Top 5 Reasons to Use a Travel Advisor

Why use a travel advisor?

Yes, we’ve heard it all and we know it is possible to book your own travel. Consider this – how much time and effort does it take to put together an amazing vacation?!

Many 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 five reasons you should plan your next vacation with a travel advisor!

Save time!

Sure – of course you can book your own travel. Just like you can go to the store to shop. In all honestly – it’s incredibly time consuming. Shopping the best deals, researching resorts, adjusting flights, checking COVID 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!

Save money!

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.

Travel Advocate!

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.

Expertise!

Our travel advisors are knowledgeable and active in the industry. We specialize in all-inclusive vacations, destination weddings and cruises—just to name a few. Many of 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. Or do you want to sit back and relax as you cruise crystal blue waters? We have a team of cruise specialists who will find the best unique itinerary that caters to everything you dream about.

 

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! Contact one of our advisors today!

Celebrating National Beer Day with the Best European Beer Cities

National Beer Day is April 7th in the United States. It is time to raise a glass and toast to the oldest and most revered of all beverages. People have been making beer around the world for over 5,000 years. According to BBC, the oldest recipe ever recorded that we know of is for beer!

As we round out featuring European experiences and traveling On Holiday, we just had to share some of the Best Beer Cities in Europe. What’s our criteria for being named the best beer city Europe? Well, it isn’t exactly scientific. We are looking for beer quality, cool history, and just an overall enjoyable beer-drinking vibe.

Here’s our top 5 best beer cities in Europe.

 

Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany. Waiter with traditional costume holding beers, crowded tent interior background

With a long history of brewing beer and hosting the world’s largest infamous beer festival, Oktoberfest, it is not surprising Munich is a top beer-lover destination.  In Germany, beer is not only a national delicacy, but it’s a huge part of Germany’s culture and traditions. Munich is home to six major breweries – Pauaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten-Franzikaner, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu and Augustiner.  Plus, there are over 200 beer gardens around Munich – a tradition dating back over 200 years. Próst!

 

Dublin, Ireland

Not surprising at all, Dublin tops our list. Irish pubs are known globally for their great character and drinking beer is simply a way of life. The Irish pubs – warm culture, humble atmosphere, traditional music – it’s so much more than Guinness – it’s the “craic.” The basic translation is simply fun, but the true Irish meaning embraces everything amazing, warm, and enjoyable about a good Irish pub. Famously quoted Irish poet William Butler Yeats perfectly explains, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.” Without a doubt, visiting Ireland is an amazing adventure for beer-lovers.

 

Brussels, Belgium

Beer bar pub tap in Brussel Belgium.

There are many specialties that lure people to Belgium, and their quality beer crafts are certainly one. With an estimated 400 varieties of beer, there is an immense sense of pride in the history and quality of Belgium beer. When it comes to the craftsmanship to develop a quality brew, you would be hard pressed to find a culture that rivals Belgium anywhere in the world.

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

girls drinking cold light beer in a street cafe in Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam is known for the relaxing, laid-back atmosphere. While neighbor Belgium boasts quality beer brands, Amsterdam equally shares its own distinguished beer. Amstel or Heineken anyone? In fact, the most popular alcoholic drink in the Netherlands is beer. Amsterdam is home to some amazing tours, breweries, and history. Sit back, soak in the vibe and enjoy a few pale lagers along the way.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

A woman and her friends try freshly brewed authentic Czech beer in a tavern in Prague

Prague has arguably the best beer culture in the world. Why? According to USA Today, Czechs consume more beer per capita than any other country in the world. Equally, Prague is considered the hub of the beer revolution. Even better? Beer in Prague is literally cheaper than bottled water. The lager (pilsner-style light lager) is considered better than just about any other place on Earth. Yes, that’s a hefty statement. Well pilsner was born in the Czech Republic and their brewing can be traced back to the 6th century! Plus, Czechs still practice the tedious brewing process of ‘decoction mashing’ resulting in a richer flavor and creamier foam. It is safe to say – Prague is an impressive beer city.

 

BONUS! Reykjavik, Iceland

bar in Iceland Reykavik with different kind of viking beer

You may be asking yourself, why is Reykjavik on this list? Well, for more than half of the 20th century, beer was illegal in Iceland. It was finally legalized in 1989, and Icelanders have been celebrating ever since! Of course, being of Viking descent, this should not come as a huge surprise. Icelandic brewers take inspiration from their natural surroundings and use a lot of herbs found in the mountains and even blueberries to give their beers that fresh Icelandic taste.

If these cities have you craving an authentic European brew, we are right there with you! Reach out to one of our expert travel advisors today and start planning you On Holiday vacation. Cheers and happy exploring!

Top TEN cities to visit in Europe

If a European vacation is part of your upcoming travel plans, you are not alone. It’s a popular time to explore On Holiday trip ideas to historic and exciting Europe destinations. With 44 countries and hundreds of cities to discover, it’s difficult to even know where to begin.

Here’s our top 10 cities to visit in Europe.

1. Paris, France

Quite simply, Paris is anything but simple. Paris has it all and is an absolute ‘must-see’ in Europe. For travelers with a love of history, art, culture, beauty, and cuisine, you are sure to find something to fall in love with while visiting the Ville des Lumières (city of lights), as you walk through each arrondissement.

 

2. Florence, Italy
florence italy skyline

Calling all foodies! While art and history are obvious characteristics for Italy, there’s something special about tasting the decadent cuisine of Italy in Florence. Take cooking classes and tour the countryside with your tastebuds. Don’t forget to take time to explore the treasures of Tuscany too. If you are looking to explore the Best of Italy, join us to experience a touch of ‘la dolce vita’ for the perfect Italian tour.

 

3. Santorini, Greece

There are picturesque views and then there is Santorini! Visit Oia Castle and experience the most iconic views of its whitewashed architecture against the sapphire waters. The steep cliffs along the Aegean Sea provide the most colorful sunsets in the world. While you are there, walk the black volcanic beaches and stay in some of the most luxurious hotels along the Mediterranean.

 

4. London, England

Shopping until you drop is never a problem in London because it is packed with amazing local markets, shops, neighborhoods, and cafes. While everyone knows this city is filled with world-class sights and historical landmarks, it’s a great idea to seek out the less-touristy areas of greater London for a truly authentic UK experience.

 

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you are seeking a pedestrian-friendly city loaded with fun cafes, historical museums, and lush parks, there is no better destination for you than Amsterdam. Tour the canals in a boat, stroll through Vondelpark, or take a bike ride to experience the pleasant ambiance of this unique and vibrant city. Equally, you can experience the wonder of Amsterdam and the Romantic Rhine on our upcoming European River Cruise.

 

6. Barcelona, Spain

The architecture of Antoni Gaudi! The mouth-watering tapas! The Mediterranean atmosphere! Barcelona is packed with a lively night life, art, and jaw-dropping sightseeing. And it’s a quick jaunt to the beach. Barcelona, Spain is sure to captivate your heart!

 

7. Rome, Italy

It is well known that Rome is filled with some of Europe’s most iconic attractions. From the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican – it has so much history and beauty to admire. Add the food, cafes and shops – and it’s a vacation destination of a lifetime. Keep in mind, there is so much to see that anything less than 5 days in Rome will leave you feeling rushed. Take your time to explore Rome in all its glory.

 

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is increasingly ranked as one of the world’s best cities for travelers and is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Experience all the adventures of Iceland along with the open-hearted and kind Icelandic culture — consistently ranked as the happiest people in the world. Go whale watching, witness the mesmerizing northern lights, visit art galleries and museums – all with the impressive glaciers and beautiful fjords as your scenic landscape!

 

9. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city as close to idyllic Europe as you could possibly experience. Plus, it is relatively inexpensive to explore this gothic-centric architectural wonder. The astronomical clock (installed in 1410) is the oldest clock on the planet and serves as an icon for the history reserved only for Prague visitors. Did you know you can experience the Legendary Danube River Cruise with your own personal Fox guide this fall? Oh, and did I mention, its beer drinking capital of the world. Cheers!

 

10. Edinburgh, Scotland and BONUS Galway, Ireland

Scotland is a spectacular mix of lush landscape, castles, and history. Today, Edinburgh is full of modern Scottish life; however, the history of the land is one of legends and heroes. You’ll likely travel to Edinburgh by means of Dublin which has become a thriving international city. If you are seeking the authenticity of Ireland, check out the city of Galway! The town has a beautiful, Irish vibe. Tour the wild Connemara region – a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills with us on our coming Scotland and Ireland trip!

 

If these cities have your heart racing for European exploration, we are ready to help you begin planning your trip! Reach out to one of our experienced travel advisors today. We are here to help and happy planning!

Benefits of a group tour & meet our tour team

Are you excited to live out your wanderlust dreams and get back to traveling?! With endless global destinations to explore, you may be considering a group tour vacation. If you are on the fence whether travelling with a group and tour manager is a good fit for you, here’s the scoop on how our Fox group tour managers enhance your travel experiences! And guess what? They are booking tons of exciting global excursions for this year and 2023!

WHY CHOOSE A FOX GROUP TOUR?

Turn-Key Planning

Tour managers make the plans for you! Each group tour manager works closely with our Fox preferred vendors to ensure planning is very turnkey so all you need to do is show up! Plus, while your tour manager is busy filling out paperwork, confirming transportation, meals, and attractions for the following day, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine.

Immersive Cultural Experience

Feel free to immerse yourself in the culture of each destination while tour managers handle the travel logistics.

Solo Travelers Welcome

You can travel solo without being alone. Group travel allows you to explore beyond your comfort zone so you can travel solo, but have company around you.

Make New Connections

Travelling with a tour group does not mean you need to become best friends with everyone; however, it is a great way to meet people. In some cases, you build connections with people that continue after the trip. Fox World Travel has Vacation Alumni groups, and it is a great way to make friends.

The Expertise

A tour manager chooses an itinerary created through research and experience to show you the best areas – as well as hidden gems. Our tour managers are expertly trained in these destinations – providing entertaining and informative commentary on the trip.  They’re able to answer your questions, share stories and be informed about all the places you’re travelling. You can learn a lot from your guide. Equally, they can offer their personal advice and guidance prior and during your trip.

MEET OUR TOUR MANAGERS

Clarissa Demmon

With a Bachelor of Arts in global human geography and a minor in history, Clarissa has always had a passion for travel and learning about different cultures. She has been at Fox World Travel in the Group Vacations department since 2014 and enjoys her career immensely. Her hobbies of photography and cooking carry into snapping shots of the scenery, people and trying local dishes during her travels.

As Clarissa has traveled extensively throughout the United States with her favorite destinations including Alaska – The Great Land, California, Florida, and Nevada. She’s also traveled to Cancun and Riviera Maya multiple times – quickly becoming her favorite go-to destination for a quick escape! She’s also visited Jamaica and St. Lucia where nothing is better than the crystal-clear waters, beauty, and warmth of the Caribbean culture.

Clarissa is a Wisconsin native and takes every opportunity to spend quality time with her husband, friends, family, and dog, as well as spending time outdoors. As an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan, she takes every opportunity to get to both home and away games and enjoys going to concerts whenever possible.

She loves to be part of the guest experiences and excitement! Vacations are about having an amazing experience and seeking a new adventure!

Colleen Alsberg

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 explored Alaska over 30 times – exploring Denali, the Yukon and so much more! 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!

Colleen also enjoys being “on the road” presenting destination travel shows, educating our clients. She’s also an occasional guest host on the WTMJ Fox World Travel Show and many virtual travel shows.

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!

Debbie King

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 has taken her on a Grand Hawai’I tour – an ultimate tropical vacation.

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.

 

Kate Robinson

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. Recently, she managed our Fox Group, 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 just returned from the Best of the Hawaiian Islandsher first time to Hawai’i and an amazing experience!

When she is not traveling, she enjoys making memories and sharing travel experiences with her two children, Robert and Caitlyn.

Rose Gray

Rose Gray

Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development 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, she has traveled 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 even has an upcoming trip, a Voyage to Antarctica, in 2023. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training.

Tricia Newlands

Tricia is presently the Director of Fox Group Vacations at Fox World Travel which evolved from the culmination of a lifetime of extensive travel experiences. The seed for Tricia’s inspiration to travel was planted as a child when her family hosted many foreign exchange students and teachers, offering her worldwide connections. She, too, was able to visit some of them and later became an exchange student in Mexico. Her passion for studying and experiencing cultures led her to a career and investment in travel.

Tricia graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management and a minor in Tourism and Spanish. Tricia has worked in the travel industry since college, starting as an Assistant Purser on a cruise line where she traversed much of the world; shore excursion sales; travel advisor, and manager of travel advisors. Tricia is an Elite Cruise Counselor which was earned based on a required number of sailings on cruises and volume of cruise sales within a three-year timeframe. As a tour manager, she previously led groups in Alaska, Caribbean, China, and Italy.

Tricia’s life revolves around traveling and she instills this love and opportunity to her children when time permits. Her favorite destinations are Italy and Mexico. Top on her bucket list are the Maldives, Fiji, Peru, and Argentina. Tricia thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for travel with passengers by immersing into local cultures, enhancing experiences, and opening windows and doors to the world!

Are you ready to take the next step to plan a Fox Group Tour Vacation? We are now booking 2022 and 2023 excursions. Connect with one of our travel advisors today, and we will guide you through the process. Happy traveling!

Luxury Travel: The British Royale

Experience elegance and royalty with Insight Vacations on a Luxury Gold Special Event: The British Royale. This-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows travelers to experience all the sophistication of the British Royal Family, all while touring England and Scotland. This 11-day escape into high society treats travelers as if they too were aristocrats.

Special highlights include:Map of tour route

  • A private viewing of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
  • Exploring the stately home where Downton Abbey is filmed
  • Personal meeting with the Duchess of Northumberland for an exclusive tour of her Alnwick Castle Gardens
  • Touring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Reserved seats at the world renowned 67th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, followed by a fireworks display

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