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Top 10 Souvenirs from a Trip to Hawaii

Top 10 Souvenirs from a Trip to Hawaii

You'll come home with a million sun-drenched memories of a holiday in Hawaii. Here are 10 mementos you can take with you. ANYTHING PINEAPPLEThey may be the most common symbol of Hawaii, and you'll find pineapples, pineapple products, and pineapple motifs everywhere. Pineapples are actually native to South America, and their Hawaiian name 'halakahiki' means 'foreign fruit'.  They arrived in Hawaii in the 1500's, but it wasn't until James Dole, the 'Pineapple King' came to the islands in 1899, that Hawaii became synonymous the...


Cycling through the Dutch Countryside on an Avalon Active Shore Excursion

Cycling through the Dutch Countryside on an Avalon Active Shore Excursion

One of the best things about river cruising in Europe is that it takes you into the heart of world-famous cities, charming smaller towns, and even through the countryside that you might not see any other way.  One of the best things about Avalon Waterways' Active shore excursions is that they give you yet another way to explore Europe's best scenery up close – on a bicycle, on foot, by kayak and more.Active shore excursions are one of three styles of...

Cycling through the Dutch Countryside on an Avalon Active Shore Excursion

Where's the Only Restaurant in Alaska by a Michelin Starred Chef?

Where's the Only Restaurant in Alaska by a Michelin Starred Chef?

That's a trick question. Michelin, who issues the most coveted fine dining ratings, only evaluates restaurants in three US cities: New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Not Alaska.But there is still one place you can dine in Alaska at a restaurant by America's most acclaimed Michelin starred chef.Chef Thomas Keller is the only American chef to have been awarded simultaneous top, three star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants. At time of writing, he has not one, not two, but three Michelin starred...


7 Castles in Ireland Where You Can Stay

7 Castles in Ireland Where You Can Stay

St. Patrick and the Emerald Isle. Dramatic coastline. Historic towns and cobblestone streets. Pubs and parties. Folklore and green pastures… and castles. Hundreds of castles and manor houses dot the Irish countryside. They not only evoke Ireland's storied past. Many allow you to live out your inner fantasy world of warrior kings and legendary princesses during overnight stays. Look for a tour of Ireland that allows you to lay your head at some of these stately homes:Ashford Castle, County Mayo You'll be joining the...

7 Castles in Ireland Where You Can Stay

New Wellness Cultural Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent Enrich Mind, Body, Spirit

New Wellness Cultural Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent Enrich Mind, Body, Spirit

Run and train like a warrior with the Maasai or hike to a vantage point high above Machu Picchu. Feed your spirit with inspiration at a home for underprivileged girls in India, or a silent alms ceremony in Luang Prabang, and feed your body with healing, Ayurvedic herbs in India, or fresh local produce at a cooking demonstration on Krabey Island. Re-orient your mind through guided meditation with a local teacher at Kuang Si Falls, or learn about the meaning of...


Channel Your Inner Van Gogh on this Avalon Discovery Shore Excursion in Amsterdam

Channel Your Inner Van Gogh on this Avalon Discovery Shore Excursion in Amsterdam

What happens when you put three non-painters in a painting workshop? Can you really learn to paint like Van Gogh in an afternoon?  Those were the questions on all our minds as we walked to an art atelier near where our river cruise ship, the Avalon Vista, was docked in the heart of Amsterdam.By: Lynn Elmhirst, BestTripTVI'm creative but I have zero artistic skill. Even my handwriting is famously illegible.  My friends, travel expert Ryan McElroy and travel and gardening journalist Tara Nolan,...

Channel Your Inner Van Gogh on this Avalon Discovery Shore Excursion in Amsterdam

7 Tips for Touring Tuscany

7 Tips for Touring Tuscany

If you close your eyes and picture 'Italy', chances are, it's the rows of vineyards and cypress trees, villas and farmhouses, fabled towns and household-name works of art of Tuscany that come to mind.There are a million reasons why Tuscany is the setting of so many escapist novels, movies and life-changing travels. Here are our favorites:FLORENCEThe red rooftops of Florence are the symbol of Tuscany's capital and epic Italian Renaissance magic. Wandering the alleys and cobblestoned streets, the Boboli Gardens and the...


GAdventures Launches Wellness Collection

GAdventures Launches Wellness Collection

Adventure travel for the thrill? Or to be well? More and more travelers are turning to the exploration of other cultures and landscapes in search of food for the body and soul, spiritual inspiration, interaction with nature, and mindful practices.Maybe you're jump-starting a healthier way of life, need to take a break to de-stress or heal or reinforce wellness practices, and want to do it in the company of a small group of like-minded travelers in some of the most inspiring and...

GAdventures Launches Wellness Collection

Isle Travel Amazing Travel Deals with Viking River Cruises

Isle Travel Amazing Travel Deals with Viking River Cruises

It's happening! I am super excited to share with you the deals we have with Viking River Cruises. If you're interested in travelling up the Danube River through the beautiful countries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary you can learn all about it at the link below. How about the Rhine or through France or China?Viking River Cruise deals with Isle TravelThe verdict is out and river cruising is growing in popularity at a rapid-fire pace. Think of the convenience...


6 Reasons We Love Seabourn Cruises to Alaska

6 Reasons We Love Seabourn Cruises to Alaska

America's Last Frontier is a destination everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime of travel. Alaska's vast, untouched waters and shores are rich in breathtaking scenery and abundant land and marine wildlife in an unparalleled spectacle of Nature.Cruising along the pristine, emerald coast between British Columbia and Alaska is one of the very best perspectives and ways to experience Alaska's riches.Not just any cruise; here's what makes an Alaska cruise on ultra-luxury Seabourn so special.By: Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host,...

6 Reasons We Love Seabourn Cruises to Alaska