Active Travels

By Steve Jermanok I always bring hiking boots when traveling to Phoenix, because it’s arguably the best city in the country for day hikes. There are some 200 miles of trails in the Phoenix park system including short summits like Piestewa that are ideally suited for a 2-hour lunch break.

By Everett Potter Renting a villa in the Caribbean, Europe or Mexico can be an extraordinary vacation experience. Unfortunately, villa rentals are just for the super-rich. Or is that merely an outdated notion that’s become a myth? Here are five myths about villa rentals. Continue reading …

By Everett Potter All-inclusives? Aren’t those resorts where the drinks are watered down, the beaches are crowded and the accommodations are pretty minimal? Not exactly. The best thing about all-inclusives might just be that this one-price vacation gives you peace of mind and eliminates wallet shock at check out. But

Heading southeast from Quito, snowcapped volcanoes line both sides of the road while you pass through towns that specialize in one industry like stores selling only jeans in Pelileo. Three hours later, you reach the quaint town of Baños below the steep green flanks of the volcano Tungurahua. The small

Some of our clientele already have first hand knowledge of what we like to call the Dream Day Itinerary. Ideally suited for the independent traveler, these fleshed-out itineraries detail each day of your vacation, from activities to restaurants to hotels. We try to incorporate as much local flavor as possible,

Last night, one of our clients, a family of six was flying back from St. Lucia, connecting in Miami on American Airlines. The second leg of their flight, from Miami home to Boston, was cancelled. They were given a hotel room and told by American Airlines to enjoy the next

By Steve Jermanok & Lisa Leavitt We are very excited to announce the launch of our new membership-based travel consulting and booking agency called ActiveTravels.com! As some of you know, Steve has been working as a professional travel writer since 1990, visiting more than 80 countries and writing over 1200

The rhododendrons are already in bloom and the yellow warblers just arrived at my birdfeeder in the Boston burbs. With temps hitting the mid-80s today, it’s time to break out the bike for a ride. For riders looking for a little inn-to-inn action this summer, it’s never been cheaper to

No one needs to be reminded of the brutal atrocities committed in Rwanda in the 90s, where over a span of several months more than a million people were murdered. Thankfully, old wounds can heal. The small central African country that borders Uganda to the north and Tanzania to the