Category: Behind the Scenes

Trip Report Part 2 – Just back from… 🇧🇪

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community – and happy April! It feels great to see the signs of a new season at home after being in Europe most of last month. It’s also a crazy busy season for parents of kids in school (plus sports/other activities), and many are longing for the relatively less packed summer schedule. Hidden Gem Travel

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Trip Report – Just back from… 🌷

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Spring season has begun, and I’m just back from two iconic spring European destinations, Holland, and Belgium! I was there for three reasons: I’ve now personally experienced river cruising on AmaWaterways, Uniworld, Tauck, Avalon, and Emerald (5 lines) and have deep knowledge of and contacts at Viking, Amadeus, Riverside, Riviera, and Scenic. You probably

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FAQ – what is it exactly that you do?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! If you’ve seen my social media posts (Facebook and Instagram), you’ll know that I’m in Europe doing a deep dive in the Netherlands and Belgium visiting hotels, river cruise ships, top experiences, and much more to best inform my clients. The most popular time to visit this area is the spring – April/May –

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Trip of a Lifetime and Celebrating 200 🎉

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  Believe it or not, this newsletter is number 200!!  I enjoy writing each issue and put in consistent effort as I think they are a valuable source of travel information and inspiration.  I hope you do as well.   All my newsletters are posted on the ‘blog’ section of the website in case you ever want to

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My go-to place for R&R

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Starting this week, I’m adding a new section to this newsletter to share timely and relevant information with my many clients, readers, and followers. You’ll see it when you scroll down. Believe it or not, we’re heading full steam into the holiday season with long to-do lists and bursting calendars. I don’t know about

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Why a Mediterranean ocean cruise is a 👍 travel option

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! If you’ve read my previous three newsletters, you know that I was recently on an ocean cruise across the Mediterranean coast starting in Rome, Italy and ending in Barcelona, Spain. I was an invited guest on the ship (read on for the name of the line) and the experience exceeded my expectations from the

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2023 Top Trending Destinations

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I don’t know about you, but my inboxes have been flooded with shopping emails – holiday sales, Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Understandably, you may have missed my newsletter from last week (sent Friday since Thursday was the holiday). If that’s the case, you can read it on my website under the ‘blog’ tab. Or

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Just Back! A ‘floating conference’ on the west coast

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Have you felt the change of season from summer to fall where you live? I felt the beginning of the shift when I arrived home from the west coast last weekend. You didn’t see me in your inbox last week because I attended what I dubbed a ‘floating conference’ with a pre-weekend in Los

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Tips and Tricks for Picking Hotels and Resorts

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  Can you believe that we’re halfway into October and only 6 weeks until Thanksgiving? Time is flying this fall, and I’m excited that things are getting back to normal and are super busy.  Over the next couple of months, I’ll be giving you the scoop on international travel to Europe and the Caribbean by

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Behind the Scenes at Hidden Gem Travel

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  Are you an entrepreneur or do you know someone who is?  I’ll tell you that while it’s fun and exciting to have your own business, it’s a huge commitment and a definite lifestyle. I love to connect and share ideas with others who have launched their own businesses, so reach out to me if

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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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