Glide Across the Globe with Crystal Cruises

Illuminating European Voyages:

From your first sip of chilled bubbly to evenings gathered around a grand piano, there’s a sense of luxury that is synonymous with the Crystal® experience. In just over two years of sailing, Crystal River Cruises has quietly emerged as a leader in the classic European river cruise experience. We’ll show you some of the finest moments you’ll enjoy when we reserve your vacation.

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Caribbean Bliss for the Holidays

Holiday Cruise Royal Caribbean

Let Royal Caribbean make your holiday season merry, bright and sunny! A holiday cruise to the islands of the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean® lets you trade winter weather for endless sunshine while being surrounded by festive holiday celebrations at sea. With so much to do on board to make your spirits bright and even more adventure awaiting you on shore, a Royal Caribbean® Christmas will make the most wonderful time of year even more special.

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Your Epic European Cruise

 

Endless Onboard Activities

Aboard Norwegian Epic®, you’re free to design your days just as you’d like, with ultimate flexibility to dine, play and lounge at your leisure. A day at sea may begin with an adrenaline rush as you plunge down a 200-foot waterslide and end in total relaxation at the spa. Select from more than 15 dining options, including Mediterranean flavors inspired by your ports of call and classic steakhouse fare; kick back poolside with a fruity cocktail or spend an evening sipping single-malt whiskey when you select from 10 unique bars and lounges.

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Travel Tips: Vacation Travel Myths vs. Truths

Travel Myths vs Facts

According to a recent survey by Allianz Travel Insurance, over half of America’s population has gone at least a year without a vacation. Here at Fox World Travel, we believe everyone deserves a vacation. There are plenty of travel myths out there, leading people to question taking that much-needed vacation. We’re here to bust those myths.

Travel Myth #1: You can’t afford it — Truth: There is a destination for every budget

With so many destinations, there is a getaway for you. With so many great cities to visit in your own state and around the country, there is always an affordable destination that aligns with your interests. There are even affordable flights to destinations in Europe, such as Iceland! One good tip is to cut back on hotels if you plan to sightsee all day. Why spend a heaping amount of cash on a fancy hotel room, when it just serves as a place to sleep at the end of the day?

Travel Myth #2: Traveling to certain places is intimidating — Truth: Research & proper tools can keep you safe 

Safety should always be a priority when traveling. Practice safety by using common sense and proper travel tools that tell you about your location. With smartphones outsmarting people, we can now receive updates on locations before we arrive. Thanks to globalization, we can also read tips from locals before we travel somewhere. A small amount of research really goes a long way in making a destination more enjoyable and safe.

Travel Myth #3: You don’t have time — Truth: Not every vacation needs to take a long time

There will always be something going on in life, but making time for yourself is vital. You deserve that trip to Italy you’ve always wanted to take. There will be no perfect time to leave for two weeks, but you will enjoy it, we promise. Vacations also don’t need to take up weeks of your time; sometimes a long weekend to a new location is enough to refresh yourself and experience a new and exciting way of life.

Travel Myth #4: You don’t have anywhere you want to go — Truth: There is a destination for everyone

You may not know it, but there is a place out there that you will love. Not every trip has to be to a big city either. Sometimes living like a local in a village or camping in the middle of nowhere can be the perfect vacation. There truly is a destination for everyone in the world.

Travel Myth #5: You can’t travel alone — Truth: Traveling alone can be extremely rewarding

Absolutely not true. There are so many different ways to travel with others that sometimes it can be really rewarding going solo on a trip. Whether it’s a cruise full of people that want to have a good time, or an escorted group trip to Ireland that is experiencing the same things you are for the first time, going by yourself can be an eye-opening and memorable decision.

There you have it. There are always reasons not to go on vacation but if you do go, you’re sure to find something you love. If you want to find that perfect vacation for your budget, schedule or travel needs, our travel consultants at Fox look forward to sitting down with you and planning out your next getaway.

Give us a call at 1-888-369-8785 or contact us online to book your next trip.

 

Seven Travel Tips for Your Next Trip to Alaska, by Colleen Alsberg

Alaska Travel Tips

If you’ve never been to Alaska, now is the time to start thinking about planning a trip to the Last Frontier. Whether you decide to visit by cruise with our very own Colleen Alsberg or Rose Gray, or visit on your own, these are tips that everyone could use. Check out our list of Alaska travel tips straight from the expert of over 20 years of Alaska experience.

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Fox World Travel Announces Partnership with Domo

To better serve business travel clients Fox World Travel has partnered with Domo to deliver a powerful solution for business intelligence.  Domo, a data visualization platform, will allow Fox to create a better experience for its clients by providing a user-friendly interface that delivers interactive data and dashboards from multiple data sources.

 

Business intelligence, reporting and analytics are some of the most important challenges facing travel managers. Domo will provide clients with high level reporting dashboards and the ability to interact with data through drill down capabilities to transaction level detail.

 

Domo’s real-time data visualization will allow for proactive decision making using data trends. “Looking at your data from the month prior is like driving through your rear-view mirror,” says Dylan Christian, Fox World Travel’s Data Analytics manager, “Our partnership with Domo will enhance our already strong suite of data based technology solutions, and further enhance our travel program consultation offering.”

 

Domo is a U.S. based computer software company specializing in business intelligence tools and data visualization across a variety of industries.  For more information, contact Fox World Travel at 888.369.8785 or visit foxworldtravel.com

Successful Women of Fox World Travel

With Monday’s panel of “Successful Women Leading in Business Travel” at this year’s GBTA, we wanted to showcase just some of the amazingly talented women that lead Fox today. All of these women are at GBTA this year, with some giving presentations on topics that have a huge impact on the travel industry.

Beth Marino, Chief Experience Officer / Interim Chief Information Officer

Marino is a highly accomplished travel industry executive with more than two decades of experience. Her strategic leadership positions in operations and technology give her the expertise to understand opportunities from all perspectives.

Marino’s positive and collaborative style has built a team of innovative thinkers at Fox who share a traveler-centric mindset. Under her leadership, Fox has successfully implemented the Business Travel Institute and award-winning Smartpoint adoption, as well as leading-edge initiatives like Fox’s 3i Proprietary Technology suite of traveler tools and data security.

JoHannah Greene, Client Solutions Manager

JoHannah began her career in the travel industry more than 20 years ago as a travel agent before spending 10 years as a corporate travel manager.

As a Client Solutions Manager, Greene has overall responsibility and accountability for the success of our clients’ partnership with Fox World Travel. She applies her previous experience in travel management, and now as an industry expert, to help build successful corporate travel programs through education, innovation and collaboration.

Emily Wright CTE, CCTE, GTP, Client Solutions Manager

Wright has been in the corporate travel industry for more than 20 years. As a Client Solutions Manager, she helps Fox corporate clients build successful corporate travel programs through education and collaboration and by utilizing the travel industry best practices.  She is the Administrator of the Fox Travel Manager Institute.

Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association – Wisconsin Chapter (GBTA-WI) as the President/Chairman.  She previously served on the board as the VP of Education and the Director for Direct Members.

Maria Koch, Vice President of Global Sales

Koch has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry and joined Fox World Travel in 2006. As the Vice President of Global Sales, Maria is responsible for the strategic expansion of the Fox customer-base, both nationally and multi-nationally. She is responsible for the recruitment and support of an experienced sales force capable of fulfilling our corporate objectives.

 

Vivian Maxwell-Smith, CCTE, Global Sales Director

Maxwell-Smith has more than 25 years of travel industry experience in the Chicagoland marketplace.  She brings a broad understanding of the travel industry and communication skills that net a business-to-business relationship built upon a solid foundation. Her role with your organization is one of strategic alignment, ensuring travel initiatives and expectations are properly understood and implemented.

She has been an active member of the Chicago Business Travel Association for more than 20 years serving as Chair of the Educational Committee, Allied Council (founded the Square Table to support Allied Education), Co-Chair Volunteer Committee for the 2006 GBTA Annual Meeting in Chicago, CBTA Volunteer Committee (co-founded).  In 2010, Vivian was selected “Member of the Year” by the Chicago Business Travel Association (CBTA). She currently serves on the CBTA Charity/Sponsorship Committee.  Vivian is also a member of WINiT (Women In Travel).

If you want to see when Fox’s presentations are at GBTA, click here. Follow Fox during GBTA on our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Why Use an Incentive Travel Company

Finding a creative, lasting way to thank employees for a job well done or get them excited to work toward a goal can be challenging, which is why many companies are turning toward incentive travel companies. By partnering with a travel management company that offers incentive travel, you can determine what type of incentive travel is right for your staff and which experiences will be rewarding while falling within your budget. Go it alone — at the very least you could be overwhelmed, and at the worst, find that you don’t have the expertise to plan the ideal incentive travel within your available resources.

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