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

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!

On Holiday Adventures: Spain & Scotland

By Rebecca Clark | Fox World Travel Vacation Travel Advisor

 

I recently returned home from two amazing European trips. My first trip to Spain was a self-guided adventure. Our second trip was a guided castle group tour through Scotland. Both adventures were impressive. Here are the highlights from each trip. Enjoy!

ADVENTURES THROUGH SPAIN

My love of the spirit and soul of Spain is endless. We spent just over a week in captivating Spain – 4 days in Madrid and 4 days in Barcelona. I highly recommend the high-speed train to Madrid! Very convenient. Our first morning in Madrid began with a trip to the market for fresh fruit and snacks. This market was huge and filled with amazingly fresh and unique foods.

Next, we ventured through Palacio Real de Madrid, Catedral del a Almudena, and saw an amazing view overlooking Madrid. We celebrated with a delicious glass of sangria which quickly became our daily ‘treat.’ If you are looking for an authentic experience in Madrid, I recommend checking out a local Flamenco dancing show. The dancers are incredibly talented and surprisingly the shows are improv, which was very impressive!

The Spanish sleep schedule is shifted, so it’s very normal for people to stay up until midnight and not go in to work until 9 or 10 in the morning. We went to another market that had more prepared foods rather than a grocery store. We tried so many things, everything was tapas, small bite snacks.

Another remarkable sight is Parque de Buen Retiro – a massive park in the middle of the city filled with statues, gardens, a crystal palace, and museums. We strolled in and out of museums while listening to musicians freestyling music throughout the park.

Then we took the high-speed train back over to Barcelona for the next few days, and I was incredibly blown away by the unique architecture in Barcelona. My most beloved part of the trip was an audio-guided tour of Casa Batlló . This was the private home of infamous Barcelonan architect Antoni Gaudi, and I highly recommend the tour.

What is a ‘must-have’ when visiting Spain? Hands down the paella. After having Spanish paella, the paella in the states does not compare.

Aside from the architecture, the Barceloneta beach proximity to the city is a really endearing part of Barcelona. If you ever have the chance, wake up early and walk down to the beach to watch the sunrise. I highly recommend waking up early and going to the beach to watch the sun rise.

 

TOURS THROUGH SCOTLAND

Our eight-day adventure through Scotland was our first guided vacation, via CIE tours. The trip began flying into Glasgow with a free afternoon to wander. We chose to visit a botanical garden followed by dinner and drinks at a local pub where we tried haggis – a Scottish dish most people turn their noses up. We both loved it!

We then had a welcome reception at the hotel where our guide told us what we can expect on the trip and some tips about traveling the countryside. We began on a guided city tour which includes a variety of city stops with historical references and ended with a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery Museum which was interesting.

The next day we headed out of Glasgow via a cruise on Loch Lomond which had the most beautiful views. They offered drinks and we quickly found out that their “coffee with a drop of whiskey” was definitely more than a drop! We toured Inveraray Castle, and then made our way to Ballachulish, a village in Scotland. We went to the Isle of Skye to see Armadale Castle and the beautiful gardens surrounding it. Then we stopped by Loch Ness and of course bought a little Loch Ness Monster and took a picture of her and the lake. Then we were off to the Culloden Battlefield where there was a huge battle between the British and Jacobite army.

Next, we experienced a sheepdog demonstration from a sheep farmer. It was incredible watching the dogs work together and listen perfectly to the commands.

Next up was a visit to Blair Castle in Atholl and a stop at the Blair Athol Distillery where we did a tour, tasting, and filled our own bottle of whisky. Fun fact! The Blair Athol Distillery was controlled by the Atholls that lived in the Blair Atholl Castle which did not pay taxes for an awfully long time. When they were finally forced to start paying taxes, the distillery was not happy about the tax so they purposely misspelled Atholl.

The next castle on the list was Glamis Castle followed by a trip to St. Andrews which is the “Home of Golf” with a magnificent course and clubhouse.

We finally got the chance to try the popular sticky toffee pudding dessert that had been mentioned several times by our guide. It was so delicious! That night, we had a traditional Scottish evening with bagpipe players, Scottish songs, dancing, and a traditional Scottish meal. Of course, haggis was included.

Our last full day was spent touring the city of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle before getting free time to wander the city on our own. We had a drink at the oldest pub in Scotland, established in 1516, where we found our family crest and tartan which was a nice blue color.

We enjoyed a final dinner with a few other couples in our tour group at a cute little restaurant down the road from our hotel which was some of the best food of the trip. At the end, the restaurant staff tried calling us a taxi to take us back; however, there was a large event happening which made the city busy. The restaurant owner surprisingly offered to take us back – in his own car. Needless to say, the hospitality and our trip was absolutely incredible!

 

Are you interested in booking a self-guided trip or a guided group tour? Fox has so many options and we are happy to assist you with the planning process. Reach out to us for more information. Happy travels!

 

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

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.

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 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!

 

Planning a destination wedding: Etiquette & tips from our wedding experts

If you are looking to host a destination wedding miles away from your home, there is a lot of planning involved and details to consider. Lucky for you, we have an expert destination wedding team ready to help! We sat down with our team to discuss destination wedding etiquette and tips for making it the wedding of your dreams!

ETIQUETTE

When to have a destination wedding?

Consider the time of year you are traveling. If it is a warm-weather wedding destination, the peak season may be January-March. Consider a wedding in a shoulder season or off-season. Also, tourism fluctuations can impact travel prices and make bookings rather expensive. Equally, a low tourism season could mean closed amenities.  Use a travel advisor to help you select the best time of year for your destination.

Who should we invite?

Do you invite everyone or keep it intimate? Typically, a destination wedding is an intimate affair since the guests will be staying at the same resort as the wedding couple. In many cases, the wedding also doubles as the honeymoon. Whether you invite immediate family only or extending the invitation to a larger group. Have your guest list ready so you understand your budget and necessary guest accommodations — wheelchair accessible, kid-friendly, adults-only, etc.

How should we notify our guests?

Save-the-dates should go out eight to 12 months before your wedding because your guests will need to request time off work, save up money, and take care of other details. Official invites should be sent no later than three months before your wedding dates. Include all important travel details. When you plan a wedding with Fox, we have a wedding website created especially for you to keep everyone up-to-date with all travel updates and accommodations.

Who pays for accommodations?

Guests are traditionally expected to cover their personal lodging and transportation. Tactfully outline your expectations by directing guests to your wedding website with all recommendations and accommodations.

 

PLANNING TIPS

Wooden tables for wedding dinner decorated with tropical flowers, pineapples, coconuts and glass lamps. View of the ocean. Concept of a tropical destination wedding. in front of the ocean

Choosing a destination

When selecting a destination, keep in mind the location should be safe and accommodating for you and your guests. An exotic wedding in a remote location may be your dream; however, consider everyone attending your special day. Choose a destination that will fit your style and budget as well as the guests you are inviting. Consider your least travel-savvy guest and consider their comfort while planning.

Learning the marriage laws

Marriage licenses in some countries may take much longer than expected or may require you to arrive early for information processing. Our wedding experts can help you determine what rules and regulations apply to your preferred destination.

Avoid shipping items

Shipping items to and from your destination can be quite expensive. Resorts will have decorations on-hand and items such as bridesmaid gifts can often be purchased in-destination. Great tip! Try to distribute must-bring items in the suitcases of family members attending your wedding.

Arriving early

If time and budgets allow, arrive at your destination early. You will have more time to finalize last-minute details with the venue and check out the ceremony site. Typically, you will have an on-site wedding coordinator. Connect with them upon your arrival. Finalize your details with them. Hair, make up, photography, ceremony set up, etc.  Most resorts prefer couples to arrive at least 48 hours before the wedding.

Discover resort wedding packages

Take advantage of the “preview” packages available at the resorts. Most destination wedding resorts will offer a package for the bride and groom to come and stay 2-3 nights at the destination. Visit with the wedding team and pick firsthand the locations for the wedding! Plus, if you book your wedding at this location within a specific time frame, you will get a credit towards your wedding!  Win-Win!

Select a destination wedding planner

If there is a special date you really want, book early!  Destination weddings are very popular and many popular wedding dates book up early, so plan accordingly and use a destination wedding planner!  Our destination wedding team works with many resorts and wedding teams throughout the all-inclusive markets. We can recommend the best option for your requests!

Happy newlyweds stand holding hands on the background of the blue sea and coconut palm trees Wedding walk on a sand beach

If a destination wedding sounds like a great way to say “I DO,” schedule a virtual appointment with one of our talented advisors today! If you are unsure whether a destination wedding is your best option, join us on March 2nd at 7pm (CT) for a live virtual event. We will discuss the latest destination wedding trends and talk with newlyweds about their recent wedding planning experience.

The World’s Most Romantic Resorts

Your personal guide to the world’s ultimate resorts for a romantic retreat

If you need to press “pause” on the daily chaos of life, and perhaps rekindle the romance that is starting to flicker you have come to the right place! There are few vacations as rewarding as a relaxing couple’s retreat. With endless resorts to choose from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond – it takes time and research to find the perfect destination to get away from it all. Luckily for you, our travel experts have narrowed the search with some top choices for romantic getaways this year.

One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico

Looking to splurge this year? Set amongst the stunning natural scenery of the Baja Peninsula, alongside the Sea of Cortez, the One & Only Palmilla has extraordinary views of picturesque landscape with beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the entire region. You’ll find luxurious suites, deep soaking tubs, patio daybeds and designated butler at your service upon check-in.

 

Ladera in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a reputation for an island of romance, and Ladera is the resort for couples seeking breathtaking landscape in an intimate setting. With just 37 rooms and suites, this resort offers the perfect setting for forging a connection to the beauty, romance, and lifestyle of St. Lucia. Each suite is uniquely constructed from locally harvested hardwoods, stone, and tile, with the resort’s eco-friendly philosophy in mind. An ‘open wall’ design dramatically opens to private plunge pools and magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean.

 

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada

Looking for tropical seclusion? Grenada is known as “Island of Spice” in the Caribbean because of its fertile soil. Spice Island Beach Resort is family-owned and oozes charm on a picture-perfect beach setting along Grand Anse Beach. With exceptional accommodations, private pool options, secluded gardens, and breezy private terraces – this resort is sure to amaze. Enjoy unlimited golf and tennis by day and Caribbean meals with steel drum serenade by night.

 

Tabacón Grand Resort in Costa Rica

Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern region of Costa Rica lies Tabacón Grand Spa & Resort. This stunning property features the ultimate combination of a nature-centric wellness spa and world-class hospitality services. The resort boasts 18 natural hot springs –pristine thermal waters flowing into waterfalls and hidden bathing spots that meander through one of the lushest and exotic gardens in the world. This resort is also a part of the Sustainable Tourism Program and has received Carbon Neutral certification.

 

Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora

Bora Bora has always been considered the ultimate romantic destination, which is why it’s a go-to for so many honeymooners. Perhaps Tahiti sounds a bit cliché, but it is absolutely deserved! Our travel experts have traveled the globe, and Bora Bora always remains top of the list for the romance capital of the world. Superb beaches, crystal clear blue water, coral reefs and of course, the much talked about, over-the-water bungalows. If you’ve always dreamed of staying in an over-water bungalow, the Four Seasons Resort is hands down the place for you. Tahiti requires extra travel time; however, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you are ready to book your next romantic vacation destination or need help selecting the perfect location, contact one of our travel advisors today!

“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!