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Showing posts from April, 2013

Do you know what it takes to be a Cruise Expert?

Lena Brown of Largay Travel has been designated as a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Cruise Counselor after recently completing the organization’s Certification requirements. Lena Brown is recognized within the cruise industry as an Accredited Cruise Counselor and will continue onto her Master Cruise Counselor.

Very Unique Boutique Hotel in Buenos Aires

I'm ways on the lookout for cute boutique hotels and the HUB Porteno is amazing! Eleven rooms, family owned and very unique. It's right behind the Park Hyatt and the food in the restaurant was the best I've had so far. A real find in Buenos Aires!

The Top Magical Sites of Istanbul- Where Worlds Intersect

With one foot in Asia and the other in Europe, Istanbul bridges not only East and West but two worlds. From the ultra modern streets of Taxim Square, with their chic shops and pumping discotheques, to the centuries old covered Grand Bazaar, in its old section, Istanbul seamlessly bridges the ancient with the modern.

Ten Must Do's Before Traveling Internationally

As a travel specialist, it is my job to not only to plan the perfect itineraries for clients, but to test out the journeys myself.  As a result, I feel I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to prepare for a trip in record time and, hopefully with little or no incidence.  Packing a suitcase just hours before leaving for a trip overseas is a common occurrence because I know what needs to be done and the order in which I must complete it.

Below is a list of the things I do to prepare for all of my out of the country trips.  I hope it helps you and hope you can add a few tips to my list.

1.  Check your passport and entry requirements - There are many things your travel advisor can fix but an expired passport at the airport isn't one of them.  So, check your passport and entry requirements once and twice and three times a charm.  Remember, not only does your passport need to be valid during the time you are traveling, but many countries require it is valid for 6 months past your r…

Meeting a Modern Day Explorer

At last night's "Nature Travel Series" Event,  I met the modern day Christopher Columbus! As he spoke about his life, it reminded me of a cross between the Discovery Channel and the History Channel revealed right in front of me. Olaf Malver, Chief Exploratory Officer of Natural Habitat Expeditions (a branch of Natural Habitat Adventures), is today's modern day explorer. He searches for animals and new habitats in the most remote areas of the world, this is what he calls "Real Travel."

The Perfect Match to Travel Happy

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine

One of my favorite and inspiring series of travel videos, "Where the hell is Matt?" , has evolved in its years of existence. Matt, from Westport, CT, quit his job at 23 years old and took off to explore the planet until he figured things out or until money ran out, or whichever happens first really. Upon his return,  he blogged about his journey and posted a video that became pretty popular on YouTube. Today, the video you will watch on this post is the product Matt's successful business. Matt is still traveling, dancing and sharing with people all over the world to encourage others to find happiness and possibly success through travel. He inspired me to blog during my trip to Brazil in 2011 and now I am the newest member of Largay Travel. 

The Art of Packing

Your departure date is quickly approaching.   The air tickets have been paid and your passport has been issued. You now have the daunting task of packing. With the airlines now charging for the number of bags you check in, it is so important to make a packing strategy plan.

Bring only the clothes that are necessary. Packing extra clothes “just in case they are needed” will only cost you in baggage charges. If you are traveling to an area where it will be cooler in the morning, you need to bring clothes that you can layer. That sweater or jacket liner can always be removed once the temperature rises. Mix and match clothing is another way to limit the number of articles you need to bring.

Limit the number of shoes that you pack. Take along a comfortable pair of walking shoes/sneakers to wear during the day for your sightseeing excursions and a pair of sandals for your day to the beach. In addition, one pair of slippers and one pair of dress shoes should be all you need.

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