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How To Plan An Alaskan Land Adventure – Top Sights And Experiences

To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. - John Muir This quote is a perfect summation of what every visitor to Alaska feels upon arrival. Alaska is a natural wonder and a true "paradise on earth." Explore spectacular national parks that are unlike any others in the world, get up close and personal with diverse wildlife, fall asleep under the northern lights, and leave rejuvenated and ...

How Wellness Travel Can Heal and Restore

Travel has the power to transform, decrease stress, create meaningful connections, and improve our wellbeing. Wellness travel takes this to a whole new level and restores the mind, body, and spirit. We have heard from countless clients that travel has allowed them to gain clarity, find purpose and meaning and begin the slow and challenging process of healing. They report that through reflecting on their journeys they are able to continue the healing and personal ...

By |March 17th, 2021|Transformative, Wellness Travel|

Best Luxury Back To Nature Hotels In The West

As the world continues to emerge from the pandemic, travelers are craving wide-open spaces, beautiful views, off-the-beaten-path locations, and exceptional cleanliness standards without sacrificing comfort service. Thousands of hotels post tantalizing photos and promise the world to attract visitors. Our team has put together a list of the best luxury back to nature hotels in the West. These properties guarantee adventure, relaxation, and privacy. Sage Lodge, Yellowstone National Park, Montana Sage Lodge beckons travelers to ...

Insider Tips For A Stress-Free Airport Experience

Pre Travel Whether we are flying to see family across the country, take a much-needed family vacation, or experience a once in a lifetime trip to remote destinations, airplane travel has become a necessity in most of our lives. For many people, few travel experiences are as stressful and aggravating as going through airport security, checking bags, worrying about missed connections, having unpleasant interactions with other passengers, and battling the airlines about lost luggage. Although ...

10 Hidden Gems And Must-See Sights In Antarctica

Antarctica is one of the most remote, magnificent, and awe-inspiring destinations on the planet. Although the continent frequently makes the top five destinations on any adventurer's bucket list, many travelers are not adequately prepared to plan their itinerary and therefore miss out on some of the must-see sights in Antarctica. If you think that all you will see in Antarctica are snow and icebergs, you could not be more wrong. Antarctica is teeming with wildlife ...

By |January 9th, 2021|Family Travel, Featured, International, Transformative|

The Art Of Authentic Travel: Northern Europe Off The Beaten Path

Tourists push through crowds to visit places they have only ever dreamt of. Standing shoulder to shoulder in a human wall comprised of people that are not native to ground they’ve traveled to. Seeing the country as an outsider looking in, but with a few steps back from the observational glass, instead of witnessing a place, it can be lived. …

By |March 26th, 2020|Featured, International, Transformative|

Voice of Women Conversation with Yoshi Churnac

 Yoshi Churnac Age: 29 Country of Birth: Jamaica Country of Residence: Formerly America, currently living between Thailand and France   1. Tell us a bit about where and how you grew up I’m Jamaican Chinese and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica till I moved to NYC with my mother and brother when I was 7. It took me a while to like living in America. Where we lived in Jamaica was very beautiful and it ...

Choosing The Best Crowd-Free Greek Island

The Greek islands inspire images of golden sunsets, crystal clear azure water, endless sandy beaches, and whitewashed buildings romantically perched on hilltops. Those who have visited the islands can attest to their immense, almost surreal natural beauty and boundless charm. All  Greek islands are blessed with extraordinary scenery, yet each one has distinct allure, characteristics, and history. While a few islands attract most tourists, there are dozens of options to choose a crowd-free Greek island ...

Voices of Women Conversation With Carol Foote

   Name: Carol Foote Age: 69 Country of birth: United Kingdom Country of Residence: Australia 1. Tell us a bit about where and how you grew up I was born in Wales and my family moved to England when I was five. When I was sixteen my family emigrated to Australia. 2. How do you feel your childhood shaped your life? Moving to Australia at the age of sixteen and leaving school and all my friends ...

Tanzania – Where You’ll Find Courage

Tanzania is a popular destination for tourism especially for those wanting to experience Kilimanjaro National Park, located in the northeastern region of the country, near the Kenyan border.    Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro is a “bucket list” for many of our clients and team members at Boutique Travel Advisors.  As mindful travelers who support the communities where we travel, Boutique Travel Advisors interviewed Courage House Tanzania’s Executive Director, Stephanie Midthun to learn more about how this ...

A Life of Adventure

  A conversation with Kendall Gossman   A love and appreciation for travel is a quality that one is either born with or develops slowly over the course of a lifetime. Those of us who travel often recognize the incredible sense of fulfillment and wonder that travel can bring, while understanding the inevitable challenges and barriers to embarking on these grand adventures. While our instagram photo feeds are full of beautiful views, incredible food and ...

Beyond London Lies the Charming City of York

By Sarah Nicoli Part of the allure of moving from Chicago to London 18 months ago was the ability to travel frequently and fervidly. And because my visa process went about as smooth as Brexit, I had the unexpected pleasure of devouring only the UK the first 14 months I lived here. York became one of my favorite overnight trips from London. Contrast to fellow expats jet setting to far off wonderlands, I confirmed my ...

An Inca Trail Adventure

TRAVEL TALES A group of 12 Paradise Valley residents recently experienced the incredible and unforgettable journey to Peru, where they paraglided in Lima, dined on exotic foods in Cusco and trekked the arduous yet magnificent Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. <!–more Keep reading this post–> The trip was organized by the co-founders of a locally based company, Boutique Travel Advisors (BTA). They specialize in planning bespoke, adventurous, and unique luxury itineraries for individuals, groups, and ...

The Surf and Turf of Belize

    With an expansive coastline along the Caribbean Sea and a vast inland area comprised of lush tropical rainforests and captivating structures left beyond by the ancient Mayans, Belize is an appealing destination for travelers looking to mix things up.   The Belize Barrier Reef, located just under 1000 feet from the north and 25 miles from the south, remains the country’s top tourist destination.  However, Belize is not just a place to scuba dive ...

By |December 20th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

THE AUTHENTIC SIDE OF PORTUGAL’S ALGARVE AND MAGICAL ALENTEJO

On our recent European adventure, we discovered the authentic side of Portugal's Algarve and magical Alentejo. When I started planning my trip to Portugal I received more mixed information and varying opinions than any trip in my recent memory. From some, I heard that Portugal was incredible, unspoiled and beautiful with all the best features of Europe without the massive crowds, tour groups or exorbitant prices. I listened to stories about the outstanding food with ...

By |December 18th, 2018|Family Travel, Featured, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

Meet BTA Travel Advisor Nikki Olds and Why She Loves Travel

As long as I can remember, my parents gave my sisters and me the gift of travel.  We lived in five states during my childhood not to mention one state twice.  Being able to adapt to new environments and adventures is instilled in me.  Our many moves often kept us far away from family and friends and therefore we took many road trips as a family to visit our loved ones. My parents had limited ...

By |August 28th, 2018|Family Travel, Personal Stories, Transformative|

Borgio Verezzi The Most Beautiful Town on the Riviera

Mention the Riviera and people immediately think France… From billionaires to celebrities the French Riviera has been infused with money, glamour, and status for decades. Lining the coastlines from Nice to Cannes mega yachts fill the harbors and expensive boutiques adorn the streets. But while the beauty of France is undeniable, there is a little well-kept secret that locals don’t want you to know… when the sun-seeking summer tourist pour into France the French hop ...

By |August 5th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

To be IN the World and OF the World

By Sabrina Hicks There is a scene in Sabrina, the 1954 movie in which I am named after, when Audrey Hepburn says,“Paris is always a good idea.” Paris changes Sabrina Fairchild, pushing her comfort zone, challenging her identity, allowing herself to redefine her world instead of stagnating in the one prescribed for her as a chauffeur’s daughter living above a garage on Long Island. She writes to her father from Paris, “I have learned how ...

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Visit Croatia!

Croatia is a land of juxtapositions. At once a glorious hot spot for jet set, yachting celebrities, island hopping and partying into the night at some of the hottest clubs in Europe and yet simultaneously a historical time capsule of unspoiled fishing villages, Roman ruins and spectacular national parks. Although the “secret” about Croatia has been out for some time with in-the known travelers many Westerners have yet to discover and explore the charms of ...

Iceland Money Saving Tips

Planning a trip to Iceland but don’t want to break the bank? Read our handy money saving tips and save hundreds of dollars without sacrificing any of the experiences you’re dreaming of. Like what you read? Subscribe to our blog for more insider tips and amazing giveaways!  1. Book tours and excursions well in advance:  While the prices tend to be similar between tour operators they do get full and sell out. Your best chance ...

By |May 5th, 2018|International, Transformative|

Antarctica—the Frozen Continent

2018 is The Year to Go The South Pole. The end of the earth. Frozen and inaccessible. Trip of a lifetime. It took more than 400 years of risky expeditions before explorers verifiably reached the south pole. Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott. Roald Amundsen, Richard Byrd were among the many expedition leaders to make an attempt. Dozens of expeditions failed and countless explorers died. Tourists began traveling to Antarctica in the late 1950s according to IAATO ...

Iceland’s Reynisfjara Beach And Vatnajökull Glacier

Day four of our Iceland Adventure Nick had us up bright and early to grab breakfast and depart from the hotel by 8 am. Being an excellent guide, he had a perfect reason to get us on the road because our first stop was Reynisfjara Beach, which proved to be one of our favorite spots of the trip. This magnificent black sand beach, which we found is also the setting of "The Wall" in our ...

By |April 20th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|
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