Oktoberfest Outings

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Have you always dreamed of drinking beer from a giant mug and donning leather shorts in public? Then it’s time to start planning your Oktoberfest vacation now! Germany’s annual beer festival, known around the world as Oktoberfest runs from late September to early October. This year specifically it is from September 19th to October 4th. Here you can enjoy a liter of one of the exclusive Oktoberfest beers and try some of Munich’s best eats. But where did this celebration come from, you may ask.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the celebration of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen’s wedding day. The grounds where Oktoberfest resides is named after the Princess, Theresienwiese which mean’s Therese’s meadow. Often refereed to as just Wiesen by the locals.

On average over 7 million litres of beer are consumed every year at Oktoberfest. The celebration includes: amusement rides, games, traditional food and much much more. Some of the most famous food served at Oktoberfest is Hendl (roast chicken), Würst (sausage), Bretzen (pretzel) and Käserspätzle (cheesy noodles). The festival is a lot more family friendly during the day planning soft music up until 6pm.

Now the beer is the main attraction at Oktoberfest so lets discuss the how to become an elite Oktoberfest beer. First off only beer coming from the Reinheitsgebot are allowed to be served at Oktoberfest. Now if you think Wisconsin is big on beer, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Reinheitsgebot is the official German beer law that regulates the purity of beer made throughout Deutschland. Secondly the beer has to be brewed within the city limits of Munich. The following are the beer that currently meet this criteria: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spätenbräu, and Hofbräu-Munchen.

Now let me just say, I have been to Oktoberfest in Germany and yes it is everything and more than you could ever imagine. The beer, even though you can buy many of these brands in the United States and throughout the world, is better than you could ever imagine. I had sausage and sauerkraut and I have never liked sauerkraut in my life, but it was the best food I have ever tasted. Oktoberfest in Germany is not to be missed. So, if it’s not already on your bucket list, it honestly should be. Although I am slightly biased because I have a love for the German culture, this was one of, it not the best, experience that I have ever been a part of. After dancing the night away, cheersing all my fellow countrymen I was never the same, Germany had my heart.

If you are interested in booking a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest 2015 you are in luck. One of our fabulous travel consultants has been to the festival twice and is looking forward to sending you on your way! Give us a call 920.236.7777 or request an appointment at ambassadortravelltd.com

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Puerto Vallarta Paradise

Here at Ambassador Travel we love showcasing all of the amazing places that we have been. One of the best reasons to use a travel consultant is because of their expertise of a location and/or hotel. This Where in the World Wednesday is dedicated to consultant Veronica’s latest work trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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“I just got back from an amazing trip to Puerto Vallarta. As hard as it was to tear myself away from the Grand Palladium’s salt water pool, I realized there is a lot of amazing things going on outside my resort. I loved strolling the boardwalk in the city of Puerto Vallarta and eating dessert at a local restaurant while watching the sunset. We also explored the amazing little surf town of Sayulita, I don’t think any of us wanted to leave. We ended the trip with the ‘Rhythms of the Night’ from Vallarta Adventures. This experience sends you to an authentic Mexican dinner in the mountains and then an extravagant live show. I have been all over the world and I think Puerto Vallarta might be one of the most beautiful and interesting places I have ever been.”

I love hearing first hand descriptions of locations, and Veronica has a great way of really painting a picture for our audience. Veronica told me when she got back that her favorite thing aside from that salt water pool is really getting out and experiencing a city and it’s unique culture. For me and our adventurous travelers out there that is a really great trait to have in your travel consultant.

To find out more about Veronica’s off the grid adventures and to book your next vacation to Puerto Vallarta please give us a call at 920.236.7777 or request an appointment at ambassadortravelltd.com

Trivia Tuesday

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I don’t know if you are like me, but trivia Tuesday is my absolute favorite day of the week! Last week we challenged you with a match the city with it’s nickname game. Let see if you are still a master of trivia after this brain buster. Here was the question:

  1. Boston, Massachusetts       a. Second City
  2. Detroit, Michigan                  b. Bean Town
  3. Portland, Oregon                 c. Rose City
  4. Chicago, Illinois                   d. MoTown

The answers are 1. b., 2. d., 3. c., and 4. a.

Here is a little background on why Chicago is known as the second city. In 1890 Chicago passed Philadelphia as the second most populated city, it had doubled in size from 1880. Shortly after the famous chicago fire. Which is another way to look at its nickname. Many people believe the fire of 1871 was a do over for the city of Chicago. It allowed a better, more well constructed city to be built on top of an already flourishing economy. Chicago was dubbed the ‘Florence of the West’ because of its rapid growth in industry, population and artistry. The origin of the term “second city” comes from the battle with New York for the selection for the site of the Columbian Exposition. Chicago battled hard by annexing part of the South side, which led to its population to near New York levels. The battle was quickly lost, however, when New York combined all five of its buroughs and easily beat out Chicago. This put Chicago second to New York, dubbing it “Second City.”

This week’s trivia question: “Which of the 7 wonders of the world is/are still in existence today?”

Don’t forget to submit your answer either in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Interested in taking a weekend trip to Chicago? Or another one of the great cities listed above? Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to request an appointment.

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When planning a trip of a lifetime we often don’t even think about all the little moments that come together to make it one of the best trips we’ve ever taken. For many people visiting Australia is a lifelong dream. Australian adventures can be different for everyone that goes, I mean it’s an entire continent for pete’s sake. But for our Travel Consultant Connie the memory that most stood out to her was one I am sure will now be popping up on everyone’s bucket list.

“One of my best memories was climbing the Sydney Bridge. The view was

amazing and the experience was never to be forgotten. We did the twilight

climb so we got a photo of the Opera House in the background and when we

came back down we had the city skyline at night in the background. The

thrill of being at the top of the bridge was some I will never forget.”

How amazing would it be to not only get the thrill of climbing a bridge at twilight, but to drink it all in with the experience of seeing some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Although I can only imagine this experience, the way I picture it is completely breath taking. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the one in my head is saying way more than that. The German’s have a word for the physical longing to travel Fernweh, which literally translates into an ache for travel. It is descriptions like this that give me the feeling of Fernweh in the most intense way.

Do you have an ache for travel? Give us a call at 920.236.7777 or visit our website to schedule an appointment ambassadortravelltd.com

Pack Light

One of the best parts of working in the travel industry is sharing our experience with our clients. We provide expert advice on the best resorts, destinations and excursions. But another component is giving tips on how to travel safe and smart. One of our most frequently asked questions is about baggage. With some airlines charging fees for both carry on and checked bags people are always looking for ways to reduce the bulk in their luggage. Fret no more, I have found your answer!

Because I am the goddess of all things media I like to spend my time reading countless articles on every corner of the travel world. I read safety alerts, hottest locations for a summer get-aways and when is the best time to book an airline ticket. One of the best articles that I have come across makes packing light easy and memorable.

When we set off out on our latest journey we don’t always have endless room for our entire wardrobe. The classic overpacker in me cringes at the thought of leaving my newest shoes or top behind, but with this method you maximize your wardrobe, while still packing light.  It’s known as the 5-4-3-2-1 method. The 5 stands for the number of tops you are allowed to bring. Now depending on your vacation location (see what I did there) this may need to be altered slightly, but pack according to the agenda of your trip. No matter where you are traveling, or what the climate though, I always recommend taking along at least 1 nicer top. You never know where the world will take you. Moving along, the 4 stands for bottoms. Bottoms are very versatile and can be combined into a number of different outfits. Jeans are always a must. But make sure to include a skirt, shorts and dress pants in there depending on your destination. The 3 stands for accessories. This can include a purse, belt, backpack, or any number of things that you may need for this trip. The 2 stands for shoes. Here is where I always run into my problem. I feel like I need to bring a pair of shoes to go with all my outfits. Again, as I’ve said before stick to what you need. A comfy pair of shoes, whether thats tennis shoes, loafers or a pair of leather flats are always a must. When on vacation we tend to do a lot of walking so comfortable shoes can make or break an entire week. And finally 1, this stands for that must have item. Maybe its a swimsuit for a beach location, maybe its a jacket. Whatever that item is here is your chance to pack it.

Now I know this list is limited, and I would not recommend sticking to the 5-4-3-2-1 if you are going on a month long trip. But if you are looking to pack light and you will be gone around a week this is a great way to limit your packing and maximize your potential.

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Cultural Cocktails

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Being from Wisconsin, we know a thing or two about the importance of adult beverages to our culture. Wisconsin without beer would be like peanut butter without jelly, mexico without tequilla, basically the world would not be right. To commemorate how a drink can play into a culture we would like to introduce you to Caipirinha.

Caipirinha is made with cachaca sugar, which is a hard liquor, sugar and lime. Cachaca is Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage. A close second would be rum, which is made similarly to Cachaca.

The drink is made by smashing fruit (lime) and sugar together and then adding Cachaca liquor. Although the stories of it’s history are plenty, it seems its first appearance came in around 1918 in Sao Paulo.  At the time it was a drink given to Spanish Flu patience, much like we here in Wisconsin due with Brandy and honey. At the time it was made with lime, garlic and honey. Today it is the national cocktail of Brazil and is starting to make it’s way into the caribbean and beyond.

How to make it:

½ Lime (quartered)

2 ½ fluid ounces of Cachaca

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 cup ice cubes

you can buy cachaca online with a price range of about $20-$70

One thing travel opens you up to is other cultures. Drinking has been part of people’s lives for thousands of years. Learning the importance that different forms of alcoholic drinks play into a people’s culture is similar to how food plays into a culture. To plan your next sip, i mean trip, give us a call 920.236.7777 or schedule an appointment online at ambassadortravelltd.com

Ambassador Cruise Night

Sometimes to get away, you have to stay right here. Join Ambassador Travel for our Cruise Night on May 7th starting at 6:30 PM

A special “Cruising 101” presentation will be put on by Royal Caribbean representative John Winters. With a focus on first or second time cruisers. Snacks and signature drinks will be provided by Chef Brian Kaprelian, who will use inspiration from the Caribbean and Hawaiian cultures to transport your taste buds to paradise.

Interested in jetting off to Hawaii? Travel Consultant Connie Ruedinger will be promoting her 7 day May 2016 cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. With ports including: Kahului, Hilo, Kona and Nawiliwili this is a trip you won’t want to miss.

Maybe the Caribbean is more your style. Come check out Travel Consultant Liz Kaprelian’s 6 day Caribbean Cruise. Liz is our most seasoned cruiser and will be a great host for the January 31- Feb 7 2016 Caribbean Adventure. With ports in Punta Cana, Jamaica and Haiti.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Cruise Night or booking one of these two fabulous vacations please rsvp or call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777 or email us at info@ambassadortravelltd.com

Trivia Tuesday

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Welcome back quiz masters! Last week’s question stated: What is the smallest independent nation on earth?” If you guessed Vatican City, then you were correct! This may have stumped you, as a likely guess would be Monaco.

Although the country may be small it comes with a rich history. While touring Rome some may not even realize that they’ve crossed over to a new country when entering Vatican City. It shares a 2 mile border with Italy and owns about 100 acres of land. In comparison Vatican City is only 1/8th the size of New York’s Central Park. At one point in history Vatican City owned many small city states throughout Italy, but were confined to their small land after hundreds of years of wars. In the 1920s Benito Mussolini (yes the fascist dictator) signed Vatican City into existence. Vatican City houses the smallest standing army in the world, and although the Swiss Guard appear to be strictly ceremonial, they are still extensively trained and highly skilled marksmen. Because of the light pollution (like actual light, not like a light version of pollution) that Vatican City emits they own a telescope in Tuscon Arizona to study astronomy.

Well now that I just dropped that large knowledge bomb on you I guess it’s time to get around to this week’s question. This week is a little harder. From the list below match the U.S. city with it’s nick name.

  1. Boston, Massachusetts a. Second City
  2. Detroit, Michigan b. Bean Town
  3. Portland, Oregon c. Rose City
  4. Chicago, Illinois d. MoTown

Don’t forget to leave your guess in the comments! And give us a call to send you to one of these great cities 920.236.777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to request an appointment.


Submit your guesses in the comment section below or on our facebook page. And don’t forget to call Ambassador Travel 920.236.7777 or schedule an appointment on our website so we can send you to one of these fabulous cities. ambassadortravelltd.com

Disney Magic

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Sometimes the best memories take a little more work and a little more time to achieve than others. Susie Leib, owner of Ambassador Travel, has shared a special memory with me about her 2015 Disney trip with her daughters.

“We stood in line for over 90 minutes to see Elsa and Anna. The wait was long but it turned out to be some great mommy/daughter time. Their faces were priceless when it was finally their turn.  They still talk about how special that was, truly a great memory for all of us!”

Now even if you don’t have kids or you’ve never been to Disney, you definitely know who Anna and Elsa are. The stars of one of Disney’s most popular movies, Frozen, are cartoon royalty. Watch out Cinderella these Princesses have taken over and become basically cartoon moguls. As described above Susie and her girls had to wait in line over an hour and a half just to have a few minutes with Anna and Elsa. Many parents would not have taken the time or the patience to be able to wait in line, but it proved to be one of the best memories of their entire vacation. Of course it’s easier to bribe your kids with the latest toy to avoid the lines, but sometimes that hour and a half will become such a big part of your children’s memories that it is definitely worth it. Even though I don’t have kids, I know that getting to spend an hour and a half of real bonding time with someone I love can make 90 minutes more valuable than 100 years.

Maybe it’s the magic of Disney or maybe it’s family vacations in general, but memories like these are what make the travel business one of the best.