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SmartFlyer Completes Acquisition of Explorations Travel

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NEW YORK, December 16, 2013 — New York City-based SmartFlyer announced that it has completed an acquisition of the Atlanta-based boutique luxury travel company, Explorations. The acquisition firmly establishes SmartFlyer’s presence in Atlanta and the Southeast.

“We chose SmartFlyer because we wanted a partner that understands and complements Explorations’ culture. Our new relationship with SmartFlyer will allow our consultants to offer more access to their clients which will ultimately enhance the client experience,” said Jean Pickard, Owner of Explorations.

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Wild Dunes Resort – A Weekend Getaway to South Carolina

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Wild Dunes Resort – A Weekend Getaway to South Carolina

On a recent trip to South Carolina we spent a weekend at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms.  The expansive and lushly landscaped property felt much more like its own homey community as opposed to what comes to mind when I hear the word “resort”.   The atmosphere is very low key, creating an environment suitable for couple’s getaways to family vacations and anything in between. The amenities were all perfectly appointed, creating a village-like style.  On a ...

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Siem Reap Cambodia Discoveries

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Siem Reap Cambodia Discoveries

Off we go for the long ride back to Saigon .   We were rested and…the ride seemed much quicker.   We had a lovely lunch at at very good Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of the city,   Cordon Bleu, then went to the War Remnants Museum, which was disconcerting as it showed the atrocities of Agent Orange.   The Vietnamese are friendly to Americans, seeming to have forgotten that the Vietnam War killed 3 million of their people.   Site inspections included the ...

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Saigon and South Central Vietnam Phan Thiet Beach area

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Saigon and South Central Vietnam     Phan Thiet Beach area

 

Today was a big travel day.   We left Vedana early in the morning, traveling back to Denang to our flight to Saigon.  We  had a lovely buffet lunch and hotel site inspection  at the Movenpick   It’s a good choice if you want to be close to Danang airport.   We boarded our comfortable bus for a trip we  thought was going to be about 3 hours.    6 hours later we arrived at the Princess d’Annan Resort and Spa.  The first 3 ...

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Bewitching Thailand Part 1: An Adventure to the Land of Smiles

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Bewitching Thailand Part 1: An Adventure to the Land of Smiles

I have to admit that while Africa has my heart, Thailand remains my favorite overall country with its overwhelming hospitality, fascinating culture, mind-blowing (sometimes mouth-burning!) cuisine and great shopping and nightlife. A simple and affordable hour’s flight from Bangkok grants access to some of the best beaches on the planet to the south and the lush jungles of Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle to the north. Thailand is a delight for the senses and never fails to disappoint even ...

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Travels to North and Central Vietnam – Danang and Hue

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We flew from Hanoi to Danang, then traveled overland to the beautiful Vedana Lagoon Resort and Spa near the old capital city of Hue.   My first time staying in an over-water bungalow!    I woke up before dawn to the putt putt putting of the slender, long fishing boats making their way across the lagoon.   Fantastic!

The resort was lovely…Nicely spread out with the options of walking, biking or catching a ride on a golf cart to get about.  It’s about 30 ...

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Halong Bay – Southeast Asia Adventures

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Explorations adviser Melissa Gallant shares her multi- part adventure of a recent Southeast Asia trip.

Halong Bay , a Unesco Heritage site, is world reknowned for its scenic beauty.  I was fortunate to spend 3 days in this beautiful place which is dotted with limestone outcroppings many of which are covered with lush greenery. It’s about a 4 hour bus ride to the Halong Bay dock, but well worth it, with rice fields and country villages all along the way.

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Jean and Marc’s Report from Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island

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Jean and Marc’s Report from Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island

I had just turned to face Jammi, one of the two guides aboard our wildlife sightseeing boat, when he screamed “HOLY COW! LOOK AT THAT!” My head jerked back toward the bow to see the normally smooth surface of the Johnstone Strait full of foam,chop and ripples.
“In the eleven years I’ve been doing this”, added the main guide, Derek, “this is only the second time I’ve ever seen a killer whale breech!”
In the split second my attention had been ...

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Vietnam and Cambodia Travel: Update from Melissa’s Trip

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Vietnam and Cambodia Travel: Update from Melissa’s Trip

Two flights, over 20 hours of travel and here I am writing this from my lovely guest room at the historic Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel in the charming old town of Hanoi. I feel honored to be staying at a hotel that has been home to many famous guests, including Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Michael Caine, and many, many others. We arrived late last night, so I am excited to see the city in the daylight. After the long flights, it ...

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Jackson Hole Travel and a Trip Down Snake River at Dusk

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Jackson Hole Travel and a Trip Down Snake River at Dusk

Traveling heals the mind and renews the spirit.  Two weeks ago, after finishing a very busy Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, I hopped on a flight to Jackson Hole Wyoming to meet some friends.  Jackson Hole is an unassuming place with a simple airport and some of the friendliest and most hospitable people I have ever met.  A week long stay in Teton Village gave us the opportunity to fully explore this majestic national park and surrounding areas.  So ...

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