We are SO thrilled to announce that Laura Hanaford of The Trip Trotter was announed one of Travel Agent Magazine's 30 Under 30: "Here They Are: The future of the travel industry, the next generation of agents who will discover new places to go and new ways to connect with travelers. They exist in a 24/7 world of nonstop information, and communicate with each other, with other industry professionals and with clients through multiple platforms. They tweet. They share. They snap pictures and chat about their experiences. And they sell travel in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. They are Travel Agent’s top 30Under30 for 2015, which represents the eighth year of the program. Over the past several years this feature has created a buzz in the industry and also helped fuel a community of young professionals who enjoy being a part of a special…

A Night at the Ice Hotel

In winter 2013, I wrote about ice hotels and, finally, this past March, I made the trek to Quebec City to stay at the Hotel de Glace. Located 10 minutes from downtown Quebec, the Hotel de Glace is a convenient alternative to the northern European ice hotels. You are only allowed to stay a night (and trust me- you don't need to stay longer,) so the short travel time was especially attractive. The Hotel de Glace has 44 rooms and is only open from January 3- March 22, when it is cold enough to support the structure. The Ice Hotel Sideview The hotel is different each year. Built over a month and a half period, it takes 50 workers, 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice to create the hotel. This year was the 15th anniversary of the hotel, so the rooms were extra special. Games at the…

Hotel Review: Chateau Frontenac

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Quebec. I know what you're thinking; why would you ever go to Quebec in the winter? Well, the Ice Hotel has always been a bucket list item of mine, so we had to. Luckily, it wasn't that cold and I finally learned to dress appropriately. It only took 28 years! But more about the Ice Hotel later... As a dutiful travel agent, I took many hotel site tours, and I was so pleased with what I saw. Today's hotel review is the famous Chateau Frontenac. The Chateau Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world for a reason. Because the hotel is such an icon, it caters to couples and families alike.  During low season, rooms start at $349/nt. During the high season, you can expect to pay $679. While the hotel has over 600 rooms, unlike other large hotels, each room…

Cruising is For Everyone

I just returned from my first cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas departing from Port Canaveral, Florida headed to the Bahamas. The weather in New York has been cold and snowy, so I was really looking forward to getting out. I never considered going on a cruise. I’m not going to lie, I had many misconceptions about cruises; like that it was a bunch people spending 24-hours gorging on fried food. But I was oh so wrong. Royal Caribbean revamped some of the features on the ship, from the staterooms to the fine dining restaurants, and invited travel agents from across the country on board to experience them. Everything from the beginning ran smoothly; from the airport transfers to the boarding process. We got to our stateroom, a balcony on the 8th  floor, and everything was clean and tidy. Our balcony was lovely with two chairs and a table.…

Spain Day 6: Gran Canaria

Our last day in Gran Canaria- and Spain- brought much sadness. The weather finally stated going our way and I could hardly imagine that it was 27 degrees in New York. Our morning started at dunes of Maspalomas beach, nestled right between the nude and clothed beach. For a minute, you forget that you aren't in the Sahara, but the relaxing sound of the waves turquoise sea against the yellow shore brings you back. I lay in the dunes, creating sand angels and letting the shining sun beat upon me. We wandered down the beach and came across a quintessential beach town, filled with stalls selling beachwear, inner tubes and- bodegas selling soft drinks and bottles of Cuban rum? I could spend all day.   But all good things must come to an end. Luckily the island has so much more to offer. We began heading up the mountain towards…

Spain Day 5: Gran Canaria

It was a short flight from Tenerife to Gran Canaria and, this time, the welcoming sun greeted us. We took a quick bus to Las Palmas, the capital city and took a tour of the town; the houses were especially colorful with against the cerulean sky. I felt more like in a South American town than a European one. Our first stop was the house of Christopher Columbus, which gained fame as the house where Columbus stayed while one of his ships was repaired. The house is typical of the island, with large courtyards and wooden ceilings and balconies. The museum has maps of his journeys, replicas of the ships and even original correspondence. I thought it was interesting to see coming from Segovia (you can read why here.)   When I travel, markets are among my favorite stops as they really give a good idea about how the culture…

Spain Day 4: Tenerife

I woke up comfortably to a sunny morning in Tenerife, though it was still unseasonably cold due to an Artic blast from Canada. At least we weren't in the 20-degree New York weather. After a delicious breakfast at the Iberostar, the 7 of us piled into our mini bus and headed up to island to the Piramides de Guimar. On the site of the pyramids, there is a museum dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who hypothesized that the pyramids in Giza are linked to the pyramids in Mexico and Central America. He theorized that both societies were able to reach each other by sailing across the Atlantic. The Canary Islands were used as a stopping point between the two destinations, thus the presence of the terrace style pyramids here. Using papyrus and traditional boat building methods dictated in the pharaoh's tombs, Heredahal successfully crossed the Atlantic, proving that…

Spain Day Three: Tenerife

Day three began before the crack of dawn. We drove an hour and a half back to Madrid to catch an early flight to Tenerife. I had never been to the Canary Islands, and had only done some light research. The Canary Islands are off the coast of southern Morocco, making them geographically more African than European. However, the people, food and wine make the islands distinctly Spanish. The Canary Islands are known for their forever spring weather, always sunny and 73 degrees. However, we were greeted with rain upon our arrival. Our super-handsome guide, immediately apologized for the bad weather; "it only rains here about 12 days a year." Just our luck! We were then transported to the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, the first city hotel by the resort chain. I've stayed in Iberostar Hotels before, and though this hotel is not all-inclusive, it screamed luxury. My room was…

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