Category: North America

For Your Travel Radar in North America 🎯

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  It still feels like summer, but those of us in the Northeast know that fall is just around the corner. I love the fall but like to enjoy the summer season into September while the temperatures are still warm.  Seeing ads for pumpkin spice everything and Halloween decorations in the stores shortly before or

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Walking, Hiking, or Cycling?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  Are you as excited as I am for spring?  With the daffodils sprouting and more people getting vaccinated, this spring season feels doubly welcomed.  I spent a good chunk of this week talking with travel colleagues across the pond.  They can’t wait to welcome us back!  If you have your sights on a vacation

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Thinking about a vacation in the USA?

Happy Friday Hidden Gem Travel community!  I’m a day late in your inbox this week due to my virtual travel event on Wednesday night.  It was a big success and anyone who couldn’t join us, I’m happy to send you the recording.  Many thanks to my partners at Kensington Tours, NIC+ZOE, and Tidy Nest! With all the winter weather across

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Do You Know Your Travel Style?

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community!  Did you see on my social channels that Tuesday was National Plan For Vacation Day?  Yes, it’s an official thing, and as I posted on LinkedIn there are some interesting stats about attitudes relating to travel in 2021: 69% of people see a change in scenery as a top travel priority in 2021, and

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Boosting your happiness throughout October

Greetings Hidden Gem Travelers (also Aloha, Aang, Eh, and Hola – hints to this week’s destinations)!  I’ve been reflecting on how difficult 2020 has been and continues to be for so many people and brainstorming how I can be a bright spot in your inbox on Thursdays.  I was inspired by a recent article in AFAR that said, “New research

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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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