A Mid-Atlantic Road Trip: NC, VA, WV, MD

The Summer 2020 travel trend is discovering more, just beyond your backyard, which may be finding the joys in your own state or country. Driving trips are very much in vogue, as gasoline is at an all time low and clients feel more in control of their journey behind the wheel. Resort to Laura Madrid …

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You Can’t VIP Yourself

Some road-warriors feel they can plan their own travel more easily themselves than by using a professional travel agent. Others use their agent for more complicated trips such as an adventure trip through Costa Rica or New Zealand or a multi-generational trip to the Galapagos. But, then decide to book their own weekend stay in …

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Antigua’s Island Charm & British Sensibility: 3 Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts

Who doesn't love Antigua? It is a fusion of island charm and British sensibility. It is laid- back, yet sophisticated. It is active with genuine sportsmanship. Antigua offers escapism, yet it is easy to reach. One of the best things about the destination is that all of the top resorts are "all-inclusive". That word can …

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The Yucatan – My 50th Birthday Celebration at Hacienda Itzincab Camara

I suppose being on quarantine makes me ponder life a bit more, long for family and friends, and accomplish a whole lot of tasks that have been left on the back burner. Finally, I have been able to write my blog recapping such an epic celebration which I organized to celebrate my 50th birthday with …

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Exploring the English Countryside

A highlight for many of my client's is a visit to England’s timeless countryside and the pretty villages of the Cotswold Hills. A wonderful base while touring the Cotswolds is in the spectacular town of Broadway where there are several options that we love for our clients including the Lygon Arms, the Dormy House and …

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Portugal: The Alentejo, Comporta & Evora

Comporta is a village on the west coast of Portugal, about an hour's drive from Lisbon. But, when people talk about Comporta, what they really mean is the region around it. Some people may like to compare the area of Comporta to Ibiza or St. Tropez or Trancoso. However this sleepy eco-reserve reminds me of …

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Fabulous Fiji: A Tale of Two Private Islands

Fiji is indeed FABULOUS!! This destination is a top contender when clients are considering an island holiday in Tahiti or the Maldives. Fiji is unique in its remoteness in the South Pacific, its lush green nature and its perpetually smiling people! Bula!! (Hello, in Fijian, a literal translation of "health and life") Fiji is reached …

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Paris – City of Light (& tres chic hotels!)

My clients always ask me what my favorite neighborhood in Paris is and where do I suggest they stay. That is like asking someone about their favorite child, which is impossible to choose. All Parisian neighborhoods offer something wonderful and it all depends on what one is seeking. The first question is RIGHT BANK (Rive …

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Manhattan: Midtown to Soho with Fabulous Firmdale Hotels

Like many of the world's great cities, the vibe changes from neighborhood to neighborhood. To really get a sense of a place, staying in a new part of town on each visit, in my opinion is essential. I visited New York twice over the past month and while I stayed in completely different neighborhoods, both …

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Victoria Falls: Zambia & Zimbabwe

Visiting Victoria Falls is a highlight for many traveling on Safari in Southern Africa, not only for the majesty of seeing some of the largest water falls in the world, but also for the adrenaline rush adventures the region offers. Victoria Falls in local language means "The Smoke that Thunders" and its spray can be …

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