Category: North America

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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My patriotic reindeer meeting – a true story!

Greetings travelers!  One year and two days ago, I checked an item off my travel bucket list AKA Wanderlist that I didn’t know I had until the opportunity presented itself.  Last summer, I spent the 4th of July in Anchorage, Alaska and had the very unusual experience of witnessing their 4th of July parade.  We were in Anchorage to begin

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Just can’t wait to be on the road again!

Happy Thursday travelers!  With Fourth of July weekend a little over two weeks away, I’m feeling nostalgic about our last two Independence week vacations and wishing I had something equally awesome planned.  Last year, we celebrated the 4th in Anchorage, Alaska (more on that VERY unique experience in the next newsletter or so), and the year before we were in

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Your guide to North American ranches – bucket list check!

Greetings travelers!  I have a personal confession to make – I regret that I never took my two sons to a ranch out west when they were young.  It’s not that it didn’t cross my mind, but I didn’t have a travel advisor to inspire and guide me through the options or the wherewithal to make it happen myself.  As

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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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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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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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Family Trip to Alaska Summer 2020

Does your family love… Breaching whales and soaring eagles Sled dogs and puppies Nature photography Outdoor adventure Hiking, biking and/or kayaking Have an interest in the sciences, especially environmental/marine/wildlife studies or geology? If the answer is yes to any of the above, a gift that will be absolutely unforgettable is a trip to Alaska!  This experience should be checked off

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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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