Welcome, globetrotters, to an unparalleled expedition through the rich cultural tapestry of Southeast Asia and the awe-inspiring wonders of Japan!
Hello everyone! I’m Rose Gray and this blog serves as a guide for travelers seeking an unforgettable adventure through the enchanting lands of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Japan. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and the futuristic metropolis of Tokyo, this journey will leave you mesmerized, with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Vietnam – Where Timeless Beauty Meets Vibrant Culture
Our voyage commences in Vietnam, a land of striking contrasts that captivates with its natural beauty and warm hospitality. Picture yourself strolling along the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An’s ancient town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where history and culture harmoniously intertwine. Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets of Ho Chi Minh City, where street food tempts your taste buds with tantalizing flavors and aromas.
No visit to Vietnam would be complete without exploring the mesmerizing Halong Bay. Embark on a cruise through the emerald waters, surrounded by limestone karsts that rise majestically from the sea. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a true testament to Mother Nature’s artistic prowess.
Cambodia – Unraveling the Mysteries of the Khmer Empire
Next on our adventure is Cambodia, a land adorned with ancient wonders and spiritual intrigue. Be prepared to be awestruck as you witness the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex, an architectural masterpiece and the largest religious monument in the world. The intricate carvings, soaring towers, and reflection pools evoke an ethereal atmosphere, transporting you back in time.
Beyond Angkor Wat, Cambodia has much more to offer. Experience the serenity of Ta Prohm, where ancient trees enshroud ancient ruins, creating an ethereal and photogenic setting. Discover the vibrant culture and warm hospitality of the locals as you explore the lively markets and floating villages along the Tonle Sap Lake.
Travel to Cambodia & Vietnam with myself and Fox Group Vacations this upcoming February on our Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong group trip for the experience of a lifetime! Have more questions about this trip? Watch my virtual presentation about this extraordinary journey to get a breakdown of all the trip details!
Japan – A Harmonious Fusion of Tradition and Innovation
Our journey concludes in Japan, a land of serene temples, bustling cities, and technological marvels. Tokyo, the modern metropolis, is a sensory delight where tradition coexists seamlessly with innovation. Explore the ancient temples and shrines of Asakusa, then indulge in the neon-lit streets of Shibuya, where fashion and trends converge.
Embrace the tranquility of Kyoto, the epitome of traditional Japan. Wander through the iconic bamboo groves of Arashiyama, visit the majestic Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and experience the meditative art of a traditional tea ceremony.
For nature lovers, the ethereal beauty of Mount Fuji awaits, offering breathtaking hiking opportunities and mesmerizing views. Don’t forget to savor Japan’s diverse culinary scene, from sushi and sashimi to ramen and tempura.
Practical Tips for Your Journey:
1. Weather: Be mindful of the climate in each destination and pack accordingly. Vietnam and Cambodia have tropical weather, while Japan experiences distinct seasons.
2. Cultural Respect: Embrace the local customs and traditions. In Cambodia, dress modestly when visiting temples, and in Japan, practice courteous behavior and remove shoes when entering certain places.
3. Language: Learn a few basic phrases in the local languages. Though English is widely spoken in tourist areas, the effort to communicate in the native tongue is always appreciated.
4. Cuisine: Embrace the culinary delights of each country, but also be mindful of any dietary restrictions.
5. Stay Curious: Southeast Asia and Japan are treasure troves of culture, history, and nature. Engage with the locals, try new experiences, and capture the essence of each destination through your eyes and heart.
Embark on this incredible journey to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Japan, where ancient traditions coexist with modern wonders, and natural beauty meets vibrant culture. Traverse the timeless landscapes of Southeast Asia, be mesmerized by the ancient wonders of Cambodia, and immerse yourself in the harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation in Japan. Each step will unfold unforgettable memories, and your heart will forever yearn to return to these captivating lands. Bon voyage!
Hello travelers! I’m Leah Heier, one of Fox’s virtual travel advisors. With 30 years of experience, I know that planning a trip can be exciting, but it can also be so overwhelming. In today’s digital age, many people turn to the internet for travel planning, relying on online booking sites and review platforms. However, a valuable resource often goes unnoticed: travel advisors.
We are knowledgeable professionals who bring a wealth of expertise and personalized service to the table, making your travel planning experience seamless and enjoyable. Read along as I talk about the top five perks of using a travel advisor to assist you in planning your trips!
#1: Expert Guidance and Destination Knowledge
One of the most significant advantages of working with a travel advisor is their expert guidance and extensive destination knowledge. They possess firsthand experience and up-to-date information on various destinations, including the best times to visit, must-see attractions, local customs, and hidden gems. Whether you’re dreaming of a beach getaway, a cultural expedition, or an adventurous trip, a travel advisor can offer valuable insights and tailor your itinerary to match your preferences, ensuring an unforgettable travel experience.
#2: Time and Stress Savings
Planning a trip can be time-consuming and overwhelming, especially if you have a busy schedule. A travel advisor can save you valuable time by taking care of all the research, bookings, and logistics. They have access to an extensive network of suppliers, including airlines, hotels, tour operators, and transportation services, allowing them to secure the best deals and handle all the intricate details of your trip. By entrusting your travel plans to a professional, you can relax and focus on anticipating your journey rather than stressing over the logistics.
#3: Customized Itineraries and Personalized Service
Travel advisors excel at creating customized itineraries that cater to your specific interests, preferences, and budget. They take the time to understand your travel goals, whether it’s a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a solo adventure. Based on your preferences, they can suggest unique experiences, recommend off-the-beaten-path attractions, and arrange special touches such as surprise celebrations or exclusive tours. With their personalized service, a travel advisor ensures that your trip reflects your individuality and exceeds your expectations.
#4: Access to Exclusive Benefits and Upgrades
Travel advisors often have access to exclusive benefits and perks that are not available to the general public. They have established relationships with hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators, which can translate into complimentary upgrades, welcome amenities, spa credits, or even VIP treatment during your travels. By booking through a travel advisor, you can enjoy added value and unique experiences that enhance your trip, making it even more memorable.
#5: Peace of Mind and Support
Perhaps one of the most significant advantages of using a travel advisor is the peace of mind and support they provide throughout your journey. In case of unexpected changes or disruptions, such as flight cancellations, natural disasters, or medical emergencies, your travel advisor acts as your advocate, assisting with rebooking, rearranging itineraries, and providing guidance. They are there to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your travel experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Working with a travel advisor offers numerous benefits that can enhance your travel planning and overall vacation experience. From their destination expertise and time-saving assistance to personalized service and access to exclusive perks, a travel advisor brings value and peace of mind to your journey. So, the next time you embark on a trip, consider enlisting the help of a travel advisor and unlock a world of possibilities for an unforgettable travel experience.
Hello! I’m Diane, the Branch Manager of our Brookfield office! With over 40 years in the travel industry and having traveled with my own family, I’ve nailed down some of the best family-friendly destinations out there! Traveling with your family is a wonderful way to create memories that will last a lifetime. While there are many beautiful destinations within the United States, sometimes it’s nice to venture out and experience a new culture. Here are five family-friendly destinations outside of the US that you might want to consider for your next family vacation.
Barcelona is a vibrant city that is perfect for families looking for a mix of culture, history, and beach fun. Children will love the city’s aquarium, zoo, and amusement park, while adults can take in the city’s famous architecture, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. The city is also home to some of Europe’s best beaches, making it a great destination for those who want to soak up the sun.
Iceland is a great destination for adventurous families who love the outdoors. The country’s landscape is filled with waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and geysers. Families can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, whale watching, and even ice climbing. The country is also known for its Northern Lights, which can be seen from September to April, if mother nature cooperates!
Costa Rica is a beautiful country that offers a lot of activities for families. The country is known for its wildlife, beaches, and rainforests. Families can enjoy zip-lining, hiking, surfing, and even volcano tours. The country is also known for its eco-tourism, so there are plenty of opportunities to learn about sustainable living and conservation efforts.
Australia is a popular destination for families because of its beautiful beaches, wildlife, and outdoor activities. Families can visit the Great Barrier Reef, go surfing, explore the Outback, and even visit a wildlife sanctuary. The country is also known for its friendly people, great food, and laid-back lifestyle.
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is a great destination for families looking for a tropical getaway. The island boasts beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and plenty of water activities like snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Families can also explore the island’s history and culture by visiting the National Art Gallery, the Straw Market, or the Fort Charlotte. For a fun family experience, visit the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort that offers a water park, marine habitat, and even a casino.
Hello! I’m Tina Brockway, one of the Vacation Advisors here at Fox World Travel. Having been an advisor with Fox since 2017, I have seen many different travel trends over the years. Towards the end of 2022, we saw the world open back up to travelers after almost 3 years of travel restrictions.
Combining this new travel freedom with the pent up desire to get out & see the world has lead to new travel trends for this year. Read along as I talk about the most popular travel trends of 2023!
1) Exotic Destinations
After the past few years of limited travel, a desire to explore unique and exotic destinations has grown amongst travelers. Jetting off to destinations many people only dream of visiting is becoming reality for many! Whether you want to spend the day with Giant Tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, ride camels around the pyramids in Egypt, admire the cherry blossoms in Japan, or watch lion cubs play on an African safari, the exotic destinations of the world are out there waiting for you!
2) The Rise of different European Destinations
Everyone loves the European classics, Italy, Spain, Germany, and so on. But recently, there has been a shift in travel across the pond. More and more travelers are wanting to discover the underrated hidden gems of Europe and we’re here for it! Some of these gems include Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, Malta, & lesser known Greek Islands such as Paros or Ios.
3) Branching out from the typical Mexico Destinations
Love vacationing in Mexico but wanting to try something new? There is so much more to Mexico than just Cancun/Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta! On the Pacific side, Ixtapa & Huatulco are two cities that offer a more authentic, less touristy Mexico experience. If you’re wanting to stay on the Gulf side but still want something different from Cancun, check out Isla Holbox! Just north of Cancun, Isla Holbox is a car free island that offers a laid-back vibe and a chance to see whale sharks!
4) Australia & New Zealand
Australia & New Zealand were both locked down for so long during the pandemic that travel there was impossible. Now that their borders are open, travelers are itching to visit these bucket list destinations! Whether you’re wanting to explore these picturesque countries on your own or with a guided group, our advisor can help get you there.
Hello! I’m Rose Gray, Fox’s Business Relationship Director, and the voice of The Fox World Travel Show! During my 35 years in the travel industry, I have traveled all around the world, leaving few destinations I have yet to explore. In January, I was able to travel to one of my undiscovered destinations: Antarctica. You may be wondering “How do you travel to Antarctica?”; well, you’re in luck! Below I take you through what it’s really like to venture down to Antarctica and hopefully by the end I will have convinced you to add “The Land of Ice” to your bucket list!
“Where’s your next trip?”
This is a common question I get from guests when I travel with Fox Group Vacations. When I replied, “Antarctica” to those traveling with me on the Battlefields trip in September 2022, the shocked look on many of their faces said it all. “Why would anyone go to Antarctica?” The reaction came as a bit of a surprise to me. Why WOULDN’T you go on an Antarctica expedition?
I have never considered myself a “pin in my map” kind of traveler, but stepping foot on Antarctica would give me bragging rights as it was the only continent I had yet to visit. After two years of postponements thanks to the pandemic, I finally got to check the seventh continent off my list in January of this year. Traveling with me on this Fox Group Vacation were twelve kindred spirits who wanted to experience “The White Continent” and were as excited as I was about this adventure.
The Start of Our Expedition
The journey began with a flight to and an overnight stay in Buenos Aires. This was my first time in this vibrant city and after a three-hour city tour, I looked forward to our return stay so I could experience more of the “Paris of South America.”
The next morning, we flew to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world where we would spend a night and board our expedition ship. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego and is a true haven in Patagonia for free spirits. I absolutely loved the vibe in this city and hope to return one day.
The Great Drake Shake
If you have ever read about or considered traveling to Antarctica, you undoubtedly know about the Drake Passage. This treacherous body of water can be a challenge for those who are prone to seasickness and is sometimes the reason those who are considering an Antarctica adventure opt out. The crossing takes two days and if you are lucky enough to have calm waters known as “Drake Lake” it can be nothing more than soft swells. Our southern sailing was just that. We were not so lucky on the return. The swells on that crossing were over eight meters (more than twenty-six feet) and over half of the 168 passengers were confined to their cabins with intense motion/seasickness. Dining, showering, and moving about the ship was almost impossible but I was one of the fortunate passengers who had no physical discomfort from the “Drake Shake,” the name given to a rough crossing.
Our expedition ship was Albatros (Danish spelling has only one “s”) Expeditions’ Ocean Victory. The ship was modern, and comfortable, the food was quite good, and the zodiacs and excursion equipment, top notch, but what made this voyage so special was the crew.
These special people who hailed from all over the world including France, Tasmania, Denmark, Greenland, Yukon Territory, Norway, United Kingdom, and others were consummate professionals. They were kind, caring and fierce when it came to protecting the fragile ecosystem of their beloved Antarctica. They were all multi-talented, quick to assist or answer questions and not afraid to scold those who forgot to disinfect their boots before disembarking or embarking after a zodiac landing or cruise.
Each passenger was issued a parka which was theirs to keep. In addition, we were fitted with Muck boots and life jackets which we kept in the “mud room.” Every day we had two excursions, zodiac landings and/or zodiac cruises. When our groups were called, we would don our waterproof pants and thermal tops and make our way to the mud room to finish gearing up. Before disembarking and upon return, guests had to step into a Vikron S basin, a virucide and disinfect which prevents the spread of Avian Influenza (bird flu). Expedition companies operating in Antarctica are held to incredibly high standards, established by the Antarctica Conservation Act. The entire crew takes this very seriously and there is no tolerance for passengers who disregard the rules.
Zodiacs are the ideal vessels to cruise the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. They allow passengers to get up close to spectacular, blue icebergs, wildlife including seals and penguins and make shore landings. There were ten passengers in each zodiac plus a skilled driver who stood at the back of the boat, using the tiller on the large outboard motor to navigate the icy waters. Crew members stood by, ready with a steady seaman’s grip to assist guests boarding and disembarking the zodiacs.
The itinerary and ports we visited were determined by weather. Wind can change quickly so sometimes a planned landing site was not possible and an alternative was offered. The temperatures were quite mild; about 32 degrees Fahrenheit most days. January is summer in Antarctica, the perfect time to travel there. Some days we had warmer temperatures in Antarctica than Wisconsin residents were experiencing.
What an epic adventure it was! I have thousands of photos, dozens of stories, so many special memories and one FULL heart!
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will respond!
Our team of advisors have been busy with vacation travel requests…and there’s no sign of slowing down. What are people asking about more in 2023 than ever before? Exotic travel destinations and expedition adventures!
Let us introduce you to Uniworld Boutique River Cruising. While people often hear of European river cruising, there are global destinations to explore beyond Europe! There are SO MANY cruising options that will allow you to places that once seemed out of reach. And, of course, you are cruising in all-inclusive luxury the entire trip!
FOLLOW THE PATH OF PHARAOHS.
In a land of temples and tombs, cruise along the Nile as great figures of history once did. Special moments aboard S.S. Sphinx are just as rewarding as your journey on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat.
SAIL THE SACRED GANGES.
Spend days exploring India’s glorious Golden Triangle before stepping onto Ganges Voyager II. From Kolkata, local villages line the river’s edge, and each day leads you to bustling markets, monuments and temples.
EXPLORE THE INCA EMPIRE.
Aria Amazon is your guide through the Peruvian Amazon, connecting you to excursions to wild jungles and glimmering lakes. The culmination of your voyage is the magical Sacred Valley and the sprawling ruins of Machu Picchu.
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.
From modern-edged metropolises like Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh to the communities that lie in between, a voyage through Southeast Asia is one of dramatic contrasts. Sail the all-suite Mekong Jewel to enjoy cultural enrichment and regionally inspired cuisine along the way.
TRAVEL FARTHER THAN EVER BEFORE.
Forty-six incredible nights, nine countries, five sleek Super Ships. Cross the globe with Uniworld’s inaugural Rivers of the World cruise and navigate great rivers in style — from the mythical Nile to the glorious Douro River Valley.
If exploring the world in all-inclusive luxury sound like the perfect vacation option for your next adventure, reach out to one of our expert advisors today! You can also take some time to research Uniworld itineraries online.
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Are you looking to maximize your travel adventures with immersive experiences?
There are endless destinations waiting to be explored. Let us be honest – not all tour groups and guided travel experiences are created equal.
That is where our Fox Group Vacations experts come in! Our team works with platinum partners and preferred vendors to create exclusive and immersive traveler experiences. Leave the negotiating and planning to us!
Often times, we send our very own Fox Tour Manager because it provides our travelers a great sense of reassurance and security throughout the travel experience. While your tour manager is busy confirming transportation, meals, attractions – you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery!
Let’s meet our Fox Group Tour Managers joining you on some amazing journeys this year.
Charity joined the Fox Group Vacations team in 2021. Her career has been filled with unique opportunities in the business world. However, Charity found herself wanting more excitement and enjoyment in her career.
The love of the story is what drew Charity to a career in travel. Whether traveling on a cross country road trip or exploring cities and villages around the world, Charity’s passion for travel is evoking the stories of adventures and new experiences.
There are few things more rewarding than being a part of life-changing travel experiences and bringing those opportunities to our group travel friends. Whether those stores are about exploring Grand Hawaii, climbing to the top of the Sydney Bridge in Australia, sailing along the Phuket coastline, exploring the storybook beauty of stunning Scandinavia, listening to the beautiful Fado music in Portugal or exploring the French Riviera, Charity is excited to make memories with you!
Her desire to explore the world is steadfast and she is excited to share immersive cultural experiences with others. Charity is very passionate about curating unique opportunities for travelers to explore the world. This passion has brought Charity to join our team at Fox World Travel.
When Charity is not traveling or planning travel, she loves spending her time with her children, grandchildren, and friends.
Colleen began her career with Fox World Travel in 1995. After escorting her first tour, she fell in love with this career. Colleen has been all over the world in the last 25 years – meeting wonderful people and sharing unique experiences throughout Europe, the British Isles, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Egypt, Israel, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawai’i, and so many more! She’s ventured to Alaska and the Yukon over 30 times. Alaska holds a very special place in her heart.
Her personal travels include Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Cuba, Russia and the Baltics, South America, the South Pacific, India, Egypt, Israel, and the Middle East. She feels truly blessed with each experience and has a deep passion to continue exploring new destinations for many years to come!
Colleen enjoys inspiring and educating travel enthusiasts by guest hosting on the WTMJ Fox World Travel Show as well as attending industry and ‘Fox hosted’ travel events. Whether she’s guiding travelers through an exotic South African safari, navigating through the Icelandic Fjords, relaxing on one of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands or on the road throughout Alaska and the Yukon, she enjoys creating memories with travelers around the world.
I’m extremely passionate about traveling to places I’ve never been to before, encouraging others to join me, making it fun and comfortable for them.
When Colleen is not traveling, she spends time making memories with her family and friends. She is also a regular volunteer at EAA’s Air Venture in Oshkosh as well as other local events. Undoubtedly, she’s never too far from an airplane!
Deb was born and raised in England and has always had a passion for exploration. Growing up in England allowed her to spend summers venturing to the ‘sea side’ along with the Isle of Wight and France.
After graduating, she set off for Australia for a backpacking adventure! While exploring the outback, her family relocated to Minnesota. (No they were not trying to ditch her.)
She joined her family in the U.S. and started her higher education studies in Media and Music Production where she met her travelling soulmate and husband. Together they explored Tasmania, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico and Western Europe.
Deb’s travel career began as a Premium Services Agent with United Airlines which enabled her to explore the world with her growing family! Her airline experience allowed her family the opportunity to explore many places.
Deb joined Fox World Travel in the Group Vacations department in 2022 – a place she now calls ‘home’ – and is so excited to share her passion for global exploration with other travelers. Whether she’s climbing the Giant’s Causeway steps in Northern Ireland, exploring Alaska and Denali with Rose or tasting an authentic Nasi lemak dish in Eastern Asia, Deb relishes in the chance to show other people some of the many amazing wonders of travel – experiencing the places, culture, sights, tastes and sounds you can only find if you open a map!
When Deb is not traveling, you can find her spending time with her husband and 3 amazing children. Deb is a professional skydiver (though these days she prefers to land in the plane), a certified scuba diver and an equestrian eventer. While she hasn’t competed in a couple years, she still takes every opportunity to join her friends in any activity where she can ride!
Travel has been Debbie’s passion since college when she ventured to Spain for the first time. It was life changing! Her travel profession has taken many roads, from a vacation travel advisor, a pivot to corporate travel managing meetings and incentive programs, and now her current passion as a group travel tour manager.
Debbie’s passion is interacting with the Fox tour guests. Nothing is more rewarding than introducing her groups to a new, life-changing travel experience. “Travel opens the mind and enriches my spirit.” She believes the immersive experience is just as important as the destination.
Debbie’s most recent group travel experience includes exploring the beauty of Switzerland as well as the best of the Hawaiian Islands – the ultimate tropical vacation. She has a number of amazing adventures coming up including the legendary Danube River cruise with Prague.
Some of her most cherished experiences include tasting shrimp bisque at a Princess Hotel in Bermuda, taking a train through the Swiss Alps in winter to Gstaad, seeing the Eiffel Tower glittering at night for the first time, walking through the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and having the privilege of dining in a home in Sarajevo and listening to the stories of a family who lived there through four years of the Bosnian war.
Erin’s passion for travel started in her teens while taking yearly cruises with her family. She realized her love for all of it, from planning and packing to the hustle – bustle of the airports and exploring new destinations and cultures.
She became a Flight Attendant for Milwaukee’s home-based airline, Midwest Express, shortly after graduating high school. After 13 years of flying, during which she relocated to live and commute from the sunny beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, she stayed and began working in the resorts. She held positions as Concierge, Spa Representative, and Tour & Transportation Sales Manager.
Building a partnership in her own destination wedding planning business in Mexico led to more expertise, and a continuing passion for budgeting, creating, organizing, executing events, and most importantly, building relationships with her clients and their wedding guests to help make dreams became reality!
Erin returned to the USA, joined the Fox World Travel Family in September 2022, and is looking forward to exploring unfamiliar places, getting to know new faces, and continuing to be a part of making amazing travel memories.
Kate was born and raised in Oshkosh and moved to Boston in early adulthood where she began her travel career for a tour company. She had the opportunity to test a new safari trip in Kenya. This experience ignited her passion for travelling!
Kate returned to Oshkosh to work for Fox World Travel in 1987. She began tour managing our fun & sun groups and Alaskan trips. Her favorite trip was the Great Capitals of the Adriatic & Croatia which she describes as an experience of a lifetime!
Her travel knowledge stems from visiting over 17 states in the U.S. in addition to Mexico, Jamaica, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica multiple times. Her European and exotic adventures include traveling to England, Germany, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Africa.
Recently, she managed our Fox Group, Spectacular Greece & the Islands which she describes as an experience of a lifetime, right next to the Great Capitals of the Adriatic & Croatia. Kate has some incredible experiences planned for travelers in 2023 including a soul-stirring journey of Europe’s imperial cities, an impressive Elegance of Italy trip and an Ireland Adventure!
When she is not traveling, she enjoys making memories and sharing travel experiences with her two children, Robert and Caitlyn.
Rose Gray is the Business Relationship Director for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. Many of you may also recognize her as the expert travel voice as the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings discussing the latest in global travel news and discussing the best-in-travel topics.
Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the CTC program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants.
During her 35 years in the travel industry, Rose has consulted and educated thousands of people on the wonders and enrichment travel offers. Her adventures have taken her as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
Rose’s epic exploration on the Voyage to Antarctica in 2023 will complete her life goal of exploring all seven continents in the world. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training. Rose is also hosting not one, but two fall tours in Italy’s Tuscany region! After the first sold out, we quickly added another!
How many hours does it take to put together an amazing vacation?
✔️ Making reservations (Then making changes!)
The vacation planning process is daunting! Often times, people end up not taking (a much needed and well-deserved) vacation because they simply do not have the extra time to plan one. Especially in this post-pandemic world, planning a trip can be confusing, time-consuming, and quite a hassle.
That is where our travel advisors come in! Our teams arrange transportation, provide early booking discounts, special fares, hotel deals. Plus, they guide you through the complexities of travel advisories.
Let our advisors ease any uncertainty you may have with up-to-the-minute information and expert advice. It is all in a day’s work in the exciting world of travel planning and building relationships!
Here are the top reasons you should plan your next vacation with a travel advisor!
Shopping the best deals, researching resorts, adjusting flights, checking protocols – it takes a lot of time and energy. Make the call so we can take on the confusion and stress of planning. The last thing you want to think about is whether you have a transfer included or arranged or if your lost luggage is covered. You can sit back and enjoy a memorable experience. Let us sweat the details while you do nothing but relax!
When most people think of using a travel advisor, their first thought may not be of saving money, but this is often the case. Our vacation professionals have cultivated strong relationships and premium partnerships with countless travel suppliers giving them access to a network of lower pricing and exclusive travel packages. With the latest in computer reservations technology, our travel advisors have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips to get you the best value possible.
Fox recognizes no two travelers are alike. We personalize your vacation by taking the time to understand your unique travel needs, interests and concerns and plan to address all of them. Ensuring you take meaningful vacations that inspire lifelong memories is our top priority. Fox has a long-standing record—more than 60 years—helping customers create that ultimate experience while being by their side before, during and after a vacation in case of the unexpected. Whether that’s a delayed flight, natural disaster, or pandemic, we go the extra mile to make sure your trip isn’t disrupted!
One stop shop!
Fox is proud to offer a one-stop shopping experience for all your travel arrangements. Vacations can take on many different forms, and we can help with the details of booking that cruise, train ride, flight, or car. We take the time to learn what is important to you and create customized itineraries that can bring your bucket-list items to life.
Our travel advisors are knowledgeable and active in the industry. We specialize in Hawaii, group travel, all-inclusive vacations and destination weddings —just to name a few. Our advisors are certified experts to destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, and Europe. Want to take a romantic trip through Italy? We have advisors who can key you into the perfect spot to see a Tuscan sunset. Want to plan a memorable family vacation to Disney? We have Disney certified advisors Dream Team who can make your dreams come true. Looking to explore a new destination? Join one of our hand selected Fox Group Tours.
Many of our travel advisors have developed long-standing friendships with clients who now trust them to make recommendations without even having to ask! Those relationships have been critical in helping our customers navigate unprecedented travel restrictions due to the pandemic. It is all in a day’s work in the exciting world of travel planning and building relationships! What are you waiting for? Contact one of our advisors today!
Hi Fox Friends. My name is Chelsea Sarauer, Vacation Travel Advisor out of the Oshkosh office.
My passion for travel has taken me all over the world, and I feel so lucky to be able to share my travel passion and experiences with you.
I recently returned from beautiful Bora Bora, where I conquered one of my deepest fears of the ocean to snorkel and swim with sharks in open water. The most impactful part of my experience was learning about the history of the Polynesian culture. While the service was exemplary, it was also awesome to witness the effort put forth to preserving the marvelous island ecosystem through sustainable practices. Bora Bora was truly a trip of a lifetime!
When your bucket list trip calls you to the elusive tropical paradise of Bora Bora, allow my travels and review aid you in selecting the perfect resort for your trip of a lifetime.
First, a short geography lesson! Feel free to skip if you’ve passed this course!
Tahiti and Bora Bora are not same; while near one another, they are very unique islands. Both are a part of the Society Islands of the French Polynesia in the south Pacific Ocean.
Flying into Tahiti (PPT) is the single most common means to Bora Bora, the much smaller and more private of the two. While Tahiti offers a wide variety of shopping, restaurants and bars, Bora Bora tends to feel quieter and more secluded. For more on the differences of the two famous island dream destinations, give me a call! I’d love to chat and find the BEST experience for your unique style.
Ok, now on to the resorts!
This resort is the only resort in Tahiti that has overwater bungalows. The average stay at this hotel for most guests is one to two days.
Tahiti is a harbor city with cascades (waterfalls) all over the island and plenty to explore. Guests are recommended to rent a car or a scooter to explore the island. Hint! The hotel concierge can aid in this booking.
- Concierge – 2 Les Clefs d’Or – is one of the highest rankings – a key designation in quality
- Zero entry swim up bar with a sand bottom
- Onsite luxury spa
- Adventure activities including onsite snorkeling, jet skis, and paddle-boarding
- Panoramic view suites
- Eight beehives on-site that produce 100% of the honey for the hotel
Intercontinental La Moanna
The personal-touch hospitality here is phenomenal. After being personally greeted by the manager, you’ll be escorted to front reception for check-in with welcome drink and cooling towel. While the resort itself is a little older, they prioritize annual updates and maintenance on each of their 60 bungalows, which includes 12 beachfront bungalows! Each bungalow is the same, so your only difficult selection is your view!
- Al fresco dining available for breakfast and dinner
- Complementary non-motorized watersports equipment
- Onsite snorkeling featuring their exclusive coral garden and coral nursey
- Coral under each bungalow so guests can see the fish from their glass table
- Access to Thalasso Spa for a $35 day pass
Thalasso Resort and Spa
As you arrive at the Thalasso, you are greeted by the sound of the conch shell being blown, calling your senses to the luxury and appeal of this amazing five-star property.
The hotel boasts three on-site restaurants where you can customize meal plans with the hotel that is universal for both Thalasso and La Moanna.
With more than 80 spectacular overwater bungalows, ten recently had renovations to extend and add onto the bungalow a private deck swimming pool. If you are looking for even more room, the resort also offers four Teramoana Suites which consist of two bedrooms accommodations.
- High-end handcrafts and boutique shopping including traditional Tahitian black pearls
- Fine French dining, hosting the largest wine selection in the French Polynesia, including onsite sommelier and three, five or seven course meal offerings
- Wedding chapel and destination wedding services
- Onsite snorkeling tours with Lagoon Services
Ray was the best! I am not comfortable in large bodies of water, and Ray never left my side. I am so grateful to him and the amazing experience. A memory I will cherish forever!
A ‘not-to-miss’ experience
The 43,000 square foot spa offers an impressive 14 treatment rooms utilizing both organic and holistic products and practices, including a swimming spa where you can swim against the current; 107 jets of hydro bath massage; and a relaxation room adjacent the ocean, with tranquilizing sounds of the pacific waves crashing down as you meditate both pre and post-service.
Looking for a unique service? Try the Algospa water treatment therapy, which includes a seaweed wrap, color therapy and sea water massage by water pulled from 3000 feet deep!
Prepare to be whisked away by your small, private airplane, seating only yourself and up to 13 others as your short 15-minute flight delivers you to The Brando, your private island paradise.
I recommend sitting at the front of the plane for amazing views. The pilot saw me taking a picture and offered to take my phone to get a picture from his point of view along with a video.
You’ll be greeted by cultural music and festive dancing with reception by the management team. The island and resort are small and ecologically intentional. Each guest receives their own refillable water bottle, sandals, and beach bag to take with them as a gift. With a minimalist culture and sustainability at the core, each villa has their own bikes to use throughout the island.
You’ll enjoy a great variety of dining onsite including fine French cuisine, Bob’s beach bar, snacks and drinks from the infinity pool, or private dining at your own personal gazebo.
The Beachbody House provides boat tours, snorkeling and paddle boarding.
Immerse yourself in the tours and cultural heritage of the Polynesian people and learn how they respect and work with nature in leading ecological ways.
And the spa is included. Leading with a holistic mindset, the spa offers a steam bath, waterfall, cold plunge, yoga, and many other offerings. The most popular treatment is called the Fare Manu, which is a three-hour treatment including massage and flower bath just to start.
- This resort top-of-the-line. The ultimate in authentically luxury retreat
- Intimate with only 35 villas on the private island
- Babysitting services are available for families of all ages
- The island includes a Pickleball court and fitness center
- Privacy is paramount as guests sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure respect for privacy.
Wherever you stay: Don’t miss the Polynesian Dinner Shows
Seeing this traditional, cultural Polynesian display of artistic art expression should be at the top of your bucket list, wherever you stay. Dinner shows at most properties are once or twice a week and may include buffet style and authentic cuisine.
I hope this overview was helpful and if you have over-the-water-bungalows and aqua-blue paradise at the top of your bucket list, please reach out to myself or any one of our experienced travel advisors for assistance. A trip to these famous south pacific islands is truly a dream come true! We look forward to assisting you!
Ia Ora na!