Do you 💛 Europe?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travelers!  My attention was captured this weekend by a New York Times article asking readers to submit love letters and pictures for their upcoming article, 52 Places We Love, about one place in the world that is special to them personally.  The instructions were simple:  a place that “can be a popular tourist destination or a

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Your happiness boost from Central & South America

Hola Hidden Gem Travelers!  How was your first week in October?  There’s so much going on in the world, and I’m happy to serve as a respite for you.  Personally, I’m enjoying the cooler temperatures and fall colors here in the northeast where the fall season is glorious.  Leaf peepers wouldn’t be disappointed if they were to arrive for a

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Boosting your happiness throughout October

Greetings Hidden Gem Travelers (also Aloha, Aang, Eh, and Hola – hints to this week’s destinations)!  I’ve been reflecting on how difficult 2020 has been and continues to be for so many people and brainstorming how I can be a bright spot in your inbox on Thursdays.  I was inspired by a recent article in AFAR that said, “New research

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Where’s your next Island Destination?

Greetings Hidden Gem Travel Community members!  We’re at the six-month mark of the pandemic, and it’s not an easy time after months of staying close to home and curtailing our lives.  Knowing that like me, you’re very eager to have a trip on the calendar to look forward to, my goal is to keep inspiring so that when the time

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The year-round beauty of Bavaria

Happy Thursday travelers!  Do you ever celebrate Oktoberfest here in the US?  We usually enjoy an Oktoberfest dinner at a local restaurant with German music, food, beer, and wine although we aren’t of German descent.  Have you ever been to Oktoberfest in Munich?  I went quite a few years ago, and it was such a fun experience!  Socializing with people

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Where to go for R+R near home this fall

Greetings travel lovers and Hidden Gem Travel community!  As teased in last week’s newsletter, I had a fabulous Labor Day weekend relaxing and recharging safely while being relatively close to home.  If you live in the northeast, which many of you do, this destination is very accessible. Even during corona-times, much was open – note that health and safety measures

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What’s up for Labor Day weekend 2020

Greetings travel lovers and Hidden Gem Travel community members!  Almost happy Labor Day weekend — what are you up to?  I’m keeping my plans a secret for the moment but trust me that I’m excited to give you the full scoop in the next newsletter 😊  From the headlines:  Have you heard the good news from three major airlines this

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This place is the definition of a Hidden Gem!

Greetings traveler lovers!  Can you believe that there are only 4 days left in August?  Personally, I’m excited to be heading into the fall for the cool, crisp days and beauty of the changing leaves here in the Northeast. If the border to Canada opens, I’m hoping to road trip to Nova Scotia as I’ve been invited by their tourism

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Inspiration for vacations with your bubble

Greetings travel lovers!  We are counting down to the end of August and the beginning of the school year.  How will that look for your family?  Do you have kids doing 100% remote learning from home or are they in a hybrid situation?  Or are you planning to home school?  There are so many complex issues with each option.  Last

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Paradise delivered here

Greetings travelers and happy August?!  If you live in Connecticut, you know that last week I was unable to send out this newsletter thanks to widespread power outages resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias which hit on Tuesday.  We waited a looong time for the power company to get its act together.  Now that we’re back in business, we can refocus

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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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