Fox Follow-up: Treasures of Italy with Dave Spano of Annex Wealth Management

Guest post by Fox Tour Manager, Elizabeth Cramer

The Treasures of Italy trip gave a truly fantastic overview of this bucket-list country.  From the iconic food to the nature of different regions, we were never short of things to explore.

Destinations like the Villa Machiavelli offered us a private pasta-making demonstration along with delicious food and live music.  We were able to explore architectural sights with local guides in places like Rome and Pompeii, learning history and culture first-hand from residents of the region.

My favorite part of the trip was sailing the city of Venice with all of our lovely guests.  Seeing the magnificent buildings reflect off of the water via boat by night and gondola by day was truly magical.

Of course, touring does require a lot of movement, but between our luxurious motorcoach and a 2-day stay on the Isle of Capri, we always found time to relax and re-energize.

If you want to learn more about our upcoming trips to Italy, be sure to head over to our Fox Group Vacations page. If beautiful Tuscany is more your style, check out last weeks review of our Best of Italy tour from Fox Tour Manager, Denise Pedersen.

Meet Your Tour Manager: Elizabeth Cramer


From adventures below sea level in Death Valley to summiting the rooftop of Africa on Kilimanjaro, Elizabeth has spent the majority of her life documenting world travel through television, writing and photography.

Humble beginnings on a Midwestern farm cultivated a deep love for nature, animals and the arts.  Raised in a hard-working family, Elizabeth started teaching herself how to play the piano at a young age, eventually winning national competitions and using her talents to perform and teach.  Her career in music helped support a love for travel and her creativity was exactly what helped her to break into the media industry.

She received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2004 and a Masters of Psychology in 2008.

Elizabeth works as a tour director for Fox World Travel and is honored to host groups of guests around the world.  In her own words, “The only thing better than seeing the world yourself, is watching someone else see it for the very first time.”

Though she loves to showcase international travel, Elizabeth is just as passionate about her own backyard in the United States.  She can regularly be seen hosting on the Milwaukee PBS show “Outdoor Wisconsin” and is proud to call the Midwest home.

In addition, her travel writing can be found in various publications throughout Wisconsin.

When she’s not traveling or filming, Elizabeth can be found on her farm with her husband, five goats, two ponies, two dogs and seven cats.

If you would like to travel with a Fox Tour Manager like Elizabeth, take a look at our upcoming Fox Group Vacations.

Fox Follow-up: Best of Italy

Guest post by Fox Tour Manager Denise Pedersen

Whether this is your first trip to Italy or your fifth, the Best of Italy Fox Group Vacation is a great value for all of the amazing things you’ll see and do. Starting off in Rome, you’ll tour and learn about the fascinating history of the Colosseum.  Other gems that I love and that you’re sure to enjoy include:

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Meet Your Tour Manager: Rachel Couillard


Who we are is an ever-changing entity that is fueled by our life experiences and the connections we make with the people that come into our lives.

Rachel tackles every day with this attitude accompanied by a goal to experience something new, be it food, friends, culture or language. “I strive to live a big life filled with adventure, constantly pushing to learn something new about the world and about myself every day,” said Couillard.  Working as a Tour Manager for Fox World Travel, Rachel gets to live her dream by sharing incredible experiences with clients.

Rachel has eight years of experience in many facets of the hospitality and fine dining industries including operations, sales, marketing and event planning that she brings to every trip. She has a Bachelors of Science in English Literature with a Minor in Business in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Outside of her current role in Group Travel Operations, she is also currently pursuing a Technical Degree in Web Design and Development with a Certificate in Creating Content for the Web and training to become certified to Teach English as a Second Language.  “I recently put my new tech skills to work to develop a travel blog for myself to fuel my passion for photography and travel writing,” said Couillard.

Rachel has a great interest in fun & sun destinations in part to her scuba experiences growing up.  She also grew up on a horse farm in Northeast Wisconsin which fostered a life-long passion for all types of outdoor adventures. “I am looking forward to expanding my travel experience this year by taking my first trip to Europe for a land tour through Germany followed by skiing in the Austrian Alps in Tyrol,” said Couillard.

If you would like to travel with a Fox Tour Manager like Rachel, take a look at our upcoming Fox Group Vacations.

Fox Follow-up: Great Capitals, the Adriatic and Croatia

Guest post by Fox Tour Managers, Deb King and Kate Robinson

This Europe tour was filled with unforgettable sites, exquisite cuisine and rich history from multiple regions of Europe.

From the Strauss & Mozart landmarks in Vienna to the many cathedrals, cafes, sculptures and unique parks in Maribor, Ljubljana and Zagreb — this tour was truly the experience of a lifetime. We had the opportunity to experience a farm to table dinner that was delicious to say the least. We also indulged in an authentic Croatian cuisine at a konoba (a home-like restaurant where they serve traditional dishes).

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First-Time Cruise? Read This Guide from Norwegian Cruises

As published in Travel Magazine January/February Edition

It’s always smooth sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line®, from your first cruise to your next grand adventure.

There’s nothing quite like the anticipation before a cruise vacation: new discoveries that await in port, beautifully prepared meals every night and the lifelong friendships that you’ll form. Whether you’re gearing up for your first-ever voyage or inviting your loved ones to earn their own sea legs with you, Norwegian Cruise Line® brings all the elements together for a perfectly planned vacation.

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American Wonders Online Travel Show Recording

Fox World Travel is pleased to partner with Premier World Discovery to bring you three outstanding adventures for travel in 2019.  Although they all include states west of the Mississippi, each one is unique and offers a very different itinerary with some special features. Rose Gray  teamed up with Kelsey Van Ordstand from Premier World Discovery to present an online travel show highlighting these trips and we’ve posted it below.  We hope you’ll take thirty minutes to learn more about these three fantastic adventures. Enjoy!

Learn more about our highlighted trips below:

Great Trains and Grand Canyons
April 7 – 12, 2019
Featuring five nights in Arizona with scenic rail journeys and more
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California Coast and Yosemite National Park
May 2 – 11, 2019
Featuring travel to all the “must see” attractions from San Diego to San Francisco and an overnight in Yosemite National Park
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Colorado Rockies and Rails
September 8 – 16, 2019
Featuring three rail experiences and five spectacular National Park visits
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How a Government Shutdown Affects Travel

Whether it’s the current or a future government shutdown, travel is often heavily impacted with so many employees on a government payroll. With airports lacking the personnel they usually carry, time spent in line may increase. Find out what Rose Gray had to say about avoiding frustrations as she chatted with WTMJ’s Gene Mueller.



A Taste of Taiwan: A Guide on Taiwanese Cuisine

A beautiful country to begin with, Taiwan also boasts one of the most diverse
and delicious culinary selections in Asia. Whether you’re planning a trip
or just curious, keep reading for a guide on Taiwanese cuisine.

Fu Hang Dou Jiang soy milk

Taiwanese Cuisine

You’ll feel like one of the locals from your very first meal of the day. Simply pick up a hot fried cruller (tiao), dip it in a cup of steaming soy milk (dou jiang) and enjoy. A great place for a traditional Taiwanese breakfast is Fu Hang Dou Jiang in the Zhongzheng district of Taipei — just get there early to beat the queues. While the soy milk is typically served sweetened with sugar, there is a savory version topped with ingredients such as pickled vegetables and dried shrimp that’s also a local favorite.

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