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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Bucket List Travel: Our Team’s Dream Destinations

This winter, we are celebrating bucket list travel and want you to dream big dreams with us about your next vacation. On our blog, Facebook, and Instagram, we will highlight our team’s dream destinations and incredible experiences around the world to inspire your bucket list. During this series, we will also be sharing information about our personal bucket list destinations and what makes them special to us. Here is a sneak peek at the places at the top of our lists: Israel Vietnam and Cambodia Greek Isles Galapagos Australia and New Zealand Tahiti and the Society Islands Sri Lanka and…
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A Pre-or-Post Cruise Stay in San Francisco

Stretching approximately 770 miles from north to south, road-trippers spend about 12 hours driving the Pacific Coast Highway to travel the length of California. Although incredibly scenic, drive-time can reduce sightseeing-time on vacation. This makes cruising an efficient and enjoyable way to explore more of the state in a short period of time. Cruise lines offer a variety of itineraries to explore the west coast, ranging from quick 4-day getaways to 10-day sailings that visit several ports. With on-board entertainment, delectable dining, and the ease of unpacking only once, travelers can enjoy California by day and ship fun by night….
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Fiction of Alaska

The dream of visiting Alaska lives in the hearts of many travelers. Whether cruising its coastline while listening to the creaks and cracks of the creeping glaciers, or touring its rugged interior spying bears in their natural habitat, the uniqueness of Alaska must be experienced. Novels set in Alaska allow readers to escape to this beautiful state through vivid storytelling and descriptions of the land. Here are three selections to curl up with this winter: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey The cruel environment of Alaska’s wilderness proves itself a challenging homestead in 1920 for newcomers Jack and Mabel. They…
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The Joy of the Season

As we celebrate the holiday season this year, we are reminded of the power of joy. The joy of laughter. The joy of a great talk with a friend. The joy of completing a task together as a team. The joy of meaningful new experiences. The joy of holiday wonder on the faces of children. The joy that travel brings. It’s why we do what we do. Bringing joy to our clients through shared experiences with the ones they love in incredible destinations means the world to us. The difficulties in the travel industry may have been numerous, and at…
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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Participating in another country’s Christmas traditions while traveling the world is a special experience we highly recommend. European Christmas Market river cruises, for example, are extremely popular, and passengers must make their reservations when itineraries are released. Spending time exploring Italian cities, or even the Greek Isles would be an enjoyable way to celebrate the holidays, as would a cruise to Caribbean ports featuring Christmas decorations against blue skies and white sand. The gift of travel is the best gift, because it comes with learning about cultures around the world, which is just one reason why we love traveling so…
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