Ireland | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 16 July 2021, by , 0 Comments

Have you been to Ireland? Perhaps you were supposed to visit last year? Well, the good news is, Ireland is opening to US travelers again next week, July 19th!

You’ve put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. It’s finally time to take that trip to Ireland! We applaud that decision, but before you book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin’s Grafton Street, here are a few tips to make for a more enjoyable trip.

Consider Car Travel

The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right.

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river cruising | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Golf, Groups, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, on 25 June 2021, by , 0 Comments

Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re affordable, convenient, and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.

You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on AmaWaterways just how superbly well they go together. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.

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South of France | Provence | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 28 May 2021, by , 0 Comments

Nice is in the south of France. The Queen of the French Riviera, which the French call ” la Cote d’Azur” (Azure Coast or Blue Coast). It is a wonderful city with lots of charm and character; a mixture of French and Italian cultures where the people are easy-going and friendly even if you don’t speak French.

Although you might think it is a summer resort, you can visit Nice at any time of the year and still have a good time. If you happen to go in the winter, you will be surprised to see flowers in their numerous parks and gardens. Nice has a Mediterranean winter, so the temperature stays around 40 to 50 degrees during the coldest months but if you like skiing, ski resorts such as Valberg and Isola 2000 can be reached by car in one or two hours. If you go in the summer, get ready to share the city with lots of tourists. The popular streets where most restaurants and cafes are, can get crowded, but they can be a lot of fun if you enjoy people watching; and since most of the streets are closed to traffic, it is not hard to just walk around and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere.

Nice has a major airport and its close location to the city makes getting there a cinch.

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Livraria Lello Bookstore | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Theme Vacations, Unique Getaways, on 14 May 2021, by , 0 Comments

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

We’d have to agree with Ernest Hemingway. Whether you consider yourself a bibliophile or just a casual reader, a good book is an essential part of travel. Ranging from the iconic to the strange and stunningly beautiful, these are bookstores around the world are perfect vacation ideas you don’t want to miss.

World bookstores | Ingenious Travel

1. Shakespeare & Company • Paris, France

Being a well-known literary paradise, Paris bursts with one incredible bookstore after another. On the Left Bank, Shakespeare & Company is a temple to English-language literature that is a must-see for any visitor. Originally opened in 1919 by an American expat, the store was eventually moved to its current location on Rue de la Bûcherie in 1951. In its nearly 100 years, this bookstore has counted Hemingway, James Joyce and Allen Ginsberg as regulars. View the Street Map: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

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Posted in Europe, on 30 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

When one speaks of Bordeaux, what immediately comes to mind are the scenic countryside and its sprawling vineyards, elegant wine cellars, and lovely chateaus of this beautiful part of France.

Even if you do not care for any of these and would prefer a destination with a bubbly art, music, and culture scene, you will be pleasantly surprised that the city of Bordeaux is still a perfect fit for you. You don’t have to tour the wineries to enjoy your stay in the area. All you have to do is to stay within the city center and you can be sure to have a great time exploring the stylish metropolitan atmosphere.

It is easy to visit Bordeaux from various parts of France. Direct flights are available but trains and buses are more practical and provide a more scenic journey to the city. Those who are coming from the romantic City of Lights (Paris), can just hop on a train and be there in just about three hours. You also do not have to worry about scheduling your trip because you can just catch any of the 25 daily trains leaving Paris for Bordeaux’s Gare Saint Jean main train station.

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Croatia | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Groups, Travel, on 16 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is certainly a treasure of picturesque and stunning scenery in the country of Croatia. The entire city is a wonderful sight to see, but its walled Old Town remains as the city’s crowning glory. There is no better way to explore this old fortress than to follow the direction of your own two feet.

You can begin your exploration from several other gates of the Old Town, but my personal favorite is from the ever-busy Pile Gate. Upon entry, it immediately sweeps you off your feet to a dizzying but exciting array of intriguing sights to see.

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Dude Ranch | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Unique Getaways, on 2 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

A Dude Ranch is a perfect vacation option, especially for traveling with a group of friends and/or family. It’s the original Western vacation that’s gaining more popularity in today’s world. The concept of the Dude Ranch began around the early 19th century when ranch owners started hosting guests from the Midwest and East Coast to experience the ranching lifestyle. Ranches are not only cozy, but they have a more ‘home away from home’ kind of appeal.

Three reasons why a dude ranch vacation is perfect for groups:

Visit any time of year

Most dude ranches operate year round and offer a variety of seasonal activities. This allows you to travel on your schedule.

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Morocco | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Africa, Travel, Unique Getaways, on 19 March 2021, by , 0 Comments

For now, Morocco remains relatively untouched by mass tourism, however there are some spots on the tourist map that are particularly well served for visitors.

Agadir | Morocco | Ingenious Travel

Agadir: Morocco’s Number 1 Tourist Area

Situated towards the south of Morocco on the Atlantic coast, Agadir boasts 9 Km of superb white sandy beach and all the amenities of a modern seaside resort.

Agadir boasts 300 days of hot sunshine, which is also especially prominent in winter months.  Here you can find many five-star hotels and a huge supply of hotel beds, reputedly a quarter of the total in Morocco.

Initially, there seems little sign of the rich history and tradition to be found in other Moroccan cities, although if you search it out, you will find it within the depths of the town.  This is largely due to an unprecedented earthquake that shook Agadir in 1961.  It has now been re-modelled as a popular package holiday destination, as well as a major fishing port.

Once dubbed the Miami of Morocco, Agadir offers a wide range of activities – along the beach, camel rides, parascending, scooters and speed boats, as well as horse riding, tennis and an 18-hole golf course.

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The World is your classroom | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, on 5 March 2021, by , 0 Comments

Traveling frequently can broaden our horizons and teach us some valuable life lessons. While traveling, we are in a constant learning process in which the world is our classroom, and everyone and everything around us acts as books and teachers to teach us something every day. Here are four valuable lessons that traveling teaches you.

1. It teaches us to appreciate experiences over things

One of the greatest lessons that traveling teaches us is appreciating and valuing our experiences more than material things. We realize that we need very little to be able to live a happy and content life. While we are always occupied with the desire to have more, traveling often helps us understand that we need very little to be happy. When we are away from our mundane lives, and not so much involved in our phones or cars, etc., we realize how experience and memories matter more than the material things that we focus too much on.

2. It gives us the courage to step out of our comfort zone

When we travel, we gradually gather the courage to step out of our comfort zone and try new things. Sometimes, we encounter challenges that reveal our true potential and boost our self-confidence. We realize that there is so much out there in the world that we have not experienced yet, and it encourages us to accept new challenges and explore a whole world of possibilities. Since we are constantly learning, we begin to feel the excitement that comes with new experiences, and gradually, our fears fade away.

3. It helps us understand others in a better way

We all have grown up with some beliefs and value systems based on which we judge others. Traveling helps us explore different cultures, beliefs, and value systems and understand others in a better way. When we interact with people, we learn about their experiences, look at their struggles and listen to their stories. All these things help us sympathize with people and make sense of their beliefs better instead of passing judgments. Traveling allows us to take off our glasses or biased lens as we get immersed in different cultures. Similarly, we also get to educate people about our culture, beliefs, and values. This mutual exchange helps make the world a better place in which we can all co-exist and respect each other.

4. It helps us learn patience

Patience is extremely important in life, and it is one of those things that we lack during our everyday lives. We find it hard to wait at the signals, we lash out on people when they get late, and we panic when things do not work on time. Travelling often teaches us to be patient and wait for things to fall in place. When we are away from our comfort zone, and in a foreign place, we often encounter situations where we can do nothing but just hope and wait for things to fall in place. This increases our patience levels, and we learn to respond and adapt during difficult situations, instead of getting angry or panicked.

Traveling frequently can positively impact our personalities and help us become a better version of ourselves. We should make it a habit to travel as much as we can to keep learning and growing. Our travel partners are offering extremely flexible and adaptable booking opportunities, and inventory is filling up with all this pent up demand. Reach out to us to have a quick chat about your future travel.

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Group Travel | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Groups, on 19 February 2021, by , 0 Comments

Traveling is always a good idea; it is the best way to unwind and relax. Sometimes a change of space is all we need before we go back to our routine, daily life. Now to travel solo or with a group has been a life-long debate. Certain people are adamant over traveling solo as that is their ‘me-time’ in all its glory. Today in this article, we shall tell you seven reasons why group travel is an incredible idea for comfort, flexibility and adventure.

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