• Take your Valentine to Paris!

    12/28/2011 5:30:02 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    2012, Paris February 14, Valentines Day Paris, Valentines Day Vacations

    Adventure Vacations of La Jolla is offering daily departures to Paris during the month of February for our special " Take Your Valentines to Paris "
    program. Package includes round trip non stop air on Air France from Los Angeles to Paris, 4 nights at the Hotel Villa Saint Martin, daily breakfast,
    round trip transfers, romantic Seine river cruise and Illuminations tour, discount shopping coupons, all for just $1519. per person double.
    Airport taxes of $120. are extra.  Additional nights and hotels available upon request.
    For reservations and information please call: 800-600-5587

  • Something to look forward To

    12/28/2011 4:13:38 PM Link 1 comment | Add comment

    Beach Travel, New Year Travel, Paris, Tahiti Travel, Tuscany, Vacation Planning

    This time of year many of us take time to reflect on the past year and set our sights on the next.  A lot of us this past year faced some pretty tough challenges, not only in terms of money but also in matters of health, family and work. Sometimes I light heartedly admonish my clients to go while they're still young and good looking even when I know they're in their 80's.
     I usually get a smile  or a grumble in response but my point is that nothing puts an extra bounce in your step or a shine on your day like planning your next vacation.
    Just that vision of your ideal spot whether it be a beach in Tahiti or strolling the streets of Paris, driving through the hills of Tuscany, running with the bulls in Pamplona or wherever, can be enough to get you through some tough times. Don't worry if you don't have the money now. Call for the brochures, get out your calendar, put some pictures up on the fridge, sign up for a language class, read books about where you want to go, buy a map , get a guidebook and best of all, call your travel agent.
    Saving money is easier when you have something to save up for. So is good health. Just imagining yourself on the beach in your bathing suit can be reason enough to get in shape!
    Some day this short holiday on earth will be over and you won't be wishing you spent more time in the office. So until then, dream, explore, discover and as the French say, " Make your dreams eat your life before Life eats your dreams."
    Happy Holidays,

  • Travel Dreams Part II

    10/3/2011 1:48:20 PM Link 1 comment | Add comment

    Adventure Travel, Travel Dreams

    Travel Dreams Part II

    So by now, you have decided where you want to go with a departure date and a return date and a rough idea of what you want to do in between.
    Dreams require capitalization. Sad but true. So what about money ?
    5. Travel Agents are the unsung heroes of our times as they essentially work for free receiving only a small commission on the back end from the various suppliers i.e. airlines, wholesalers, hotels, etc. Occaisionally they may ask for a service charge but  only when the supplier does not offer commission. The only one I know who actually gets away with charging you to talk to him is Rick Steves.
    You can surf the internet till your eyes go blind but there is no substitute for the knowledge and experience of a travel professional who's been there and makes his living dealing with all the various ins and outs of getting  there and back again while keeping the stress and expense to as minimum.
    As I mentioned in part I , one of the advantages is a travel agent can make all the arrangements and usually hold it for a small deposit, usually about $100 which most of us can come up with one way or another. If you're planning for next year, you can book as much as a year in advance thus giving yourself time to gather your nickels.
    Delayed gratification is one method. Tell yourself that every $5. capucchino you  pass up here will be one more you can enjoy in Italy. Same goes for dinners out, bar tabs, etc. All those incidental expenses that absorb our discretionary funds can be saved for our vacation.
    Have a yard sale, start a special savings account. When I graduated from  University I sold my car and all my stuff and was gone for a year !
    It can be done, just requires reminding yourself that the beer you don't have here is one more you can enjoy while lying on the beach on the Riviera.
    Don't worry too much about spending the money. Five years from now the money  won't make a bit of difference in your life but the memories will last a lifetime and bring many happy returns on your investment.

  • 10 steps to make your travel dreams come true. Part I

    9/21/2011 2:13:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travel Dreams

    1. Decide where you want to go. " If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." Some clarity is important, at least the general   direction and hopefully the continent. What are your interests ? There are literally thousands of activities and destinations to choose from. What gets you excited! A couple of years ago on a flight back from Europe I watched " The Bucket List" about 2 old guys who were dying of cancer  who decided to spend their remaining days traveling around the world  doing all the things they had on their " things to do before I kick the bucket" list.
    What's on your bucket list ? What would you be doing if you had 2 weeks to live ?

    2. Decide when  you want to go. All of us are equally rich in time. We all have the same 24 hour day, 7 day week but here in America it seems that time off is at a premium. Hard to believe that the world will still keep turning without you but trust me, it will. These days with lap tops and cell phones, you can be on top of Mount Everest and still keep in touch if you feel you need to. No one on their death bed ever asked for 1 more day at the office so take as much time as you can.
    Travel season is divided into roughly 3 seasons; Low season which is traditionally November 1 through March 31 when prices are rock bottom and the weather is cooler. High season is June, July and August when the kids are out of school , the weather is hot and prices are the highest.
    Shoulder season is the Spring and Fall, April / May and September / October.  This is the best time as the prices are low, the crowds are gone and the weather is still nice.
    One other peak time is the Christmas/ New Years holidays from mid December through the first week of January. Thanksgiving is a good time to go because no one besides us celebrates it so the only crowds will be other Americans with the same idea.
    3. Map out an itinerary. You will need a start date and an end date and hopefully as many days in between as you can squeeze out. Decide what city you are flying into and flying out of, usually the same city but  " open jaw "  tickets are an option too. Book at least the first couple of nights and the last night as you will need the rest.
    4. Call your travel agent ! By booking the air plus at least a couple of nights hotel you can book through a tour operator and get discounted air fares and hotels and reserve it  with a small deposit. Most tour operators will let you reserve your trip for only $100. What are you waiting for ?

    Stay tuned for Part II

  • Ciao Bella!

    9/17/2011 4:06:23 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Italy Fall Travel Specials

     Fall is just around the corner and we have some great specials to Italy. From November 1 through March 31 we have our Treasures of Italy featuring  Round trip air from Los Angeles, 2 nights in Venice, 3 nights in Florence with daily breakfast and first class train inbetween starting at just $1195.
    This is a great time to go. The dollar is up, the prices are down, the crowds are gone and the weather is still beautiful. I look at the weather map everyday and about 90 % of the time it is the same as Southern California.
    All hotels are 3 star or better and feature private bath, daily breakfast and central location. Air is on international carriers such as  Air France, Alitalia, British Air and KLM.  We can also add nights or even cities  for slightly more.
    Venice is a jewel box of a city unlike any other place in the world. Birthplace of Casanova and heart center of romantics everywhere, this is a place everyone should experience .
    Florence is the birthplace of  the Renaissance and the wellspring of all modern thought. Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Dante are just a few of the immortals who nurtured their genius in this font of inspiration called Florence.
    Our trips are designed to be independent with daily departures so with a Gelato and a street map you are good to go.
    So pick a date, call us with your passport name , give us a $100. deposit and as we say in Italy,  " Sono pronto ! Andiamo !" ( I'm ready, lets go !)
    We even offer 5 % discounts if you pay the balance by check.


  • Go while you’re still young and good looking!

    5/11/2011 8:26:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adventure, Travel



    That has been my advice to those who share their travel dreams with me. This month marks my 56th birthday and though some might say I am neither young or good looking, I know that inside, that 20 year old who ventured abroad on his first trip to Europe armed only with his innocence is alive and well. During that Summer of ‘ 72 I hitch hiked all over Western Europe living out of a sleeping bag with my world in a back pack and a budget of $5. a day.

    “ I wa wa wa wa wander..”

    The need to wander is perhaps as much a part of the hierarchy of human needs as food, clothing, shelter etc. The Germans even invented a word for it, wanderlust. If you accept that human beings have been around for at least 100,000 years and that civilization only goes back about 5,000 years, then we have spent at least 95% of out existence as wanderers. “ They call me the wanderer, yeah I’m a wanderer …”

    People eventually settled into towns and anyone who was still out wandering about was labeled a Barbarian. That’s because the ancient Greeks thought that anyone who didn’t speak Greek sounded like he was going Bah Bah Bah. Years later the Beach Boys wrote a song called “ Ba Ba Ba , Ba barian “ Not wanting to be ostracized, pretty soon everyone settled into towns with the end result that the majority of people lived and died within 20 miles of the place they were born. This was because in the words of George Bush, it was Hard Work ! The very root of the word travel is from the French word travail which means hard work. Back then you had two choices of transportation, on foot or on horseback, neither one of them comfortable unless you were too dumb to know the difference.

    “ Leaving on a jet plane …”

    Ask most people what the most significant advances are of the last century and most will mention computers, telecommunications or medicine but seldom will you hear transportation. I am in awe everytime I get on a Jumbo jet and fly around the world in a few short hours to destinations that used to take months. And still people moan louder than a dying calf in a snowstorm about the rigors of flying. Others will pay the equivalent of a months salary just to travel on the same plane in a little extra comfort. On my first trip to Europe in 1972 my ticket cost about $400. The amazing thing is that you can still fly to Europe for about $400. or what I spend on a good weekend at home.

    Travel is the one investment that will always appreciate, never go down and will enrich your life till the end of your days. Mark Twain said, “ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

    "Explore. Dream. Discover. “

  • Readers Choice Award

    5/11/2011 8:23:39 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travel Books

    Adventure Vacations has won the Reader's Choice Award for Best Travel Agency in La Jolla ! Many thanks to all our friends who sent in their letters of support.
    With the stock market in the tank and a lot of gloom and doom on the news about the economy, many people are putting their travel plans on hold. This is a mistake. The economy is always in a state of contracting and expanding, a constant breathing in and breathing out and in a few years we'll all be wondering what all the fuss was about. The only real wealth is your time and your health. In a few years the money you spent on your dream trip will not have made a bit of difference in your life but your memories of your travels will add joy to your life for the rest of your days. I spoke to a past client yesterday who had put off his travel plans and now regretfully told me he waited too late. A French proverb says " Make your dreams eat your life before life eats your dreams !" Good advice.





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