Diary from Machu Picchu

Guest post by Katie Tappa, Travel Consultant – Green Bay

It’s 3:15 a.m. and my cell phone alarm clock goes off.

At first, I think it must be a mistake, this is ridiculous. Then I remember, today is the day—I am visiting Machu Picchu.

I hurriedly brush my teeth and start putting on the layers of clothing I laid out the night before. It’s fall in Peru in an El Niño year, and, if all my travel experience has taught me anything, it’s anything can and will happen when it comes to the weather. The morning will likely be bone-chillingly cold and the afternoon could be hot, humid and sunny. So far, my time in Peru has been dreary and wet, so I don’t get my hopes up, but  I am prepared for anything.

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A look into Three Cellars

Guest Post by Jim Nelson, Three Cellars Owner

I started Three Cellars in October 2006 with my son-in-law, Shawn, to provide customers with excellent customer service and knowledge when purchasing fine wines and craft beers.  We have grown over the years to offer wine schools and off-site tastings.

My background is in wine. I enjoy helping customers pick the perfect wine to pair with a meal or teaching customers how to cook with wine. My wife, Norma, and I taste all the wines we bring into the store so we can provide first-hand knowledge, including growing area information. I also personally train the staff on the wines we sell. Continue reading

Explore royal castles of the U.K.

This weekend Prince Harry and Megan Markle will marry at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Royal Weddings have always been a favorite for the public, who enjoy watching in the tradition and glamour of it all.  Castles bring out the whimsy and imagination in all of us, whether it be because of their history or the glitz and glamour.  Unfortunately, not all of us can be royalty, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore castles and treat ourselves to a little adventure every once and a while.  Here are some of our favorite historical castles if you happen to find yourself in, or are looking for a reason to visit the United Kingdom. Continue reading

Capture the romance on the world’s greatest rail journeys

Train travel is underrated. There is a charm and romance to be found traveling the rails. For many, boarding a train is almost like being transported back to a time when life was easier and more relaxed—everything a vacation should be. On a train, you can sit down, stretch out your legs and experience the world from a completely different perspective. Discover hidden destinations, scenic cityscapes, jutting mountains or rambling rivers all from the comfort of your seat.

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Explore the Lei of the Land

With its sheer natural beauty, warm hospitality, seemingly endless activities and attractions, it’s no wonder almost nine million travelers visit Hawaii each year. Capture the pure spirit and soul of Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Only Norwegian visits four islands in seven days with overnight stays in Maui and Kaua’i, so you’re on an island each day. Norwegian Cruise Line offers a no-hassle, stress-free experience in Hawaii with a multi-award-winning itinerary incorporating four beautiful Hawaiian Islands—Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai—onboard Pride of America. Here are five reasons we think you should experience Hawaii by cruise. Continue reading

Discover Australia

Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island and also its smallest continent. It is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, includes over 8,000 islands and has over 7,000 beaches.

The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.  Australia is divided into six states and two territories.  Check out what makes each one unique: Continue reading

Celebrity’s Galapagos Islands – Wildlife Calendar

Celebrity Cruises recently announced the newest addition to the  Celebrity Galapagos Fleet, Celebrity Flora.  In addition to their new Celebrity Flora, they have the award-winning 100-passenger luxury mega-yacht Celebrity Xpedition, their mid-sized, 48-passenger Celebrity Xperience and their 16-passenger Celebrity Xploration.  They offer six unique cruise itineraries, 15 islands, more than 30 ports of call, and multiple packages from which to choose. Continue reading