Category: Culinary Experiences

On location in Vienna, Austria 🧳

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! As mentioned last week, I’m currently in Austria scoping out the Christmas markets, top tourist sights, and holiday festivities. I’ll be writing a full trip review once I’m home, so this week is a preview to whet your appetite. Read on for the short scoop about Austria in December. Follow along the Hidden Gem

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Ireland – One Year Throwback ☘️

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I just saw a pop-up on my phone reminding me that I was in Ireland one year ago today. It put a huge smile on my face. Don’t you love reliving those happy days when you felt both excitement and contentment? Last fall’s epic trip to Ireland remains one of my favorite travel memories.

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Guess where’s hot for 2023 travel?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Question – do you feel more motivated to travel internationally than ever before? If your answer is yes, then you’re not alone. It continues to be very busy here in ‘travel land’ with clients planning their 2023 vacations abroad now. In years past, the floodgates opened in mid-January but savvy travelers know that planning

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Rave Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! As I write this newsletter on a sunny, cool morning, I’m thinking ahead to what I have on tap for fall travel. My schedule ramps up in the offseason (mid-October to mid-December) for many destinations making it ideal for scoping things out without the crowds. Regular readers will recall that last fall I traveled

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A special London itinerary 👑

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! September has been a busy month here in “travel land” with clients looking for 2023 vacations ranging from Japan to Alaska to the United Kingdom. Where do you hope to go? Speaking of the UK… If you watched the incredible coverage of the Queen’s funeral, you may have found yourself thinking that you’d like

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Tuscany Postcard – Wine, Culture, Golf & More 🍷

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! With Labor Day weekend behind us, we’re back to work and school in full force. I’m heading to another travel conference next week this time in Los Angeles. I’ll be meeting with the LA tourism board, some of the finer hotels in the city, and also select cruise partners and tour operators from around

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Charming Corfu 🏝️ 🇬🇷 Greece

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! The travel landscape continues to be very full and somewhat challenging with reopening pain points; I’m keeping extra busy this summer. If you’re thinking about a last-minute vacation this fall or early winter, now is the time to reach out to me to plan your escape.  I’ll be heading to two travel industry conferences over

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Florence Tips

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I’m just back from a whirlwind 2+ week trip to 4 countries in Europe, and I’ll be sharing what I learned and experienced in this newsletter over the coming weeks.  Where did I venture? Multiple destinations in Greece/Greek Islands, Croatia, Montenegro, and Florence. Having just been to Venice, Milan, and Lake Como in April, I decided to

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Where to avoid crowds on your next vacation 🤼

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I’ve been up to my ears with planning Summer 2022 international trips for clients who are more than ready to get back out into the world. As you’ve likely heard in the news, demand is high and so are prices and expected crowds for the most popular summer destinations. PSA – if you still

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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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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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