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Top Girlfriend Getaways



Time with your family is a great way to spend a vacation, and a romantic getaway is certainly a must…but sometimes what you need most is one-on-one time with your BFFs. A Girls Weekend isn’t just fun, it’s essential to maintaining your friendships. From Old World villages to beachside retreats, museum hopping to holiday celebrations, we’ve got some incredible ways for you to reconnect and enjoy time with your girlfriends:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Rose Parade, senior travel, Oberammergau


Making the most of a Transatlantic cruise



In the golden days of travel a transatlantic crossing was only for the fabulously rich and famous, but today anyone can enjoy a grand ocean voyage. With a nice mix of days spent on the water and in port, this land and sea vacation proves that the joy is truly in the journey. Here are some things to consider when embarking on a transatlantic cruise:




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Topics: Europe


A Trip for Every Mother



Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some express their love quietly, while others shout it out for everyone to hear. All of them love us, and on Mother’s Day, we get to remind them we love them right back. 

This Mother’s Day, why confine yourself to gifts of flowers and brunch? Show the mom in our life you really care by giving her the trip of a lifetime. Perhaps she’d like a romantic cruise for two, or maybe a land adventure. It all depends on what type of mom you have.

While we can’t say for sure which trip your mom would like best, we do know a little about what certain types of moms like. So, here’s a list of the most common moms we see on our tours, and the type of tours we most often see them on.




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Topics: Asia, Alaska, Americas, Europe, Hawaii, Rose Parade, US National Parks, New England/Canada, Balloon Fiesta, River Cruises, History


The World’s Best-Loved Passion Play: Oberammergau's Legacy



In 1634 a group of bedraggled citizens gathered in a cemetery next to the town church. They were tired and weary, and by the looks on their faces they’d been through a lot. Crowded around the tombstones were about 70 people, all that was left of the town. There, on the same plot of earth were several of their friends and family had recently been laid to rest, they would perform a play -- the Passion of the Christ.




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Topics: Europe, Oberammergau


Basic German Phrases Travelers Should Know




So you’re planning a trip to Germany? It’s a journey that you’ll always remember. From Neuschwanstein Castle to Oktoberfest, Munich’s Christkindlemarkt to the Brandenburg Gate of the once-divided Berlin there is plenty to see and do in this picturesque country.




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Topics: Europe, River Cruises


Maid or Maiden?: Dirndl Dresses, Alpine Ladies and Oktoberfest





The traditional Alpine dress of Oktoberfest was first worn by female servants and housekeepers in the late 1800s. Later on, ladies of the upper class donned the peasant frocks to fit in with the locals while vacationing in the countryside. The traditional dirndl dresses followed regional color combinations and specific cuts which, no doubt, were designed to “boost” a woman's “assets.” However, the look wasn’t made for just anyone -- the original word for the dress means “young girl.” Always a bit sexy and known for creating ample cleavage, the way a dirndl is worn also reveals a secret.




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Topics: Europe, River Cruises


The Impact of The Crown: How the Monarchy is Driving Travel




Television hits like The Crown have sparked a renewed interest in British royalty and its long-reigning monarch. While fictionalized, the series portrays the very private lives of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, with enough truth to pique our curiosity about what life is really like inside the walls of Buckingham Palace. The series begins with the death of Elizabeth’s father and her ascension to the throne in 1952. From her relationship with Phillip to the influence of Winston Churchill, the troubled romance of her sister, Princess Margaret, to the abdication of King Edward, it has everyone questioning just what are the costs of being the British sovereign.





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Topics: Europe


Rail Travel is Trending



The nostalgia of rail travel is giving way to the rebirth of train-based tourism. From Europe to Alaska, the romance of riding the rails is attracting a whole new crop of train enthusiasts, and movies like Murder on the Orient Express are reigniting the allure. In fact, vintage train travel is one of the travel trends to watch in the upcoming year. Here are three unforgettable train excursions you can enjoy on a YMT Vacations package tour:





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Topics: Alaska, Europe


A Journey to Stonehenge




Erecting a column of more than 25 tons is no easy task, especially when the only tools at your disposal are made of stone, wood, and bone. Such was the inconceivable task facing the prehistoric builders of Stonehenge. The labor involved in quarrying, transporting, and erecting the massive columns points to a vast amount of resources and huge numbers of people. The fact that the entire operation took place over a millennium is evidence of the people’s intense commitment to the task.





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Topics: Europe


Taking it Slow: Traveling to Orvieto





The small Italian town of Orvieto seems to have somehow escaped the temptation to give into progress. While other tourist destinations have a Starbucks on every corner and four-lane highways rush past ancient monuments, it’s still possible to close your eyes and imagine this place the way it was centuries ago. Visiting here is a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle, a chance to pause in the midst of your Italian travels.





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Travel Tips