Sound of Music | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Groups, Movies/Television, Theatre, Theme Vacations, on 20 December 2019, by , 0 Comments

In March 2020, Twentieth Century Fox is releasing the 55th anniversary of the classic hit movie, The Sound of Music. For those of you who don’t know, the film is set in Austria, and stars Julie Andrews who plays Maria. It’s based on the true story of the Von Trapp family of singers, and is a heartwarming tale about how music helps heal and bring a family together, even during the most devastating of times. 

In celebration of the movie’s anniversary, we recommend heading to Salzburg to see the sights from the film. Watch or rewatch the movie on your flight over, and then visit all the stunning locations that were used as the filming locations or as inspiration for the scenes in the classic musical. The views you’ll enjoy will make you feel like you’re in the movie. We dare you not to hum or sing the most memorable tunes from the film as you tour the sights. 

Love the Sound of Music as much as we do? Check out the 50th Anniversary Edition here.

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Posted in Authors, Books, Gift Ideas, Girlfriend Getaways, Movies/Television, Seattle, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 5 December 2014, by , 0 Comments

Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner! It’s the perfect time to plan your travel for 2015. Here are five travel gift ideas for the book lovers in your life (or you!).

50 Shades of Romance:

50 Shades of Romance | Ingnious TravelTravel to Seattle to join 16 erotic romance writers for a weekend of debauchery, including a private screening of the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Some additional conference highlights include author panels, book signings, a pajama party, sexy shopping, and food! February 13-15, 2015


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Travel to England: (Okay, I know, not a book, but close enough, right?) You’ve watched every episode of Downton Abbey and probably own boxed sets of each series. Next April you will be able to relive some of your favourite moments through this exclusive access visit to Highclere Castle, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. In addition, there are On Location visits to some of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds villages featured in the different episodes. Topped and tailed with time in London, the tour also includes leisurely visits to Hampton Court Palace, Blenheim Palace and the university city of Oxford. April 6 – 12, 2015

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Posted in Holiday Weekends, Movies/Television, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 5 September 2014, by , 0 Comments

Dragon Con is something that must be attended to get the full experience. Whether you’re a reader, TV/move watcher, comic book lover, or cosplayer, this con has something for everyone!

For Television/Movie Fans:
The Gunn brothers (James and Sean Gunn) were there talking to fans about their hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Are you a fan of the television show Arrow? Paul Blackthorne, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law, and David Nykl were in the house talking about the show. Older shows are also represented; actor Paul Blackthorne and author Jim Butcher did a panel on the Dresden Files. Here’s a clip from that panel.

For Readers:
Do you love Urban Fantasy? The Urban Fantasy Track brought you panels with authors Sherrilyn Keyon, Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Hieber, Julie Kenner, Jim Butcher, and more! Want to learn how to write and publish your stories? There are panels for that as well!

Authors John Hartness, Kat Richardson, JF Lewis, Julie Kenner, Delilah S. Dawson, Keven J Anderson, and Jim Butcher

Authors: John Hartness, Kat Richardson, JF Lewis, Julie Kenner, Delilah S. Dawson, Keven J Anderson, and Jim Butcher


Talk about costumes! Dragon Con also has panels (beginning and advanced) for making costumes. People can be so creative when it comes to costuming. Here are just a few. To see more, go to the Dragon Con 2014 album on my Pinterest page.

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These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. To find out more about Dragon Con, contact us or visit the Dragon Con website.

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Posted in Books, Movies/Television, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 25 July 2014, by , 0 Comments

Entrance to Diagon AlleyDiagon Alley is now open!

Universal Studios Orlando opened the highly anticipated The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley on July 8, 2014. Opening day hosted thousands of guests and the wait time for the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride was seven (7) hours!

Diagon Alley is a must see for Harry Potter fans. When you first enter the area you’ll see the Knight Bus and Grimmauld Place. (Tip: Be sure to pay attention to the windows of number 12.) Entering Diagon Alley looks like it did in the movie after Hagrid “knocked on the bricks” showing the entrance to the alley. Once inside, you’ll feel like you stepped into the pages of the books.


There is so much to see in this 20-acre alley!

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Quidditch Supplies

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Posted in Authors, General Travel Information, Movies/Television, Seattle, Uncategorized, What's Up With Maria, on 20 September 2012, by , 6 Comments

Like with any other big city, there is so much to do and see in Seattle, Washington, also known as the Emerald City.  My sister and I have wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest for quite some time, Seattle especially, and were finally able to do so! Why Seattle? It’s the home of many great musical acts (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains) and writers (Richelle Mead and Yasmine Galenorn).

Most of Day 1 was spent in the area known as Seattle Center, which is home to the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music Project and many other attractions. With only so much time in the day, we focused on the these three:

Space Needle

The Space Needle was constructed to be the main attraction at the 1962 World’s Fair. (Americans who attended witnessed the debut of white chocolate, touch-tone phones and microwave ovens. It’s also where Belgian Waffles were first introduced to the American public.) Today, the Space Needle receives more than 500 visitors a day. It’s only a short 45 second elevator ride up the 520 feet to visit the observation deck for some spectacular views of the city. A definite must do! Avoid going mid-day if you can, the Space Needle is busiest between 11am and 5pm.

The Seattle Space Needle

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Posted in Authors, Comic Con, Movies/Television, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 16 July 2012, by , 7 Comments

Comic-Con, what is it? Think of it as a giant trade show and people watching extravaganza housing everything hot in pop culture today.

A Little History

This convention (con) started 43 years ago as a one day event showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy, film/television, and related popular arts. Over the years it has morphed into a four-day event that includes a larger range of pop culture, showcasing elements from animation, anime, manga, horror, toys and collectibles, webcomics and video games in the form of panels, booths, and costumes. Let’s not forget mainstream pop culture. Along with the traditional sci-fi/fantasy elements, you’ll find panels for shows such as Family Guy, Psych, Bones and Glee.  Comic-Con has become so popular that it sold out within 90 minutes of tickets being released online.


I’m always amazed at the amount of creativity people put into their costumes for Comic-Con. You have the traditional Star Wars characters (though I didn’t see as many Storm Troopers, Darth Vaders or Princess Leias this year), Star Trek characters, Doctor Who, a variety of faeries, and a number of super heroes. This year’s favorite was a gnome sitting on a toadstool. That being said, I must admit I love the Steampunk costumes. (What is a Steampunk? Think Victorian era meets advanced machines based on 19th century technology.

What to do at Comic-Con?

There’s plenty to do at Comic-Con, be it walk through the booths on the convention center floor, watch panels, or sit and people/character watch. You won’t leave empty handed as many of the vendors give away swag (buttons, posters, bookmarks, etc.). And to help you carry it all, you receive a nice big bag at check in. Careful though, it can get heavy quickly! Oh, and if you’re a reader, make sure you check out the publishing house booths, they give away books!

The crowds can be overwhelming, especially for a first-timer. Thankfully, you get an events guide to help you navigate through the organized chaos. You’ll find the events schedule for all the panels, autograph signings, film festival showings, an exhibitor map and more. As for food and drink, you may want to bring your own with you as it can be a bit pricey (I paid $4 for a bottle of soda). And be prepared to wait in line. Keep in mind there are over 130,000 people who attend the con, so it’s important to bring your patience and wear comfortable shoes!

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Posted in General Travel Information, Movies/Television, Uncategorized, on 15 May 2012, by , 11 Comments

I finally saw The Avengers over the weekend…talk about a fast-paced, action packed movie! (Definitely a 2-thumbs up movie, especially if you’re a sci-fi/comic geek like me.) While talking with friends about the movie, I started thinking about various movies where New York has City has been pretty much destroyed.

The top-five movies that come to mind are:

  1. Ghostbusters (1984) – can’t help but love the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and his destructive gooiness
  2. Armageddon (1998) – interesting theory since the news reports  asteroids are always heading for Earth
  3. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – here climate change is the culprit
  4. Independence Day (1996) – aliens abound and are trying to take us over
  5. Deep Impact (1998) – a mega-tsunami  hits the East Coast after a comet hits Earth

After visiting New York City last summer, I began to wonder what New York City would be like missing all those iconic landmarks. We’ve seen the aftermath of 9-11, but can you imagine what the landscape would look like if it were missing the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, etc.?

When was your last visit to NYC? Be sure to visit before some other “alien force” comes to visit us and again destroys the “city that never sleeps.” Let Ingenious Travel plan your New York adventure before it’s too late!

What is your favorite “destroy” New York City movie?


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Posted in Movies/Television, Uncategorized, on 14 April 2012, by , 2 Comments Pedcro Vasquez ColmenaresTribeca is not just the home of the Film Festival co-founded by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, it is also a fabulous historic area of New York City that showcases the performing arts along side of some incredible historical buildings. The film festival held every year helps to promote the role that New York City has played in films and TV. In fact, one of the attractions of the area, Hook and Ladder Company #8 was the site of the Ghost Busters films. Still in active service, this firehouse also houses memorabilia from the movies.

The name Tribeca is actually a contraction of the term Triangle Below Cancel Block. Following the same path as the SoHo district in New York, this not to be missed district in New York City is primarily made up of turn of the century industrial buildings that have since been converted to living/work space for the mostly artisan community. This area also includes building that date back to the end of the Civil War, the original New York Telephone Company Building and even the former New York Mercantile Exchange. Annually, there is a wonderful free walking tour of artist studios that showcases the unique talents of this area.

So whether you head for the Festival this April or are looking for a fabulous historic area to explore o your next vacation, let Ingenious Travel book your way to this incredible gem of a New York City neighborhood.

What was your favorite scene from the Ghostbusters Movies?
Image source: Pedcro Vasquez Colmenares

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Posted in Baseball, ESPY Awards, Gift Ideas, Golf, Holiday, Movies/Television, Tennis, Theatre, Uncategorized, on 16 May 2011, by , 0 Comments

Have you gotten anything for your Dad yet?  Don’t worry, it’s not too late. Here are five ideas to help you get that sports or entertainment fan something special!

1.  A trip to the ESPY Awards:  Give your Dad the unique opportunity of walking down the red carpet, sitting shoulder to shoulder with sports greats, and enjoying the after party while interacting and celebrating with his favorite athletes and broadcasters for a year of great sports.

Gift Idea for Dad

2.  Is baseball his favorite sport? How about sending your Dad to the MLB All-Star Game in July? He’ll get to experience all the fun and excitement surrounding the event along with the Home Run Derby, the Futures and Legends, and the All-Star Game.

3.  If golf is more his style, give Dad a trip across the pond to attend the British Open. You can even arrange for a tutorial from a PGA star!

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