Destination Anticipation

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 11.54.30 AM.pngIf you love drone videos as much as we do and want to spend your days exploring your next dream destination then I am here to share our little secret with you. Although I get our drone videos from a variety of location, this site I am sharing with you is one of my favorites–http://travelwithdrone.com. Here you can find videos in every country of the world. Great travel videos for you to explore and get a birds eye view of future travel locations.

The travel planning experience starts the moment you find your next must visit destination. We call it destination anticipation. This fun filled time will get you excited to travel to the next place and inspire a lifetime of travel love.

We love to be involved in the entire process from destination anticipation to the return and when the process begins again. That is why I am sharing this site with you today. Once you use this fun resource to find your next vacay spot it is time to contact us here at Ambassador Travel to continue the travel process!

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Oldest American Cocktail

Unknown.jpegOn my never ending quest to find cocktails that can mix in with our love of travel I stumbled upon what is arguably the first know cocktail served in America. Now like most of my blog posts historians and drink historians (didn’t know that was a thing, but I may need to switch careers) have debated the topic at hand and all I can tell you is some believe it and others don’t. We’re going to lean towards the former and say this is the oldest cocktail in America and we do have a way for you to try it. So without furth adieu today’s featured drink is the Sazerac. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone, I didn’t know about it until I began writing this blog post. So let’s you and I learn a thing or two about the potential oldest mixed drink in American history.

Sazerac is actually the name of the Cognac used as the main ingredient in the cocktail. It is a local New Orleans variation of Cognac named Sazerac de Forge et Fils, which is just simply a brand of Cognac. The drink consists of Cognac, Absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters and sugar. It was claimed to originate before the civil war. As legend would have it in 1850 Sewell T. Taylor sold his bar located in New Orleans to a man named Aaron Bird. Under Taylor’s ownership the bar was called The Merchant Exchange Coffee House. After Taylor sold it he became a spirits importer, specifically Sazerac Cognac. Taylor and Bird had a good relationship and thus Taylor began to supply his former bar with liquor. Bird changed the name of the bar to the Sazerac Coffee house and began serving Sazerac cocktails with Sazerac cognac and bitters from a local Creole apothecary named Antoine Amedie Peychaud, hence the Peychaud’s bitters as one of the main ingredients. They say that this story can be disputed becuase people were mixing rye whiskey with similar ingredients earlier in the 19th century, and becuase the term cocktail came about before the drink there are holes in the story, but it’s truly up to you what side you’re going to believe.

As history has continued the drink has only gained popularity. In March 2008 Senator Edwin R. Murray called for it to become Louisiana’s state cocktail. Mr. Murray achieved his goal and it is now the state’s drink. Now I know what you’re thinking, I need to try this cocktail. Well lucky for you we have a group trip headed to New Orleans this coming winter. It would be the perfec time to enjoy history and sip on such a historic beverage.

For more information on the trip please follow this link: New Orleans Trip

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Bali

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Bali is an island and province of Indonesia, with it’s capital city being Denpasar. With over 4 million people inhabiting the island this gem to the east is one you should definitely consider for your next vacation. It is highly developed in the arts, which include dancing, sculpture, painting, leather and metal work as well as music. You can find both traditional and modern aspects in all the different areas of art that the people of Bali excel in.

Located 600 miles east of Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, Bali is part of the coral triangle. What this means is that it is part of a system of islands with the highest biodiversity of marine species in the world. About 7 times that of the caribbean. Which means that for a scuba diver, Bali is a dream. According to Travel 42, “Bali Island remains a magical getaway that doesn’t seem of this earth.” Now if a travel destination ever got a review, that is the one it would want. A “magical destination that doesnt seem of this world,” to me this means its something that no picture is ever going to be able to fully show you. You have to see it for yourself.

Bali is a breathtaking location where you should spend your time outside viewing all it has to offer. Take in a sunset at Tanah Lot, or try a traditional Indonesian crispy duck at the many top notch restaurants. Tour sacred temples and take in a live dancing show. You can rent cars or bikes and continue to explore the island on your own, or plan out excursions to have a guide bring Bali’s history to life.

The highest point in Bali is Mount Agung. This is the most sacred part of the island. The majority of the Balinese people are Hindu and this still, very much, active volcano is considered highly respected. Most temples face Mount Agung and people try to sleep with their heads towards it at night. Because of the volcano Bali has some amazing black sand beaches due to the volcanic ash. Usually known for the pristine white beaches, Bali surprises it’s visitors with it’s few black ones as well.

Another great component to Bali is the people themselves. They have over 580 languages and dialects, but the official language is Bahasa Indonesia. With 80% of the island’s economy being tourism, many people do speak English because it is part of their livelihoods. One interesting thing about the people of Bali is that they name their children in order of birth. What I mean by that is, there are only 4 names given to children and there is no difference between boys and girls. Your first child will be named Wayan, second Made, third Nyoman and fourth Ketut. I don’t know how this works, and what happens if you have a 5th child, but it is definitely an interesting fact.

Want to experience Bali for yourself? Time to call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777

Client Testimonial

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Starting off the week on a high note is a sure fire way to making a great week possible. Today we are sharing with you a great review from another one of our fabulous travelers. Like other posts we have shared recently she was part of one of our great winter/spring 2016 groups, specifically the Secrets Huatulco with Travel Planner: Connie. So Let’s hear what Cheri had to say about her experience with Ambassador Travel as well as the specifics on the resort:

“Went to Secrets Huatulco with a group in March.  We had a great time with a fun group of people.  Traveling with a group was awesome as our travel agent came along so we could ask questions throughout the trip and she made sure we all had all the information we needed for traveling there and back home.  She also set up group excursions for us so we got to go with a big group we knew instead of strangers.  Our travel Agent also brought pool games which were always a good time.  Highly recommend traveling as a group, this is my 3rd group trip and they are always a good time.”

If you have ever wondered about the benefits of group travel, I think Cheri did a great job of showing the convienience of having your Travel Planner on a trip with you to make sure everything runs smoothly as well as set up different excursions and things for you to do. And now that fall is right around the corner we will be announcing all of our great winter/spring groups coming up, so make sure to check back and stay active on our Facebook page!

If you are interested in finding out more about our groups or joining us please give us a call at 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com for more information.

Destinations Disney

Neuschwanstein-Castle-REALDISNEY0216.jpgWhether you have kids, or are a kid at heart, Disney lovers will enjoy this article that I came across. Want to visit locations around the globe that have inspired your favorite Disney movies? Well now you can because this article outlines the locations that helped form some of disney’s classics and modern classics.

Article: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/disney-movies-real-life-locations

So which favorite Disney movie location inspiration do you want to visit? Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite classic Disney movie and this French Chateau looks like a perfect new addition to my must travel list. Share with us yours! Comment below or on our Facebook post!

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Iceland by Air

As you all know we love drone videos, especially ones like this that show a county’s true beauty. Iceland is becoming a hot zone for travel and through videos like this we can see why. As travel becomes easier our world seems to become smaller and smaller. What I mean by this is that it seems that people are traveling everywhere these days. Obviously the popular tourist destinations around the world are still popular tourist destination, but people are expanding what they are looking for when it comes to their vacation time. If you want something truly unique, then Iceland is definitely going to give it to you. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation or a combination of both you will get it all on a trip to Iceland. For more information on this, check back for future blog postings and contact us today!

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Drinking around the World

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.42.54 AM.pngOk I am continuing my love of quizzes this week with one I found about testing your knowledge of drinks from around the world. Since it is thirsty Thursday I figured this would be a great addition to our normal informative blogs. I did take the quiz, like I do all the ones I shared and I got 7/10, not horrible, but some of these questions are real stumpers. One bonus though, a few of the questions that are asked you will know if you read our thirsty Thursday blog frequently! So now it’s your turn, test your knowledge and learn a little at the same time!

http://matadornetwork.com/life/how-much-do-you-know-about-drinking-around-the-world-quiz/

Now that you know so much about the different drinks from all over the world share with us the ones you want to try! I am very interested in the best selling beer! Interested in trying these drinks in their native lands? Contact us today!

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Malta

malta-country.jpgWelcome to Where in the World Wednesday fellow travel lovers. Today we are going to talk about a small island nation that has played a big part in the world–Malta. Haven’t heard of it? Well then I am glad you are here becuase this is a small island with a big personality. So without further adieu lets jump right in shall we.

Located about 5o miles south of Sicily, Italy, Malta is a small 122 square mile archepelago with just under a half a million people. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. Malta is comprised of three main islands: Gozo, Comino and Malta. With the capital located on the Maltese island of Malta and known as Valletta. Valletta itself is the smallest national captial in the European Union at just under a 1/2 square mile. The people of Malta have two official languages, but many of them are multilingual speakers. You can hear Maltese as well as English used interchangably. Maltese is a sort of mixture between Arabic and Italian.

Malta has played a strong history in the world due to it’s location. Because it’s proximity to both Europe and Africa it has staked it’s claim due to it’s Naval capabilities. It was also one of the most heavily bombed locations during WWII. Malta has seen a long history of ownership by various super powers, but gained it’s commonwealth status from England in 1964. Just 10 years later in 1974 it became an official republic and would join the European Union in 2004.

Malta is a great location for tourists of all types. With it’s great weather, rich history as well as endless options for recreational fun, Malta is a hot spot for tourists. The people of Malta are friendly and speak English so it is defintiely a great place for American travelers who want to travel to Europe. The busiest season runs from July through September. If you don’t like crowds then avoid the busy season. Like I said above this small island country is already densly populated and now add thousands of tourists. The weather is fare all year long so avoid the crowds by heading to Malta in Spring or early Summer.

So what is there to do in Malta? Both locals and tourists alike can and do enjoy attending summer performances at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. Here you can see operas, concerts and much more. If the beach is where you want to be, then head to the Northner coasts, this is where you will find the best ocean front locations. If scuba diving is your thing, then Malta is your destination. The clear waters surrounding the island make for great scuba conditions. Plus the island is surrounded by reefes, caves as well as a multitude of ship wrecks to explore.

Like I said above Malta is comprised of three main islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is where you will find the most to do, whether that is shopping, restaurants or night life. Gozo is a little slower of a pace. Our Travel guide suggests spending 8 days in Malta with 5 of them on the island of Malta, 2 in Gozo and 1 in Comino. Comino is virtually uninhabited and most visitors spend their time at the breathtaking blue lagoon. Other great options are taking a walking tour, becuase the islands are so small it is easy to take coastal walking tours any day on the various islands. And don’t forget to sample the oranges in Malta. They are known for them and are quite delicious.

Intersted in learning more about this island getaway? Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com

Travel Quiz Tuesday

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Good afternoon travel lovers! Do you love travel trivia and finding out more about this crazy world that we live in? Good! Because I am changing things up today by providing you with a fun travel quiz that I found on the internet. I scored an 8/10 so try to see if your score can beat mine!

http://www.traveller.com.au/travel-trivia-quiz-june-11-2016-test-your-travel-knowledge-gpfbhc

Share with us how you did! And if this little quiz inspires your travel, which I hope it does, then it’s time to give us a call!

 

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Aarhus, Denmark

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Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus began as a viking settlement in the 8th century and has gone through a history of stagnation and war to find itself as a popular cultural and tourist hub of today. Aarhus is located along Denmark’s east coast of the Jylland Peninsula, the only part of Denmark attached to mainland Europe. The Aarhus of today really began during the turn of the century with the Industrial Revolution. So let’s learn a little more about this cool town.

Today Aarhus is a hot spot for culture, economics, trade, industry and education. With many Danish companies housing their headquarters here, the surrounding areas and suburbs have grown up because of commuters. Aarhus University is located here and is the largest college in the Scandinavian Countries. You will find large amounts of students, which have of course influenced the towns culture and entertainment industries. The city itself is notable for music history. With a love of jazz that provides annual music festivals. If you can make it here in September you will be able to experience Aarhus Festival, which is a week long concert and cultural event that brings crowds from around the world.

Other options for visiting in the area are two 13th century castles. The Marselisborg Forest, where you can visit the Christmas and Summer home of the Danish Royal family. Plus check out Den Gamle By, also know as the old town, which is an open air museum, located just outside of town.

Aarhus is definitely one of those locations to visit if you are ready to experience European culture and are interested in seeing cities outside the main tourist areas. It will give you a great mix of attractions as well as local favorites. Aarhus is a great way to spend a day or two and feel fully immersed in the Danish way of life.

Intersted? Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to request an appointment with us today!