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A wine tasting tour in Italy can be the vacation of a lifetime

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Imagine strolling Paris’ famed Champs-Élysées on your honeymoon, or hiking in ancient footsteps along Peru’s Inca Trail. These iconic travel destinations are dreams that become reality for travelers every day. Planning these destination trips—while daunting at first—will become easier with the right advice along the way. Because you’ll need advice on things like when to go, how to pack, what to do when you’re there and any unforeseen cultural questions like what hand gestures are off limits in Italy. ExpertBeacon’s travel experts are here to guide you to your destination whether it’s a scuba adventure, European vacation, Caribbean cruise, Disney vacation, or just a business trip.  You’ll get help on how to experience destinations as near as Las Vegas and New York City to far flung locales such as Mexico, China, Australia and the Amazon.

A wine tasting tour in Italy can be the vacation of a lifetime

Italy produces over 2000 individually distinct varieties of wine, and nearly every region or province is home to renowned vineyards and wineries.

Wine is inextricably linked to the food of each region, and is the ultimate expression of the land it comes from.

Each province has winemaking traditions that go back hundreds of years and the Italian wine board has different gradations of quality within each region.

By focusing on the type of experience and wines you enjoy, you can have the vacation of a lifetime.

Christian GallianiAll thats fit to drink

I’m a born and bred native New Yorker of Italian & Argentine descent. Someone once described me as a character straight out of a Don Delillo novel. I fell in love with the world of wine when I managed Vines on Pine, a wine boutique at night. ...

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Plan an amazing and unforgettable vacation to Costa Rica

As one of the world's top ten travel destinations, Costa Rica has so much to offer, from high adventure, nature and wildlife to rest and relaxation. Costa Rica has something for everyone and every level of interest. Here is some advice when planning a vacation to Costa Rica.

David LawrenceDirector

David Lawrence is the director and owner of KTreks Inc., a tour operator with ground operations in over 70 worldwide destinations. With over 20 years in the tour and travel marketing industry, David and KTreks Inc. have developed unique custom n...

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Expert advice on planning a beach getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC

Jim Eggen Corporate General Manager Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

The world-famous Grand Stand and its miles of sweeping Atlantic coastline is the perfect beach vacation destination for families, couples, girlfriend getaways, golf buddy trips and everyone in between, no matter your budget. Enjoy a sunny dose of Southern Hospitality and take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s attractions, shopping, dining, entertainment and blue skies by following this expert advice.

Jim EggenCorporate General Manager

Jim Eggen, Corporate General Manager for Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, has been in the Grand Strand area since 1996 working in the hospitality industry. He has spent six years on the Board of Directors for the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Associatio...

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Visit Napa Valley and taste some of the finest wines in the world

Bruce Cass Wine Expert, Author, Teacher Bruce Cass Wine Lab

Napa Valley is less than an hour from San Francisco. It is the finest wine producing region in the world with that kind of proximity to a major metropolitan area. As such, it gets more than seven million visitors a year. It is also the smallest of California’s major wine producing regions in terms of square miles, but has the most wineries. There are over 600 wineries in Napa Valley, and only 75 of them have public tasting rooms. Other Napa wineries will see you by appointment, but you have to plan ahead.

Bruce CassWine Expert, Author, Teacher

Bruce Cass began teaching wine in the Bay Area in 1972. Now, nearly forty years and tens of thousands of happy students later, he is folding the Bruce Cass Wine Lab into a new business which will produce self-guided tours of California’s top win...

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Travel like a local in Luxor, Egypt to enjoy this ancient city

Mogg Morgan Travel Expert Mandox Egypt, Mandrake of Oxford

Luxor is an Upper Egyptian town whose name in Arabic means “The Castles”. The Ancient Egyptians called it “Waset” meaning “City of the Scepter”. To the Greeks and Romans it was Thebes - “The City of a Thousand Gates”.

Mogg MorganTravel Expert

Publisher, author and traveler with a special interest in Ancient Egypt especially what is called “archaeological memory” - the way ancient people still talk to us through their monuments, festivals and surviving traditions....

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Advice for making your Las Vegas luxury hotel vacation a reality

Ah, the “suite“ life in Las Vegas: pampering spa treatments, luxurious hotel rooms, and fine dining. Make your dream desert getaway a reality with this practical advice on picking the best luxury hotel experience.

Diane HoffmanHoffman Travel /Virtuoso Travel Specialist

Diane Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Travel, has been a travel specialist for over 25 years. Her experience spans the entire spectrum of travel, including her position as Culinary Travel adviser for Saveur Magazine. She has managed a European tour co...

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Plan a safe and exciting vacation to Mexico

Are you ready to say “si” to beautiful beaches, friendly faces and diverse destinations? Vacations in Mexico offer something for everyone, including families, foodies and fun loving adventurers. World class resort towns, sparkling beaches, quaint fishing villages, sunshine and ziplines, not to mention destination weddings and great group gatherings. Here is some expert advice for first time travelers to Mexico, experienced adventurers, and excited families alike.     

Diane HoffmanHoffman Travel /Virtuoso Travel Specialist

Diane Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Travel, has been a travel specialist for over 25 years. Her experience spans the entire spectrum of travel, including her position as Culinary Travel adviser for Saveur Magazine. She has managed a European tour co...

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Your first trip to France will be a joy with proper planning

Stuart Gustafson Author, Traveler, America’s International Travel Expert® Stuart Gustafson Productions, LLC

You’re excited because you’re finally going to France for the first time—congratulations! But then your mind starts asking questions like, “What should I wear?”; “What should I do?”; “Is it safe  to be out at night?”; “Do they speak English?” Relax; once you do some proper planning and expectations setting, your trip to France will be magnifique, and you’ll start planning your return trip even before your feet leave French soil!

Stuart GustafsonAuthor, Traveler, America’s International Travel Expert®

Author of eight published books; traveler to 39 countries; Million-Mile Flier on a major airline; holder of U.S. Registered Trademark America’s International Travel Expert®—these comprise the summary of why Stuart Gustafson is recognized as a le...

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Advice on hiking the Inca Trail in Peru

There is a reason why “hiking the Inca Trail” is a frequent feature on many travelers’ wish-lists and top-10s. It combines spectacular views of the Peruvian Andes with a rare glimpse into the remarkable past of the people who carved a lasting impression on the landscape and culture of the region. It is an extraordinary and challenging journey that rewards its pilgrims with one of the world’s most legendary ancient cities: Machu Picchu. Are you ready to explore the Inca Trail? Here’s a little helpful advice to guide you on your hiking adventure.

Kassandra MillerTrip Planner - Peru Specialist

Kassandra Miller is a veteran Trip Planner with Adventure Life, and has traveled throughout Latin America, developing ecotourism projects and growing a strong passion for adventure travel. A Pacific Northwest native, her love for the outdoors fe...

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How to survive Thailand's Full Moon Party

You’ve done it! No matter how many months or years of planning, saving and fantasizing, you’ve traveled across the world to Thailand’s infamous Koh Phangan Full Moon party - an all night rave of 10,000+ people. The party originated in 1987 by some long haired, hippy-type backpackers who just wanted to stay up and party by the light of the moon. Since its origin, travellers young and old from all over the world flock to Had Rin Beach in Koh Phangan once a month to partake in all the untamed rebellion and weirdness that the legendary Full Moon Party has become known for.

Ben CopelandTravelholic

"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller Free & Easy traveler is a group of friends and family who all share a love of traveling. It all began back in 2000 when Curtis Smith at the age of 20, ...

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Traveling to Luxor, Egypt? Visit the Deir el-Shelwit temple

Mogg Morgan Travel Expert Mandox Egypt, Mandrake of Oxford

Deir el-Shelwit was built when Egypt was ruled by the Romans and is thus one of the last temples of the Egyptian religion. It was discovered in the 19th century but has only recently been fully renovated and opened to the public. It is in a remote region just south of Luxor.

Mogg MorganTravel Expert

Publisher, author and traveler with a special interest in Ancient Egypt especially what is called “archaeological memory” - the way ancient people still talk to us through their monuments, festivals and surviving traditions....

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Plan the perfect family getaway to Myrtle Beach

Susan Phillips Director of Marketing Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

It’s no surprise that families are busy these days. So, when it comes to planning a family vacation, it may seem overwhelming. Planning a trip should be a fun experience and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a great destination for families to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Consider this advice for planning a family getaway to Myrtle Beach.

Susan PhillipsDirector of Marketing

Susan Phillips has over 25 years of experience in the travel and hospitality, aviation, and financial services industries with expertise in large-scale management of marketing, media, public relations, and business strategy. Since August 201...

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Expert advice on taking a summer vacation in Telluride, CO

Neil Hastings Director of Sales and Marketing Mountain Lodge at Telluride

Come summer, the world-class ski slopes of Telluride turn verdant green. Winter’s snows are a memory, crowds dissipate, and visitors have the stunning box canyon of southwest Colorado at their fingertips to enjoy. Sound good? It’s time to get planning for summer vacation.

Neil HastingsDirector of Sales and Marketing

Neil Hastings is director of sales and marketing for Mountain Lodge at Telluride in Colorado. He has more than 25 years experience in the resort industry, including seven at the Sheraton Steamboat Springs, 10 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphi...

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Tour Bordeaux, France and indulge in the finest wines in the world

Jan Acorn, CTA Vacation Consultant and Tour Specialist Gateway Destinations

Bordeaux wines have a long-standing reputation for being some of the most delicious and expensive wines in the world. As a first-time visitor to this celebrated French wine region, you may be asking yourself: Which areas within the Bordeaux region are the best? What is the best way to visit this area? Can I afford these wines?

Some advance planning and enlisting professional advice before visiting this area will make for a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Jan Acorn, CTAVacation Consultant and Tour Specialist

Jan Acorn is a Certified Travel Associate (CTA), has over six years experience as an Independent Travel Consultant and member of the Signature Travel Network. She has attained a number of travel supplier and tourism board certifications worldwid...

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How to plan a memorable and inexpensive destination wedding

Destination weddings have become very popular in the past ten years—despite the tough global economy. We’ll talk about why a destination wedding can actually be less expensive than getting married in your hometown, as well as how it can make your wedding day more memorable and less stressful.

Michael Cottam President, Visual Itineraries

Michael lives in Portland, Oregon. He's an avid traveler, photographer, and a private pilot, and has been diving all over the world, including Fiji, Bora Bora, Seychelles, Thailand, Hawaii, and the Caribbean....

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Planning and experiencing an unforgettable honeymoon in Paris, France

Congratulations! You are getting married. Is Paris at the top of your honeymoon list? Well, if not, it should be: Paris is the city of lights, love and romance! However, planning for honeymoons are often stressful and time-consuming, especially if it is your first time traveling to Europe. These top tips are worth considering when making your honeymoon plans.

Diane HoffmanHoffman Travel /Virtuoso Travel Specialist

Diane Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Travel, has been a travel specialist for over 25 years. Her experience spans the entire spectrum of travel, including her position as Culinary Travel adviser for Saveur Magazine. She has managed a European tour co...

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Pick the perfect vacation destination for the holiday season

Bob Diener Co-founder of Hotels.com and President of Getaroom.com Getaroom.com

For travelers that aren’t visiting family at a set destination during the holidays, it is often difficult to pick a destination. The weather is a key consideration for many travelers, with many desperate for warmer beaches, and some content with snow and a nice fireplace. This article will offer some expert advice to help people pick the best destination for them, not just point out the trendiest or cheapest locales.

Bob DienerCo-founder of Hotels.com and President of Getaroom.com

With more than 25 years experience in the travel industry, Bob Diener has been a pioneer in the hotel consolidation and online travel industry. Diener is the President and Co-Founder of the newest online travel site www.getaroom.com, specializin...

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Careful planning will make your first trip to Italy exhilarating

Stuart Gustafson Author, Traveler, America’s International Travel Expert® Stuart Gustafson Productions, LLC

There is so much to see, to do, and to absorb on every trip, and your first trip to Italy will be that way. Whether you are taking a guided tour, spending a few extra days at the end of a cruise, or just going on your own, there are some things that you definitely should do, and there are some you don’t want to do. By necessity, these must be somewhat general in nature; but since you’re creative—or you might not be going to Italy—you can use some imagination and tailor them to your own trip.

Stuart GustafsonAuthor, Traveler, America’s International Travel Expert®

Author of eight published books; traveler to 39 countries; Million-Mile Flier on a major airline; holder of U.S. Registered Trademark America’s International Travel Expert®—these comprise the summary of why Stuart Gustafson is recognized as a le...

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Spend a semester at sea and circumnavigate the world on a ship

You’ve been bitten by the travel bug and no matter what you do, you can’t stop scratching it! In fact, the harder you scratch, the more it itches. Chances are, you’ve done the backpacking thing, you’ve been on vacation with your family, or you’ve been the one sitting on a 14-hour flight to some exotic destination. But what if there was a once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity that took you to 12 countries in under four months...and it was all on a cruise ship? Welcome aboard Semester At Sea, your gateway to learning about the world by actually experiencing it.

Shauna FlemingWorld Traveler and Philanthropist

Never let your age get larger than the number of countries you've visited. That's the travel motto Shauna Fleming lives by, as taught by one her professors during Semester At Sea. Fleming has always loved trying new things and after circumnaviga...

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