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Where oh where art thou, trip?

Welcome back to Philip James Travel!

In case you missed me last week, thank you! But if you didn’t miss me; you’re welcome! With many balls to juggle, I found myself without the time to put a newsletter out to the universe. In fact, the reason I was challenged for time with that I was getting to know some new travel industry folks, and I was also reestablishing some great existing connections.

My host agency (called Gifted Travel Network) is a wonderful home base for me and about 300 other travel advisors. Through GTN we have the distinction of being members of the prestigious Virtuoso network, of which I remind you often. Though most trips I plan for clients involve working with Virtuoso-preferred vendors, some excellent partners do not share in that prestigious distinction. It does not make these few less-than, it just means that there’s a lot of great travel industry suppliers that can’t all fit under one luxury network tent.

Over the course of 3 days last week and about 9-hours in total, I engaged with 30 of our agency’s preferred vendor partners and learned what’s new, what’s interesting, what’s challenging, and despite all the collective travel industry expertise and knowledge, the one elusive questions remains… when can we resume traveling again as “normal”?

The answer is of course different in every situation, destination, vendor partner, and most especially in what you the traveler need. And even without a universal answer, we can still proceed with conversations about what YOU want from your trip, where you dream of going, how comfortable you are with travel, and how flexible you can be with time and budget, and lastly when you think you’re ready to go.

With this in mind, I want to share with you just 3 of our many preferred partners that I think are worth paying attention to and being inspired by. Click on the links to learn more about these companies and what they have to offer.

AmaWaterways (River Cruise Line) Twenty-five ships operating on a dozen rivers and waterways in Eastern and Western Europe, they’re also on the Nile in Egypt, the Chobe in Africa, and the Mekong in Southeast Asia. And look here for some very attractive Promotions that will expire soon, including some opportunities for free land packages pre or post sailings. Bookings need to be made before March 31st.

Costa Rican Trails (Destination Management Company) Working with in-destination specialists is crucial, especially in a country as wildly diverse as Costa Rica. The local team there have fantastic relationships with unique accommodations and attractions, and as you might expect, they have the best and most knowledgeable guides in this Central American nation, and it is they who can ensure the memories you make there last a lifetime.

The Moorings (Yacht Charter Company) They’re not just in the Caribbean anymore; The Moorings are now also in the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Tahiti, Seychelles and Thailand too). See these Offers for last-minute charters booked before March 31st with departure before May 31st.

Thank you once again for taking a few of your precious moments to keep up with me and my goings-on. If I can help shed new light on anything within the realm of travel, and especially related to these fabulous vendor partners, would be my honor.


“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1804-1881


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