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World of Travel Opening Up – Again

If travel were a toddler, it would be past the toddling stage and into elementary school. In some cases, even into junior high. The pent-up quest for adventure means as travel restrictions ease up, access to prime locations and tours are booking up.

To keep the toddler analogy going, it’s time to start planning for that “college” vacation. GetAway Travel is ready to tailor a vacation to your needs.  For more ideas –  take a look at our fabulous selection of 2022 group tours on our website.

Confusing restrictions and requirements

Sure, there seems to be a lot more rules governing when you can get to a location and what you need, but that’s where a good travel agency is important. We stay on top of those rules and restrictions for you.

Which country needs a test 24 hours before, seven days before, do you need a vaccination passport, is there a quarantine period, a limit on stays and what documentation is required?

We can help with all those questions.

And, as time goes by, more and more countries are relaxing and streamlining their requirements. That’s another reason why you should be planning your trip for the end of 2021, but probably into 2022 right now.

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A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! 

Wow! – What a year it has been!  Never in our lifetimes has the whole world faced such challenges as it has in 2020.   Like many industries, the world of travel was absolutely turned upside down, with every possible facet feeling the effects of shelteringinplace and closed borders.  Much of the world is still closed to us now, but that will eventually change as we move through 2021.  The desire for new experiences motivates us even now to look into the future with great anticipation of our next great travel adventure. 

Here’s a great quote from travel writer Bill Bryson –

 

 “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” 

Unfortunately, much of this year has been Groundhog Day – over and over again with the scenery rarely changing, as we patiently and hopefully – safely wait for our next opportunity to experience everyday things as if for the first time.  

Many of us have had more than our share of challenges and tragedies in 2020.   We’re not complaining though as we’ve also had more than our share of blessings this year!   

The travel business is still in a severe downturn, yet we remain steadfast in our resolve to go beyond our current circumstances and get to a brighter future.  We are look forward to the great reward that travel truly is and we know you are doing the same.  Despite the obstacles, we remain open, available, willing and more than excited to help you plan your next great adventure.    

We know many of you are waiting for the world to return to normal before making plans.  We get it.  Don’t forget though that travel brings joys before during and after your trip.  The joy of sharing travel memories with friends and loved ones, the great joy of the journey itself and the joy of anticipation from planning your next great trip. 

When you’re ready again to take that first step – planning – give us a call, we’re here for you – same as we’ve been for the last 21 years. 

 

 

Queensland, Australia – Virtual Vacation Thursday – June 18, 2020

Queensland calls itself the ‘Sunshine State’, and enjoys semi-tropical weather, thousands of miles of beaches, and an easy going life-style. Queensland occupies approximately 25% of of Australia, so there’s lots of space for you to explore. In the north the tropical region has rain-forests, gorges, islands, and massive rivers which cut access to many places after rains. In the south, the climate is more moderate with cooler nights and clearer days. It is divided east-west by the Great Dividing Range which closely follows the coastline. West of the range the ‘Outback’ is cattle country with sparse vegetation and in the more remote areas nights will be below zero in winter and days can reach over 100° in summer. The region features some of Australia’s most iconic tour attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast.

You have 3 options for this virtual vacation join one or join them all – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

 “The Fun is the Planning. So Join in and Let the Fun Begin!”

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  SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

 

We look forward to “seeing” you in Queensland!

June 2020 Virtual Vacations

They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. If we want to see and do things in our life, we have to make a list of them. While we are still waiting for this pandemic to be over, now is a good time to create your Travel Bucket List.

Our June Virtual Vacations will take you to some amazing destinations in Asia, Africa and Australia. Each offering a completely different experience and possibly another must do and see destination to add to your bucket list.

Will you be tempted by Thailand, the jewel of Southeast Asia, or perhaps escaping on a Botswana safari, to Africa’s gem of the Delta. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and friendly koalas will be calling you to Queensland, while the land of the rising sun, Japan, offers some truly unforgettable experiences and breathtaking moments.

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These sessions are hosted by our friend Jeff Adam from Down Under Answers

You have 3 options for each session – join one or join them all – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

 “The Fun is the Planning. So Join in and Let the Fun Begin!”

Thailand June 4

 SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

 2 pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

Botswana June 11

  SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

Queensland June 18

  SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

Japan June 25

 SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

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Kenya Safaris – This weeks Virtual Vacation

Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snow-capped mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than you would ever expect.  This country is Kenya..

Join us on Thursday May 28

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KENYA is the birthplace of the safari experience and the movie “Out of Africa” can lay claim to triggering North America’s interest in East Africa safaris. We are also drawn to the Great Migration of wildebeest seen on National Geographic documentaries with cunning carnivores in hot pursuit.

You have 3 options this Thursday, May 28 to hear more about travel to Kenya – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

Session 1 

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

Session 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Session 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

We hope you join us!

Virtual Visit – This week – South Africa

South Africa is an incredible destination in so many ways – it is the kind of destination that will touch all of your senses in a myriad of ways, and once all is said and done you probably won’t be the same again. The incredible diversity is a key attraction – from the deserts of the Kgalagadi to the lush green forests of Tsitsikamma to the unspoiled beaches of the Wild Coast to the vibrant nightlife of Cape Town – South Africa really does have it all.

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You have 3 options this Thursday, May 21 to hear more about travel to South Africa – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

Session 1  – 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

Session 2 – 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Session 3 – 2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

South Africa truly is a ground-breaking destination for explorers and adventurers who want to experience life in all its fullness. South Africa is a destination that allows you to scratch below the surface and experience endless possibilities, and to walk away the richer for having been here.

South Pacific Virtual Vacation

The South Pacific is incredibly vast and blue, covering 11 million square miles stretching from the top of Australia to the Hawaiian Islands. Celebrated by artists and writers, from Paul Gauguin to James Michener, these thousands of tiny coral and volcanic-stone dots are home to fascinating peoples and cultures.

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Join our Virtual Vacation to New Zealand

When you want to get away, there is nothing worse than being grounded, let alone sequestered for health reasons. Yet according to Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman: we travel with our minds, not our bodies.

In response to this theory, we are asking YOU to use your minds to escape this lockdown. Join us every Thursday in May by registering to attend our adventures below. Anticipating your escape can be just as powerful as visiting, and we have planned some fun and informative escapes to New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, South Africa and Kenya.

As they say, “the fun is in the planning, so join us and let the fun begin!”

Up first is New Zealand – Thursday May 7

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New Zealand is made up of some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes. New Zealand was one of the last countries in the world to be found and are invited to explore its many wonders. Thank you for join our journey to Aotearoa – Maori for the Land of the Long White Cloud!

 

3 Sessions Available

SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT 3pm ET

SESSION 3

 

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

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Virtual Visit Week Thursday – let’s go Down Under to Sydney Australia

One inescapable fact is Sydney is an ocean front city.  The Harbour is everywhere with 4 of the 5 central districts on the water.  The Greater Sydney area has many pristine miles of coast line.  Did you know there are well over 100 beaches in Sydney?  Sydney also enjoys over 300 sunny days each year.   Sydney has it all – beach lifestyle, culture, food and wine, and history.  

Speaking of history – Indigenous Australians have inhabited the area for over 30,000 years and thousands of engravings remain throughout this region, making it one of the richest for aboriginal archaeological sites in Australia.

In 1770, James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to visit the area.  It didn’t take long for more people to arrive when in 1788 the First Fleet arrived to found a penal colony here.  British convicts were originally transported to the 13 colonies in North America, but after the American War of Independence ended in 1783, the newly formed United States refused to accept further convicts.   Between 1788 and 1868, roughly 162,000 convicts were transported from Britain and Ireland to various penal colonies in Australia.   Most were transported for petty crimes with sentences ranging from 7 years to life.  If well behaved, freedom was granted at the end of your sentence however very few had the means to return to Britain and therefore became settlers.

Enough of the history lesson though – let’s get back to modern Sydney.  It’s easy to get around with 5 fantastic neighborhoods in the Central district

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