We Are Here For You.

Travel advisors are advocates, and each member of our team here at Encompass the World and Westlake Travel is here for you, our treasured clients, during this time of uncertainty. We understand you may be worried about the next steps for your upcoming vacation. One of the reasons people trust travel agents to book their trips is because, in times like these, we are your advocates and will work carefully to handle an unpredictable situation. We genuinely care about you and your vacation plans, and we want to help as much as we can. How we are helping you: Please…
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We Are Grateful for You

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melodie Beattie, American author As 2020 draws to a close and we reflect upon the challenges we have experienced these past months, we also acknowledge the gratitude within us and find peace in the daily joys we feel in serving our loyal clients in an industry we are passionate about. We are thankful for you. We are grateful for you. We have always treasured your…
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Fiction of the Rocky Mountain States

The majestic snow-peaked Rocky Mountains and rugged natural beauty of the six states that form this region provide the perfect backdrop for stories of growth, survival, and the most memorable times of our lives. Here are our picks for fiction of the Rocky Mountain States: Montana Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson When social worker Pete Snow attempts to help a nearly feral boy he discovers in the Montana wilderness, he must confront the boy’s disturbed father, a survivalist who is preparing for the coming End Times. As Snow works to gain the trust of the boy’s father, the…
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Fiction of the Midwest (part 2)

Let’s continue exploring fiction of the American Midwest, where the waving wheat fields of the Plains catch the golden afternoon sunlight, the rugged beauty of the quiet Dakotas beckons those who yearn to rest with nature, and the lakes that dot the landscape of Minnesota call for lazy summer days perched on their docks. For the first part of this region’s recommended reading list, we visited Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Minnesota Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy First in a series and penned by a mother/daughter writing duo, Monkeewrench introduces readers to software company Monkeewrench, which has created a computer…
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ROAM Magazine: Fall Issue Available!

The fall issue of ROAM Magazine is now available! Celebrating a love of travel, ROAM Magazine features articles and activities to inspire your passion for exploring the world. In this edition: Why Use a Travel Advisor in the Time of Covid-19? Reading Recommendations from Around the USA Bucket List Travel Destinations and Curating Your Bucket List The Mental Benefits of Travel Quiz: What Type of Traveler Are You? … and more! Happy reading!

The Beach Makes Us Happy

The beach makes us happy. Imagine the warm sand between your toes, the sound of waves lapping the shore, and a gentle breeze tickling your hair. Relaxing at the beach is peaceful, and a beach vacation can improve your overall well-being. Here are a few of the scientifically studied health benefits of travel and why visiting our favorite beach destinations makes us happier, healthier people: A day at the beach has been proven to help relieve stress. The gentle, repetitive sound of waves is meditative for our brains and sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D, which is good for our…
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