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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


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


2018 Rose Parade Floats Amaze




After a year of planning and about 80,000 hours of manpower, the world’s most famous New Year’s Day parade took off with plenty of pomp and circumstance the first morning of 2018. Beneath sunny California skies, the 129th Rose Parade began with an announcement from Lieutenant Dan himself, grand marshal, actor Gary Sinise, and a military flyover by B-52 stealth bombers. Starting at the corner of Orange Grove and Green, the procession of military veterans, marching bands, equestrian units, and 44 floats decorated entirely with flowers, seeds and organic materials began.




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Topics: Rose Parade


Ohana! How One Widow Found Solace in Travel




Thelma Tiambeng-Bright knew her husband Jay’s birthday was approaching but rather than mourn the loss of his passing, this widow of 10 years decided this year she would “celebrate with a bang.” So, she spent his birthday amid the pomp and circumstance of the Rose Parade.




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Topics: Rose Parade, Solo Travel, Guest Stories


America’s Celebration: The Tournament of Roses Parade



What struck Thelma Tiambeng-Bright about the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade was not just the designs of the floats or the pounding of the snare drums, but the sense of camaraderie she felt all along the parade route.




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Topics: Rose Parade


To Beat the Band: The Sounds of the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade




There’s a quiet hush that descends upon the crowds as the shadow of a B-1 Stealth bomber passes over the Tournament of Roses Parade. However, the silence that marks the start of the nation’s favorite parade is quickly broken by the beating of snare drums and blaring trumpets. On January 1, 2019, the parade will again set off down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard for the 130th time -- and scoring the event will be 20 of the world’s most-talented marching bands.




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Topics: Americas, Rose Parade


The Rose Queen Turns 100: The Tournament of Roses History




It was 1905 when a dark-haired girl named Hallie Woods sat solemnly on top of a float adorned with roses. Surrounded by a group of her classmates, this serious-faced student from Pasadena High school made her way down Colorado Boulevard to the cheers of the city. It was the first time in history a Rose Queen would make the storied trip. Ms. Woods was selected as the first Queen of the Tournament of Roses from among 16 other contestants, all of whom rode alongside her on a horse-drawn wagon she decorated herself.





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Topics: Americas, Rose Parade, History


The Grandaddy of Them All: 5 Ways to Experience the Rose Parade




What began as a local parade to celebrate the year-round foliage and fair weather of Pasadena, California has turned into a national past-time. On the first day of every year, people across the country tune-in to watch as the shadow of a B-1 Stealth bomber flies overhead signaling the 8:01 start of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Once a small affair, the parade now features floats with amazing animation, special effects and more than 20 million flowers, 400,000 of them roses. And just like it has for the past 129 years, the air smells like roses, the volunteers wear white and, yes, it’s still true, it doesn’t rain on this parade.




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Topics: Rose Parade


Beach Bound: 8 Things to Do in Pismo Beach, California



Sandwiched between the blue surf of the Pacific and the green vineyards of wine country, Pismo Beach is a laid-back beach town that begs you to slow down, take off your shoes, and stay for a while. In the heart of California’s Central Coast, this charming surfside city is where wine country meets the salty life. Here are some things you’ll want to see and do on your travels to Pismo Beach:




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Topics: Americas, Rose Parade


Let the Good Times Roll: Standouts from the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade




A monkey king reigned over the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade. The royal float, entitled ‘Journey to Success,’ was joined by surfing dogs, a 42-foot giraffe and a tiny unicorn -- all making their way down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard this past New Year’s Day. The floats at this year’s parade were noted for their sheer size, like one that broke all records for length and weight, while others dazzled on cuteness alone as did a herd of miniature horses prancing down the street.




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Topics: Rose Parade