Category: Couples Travel

What’s Your Heritage Story?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  What a week it’s been since my last newsletter.  With the recent news of the CDC requiring proof of a negative COVID test result or recovery for all airline passengers arriving into the US (link below) and everything else going on in our country, I’m looking forward to returning to some semblance of normalcy

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What was the best birthday present you ever received? 🎁

Happy Thursday and “blogaversary” to this weekly newsletter 🎊!!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I love writing it for you.  It has certainly kept my spirits up this year.  I’m a believer in celebrating our milestones in life – are you?  Without stopping to reflect, take stock, and be thankful in a meaningful way, life just

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Plan now for Africa in 2021-2022

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travelers!  I spent last week attending a virtual travel conference which was very inspiring!  Bottom line – travel is coming back full force in 2021, and I’m excited to share that I have trips for industry insider experiences in Ireland and East Africa next fall.  Ireland will be a 5-star, guided tour staying in castles (how

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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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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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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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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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5 Awesome Benefits to Using a Virtuoso Travel Consultant

Before I became a Travel Consultant, I DIY’d our family vacations.  I loved doing it, including spending hours and days combing the internet doing the research and booking myself.  Overall, our vacations went extremely well, and everyone in my family loved the trips I planned.  BUT I always wondered if I could have found a better option whether it be

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Traveling better in 2020 – your insider access and more

Happy New Year and New Decade!  Forbes, Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, and others have published their ‘Best Places to Travel in 2020’ lists.  These lists are perfect for inspiration, but it’s easy to get dazzled and lose perspective on what’s most important to you, becoming a victim of “Shiny Object Syndrome”.  The best place to travel in 2020

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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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