Your Next Royal Caribbean® Adventure

A wide world of adventure awaits on the exciting new

Wonder of the Seas

 

Get ready to be enchanted on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Wonder of the Seas, where adventure, entertainment, and relaxation will be the core themes of your time aboard the state-of-the-art vessel. Royal Caribbean is proud to treat you to a life-changing experience that will make the moment of disembarkation very bittersweet indeed. But, remember, you’re welcome back anytime.

 

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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!

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!

European Travel Your Way

There are so many ways to explore Europe. Whether you are seeking a guided group tour, a river cruise, an ocean cruise or opting for self-guided traveling – we have options to satisfy your wanderlust travels throughout Europe.

RIVER CRUISES

If you seek European exploration while only needing to unpack your bag once, then a river cruise may be a wonderful option for you! For explorers hoping to discover hidden gems tucked away in the heart of a continent, there’s truly no other way to see Europe.

There is “all-inclusive” and then there is Uniworld Boutique River Cruises which offer amenities finely tailored to your tastes. Uniworld’s amenities are luxurious and unmatched, providing you with effortless travel. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Europe.

Equally appealing is Avalon Waterways, where the ships are designed from the bottom up for comfort, space, and room to dream. These ships provide panorama suites and open-air balcony options. Whether embarking on a legendary Danube River Cruise from Prague to vibrant Budapest or experiencing Europe’s legendary cruise down the Romantic Rhine River, you’ll see Europe from an unmatched perspective.

OCEAN CRUISES

Another amazing option is to explore Europe on an ocean cruise liner and enjoy a seamless vacation with your family and friends. Why not experience a European voyage with endless thrills, immersive culinary experiences and, best of all – traveling convenience.

Princess Cruises allow you to experience all the different seasons of Europe and see famous landmarks while offering entertainment and endless thrills for every generation. From kayaking voyages in Flåm in Norway to relaxing beach days in Mykonos, Greece, you will find shore excursions that match every guest’s preference.

Another fantastic option is to cruise with Holland America and have it all! This cruise line sails close to 20 countries on itineraries ranging from seven to 35 days within the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Baltic, and Transatlantic voyages. Plus, you will get additional time to explore with more overnights in the beginning and end of itineraries for extra days in such cities as Barcelona, Rome, and Athens.

GUIDED LAND TOURS

If you are looking to travel through Europe in style, Insight Vacations provides unique experiences and authentic dining in a “small group” environment. This option allows you and fellow guests to enjoy unique experiences in exciting destinations all over the world, including Magnificent Switzerland, The Best of Italy and France, Belgium and the Battlefields.

You will get to know the people who bring these places to life, dine on deliciously authentic local cuisine, and stay at stylish hotels in prime locations. And the entire way, you’ll enjoy the kind of smooth, stress-free travel that only comes from such expertly crafted tours.

Another option is to select a Globus European Tour, which allows you to take your traveling into your own hands with “Your Choice Excursions.” This tour allows you to tailor your perfect trip. It is the ‘new way’ to tour because Choice Touring gives you the freedom and the flexibility to design a dream trip with off-the-beaten-path destinations to satisfy your pleasures and passions! Discover Croatia with premium tour experiences. Venture to London and Paris – two of the world’s most exciting cities or discover the Icelandic folklore with an Iceland Adventure.

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

Why work with Fox to book your next European vacation? Our group tour experts hand-select the BEST group tours, cruises, and overall experiences. Plus, depending upon the tour, Fox will provide an expert Travel Director and a Fox Group Tour Manager to take care of all your needs so you can sit back and relax.

Our expert advisors specialize in global destinations. Whether you are seeking adventure in Iceland, Finland, Greece, Spain – or anywhere in between – Fox has experts that specialize in both destinations and modes of travel.

Never settle again for a European vacation that only checks some of your boxes. Whether you’re an active traveler or culture fanatic, we can help you book an amazing vacation!

When you work with us, your travels are tailored entirely to you. Discover the possibilities of a European vacation! Reach out to one of our expert travel advisors to discuss your options today!

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!

Top 5 Destination Trends for 2022

Planning a vacation can be so exhilarating! In 2022, it is clear travelers are beyond ready to return to their favorite destinations and turn their bucket-list trips into a reality.

While the hospitality industry has struggled the past two years, it has provided an opportunity for many properties to renovate, add amenities and expand outdoor spaces.

Here’s our top five destinations that have travelers excited to kick off the new year with their suitcases packed!

#1  RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

The Riviera Maya is over a 100-mile stretch located along the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The forests, jungle, flora and fauna, archaeological sites and solitary beaches are just a few of the splendors in this Yucatan gem. The turquoise-colored sea and crystal-clear water turns to silver by moonlight. This fantastical, warm tropic destination also offers a diversity of attractions including luxury lodging, marinas, sports facilities, and extraordinary restaurants. Riviera Maya is a mix of your favorite Caribbean destinations – all rolled into one beautiful coastline just a short drive from the Cancun airport.

#2  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The white-sand beaches, impressive mountain ranges veined with spectacular rivers and waterfalls, and saltwater lakes teeming with exotic wildlife are part of the Dominican Republic’s appeal. Whether looking to party, relax or explore, the Dominican Republic has something for everyone. Steer a small boat through endless mangrove forests in search of manatees and spy on humpback whales. Then get back to civilization to celebrate! The locals throw festivals, parties, and multiple carnivals – complete with live music, elaborate floats, and dancing in the streets. Check out the country’s two major merengue festivals, the annual Latin Music Festival and the national surfing and windsurfing championships.

#3  PUERTO RICO

If you haven’t been to Puerto Rico before, it was worth the wait. If you haven’t been there recently, it’s time to go back and discover all NEW Caribbean Luxury! San Juan, Puerto Rico is celebrating its 500th anniversary  through June 2022, bringing with it new events celebrating the oldest city in the United States. The island’s rich history, culture, food, beaches, mountains, rainforest, and warm weather are just a few reasons to visit. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the 500-year-old city,  venture out to the mountains, explore the rainforest in the east, the surfing beaches in the west. With nearly 300 miles of pristine beaches, exotic natural wonders, and the only tropical rainforest in the US Forest Service – enchanting Puerto Rico has it all!

#4  WALT DISNEY WORLD

The “World’s Most Magical Celebration” — Walt Disney World’s 18-month 50th anniversary continues through 2022 with enchanting touches and highly anticipated ride and hotel openings. Some new happenings in 2022 include the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind debuts. One of the buildings that housed hotel rooms at the Grand Floridian resort is transforming into 200 Disney Vacation Club resort studios. There is magic and wonder for travelers of all ages, and our Fox Dream Team is there to make your Disney dreams come true!

#5  ALASKA

Alaska is bigger than life and has six distinct climatic regions, the tallest mountains, the biggest glaciers, the most plentiful fishing, and the wildest nature preserves on the North American continent. Alaska is set to see a myriad of new offerings and events. In Juneau, the Sealaska Heritage Institute will open their Arts Campus and will host one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous peoples. In Anchorage, Fur Rendezvous, Alaska’s oldest and largest winter festival will be back (during peak Aurora season.) The event hosts activities like the Running of the Reindeer and the Outhouse Races, before culminating with the 50th running of the iconic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

 

And these are just some of the top destinations of 2022! If any of these vacations are on your list or your looking for more ideas to begin your year of adventure, reach out to one of our experienced travel advisors today to book your next dream trip!

Disney Planning Q&A with Chelsea from the Fox Dream Team

If there’s one thing we know well, it’s that when it comes to planning a Disney vacation, it may not seem like the easiest task. This is where our Dream Team comes in! We have the expertise to make your Disney vacation planning a breeze, all while keeping the magic in your heart. Dream team member, Chelsea, is answering 5 of the most frequently asked questions below.

 

Q: What exactly is Disney Genie and when traveling with a number of people, does the app give the same information across the board for those who are traveling in your group?

A: When you select the interests for the group you are traveling with, the recommendations that the app will give you is based off the initial interests you selected. The app is simply giving you recommendations, not everyone likes the same things, and that is a-okay. You can be logged onto the account on different devices at the same time. If the group wants to split up while in the park, you can do so and use the Genie recommendation list accordingly.

 

Q: When visiting Disney with little ones, are there lockers to rent at the parks? Are strollers available for rent?

A: Yes! There are a limited amount of lockers at the front of each of the parks. Please note, these normally fill up quick in the early morning since space is limited. CLICK HERE to find exact measurements and pricing for the lockers currently available. Strollers are available to rent within the parks as well. The amount of strollers available are limited and usually rent out fast. Your travel advisor can help you with a stroller rental from a 3rd-party vendor that can drop off the stroller at your resort and pick it back up when you depart. Learn more about stroller rental at Disney HERE.

 

Q: Say I book my accommodations myself off Disney property, do you still assist in booking our Park tickets?

A: Yes! We can book tickets separately for you if you wish; however, to make your vacation seamless, we have multiple vendors that we can utilize to assist you with all of your vacation planning. No need is too big or too small when it comes to the Dream Team. If you were to purchase parts of your package separately, we would be unable to assist if any problems were to arise. Vendors will not relay your personal booking information if we are not your booking agent.

 

Q: Are there park accommodations for disabled visitors?

A: If you need assistance within the parks, my biggest recommendation would be for you to work directly with Disney employees known as “cast members” within each Disney Park because Disney has a policy in place regarding qualifications for their Disability Access Service. I recommend viewing THIS WEBSITE in depth to see current rules, regulations, and qualifications.

 

Q: What are some of the top attractions/things to do at Disney Springs?

A: There are many things to see and do in Disney Springs! Not only is this a great hub to go to for food and shopping, there are also shows, activities and entertainment available.

Some examples include:

      • Vintage Amphicar
      • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
      • The Edison Live Entertainment
      • AMC Dine-In Movie Theatre
      • Cirque du Soleil
      • Aerophile

 

Some of my personal favorite food spots are:

      • Frontera Cocina
      • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
      • T-Rex
      • Wine Bar George
      • Morimoto Asia
      • The Boathouse

 

Plan your dream Disney vacation with our Dream Team today!