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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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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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Gift Ideas | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, on 8 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for friends or family members this year? It can sometimes be difficult finding a present for everyone on your list, but if you are shopping for someone who enjoys traveling – you’re in luck. I’ve compiled a list of holiday gift ideas for the traveler in your life. Check them out below, and perhaps you’ll be inspired!

Backup portable battery charger for phones and tabletsLet’s face it, in this digital age everyone wants to stay connected. But, there’s nothing worse than getting to a destination and wanting to share pictures of it online only to find that your battery is dead! An external battery charger could be just what your recipient needs to stay connected until they can plug in their device at their hotel. Speaking of plugs…

Travel adapter for electrical outlets Get a travel adapter that can help your recipient use their US devices in another country. Note – it’s a good idea to either get a worldwide adapter than can be modified depending on the country they’re in, or to at least find out what types of outlets exist in the countries they would like to visit. Do your homework on the one you purchase, however. Cheaper devices may sound like a good idea, but you want to check the reviews of the one you’re buying so you don’t risk frying your devices!

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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.

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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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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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