Game of Thrones Filming Locations Worth Visiting

You’ve waited for it and now it’s nearly here. But, what are you going to do after Game of Thrones ends? Fox World Travel suggests you create your own tour of Westeros and Essos. Walk north of the Wall where Jon Snow once walked, stroll the streets of royalty in Croatia and trek the long staircase to the home of the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea and, well, you know the rest. Find out where your favorite Game of Thrones scenes were filmed in our guide below.

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Meet Your Tour Manager: Clarissa Demmon

With a Bachelor of Arts in global human geography and a minor in history, Clarissa Demmon has a passion for travel and different cultures no matter where she finds herself. Her hobbies of photography and cooking also feed into her love of travel, so on trips, she likes to take a lot of pictures in addition to trying new dishes native to her destination.

Clarissa has traveled all throughout the U.S. with some of her favorite states being Alaska, California and Nevada. She has also visited Mexico multiple times in addition to the islands of the Caribbean including Jamaica and St. Lucia. Demmon said, “Nothing is better than the crystal-clear waters, beauty and warmth of the Caribbean and its people.” When she isn’t exploring new locations, she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and dog, as well as going to Milwaukee Brewers games and concerts as much as possible.

She finds herself fortunate to be a Tour Manager and escort Fox World Travel groups, including Alaska Fox Group Vacations in the summer and radio station groups in the winter. Demmon said, “It’s wonderful being a part of the client’s experience and excitement all while getting to know them. Vacations are about having the best time you can have and wanting to go back to for another adventure!”

If you’re interested in an Alaskan adventure, take a look at our upcoming Fox Group Vacations.

A Guide to the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is a state unlike any other in the U.S. With six visitable islands, there is so much to see and experience with each island offering a completely unique experience. Unless your stay is a long one, we suggest sticking to the main four islands for your visit. These four will offer an endless amount of sights, foods and experiences for your stay, no matter how long it is.

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What is Blockchain and How Does it Impact the Travel Industry?

Guest post by Fox Chief Information Officer Sam Hilgendorf 

While attending SAP Concur Fusion 2019, a session that stood out to me was around Blockchain and its potential impact to the travel ecosystem. Too often, Blockchain is solely tied to cryptocurrencies. But Blockchain is not Bitcoin. Blockchain is the distributed public ledger technology that powers and secures Bitcoin transactions between participating parties.

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Meet Your Tour Manager: Mary Muehlius

With travels to almost 40 countries, exploring has always been an important part of Mary Muehlius’ life. In addition to travel, Mary is an active volunteer for multiple programs including local theatres as well as AFS, a study abroad program that works with host families to provide a successful cultural experience.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education as well as a Master’s in educational guidance counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. As a teacher for over four decades, Mary is excited to take her experience leading to the field of travel where she will lead upcoming Fox Group Vacations around the world.

Besides traveling, you’ll often find Mary enjoying one of her many hobbies including swimming, running, bicycling, theatre, playing clarinet and violin, studying language and attending local cultural events.

Although Mary has traveled in just about every form you can imagine, she is an avid cruiser. Some of her extensive river and ocean sailings include adventures to Hawaii, Greece, Egypt, France, Portugal, the Caribbean, Alaska and many more.

If you’re interested in exploring the world, take a look at our upcoming Fox Group Vacations.

Meet Your Tour Manager: Rose Gray

 

Now with over three decades in the travel industry, Rose Gray started her career off as a vacation travel consultant. From there, she experienced all walks of travel life as a business travel agent, branch manager, manager of business development as well as work with an airline. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College in addition to her Certified Travel Certification (CTC) from the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants.

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Meet Your Tour Manager: Cindy Singley

 

Cindy Singley graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  After working for the city of Opelika, Alabama for four years as a program coordinator for special events and activities, she co-founded Fellowship Travel and Tours in 1983. It was there that her passion for group travel blossomed.

In 1996, Fellowship Travel & Tours was purchased by a national agency in Birmingham, AL. Cindy joined the corporate headquarters staff as manager of the corporate travel department. After a year in this role, she was named the vice president of corporate travel, managing ten branches.

In 2002, Cindy moved back to Auburn, AL to serve her alma mater as a development officer for the Harbert College of Business until 2006, and then as director of university recruitment until 2019.

Known for her wanderlust, friends often ask where she is headed next! Cindy’s personal and professional travels have taken her to numerous global and domestic destinations. As part of Fox World Travel, Cindy is looking forward to leading clients as they check off their travel bucket lists!

As a tour manager, Cindy has traveled to places like:

  • Hawaii
  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • many more…

You can travel with Cindy on upcoming Fox Group Vacations like Alaska and the Last Frontier, Alaska & the Midnight Sun with Colleen Alsberg, Colorado Rockies Rails & Parks and Romantic Rhine River Cruise.

If you’re interested in traveling the world with the comfort and excitement of a group, take a look at our upcoming Fox Group Vacations.

A Guide to San Diego When Attending a Conference

Whether you’re in town for a big convention or conference, you’ll find your nights in San Diego may be filled with some downtime. But you don’t need to waste time wandering around or doing research places to go, only to end up with more options than you know what to do with. Our quick guide to the San Diego Convention Center has you covered.

Activities to Enjoy

 

Shopping – Gaslamp Quarter

Right across the street from the San Diego Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter is full of shops, restaurants and beautiful sights to take in.

Attraction – San Diego Zoo

San Diego is home to one of the largest and most famous zoos in the world. Just a short drive north of the convention center, the San Diego Zoo is a must visit, especially if you are taking a bleisure trip.

Golfing – Torrey Pines

Home of the 2008 U.S. Open and as well as the Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines is one of those legendary courses where golf lovers need to play at least once in their life. Reservations are often required well in advance.

Restaurants to Try

 

Tacos – Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

With San Diego right on the water, you can expect to find great seafood all over town. Fish tacos are what this city is particularly known for, and some of the best – and cheapest are found right behind beautiful Petco Park – just a short walk or ride from the convention center.

Breakfast – Cafe 222

Conventions can take a lot out of you! Make sure you start your day off right with a hearty breakfast. One of the best places in town is Cafe 222 – a local spot that has everything you could ever dream in your breakfast fantasies.

Japanese – Nobu

Eating at Nobu is equivalent to taking a trip across the pond to Japan and dining in elegance. From fresh sushi to tempura to exquisite wagyu beef from Japan, there is something new and delicious for everyone to try.

Places to Grab a Drink

 

Local Brews – Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers

Don’t miss a game or a meal at Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers. Aptly named, this establishment has a laundry list of beers as well as all the delicious burgers you could ever want.

Great Views – Fair Weather Rooftop Bar

Take in the San Diego skyline and admire Petco Park from this rooftop bar serving up delicious cocktails. A very short walk from Petco, you’ll find all the classics, as well as Fair Weather Rooftoop’s unique hand-crafted drinks.

Fun Atmosphere – Prohibition Lounge

Step back in time with this ’20s themed secret bar that has an energy worth experiencing. With a list of drinks you’ve never heard of, this is a great place to sit back and relax – but make sure you dress for the times!

 

Meet Your Tour Manager: Kate Robinson

 

Kate was born and raised in Oshkosh, eventually moving out at 19 to attend school in Boston. It was there that Kate got her start in travel by working for a tour company for five years. While there, she had the opportunity to test a new safari trip in Kenya, from then on she was hooked and has been traveling ever since.

Kate moved back to Oshkosh and began working for Fox World Travel in 1987. She began tour managing our fun & sun groups, with Alaska trips coming soon after. Recently, she tour managed our Fox Group Vacation, Great Capitals of the Adriatic & Croatia. “This trip was the experience of a lifetime,” said Robinson.

Kate is full of travel knowledge from her travels to over 17 States, Mexico, Jamaica, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico as well as England, Germany, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Africa.

In her personal life, Kate is a mother to two children, Robert and Caitlyn. “I have been truly blessed and now am able to share these experiences with my children, who I have taken on a few trips,” said Robinson, “They have now caught the travel bug and are venturing on own for their first solo journey to Thailand. I’m jealous!”

If you would like to travel with a Fox Tour Manager like Kate, take a look at our upcoming Fox Group Vacations. You can catch her in August on our upcoming trip to Italy with WAPL.