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Let Us Help You Dream and Plan Your Bucket List Destination for 2014!

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Korte TravelWhere Are You Going For Vacation Next Year? I know that most of you might just be returning you’re your summer vacation, but let’s dream together… Next year, will you be cruising down the River Seine in Paris, eating pasta in Italy, exploring the Galapagos Islands, walking on the Great Wall of China, or experiencing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska…

Will your next vacation be an experience?  Will you be traveling to a destination on your travel  bucket list?   

Why Not???  

What if we take the time now to explore the possibilities with you, instead of you being hurried and pressured to decide on a vacation later?

Let’s think outside of the box…  Let’s think of your next trip as an experience.  If we use some creativity, with budgets, time frames, and Cruise Planners/American Express discounts, I know that we can check off at least one special destination off of your bucket list. 

Please answer this question…

“It’s my life-long dream to go to/on……………for vacation”

I am working with a client who spent all her vacations, year after year, going to the same destination to be with family.  This year she decided to break out and allow us to plan a round-the-world cruise for 2015.  We are in the process of mapping it out with her and she is having a ball in the dreaming and planning stage.  By the time this stage is complete, she will be ready for the adventure of a lifetime.  That’s the type of experience we would like to share with you.  We can give you the benefit of our experience about routes and destinations, including what is best travel time and how to best use the discounts we can get through Cruise Planners/American Express Travel. 

Chris and I were lucky to check off two destinations from our bucket list this year.  New Zealand & Sydney, Australia, both lived up to their exciting reputations. We had a wonderful trip and were able to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, something  that we always dreamed of doing. 

We would like to help you have that type of fulfilling and exciting adventure and make your vacation dreams come true.  

Give us a call or email us soon, so we can start to help you dream and plan your bucket list destination for 2014!  

Sheila & Chris Korte @ 866-81-KORTE (56783)  Korte Travel Online

CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC

www.kortetravel.com

Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Local: 631-893-4232

Babylon, NY 11702

 

HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR NEXT VACATION BE?

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Travel is intoxicating, the more you do, the more you want to do. My husband, Chris & I were able to test this theory recently by traveling for nearly a month. We were in a period of transition, we had sold our house, city apartment and Chris recently retired. We thought this summer would be the perfect time to take two, back-to-back cruises in Europe. After exploring several options we were able to seamlessly blend two cruises together with no lag time. The first was a Uniworld River Cruise of the Rhine and Main Rivers in Germany. The second was a Princess Cruise of the British Isles (England, Channel Islands, Ireland, Scotland and Northern France).

What an amazing adventure! The only complaint I had for the entire trip is that the weather in Prague and Germany was uncomfortably hot (mid 90’s) for most of our visit. The second half of our trip was the complete opposite. It was cloudy and cool with max temps around 70. The British Isles trip we experienced very little rain and calm seas. This is highly unusual in North Sea locales. A couple of highlights from our summer vacation that Chris and I enjoyed the most were:

1. On the last day of the Rhine cruise we enjoyed the views of the beautiful castles on either side of the Rhine river. On this 50 mile stretch of the Rhine there were over 40 ancient and picturesque castles.  It was the most gorgeous day. There were so many castles you didn’t know whether to turn your head to the left or right. We were served authentic German fare with beautiful music playing in the background. Our last day on the Rhine was perfection.

2. One of the most memorable highlights of our Princess Cruise happened on our last day also. We had the choice of going to Paris or Normandy. We had visited Paris several times on other trips and we were very eager to visit Normandy and Omaha Beach. It was a unique, worthwhile and memorable experience. Omaha Beach & the memorial area are beautiful and spiritual. It was very moving to see all of the evenly spaced, identical white, marble crosses, Stars of David & monuments. There are over 10,000 troops buried there. It’s worth the long bus ride from the port and it’s a good chance to visit one of the most critical battlefields of World War 11. Chris & I are both veterans, and visiting Omaha Beach had a lot of special meaning to us.

3. I was going to only share two memories of our summer vacation, but then I remembered how much we enjoyed Dublin. After a long bus ride from the Dublin port we arrived at Blarney Castle where the famous Blarney Stone is located. We waited in line for over an hour traversing these uneven stone stairs to get to the top where the stone is perched. I had no idea what to expect while waiting in line and when I witnessed the people in front of me kissing the stone, I almost took off running. I think it’s one of those crazy, touristy things that you need to do only once. You need to see the pictures to understand how crazy this is. These guys at the top of the castle are literally holding your feet, as you are balanced over a hole in the floor. I was practically upside down & when I kissed the stone. If you are in the area and have the time I think it’s a fun thing to do and the pictures are pretty cool. The myth of the stone is that if you kiss it you will have the gift of gab afterwards. My gab hasn’t changed and you can bet that I immediately visited the restroom to wash my face.

The beginning of this column mentioned that travel is intoxicating.  I find that the more opportunity you get to explore highways, byways & ports of the world, the more that you want to travel.

On this trip we were gone nearly a month. Even though I have always thought that I couldn’t get enough of traveling, when all is said and done, 25 days, for us is a bit long to be away from home.

Next time we will try to limit our vacations to two or three weeks.

So what’s on your bucket list?Where do you want to go next? How long will your next vacation be? Let’s start a conversation.

Click on the “ask Sheila a question” and share. I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Travels!

Sheila Korte, Korte Travel Online

Pic #1 & #2 #3 Castles on the Rhine #4 Chris & Sheila enjoying a perfect day in Germany.

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Perfect Day!

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Right before kissing the Blarney Stone

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Mid Kiss!

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Omaha Beach Memorial

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CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC

www.kortetravel.com

Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Local: 631-893-4232

Babylon, NY 11702

A Little Goes A Long Way

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“My clients have been using our  Cruise Planners/American Express Trip Registry product more and more often to celebrate milestones in their lives and I just had to share it with you.

Recently a client mentioned to me that her parents would be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  Her parents had always dreamed of sailing the Mediterranean, but never had enough money to make that dream a reality.  She, herself, didn’t feel like she had the means to buy them a cruise and she wasn’t sure how to make the anniversary special.

I suggested our “registry” page, where a friend or family member can set up a gift travel account to have individuals give monetary gifts towards a trip.  It’s really is a cool idea.  A website  is then automatically set up to direct the friends and family on how to upload “gifts”, check on the progress and ultimately view photos of Grandma and Grandpa on their 50th Wedding Anniversary cruise!

Imagine all the small gifts that are normally given during those milestone occasions, such as flowers, crystal or worse. Instead, all those who love the couple were able to send them on a wonderful, weeklong Mediterranean cruise and then see the trip photos on the website after the trip!  Talk about feeling good about giving!  It’s fundraising for people you know and love!

Because the daughter didn’t have to pay for the whole trip for her parents and Korte Travel got them such a great deal, she and her husband joined her parents on the trip and had a wonderful time.  It was a win-win for everyone.

If you have a milestone coming up, maybe an anniversary, graduation or wedding, consider our registry program to make it a “gift of a lifetime!”

Call us to find out more about how to give the gift of travel-  631. 893-4232  Korte Travel Online

CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC

www.kortetravel.com

Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Local: 631-893-4232

Babylon, NY 11702