Placed between warmer temperatures & abundant sunshine and leaves which begin to turn color & a harvest moon, the last month of summer can be the best of all.  As the summer season wraps up, it is an ideal time to think about your next seasons’ adventures.  Our newsletter is full of ideas for warm, beach vacation & cozy fall & winter getaways.  We have exciting travel news, travel gift ideas, suggestions for Fall, Spring & Winter travel to Europe, current specials and Oktoberfest celebrations across the USA.  Have an enjoyable Labor Day weekend everyone!



American Airlines.  “If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls.”-Anonymous 

American Airlines announced their new non-stop service between Chicago O’Hare and Prague for the 2020 season!  The flights will be available five times a week from May 8 to October 24.  The “City of 100 Spires” has so much to offer within its historic center, as well as, day trips to the Bohemian countryside to visit castles and spa-towns. 

The Royalton Antigua Resort has opened Antigua’s first ever overwater bungalows set on Antigua’s Deep Bay.  The adults-only Diamond Club “Chairman Overwater Bungalows” are a collection of one-bedroom villas, each with special amenities including personal butler service, an infinity plunge pool, an overwater hammock, a large soaking tub, a private deck and a glass floor, fitness & yoga classes and much more.  These romantic, Tahitian-style overwater bungalows are extremely popular for honeymooners and romantics and should be booked well in advance. 

Beaches is the Caribbean’s first autism-friendly resorts.  Beaches has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, a global leader in online training and certification programs with representation in over 40 countries.  Their certification programs are the worldwide benchmark for those who work with individuals that have cognitive disorders.  All of their resorts offer the optional services of a One-on One Beaches Buddy that is Autism Certified by the prestigious IBCCES, trained to cater to children of any age.  You can request a buddy for your entire stay or just a few hours.    Beaches Kids Camps are Certified Autism Centers that ensure team member have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to cater to all children and offer age-specific programs for infants, toddlers, pre-teen, and teens. 


TRAVEL GIFTS-Do you struggle to find the perfect gift for your Wanderlust friend or relative?  We think you will like the two suggestions below.

National Park Service.  Buy an “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass” for $80 and enter more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks.  The pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites which charge per person.  Children ages 15 and under are admitted free of charge. 

Anthropologie.  A great gift for the traveler who likes to explore on their own is the “Reusable Travel Flatware” set from Anthropologie.  It is also great for our environment too!  Only $14.00 at 


FALL, WINTER & SPRING TRAVEL-EUROPE-We have listed below suggestions for off season travel to Europe.

Trafalgar, "Lucerne Explorer' is a wonderful six day, 1 country, "City Explorer" vacation which includes transfers from the Zurich Airport, accommodations at the Grand Hotel Europe hotel, seven meals and sightseeing.  Prices from $1395.00 pp based on double occupancy.

Trafalgar, "Balkan Escape" is a wonderful eight day, 2 country "Regional Explorer" vacation which includes transfers from the Zagreb Airport, accommodations, twelve meals and sightseeing.  The guided vacation highlights: Zagreb, Opatija, Ljubljana and Bled.  Prices from $1,450.00 pp based on double occupancy.


TRAVEL SPECIALS-Please note all travel specials are subject to change, based on availability and restrictions apply.

Pleasant Holidays-Save up to 65 pct. on resort accommodations at Beaches and Sandals Luxury Included vacation packages.  Book by 08/25/19 for travel through 1/22/19.

Trafalgar and Brendan Vacations-Enjoy fewer crowds, shorter lines or feel the spirit of the winter season with a fall, winter or spring guided vacation to Europe.  Save now with two specials offers on select Trafalgar and Brendan Vacations departures.  Save up to 5 pct. with Early Payment Discount on the land portion of a 2019/2020 Autumn, Winter and Spring Europe trips when booked and paid in full by August 29, 2019.  Save $300 per couple on a Trafalgar or Brendan Vacations package with flights on American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia on all classes of service.  Must book and deposit by 08/30/19. If combining with a Real Travel Deal full payment on land and airfare are due at time of booking.  Travel 09/01/2019 to March 31, 2020.

Funjet Vacations-Sunny winter wonderlands: Save up to 60 pct. off with Funjet Vacations winter 2020 sale to Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii.  Travel dates: 01/01/2020 to 04/30/2020.  Book by 09/05/19.

Pleasant Holidays-Save up to $100 off on air and hotel packages to the USA and Canada.  Travel now to 12/31/19.  Book by 09/15/19.

Delta Vacations-Save up to $150 off an air and hotel package at a Best Western Hotels & Resorts property in the USA, Canada (with or without a car rental) and many international destinations.  Travel now to 03/31/20.  Book by 09/03/19.


OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATIONS-USA-Oktoberfest season is near.  Put on your lederhosen or dirndl and dancing shoes and grab your stein for one of these iconic German celebrations.

Oktoberfest at Starved Rock Lodge, October 19, 20, 23 & 24, 2019, Utica, Illinois.  Reservations required.

Oktoberfest St. Alphonsus, September 28-30, 2019, Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood.

The 59th Annual Oktoberfest La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 28-30, 2019.

Oktoberfest at the Amana Colonies, Amana, IA., October 4-6, 2019.

The 54th Mount Angel Oktoberfest, September 12-15, 2019, Mount Angel, Oregon.

2019 Oktoberfest Fredericksburg, Texas, October 4-6, 2019, Downtown Marktplatz.

The 49th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia, September 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 & September 26 thru October 27, 2019.

America’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, September 20-22, 2019, Cincinnati, Ohio.













































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