Agent Spotlight: Spanish Immersion

Stacie Johnson AAA Travel Agent, Fayetteville, N.C.   Stacie Johnson’s love affair with Spain began when she was eight. “My mom gave me a flamenco doll with a long, flowy green and black dress,” she says. Her family never made it to Spain, but Johnson kept her doll as a reminder of her dream destination. […]

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Caribbean Conundrum

The geographic span of the Caribbean is so vast, that even when a hurricane affects one area, much of the rest of the region is likely enjoying beautiful weather.  A cruise to the Caribbean seems like an easy decision — sun-kissed sands, warm waves and tropical cocktails served beneath swaying palm trees present a perfect […]

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Departures: Travel. Always.

As we are putting together this issue of Traveler (in October), we’ve just come out of a particularly destructive hurricane season, and Mexico incurred extensive damage and loss of life from an earthquake. In addition, the tragedy in Las Vegas weighs heavy on our hearts. In such times, I’m often asked if events like this […]

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Choose Your Cruise

An increasing number of the world’s premier cruise lines offer opportunities for passengers to combine their land-based passions with shipboard journeys.    Wine Discoveries The rich Douro River Valley has been the source of Portugal’s famed port for centuries. Likewise, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers feed Bordeaux’s storied wines in France, and the Danube and […]

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Because Someday I Dream of Seeing Italy by Rail

Italy has topped many Carolinians’ bucket lists for years — including mine. Rome’s history, Florence’s artistry and Venice’s romance have long intrigued me. Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Milan and the Lake District — there are so many places to explore!  When you only have a set number of days to experience Italy, prioritizing your […]

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Germany’s Romantic Road

This 220-mile route through Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg is one of the loveliest rides in Germany.  Füssen The beginning or end of the Romantic Road, Füssen sits at the foot of the Alps near the Austrian border. Settled under Roman rule, Füssen is best known for the Hohes Schloss (High Castle) and St. Mang’s Abbey. The […]

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Viva Las Vegas

From old school standards to a new slew of entertainment options, Las Vegas is a sure bet for any visitor.   Eating and Drinking You could travel the world to experience restaurants helmed by power-player chefs like David Chang, Mario Batali, Alain Ducasse and Nobu Matsuhisa. Or you could go to Las Vegas, where the […]

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Love & Luaus

Because their marriage was such a long time in coming, Tony Hardy wanted to make sure the honeymoon would be as special as his romance with his wife, Cindy.  Tony and Cindy grew up together in Seven Springs, N.C., a town where family friendships go back generations. “My dad and her mother were even high […]

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