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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Prepare for Travel: Check Your Identification Documents!

Demand for future travel is increasing and will likely outpace supply, even as more options reopen. Travel agents know that one of the most important preparations for future travel is ensuring you have the appropriate travel ID. No one wants to arrive at the airport for their long-awaited vacation, only to be denied boarding because of an issue with identification documents. Now is the time to make sure your identification documents are ready. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing delays in passport processing. Standard processing for new and renewal applications is currently reported to be 10-12 weeks, or 4-6 weeks if…
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Exploring the USA by Rail

Often romanticized in pop culture, touring by rail has long captured the imaginations of travelers. The gentle swaying of the train cars, the soothing sounds of the train clicking over the rails, and the ever-changing landscapes ignite a sense of adventure unique to a United States rail tour. When planning your next vacation, why not consider the ease and enjoyment of a rail experience? With touring options available in all regions of the United States and more people interested in domestic travel, now is the perfect time to learn more about train travel in the United States. Book a Package…
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Bucket List Destination: Seychelles

Final post in the series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Three hundred miles off the coast of Africa stretches the Seychelles, an archipelago so unabashedly gorgeous that British explorers believed it to be the Garden of Eden when they arrived on its shores. The secluded and romantic islands of the Seychelles top many travelers’ destination bucket lists because of a strong desire to wade through the clear waters of the Indian Ocean and watch the colors of the sunset in a true paradise. Must-See Islands? Most of the 115 islands that form the Seychelles are uninhabited; many are even protected as…
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Bucket List Destination: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Part seven in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the largest city in the third richest country in the world. Known for its luxury, nightlife, and modern style, Dubai captures the imaginations of world travelers because of its larger-than-life experiences. Best Time to Travel? Mid-November to mid-December is a great time to visit Dubai, as the weather will be warm enough to enjoy the beautiful resort pools and turquoise sea. Mid-December to the end of February is peak season when an abundance of activities prevails, but crowds are large and rates increase significantly. Avoid the…
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Bucket List Destination: Australia and New Zealand

part six in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations For those who want to be wowed by unique experiences and stunning beauty, and have both the time and budget to devote to a detailed itinerary, Australia and New Zealand combine into a truly extraordinary vacation. Must-See Cities? Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, and Perth to name a few New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, Dunedin Best Time to Travel? High season falls in the Aussie winter, from April through September. Low season falls during the Aussie summer, when many regions are extremely hot, humid, and too rainy for…
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