Category: Cruising

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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Sunny, spectacular Spain ☀

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! In my last two newsletters, I’ve been sharing highlights from my recent, epic Mediterranean cruise. What I loved about this “bleisure” trip (combining business and leisure travel) was the ability to see so much in a condensed amount of time (just under two weeks). It’s given me a punch list of places to return

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Yes please (oui merci) to the French Riviera 🇫🇷

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I hope you’re enjoying my June series of newsletters about cruising Europe’s magical Mediterranean Sea.  As a reminder, the word ‘cruise’ is a catch-all term for multiple types of vacations by boat. It’s NOT just what you first envision when you hear the word which is often a huge mass.-market ship with thousands of

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The Italian Riviera called… 📲

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I’m sitting in my family room early on a sunny Saturday morning writing this newsletter and reminiscing about my recent trip cruising the Mediterranean. I sailed along the Italian and French Rivieras to Spain – a dream itinerary which was a pleasurable business aka bleisure trip. Writing using AI is all over the headlines

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Hidden Gem European City… 💎

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I’m back in the office after traveling most of March in Europe (largely for business with some pleasure). Signs of early spring were evident in all the cities I visited (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Paris).  Yes, I was in Paris during the protests which are continuing into April. The upside for my clients is that they

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Just back from + passport PSA ✈️ 

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community… and happy Spring! I’m just back from a 3-week business trip to Europe and enjoyed seeing signs of spring everywhere I traveled. Given I’ve just returned, I’ll keep this week’s newsletter short. First, I’ll share an important travel PSA and then a few highlights from my trip. Passport Update The Department of State has

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Northern Italy

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I hope that everyone who celebrates had a Happy Easter or Passover. I had an unusual Easter this year as it was a travel day. I awoke in Venice, Italy, spent two hours in Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport and arrived in New York City the same evening. It was a looong travel day.

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Time for an adults-only getaway ⁉️

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! We’re counting down to Valentine’s Day on Monday, the day after the Superbowl this year.  Not everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s a perfect opportunity to express our feelings to those we care about.  Hoping some colorful tulips will show up at my door 😊 Whether you have significant other, adult family

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Warming Up in Beautiful Bermuda 🌴🌞🌊

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  It was COLD this week in the northeast, so I was dreaming of warm, sunny places I’ve been and loved.  At the top of the list is Bermuda which is a quick flight from US East coast cities.  I was last there in Fall 2019 and had such a memorable time!  Honestly, you can’t

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The Greek Islands Beckon

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  It was World Tourism Day on Monday, and my social posts thanked the workers in the hospitality industry. This summer, the staff worked tirelessly to make sure my clients loved their well-deserved vacations. A key to a fantastic travel experience is attentive client service. I also recognized the struggles of industry employees in places

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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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