Aloha! Meet your Hawaii Specialty Team

𝑯𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒐 𝑰𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔! We are sharing wonderful news from vacation travel. We are launching a new Hawaii specialty team. This new team features eight certified Hawaiian experts who have traveled and studied the Hawaiian Islands to offer you the best recommendations for accommodations, tours, and activities to maximize your next Hawaiian vacation.

Traveling to Hawaii takes a bit longer than other tropical islands (like the Caribbean) so what makes Hawaii one of the most popular destinations?

 

Here’s our top 5 reasons to visit Hawaii!

 

5. The Untouched beauty

Many parts of Hawaii include amazing, secluded paradise. It’s a hiker’s paradise with panoramic views of ocean and mountains. Plus, appreciate the sun rise and set over the water every day!

 

4. The Weather

Hawaii’s winter season doesn’t drop below 75°F (24°C) during the day—ever! Enjoy shorts, tanks or bathing suit as your typical attire all year long.

3. Wildlife

Hawaii is home to beautiful animals that thrive near the coastal regions, and you can catch a peek if you keep an eye out for them. From whales, dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals or mongoose – it is truly amazing to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

 

2. Thriving culture

Hawaii’s beauty truly shines through its people! Hawaii is home to a diverse melting pot of cultures – adding to Hawaii’s charm. From authentic cuisine, talented locals, Hula demonstrations at luaus and the charming Hawaiian language, the long-standing cultural traditions shine everywhere you turn.

1. Aloha spirit

You will feel the aloha spirit surround you from the moment you step on the islands. The happy dispositions and smiling faces may come from year-round summer. Regardless, you’ll find the friendliest people around.

About the Fox Hawaii Specialty Team

Experienced travel advisors well-versed in the Hawaiian Islands can elevate the travel planning process by offering peace of mind to travelers. The vacation planning process can be exciting, but also endless, overwhelming and time consuming.  Fox’s Hawaii Specialty team will deliver on your Hawaii dreams through their expertise and experience, while also collaborating with travelers to truly understand their wish list.  Ultimately, we want you to travel better and travel well, by personalizing the travel experience, protecting your investment and reducing the stress of vacation planning.  Whether it is a single island experience or one visiting multiple islands – their planning process goes beyond simply bundling air and hotel options. This expert team is passionate about the destination – offering you tailored recommendations for tours, cruises, dining experiences, shopping, and so much more.

Visit our website to learn more about our new Hawaii Specialty Team. Aloha Fox Friends!

Walt Disney World® Returning to a World of Magic✨

It’s time to celebrate!

Join Disney® for The World’s Most Magical Celebration and plan an unforgettable vacation during the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World® Resort.

 

Click on the image below for an interactive guide through what’s new and what to know before you go!

If you are interested in learning more about everything Disney has to offer, join us on November 16 at 6pm for our Virtual Travel Event, Give the Gift of Disney.

Reach out to our amazing Fox Dream Team to learn more about the many ways to vacation with Disney.

Meet Your Dream Team

GIVE THE GIFT OF A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

A Disney vacation is truly a magical experience. However, planning a Disney vacation can be quite daunting….because….well… so many details!

From the hotels, transportation options, park reservations, new apps to navigate like the Genie Service, park hoppers and more —  it has become increasingly difficult to know what to book, when to make reservations, and where you can save money!

As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Fox World Travel has an expert team of certified Disney vacation advisors ready to assist in answering your questions and helping to plan a memorable vacation with Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, Adventures by Disney® or Disney Cruise Line®.

Our specialized knowledge and secret insider information allows us to custom tailor your Disney vacation just for you! Let us introduce you to your amazing Dream Team!

 

Andrea Lewis

Hi Disney Friends! I am one of the biggest Disney fans on our team, as I’ve been to Disney World at least 100 times and twice to Disneyland Paris. I’ve  also sailed with The Disney Cruise Line. Having personally stayed at all the Disney hotels in Walt Disney World, I am happy to recommend the best fit for you. Disney is a special experience for everyone, no matter how old, young, big, small, able-bodied or disabled. Contact me to find out more about how you can make this a dream come true.

Chelsea Sarauer

Hi, I’m Chelsea – a lover of all things Disney! I worked for Walt Disney World during the opening of the World of Pandora as a participant of the Disney College Program back in 2017. I continue to visit Disney multiple times a year, with my favorite times to visit being fall and Christmastime. My travel goal is to visit all the Disney Parks around the world. I am also very familiar with Universal Orlando and the state of Florida as I travel there frequently. I can’t wait to help you book the most magical trip!

 

Gail Peters

Hi I’m Gail! One of my favorite things about Disney is how it has something for everyone. It makes for a great experience for a multi-generational adventure. Grandparents, parents, teens and children can all go together and make unforgettable family memories. I find joy in planning these special custom experiences and adding all those “magical” extras, like dining with your child’s favorite character or VIP limo service to your resort. When it comes to Disney, it’s the personal touches that make the memories. You’ve got a friend in me, and I’ll be sure to make your dreams come true!

Katie Hock

Heigh-Ho everyone, I am Katie! There is something about Disney that allows everyone to feel like a kid again! Disney is magic for EVERYONE, which is why it will always be the most magical place on Earth. One of the great things about Disney is their ability to keep the magic and wonder special no matter how many times you visit. New experiences, new characters, magical extras, and all those secret hidden Mickeys – I love all these extras to keep bringing the magic to you, time and time again. At Disney, there is always something new to explore just around the riverbend!

 

Kendra Harris

Hi! I’m Kendra and I am a true Disney enthusiast! I have been to Disney World countless times and created some of the most magical memories at the happiest place on earth. I truly believe I can make any wish your heart makes come true for you and your family. My favorite thing about Disney is that there is no dream that is too little or too big. You can really bring your imagination to life. Magic feels real when you are alongside Mickey and friends! I’m just a small-town girl living in a Disney World. Let’s plan your next greatest adventure. We’re never too old for fairytales.

 

Marisa Pifher

My name is Marisa, but those that know me, like to call me “Tinkerbell” because I love to sprinkle pixie dust on every one of my client’s trips to make them fly. Disney World is almost like my second home, because I have been there more than 20 times! Looking for a Disney Cruise or trip to Disneyland, don’t worry I have sailed the seas and walked the board walk time and time again. One of my other passions it to make sure that ANYONE can experience Disney. Stroller, wheelchair, or mobility scooter rentals are no problem and I am also certified in ‘Autism Travel,’ to assist families with any special needs. Everyone needs a little bit of Disney magic; all it takes it faith and trust – and a little bit of my pixie dust.

 

Morgan Zwick

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan and I truly love all things Disney. I’ve been to Disney World many many times. My favorite part about my job is helping clients plan a magical trip that they are dreaming of. My favorite part of Disney is exploring all the new and different adventures every time I visit. I’ve played volleyball for 3 years at the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex so I am very knowledgeable with the different Disney experiences. I have a true passion in working with clients to book a magical vacation for all.

 

Tammy Uecker

Hello Disney Dreamers! My name is Tammy and if you are looking for help planning your next Disney vacation, “You’ve got a friend in me!” I’ve visited Disney many times, and truly enjoy helping our Fox friends plan that special and magical trip. My favorite part of the Disney experience is being able to explore the endless unique adventures because Disney always has something new and exciting! Equally, I am very familiar with Universal Orlando and the general FL area because I resided in Florida while attending college. Animal Kingdom is my absolute favorite – especially the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. Whatever is on your wish list, let me help you book a magical vacation because when it comes to Disney – laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and the memories are forever. Hakuna Matata Friends!

 

If you are looking to give the Gift of Disney this holiday season, watch our Give the Gift of Disney virtual travel show, now available on demand, to learn more about the tips, tricks and trends happening around the Disney parks! Listen in as our expert Dream Team guides you through the planning process and get started on planning your next vacation.

If you are ready to book your next vacation today, reach out to one of our Fox vacation travel advisors.

 

 

Mexico sun & fun destinations for your next winter escape

Looking to plan your next vacation to Mexico to escape the cold next winter? Unsure where to go with so many beautiful beach options? Here’s a breakdown of our Fox top 3 Mexico Sun & Fun destination gateways and their nearby hot spots. Check them out!

LOS CABOS

 

Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos offers the best in world class golf, whale sightings, and beautiful golden beaches. The blue waters, rugged cliffs, desert vistas, and mountains of Cabo wash together in vibrant color. And don’t forget the sportfishing excursions in the “Marlin Capital of the World.” For nature lovers, the gray whales’ annual autumn migration to Cabo from Alaska shouldn’t be missed. From December through March, booking a tour can get you up close and personal with these gentle giants.

San Jose del Cabo

Considered the artsy, relaxed town reminiscent of an older time. Jose del Cabo is the laid-back town of San Jose del Cabo and home to several championship golf courses, quaint shops, boutiques, and fine restaurants. History buffs will enjoy cultural landmarks found throughout the city dating back to the 1730s!

Cabo San Lucas

Hot sunny days and low humidity make the lively town of Cabo San Lucas a favorite beach vacation destination. Few places can compete with the nightlife – complete with dozens of restaurants, discos, clubs, and bars. El Arco, the infamous arched-shaped rock formation, frames the golden beaches.

The Corridor

Between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is The Corridor. The 20-mile stretch is defined by the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez that connect to the desert vistas. Deep-sea fishing in The Corridor is among the best in the world! Equally, the Corridor is home to many luxury hotels and resorts with an abundance of activities.

 

CANCUN & RIVIERA MAYA

Surrounded on three sides by lagoon, bay, and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Cancun boasts 14 miles of pristine white-sand beaches. Cancun’s wide selection of hotels, all-inclusive resorts, golf courses, and spas are truly world-class.

Downtown Cancun is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from lively street markets to the world’s most exclusive boutiques within walking distance of most resorts. Cancun’s array of dining choices will entice every palate, ranging from local specialties to five-star restaurants. The nightlife still reigns downtown, with all-night discos, live music, piano bars, and jazz clubs. Enjoy water sports and amazing underwater life with the Great Mayan Reef just offshore. This high-energy hot spot is the gateway to the ancient Mayan world.

Costa/Isla/Playa Mujeres

Located north of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is only five miles long with a charming small downtown area. Discover the magic of this old fishing village couples with the relaxing atmosphere of a spectacular beach destination.

Riviera Maya

For a truly luxurious all-inclusive vacation, visit Riviera Maya at the south end of Cancun which is home of endless white-sand beaches, world-class resorts, spas, golf, and ancient Mayan ruins. Enjoy trendy shopping, wining, and dining on Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, and amazing water sports in the quaint towns of Puerto Aventuras and Akumal.

Cozumel

Just twelve miles off the Yucatan coast, Cozumel draws divers and snorkelers from around the globe. On the eastern side, white beaches are left as they were when Mayans inhabited the island. Take a jeep tour, explore ruins in the jungles, or snorkel in the Chankanaab Lagoon, which features the only inland coral reef formation in the world.

 

PUERTO VALLARTA

Puerto Vallarta offers beautiful golden sand beaches, championship golf and a vibrant seafront with cobblestone streets and an abundance of markets, cafes, boutiques, art galleries, shops, and nightlife. An exotic blend of old-world colonial charm and modern sophistication, Puerto Vallarta is sheltered by the jungled landscapes of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and incredible views of the Pacific to the west. It’s an authentic Mexican destination along with nature at its best!

Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit stretches along nearly two hundred miles of Pacific Coastline and is a mere 10 minutes from the airport. Riviera Nayarit offers top-notch hotels, world-class golf, white and golden sand beaches, and eco-tourism adventures. Get a taste of old-world Mexico in the town of Bucerias or take in the lush natural surroundings and luxury hotels in the new town of Nuevo Vallarta.

Punta Mita

Few places in the world do world-class service and aesthetic bliss as Punta Mita. Nestled within a 1,500-acre private peninsula situated in the Riviera Nayarit area north of Puerto Vallarta, Punta Mita is the type of place where heavenly dreams of idyllic tropical getaways turn to reality. The gated, ultra-luxurious locale is only about 25 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport with a reasonable 45-minute drive through long picturesque stretches to reach the resort town’s main entrance complete with Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, a tennis center, and luxury hotel brands.

 

 

While these are our top Mexico trends, there are so many destinations to visit in Mexico. If you are interested in booking a vacation, reach out to our sun & fun expert advising team. Remember, our exclusive early booking sale with Apple Vacations is open though July 29! Book your winter break vacation today!

Source: Destination descriptions provided by ALG

Meet our tour managers! Is a Group Tour right for you?

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 2023!

MEET OUR TOUR MANAGERS

Charity Brown

Charity is the newest member of our Fox Tour Manager team. 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. Nothing is 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 climbing to the top of the Sydney Bridge in Australia, sailing along the Phuket coastline, swimming with stingrays in Tahiti, or listening to the beautiful Fado music in Portugal.

Her desire to explore the world is steadfast and 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 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 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!

 

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.

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

Traveling solo with your kids: A single parent’s outlook

Anxiety? Check. Weeks of prep? Check. Numerous conversations with my children about behavior, expectations, manners and please listen the first time? Check, check, CHECK.

Traveling with kids is a challenge (wincing, please don’t pull on the airplane seat of the gentleman in front of you.) However, even through the budgeting, planning and preparing — it is SO worth it.

I get it! I am a single mom with two under the age of 12 so travel is an investment of time, money and sanity. BUT. When you see their faces light up, making memories they will never forget, it’s hard to imagine a better gift. (What did you buy for Christmas that would leave as much of a lasting mark?) If you need some inspiration to get your kids’ passports stamped, check out my top ten favorite experiences, during our 2022 spring break cruise!

10. They Learned Travel Etiquette.

Yes maybe a little anticlimactic, but it’s important. We want to raise considerate, smart humans who can learn to navigate the world. Teach them to read their airline ticket, let them lead you to the gate, teach them how to tip. The world is their oyster once we help open it.

9. They Explored Famous Places.

Whether on your way to, or as a part of your intended trip, don’t miss the gifts in front of you! Here we spend some time downtown New Orleans just before our cruise munching some authentic Café Du Monde beignets, taking in a parade, seeing street artists and of course, getting some beads.

8. They Appreciated The Souvenirs.

Sure it’s fun to shop, but I watched them admire the art, take note of the intricacies, and really immerse themselves in the culture. They learned how long it took a woman to weave a beautiful turtle and the time it took a gentleman to carve a knife. It truly is a lesson of culture arts coupled with a take home memento to keep the memories and stories alive.

7. They Tried New Food!

While the steak house, hibachi and the noodle bar were favorites of ours on the ship, the kids also went outside the box indulging in sushi, nibbling a caper, sampling shrimp, and thinking about oysters (no, those didn’t actually go down.) They learned they liked at least half of what they tried and Caesar salad is now a request in our house. That’s not bad right?

6. They learned to LET GO! Dance! Have Fun! Make new FRIENDS!

5. They Gained a Little “Maturity.”

(in a good way)

My son, who dug his heels in about a button-down shirt, let alone a tie, was often addressed at diner as “Mr. Lincoln.” He turns to me, a pensive look on his face and says, “I like being called Mr. Lincoln.”

4. They Learned to Invest in Relaxation and Selfcare.

Ok, maybe a bad idea on my part starting her early, but I love a good massage as next as the next person. I asked, “Do you want to try it?” and she was all smiles.

3. They Seek Adventure.

These kids did it all this week and it was exhausting! From turvey-swirvey waterslides to exhilarating superman ziplines. An 8 foot “walk the plank” over the edge of the ship 120 feet in the air! Yes, they even conquered their first ocean Discover Scuba Course, full back roll in and all!

2. They Get Humbled By Authentic Service.

For kids to experience the first class service of the ship crew who brightly greet you at every moment day or night with a pleasant smile, the origami dragon hand made just for you, or the towel animals we fall in love with every night…. Seeing and experiencing the gift of their talent, they were deeply in awe and appreciation to say the least. Another great opportunity for kids to learn the art of tipping with appreciation.

1. They Realize they can FLY!

Once they have the confidence to try new things, discover new tastes and passions and make new friends from around the world, the travel bug that bit you, will certainly be passed on. As “Mister” Lincoln jumped off the FIRST and tallest zip line, he soars and literally starts singing, “I believe I can fly!”

The idea of traveling with kids can be daunting! Take it from me, we can parent them at home or we can parent them in destination. Trust me, it is a lot more fun and magical for ALL of us being in destination – learning and growing together.

What’s on your kids’ travel lists? Find out where they want to go next and let us know in the comments below! If you want to book a vacation, reach out to one of our talented travel advisors today!

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!

Top TEN cities to visit in Europe

If a European vacation is part of your upcoming travel plans, you are not alone. We are seeing growing interest in travel to these trending destinations in Europe.  With 44 countries and hundreds of cities to discover, it’s difficult to even know where to begin.

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.

florence italy skyline

2. Florence, Italy

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!

“Off the beaten path” beach destinations to book this winter

If the January cold is getting you down, you are certainly not alone. Beach destinations are incredibly popular this time of year and for good reason. Whether you are a regular sunseeker looking for a new beach to explore or simply looking for a vacation off the beaten path, these beautiful beaches are sure to satisfy your quest for sunshine, relaxation and fun!

Camp Bay Beach – Roatan, Honduras

Roatan is an island in the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras. This beach escape attracts divers with the world’s second largest coral reef, perfect for snorkeling. Located on the east end of the island is the less traveled, Camp Bay Beach. Because this beach is far from some of the major tourist locations on the island, it makes for the perfect day trip for rest and relaxation under the sun…aside from Mondays when expat locals throw weekly beach celebrations.

Anapai Bay – New Zealand

This beach we love for those who have a little bit of adventure in their heart. Located along the northern coast of Abel Tasman National Park is Anapai Bay. Made up of two beaches, Anapai Bay is lush with golden sand and clear, beautiful blue waters, and the beach is split by fascinating rock formations. Known as one of the best beaches in the park, people are also welcome to explore the nearby Mutton Cove after a day of soaking up some sun.

 

Pirate Beach – Staniel Cay, Bahamas

Located in the Exuma Cays, Staniel Cay is a small island village about 120km south of Nassau. One of the most popular destinations on Staniel Cay is the Staniel Cay Yacht Club that is family friendly and full activities. While the yacht club is considered to be a ‘hidden gem,’ if you’re looking for something that’s even more off the beaten path, head north in search of Pirate Beach. The best way to traverse the island is by golf cart but be prepared for a little walking to access the beach, since it is only accessible by foot. Don’t be surprised if you have the beach all to yourself!

Of course, there are SO MANY breathtaking beaches on this planet just waiting to be discovered. Contact one of our travel advisors today to book your next beach vacation! Do you have a favorite beach destination? Drop us a note below and let us know!