling in March will get the opportunity to see the humpback whales which arrive to feed in the productive waters of the Antarctic. Marine mammal sightings at this time of year include orca and minke whales, and additional animals will be available to watch as the season goes on.

In February penguin colonies are still very busy, fetching krill and feeding chicks. Towards the end of the month, the adult penguins will fledge into the ocean. This month is also the best for capturing photos of the sunset, as the days will begin to shorten again.

Learn More About Expeditions of Antarctica

This post has barely scratched the surface of all that guests of the Lindblad Expeditions will enjoy on their Antarctic journeys. To learn more about what awaits you, or to book your exploration of The White Continent, call Ingenious Travel at 888.695.0321. We look forward to helping you create the Antarctic exploration of your dreams!

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Posted in Travel, on 12 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

Think going on safari in South Africa is limited to only the rich? Think again. Just like all forms of travel are more accessible than ever to people these days, the same is true for the former elite’s playground – an African Safari. Read on if you are interested in getting a group of friends or family together for a small group safari tour of South Africa.

Multiple destinations available

Through Ingenious Travel’s partnerships, we have several destinations available for your small group safari. Each tour includes:

  • A safari vehicle with an English speaking tour guide
  • Group accomodations
  • Chefs that cater to your group’s unique dining needs
  • Evening entertainment
  • Village visits and cultural immersion experiences
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Posted in Family Travel, Travel, on 4 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

Now through September 2018, one of the Ingenious Travel partners is hosting a tour called The Nelson Mandela South Africa Experience. This tour features 9 days and 8 nights traveling through Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park and Greater Kruger National Park. To learn more about this exciting tour, read on.

Who was Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela, for those of you who don’t know, is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest patriot of South Africa. He was a non-violent apartheid activist, and South Africa’s first black president.

Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He was also imprisoned for 27 years for political offenses including his non-violent defiance of against the South African government and its racist policies. He is considered one of the greatest symbols of peace, and one of the best advocates for civil rights worldwide.

The highlights of the trip:

While on The Nelson Mandela South Africa Experience you’ll enjoy:

  • Visits to the Apartheid Museum
  • A stop in Soweto
  • A ferry ride to Robben Island
  • Witnessing the actual cell where Mandela was imprisoned
  • Multiple game drives throughout the Kruger region and more

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Adventures by Disney | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Cruises, Europe, Family Travel, River Cruising, Travel, on 27 April 2018, by , 0 Comments

We’ve been getting pretty excited learning all about the upcoming cruises by Adventures by Disney. They have certainly taken the idea of luxury of river cruising and given it the kind of upgrade any Disney star including Mickey himself would approve of. Today, we’re exploring the Rhine River itinerary Adventures by Disney is offering. We think you’ll find yourself wanting to hop aboard this exciting cruise vacation after you read more about it.

Overview:

You’ll travel to six destinations in four countries on this 8-day/7-night Adventures by Disney Rhine River cruise vacation. Your trip will begin in Basel, Switzerland and end in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with plenty of exciting experiences along the way.

  • Cruise departure: You’ll fly into Basel Airport where you’ll be transported to Basel, Switzerland – the city the cruise will depart from. Be sure to ask Ingenious Travel about early arrival activities and accommodations, attractions and dining reservations should you decide you would like to explore Switzerland before your cruise.
  • On-board cruise experience: You’ll enjoy 8 days and 7 nights aboard either the AmaKristina or the AmaMora river cruise boat (depending on when your cruise travel dates take place). Both boats feature spacious staterooms, a heated pool, a massage and hair salon, a gift shop and a specialty coffee station.  
  • Cruise arrival: On day 8 your cruise boat will arrive in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and you can either depart same day from Amsterdam Airport Schipol, or stick around another day or two to explore The Netherlands. Again, be sure to ask Ingenious Travel about late departure activities and accommodations, attractions and dining reservations should you decide you would like to explore The Netherlands before your flight home.
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Posted in Family Travel, Golf, Theme Vacations, Travel, Unique Getaways, on 20 April 2018, by , 0 Comments

The Titanic is perhaps the most famous ship to ever sink. Movies and books have been written about it, and it truly changed the game in terms of what it takes for a cruise ship (or any ship ofr that matter) to be considered safe for the passengers aboard it. The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland is the city where this famous ship was built, and visiting it is one of the most educational, and eye-opening experiences one could have.

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The Titanic Experience

Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experiences. This award winning visitor center offers nine interactive galleries by which to explore the Titanic. You can explore the shipyard where the ship was built, view full-scale reconstructions of the state-rooms, and see replications of artifacts from the ships including their White Star China, launch day tickets and even the menu for the last luncheon.

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Posted in Travel, on 6 April 2018, by , 0 Comments

Are you considering a visit to New York City? If so, you’re in luck because I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 attractions there. You can check them out in alphabetical order below.

  1. 911 Memorial – The National September 11 Memorial was built in memory of the almost 3,000 people that were killed in the terrorist attacks on September, 11, 2001. Each of the two reflecting pools at the site are almost an acre in size, and feature the largest man made waterfalls in North America.

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Game of Thrones | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Theme Vacations, Travel, on 16 March 2018, by , 0 Comments

True Game of Thrones fans know, that if they want to see where the show is filmed, they need to get to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Why, because Belfast is home to Titanic Studios, aka the spot that many episodes are filmed in full. And, what isn’t filmed on set, is filmed closeby to the set. As Visit Belfast says, these film locations are “only a stone’s throw away.” Want to learn more about the filming locations? Below are a handful of them. Warning if you haven’t watched all the seasons, there may be some spoilers in this post.

Cushendun Caves

Grab your walking shoes and head to the village of Cushendun for a breathtaking journey through the Cushendun caves. You may recognize this spot from season two as a cove that was in the Stormlands.

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Murlough Bay

This bay is known for its remote location and its extraordinary beauty. Most visitors say the best views are worth what can only be described as a frightening drive that must be taken to get to it.   

 

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Taking Kids Out of School | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Travel, on 2 March 2018, by , 0 Comments

Today, going on a vacation at least once a year has become the norm in many families. Not just in the U.S., but around the world. The unfortunate reality is though, that during winter and summer breaks traveling is generally more expensive than it is during other times of the year. Because of this, some families are opting to go on vacation during slower seasons. The question then becomes – Should your kids miss school for a family vacation? Below are the pros and cons of taking kids out of school for travel.

The PROS

  1. As much as working hard is important, taking time to rest is also very important. The brain too needs some time to recover and rest, and taking your child out of school for a vacation is a good way to help them relax. Chances of them performing even better in school after the vacation are very high.
  2. Knowledge is not limited to the classroom alone. During vacations, children are exposed to a lot of things that simply can’t be taught in school. In the “real world” they get to learn many things practically and with a hands on approach, unlike in school where most of the things students are taught are theoretical. In addition, children will get exposed to other languages, culture and ways of living outside of their own.
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New Zealand | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, New Zealand, Travel, Unique Getaways, Wine, on 16 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

What makes New Zealand so popular to visit by way of rail or road trip? Perhaps it’s the fact that while riding along in a train on a railway or on the road in your own vehicle you can view the spectacular scenery. Or maybe it’s the fact that you’ll see more of the countryside because you’ll be constantly moving from place to place. Visiting this destination and touring it in this fashion is certainly something you’ll never forget.

By Rail

When touring by rail, you have several options for where you’ll visit. Just three of the options available to you include:

  1. Northern Explorer: This is the longest running passenger service between Auckland and Wellington. You’ll enjoy views of fertile farmland, volcanic peaks, and the sparkling waters of the Kapiti coast.
  2. TranzAlpine: This route is considered one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, and will take you 139 miles through 16 tunnels and viaducts from Christchurch to Greymouth and back.
  3. Coastal Pacific: This rail journey will take you up the Kaikoura Coastline, which are famous for views of the marine mammals, and whale watching. Bring your camera and a zoom lens for awesome shots of dolphins, seals and penguins.
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