Total Travel and KPQ Cruise

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call Cheryl or Stacey at Total Travel – 509-663-8179!

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It Takes A Golfer To Help A Golfer

Scott Thompson is a certified travel agent for destiniations including the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and the South Pacific but his specialty is hooking clients up with the ultimate in golf vacations.

That’s because he’s an avid golfer himself.

Scott’s been planning golf vacations for private and corporate trips since 2004-05 and usually organizes two or three per year for such big-name clients such as Oneonta Starr Ranch and Wilbur-Eliis.

The reason he keeps so busy is because – really – Total Travel is the only shop in town when it comes to golf vacations.

I’d say we’re the only travel agency that knows what we’re doing when it comes to golf trips,” he said. “It’s a pretty specific type of vacation planning. You have a to be a golfer to know what golfers want.”

Scott’s been on a few golf vacations himself, traveling Scotland and Ireland to play some of the world’s most famous original links. He’s been to Phonix three times with clients, Alabama twice and Myrtle Beach as well as a few places up in Canada, including Bandon Dunes.

As a passionate golfer I know what works and doesn’t work. And I know what I would want out of a golf vacation,” he said. “I know a lot of good spots just from vacationing there myself. And I know how to make sure things are done properly.

If you’re interested in a golf vacation – call Scott at 663-8179 or email him at Scott@totaltravelwen.com.

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Why Having A Travel Agent Pays.

Although Rod and Rita Luce have lived abroad, been to all seven continents and seen 49 of our 50 states they had never been on a cruise – until their most recent journey to South America and the Antarctic.

In December, the Quincy couple went on a 29-day trek south of the equator and saw some of the world’s most astonishing places – Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, the Falkland Islands and the South Pole.

This was our first cruise but it was more like an expedition,” said Rita Luce to a class at Wenatchee Valley College last night, April 14th.

The couple sailed on medium-sized vessel built for sea exploration called The Fram. Carrying 230 passengers and 70 crew members they vessel was outfitted with small hard-bottomed boats allowing passengers and crew to disembark, hike and explore rock covered beaches and icy inlets teeming with penguins, seals and other Antarctic wildlife.

Because we like to go out and do things we were really happy with our boat,” said Rod Luce while narrating a slide show of photographs he took while they were on their journey.

Rod is an avid photographer and the couple have documented their world travels in detail. They have photo albums showing them on Elephants in Nepal, Camels on the Arabian peninsula and with Alpacas in South America.

The two are experienced travelers and had been planning this trip for years. Because they are such experienced travelers they decided to go to Total Travel when they wanted to book their airfare, cruise ship and connecting plans because they knew a month-long, thousand-mile journey like the one they had in mind would benefit from the expertise of a professional.

And their prudence paid off.

After a long journey that took them through the ruins of ancient empires, thick jungles, volcanic calderas, frozen tundra and arctic seas they were ready to end their journey and come back to quiet little Quincy, Wash.

But that’s when the trouble started. The entire East Coast was in the thick of what news casters were calling “Snowmageddon” and the only eastern seaboard airport that was still routing flights was Miami. They were supposed to go through Pittsburgh.

It looked like they were going to be delayed by possibly 24 to 48 hours.

That’s when good travel agents are worth their weight in gold. With the network of resources Total Travel is plugged into, the Luce’s had help and found a flight through another airport so they didn’t miss their connecting flight to Sea-Tac.

During a time when half the country was having trouble getting anywhere the Luce’s got back to Seattle a mere 30 minutes behind schedule.

This was the first time we’ve used Terry and Total Travel,” Rod said during an interview. “And it was worth it.

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Dubai – Home to the worlds tallest building.

Dubai

From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, you can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.

Dubai is both a dynamic international business center and a laid-back tourist escape; a city where the sophistication of the 21st century walks hand in hand with the simplicity of a bygone era; a cosmopolitan society with an international lifestyle combining the comfort and convenience of the western world with the unique charm and hospitality of Arabia.

  

Once in a Lifetime

While Dubai is a city of endless experiences, there are some experiences that cannot be experienced in any other city. And the memories of these experiences will always remain with you.

Where else, will you be able to Ski on snow or ice skate in a desert?
See a polo match where you ride camels instead of horses?
Stay in the world’s most expensive suite in the worlds only 7 star hotel?
Dive down to see a car barge complete with various vehicles and a tug boat and vessels that have been lying upright in 22 meters of water in the Arabian Gulf and the Sheikh Mohammed Barge that was deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef.

Dubaiest™ things in the world

 
Dubai has been in the limelight and world media time and again for its record breaking achievements and landmarks or events. From the world’s biggest, to world’s highest, and world’s first and so on. Most of these are recognized by the Guinness Book of records. Here are some of them:Burj Al Arab: The world’s first 7-star hotel

Burj Khalifa: Formerly known as Burj Dubai – the world’s tallest tower

Largest Flag: The world’s largest flag at Union house

Dubai Mall: The world’s biggest shopping mall

Dubai Metro: The longest driverless network

Ski Dubai: The first INDOOR ski resort in the Middle East

Deira Gold Souq: The largest gold bazaar in the world

Wild Wadi: Has the highest and fastest water slide outside of North America

Atlantis, the Palm: One of the largest open air marine habitats in the world

Free Zones: The first free zones in the world for IT, Outsourcing, Media, Biotechnology among others

Sheikh Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali: Will be the world’s largest cargo and passenger hub with an annual cargo capacity of 12 million tons and a passenger capacity of 120-150 million passengers per year.

For more information on this wonderfully diverse city, click here.

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Taiwan – The Heart of Asia.

Northern Taiwan

Northern Taiwan is a land of great contrasts, from high mountain peaks to white sandy beaches, with stunning waterfalls, hot springs and old gold mining towns along the way.

Southern Taiwan

Southern Taiwan is truly tropical, with warm balmy weather tempered by sea breezes, as well as fantastic beaches, and fruit and sugar cane plantations. Despite the presence of Taiwan’s bustling second city of Kaohsiung this is still a place of great tradition and custom, with many of the island’s finest temples.

Eastern Taiwan

Eastern Taiwan is the wildest and least populated area of the island, with dense forests lining a rugged, rocky coastline of crashing surf and plunging cliffs, while white water rivers carve their way inland through spectacular gorges.

Western Taiwan

The West is home to the highest, most dramatic landscapes in Taiwan, excellent hiking country among the bamboo forests, waterfalls and peaks of Alishan and Tungpu. Above all of this is mighty Mt Yushan- a challenging summit for experienced mountaineers.

Offshore Islands

The island chains and archipelagoes surrounding Taiwan are diverse world unto themselves, each one with its own unique attractions. From extinct volcanoes and lush rainforest to historical battlegrounds and preserves of southern Chinese culture, each island is a world apart from mainland Taiwan.

 

Taipei

Taipei is the heart of Taiwan, a lively metropolis that has grown from an isolated river valley into one of Asia’s most vibrant cities.

This sprawling city is Taiwan’s most populous area, with well over 2.9 million people calling the city home. Taipei is a business hub and a thriving economic powerhouse that has driven the Nation.

But this is also the cultural heart of the island. Far from being a soul-less place of concrete and steel, Taipei also values its past and the traditions that built this city.

Alongside its skyscrapers and highways, you will still find places of peace and contemplation, temples, shrines and museums dedicated to preserving the unique history of the country.

But Taipei is also a place for enjoyment, where hard working residents also find time to work hard at having fun. With an endless choice of restaurants serving a whole world of cuisine, including a showcase of the best that China has to offer, nightclubs, live music, theatre and much more- Taipei is a city with something for everyone.

Top 10 Places of Interest

 
National Palace Museum /World’s 5th-largest museum packed with treasures

World-famous Dumplings Restaurant /Famous succulent dumplings

Taipei 101, Sinyi Shopping District /The most exciting part of town

LongShan Temple /Culture and fascination

Night Market /Tastes and bargains galore

Danshuei Old Town & Blue Highway /Rustic charm & natural beauty

Beef Noodle Lunch /Succulent local specialty

Maokong /Rustic getaway to the hills

KuangHua Market /Everything in computers & electronics at unbelievable prices

Beitou Hotsprings /Total indulgence

For more information and videos on this beautiful country, click here.

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Intriguing Ireland.

Now more than ever, Ireland is wonderfully within reach. Thanks to amazing values, frequent airfare specials and flights within six hours from New York to Dublin, you needn’t wait another minute!

         

Whether you follow in the footsteps of giants on the Causeway Coast, savor the rich tapestry of food and drink in Cork, stand in awe at the view from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, or go in search of some traditional music sessions in Galway, one thing is for sure, here begins the vacation of a lifetime! Get inspired by the videos tours around the island, and don’t miss tips on where to go and what to do. With these great offers, you really could be waking up in Ireland in no time!

History

With the history of Ireland dating back as far as 6000BC, the past has truly paved the way for the island’s buoyant present and future.

Ireland is thought to have been inhabited from around 6000BC by people of a mid-Stone Age culture. And about 4,000 years later, tribes from Southern Europe arrived and established a high Neolithic culture. The best-known Neolithic sites in Ireland are the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth in County Meath. Both were built around 3200BC, making them older than Stonehenge in England, and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

     

Ireland’s famous patron saint didn’t actually come from Ireland. Saint Patrick was taken prisoner from his family home in Britain by Irish raiders and was brought to Ireland to work as a shepherd. After Patrick escaped back to Britain, he had a vision from God telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Now credited with introducing Christianity to Ireland, relics of St Patrick’s time can be seen all over Ireland. One of the best known is Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, where Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441AD. Today, pilgrims climb the mountain every year on the last Sunday in July. Saint Patrick’s remains are believed to be buried in the grounds of Downpatrick Cathedral, County Down.

The Vikings first launched their attack on Ireland in 795AD. And in 837AD, 60 Viking Dragon warships appeared at the mouth of the River Liffey. Five years later, Dublin was taken under force, but the Vikings were attacked by the local Irish and fled. They returned 17 years later under Olaf the White and made a permanent settlement at Dyflinn (later to be Dublin). The King’s Palace stood on the present Dublin Castle site and part of the town’s defenses can still be seen at the Undercroft in Dublin Castle.

             

The latter half of the 19th century was a period of tragedy in Irish history. Ireland was struck by the Great Famine caused by a potato blight that struck crops over a four-year period from 1845-49. Over a million of the population died from starvation, with many more falling prey to diseases such as typhus. Over two million people emigrated to countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and from 1848-1950 over six million Irish fled the land. Now the Irish diaspora is thought to contain over 80 million people scattered all over the globe. To learn more about the famine visit The Famine Museum in Strokestown Estate, The Cobh Heritage Centre and the Famine Commemoration Centre in Skibbereen.

Modern Ireland now enjoys more immigration than emigration. Thanks in large part to the boom of the Celtic Tiger economy in the 1990s, the Ireland of the 21st century is a vibrant, culturally rich and ethnically diverse country with an entirely youthful and optimistic outlook – over half the population is under 30, after all!

                   

There are an estimated 80 million people who claim Irish ancestry. Imagine tracing your ancestry and discovering your family history! The Irish Genealogical Project can help you find the answers to the questions you have about your Irish roots. Take yourself on a journey of discovery that may inspire you to visit the land of your ancestors.

     

For more information on this beautiful destinations history, nature, geography, things to do and much, much more click here.

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Queen of the Pacific – Tahiti

 Tahiti

The islands of Tahiti offer something special for every traveler – from powdery white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, vibrant marine life, rugged verdant mountains, and a colorful history. Whether you want a private island picnic near Bora Bora or a canoe delivered breakfast in your overwater bungalow, Tahiti is the ultimate South Pacific island paradise.

Tahiti – Moorea – Bora Bora – are island names that evoke a blissful state of mind, and have been seducing honeymooners, romantics, adventurers, and vacationers looking for escape.

The romantic and famed South Sea isles offer spectacular sunsets framing giant curls of turquoise breaking onto the colorful reefs that protect the tranquil lagoons of warm, bright-emerald and blue waters and white coral-sand beaches.

History

Around 4000 BC, a great migration began from Southeast Asia across open ocean to settle the Pacific Islands. Many researchers conclude that Tonga and Samoa were settled around 1300 BC and from there colonization voyages were launched to the Marquesas Islands in about 200 BC. Over the next several centuries, great migrations to colonize all the Tahitian islands and virtually the entire South Pacific took place.

For more information on history, click here.

Geography

Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos.

Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island.

For more information on geography, click here.

ACTIVITIES

Activities include overwater bungalows, island tours, snorkling, diving, shark feeding, Tahitian cultured pears, Polynesian spas, Motu picnic, and many more!!

For more information on activities, click here.

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