Archive for May, 2011

May 26, 2011

Top Five: Things about Travel in December

Escape the Snow!

How can you make the most of a December school vacation? Now is the time to think about it!

1) Enjoy the True Pleasure of Getting Away. At a time when you think you might just crack from the stress of every day life; give up trying to organize everyone’s entertainment. Become one of the guests, and really enjoy the pleasure of being taken care of. Yes, you too!

2) Is Your Weather Dicey in December? How nice to escape to someplace not just interesting, but warm and inviting too. How nice to be snorkeling when those at home are shoveling or hiking a mountain when your neighbors are commuting to work. Don’t forget your bathing suit!

3) Perfect Family Reunion Time. Every family has time off and wants to be with family, but we’re spread across the country – and who has a home big enough for everyone to congregate? Let someone else plan your reunion! You can all travel to the same destination to be together and have no hassles or worries once you get there.

4) Step Away from the Rush and propaganda of the holidays. Tired of the crush and craziness? Decide to do it differently. Invest in your memories and shared experiences rather than more obsessive accumulation of things you don’t need. Show your children the value of learning new things and meeting new people. Have some fun too!

5) Plan Ahead. December is a month of celebrations: Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve or just an escape from the dreary beginning of winter. Everyone with kids in school has a break in December. There is possibly no better time to want to travel! Be first in line to make your plans, and you’ll have first choice of options for a perfect family adventure.

Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Thailand, Tanzania… so many wonderful, dreamy options await you in December. Call us now at 800-262-6255




May 24, 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Travel in Summer

Go for it!

Well, Well, Well. Why should you travel in the summer months? I mean June , July, and even August if you don’t begin school again that month. And maybe I mean the month of May, if your kids are out that early. The point is, this is an extended break from a school calendar and you have more flexibility, more time on your family’s schedule, to get away.

Some families want to shoot out of town the moment school is done; some families plan for camp first, then vacation. Regardless, these reasonable reasons apply:

1) You have time. Why not take 2 or 3 weeks and explore the world? You can travel further, and take more time to recover once you’re home before the kids have to ‘perform’ again. You, the parents? Well, you can make do, right?

2) In some regions this is ‘low season‘. In Central America – Costa Rica and Panama for instance – it is still a great time to visit, but it will be less crowded and flights will be more reasonable. Come see whales migrating, or Green Sea Turtles nesting on the ‘off season’.

3) You can reach faraway lands. Maybe it is too hard to think about an 18 hour flight over your precious February or March break, but in the summer, not so bad. Destinations like Tanzania, China, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco become a more relaxed and reasonable goal.

4) Christmas, Hanukah, Easter, Passover…. you probably have a focused family plan for the holidays. But what do you do in the summer? When there isn’t a specific focus to your vacation, an adventure plan can be just the right thing.

5) Big celebrations. OK, I myself am suffering from thinking about my last child heading off to college. Do I want to plan something for all of us together? You bet. This feels like a last chance – I have several family adventures planned for this summer! Why don’t you?

6) But maybe it’s an important anniversary or another milestone… summertime can be a less expensive and more convenient time to gather the family together for a kind of celebratory reunion. This is the best time to ask us to plan for something person and precious just for you.

7) Are you looking to escape the heat of your hometown? Destinations near the Equator like Ecuador and Peru in South America, or Tanzania in Africa, offer wonderful family adventures in a moderate climate – warm days and cool nights. Hike, swim, commune with unique wildlife…it’s just waiting for you.

8) I admit, I’ve run out of ideas. All I can say is, summer is an awesome time to pull the family together and go for it. What a time of discovery and growth, from end of one school year stretching to the beginning of the next. Be it your garden, or your family together — Just like me, I know you have time for both.

9) Oh, one more thing I’ll add here – you’re not too late to pull something together for summer 2011. We’ve gotten used to the ‘last minute’ calls so come along and add your request. There might just be the family adventure of a lifetime waiting for you this summer.

10) And you have just until May 31 2011 to secure some serious early booking savings (up to $500 per person!) for 2012. Call us now and we’ll tell you how 800-262-6255



May 10, 2011

Top Ten Panama

land crab in Panama

Want something comfortable but different? Avoid the tourists – even if you are one – and come to Panama. Why? Because:

1) Panama is still unspoiled and undiscovered. Fancy hotels? Nope, but what a delight to explore a land not many know.

2) Climate: perfect all year round. A warm getaway in chilly December or frigid February. An exotic escape in the summer, when you can see the humpback whales migrating through. There’s a good reason to go in any month.

3) Our guides? Priceless. Make the most of your time; discover secrets and learn more fascinating things than you ever would on your own.

4) Wildlife – not just hundreds of species of mammal, reptile and amphibians and almost 1000 species of bird, but 125 animal species found nowhere else in the world.

5) The Panama Canal! Such amazing history and engineering brilliance. You don’t have to be a mathematician or scientist to appreciate this marvel. Come watch the ships glide through the locks.

6) Comfortable transportation: The roads are sophisticated like the canal, thanks to the construction years. Well paved, making for a smooth ride.

7) Casco Antiguo (AKA Casco Viejo) and the streets of historic Panama. Built as a walled city to protect the early settlers from marauding pirates (yes, pirates!!), today it is a World Heritage site representing the diverse cultures and architecture of Panama City.

8) Beaches, and with great snorkeling too. On pristine Isla Iguana you’ll find sugar white sand, dry tropical forest, and coral reef; red throated frigate birds and five kinds of turtle, brilliant colored crabs, lizards and – of course – iguanas too.

9) Wowie Zipline: Here someone else controls the speed so you can actually enjoy the moment. Pause mid-zip in front of a waterfall for a good look – and a great photo opportunity.

10) The Embera Tribe. Still living a traditional life, just up river from the modern canal, you can visit this indigenous tribe and learn about how they live off the land. Your kids can write ahead to pen pals who live here too. Want to get a tribal tattoo, albeit a temporary one? You can do so here.

11) One more! Fresh and delicious Food: Though Panama is not known for its gastronomy, it does offer excellent fresh fish and fruits. Enjoy ceviche, empanadas, tamales, fried yuca and plantains. Plenty of hot sauce available too!

Beach and Water



May 5, 2011

Top 10 – Why Costa Rica?

In the Forest

Some people say Costa rica is just not exotic enough. After all, it’s been on the tourist scene for awhile now and with its all inclusive beach resorts on the north Pacific coast it became accessible to lots of people at a reasonable price. Problem is, those resorts are self contained beach vacations and could be anywhere. We promise, those people who think it is ordinary are wrong – Costa Rica is so much more than that.

1) Luscious Forest. Have you discovered the wonders of a walk through rain or cloud forest, maybe even in a warm rain? Troops of Leaf Cutter Ants marching along the forest floor. Sloths hidden in the trees (but your guide will spot them!). Birds, often brightly colored or full of song. Vines and trees and plants and bugs, all living symbiotically. Epiphytes! Orchids and butterflies the size of your first. Worlds you may never have known existed.

2) Action: Zip lines, rafting and kayaking. Canyoning and tubing. Stand up paddle boarding and surfing. Some of the world’s best activities, all rolled into one destination. With forest, coastline, and mountains so many options are available to you.

3) Monkeys: Capuchin. Howler. Spider. Squirrel. SO MANY monkeys! All out in their natural habitat, and sometimes trying to snatch your lunch, or hurling nuts onto the roof of your jungle cabin to wake you in the morning…

4) The people. So warm, so welcoming, so generous. From our local guides to drivers, the innkeepers to the surfing instructors, to the children and teachers on the schools. I’m pretty sure you’ve never met nicer people.

5) Nonstop Flights from New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami … so easy to get there

6) Pico de Gallo. Now, Costa Rica is not known for its gastronomy, but please give yourself the opportunity to discover the delicious joy of pico de gallo! Like Costa Rica – fresh, simple, but complex in its flavors, it might just become a regular at your table at home.

7) Pura Vida! Believe me, you want this phrase in your life. An expression of the entire culture of Costa Rica, it means literally ‘pure life‘. Once you experience its context in the country that lives it, you will find an infinite number of ways to use it. As a greeting, an exclamation, a state of mind. Pura Vida!

8) Coffee. Did you know the fresh beans, seeds really, are red? Even if you don’t drink it, you know how big this crop is in the world. Seeing how it is grown and harvested – fascinating.

9) Everything you always wanted to know about volcanoes. Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle and has a ton of volcanoes, about 100 or so, with 5 currently active. Come peer into the caldera of a dormant volcano or listen to the not so distant rumble of an active volcano. Learn about how volcanoes form the landscape of Costa Rica. Pretty, pretty amazing.

10) A lovely climate all year long. Warm in December and February when the Northeast is frigid. Warm in March and April when we’re not quite thawed out. Is it hotter and wetter in the summer? Sure, but who doesn’t like a warm rain in the rain forest? Or green sea turtles nesting on the beach? Winter is great to escape the cold, and summer is great to escape the crowds.

11) OK one more – all the things I didn’t get to mention. Hanging Bridges. Kayaking through canals. Surfing lessons at the beach. White water rafting. Canyoning. Hiking. Swimming. Snorkeling. Pen pals. And even more….