Mongolia

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Hello and welcome to where in the world Wednesday. Today I am featuring an article from the British publication–Telegraph. If you are a traveler who loves to break beyond the boundaries and really hates crowds than this next location is going to soar to the top of your list. Although tourism is starting to speed up, now is the time to go if you are looking for a truly unique travel experience where you can enjoy restaurants, culture, history and again NO lines. Where is this magical crowd free destination you ask? Well it just so happens it is Mongolia. Now you may have heard of the beef but not much else, check out this article below to find out why Mongolia is starting to peak people’s travel radars.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/mongolia/articles/could-mongolia-become-the-next-big-travel-destination/

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Oshkosh Passport Fair

The Oshkosh Post Office is hosting a Passport Fair. If you plan on traveling outside the US in the next couple of years, now is the time to get or renew your passport. Follow the link that they provided; travel.state.gov to find out what you need to be able to apply for a passport. Don’t forget, as of January 1st 2017 you now need 2 certified birth certificates to be able to apply for a passport.

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“Rivers of Light,” Officially Opens February 17 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
For more than a year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort has continued its evolution to a day-to-night park by introducing a rich variety of new nighttime experiences. And today, we’re happy to announce one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on Feb 17, 2017

Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.

Dining and FastPass+ reservations for this new show are now available.

And don’t forget that the next step in the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the grand debut of Pandora – The World of Avatar – will take place on May 27, 2017.

Keep your eye on the Disney Travel News, as we share more details on what’s new and what’s next for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

 

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Calling All Wine Lovers

Ok wine lovers I have a special treat for you today. We are sharing an article by CNN on the 11 undiscovered wine regions. If you are looking for a lovely libation spot that isn’t overrun with tourists this is the list for you. Of course we all know if you want good wine we could head to Tuscany, Napa or Champagne, but some of the worlds best wine comes from places around the globe you may have never even heard of–including a local favorite–Door County Wisconsin. So, take your time, peruse the article and call us today to make your next vacation all about the Vino.

Inle Lake region, Myanmar

Aythaya Wine Estate is one of the only two wineries in Myanmar.

Myanmar possesses only two wine estates, both located near Inle Lake, famous for its Intha fisherman who row standing up with one leg while manipulating their conical fishing nets.
A 30-minute drive from the lake into the Shan mountains is the Aythaya wine estate, opened in 1999.
Wine tasting takes place in the Sunset Wine Garden restaurant, where the sun drops over the vineyards for an otherworldly feel.
The Red Mountain Estate opened in 2002, and is the only other winery in Myanmar.
Its 400,000 plants were imported from France and Spain after experiments to determine which would grow best in the hilly region.

Kakheti, Georgia

Located at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia is not known for succulent peaches, but for its grape varieties.
Georgia, the country (not the US state) is one of the world’s oldest winemaking regions.
Archaeologists have found evidence of wine production from 6,000 BC, which has earned it a place on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Kakheti is Georgia’s most famous wine region: highlights include sipping wine at Pheasant’s Tears  in the quaint hilltop town of Sighnaghi.
Rather than producing wine in wooden barrels or steel containers, Georgian-grown grapes ferment in clay jars known as qvevri.
The resulting sweet taste is pleasing and distinct from the usual palate of Western wines.

Brda, Slovenia

The 72-square-kilometer (28 mile) wine region of Brda sits along the Italian border and has been described as a “mini Tuscany” — even the cuisine is influenced by Italy.
An hour’s drive from Ljubljana, most of the vineyards are small, family-run operations, and almost all offer some combination of wine tastings, tours, meals, accommodation and wine sales.
Best way to experience Brda?
A slow, multi-course meal on a terrace overlooking the vineyards.

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro might be the world's most beautiful wine regions.

Northern Portugal is home to the Douro region and is the birthplace of port wine.
There has been wine production in the region for more than 2,000 years.
The new Six Senses hotel — the group’s first in Europe — presents a renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the Douro Valley and the river below.
Its highlights include panoramic views while lounging in the pool, or leisurely strolls through the property’s organic garden.

Okanagan Wine Region, Canada

Situated in British Columbia and a 4-hour drive from bustling Vancouver, the Okanagan Wine Region is the perfect place to do a bike tour through a vineyard.
The Fairview Trail Network is a 6.2 mile loop that begins at Tinhorn Creek Winery, where it’s possible to bike through the vineyards and Fairview Townsite, a former Gold Rush town.
Afterwards, enjoy wine tasting at a number of vineyards with a view of lovely rolling hills.

Finger Lakes Region, New York

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is a 9,000 square mile picturesque landscape of waterfalls, gorges, rolling hills, and miles of shoreline encompassing 11 glacial lakes and one Great Lake.
Visitors can try one of the four wine trails in the Finger Lakes region: the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Trail, or Canandaigua Wine Trail.
White wines are the main draw, as the Finger Lakes has burst onto the scene with its tasty Rieslings.
The region has more than 100 wineries and is the largest wine-producing region in the US east of California.

Franschhoek, South Africa

Leeu House, an exclusive boutique hotel,  is a new addition to South Africa's Franschhoek wine region.

Located 45 minutes from Cape Town, Franschhoek is gearing up to be South Africa’s next great wine destination.
The valley was originally known as Olifantshoek (Elephant’s Corner) after the huge herds that roamed the area, and is now a premier vino destination in the Cape Winelands.
The new Leeu House is an exclusive boutique hotel with six of the rooms opening to private gardens, and guests can enjoy a complimentary tasting of the Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers a hop-on hop-off tour that passes by pretty vineyards with stops at several wineries.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

With its rich volcanic soil, Tenerife, the largest island in the Canaries, produces tasty red and white wines.
The island offers grape varieties that were wiped out from mainland Europe during the Phylloxera epidemic in the mid-1800s.
It also has many vineyards for wine tasting including Bodega Monje  in the North of the island, and Bodega Frontos  in the southern part.
The red Listan Negra is similar to a hearty Spanish wine while the white Listan Bianco is a dry, crisp wine that complements the island’s fresh seafood and shellfish.

Marche, Italy

Percorino is the prominent grape in Offida, home to traditional estates like Ciu Ciu.

Perched in central Italy, Marche offers a beautiful landscape next to the Adriatic Sea, minus the heavy tourism of neighboring Tuscany or Umbria.
Every year, about 18 million bottles of its famous wine, Verdicchio, are sold globally.
In the small town of Offida, Pecorino is the most important grape.
Estates like Ciù Ciù have thrived and maintained a sense of local tradition.

Healdsburg, California

Instead of following in the footsteps of the oft-mentioned Napa Valley vacation, one alternative is to visit northern California’s emerging wine scene in Healdsburg.
Located one hour north of San Francisco, Healdsburg celebrated 40 years of the Wine Road organization last year, where 200 wineries are dotted along the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys.
The aim behind the Road’s establishment was that decades ago, Napa was the only place to have tastings in the region and Californians wanted some variety.
Guests can join the husband and wife team, Herald and Kirsten Jones, that lead the Wine Country Walking Tours in downtown Healdsburg and taste some of the area’s wines.
They lead the tour with a fun twist on wine tasting while visiting several tasting rooms like Williamson Wines and Stephen & Walker.

Door County, Wisconsin

The “Cape Cod of the Midwest” is the affectionate term given to the wholesome, tranquil lakeside destination of Door County, Wisconsin.
The Midwestern locale has eight wineries that are part of the Door County Wine Trail.
One of the oldest in Wisconsin, Door Peninsula Winery, opened in 1974 and is one of the largest producers in the state.
The area is known for its fruit wines, particularly with locally grown tart cherries.
The Orchard Country Winery produces a number of estate wines from grapes, cherries, apples and other fruits that they grow on their 100-acre farm near Fish Creek.
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We LOVE Our Customers

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During the month of February we want to spread the love all month long! We are showing you all just how much we love you by giving you a special gift from us at Ambassador Travel and from our lovely neighbor Robin’s Nest Floral! So how does it work? If you book a new trip in February you will receive this special surprise to show just how much you mean to us as a customer! But that’s not all! We are also featuring great deals and promotions all month long for you to enjoy. So, make sure you are checking our Facebook page each day to find out just what great savings are in store for you next adventure. Whether you want to take a family vacation, romantic getaway, couples trip or anything in between we have a deal for you!

So don’t hesitate, this is the shortest month of the year! Call us, stop in or shoot us an email to book your next trip with Ambassador Travel today!

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Why Travel Insurance?

If you’ve worked with us or any travel agent before you will know that we not only offer, but suggest you take any type of travel insurance. We don’t do this for our own sake, but for the instance that something comes up. And sure we all think, oh nothing will happen, until it does. So check out this great article about why Travel Insurance is such a great idea.

 

Common Consumer Objections

• Why should I buy travel insurance?

Answer: If an illness, accident, or sudden change in plans forces you to cancel or interrupt travel plans, you face two major financial losses: (1) money you’ve invested in nonrefundable prepayments and (2) medical expenses that aren’t covered by your health insurance. That’s why more and more travelers are turning to travel insurance to protect their travel investment.

• Why is travel insurance so expensive?

Answer: The cost of travel insurance is based on the value of your trip. The more you have invested in your trip, the more you need to protect it. Travel insurance covers you for losses caused by trip cancellation and interruption, medical expenses, baggage loss, and trip and baggage delay. When you consider all the protection you get, travel insurance is actually a great value.

• Why does your policy work on a reimbursement basis?

Answer: As with any type of insurance, there are provisions that must be met before a claim can be paid. Receipts for expenses provide proof of loss and help expedite the claim payment. In the event of stolen items, a police report must be submitted.

• Why do you offer the pre-existing condition waiver only within a certain number of days from the initial trip deposit date?

Answer: Waiving the exclusion for pre-existing medical conditions is a valuable benefit to the consumer. If, for example, a traveler is asthmatic and has to cancel a trip because of the condition, he or she will be reimbursed for nonrefundable travel expenses. We offer this as an extra benefit to travelers. This gives them some time to determine whether or not to purchase our travel insurance policy.

• When I’m traveling outside the United States and renting a car, will your collision damage waiver (CDW) policy be accepted by the car rental company?

Answer: The collision damage waiver is a cost-effective alternative to expensive insurance offered by rental car companies. In addition, the coverage is primary — that means you only need to file a claim with one company to get reimbursement for covered losses.

While most car rental companies accept the CDW policy, a few won’t. You may want to check with the rental agency prior to purchasing the coverage.

• How long does it take to process a claim?

Answer: Typically, insurance companies work to process a claim between seven and 10 business days from receipt provided all supporting documentation is included. This can vary based on the insurance provider and the type of claim being filed.

• Why do you not offer a policy for just medical coverage?

Answer: Insurance protects your total travel investment (comprehensive coverage protects that investment for a number of potential situations, not just medical).

• I don’t need many of these coverages; I am just interested in trip cancellation.

Answer: Our policy is designed to cover you from the moment you make a deposit until the moment you return home. We provide protection for unforeseen events that actually happen to travelers. (If your office offers a wide variety of policies you may be able to select a policy that best meets their needs. Some companies offer several tiers of coverage.)

• Why are these programs more expensive than the one that is offered by my tour operator, and what are the differences between the programs?

Answer: Tour operators typically offer a cancellation protection waiver, which is much different than travel insurance. A protection waiver really doesn’t qualify as insurance. Instead, the cruise line or tour operator agrees to waive its own cancellation penalties if the client has to cancel his or her trip for a covered reason. These waivers may not cover cancellations within 24 to 72 hours of departure, and most don’t offer trip interruption benefits—if you have to return home during a cruise or vacation, you may not be covered. You also have no coverage if the tour operator or cruise line goes into bankruptcy or financial default.

A more comprehensive travel insurance policy offers coverage for a wide range of accidents or incidents that may force you to cancel a trip. Some insurance companies provide coverage for any “unforeseen incident” that is not specifically excluded in the policy. This is also known as “Cancel for Any Reason” insurance. Some policies you can offer provide extra care for the insured, such as concierge services meeting the needs of the high-end consumer. There are also policies available for travelers participating in higher-risk activities.

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Foodie Love in Lyon

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Gâteau De Foie Blond At Le Suprême in Lyon, France

Steps from a busy subway stop in Lyon’s up-and-coming Seventh Arrondissement, you’ll find a door marked with a golden chicken. This is Le Suprême, a bistro launched last October by not one but two Daniel Boulud protégés: Grégory Stawowy and his wife, Yun Young Lee. An official “Embassy of Bresse Poultry” plaque proclaims that the free-range chicken on the menu hails from the Bresse region and bears the Appellation of Controlled Origin—a guarantee of quality—while inside, portraits of Bresse capons watch over the open kitchen.

Since it opened, this shrine to the art of cooking poultry has become celebrated for one particular recipe. “People are starting to come in just for the gâteau de foie blond,” Stawowy said. A chicken-liver custard created in the 19th century, it’s served in various seasonal presentations (illustrated here is a fall version, draped in a tomato coulis). For Boulud, who regularly dines at Le Suprême, the dish has fond associations. “My grandmother made chicken-liver custard on Sundays,” he said. “I can still smell it as it caramelized.”  —Sylvie Bigar 

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Shopping in Portugal

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Leather Gloves At Luvaria Ulisses in Lisbon, Portugal

Walk too quickly and you might miss Luvaria Ulisses, a one-of-a-kind glove shop in the heart of Lisbon’s refined Chiado neighborhood. That’s because the shop is no bigger than a broom closet: enter and your nose practically hits the wall. It’s where illustrator Joana Avillez’s Portuguese grandmother took her, as a girl, to be fitted for her very first pair. To this day, your elbow is placed on a velvet pillow and your fingers are measured down to the last millimeter. Then the owner, Carlos Carvalho, will offer you gloves in any color leather, from powder blue to canary yellow, embellished according to your wishes with anything from white piping or contrast stitching to leopard-print cuffs. “You leave hoping either for frostbite or a serious invitation out,” Avillez says. “Any excuse to wear gloves, now integral to your identity.” Gloves from $54. —Thessaly La Force

 

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