The summer vacation conundrum

Greetings travelers! I omitted “virtual” before travelers because travel is beginning to open up with summer’s arrival. I spent time this weekend thinking about where we might travel by car later this summer when borders reopen, and 14-day quarantine rules are lifted. If you’ve thought about it too, you know it’s logistically challenging right now. Where we decide to stay

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Announcing a freebie for your travel bucket list

Greetings virtual travelers! How did you spend Memorial Day weekend?  We worked around our property and grilled some tasty meals when the weather was cooperative. It was a nice weekend but a bit sad since not filled with the typical Memorial Day experiences like our town parade and pancake breakfast, trip to a beach or extended family backyard barbecue. In

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What was the name of that amazing restaurant on the Amalfi Coast?

Greeting virtual travelers!  Have you taken some amazing trips that you wish you remembered in better detail?  It’s frustrating when I forget the name of a restaurant where I had an incredible meal. Or the location of the quaint shop I stumbled upon that had the most unique souvenirs. You get the picture. I like to live in the moment

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Guide to (still) staying home and sane

Greetings virtual travelers – our team has been following guidelines and staying home for over 6 weeks now and honestly, it feels like 6 months.  It was like falling off the edge of a cliff; we were constantly on-the-go in January and February and suddenly 100% grounded.  I’m sure you can relate.  Now that we’ve adjusted to a new routine,

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Dream now, travel later… sustainably

Greetings virtual travelers! I hope you’re hanging in there with staying home and keeping your families safe.  Did you know that the 50th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated on Wednesday this week?  This special holiday recalled how meaningful travel is intricately linked to the health of our environment. With the loss of tourism, the Venice canals are clear, the

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Inspiration for a global getaway in your kitchen

Greetings virtual travelers!  I don’t know about you but staying at home with the family has made mealtime very consistent in our house.  We eat dinner together these days which in the past wasn’t something we were able to do regularly with everyone on different schedules.  I guess you’d call it a silver lining.  Last week, we celebrated a milestone

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Your guide to un-spring break from home

Greetings virtual travelers!  Spring break for many of us would be starting tomorrow, and this fact is heavy on my mind.  Some of you had plans to travel to amazing places, others looked forward to visiting colleges with your high school kids and some had staycation plans to celebrate Easter or Passover with loved ones.  Whatever your plans may have

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Cabin fever relief via our US National Parks

Greetings travel lovers – how are you all doing?  We are on day 12 of my son’s quarantine, and as you know it’s not easy.  Speaking of my younger son, he is a true outdoorsman.  He worked as an ecotourism guide in Alaska last summer, spent a college winter term in Ecuador/the Galapagos Islands and just before the coronavirus hit,

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Hunkering down in front of your small screen?

Greetings virtual travelers!  “Stay home and hunker down” are not words that I, as a travel professional and world traveler myself, ever thought I would give as advice. However, with the current COVID-19 situation and the need to protect ourselves and others in our community, I’m doing just that. While I am actively advising people to NOT travel under the current

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Armchair traveling – a mental, educational break

Greetings armchair travelers – it’s been a very long couple of weeks for all of us. I have been juggling helping clients and non-clients postpone travel plans and navigate supplier policies as well as assisting an elderly family member with pulmonary issues.  I know you all have been dealing with similar work/family challenges and keeping up with the news while

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Hi, I'm Susan Wilson

I’m the founder of Hidden Gem Travel Consulting. As your personal travel advisor, I craft custom worldwide itineraries that astound and inspire you.

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