Episode 166: Riviera Maya Revisited

The Riviera Maya is a resort district along the Caribbean coast of the Yucutan penninsula, Just south of Cancun’s hotel zone. Starting just north of Playa del Carmen and extending south toward Tulum, this area is famous for all-inclusive resorts, aquatic activities involving everything from dolphins to underground rivers to camels. Yes… camels. Of course for those interested in ancient history, this area boasts some of the most famous Mayan ruins north of the equator. Earlier this year, in episode 132, we talked to Sandy about her familiarization trip with Karisma resorts to this beautiful destination. Recently, Elizabeth was able to participate in a similar trip and she experienced some of the same things but also some very different things while there. So we thought we would talk to her about what she learned and can now recommend for this area and especially for this family of resorts.

Episode 165: Introducing Kristen

Every now and again, we like to introduce you to one of Outlander Travel’s amazingly talented and knowledgeable agents. A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Anna and today, we are excited to welcome another one of our newest Disney-focused agents, Kristen! Hi, Kristen!
Kristen’s love to plan travel began at a young age. In middle school her Dad gave her the job of planning a cruise for her family of 6. That is when her passion began. It has always been her dream to plan other families’ vacations.   Her specialty is in planning trips to Walt Disney World ® Resort. She started going to Walt Disney World ® as a small child and has been going back as often as possible. As a mom now, she understands how taking trips is a great way of making memories that will last a life time. She has traveled and planned vacations throughout the USA.   Kristen has a large extended family and enjoys planning the trips they take together.

Episode 164: Travel Resolutions for 2018!

Another year has flown by with surprising speed, and as we look back on all of the great experiences we had in 2017, we also wanted to look ahead to the coming year and talk about what’s on the horizon. One great resolution is to try to visit somewhere new every year. So where are you going? Well, this week we’re going to give you our resolutions and hopefully spark some ideas. Do you go somewhere new every year? What about new experiences at favorite places?

Episode 163: Introducing Anna!

Every now and again, we like to introduce you to one of Outlander Travel’s amazingly talented and knowledgeable agents. We have seen quite a bit of growth this year, so over the next few weeks, you will hear from some of our newer agents and learn what brought them to the industry and what sorts of vacations they can help you plan. Today, we are excited to welcome one of our newest Disney-focused agents, Anna! Hi, Anna!
Anna has always enjoyed traveling. Since she can remember, annual family vacations were always very important. These trips consisted mostly of visits to the North and South Carolina Coasts but have included some trips to New York, California, Disneyland ®  and numerous trips to Walt Disney World ®.  Since having children of her own she has developed a passion for not only visiting Walt Disney World ®  but for planning trips there as well. After planning multiple trips of her own and assisting friends and family with their trips, she has decided to make a career of travel planning. Anna loves traveling with her husband and three children, values the importance of family vacations and the lasting memories they create.

Episode 162: Princess Cruise Line

Princess Cruise Lines is known for its refined ships, excellent cuisine, and Broadway style shows. Donna and Sandy were recently aboard the Regal Princess for a short 2 night cruise. Originally the cruise was meant to showcase the new Ocean Medallion technology. Unfortunately it was not quite ready yet, and Princess wants to make sure they get it right before it’s rolled out, so they didn’t get to try that. There were, however, several other things unique to Princess that they experienced, so let’s hear all about it, including Chocolate Journeys, Born to Dance, and…the Love Boat!

Episode 161: Iceland

Between the popularity of Game of Thrones and the rise of affordable international airfare we talked about in Episode 159, Iceland has become a “hot” travel destination. By now, most have seen at least one incredible picture of the country of Fire and Ice. Does it live up to the pictures? Has its popularity diminished its charm too much already? Is it difficult to get to this seemingly remote destination and then around it to see the country’s varied sights and landscapes? In June, our special podcast guest Mike spent a week on an Iceland Ring Road Trip and has some considerations to share with those evaluating their own travel options.

Episode 160: Oman

Oman is a sultanate located on the Southeastern coast of the Arabian Penninsula.  Mostly a gravel desert plain, there are 2 mountain ranges: Al Hajar Mountains in the north and the Qara or Dhofar Mountains along the southeast coast.  Oman was once covered by oceans, so there are fossilized plant life in the interior.  Besides oil and gas reserves, tourism is one of the main industries.  It is a land of rich history dating back over 5000 years.  It is still steeped in ancient traditions and heritage and it is a destination that is definitely much overlooked by the traditional traveler. Our special guest Linda just returned from a 10-day vacation to this interesting country and we are so excited to have her here with us tonight to talk about her experience!

Episode 159: Discount European Air

There can be no doubt that Air Travel today is far more affordable and accessible than it has ever been. There are so many airlines and price options available now for almost every budget.  We all love to save money, especially when it comes to travel. As travel professionals we do have a tendency to look at Domestic discount air travel through a very healthy sense of skepticism. Leary of hidden fees, restrictions, costs or catches buried in the fine print.  But what about the latest trend of Discount European air? I’m sure by now you have seen the adds all over your Facebook feed- can you really fly from Boston to Iceland fro $199? With no regrets? Recently Lindsay decided to take one for the team and test out some of the rock bottom pricing offered by WOW & Norwegian Airlines

Episode 158: St. Lucia

If you are looking for a beach vacation with the perfect mix of relaxation and activities, with friendly locals and romantic resorts, look no further than St. Lucia. Known for it’s lush landscapes and the Piton mountains, this Eastern Caribbean island has something to offer everyone. Sandy recently returned from visiting the 3 Sandals resorts on St. Lucia and she has a lot to tell us!

Episode 157: Italy and The Cinque Terre

The Italian Riviera is not short of rugged coastline or romantic towns and villages, but the five fishing communities of the Cinque Terre are its most iconic highlight. The villages are no longer the isolated hamlets they once were, but there’s still a feeling of remote authenticity, with few roads, perfectly preserved architecture and a network of stunning coastal and mountain trails.
Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands in Italian, comprise the five small, coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.  These are the types of villages to take in slowly, whether by trail, boat, or train, and all the villages are known for their beauty you’d probably recognize in travel photos and ads.  Learn all about these very popular villages. Have you been to the Cinque Terre?