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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 03:00

Escape the Cold with an Island Getaway

With decreasing temperatures and increasing wind speeds, Philadelphia faced its coldest stretch of the year last week. Instead of bundling up to stay warm, why not beat the cold with an island getaway?  Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has found the perfect place to make everyone’s cold woes disappear. 

Paradise Island, Bahamas

This vacation destination has a name that speaks for itself. The island has an area of 685 acres and is located just off the shore of the city, Nassau. The Atlantis Resort is the crown jewel of paradise and makes for the perfect getaway.

Atlantis is everything you could ever dream of. One of the resort’s biggest attractions is the Mayan themed Aquaventure water park. The park features attractions such as a mile long rapid river and multiple water slides, each with their own unique twist. The Dig is one of the most unique parts of the park, consisting of 14 lagoons with more than 50,000 aquatic animals, representing more than 250 species. It was designed to represent the lost city of Atlantis and give the guests a taste of adventure. The biggest attraction of the water park is the Mayan Temple, which features a 60 foot slide that takes you through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. 

If the thrill of the water park isn’t for you, grab some friends and head out onto the 18-hole par 72 championship golf course. The course also features a restaurant and bar inside the clubhouse. After a round of golf, try relaxing by one of 11 different available pools, and don’t worry you can bring the family along too. Everybody has been on a vacation where one child was too small to go on the rides, but Atlantis has taken care of that by introducing 3 pools designed purely for kids’ entertainment and safety.     

The beautiful Bahamian beaches are only a short walk away from your accommodations. Simply follow one of the paths from your tower and step out onto one of three private beaches available to the guests of Atlantis. The white-sand and crystal-blue water stretch out for 5 miles and offer some breathtaking sights of the Caribbean.    

For a day of adventure, drive over the bridge to the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau, and try out various activities such as going on a food tasting tour, powerboating and snorkeling. The best way to capture the beauty of the Bahamian ocean is to embark on a SUB, or Scenic Underwater Bubble, excursion, which involves using a personal submarine to propel oneself through the water and explore what the ocean has to offer. 

Book with  Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 for the best deals to your dream destination. Paradise is calling.  

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 03:00

Solving Travel Issues

Taking a vacation is always an exciting time for people. But, getting there can often lead to stress and small issues. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 knows that when these issues arise, travelers often go into panic mode, and want assistance right away. It feels that airlines and hotels can take a long time to solve your problems. That is where Rubinsohn Travel steps in! When travelers hit a bump in the road, Rubinsohn is on the phone immediately to resolve any problem so you can enjoy your vacation worry free. 

Some of the biggest concerns we see with our clients are what to pack for a destination they have never been to before, delayed and missed flights, and airlines losing checked luggage. All of these things put a damper on getting to your destination. 

Packing is never a fun part of vacation preparation. It also isn’t always easy when you have never been to the destination you are traveling to. Most people don’t think to ask their travel advisor what to pack, which can lead to forgetting things, or not being fully prepared for your trip. Rubinsohn Travel can alleviate this stress. Not only do we have blogs on packing, but our travel advisors can tell you what you will need, from clothing that is weather appropriate to what kind of outlet adapters to buy when traveling abroad. 

Another big stress for travelers is having a delayed flight or missing their flight altogether. Delayed flights are annoying, especially if they become delayed overnight and you need to sleep at the airport. If this happens, we will work to get you a hotel room near the airport. Delayed flights can also lead to problems if travelers are supposed to catch a connecting flight. Sometimes it causes people to miss their connecting flight and then they don’t know what to do. Rubinsohn will call the airlines and have you put on the next available flight so you will stay on course. 

We often hear clients are nervous to check their luggage since luggage can sometimes become lost. Even though this is a possibility, we are still there with solutions. Travelers often try to deal with the airlines themselves, and then getting luggage sent to their hotels, or waiting to claim it at the airport. This tends to be one giant headache. When you book with Rubinsohn Travel, lost luggage is no problem. We will be the ones on the phone with the airline and hotel arranging your luggage to be delivered to you. 

Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 is there for all clients. We want you to have the best trip possible, so we are on call to assist you and solve problems ASAP. Book with Rubinsohn Travel today to experience 24/7 concierge service that will make your vacation better than any other trip you’ve taken before. 

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Monday, 21 January 2019 03:00

The Face Behind Rubinsohn Travel

Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has been in business since 1992 but the history of this company goes far beyond that. Before it became Rubinsohn Travel, the Rubinsohn family owneda business named Bartlett Tours Company. Bartlett Tours was founded in 1880 in Philadelphia, and it was the oldest travel agency still in business in the city.  In 1955, the Hanley Rubinsohn purchased Bartlett Tours. 

Bill Rubinsohn, Hanley Rubinsohn’s son purchase the company from his father and his partners in 1986.The Company flourished. Bill expanded the company throughout Philadelphia. This led to thirteen offices,becoming the second largest travel agency in the Delaware Valley.In 1990 he sold the company. 

Bill’s passion for travel pushed him to open a smaller agency in 1992, naming it Rubinsohn Travel. Bill took full charge, and is still president of the company to this day. But what pushed Bill to have such a desire to see the world, and share that experience with others through a travel agency? 

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Bill says that hearing all of his parents’ adventures with guided tour groups, and their experiences around the world is what drew him into the traveling life. While growing up, he was able to have some of these adventures for himself. As a teen, Bill traveled to Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, and England, with his grandmother. Recalling this trip, Bill says “It was magical: beautiful scenery, wonderful people, incredible history, I was hooked on travel and the experiences I enjoyed.”

From then on out, the rest was history. Bill began mostly by leading escorted tour groups to places such as Hong Kong, Kenya, Japan, England, Italy, Australia, and many other interesting destinations. Once Bill married his wife, Deborah, he began his own personal travel journeys. Bill and Deborah have been on countless adventures together, and have many more planned. 

Reflecting back on his thrilling expeditions, Bill says his all-time favorite trip was when he went rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The scenery, and tranquil environment put him at ease, while still having that dispersed excitement of white water rafting. 

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His second favorite trip was when he cruised to Antarctica. “There are no words that adequately describe this continent.” said Bill. “The clear skies along the glaciers hold such immense beauty. It is unlike any other vacation experience. And yes, there are many penguins to see, just as one imagines from books and movies.”

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Finally, Bill’s third favorite trip was to Paris, the city of love. The romantic lights on the Eiffel Tower are often what stands out most to visitors. Unlike the majority, Bill found his own favorite parts of the city; the comical signs. 

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As for what’s next, there is no telling for sure. There is always room for bucket list vacations to take place. Bill’s goal destination is the Himalayas in Southeast Asia. He plans to make it to Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet in 2020.

Travel goals are important. To experience new cultures, and meet new people all over the world, gives a traveler a whole different level of value. Don’t let life pass you by without allowing the world to enlighten you, and push you out of your comfort zone. Book your next trip with Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 to gain first-hand knowledge from Bill, and their other well-travelled advisors. They will give you the trip of a lifetime that will fill you with the same passion for travel that Bill Rubinsohn holds close to his heart. 

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 03:00

Traveling with a Purpose

Having a passion for travel and wanting to see the world is something Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 loves. But, sometimes we find that travelers get so caught up in their vacation that they don’t always take in the local community and give back to the places they visit. We have a solution to that. We have chosen a few great places to visit where you can experience an exciting trip, while also finding volunteer opportunities. 

India

India is known for having rich culture. There are multiple stops to make along your travels in India. The first stop is in Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the most notable tourist destinations in India for its historical beauty. Another stop is Ladakh. This destination attracts many travelers and it is known as “Little Tibet.” The weather is great and it contains many Buddhist monasteries. After you have visited these places and more, extend your trip and volunteer. Programs vary, but a popular program includes teaching young girls empowerment in schools and shelters. 

Peru

Peru has many historical places to see. The Incas left many buildings and temples behind in Machu Picchu and they are must-sees. The ruins themselves appear as if they are touching the sky. The city of Cusco is also a perfect place to visit. Cusco was the former center for the Incan Empire. There is a cultural city center still for tourists to stop by and see the mix of Incan and Spanish cultures. While you’re in this city, there are volunteer opportunities to work with disabled children in schools. Not only can you take in the sights, but you can also make a difference in locals’ lives. 

Australia

Australia is always a well-known destination. From being able to see the Sydney Opera House to walking across the Harbor Bridge, it is never a dull moment. Grab your mates that like adventure and head down to the Great Barrier Reef. If you are really into the nature aspect of the coral reefs, volunteer to join a scuba clean-up crew. This is the perfect opportunity to help the environment and explore the Australian waters. 

Don’t wait any longer to book your trip! Give yourself the adventure of a lifetime while still making time in your trip to give back to local communities. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has all of the answers for your perfect vacation.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 03:00

Bringing Love to the New Year

Spending time with loved ones is a staple for the holiday season. It brings family members together and even sometimes brings new marriage engagements. After the holidays wind down, it becomes wedding planning time. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has the perfect places to book a dreamy destination wedding for your special day.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is one of the top places for destination weddings. It offers an array of resorts that have all-inclusive packages for you and your guests to enjoy your stay without worrying about extra fees. The clear ocean, and white sand beaches give the perfect place for a sunset beach wedding. 

Don’t only plan the wedding though, the D.R. also has many activities for your guests to enjoy together before and after the big day. There are multiple ATV buggy adventures, zip-lining and day boat rides that feature snorkeling, to have fun on! You can turn your wedding into a week-long vacation to spend with your new spouse and family.

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Ireland

If you would like a different destination, other than a tropical spot for your wedding, Ireland is the place to go. Ireland is full of interesting history with castles, small towns, and endless beautiful scenery. 

There are countless beautiful hotels in Ireland that are just a short drive away from some of the castles and gardens to take gorgeous wedding photos at. In fact, you can even stay in a castle if you really want the medieval, historical feel. Ireland is a large place so if you feel stuck on where to begin, we can help you choose the perfect part of Ireland that suits exactly what you imagine.

After you tie the knot, plan other activities for your group to do together. Some favorites are going to the Blarney Castle, visiting the Cliffs of Moher, seeing the Ring of Kerry, trying a Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse, and touring the Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. There are so many places to see and experience in Ireland to top off your wedding in a way everyone would love.

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Call Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 today to start booking the wedding of your dreams in a place made for fairytales.

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