Postings For 2017


Live Longer by Traveling

I came across an article the other day that caught my eye called “Advice From a 104-Year Old Doctor.”  Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara of Tokyo certainly had some interesting things to say, but the thing that struck me most was this: “Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot.”
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/19/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Traveling in the United Kingdom…
by Film

The history teachers who taught me revered accuracy. So it is with a certain rebelliousness that I now confess how much British history I actually learned from the movies. Subject to artistic license, society’s shifting attitudes, and the almighty goal of fast-paced storytelling, film has never been the most accurate art form. But there was n...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/6/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Film, Britain, British, England, Great Britain, Scotland

Enchantment in India

I awake this cold morning in the Green Mountains of Vermont to thoughts of India, a sense of it hovering around me, as if I am stepping hazily out of a forgotten dream. Perhaps it’s something still reverberating on the mountain surfaces from when Rudyard Kipling wrote “The Jungle Books” in a house in Dummerston, Vermont, a few mil...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/5/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, India

Thanksgiving: Traveling with an Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend is considered to be the heaviest travel weekend of the year, but it’s different from most travel. For most people Thanksgiving is a special day once a year for spending time with family or close friends. It’s not necessarily a trip back home in the geographical sense, but it’s a journey back home for the ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/14/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Holiday, Thanksgiving

Traveling in Italy… by Film

In college, as soon as I saw Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, I knew I had to go to Italy. I was no princess like the one she plays in the movie, but I was almost as dutiful – and did I ever want to run away to the freedom and fun of discovering Rome on a Vespa with Gregory Peck! Italy has often been an escape for people who long to experienc...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/10/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Film

Lights. Camera. Action! Italy with PBS Music Voyager TV Series and Tauck

When it comes to wowing our guests with movie-set scenery and scenarios they’ll long remember, our own Brenda MacKellar, tour architect for our Italy trips, is a magic-maker extraordinaire. So when the folks from public television’s Music Voyager series wanted to film the highlights of Italy for upcoming episodes for their eighth  ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 11/9/2017
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Europe, Italy, Film, Vatican, Vatican Museums

The Traveling Perspective

In a materialistic society we are highly conscious of what we lose as we get older and see the physical perfection and vitality of youth slipping away. But there are gains, too, as we get older, though they are more inward and subtle.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/8/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Traveling Back in Time – Exploring Your Roots

Most of my travel has been an outward reach, venturing farther and farther from home and the familiar. But recently I had occasion to return to the town I grew up in and left behind decades ago. Returning to a long-abandoned home is a different kind of travel, a different kind of discovery.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/24/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

The Authenticity Boom – The Evolution of a Trend

In America we still have debates about biological evolution, but no one doubts social evolution. Looking back to the ‘80s, ‘70s, ‘60s and ‘50s or a hundred years before, the changes are too dramatic to deny. One field of activity that is particularly affected by the restless winds of change is travel.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/10/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Small Group Travel

Vietnam – A Personal Reckoning

If the purpose of travel is to expand the mind and enlarge one’s perspective, there is no more challenging destination for an American than Vietnam. If your purpose is to experience exotic beauty there is none more poignant than that of the ancient culture of Indochina. It requires a new definition of beauty. But Vietnam is unique even beyond...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/26/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Vietnam

Why We Travel

As long-standing members of the United States Tour Operators Association, founded as a tour operator advocacy group to safeguard travelers’ interests, foster trust and encourage high standards of tourism around the world, we were invited to take part in their “Why We Travel” campaign.
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 9/25/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Switzerland, Europe, Travel, River Cruise

Intergenerational Trips - Travel Through Time

I heard that being a grandparent was one of the greatest things that could happen to you, and I believed it because of how profoundly being a parent changed my life, and how fondly I remember my grandparents.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/14/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Family Travel

Paris in the Footsteps of Hemingway

I keep running into Hemingway. On a recent visit to Cuba, I discovered that Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years and wrote seven books there, including A Moveable Feast. That was the first Hemingway book I ever read, the first book assigned in my freshman English class, and is still my favorite Hemingway book.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/29/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Paris, France, Art Travel

Last Chance Travel – Get There While You Can

As a child I came across a book in my mother’s bookcase that she had brought with her from England called “How Much Do You Know?” It was an old, tattered volume that she must have had since she was a child. It was a little treasure chest of questions and answers about all sorts of fascinating facts. It was there that I first encou...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/16/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Discovering Service

My wife returned home the other day with a handful of packages, breaking into conversation as she came through the doorway. “I stopped at that store we don’t like,” she told me. I knew what she meant. The little convenience store a block from our home had been our go-to place for a generation. We saw it pass from father to son. We...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/1/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Traveling in Ireland and Great Britain… by Film

When I was a child, my mother introduced me to Masterpiece Theatre, and I was hooked. The costume dramas, distant places, and different manners captivated me. My Brady Bunch-loving friends thought I was weird, but that didn’t matter. I was already discovering one of the happiest truths of my life, that the British and the Irish share an uncanny kna...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/25/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ireland, England, Great Britain, Film

Serendipity – Do You Believe in Magic?

While we were discussing travel, someone said “serendipity” and the word danced into the room like a melody. Serendipity – what a charming word! I had a feeling of the word from its context, but it’s mysterious. So I went in search of a definition.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/20/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

The Zen of Packing

Traveling would be worthwhile if only for the fact that it is good discipline. No matter how many possessions you have accumulated, when you travel you have to leave everything behind except what you can carry from place to place. You must streamline your existence to a bare minimum. That is a huge accomplishment in itself and a major component of ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/5/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, packing

London Calls

No other place could possibly loom larger in my imagination. London is many worlds, layers upon layers, constructed over millennia. From its founding by the Romans as Londinium, London was never just an English city, but was a much larger entity that spread far beyond. It was the center of the largest empire in the world, and though it dismantled i...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/21/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, London, England

All-Inclusive Luxury on the Rhone River

I have been forever spoiled. If I ever go back to France to explore Provence, it will have to be this way. It's all Tauck's "fault": The travel company ferried me along the Rhone River for my first experience (starting in Paris) in this French region, giving me such a unique taste of luxury, fun and adventure that I cannot imagine a better way.
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 6/2/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, France, Europe, River Cruise

New England Spring Foliage

On the morning of April 1 I awoke in my favorite part in Southern Vermont to find that it had snowed eight inches the night before, placing a soft, fresh layer on top of the crusty snow that had accumulated and hardened over the winter. Then when I returned to the same place in the last week of April, it had transformed almost beyond recognition. I...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/25/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, New England

Is the GPS Making Me Stupid?

It was in the early days of having a GPS that I first noticed a change. I was on my way to a New Year’s party. I wasn’t familiar with the area, but I had typed it into the GPS so I was sure of making it. That thing would get me there one way or another. If I made a wrong turn, it would recalculate and get me to my destination from where...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/11/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Keep Moving

After touring Cuba (and boy, was that great!) I returned to a pile of tasks that had to be done. The pile was messy and stale. So on Monday morning I launched into it, bore down and by the end of the day I was feeling pleased at how much I had gotten done.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/20/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Discovering America: Where to Begin?

Some people say they have “done” France and cross if off their bucket lists after visiting Paris. I’m not a big fan of that kind of bucket list. By that logic, someone could cross the USA off their bucket list after visiting Los Angeles. And they would know about as much about America as an ant knows about an elephant.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/6/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, USA, National Parks

Traveling Ambassadors

Most of the people I know who work in the travel industry are fueled by a deep-seated belief that travel is good not only for yourself, but for the world.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/23/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

From Bookworm to Travel Butterfly

In my life books and travel have always been inextricably linked, so much so that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Like length and width, they seem to be two essential aspects of the same thing.
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Posted by on 3/9/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Books, Reading

Discovering New York

People who grew up in New York City had it all, everything that self-contained wonderland had to offer. But a native New Yorker could never experience what I experienced coming from a small midwestern town to New York City, where practically everywhere I looked I found myself gazing upon some iconic monument that had lived in my imagination as long...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/23/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, New York City

Bad News – Turn It Off

Today some people get so depressed by bad news they barely want to get off their couches and go out into the real world anymore. And that’s really sad because one of the best antidotes to depression is to go traveling. The news ain’t what it used to be back in the day when Americans turned on the 6 o’clock news and there was Walt...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/9/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, News

Music: The Soundtrack of Travel

Everyone has certain affinities and personal interests they are drawn to, some of which seem to be inborn, others which are acquired along the way. Some human universals can be seen everywhere there are people. But food, clothing and shelter are never generic. They always appear through the respective cultural prisms of each place.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/26/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Music

Living History in Cuba

One of the most wonderful things about travel is that no place is ever quite what you expect when you encounter it for the first time. Our preconceptions are composites of impressions compiled over years, forming a mental model. But that model is only a mental construct and will shatter the moment we encounter the real thing. And what a glorious sh...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/12/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Cuba

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