Category: Family Travel

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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What was the name of that amazing restaurant on the Amalfi Coast?

Greeting virtual travelers!  Have you taken some amazing trips that you wish you remembered in better detail?  It’s frustrating when I forget the name of a restaurant where I had an incredible meal. Or the location of the quaint shop I stumbled upon that had the most unique souvenirs. You get the picture. I like to live in the moment

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Dream now, travel later… sustainably

Greetings virtual travelers! I hope you’re hanging in there with staying home and keeping your families safe.  Did you know that the 50th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated on Wednesday this week?  This special holiday recalled how meaningful travel is intricately linked to the health of our environment. With the loss of tourism, the Venice canals are clear, the

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Cabin fever relief via our US National Parks

Greetings travel lovers – how are you all doing?  We are on day 12 of my son’s quarantine, and as you know it’s not easy.  Speaking of my younger son, he is a true outdoorsman.  He worked as an ecotourism guide in Alaska last summer, spent a college winter term in Ecuador/the Galapagos Islands and just before the coronavirus hit,

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If you love to read, this one’s for you

Before we start this week’s newsletter, I’d like to offer anyone who has upcoming spring break travel plans (booked through me or not) the opportunity for a phone call to assist in assessing your options to travel or cancel due to the coronavirus situation. Send me an email (address below) to schedule a time to talk. As a travel consultant,

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Update for all travelers + blamping

TGIThursday!  What are your plans for the Leap Day weekend?  I thought it important to begin this newsletter by addressing the Coronavirus as it relates to travel.  A key benefit of working with a travel consultant is that we closely monitor travel-related global concerns and inform our clients.  Here’s our commitment to you with these types of situations: Proactive Communication: 

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Destination spotlight Arizona, yes even for beach lovers

Happy February?  It’s a favorite month for skiers but warm days filled with sunshine are calling the rest of us!  Speaking of gorgeous weather, Arizona is an incredible state with dry heat and year-round sunshine.  I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in past newsletters (ICYMI you can read back issues on the blog on our website) because I love

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5 reasons to think out-of-the-box for your next family vacation

Greetings!  I spent last Friday at the New York Times Travel Show held at NYC’s Jacob Javits Center.  In just 10 hours, I learned enough to fill half a dozen newsletters!  Since my goal is to share travel tips, tricks and inspiration in these newsletters (and on Facebook and Instagram), I will devote this issue to family travel trends in

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Your Spring Break and Summer Vacation Inspiration

If you’re beginning to think about your upcoming spring and summer vacation plans, you’re not alone!  January is a huge month for planning travel, and believe it or not, January 28th is National Plan A Vacation Day!  If you have kids in school, planning well in advance is important to getting the best rates and availability.  We will be attending

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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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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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