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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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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 Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 26 February 2016, by , 0 Comments

With the everyday stresses of full-time work, keeping up with the house, your children and anything else that takes up most of your day, sometimes it is simply time for some overdue rest and relaxation. If you’re nodding your head to that, then consider putting a pause on all those stresses for just a few days or so and heading to one of these top spas in the U.S. Say goodbye to stress and hello to rest…

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa | Ingenious Trael

  1. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – California

Located just near San Diego in Southern California. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa spreads out over a total of 200 private acres where you can be assured complete solitude within an oasis that exudes balance and connection within its every inch. Focusing on the perfect combination of mind, body and spirit, this incredible spa allows its maximum guests of 32 to indulge in workouts such as Pilates and Zumba as well as meditation classes and of course treatments at its impressive spa. From a hot stone foot treatment to a relaxing oxygen facial, you may will soon begin to feel restored and refresh and possibly not wanting to ever leave this place.

Canyon Ranch Lenox | Ingenious Travel

  1. Canyon Ranch Lenox – Massachusetts

Surrounded by lush and colorful trees at every turn, Canyon Ranch Lenox is both beautifully and professionally managed with a focus on personalized services tailored to meet your every need from the second you walk through their inviting doors. They offer an array of classes when you decide to make them your spa of choice, that include focuses on life management, preventative health care, nutrition, spiritual growth programs and fitness sessions along with outdoor activities. The lavish spa will be waiting for you after classes to enjoy one of their Euphoria body treatments.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 15 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

Reindeer Sledding Norway | Ingenious TravelHeading to Norway in the near future and still not quite sure what to fill your days with while there? Well, consider something a little more unique that you can check off your bucket list and head out on a reindeer sledding adventure!

What Is Reindeer Sledding?

Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the north as well as a still important part of certain cultures throughout Norway. Known as a very “soft” adventure that is the perfect activity for people of all ages, ranging from little ones to older adults, reindeer sledding is an immensely unique and special opportunity of a lifetime.

When Can You Participate?

The typical season of reindeer sledding is around mid-November to the end of March. This is due to the weather and when the snow is falling, making it the perfect time to head out on a reindeer sledding adventure! If you happen to be heading to Norway during those early and late winter months, then you are certainly in luck and especially for those visiting in March, as your chances of experiencing the Northern Lights are even greater!

Where Do You Go Reindeer Sledding?

This adventure typically takes place in the northern area of Norway toward the white plains of Finnmark. However, there are other options throughout the rest of country. It just so happens that the most popular place to participate is in the north due to the cultural heritage and history of the activity to the Sami people.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Caribbean, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Resort Travel, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 11 December 2015, by , 0 Comments

Creactive | Ingenious TravelHave you ever wanted to give all of the stunts performed by circus entertainers a try? Well now you can at Club Med’s partnership with Creactive by Cirque Du Soleil! If you have never heard of it or if you would like to learn more about it, the following are some facts and information to help you…

What & Where is Club Med?

Club Med has been around for years offering both business and leisure travelers an escape from typical vacations and presenting people with premium all-inclusive vacation packages unlike any other. This particular Club Med location that features Creactive is found in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana Resort.

What is Creactive by Cirque Du Soleil?

Their website describes it as, “Where guests of all ages can try a wide range of artistic and acrobatic activities. It’s a unique training experience, unlike anything else in the world”. In other words, Creactive offers ordinary people with either zero, little or advanced circus skills to try stunts and performances that they would never have been able to anywhere else.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 27 November 2015, by , 0 Comments

Northern Lights | Ingenious TravelIf you have only marveled at the many stunning pictures captured of the great Northern Lights but have always wanted to experience it first hand, it may be time to start planning your trip. Though the overall visibility of the lights tends to shift from time to time, there are a handful of consistently great places to experience them. Consider heading to these following destinations and watch as this natural wonder appears before your eyes…

Jokulsarlon – Iceland

Although Iceland has dozens of fantastic spots to get a view of the Northern Lights, near the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is said to be the absolute best of them all. Being within the Arctic Circle will allow you to gain the best chance of a clear sky and once the lights hit the icebergs that cover the lagoon, you are in for an experience of a lifetime. So, make your way to Iceland and head about 250 kilometers outside of Reyjavik and get ready for a spectacular show.

Fairbanks – Alaska

Often referred to as undoubtedly the best place within the United States to capture a great glimpse of the Northern Lights, Fairbanks, Alaska makes for an incredible trip. One of the best pieces of advice if you do decide to head this way is to view them whilst in a hot spring. Though this may seem odd, it will help to alleviate both the cold and fatigue onsets that many travelers get while on the journey. Head to Chena Resort and Manly Hot Springs for the best experience.

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Posted in Family Travel, River Cruising, Shopping, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 6 November 2015, by , 0 Comments

Christmas Markets | Ingenious TravelEach year, various countries throughout Europe put away the fall colors of orange, yellow and red and bring out the twinkling lights, beautifully decorated Christmas trees and endless holiday treats to put on some of the world’s best Christmas Markets. If you have only heard about such markets and have yet to actually experience one first hand, a river cruise may just be your ticket to an opportunity of a lifetime. Imagine making your way through to find yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains, a winter scenery you’ve only seen pictures of and a magical jovial extravaganza awaiting for your entry. Consider heading on a river cruise that takes you to the following European Christmas Markets…

Maastricht – Holland

Explore an extremely cozy and delightful wander through the Magical Maastricht where you can indulge in locally made treats, ice skate in the temporary 100-meter squared ice rink or even go for a ride on the big wheel just outside. A well lit, beautifully decorated and welcoming oasis filled with endless treasures to enjoy and take back home.

Winter Wonders – Belgium

Located in Brussels within the beautiful setting of Place Sainte Catherine, Winter Wonders is bursting with colors, a fun atmosphere and plenty of things to see and discover while there. Enjoy the ice rink and Ferris wheel along with the many concerts and marching bands that put on shows for the whole crowd to delight in.

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Posted in Family Travel, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 30 October 2015, by , 0 Comments

Happy Halloween | Ingenious TravelIf you are going to be in or around New England during this year’s Halloween, then you are in for some fantastic fall festivities for the entire family to enjoy. Each year, New England creates some great activities for the entire community to get involved in from pumpkin festivals to flashlight corn mazes and everything in between. To make the most of your Halloween in New England, consider participating in these following fun events…

 

Fun & Freaky Farms

Davis Farmland MegaMaze: This is a great place for little ones as it is a non-haunted flashlight corn maze located in Maine.

Scary Acres: This is one for the fear seekers where visitors can enjoy a fully haunted corn maze as well as a haunted hayride in Rhode Island.

Emery Farms: This offers visitors to enjoy a long and entertaining haunted corn maze followed by a non-haunted hayride in New Hampshire.

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Posted in Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Holiday, Ireland, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 23 October 2015, by , 0 Comments

Falconry in Ireland | Igenious TravelIf you have always been interested in the sport of Falconry – especially that which goes on in Ireland – or if you have heard of it but not quite sure what it entails, then the following information should help to clear things up.

What is Falconry?

The dictionary describes Falconry as, “the sport of hunting with falcons, hawks, eagles, etc. or the art of training hawks to hunt”. In other words, an individual (Falconer) pairs up with a type of bird mentioned just before in order to hunt together. Another definition defines it as, “the art or sport of taking wild quarry in its natural state or habitat using trained hawks or falcons”.

The History

Falconry is thought to have originated in the east, most likely in Korea and around the time of 2,000 B.C. It then spread throughout China and Japan before the sport caught on in parts of Persia and eventually made its way to Medieval Europe.

Today, it is considered to be the fastest growing country pursuit in both Europe and North America. In Ireland, it not only has a long and unique history but it is also thriving in today’s society.

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