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4 Myths About Travel Agents – Debunked

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Busted! Our favorite travel agent myths have been debunked.

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Stunning Santorini

Discover what makes this Greek island a favorite for lovers and why your getaway to this gorgeous locale can’t wait.

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Best Beaches for Totally Bumming Out

Sometimes, all you want to do on vacation is relax, and we’ve found the world’s best beaches for lounging on the sand.

Destinations on the Rise

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These spots have always been favorites, and they’re on the rise in a big way.

Island Opulence: Hawaii

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These luxury resorts aim to make your visit truly one of a kind.

4 Foodie Destinations in Mexico You Need to Visit Now

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Fish tacos to the west and ceviche in the east – get your fill of delicious Mexican fare straight from the source.

We’ve Got Your Back

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Learn why travel insurance is necessary in a nonrefundable world.

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Honeymoon in Paradise

Tahiti’s breathtaking islands + Polynesian hospitality + overwater bungalows = the perfect honeymoon.

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Me, Myself, and I: Go Solo in Australia

Traveling alone has a way of changing you, and Australia is where solo travelers go to reconnect.

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Meet Melbourne

Discover Australia’s hub for everything awesome. From the best time of year to visit to the best rooftop bars, we’ve covered it all.

10 Tips for Packing the Perfect Beach Bag

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Going on a tropical getaway? We’ve got everything you need to make the most of your time on the sand.

5 U.S. Cities Couples Love

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Our country’s best cities have everything you need for a romantic getaway.

3 Benefits to Booking Travel Early

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The TRUE experts prove why booking your travel plans early can pay off in a big way.

A Year in Travel

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Want to travel the world in 2018? We’ve compiled a list of the perfect destination for every month in the coming year.

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DEBUNKED You trust a mechanic with your car. An accountant with your taxes. A doctor with your health. Why not trust a travel agent with your vacation? Like all industry professionals, a travel agent works for you. Without the hassle of searching, clicking, and researching, let them create more than a vacation – an experience.

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Travel agents are travel geniuses and will be your guide to the world by recommending the best destinations, resorts, local hot-spots, restaurants, and sightseeing options for your vacation. You need a travel agent, but you might have heard myths of using one before and are understandably cautious. But we’re here to tell you – booking with a travel agent won’t just save you time, it will also save you money and get you a better vacation experience. To prove it you, we’ve debunked the four top myths of booking with a travel agent.

MYTH #1: It’s really, really expensive to use a travel agent! FALSE! It’s actually cheaper. A recent study indicates, on average, you save $452 per trip cheaper (ASTA). Also, many agents won’t charge you extra fees; they’ll receive their commissions from hotels or wholesalers they work with. They also offer exclusive vacation packages and can even get you into popular hotels in rooms that are reserved for travelers specifically using a travel agent. It’s like having an exclusive experience, but for a cheaper price. Plus, travel agents also provide access to exclusive vacation packages, deals, perks, and the best deals, while also making special arrangements, like birthday and honeymoon celebrations. And travel agents provide the best in travel insurance, helping to navigate plans, so you receive the one that’s best for you and your travel companions.

MYTH #2: I can book the same trip online for cheaper and in less time than if I use a travel agent. FALSE! A travel agent creates the ultimate convenience, saving you endless time researching online. They will plan the whole trip from start to finish, saving you on average 4 hours of travel planning.* Plus, you’ll also enjoy a personalized experience. Your travel agent customizes your vacation package with your preferences and budget in mind with first-hand knowledge and expertise that no search engine can give.

MYTH # 3: I can only book my vacation with a travel agent at their agency. FALSE! A travel agent is available for you in shop or via phone, online chat, and email. Some travel agents are connected, giving you access to their deals, expertise, and recommendations on social media. So contact your local agent however you wish, enjoyable conversation about the wonderful topic of travel, and that’s it! They’ll do the rest for you – create seamless itineraries and help you enjoy the world carefree.

MYTH #4: A travel agent’s job is done once they book my vacation. FALSE! A travel agent works for you throughout your vacation. They are a lifesaver – there for you 24/7, ensuring your traveling experience is better than if you booked it yourself. Instead of spending hours on the phone with airlines and resorts, travel agents take care of any unforeseen issues that arise on your vacation – rebooking during a weather-related event, flight cancellations, issues with accommodations, etc. Plus, you’ll be like royalty arriving at your hotel – you have an ambassador and advocate right behind you: your trusty travel agent.

Myths debunked! Let a travel agent handle the details of your trip, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the world. Contact your local travel agent to start planning your next travel experience, and don’t forget to ask for a GOGO Vacations package. Need a travel agent? Visit www.gogowwv.com to find one in your area.

*Stats/surveys that debunk travel agent myths from ASTA.

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STUNNING SANTORINI Add hilly layers of white Cycladic houses and the orange glow of sunsets and sunrises on the Aegean Sea and Santorini inspires love on a whole new level. This Greek island is routinely voted among one of the world’s most romantic, and it’s time you discover why. Spend sun-soaked days on the beach, afternoons sipping wine at vineyards and tavernas, and mornings stepping into the past at the Akrotiri archeological site, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. And now’s the time to do it. Find out why in “Destinations on the Rise” on page 11.


THE BEST BEACHES FOR TOTALLY BUMMING OUT These stunning sands are a must-see for anyone who lives by the motto “Life’s a Beach,” i.e. all of us! Take to one, or all, of these iridescently sun-splashed and majestically calming beaches to fully embrace the ultimate beachside pastime of doing nothing at all.

The Seychelles Climate, climate, climate – this might as well be the motto for finding the perfect beach, just like location, location, location is king for real estate. In the Seychelles, 115 gorgeous islands situated in the western Indian Ocean, the temperatures never reach the extremes, and the days are always filled with relaxing sunshine. Coral reefs and bright turquoise seas are cherries on top, and the most paradisiacal of the beaches, Anse Lazio, is the stuff of dreams – where just past a jungle and rolling hills is a mesmerizing beach that’s great for swimming and for simply lounging back, rightfully on many people’s lists as the best beach in the world.

Grand Cayman More beach perfection can be found here, mainly on famous Seven Mile Beach, where lying around has never seemed so good. It’s really 5 ½ miles, but when something is this heavenly, they can call it whatever they want. Plus, with a range of restaurants and beachside bars, and picnic areas shaded by trees, Seven Mile Beach earns its reputation as one of the best beaches in the world. Get bummin’ on these seven, or 5 ½, miles of Caribbean paradise.

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Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic boasts just under 1,000 miles worth of shimmering sands, and in Punta Cana, you’ll find Bávaro, Uvero Alto, and Macao. Bávaro teems with excitement, featuring restaurants and hotels located right on its turquoise waters; water sports adventures abound at this beach—parasailing, power-boating, and snorkeling (with more than 30 miles of coral reefs). Uvero Alto offers golden sands with large waves and a calm tide, perfect for enjoying the warm waters of the Caribbean. UNESCO recently applauded Macao as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and here, surfers find paradise.

Kauai Obviously, Hawaii couldn’t be left off this list. When it comes to beaches, Hawaii can rival any top dog, and those soft-sands in Kauai might just be the best of these beautiful American islands. When it comes to putting out a blanket to lie down on, Hanalei Bay in Kauai may take the cake as the best spot in the sand. This peaceful oasis is rarely crowded and boasts views out onto epic mountains with calm waters ideal for taking a quick dip.

The Whitsundays Australia offers up just as much beachside rejuvenation as anywhere else in the world, and the Whitsundays, comprised of 74 islands, and smack-dab in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, makes for quite the memorable and relaxing beach vacation. The only downside here might be dealing with sensory overload. Stay on Whitehaven Beach, where the glowing white sand literally can’t retain heat, making for a cool, powdery consistency. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this might be the only peaceful, calming, and relaxing beach spot you can also call epic.

Antigua Famously home to 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, you’ll have a hard decision taking your pick when embarking on a short vacation into one of the Caribbean’s best island spots. If you can, by all means spend a year beach-hopping, of course. If you can’t, but are looking for a classic, lounging-back, nap-on-a-beach-towel getaway, look no further than the tried and true Dickenson Bay, where relaxing on the beach comes easy and the waves coming ashore play as music to your ears.

Talk to your travel agent to secure your spot in the sand at one of the best beaches in the world.

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For us, destinations are like children – it’s hard to choose our favorites – but these have always held a special place in our hearts. And we aren’t the only ones. Travelers aspire to visit Greece, Belize, and Portugal almost as instantly as their wanderlust sets in. Each with its own distinct character, culture, and history, neither is no less incredible as the next, and they all deserve your undivided attention. As these destinations continue to grow in popularity, there has never been a better time like the present to capture your own piece of their magic. Greece

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What could we possibly say about Greece that could further convince you that this is the place you need to visit next? We could try to describe the feeling of watching pages of your history books come to life while standing next to ancient sites like the Acropolis in Athens. Or tell you how the whitewashed buildings built into Santorini’s cliff sides are the perfect canvas for capturing the colors of an Aegean Sea sunset. All we can truly reveal is Greece as mythical as its legends describe, and although you might not be able to spot the gods atop Mt. Olympus, you’ll definitely see their influence in this ethereal destination.

Belize is a country of contrasts. It’s where the lush prosperity of the jungle meets the bountiful sapphire sea, and the local life walks in the footsteps of the Mayan civilization. Belize is made of unsurpassed adventure, and you would do this Central American country and yourself a disservice if you didn’t experience the best of land and sea. Start inland at the Cayo District and San Ignacio, where you can enjoy both the local life and captivating rainforest, where mesmerizing Mayan ruins live amid unmatched natural beauty. Then, head for the coast and the island of San Pedro for sun-soaked days on the beach and incredible snorkeling. For true scuba enthusiasts, don’t miss your chance to dive in the Great Blue Hole, one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive spots.

Often looped in with the wonder that is Spain, Portugal has a vibrant identity all its own that needs to be celebrated. From city soirees or countryside fairs, festivals are plentiful in this country. Its capital Lisbon is a city of impeccable views that can be captured on the miradouros (terraces) on each of its trademark seven hills. Portugal’s culture has been shaped by great civilizations from the Celtics to the Romans, and their influences have created a diverse culinary scene and a nearly immeasurable amount of historical landmarks and art. In other words, Portugal is a world tour packed into one breathtaking country.

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THE MOST LUXURIOUS RESORTS ON HAWAII’S BEST ISLANDS It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation, and we suggest you treat yourself in 2018 with a lavish getaway to Hawaii’s most opulent resorts. We don’t use the word “luxury” lightly, and Hawaii – America’s spectacular island paradise – offers up the kind of luxury that is truly unmatched. These resorts are the shining stars of their respective islands. Let’s take a quick tour.


Oahu The Kahala Hotel & Resort Host to world leaders and Hollywood icons for decades, this Oahu jewel makes impeccable service a priority, with an old-school grace perhaps organic to the culture within the resort’s walls. Many of the staff have been tenured for over 20 years. The rooms will immediately embrace you with warmth the moment you walk in, whether with an oceanfront look out or onto the dolphin lagoon, where you can watch the playful dolphins from your own private balcony or patio. Unwind to new heights of relaxation at the spa, and indulge in high-end cuisine, from contemporary island fare to Italian to seafood. Nightly entertainment always caps off a day of blissful luxury, Oahu-style.

Maui The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Needing no added hype, the collection of Ritz-Carlton Hotels is synonymous with pure luxury, and in Maui it’s no exception – and possibly even a step up. This resort is nothing short of breathtaking, with luxury amenities that include two golf courses, a rejuvenating spa, six restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities in a natural environment that sits beside the Honokahua Preservation Site, a recognized sacred area to the native Hawaiians. The words “unspoiled sanctuary” take on new meaning. Hike through the rainforest, relax in luxurious accommodations with ocean views, and dine on organic cuisine from the sustainable garden. This is 54 luxury acres of Maui you’ll want to explore.

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Kauai Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa This is the grandest way to experience Kauai. Make your way along soothing white sands, gorgeous gardens, open courtyards, and glistening pools, all to the tune of all-out luxury. The spacious rooms offer incredible views, and the open-air Anara Spa will get anyone into a purely Zen state of mind. This stunner of a spa is all about incorporating nature and natural healing techniques to inspire “lokahi,” or balance of body and spirit. Needless to say – serenity is guaranteed. Plus, tee off on a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and take in the stunning landscapes of Kauai while zip-lining, surfing, hiking, kayaking, or scuba diving with rare sea turtles and colorful fish.

IN MY KINGDOM, FROWNING WOULD BE UNIVERSALLY FROWNED UPON. The FlowRider® Double Wave Simulator. The Awe Spa. The Playroom Kids Club. Luxurious accommodations. And impeccable service. Let’s just say it’s very hard to be unhappy here. And to help you make the most of it, we’ll give you up to US $1,500 in Resort Credit toward spa treatments, tours and other amazing experiences. PLUS, KIDS AND TEENS STAY FREE.* Moon Palace Jamaica Grande. Larger than life. Better than vacation. *Requires at least one paying adult to qualify. Must be 17 years old or younger at the time of travel in order to qualify. Additional terms and conditions apply.

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Big Island Fairmont, Orchid The Big Island obviously is equipped with some big-time luxury. Look no further than Fairmont, where your authentic Hawaiian vacation experience gets lifted into a whole new realm of amazing with stunning landscapes, powdery sands, lagoon, and service truly embracing the “aloha” spirit. Old-school grace and classic Hawaiian culture intermingle with modern amenities like the award-winning spa, 10,000-square-foot oceanside pool, six restaurants ranging from classic Hawaiian to Japanese cuisine, championship golf, tennis, and live entertainment. This is classic luxury in a classic island paradise.

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Los Cabos The Baja Peninsula’s claim to culinary fame lies in the bounty of its surrounding seas. Fish tacos were invented in this area, and as a vacationer’s paradise, Los Cabos boasts numerous restaurants for savoring this delectable dish.

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Mexican food has never been more popular with U.S. citizens, and it’s not hard to see why. The cuisine’s bold flavors and range of ingredients are enough to start a fiesta in your mouth at first bite. But if you’re in search of more authentic dishes than the burritos offered at your local Taco Bell, head south of the border towards these favored foodie destinations.

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This favorite destination serves up delicious local cuisine, such as sopa de lima (lime soup), pibil (slow roasted chicken or pork wrapped in banana leaves), and tamales (flavorful masa wrapped and steamed in dried corn husks).

This serene, beachside resort area is known for its all-inclusive gems, and one of the many benefits of the sea being right outside your room is the fresh seafood that’s caught and prepared fresh daily. Make sure to give the ceviche a taste.

Throwback some tequila when you’re in its birth country, and the best place is right here, along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Take a day tour from Puerto Vallarta to the Blue Agave fields, followed by an authentic tequila tasting.

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WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK “I don’t need insurance. I’m going on this trip no matter what.” Travel agents are often met with some variation of this statement when recommending travel insurance. In most cases, your vacation will go off without a hitch, and you’ll have a fabulous time. But the truth is, your travel agent wants to make sure you’re prepared for every possible scenario. A lot can happen before you leave for a trip – work, illness, weather events – and while your agent is always on your side and will help you in every way they can, airlines, hotels, and tour companies all have their own individual cancellation policies. Most airline tickets are 100% nonrefundable and have another set of fees for rescheduling, no matter the reason. This is why travel insurance is necessary. If an unforeseen natural occurrence causes you to cut your trip short or your flight gets delayed and you need to stay an extra night, you’ll receive coverage for those expenses. If you’re sick or need to stay home to care for a loved one, you can rest assured that your travel agent and insurance have you covered. Even if your luggage is delayed or lost – just breathe. You’re covered.

Travel insurance addresses more than trip cancellation and replacement baggage. Did you know that your health insurance doesn’t follow you when you leave the US? Suddenly, all medical expenses are your responsibility – from seeing a doctor to requiring medical evacuation. With travel insurance, you’ll be covered throughout your adventure. Policies vary, so make sure to speak to your travel agent to find the one that’s best for you. Some offer identity thief protection, roadside assistance, and collision coverage. You can even get missed connection coverage, though you might want to go easy on the drinks in the airport bar. No matter what scenario you might endure that affects your journey, travel agents and insurance companies have your back every step of the way with worldwide 24/7 assistance. So the next time your travel agent suggests travel insurance, ask them about the different plans, so you can relax on that tropical beach just like you planned.

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Honeymoon in Paradise

– the Islands of Tahiti

Your honeymoon is the first vacation of your married life, which makes it one of the most important trips you’ll ever take. So when you decide where you’re headed, you want to make sure it’s somewhere memorable. Somewhere with sunshine to spare, white-sand beaches, overwater bungalows…we just described the Islands of Tahiti, didn’t we?

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World-Renowned Beauty There are some very good reasons why the Islands of Tahiti are one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. Seclusion, for one – it’s far enough away to avoid any unwanted interruptions, but still easy to get to, with just one stop required when traveling from New York. It’s uniquely beautiful, so every one of your vacation photos will have a stunning backdrop. The Islands of Tahiti are the perfect place to do whatever you want, whether that’s sailing the ocean, snorkeling a lagoon, or nothing more than lying by the water and hearing the waves crash on the sand. Besides, who can say no to an overwater bungalow?

Tahitian Culture The Tahitian people are some of the friendliest in the world, and with them as your hosts, your honeymoon is sure to be filled with smiles. From being greeted on arrival with music, dance, and flowers, to a morning meal delivered to your room by catamaran, the people you encounter will be warm and welcoming in a way that will make you feel like you’re one of the Tahitian people.

Island Hopping A Tahiti honeymoon also means the opportunity for island hopping through French Polynesia, either by land or sea. Tahiti is the biggest and most populous of the islands, as

well as being home to the city of Papeete, where you can shop to your heart’s content and eat at some great restaurants where the cuisine reflects the multi-ethnic nature of French Polynesia. It’s easy to get out of the city, and most accommodations are a short taxi ride from downtown.

Bora Bora Perhaps the most famous island of the archipelago is Bora Bora, less than an hour flight away from Tahiti. Home to the first overwater bungalows, these unique accommodations quickly became an icon of French Polynesia. Smaller islands like Huahine and Moorea have their charms as well. Moorea is largely rural but is home to the Tiki Village, where you can see a replica of a traditional Tahitian village, learn about the Polynesian way of life, have a fantastic buffet dinner, and see an amazing show. In Huahine, you can tour the stunning lagoons via motorized canoe, with opportunities to see coral gardens, various villages, and the pearl farms from which come the famous Tahitian black pearls.

However you choose to spend it, a trip to the Islands of Tahiti with your new spouse is guaranteed to be an unforgettable start to your new life together. Talk to your travel agent, who will help you choose the right island and resort for a splendid honeymoon.

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ME, MYSELF, AND I Go Solo in Australia When it comes to life changing travel, nothing could be more impactful than going it alone. We know what you might be thinking – “Me, exploring foreign lands by myself?” Your hesitation is understandable, but once you make the leap, you’ll find that traveling solo is one of the most liberating, rewarding, and empowering experiences of your life. And with its unparalleled eco-thrills, city excitement, and unanimous welcoming nature, Australia is the perfect place to discover yourself as your new favorite travel companion. We asked the experts on the Australian Tourism Board to share their favorite must-see spots, exciting activities, and offbeat experiences for discovering their alluring country for yourself and only you. MEET SOME AWESOME AUSSIES Since you’ll be traveling solo, this is the perfect opportunity to make some new friends abroad, and Australia’s sociable citizens will welcome you with open arms. They’re a travel-loving bunch that enjoy sharing time and stories with fellow wanderers. Don’t be surprised if you’re frequently invited to join them for a meal or even to explore parts of their exciting country with them. The locals from the Land Down Under suggest striking up a conversation over a drink. Meander to Southern Australia’s celebrated McLaren Vale wine region to visit the new d’Arenberg Cube. Built by the legendary winery of the same name, this Rubik’s Cube-esque building turned wine tasting room, art gallery, and entertainment center has interesting architecture that alone is enough to inspire a chat with fellow patrons.

SYNC UP WITH SOLOS Australia’s lone adventure potential is no secret, and you’re guaranteed to run into quite few sole seekers along your own journey. The eastern coast state of Queensland particularly calls to bold backpackers, gap-year globetrotters, and ever-roaming vagabonds, and offers plenty of opportunities to meet them; take a surf lesson in Australia’s playground the Gold Coast, join a vineyard tour in Southern Queensland, and hop on a sailing adventure around The Whitsundays Islands. Bonus: This region also happens to hold some of Australia’s most sought after sights.

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IT DOESN’T GET GREATER THAN THIS Speaking of sailing around The Whitsundays, this breathtaking assortment of idyllic islands and pristine sandbars is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef – with an aptly shaped coral reef formation to prove it. There’s perhaps nothing that will leave you with a greater impact as the largest living structure on Earth. Snorkeling around its vibrant corals and the abundance of unique creatures is truly a brag-worthy experience that cannot be missed. And if the Whitsundays aren’t on your agenda, you can access this natural marvel from many points along Queensland’s coast, from the laid-back city of Cairns to the well preserved corals just off the sands of Arlie Beach.

DELVE DEEP IN THE OUTBACK To capture the true essence of Australia, follow the red sandy roads into its famous Outback. From the acres of incredible views to iconic Uluru, the Northern Territory in particular is the embodiment of the country’s Aboriginal past and pioneering soul. In addition to the must-see spots, like the Devil’s Marbles, we recommend venturing off the grid to Nitmiluk National Park. Here, you’ll not only be mesmerized by the natural beauty of eco-sites like Nitmiluk – also known as Katherine Gorge – but you’ll also have a chance to soak up the spirit of the Outback by swimming or canoeing around volcanic pools and meeting up with fellow explorers on the Jatbula Trail, a five-day adventure through the park featuring true off-the-beaten path scenery, waterfalls, and Aboriginal rock art.

SEE THE CITIES Australia’s eco-wonders may be its claim to fame, but its assortment of energetic cities, each with their own unique character and more different from the last, are definitely worth an urban adventure. Whether you crave the renowned landmarks found in iconic Sydney, the culture and food scene of ever-evolving Melbourne, the go-with-the-flow vibes of always sunny Brisbane, or the youthful, active atmosphere of fun-loving Perth, there’s no shortage of metropolitan escapades to. Wherever your wandering heart leads you, our Aussie friends tell us the best way to introduce yourself to their cities is with a walking tour. Plus, you can even choose an itinerary that’s geared towards your particular interests, such as an architecture, food, or street art tour.

Traveling by yourself can seem intimidating at first, but Australia has the cure for all your fears. After your life-changing adventure filled with endless new tales, memories, and friends, you’ll be ready to book your next unaccompanied expedition. Contact your local travel agent today and start planning your own self-discovering journey to Australia.

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Meet Melbourne Australia’s hub for everything awesome.

WHEN

December through March are the city’s summer months with the best weather and the most events. This also means the largest crowds. September to November or March to May are excellent months to visit as Melbourne experiences spring-like weather with more space to explore.

STAY

Celebrate Melbourne’s artistic side at edgy The Blackman Hotel, with its modern art museum-like décor and conveniently close location to the Central Business District. If a trendy boutique vibe is more your style, check out the chic digs at QT Melbourne. Plus, it has its own rooftop bar

WHY

Melbourne was effortlessly cool before it was dubbed Australia’s hipster city. Innovative yet classic, humble with a side of grit, artsy and athletic Melbourne is a cultural capital that always offers something new to discover, no matter how many times you visit.

DO

Cheer with the fans at one of Melbourne’s many sporting events, and explore the street art, cafés, and shops found in the city’s labyrinth of laneways.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Coordinates: 37°48’S 144°57’E

WHO

Foodies, families, couples, singles, art lovers, culture seekers, fashionistas, sports fanatics – in other words, everyone.

SEE

The Penguin Parade at Philip’s Island. Yes, it’s literally a parade of the world’s tiniest penguins returning to their nests from a day in the water, and yes, it’s freaking adorable.

EAT

The city’s diverse citizens have turned Melbourne into a hot pot of quality ethnic eats. Grab a Vietnamese Lunch Box from Jardin Tan for a picnic in the park, or munch on a Fried Spider Crab Taco from Mr. Myagai’s. And the Iberian delights at Bar Lourinhã are always a crowd pleaser. The city is also big on burgers, and the best beef-stuffed buns can be found at Betty’s Burgers, Benny Burger, and Haxtaburger.

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For the best brews and cocktails in town, head for the sky. Rooftop bars are aplenty in Melbourne because who doesn’t enjoy a drink with a view? Some of our favorites include tiki-themed Palmz, no-frills The Hills, and summer-hotspot Good Heavens.


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8 TIPS FOR PACKING THE

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As the experts in planning tropical getaways, we’ve got this whole beach packing thing in the bag. Whether you’re relaxing on the laid-back sands of Jamaica or playing on the lively shoreline of Punta Cana, we’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of your time in the sun.

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THE PERFECT BAG

HYDRATE

Pick a roomy tote that has enough space to fit larger necessities like your towel, and make sure it has an inside zip compartment for essentials such as your ID or cash. If you’ll be flying to your destination, your beach bag can double as a carry-on.

Salty air has a habit of making beachgoers quite parched. Plus, it’s important to stay hydrated.

PROTECT AND REPEAT The rays in the Caribbean are a lot stronger than the ones you enjoy at home, so grab a 30 SPF or higher sunblock.

KEEP DRY Many resorts provide towels for guest use, but if you’ll be toting a towel along, choose one made of a lightweight material, so it dries quickly and doesn’t take up a lot of room in your luggage. THE POWER OF POWDER

PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES Now that you’ll be protecting yourself with sunscreen, it’s a good idea to store that bottle or can in a cosmetic bag to prevent accidental lotion or grease from spilling onto your other belongings. Store your phone or camera in a zip lock bag to shield against water and sand before placing it in your bag. Larger zip lock bags are also great for storing your salt water-soaked bathing suit. THROW SOME SHADE AT THOSE RAYS Just because your glasses are dark, doesn’t mean they’re protecting your baby blues, browns, or greens. Pick a pair that have UV blocking lenses.

When there’s a long line at the rinsing station, baby powder is surprisingly handy for removing sand from your skin. Simply dust the area that’s covered, brush it off, and make your way sand-free through the resort. A BIT OF ENTERTAINMENT Magazines are always a good choice for keeping up on the latest information and gossip, but nothing beats a good book. Whether you’re looking to entertain a small group of friends or hold a private party for yourself, stash a pair of travel-friendly headphones or a beach-approved speaker in your bag, so you can chill out to the tune of some good beats.

If your vacation plans include a sunny escape to the islands, make sure you pack this list for creating the ultimate beach experience. If they don’t, contact your travel agent to start planning your getaway today.

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THE USA IS FOR LOVERS:

5 Cities Coup les Love for 2018 Our country is one of great opportunity, especially when it comes to unforgettable travel experiences. From sea to shining sea, America’s great cities offer the perfect setting for couples to get lost in. Stunning architecture, stimulating food scenes, and exciting arts & entertainment have made these cities the best destinations for an extended date.

SEATTLE, Washington The views from atop the Space Needle promise to be breathtaking — and they definitely deliver. But even back on the ground, you’ll never be far from stunning sights no matter where you find yourselves in this city. From majestic mountains to vast seascapes, Seattle’s surrounding nature offers unparalleled beauty. Stop at iconic Pike Place Market to grab a cup of coffee from the original Starbucks before wandering through the stalls and stores for locallysourced delicacies like wines, cheeses, and meats. Take your smorgasbord to one of Seattle’s many parks or to the waterfront for a romantic, seaside picnic. CHARLESTON, South Carolina It’s hard not to be swept up by this city’s old Southern charm. Voted America’s Most Romantic City by Travel & Leisure, Charleston is brimming with romantic activities like strolling hand in hand down tree-lined streets or relaxing in the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Bustling Downtown is always a great spot to soak up Charleston’s rich history, but a sunset cruise around the harbor is sure to set your hearts aflutter. Take a tour of the famous Magnolia Plantation and sneak off in its surrounding gardens for a little alone time. For the ultimate R&R — romance and relaxation — spend a long afternoon at the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. BOSTON, Massachusetts Beantown’s claim to fame might be the integral role it played in the birth of our nation, but Boston also happens to be an excellent choice for a revolutionary rendezvous. Be sure to take a long romantic walk down the Freedom Trail to visit some of the most significant historical sites of the American Revolution. If all that exploring leaves you feeling famished, grab a freshly-made lobster roll and crafty cocktail in the up-and-coming Seaport District, or head to the North End for an endless array of restaurants serving some of the best Italian food you’ll ever taste.

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee Dance your way to Music City, USA. Renowned as the epicenter of country music, Nashville is a fan favorite for lovers of every genre. Walk down almost any street in this city and you’re sure to hear notes from a live band pouring from a nearby bar or venue. Celebrate Nashville’s living music legacy with a concert at the Grand Ole Opry, or discover its past at notable spots like the Musicians Hall of Fame or the Historic RCA Studio B. If you can manage to pull yourself away from the music, schedule a date to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery or Nashville’s very own replica of The Parthenon. CHICAGO, Illinois At first glance, Chicago is a shining city on the shores of Lake Michigan with their own take on one of America’s favorite Italian dishes. But with a closer look, you’ll soon realize the charms and excitement of the Windy City delves so much deeper than its pizza. You’ll be blown away by the amount of sights, arts, culture, and friendly people you’ll find here. One of your first stops has to be Cloud Gate, a bean-like sculpture that perfectly captures Chicago’s mesmerizing skyline in its reflection. The theater scene here rivals that of Broadway, so catch a show after you’ve enjoyed an internationallyinspired dinner from one of the city’s acclaimed eateries. If all of these activities have you feeling winded, take a nice relaxing ride on the Centennial Wheel and cuddle with your cutie while enjoying the incredible views of Chicago. Travel has a way of bringing couples closer together. Discovering new places and enjoying unique experiences create wonderful memories to add to the story of your relationship. Celebrate your love for each other and our country by exploring its great cities together. Call your local travel agent to start planning your romantic getaway for 2018 now.

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3 BENEFITS TO

BOOKING

TRAVEL EARLY

In today’s day and age, it seems like everyone is an expert at planning travel. The Internet is filled with endless advice claiming you’ll find the best deal if you book at exactly 2:33 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Or if you wait until two weeks before you leave, hotels and flights drop in price to fill their availability. How are you supposed to know which advice to follow? You ask a TRUE travel expert, of course – your travel agent. They’ll be the first to tell you that waiting to plan might leave you stuck with a stay-cation in your own house. From saving money to picking the ideal itinerary, booking your travel plans early can pay off in a big way.

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MORE AVAILABILITY = MORE SAVINGS

MORE TIME = BETTER VACATION

Contrary to what the Internet community wants you to believe, more availability can actually be great for your bank account. As airline seats and hotel rooms book up, their demand rises along with their price. They know your options are limited, so they’re banking on you needing that flight bad enough to pay the higher price. Planning early means you still have plenty of options to choose from, so the airlines and hotels compete for your business by trying to offer a better rate than their competitors. Another value to booking early is the option of making payments with your travel agent, so you don’t need to pay all at once.

Picture your ideal trip for next year’s vacation. Does it involve a cold margarita on the beach in Cancun with tours to the Mayan ruins and a snorkeling adventure? Or will you be driving through the Tuscan countryside touring wineries before spending a few nights in Florence, the Birthplace of the Renaissance? Booking early means you’ll have more time with your travel agent to research, plan, and save for all of those in-destination must-dos such as visiting an iconic attraction, eating at that famous restaurant, and experiencing hidden gems recommended by your travel agent.

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3 PLANNING AHEAD = BUILDING EXCITEMENT Anticipation is one of the driving forces of life. The thought of that sushi-dinner date you have later tonight definitely helps you get through your work day, and the same can be said for travel. Booking your getaway ahead of time generates a sense of excitement. There’s nothing better than the anticipation of a vacation, the build-up around escaping the day-to-day, and the positive expectations around the fact that your perfect getaway is just around the corner.

When it comes to planning your vacation, sit back and let the experts take care of everything. Your travel agent’s experience and knowledge are the best value for booking your travel plans early. Give them a call today to start planning and get excited for your 2018 adventure.

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JANUARY

FEBRUARY

THAILAND

LAPLAND, FINLAND

Start the New Year off in a country that loves to celebrate. Thailand experiences impeccable weather countrywide in January. Treat yourself to a cultural adventure after the holidays, and end your getaway in the stunning southern islands or party town Phuket.

It is winter, so why not jet off to a country that embraces its cold culture? Explore Finland’s northern wilderness by reindeer sleigh rides and sled dog safaris, and book a stay in a glass igloo to be lulled to sleep by the magical Northern Lights.

MARCH

APRIL

SOUTH AFRICA

LISSE, NETHERLANDS

Search for the “Big 5” before the khaki-clad crowds roll in for their spring safaris. At the tail end of wet season, the entire region comes to life, from the creatures of Kruger National Park to the energetic urban scenes in Cape Town and Joburg.

Perched perfectly between Amsterdam and Rotterdam for easy city exploring, Lisse is the ideal spot to see the Netherland’s tulips in full bloom. Its Keukenhof Park – also known as the Garden of Europe – features over seven million bulbs for a colorful display of the country’s national flower.

MAY

JUNE

FLORENCE & THE TUSCAN REGION OF ITALY

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Spring is in full swing in Italy’s famous wine region. Don your warm weather clothes for touring the vineyard-studded countryside and for strolling the streets in the Birthplace of the Renaissance.

The tail end of spring is the best time to see our oldest National Park’s diverse wildlife – including its newest little residents. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Old Faithful, the park’s most famous geyser.

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Our experts reveal their picks for the perfect destinations to visit each month of the year.

JULY

AUGUST

WALES, U.K.

PORTLAND & SEATTLE

This charming country is England’s time capsule. Castles here are plentiful and their silhouettes add even more wonder to the already stunning landscapes. An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Wales offers miles of coastlines, trails, and hillsides to discover.

Summer is coming to an end, so there’s no need to continue watching your waistline. Celebrate with a foodie getaway. With only a quick three-hour road trip between them, you can easily go from chowing down at Portland’s famous food pods to Seattle’s cups of joe and locally sourced delicacies.

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

HONG KONG

MOROCCO

The energy of this city is simply indescribable. With plentiful markets to suit every shopper’s dream and a culinary scene that’s as innovative as it is affordable, Hong Kong is the best choice for an urban escape.

Mild temperatures countrywide make for pleasant sightseeing and plentiful cups of mint tea. Plus, start shopping for holiday gifts in the souks and markets of Marrakesh, Fez, and Rabat.

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DECEMBER

TORONTO, CANADA

ICELAND

With hotel and flight prices dropping in the fall, November is ideal for getting your fill of North America’s Friendliest City. Soak up this city’s booming restaurant and bar scenes while taking in iconic sights like the CN Tower.

Hot springs by day, Northern Lights at night, and Reykjavik decked out in all its holiday glory? Yes, please! The Land of Fire and Ice is at its best at the start of winter, when you’ll be able to enjoy the country’s most unique experiences, like exploring the inside of glaciers in an ice cave.

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