Category: Culinary Experiences

Where in Italy did the G7 meet last week !?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Since I’m in the office this month with so many clients traveling and soon to depart, I’m enjoying hitting local restaurants that remind me of my past trips. Do you ever make a point to do that? Recently, I’ve had a fantastic Greek meal (very authentic), Italian (Rome-focused fare), Spanish (varied tapas menu). I’m

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Where to take a ‘learncation’ at any age 🎓

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! When driving around town, I can’t help but be astounded by the beauty of the spring flowering trees and plants. I must be more aware this year after my recent month in the land of tulips, Holland. So when I went to New York City last week as a guest of the Korean Tourism

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The Paris of South America is…. 💃

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! It’s the last week of April – where has the time gone?? If you haven’t booked your summer vacation yet, the time is past due. Email me now for options as some of my best partners and favorite destinations still have availability for couples and families.  AND if you have 2024 fall or winter

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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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Are you culturally curious? Consider Japan! 🗾

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Do you consider yourself culturally curious? If you love to learn about and experience places where the locals have cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences that are different from your own, you may consider yourself culturally curious.  Many people who travel internationally fall into this camp and prioritize having a variety of authentic travel

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Have two weeks to travel? Here’s where to go 

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I’m writing this newsletter on the last Sunday of summer and loving the cool morning temperatures and bright sunshine. In the background, I just heard a news story about a town in Portugal where a vat broke in a distillery allowing red wine to flood the streets. As they do, people are creating hilarious

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Europe Edition – Top Client Experiences 💯

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! I first want to say how tragic the sudden burning of historic Lahaina on the island of Maui, Hawaii is. As the news unfolded last week, I was brought back to my time there personally as well as many of my clients. We all made priceless memories in Maui. My heart goes out to

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Top 3 – Let’s go next year!

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Recently someone asked me, “What was the best meal you had in your travels this year?” Now, I’m not a foodie so I don’t tend to remember in all honesty, but when I was in Budapest in March, I had an unforgettable dining experience at the new Spago, the newest Wolfgang Puck’s signature restaurant.

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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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South Africa beyond your safari 🍷🍴🚴⛵⛳

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! It continues to be extremely busy here in travel land, and industry statistics are backing up the enormous rebound in travel for 2023 and into 2024. On a personal note, it’s a lot of fun to work with so many clients on their dream trips. February’s newsletters will focus on big trips – those unforgettable experiences.

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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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