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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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Bucket List Destination: Hawaii

Sixth in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Must-See Islands? Each of the six Hawaiian Islands has distinct features and sightseeing opportunities, but the most commonly visited by tourists are Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and The Big Island. Best Time to Travel? Hawaii is a year-round destination, but rates often peak from December to March. April to June and September to the beginning of December are considered off-season months. To view migrating humpback whales from the island of Maui, January through March is the best time to plan a visit, with prime viewing opportunities in February. Why Visit? A warm ohana…
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Bucket List Destination: Colombia

Fifth in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Must-See Cities? Cartagena, Bogotá, Medellín, Santa Marta, and Cali are just a few of the cities that tourists should be sure to visit while in Colombia. Best Time to Travel? Colombia has a rainy season (April-May, October-November) and a dry season (December-March), but both seasons are suitable for travel. Because of the effect of the Andes Mountains and their locations throughout the country, temperatures can vary quite a bit from city to city. Peak whale watching is from July through September. Why Visit? Colombia is a traveler’s paradise, complete with unique climate…
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Reading Road Trip: The Complete Book List

Our reading road trip has ventured to all four corners of the United States, featuring reading selections and travel experiences from each region of the country. You can explore this blog series in its entirety here, and use this list for reference as you read through all fifty states. The Reading List Alabama: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson Alaska: The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah Arizona: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Arkansas: True Grit by Charles Portis California: East of Eden by John Steinbeck Colorado: Plainsong by Kent Haruf Connecticut: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates Delaware: The Book…
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Bucket List Destination: The Galapagos Islands

Fourth in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Located approximately 605 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands of the Pacific Ocean fascinate nature lovers and ecotourists alike. The island group consists of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 islets. Two airports serve locals and tourists, who often arrive by plane to embark on one of the small ships that explore the region. Must-See Islands? Each island in the Galapagos has its trademarks, and travelers should consider which landscapes, activities, and wildlife are their personal must-dos. Some of the most popular islands for tourists include Santa…
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Bucket List Destination: The Greek Islands

Third in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations The deep blues of the Aegean Sea, the sparkling white walls of the island architecture, and the bursting pinks of the creeping bougainvillea enchant travelers who long for respite on the Greek Islands. Must-See Islands? There are more than 6,000 Greek islands and only 227 have inhabitants. Islands considered must-see islands for first-time visitors include Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Paros, and Naxos. Best Time to Travel? Generally, April to October is the best time of year to visit the Greek Islands, but those hoping to enjoy the beautiful beaches should plan for a…
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