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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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Planning a Florida Excursion

Cruising the Bahamas or the Caribbean from one of Florida’s ports is one of the easiest ways to sail the seas and also enjoy a stay in the Sunshine State. Travel advisors recommend alleviating travel stress by arriving to your port city one day prior to embarkation, but an early arrival can also be an opportunity to plan a Florida excursion in one of the state’s tourist hotspots. Travel advisors have relationships with suppliers that offer tickets for experiences and activities around the world – when making your vacation plans, speak with our team about excursions for before and after…
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Florida Mystery Series

Lounging on the beach in the warm sunshine calls for an engrossing page-turner. Starting a fast-paced Florida mystery series is the perfect way to spend a day near the ocean. Famed Floridians Carl Hiassen and Jeff Lindsay have both created unique characters and plots that distinguish them from other authors of the mystery genre. Carl Hiassen Carl Hiassen, one of Florida’s most notable authors, is known for his quirky Florida “eco crime” stories. A graduate of the University of Florida and former assignment writer for the Miami Herald, Hiassen now devotes his time to penning (primarily) mystery novels that take…
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Reasons to Try Small Ship Cruising

Small ship cruising is… Leisurely riding your bicycle through a small town in France, stopping for photos and lunch a small cafe. Joining your tour guide to learn about the architecture of quaint German town. Taking in the enchanting colors of the tulip fields in the Netherlands. There are many reasons to try small ship cruising, and when we are able to begin sailing once again, we can’t wait to return to some of our favorite destinations. We are confident that those in the cruise industry, including cruise lines and government agencies, will continue to work together to keep travelers…
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Activities in Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina (voted America’s #1 Small City nine years in a row) is a perfect destination for a long-weekend getaway. Whether you are drawn to the city for its culinary scene, its beaches, or its history, finding activities to the pass the time is not challenging, but choosing what to do can be. Local tours are the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the charm of Charleston. If you’re interested in food and beverage, historical, or thrill-seeking experiences, Project Expedition has guided tour options for all visitor interests. For the Local Culinary Scene Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour (from $65…
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Literature of the Southern States – Part 2

Let’s venture into the deep south – South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi – where the summers are long, hot, and humid and the days fade into stiff evenings cooled by visits on the front porch. From the bayou towns of Louisiana to the quaint historic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, the cuisine, music, and literature of the most southern states will enchant you. South Carolina The novels of Pat Conroy: Pat Conroy is known for his sweeping stories about love and family set in South Carolina, particularly The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. The Prince of Tides,…
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