Sinterklaas, your favorite new Dutch holiday

Thanks to Stephan van der Meer for allowing me to use his article.  For more European Santa traditions, visit Forget about the 25th of December, the real excitement around the Winter holiday season for the Dutchies is around the 5th of December, especially for the kids. As a tradition in the Netherlands that can be traced back to 343 AD, Sinterklaas is a legendary Dutch character certainly worth knowing about! You’ll also perhaps have heard something about the controversies surrounding the ‘Zwarte Piet’ characters. So read on to get familiar with the most anticipated, and often divisive event of the year! Who is Sinterklaas? Main guy sound familiar? The name ‘Santa Claus’ came from Sinterklaas: the authentic legend of wintertime celebrations. Dressed in striking red robes, with a long white beard, silky locks to match and a golden staff, Sinterklaas leads a procession through Dutch towns each year. Sinterklaas’ arrival


Expecting the Unexpected

Rarely is that age old adage proven true as often as it is in the context of travel. But some surprises are not as cool as catching a glimpse of a mountain lion or seeing a pod of orcas on a hunt for a meal. Lost luggage, a health emergency, or flight cancellations due to weather are some of the most common mishaps that can sideline travelers and prevent you from enjoying your perfect vacation. That is why travel insurance can be a great investment, no matter what type of trip you are planning. Travel insurance premiums typically represent just a fraction of the cost of your trip, cover you for a wide range of emergencies, and let you rest a little easier both before and during your trip. The best travel insurance policy for you is going to be the one that offers the specific coverage you need at


Cruising Alaska

Alaska can be considered a bucket list for many travelers, especially those who do not live on the west coast. The mix of passengers is everything from toddlers to the elderly. It is no longer considered a trip for just the elderly. Cruise ships and excursions have something for everyone. Alaska is intriguing, culturally diverse, and has so much Native Alaskan history. From the Gold Rush-era to the Russian influence, you will be amazed. Many cruise lines offer cruises to Alaska. Norwegian, Princess, Disney, and Celebrity to name a few. Not every cruise line is a right fit for every cruiser. There are large ships, small ships, expedition ships. Each has its own personality. We would be more than happy to share insight on this. What would one expect on a cruise to Alaska? Beautiful scenery unlike any other. From glaciers and fjords to mountains and forests. History. So much


Why use a travel agent?

We take the stress out of planning a trip. You do not lose control of the process. You still have the final decision. We help narrow down your options. Did you know that Orlando has about 122,000 hotels? Which one is right for your family? Travel agents have been to many of the popular areas and hotels. If not, we know someone who has. Firsthand experience is better than any online review website. We get to know you, the client. Not every hotel and destination is right for every person. And with that knowledge, they become more than just a client. A good travel agent will ask you how your children are, or how your parents are doing. We have knowledge of upcoming sales and promotions. We also have the ability to add new promotions to your reservation if they benefit you. We have tips to make your vacation better.


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