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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Southern Fiction Part 1

Southern fiction provides readers with a literary escape to the lush green hills of the Appalachians, a glimpse of  the Civil War through the eyes of a beloved character, or a tour of small-town America through the streets of dusty coal towns. Let’s explore our first section of southern fiction (deeper south comes next!) by reading our way through West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina. West Virginia Snakehunter by Chunk Kinder: This coming-of-age story explores the life of Speer Whitfield, who reflects on his upbringing in 1940s Appalachia with his large and peculiar family. At turns funny…
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Have a Cruise Night at Home

It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s certainly the case when it comes to cruising, one of our team’s most beloved types of vacations. If you’re like us, cruising is one of our favorite ways to make the most of every vacation moment. Am I craving pizza? I can order one. Do I want to dress up and dine on multiple courses? I can make a reservation for that. Do I want to catch a live musical act, play some Bingo, test my knowledge with trivia, or lounge by the pool? I can do all of…
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Costsaver Tours: The Big Apple, Niagara, and Washington D.C.

Explore the treasures and locations that weave together the fabric of American history, celebrate the cultural diversity and hustle and bustle of city life, or feel the force of mighty Niagara Falls when you visit the the Mid-Atlantic region states. With slowly changing seasons beautifully painting the landscapes from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic coastline, experiences vary not only by destination but also by time of year. Tour with Costsaver Join Costsaver, the value brand of Trafalgar, for an eight-day tour from Washington D.C. through Pennsylvania Dutch Amish Country, into Niagara Falls, and ending in New York City. Costsaver…
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Bring Beachy, Summer Fun Home to You!

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes the little summer moments we love: Watching children play in backyard sprinklers, laughing in delight. Grilling our favorite foods outdoors and eating with the sun warming our faces and the breeze tousling our hair. Making our summer reading lists and seeking quiet spots to peacefully enjoy the latest novels. Pouring a glass of freshly brewed iced tea, complemented with mint from the garden. Summer is amazing small moments wrapped in sunshine. For some of us, when we think June, July, and August, we think about lazy afternoons at the beach. There…
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Reading Road Trip: Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic region of the United States bursts with culture and history, allowing visitors to enjoy the hustle and bustle of big-city fun (New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia) or gorgeous rural landscapes throughout the lush Appalachians. With the region’s defined seasons and slow change between them, your travel experience varies just as much. You can enjoy Christmas in New York City or a summer vacation in Montauk. You can enjoy a spring park day picnicking and admiring Niagara Falls, or book an autumn weekend in the Poconos to gaze upon the foliage.  If spending a lazy, hazy summer day at…
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