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Why You Should Travel in Times of Terrorism

The first time that I ever visited New York City was in the months following the 9/11 attacks. New York saw a huge drop in tourism, so the tourism bureau created a package called "Paint the Town Red, White and Blue." The package included train tickets from Boston, hotel and theater tickets. For Christmas 2001, my mom gave this to me as my gift. I will never forget the moment that I climbed the steps from Penn Station and saw the lights of Times Square in the distance. In that moment something forever changed inside of me and I knew that New York City was my home. I was 15 years old. Mom and I fell in love with the city and started making almost quarterly trips (though we skipped the pricy train for the $10 Chinatown bus.) Though I can't say for sure how New York tourism changed post…
04 Dec 2015As one of the world's top luxury travel events, ILTM remains one of the industry's most coveted invitations. New York, NY (December 4, 2015) — A delegation of 21 from New York-based Tzell Travel Grouprecently attended the invitation-only International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) convention. The event, exclusively reserved for the world's premier luxury travel agents, took place November 30 through December 3, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. The contingent of Tzell luxury travel agents and senior executives met with their peers within the travel industry's premier echelon and shared knowledge about what 2016 has in store for the luxury travel market. "ILTM is renowned for bringing together the world's travel elite. We're proud that Tzell's stature as one of the industry's foremost luxury travel agencies only continues to grow as ILTM and other respected, elite organizations seek out our outstanding agents to…

Summer in Nusa Lembongan

My husband and I decided about six months ago that we wanted to spend our summer living abroad in Asia. We love this area of the world but had only explored a small fraction of it, so we wanted to take advantage of our time and see as many places as we could. Our trip began with a Holiday Stopover in Singapore- details about this are on my blog- followed by six days in Bali, Indonesia. Bali had always been on the top of my destinations list but after a bit of research, it became clear that the main beach attractions of Bali are now resort-style tourist attractions without much personality. That didn't appeal to us, so I started researching other island destinations that had a mix of diving, leisure, beautiful oceans, all without being too "mainstream". My answer was Nusa Lembongan, a small island about 15 miles southeast of…

Age is More Than Just a Number

Some say that age is only a number. Working in travel, my age has become a vital selling tool to my clients. For years, the travel industry has been known as land of the dinosaurs- and who can blame them for wanting to work forever; being a travel agent is a great job! But my age- or lack thereof- is one of my advantages. Millennials have become a powerhouse for travel- big spenders with even bigger desires. As a millennial myself, I understand their travel style and how to wow. For instance, unlike many baby boomer travelers, for most millennial travelers having a private guide escort you around 24/7 is more of a nuisance than a luxury. Millennials will, on the other hand, pay for a night in a luxurious hotel and experiences that are special and different from what their friends have experienced. I'm honest with my clients about…
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…

The Virgin Atlantic JFK Lounge

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Virgin Atlantic lounge at JFK airport- Terminal 4. The clubhouse is chic and futuristic like a 21st century Jetson's house with the grime of JFK a million miles away. The lounge offers many pleasantries to make the journey as comfortable as possible. Businessmen can catch-up on work at the workstations. Just getting off a long layover? Refresh with a shower! You can arrive to your destination in style with a chic cut or style at the Bumble and Bumble salon, or relax with a massage. The main sitting area is open with many different types of seating. The sofa is made from punching bags! There is also a sitting area with by the restaurant, where you can watch the planes take off and land. For those seeking some quiet time, another sitting area is available.  The restaurant and bar…

City Island- A Haven in the Bronx

My favorite part about living in New York is that there are so many different neighborhoods to visit. Compared to most New Yorkers, I think that I do a pretty good job of expanding my horizons and seeing new places. For me, the Bronx is the final frontier. Geographically the furthest borough from our home in Brooklyn, exploring the Bronx is a commitment. This summer, I have pledged to make that commitment and see what this massive borough has to offer. As the home of hip-hop, there certainly has to be more to this place than the Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo, right? A short bus ride away from the end of the 6 train is City Island, a place that you would never believe is part of New York City- let alone the Bronx- until you saw the skyline in the distance. City Island is 1.5…
Last week, we were fortunate enough to visit the Knickerbocker Hotel, located in New York City. The Knickerbocker is a brand new hotel, situated on the southeastern corner of Times Square. It's important to note the location because once inside you are transported to another world; you would never guess that the hustle and bustle of Times Square is just a wall away. The transformation happens right at the door when you are greeted by the bellhops in old world attire. The rooms took the hotel to another level. I was especially impressed by the size. The average room is 435 sq feet; the average room in Times Square is 280 sq feet. How's that for space!? Rooms are modern and sleek, yet neutral as to not compete with the craziness of Times Square. The blackout shades and soundproof walls provide for an excellent sleep. Have you ever entered a…

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