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January 2018 eNewsletter / New Year, New Experiences

Happy New Year
My wish for you is a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous & Memorable New Year 2018!

Did you know? Each new day begins at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. Fiji, New Zealand & Australia greet the new year well before we do here in the U.S. & Canada. The line actually runs through the island of Taveuni in Fiji, the site of a huge millennium party in 2000!

The New Year Celebration in Sydney, Australia.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
A Brazilian printing company actually contacted me about this photo from my travel post on this subject. I granted my permission to use it in student textbooks because it was for a legitimate educational purpose. My moment of photo fame lives on in the southern hemisphere.

Yesterday & Today at the International Date Line, Taveuni, Fiji.

Stamp Collector
Not sure WHERE in the World to go in 2018?
I can offer you worldwide destination guides.

Curious about a specific TYPE of travel?
I have private websites on each of these topics & more.
Active Adventures
Family Travel
Culinary Travel
Ocean & River Cruises

Interested in a specific travel COMPANY?
I have info to share on all major tour companies, cruise lines, hotels & resorts.

Fingertip Library
I expect that you spend some time researching travel on the internet. It’s easy, fun & free but the sheer volume can be overwhelming. Remember, I work with travel information every day. And I have great access to private label travel resources. In my continuing effort to go greener, I have more forms of electronic information available for you. I pay for these as added benefits I provide to my clients. Just let me know what you are interested in. If you are working with me, I’m happy to send you a link.

Preview of Group Getaways 
See my 2018 calendar below for your planning purposes.
For the full details, contact me by January 31:

Island Getaways
Western Caribbean Cruise / April 7-14 / A Sweetheart Deal
From Ft Lauderdale to a private island in the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Cozumel & Key West.
Prepared to make a quick decision on  a Sweetheart Deal? Great Rates + On Board Credit!
Balconies from $999, Suites from $1599 per person, double occupancy, including port fees!
I say “Let’s go together!” Who’s with me?

Sailing the Caribbean Seas, photo credit: Jacintha Perera

Cook Islands Getaway / May 26- June 2 / Join me on this trip!

Enjoying water sports in the South Pacific Cook Islands, photo credit: Jacintha Perera

Tahiti Cruise to the Society Islands, Tuamotus Atolls & Marquesas / October 20-Nov 3
Tahiti Cruise to the Society Islands + Optional Land Stay / November 3 -10

Summer Getaways
Cruise & Cruise Tour/ July
Canadian Rockies Rail & Land Tour / August

Riding the Rails thru the Canadian Rockies, image courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer

River Cruises
Not familiar with river cruising? Request a link to my France River Cruise my virtual tour.

The Colors of Provence / River Cruise Tour / early August
France & Spain from Paris to Barcelona
“From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Starting with a land stay in Paris from Lyon, France’s culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Provençal cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired! Ending with an optional land extension to Barcelona.”

Lavendar & sunflower fields in Provence, France, image courtesy of AMA

NEW Rhine & Moselle Splendors / River Cruise Tour / mid October
France, Luxembourg, Germany & Switzerland from Paris to Zurich
“Expand your imagination in fairytale villages, such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Riquewihr, where folklore and history come alive in every street. Whimsical fantasies also come to life at Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and at Schwetzingen Gardens. Encounter fascinating Roman ruins, medieval towns with colorful half-timbered houses and enchanting castles as you cruise along two of Europe’s most captivating rivers.”

Strasbourg wine casks, image courtesy of AMA

A Taste of Bordeaux / River Cruise Tour / late October
Bordeaux Region from Paris to the Loire Valley
“Rendezvous in Paris before traveling to Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine regions. Iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion and Libourne. Be treated to an exclusive experience in Bourg, featuring live French music, dancing, wine and hors d’oeuvres. After sailing the Garonne & Dordogne rivers, spend time in the enchanting Loire Valley. This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.”

Trifecta: 1) Discount + 2) Bonus + 3) Special Solo Traveler Rates apply on these dates.
For the full details, contact me by January 31:

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are some hot destinations for 2018?
A: I have a wonderful Flavors of Portugal & Spain River Cruise Tour.
As always, it depends on the travel experiences that you are seeking!

Cheers to the Good Life, image courtesy of AMA

Q: An African Wildlife Safari is on our Bucket List. There seem to be so many available.
How do we decide which country/countries to visit?

A: “If your vision of a classic safari country includes the sprawling grasslands and endless horizons of Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti, then only East Africa will do.
East Africa — including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda — is classic safari country, site of legendary expeditions by Hemingway and Roosevelt, and the birthplace of Abercrombie & Kent. Home to the vast Serengeti and Masai Mara as well as the teeming Ngorongoro Crater, wildlife viewing here is reliably spectacular, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo. The region also bears witness to the Great Migration, and, in Uganda, offers up-close encounters with endangered mountain gorillas.”

Classic Kenya Safari, East Africa, image courtesy of A&K

If you appreciate dynamic typography and a diversity of wildlife, consider Southern Africa – encompassing South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, Southern Africa offers incomparable Victoria Falls, the stark Namib Desert and the bushveld of South Africa’s private reserves. Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta draws diverse wildlife, including hippos, giraffes and rhinos while South Africa invites you to sample varietals of its premium wines, and to discover the luxury hotels, gorgeous harbor and top-flight culinary scene of vibrant Cape Town.”

Victoria Falls, Southern Africa, image courtesy of A&K

Preview: Want to see what it’s like? Request a link to my Kenya virtual tour.
A&K has agreed to extend the Booking Bonus thru January 31!
A $250 discount per person valid on ANY 2018-2019 A&K tour or cruise.

Wellness Retreats
Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ / the week of June 3-10
Now open for registration. Contact me for the group rates.

In the Loop

Writing the newsletter is a strange experience for me. I feel like I’m speaking to everyone & no one at the same time because I can’t see you. An invisible audience. I don’t know what you are thinking/talking about unless you communicate with me. I am counting on you to contact me for information & give me the opportunity to let you know what competitive advantages I can offer you. Please continue to send me your travel–related questions (FAQ) so I can include topics of interest & keep future editions relevant.

With representatives of the Kenya Tourist Board.

Out of Office
I will be away Thu Jan 11 – Wed Jan 17 with limited email access.
Please contact me before or after these dates for routine matters.

Jacintha Perera, ACC, MCC
Accredited & Master Cruise Counsellor
North Africa / Egypt & Morocco Specialist
East Africa / Kenya Master & Tanzania Specialist
Southern Africa /Botswana & South Africa Specialist
916.897.9597 Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm

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