Strolling Through Europe’s Christmas Markets Jun22

Strolling Through Europe’s Christmas Markets

The unique Christmas markets of Germany, Austria and Luxembourg. Europe’s Christmas markets are winter wonderlands waiting to be explored — sometimes, more than a hundred booths are set up in the town square. With the smell of gluhwein (mulled wine) and gingerbread in the air and the sight of Christmas lights twinkling and reflecting off tree ornaments, which create a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s easy to lose yourself. Toys and gifts of all kinds decorate the stalls and delight the senses. In my experience, some of the most remarkable markets are found in Germany, Austria and Luxembourg. Nuremberg, Germany Nuremberg’s Christmas...

The Castles and Charm of Coburg May23

The Castles and Char...

Bavaria’s Coburg is rich in royal history, unique attractions and much more. At first glance, Coburg appears to be a typical charming German town with attractive castles and landmarks neatly snuggled along Bavaria’s Castle Road and Toy Road routes. With a little research and planning,...

Two Retreat Hotels i...

Pride Travel’s CEO Marc Kassouf discovers the Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Resort and Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Nothing can prepare first-time visitors to Thailand for the intricate touches and attention to detail that permeates every aspect of the country’s hotel industry. Visitors often...

It Pays to Understan...

Understanding travel insurance from an agency owner’s point of view. Several years ago, our agency received a call from one of our new, challenging clients. You know the type: the client who calls to ask you about two dozen destinations and a dozen different products, and only after doing...

Eco-Adventures in Thailand’s North Mar14

Eco-Adventures in Th...

Pride Travel’s CEO Marc Kassouf uncovers tiger preserves and elephant camps in Chiang Mai. Trekking in northern Thailand is ideal for peak, shoulder and off-season travel due to much cooler weather than in Bangkok or the south. Ecotourism options abound, with many options for your clients...

Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan

All-inclusive Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan is a large-scale family resort that knows how to pack in value. Clients looking for good food and excellent accommodations at affordable prices need look no further than the Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlan, Mexico. Not only is the 716-room property on Playa Las Brujas family-friendly, but it is also very popular with locals — occupancy typically hovers well above 90 percent. “What makes Riu Emerald Bay unique is the warmth and personalized service from our staff,” said sales manager Fernando Del Toro. “Riu Emerald Bay is the newest and most spectacular hotel in Mazatlan.” Due to its architecture,...

24 Hours in Kingston Jan20

24 Hours in Kingston

Canada’s former capital offers hidden history and heritage. Just two hours from either Toronto or Ottawa by VIA Rail train, the city of Kingston, Ontario, is a treasure trove of historic landmarks and picturesque Victorian heritage homes. Clients should start their sightseeing with a tour of...

24 Hours in Seoul Jan14

24 Hours in Seoul

A cultural and culinary kaleidoscope awaits travelers in Seoul, South Korea. From the moment clients land in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, the tone for pleasant surprises throughout their trip is set. Even the airport is a menagerie of well-thought-out conveniences where ample amenities for business and leisure travelers can be found. Highlights include beautiful lounges; massage shops to relieve travel stress; global food offerings; shops galore; a museum and cultural heritage center; and even hotels located inside the airport. The same degree of travel-friendly options continues when clients leave the airport and head for...

Day Tripping In Narita Nov15

Day Tripping In Nari...

Narita, Japan, proves to be much more than a layover spot for Pride Travel owner and CEO Marc Kassouf. Flights heading to the U.S. out of Tokyo’s Narita International Airport depart during all hours of the day and evening, and tour operators tend to offer travelers ample free time at or...

24 Hours in Toronto Oct29

24 Hours in Toronto

The city offers attractions, cuisine and nightlife galore. Morning A great start to a great morning begins with a walk to the CN Tower, the iconic one of the world’s tallest buildings. Though it lost the title years back, the 15 mph ride up in one of the building’s glass elevators won’t...