Best Place to Travel in 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 3.09.04 PM.pngJust like music, clothing and styles, hot spots in vacation locations also come and go in trends. People are traveling to more exotic locations all over the globe now. Because of this more and more places are becoming tourist stops, even in some of the most remote countries. Travel and Leisure has pieced together their top travel destinations for 2016. There is still plenty of time left to visit one of several of these great locations!

Best Places to Travel in 2016: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-travel-in-2016

Although this list is so hard to choose from I think 2 of the places I would most like to visit this year are Casablanca, Morocco and Seattle Washington. Two very different locations and climates, but both equally fascinating to me. Which hot spots are you interested in ? Share with us in the comments below or on our facebook post!

 

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Travel Tid Bits

9781472339010_Z.jpgToday I am mixing things up on our normal travel trivia blog and I am going to bring you some travel tid bits about a few interesting places from around the world. I stumbled across a post from a website/blog/travel publication called the Lonely Planet where they talk about 10 geeky facts from around the globe. I decided to highlight a couple of the places they talk about and some of the cool facts I found out (or already knew) about some exciting travel locations. So let’s learn a little bit on this Travel Trivia Tuesday shall we!

Location number one is Mount Everest, located in Nepal. As most of us know Mt. Everest at it’s highest point is the highest point on earth, but do you know just how tall that is? Currently Mt. Everest measures just over 29,035 feet. That is one tall point! Another thing you may not have known is that it is still growing! Now you may ask, how does a mountain grow. Well Mt. Everest sits on a bunch of tectonic plates that are pushing together raising the mountain 4mm per year. It may not seem like a lot but times that by the millions/billions of years the earth has been around and you’re going to get about 29,035 feet! If you aren’t into climbing to the very top (because well that takes a lot of training, millions of dollars, and you could die) there are plenty of opportunities in the foothills for climbing enthusiasts!

Our second pick is Vatican City. Did you know that this tiny 109 acre area is actually the smallest country in the world? That right, to put this in comparison, many of us have been to Central Park in New York City, well that is just over 840 acres. Yup, there is a country that is about 1/8th the size of Central Park! This traditional State has it’s own military known as the Swiss Guard and to this day they still wear the traditional garb inspired by the Renaissance artist Raphael. The country has 800 inhabitants and 450 of them are citizens.

Finally we are going to head back to the east and talk about the Great Wall of China. Obviously located in China, this was the largest military construction ever built on earth. And did you know the myth about being able to see it from space isn’t true! Today there are still about 1243 miles of the original 4535 miles of the wall remaining. The wall was built over the course of 300 years from the 7th century BC to the 4th century BC. One thing you may not know is that one of the hottest locations to view the wall is near Beijing. One small thing many tourists don’t know is that isn’t even part of the original wall. That’s right, the Beijing section was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty 14-17th centuries AD.

For more travel knowledge make sure to check back each week and find out what we want you, our lovely followers, to know! If you are ready to see the world and this blog has inspired you it’s time to give us a call or check out our website!

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CARIBBEANMEXICOARUBAISLANDARUBADES_001981PALMBEACHRES_001982.jpgTravel Planner Connie recently returned from a work trip to Aruba. She has given us some great feedback on the island and some of the hotels she was able to stay at and tour while there. Having this feedback is a great way for us to share with you the highlights of resorts as well as use our expertise to make your vacation exactly what you are looking for. So let’s find out what Connie had to say about the Aruba who’s slogan is One Happy Island. 

“The island itself is very dry and lies outside of the hurricane belt. It never rained while we were there, but it was windy. If you are a foodie, then you will love Aruba. The restaurants on the island are upper class and very good. Bugaloe is a bar/restaurant on the pier at Palm Beach. It had friendly staff as well as free wifi and was an excellent location for a cold beer. All in all the island was one of the friendliest and safest places I have ever been in the Caribbean.
I was able to tour the Occidental which will soon be the Barcelo. The room was nice and the the-occidental-grand.jpgfridge was stocked with soda and beer. The staff was very accommodating from the woman seating guests at the buffet to the bartender in the lobby and our bell hop. They showed genuine concern for our happiness and overall experience at the resort. Although I was unable to try it, the Italian restaurant came highly recommended.
playa-beach-02_tcm55-121163.jpgAnother stop on our trip was the RIU. This adults only resort had great food, especially the buffet. The rooms are basic, but the balcony views were breathtaking. Staff was all very nice at this location and there was free WiFi with up to four devices per room. It was one of the nicer all-inclusive resorts in the area and I would definitely go back.”
Connie was able to also do excursions and is an excellent resource if you are looking to travel to Aruba. This is a great location for late summer and early fall due to the fact that it lies outside the hurricane belt, avoiding this time of year’s bad weather.
For more information or to make an appointment to learn more about Aruba please contact me today!
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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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