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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 03:00

Be Different This Memorial Day

We know travelling for Memorial Day weekend can be a hassle, so don’t get stuck in a crowd before you leave, just to get right back into one when you arrive. This Memorial Day be different, avoid popular vacation spots, and discover some of America’s hidden gems. The folks at Rubinsohn Travel have pieced together four possible beach destinations that you’ve probably never heard of, won’t be packed with tourists, and will make you wish every weekend was a long one.

Anna Maria Island, Florida 

Anna Maria Island is a gorgeous island right off the coast of Manatee County, Florida. Everyone is always hungry after a day of travelling, so once you get there, drop your bags off, and head to the Sandbar Restaurant. Tables are available in the sand, as the restaurant is located right on the water. Dip your toes in the sand, enjoy the fresh and delicious seafood available, and soak in the beautiful view in front of you. After you’re done eating, simply stand up and you’re at the beach! If you are looking for a more secluded, but still public beach, look no further than Bean Point. This beach is located at the very trip of the Island, and maintains a relaxation factor that is hard to come by on most public beaches. The beautiful blue water and soft-white sand make this the perfect place to spend your day at. If you’re looking for a little bit more of an adventurous activity, then give parasailing a whirl at Bradenton Beach! Bradenton Beach Parasailing has been in business for more than 35 years, and maintains its perfect safety record to this day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the Gulf Coast like never before. 

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Jekyll Island, Georgia

A stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort will make for an unforgettable trip whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family. This historic resort used to serve as a meeting ground for industry titans like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. The resort features three distinct accommodation settings; the Island Club rooms, Island Cottages, and Ocean Club Suites. All three will offer a different experience, yet you can’t go wrong with any of the options. The resort features a gorgeous dining hall with a delectable menu, however we recommend spending at least one night dining at The Wharf. This riverfront restaurant features a menu centered around Southern classics, open-air dining, live music, and will certainly make for an entertaining night for everyone in attendance. A complimentary shuttle service is provided to all guests of the resort, enabling everyone the chance to explore all 9 miles of the island’s beautiful beaches. If you brought the kids along and they’re yearning for a fun activity, a complimentary shuttle service is also offered to and from Summer Waves Water Park. The park has multiple water slides, a lazy river, and a large wave pool, making it the perfect place for a family fun-filled day. 

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Ocracoke Island, North Carolina 

A part of North Carolina’s coastal Outer Banks region, Ocracoke Island makes for a beautiful beach getaway that won’t be packed with people. Referred to by locals as “the cure for the common beach,” Ocracoke Island is a unique destination because of its 16 miles of undeveloped beaches. No hotels or condos line the beach, so step out onto the sand, look for miles in each direction, and all you will see is sand, dunes and the ocean. If you’re looking for some excitement, surf boards, kayaks, and waverunners are all available for rent at various locations. Tours are also available, but one of the best ways to explore the island is to rent a golf cart and take a tour of your own. Every restaurant in the town of Ocracoke is locally owned and operated, so you won’t be finding any of your favorite chains on the island. What you will find is freshly prepared food that will melt in your mouth and family style service at every restaurant. The island is especially known for its perfection of marine based cuisine, so we highly recommend something from the sea! 

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Block Island, Rhode Island 

Most people might not think of Rhode Island as a typical vacation destination, but that’s exactly our point! A trip to Block Island will offer a unique experience and take you somewhere you probably never thought of going before. While visiting, head to the Mohegan Bluffs. This doesn’t have to be the first thing you do, but it will wind up being the most rewarding part of your trip. The 150-foot clay cliffs on the south side of the Island offer incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and a rich history. Take the stairs down the cliffs, and arrive at one of the most beautiful and relaxing beaches you will ever come across. It is the perfect place for a picnic and relaxing by the water. Once you get hungry for dinner, The Oar Restaurant is the perfect place to mingle with locals, enjoy a casual atmosphere with a couple drinks, and eat some of the best New England style food you can imagine. The Oar is located right on the water of the Great Salt Pond, and boasts some of the best clam chowder, and lobster rolls around. However, what they’re really known for are their frozen mudslides. They are the perfect combination of a delicious dessert, and an ice-cold cocktail. To fully appreciate the beauty of Block Island’s natural environment, head to Pond and Beyond Kayak for group ecotours around The Great Salt Pond, an area of Block Island filled with nature’s beauty and wildlife. Tours are suitable for even the most inexperienced kayakers, but for those of you with experience, rent one of your own, and create a new scenic route. 

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Memorial Day is a time for you to get away for a bit, and forget about all the stress that comes with everyday life. This year, allow yourself to try something new, and truly relax by surrounding yourself with loved ones, and avoiding the masses. All four of these locations are unique in their own way, but all of them will provide you with the vacation you’re looking for, and they might even become your new secret go to spot. Book with Rubinsohn Travel today by calling (215) 886-5200, and let’s get started on your Memorial Day getaway.  

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:00

Your Mediterranean Adventure Awaits!

There are so many countries to visit, so many cultures to immerse oneself in and so many culinary dishes to be explored, that choosing where to travel to can be downright impossible. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has taken care of the headache of making the choice between so many great options, and put together a vacation that will take you on a Mediterranean adventure you will never forget. Strap in for this 10-day vacation that will take you on a journey through Portugal and Spain. 

Lisbon, Portugal – Recommended stay: 2 days 

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is only a short one-and-a-half-hour flight from Barcelona. It is located right on the coast of Portugal, so it’s surrounded by beautiful beaches, however much of its wonder remains in the city, rather than on the water. If there is one landmark that is an absolute must see in Lisbon, it is the Torre de Belem. The tower was constructed back in the 16th century, and it has grown to become one of the most iconic features in the city. One of the best ways of travelling the city and exploring all of its vital monuments and landmarks is to take a ride in an eco-friendly tuk tuk, and allow your driver to show off their amazing hometown. Take in the beautiful architecture, and marvel at the unique Arabic textile designs coating many of the building as you explore the depths of the city. Lisbon is certainly a scenic town with its bright colored buildings, but is also famous for its seafood, which will light up your taste buds and make only a small dent in your wallet. All of the seafood is freshly caught, with the coast no more than 45 minutes away from most locations. While everything off the seafood menu is mouthwatering and delicious, the Portuguese prawns are a national treasure, and a must have for anyone venturing to Lisbon for the first time.

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Sintra, Portugal – Recommended stay: 1 day 

Sintra is only a 30-minute train ride from Lisbon, costs only 10 euro to get there and back, and is one of the most aesthetically unique and beautiful cities in all of Europe. Once there, various tour options will be available the moment you hop off the train. All of them are suitable methods to take in the sites of Sintra, and all of them will eventually take you to Sintra’s crown jewel, the Palacio de Pena. In order to reach the palace, tickets must be purchased at the entrance to El Parque Nacional de Palacio de Pena. The national park is full of various hiking trails that will showcase nature’s beauty, while the main path takes you up the mountain to the castle. The Portuguese castle was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site back in 1990, and is something out of a fairytale with its unique architecture, bright colored towers and location sitting atop a mountain peak. Walk around the outside of the castle, and enjoy some of the best views in all of Sintra. Then take a tour of the inside, and discover how the Portuguese royalty once lived. After exploring the castle, venture down the mountain to enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal at one of many local restaurants and cafes. We really recommend trying a dish with cod, it’s what they’re known for! 

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Barcelona, Spain – Recommended stay: 3 days  

Barcelona is the second most populated city in Spain, with just over 1.6 million residents, and it is the first stop on your adventure for a reason. There is so much unique architecture that gives Barcelona a personality of its own, and oddly enough, the most important piece of that architecture isn’t even completed yet. La Sagrada Familia embodies the dreamlike works of Antoni Gaudi and is a sight to behold, despite being only ¾ of the way done. It includes architectural styles such as Catalan Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Spanish Late-Gothic, however it cannot be placed definitively in any one category because it is truly one of a kind. Next, take a stroll over to Gràcia, and see what small town life is like for the locals of Barcelona. The narrow streets and plazas are packed with bars and restaurants that are filled with people at all times during the day. It is a great place to sit down and relax with some delicious tapas, enjoy good company, and truly embrace the laxed Spanish lifestyle. In order to experience the full might of Barcelona’s culture, venture to Camp Nou, the 99,000 capacity fútbol stadium which has been home to FC Barcelona since 1957. The booming energy and intense loyalty can be felt throughout the entire stadium each and every game, and it is a spectacle to behold. 

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Cadaqués, Spain – Recommended stay: 2 days 

Cadaqués is a vacation town located on the Costa Brava in Spain, and it is one of the most beautiful towns in the entire country. It takes just under 2 hours to drive there from Barcelona, but once there, it will be worth every minute spent on the road. Upon arrival, drop your things off in your hotel, and go out for a stroll around the town before heading towards the Far de Cala Nans hiking trail. It is a beautiful trail that will give you a view of the Spanish coast unlike anything else. You will be engulfed in nature throughout the hike, and after about 3 km of walking you will come across a set of stone steps that will take you down to a private beach. It is the perfect place to bring some traditional Spanish bocadillos, soak in the sun and go for a swim to cool off. Cadaqués boasts some of the best seafood you will have in your entire life. From some of the most flavorful calamari in the world, to freshly caught fish grilled to perfection, Cadaqués will provide you with a culinary experience you will never forget. 

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Barcelona, Spain – Recommended stay: 2 days 

Yes, that’s right it is time to head back to Barcelona! After a few days of constant travelling, relaxing by the beautiful Barcelona beaches is the perfect way to end your trip. If you are up for one final adventure, travel up to the old Spanish civil war bunkers. It doesn’t cost a thing to venture to the bunkers and for your efforts, you will be rewarded with the best view in the entire city. The entire city landscape can be captured in an instant, and you will truly feel on top of the world. It is important to cap off your vacation with a trip to a restaurant called Terraza Martinez. This restaurant is missed by most tourists because it is not located in the heart of the city, however don’t make the mistake of missing out on what many consider to be the best paella in the city. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish consisting of rice, vegetables and a sea or land-based protein that will melt in your mouth with each and every bite. Enjoy a fine dining experience, some of the best food you will ever have, and look back at the memories you have gained over the course of you trip. 

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Immersing yourself into the rich cultures of Spain and Portugal will show you a completely new way of life, and we guarantee that when the time to head home rolls around, you won’t want to leave. We have planned an unforgettable journey for you and your travel companions to embark on, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call at (215) 886-5200 and get your Mediterranean adventure planned today!  

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:00

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is already this week, and Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has plans for the holiday! Don’t worry if you forgot to make your celebration plans this year. We’ve thought ahead, and have the perfect trip for you to book for 2020 to spend St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland! 

St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, held on March 17th every year. In the 17th century, this feast day was recognized by the Catholic Church. The day was made to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish people. The holiday became more of a celebration with parades when immigrants started to celebrate in American cities, such as New York, Boston, and Chicago. Parades didn’t begin to happen in Ireland until the 20th century. 

The place to go for a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland is definitely Dublin. Dublin actually holds a five day festival for the holiday. It runs from March 14th to March 18th, and has a variety of things to do and see. The main day of course is March 17th, when the parade is held. The parade marches through Dublin, with bands playing music, dancing, theatre arts performing, and high energy. Of course, there is plenty of green and Guinness to go around too! You can finish your night off with a pint in the popular Temple Bar area of Dublin.

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Extend your stay in Ireland, and see some of the most noted places right by Dublin. St Patrick’s Cathedral is a must see. The Cathedral is Ireland’s largest church. It has a rich cultural history dating back to 1191. The church has breathtaking Gothic architecture, and is a great stop to make while here.

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Keep your St. Patrick’s Day celebration going by heading over to the Guinness Storehouse. Also located in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is where Guinness beer is brewed. They offer guided tours throughout the factory where visitors can learn about the brewing process. The tour ends with a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar which overlooks all of Dublin. 

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If you want to venture out of Dublin, finish off your trip with a journey to the Blarney Castle. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone at the top of the Castle, it will bring you good luck. Don’t be afraid to lean back and kiss the stone, guides will help you, and there are secure rails around it now. 

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Plan ahead for next St. Patrick’s Day with Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200. We know the perfect places in Ireland to experience the holiday, and true culture of Irish people. Don’t wait! Call us today before everything is booked!

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 03:00

Adventures of a Travel Consultant

Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 values giving all clients the experience of a lifetime through planning unforgettable trips around the world. Many clients ask where our expertise comes from as we are advising them about their next journey. Our simple answer: we experience it all ourselves first. Rubinsohn has a team of travel consultants that have been around the world, and have found the beauty and excitement in each and every place they have visited. One of our most experienced travel consultants is Amy Rubinsohn. 

Amy has been exposed to travel since she was a child. In 1955 her parents purchased a travel agency. This exposed her to a new world of possibilities by even just reading airline guides, and finding the best hotels around the world. When she was 12 years old, her family went on a month-long vacation to Europe, which ended up instilling a strong passion for travel in her. Just three years later, at age 15, Amy took a three-week summer vacation to Scandinavia. After college, Amy knew the travel business was the right career path for her, and she has been in it ever since. 

Amy has been to numerous interesting places. Last summer she traveled to her 100th country, and she plans to make it to many more. Her journeys have led her to experience culture and life itself immensely. Although, she has no complaints about her destinations, she does have a few favorite trips. Her top two trips to date are a safari vacation in Botswana and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. 

Botswana, located in Southern Africa, was a dream vacation for Amy. Her time there consisted of a safari trip. She was able to see so many different animals, such as elephants, lions, tigers, and zebras. Botswana has a variety of different kinds of land. Of course, there are deserts and savannas, but there are also wetlands. The Chobe River and Okavango Delta are very popular parts of Botswana for tourists to experience. The sights in Botswana’s national parks are unbeatable. The beauty of the destination and the roaming wildlife had Amy falling in love with this destination. 

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The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is Amy’s second favorite vacation. Amy loves seeing different species of animals on her vacations, and the Galapagos Islands are a great place for that! Since there is a lack of natural predators there, the wildlife is comfortable with humans being around, and getting closer to them. There is a range of outdoor activities that includes wildlife watching, diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and so much more. Amy thinks this should be a bucket-list destination for all outdoor and animal lovers! 

Even though Amy has already traveled to 100 countries, she already has her next vacation planned for the end of this month. She is packing her bags, and heading to Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, and India! Nothing is stopping Amy from seeing the world. “I love to see other cultures, landscapes, and animals. I love cruising to new and unusual places.” says Amy. Her vast travel experience around the world has made her the amazing travel consultant that she is today. 

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Don’t wait to have an adventurous life! Take charge, and book your next vacation withRubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 today! Travel consultants like Amy will plan you an unforgettable journey! 

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