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Wizard of Odysseys LLC Vacation shouldn't be just a trip. Every vacation should be an event that you remember for years to come. Wizard of Odysseys makes your vacation that special event.

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09/25/2020
So who's ready to go to this private island retreat?  If so, where would you be headed (off what continent or part of wh...
09/15/2020

So who's ready to go to this private island retreat? If so, where would you be headed (off what continent or part of what country)?

In conversations with clients and friends, I am finding that most are very hesitant to fly right now.  I also find that ...
09/14/2020
Do Commercial Airline Passengers Need More Education on Cabin Health Concerns? - Aviation Today

In conversations with clients and friends, I am finding that most are very hesitant to fly right now. I also find that most don't understand how the circulation works on airliners. So this article is good and the video from Lufthansa explaining how air is circulated, filtered and refreshed is terrific!

Here is something to consider: The level of risk of an extended road trip where you have to stop for gas, bathroom breaks, hotels, meals, etc or on a plane for for a lot less time and with fewer different environments to deal with.

Which you you feel more comfortable if you had to travel more than 300 miles after reading this?

Executives from Airbus and Boeing explained how they're trying to help airlines educate passengers about cabin air recirculation and health concerns.

09/02/2020

Last week a cocktail from the hosts of our recent virtual journey to Colombia. This week is a recipe. Enjoy the end of summer this weekend with this!

Seafood Chowder
2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 lbs fish any kind, cut into 1 in pieces
12 littleneck claims, scrubbed
1 c chopped onion
s in Colombia!1 c grated carrots
1 c fish stock
½ c chopped green pepper
½ c chopped red bell pepper
3 tomatoes, pureed
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 ¼ cup coconut milk
½ c white wine
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp paprika
Salt & pepper

In a large skillet, add olive oil and butter to medium heat.
Add the onions, red pepper, garlic, green peppers and carrots and saute for about 10 min or until tender and translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

Whisk in the coconut milk and fish stock, then bring to a boil. Stir in the seafood, reduce heat and cook, covered for 2 min until claims open.

Remove from heat and discard any unopened shells. Pour the wine and tomato puree, stir and let simmer for 20 min.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and parsley and serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

08/27/2020

For those that joined my on the virtual journey to Colombia a couple of weeks ago, a "gift" from our Colombian hosts to enjoy this weekend.

Passion Fruit Mojito (can also use mango)
1/2 lime, quartered
3 tablespoons fresh passion fruit pulp (or use mango)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 ounces rum
1 cup ice cubes

Using a muddler or wooden spoon, lightly crush lime, passion fruit pulp and sugar in a mixing glass to release juice.

Cover with crushed ice and fill glass with your favorite rum. Mix with a spoon and serve immediately

I dream of Africa!  Where do you dream of going right now?
08/14/2020

I dream of Africa! Where do you dream of going right now?

Name the area and country where you can see seven different kinds of hummingbirds of which these are two. (Hint:  This w...
08/11/2020

Name the area and country where you can see seven different kinds of hummingbirds of which these are two. (Hint: This was a fun fact during my virtual journey last week.) Thank you Fernando Rivera for the pictures! If you want to receive an invite for the next virtual jexperience, send an email to [email protected].

Most inventive and USEFUL pandemic destination campaign award goes to....
07/15/2020
Looks Like You Need To Let It Out

Most inventive and USEFUL pandemic destination campaign award goes to....

It looks like you’ve been through a lot. It looks like you need to let it out. Record your scream and we’ll release it in Iceland. You’ll feel better, we promise.

Questions about safety of flying are pretty frequent these days.  No guarantees but this information can help if you hav...
07/10/2020
Airlines focus on air quality to ensure passengers’ safety

Questions about safety of flying are pretty frequent these days. No guarantees but this information can help if you have questions or concerns.

In order to quell concerns regarding air safety during flights, many airlines are paying specific attention to their air filtration systems, taking extra precaution to ensure that clean air flows into their cabins.

I'm game since I have been awake thru a number of 14+ hour flights.  Interesting idea.🤔
06/18/2020
Is this double-decker seat the future of airplane travel?

I'm game since I have been awake thru a number of 14+ hour flights. Interesting idea.🤔

Zephyr Seat, a design that reconfigures airplane cabins with double-decker lie-flat seats in premium economy, is being touted as a possible solution for fliers looking for more protection from the spread of Covid-19.

It's never to late to go back to school!  So I did.  I am now one of approx 500 American Society of Travel Advisors (AST...
06/18/2020

It's never to late to go back to school! So I did. I am now one of approx 500 American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) Verified Travel Advisors (VTA).

After 16 years serving hundreds of clients traveling to every continent on the face of the earth, I still love designing trips and tending to every detail. And even in turbulent times, the challenges are what keep me focused on being creative and attending to every detail. So why use just any travel advisor when you can use a VTA certified travel advisor!

06/16/2020

With infections in most countries and closed borders, many are looking at road trips this summer. This kind of travel requires planning and thinking ahead in this age of Covid-19. To help make for a smoother trip, I have put together a road trip guide. If you would like a copy, message me with your name and email address and I will send you a copy to help you have happy travels!

05/27/2020

Nothing like a road trip to get a real sense for a destination. As I bid farewell to this virtual trip to Madagascar, I know - we will travel again and then it is off to this island nation!

05/26/2020

Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bernaraha Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest example of a tsingy forest on earth. The tall, thin, needle-like rock formations stretch over 375, 000 acres with some rock pinnacles reaching over 2600 ft! What an adventure! And along the way, the beautiful baobab trees. These enormous trees are up to 2800 years old! Two amazing sites!

05/21/2020

So the pandemic has accentuated my distractibility. Back to Madagascar and off to the Makay which is both a mountain range and a river. Rugged, beautiful, magical and remote! A wonderful way to escape.

Oh, the places we can go!  How about a bit of Shakespeare from the Globe Theater in London, premiering on their YouTube ...
05/15/2020
Watch | Shakespeare's Globe

Oh, the places we can go! How about a bit of Shakespeare from the Globe Theater in London, premiering on their YouTube channel next week!

Everything you need to know about streaming Shakespeare's Globe productions (and other videos) from the comfort of your home.

Tired of staying home?  Want to escape this weekend?  How about a weekend in Australia?  This weekend the Australian Nat...
05/14/2020
Live From Aus: Virtual Events - Tourism Australia

Tired of staying home? Want to escape this weekend? How about a weekend in Australia? This weekend the Australian National Tourism Board is hosting Live from Aus, a full weekend of virtual travel from across Australia. Breakfast at Bondi Beach, koala time from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, workouts with Chris Hemsworth, sunset at Uluru with aboriginal music - all on their page. One hitch-all times are in Australian Eastern Standard time which is 14 hrs ahead of EDT, so sunset at Uluru will be at 2 am here. Got to figure out how to record I guess.

Join us for a weekend of live virtual events around Australia, from a dance party with The Wiggles to workouts with Chris Hemsworth’s Centr fitness team.

05/13/2020

Amazing what wind and water can do to rock. The ridges, rock formations, gorges and canyons in the Isalo National Park have all been formed by erosion of the sandstone mountains! We got to move it, move it! (Keeps running thru my head. :) )

05/12/2020
Adringitra National Park

It's off to the Adringitra Mountains today, a defining mountain range in Madagascar. And the views are magnificent!

05/11/2020

OK, I'm itchy. Travel is in my DNA so this staying put is hard on me and apparently some others. I have been contacted by a couple of people who said they vicariously travel thru me and they miss my adventures. To scratch this travel itch, I contacted the company with whom I was going to travel in March and asked for pictures, stories, anything that would give me the feeling I was on the trip. Wow! Join me on my "virtual advisor trip" to MADAGASCAR over the next couple of days and hopefully this helps us all.

05/11/2020

OK, so I admit. I am real itchy. Travel is in my DNA. Now a couple of people have contacted me to say they always travel vicariously thru me and they miss following my adventures. So we are all itchy. I contacted the company for my cancelled trip to Madagascar that I was to do in March and asked if he had pictures, stories, anything that would give me the feeling of the trip were were to take. So for the next couple of days I will be posting from my "virtual advisor trip" to MADAGASCAR!

Jigsaw puzzles are not always easy to find right now, so with dreams of beautiful beaches abounding in all our minds rig...
05/07/2020
Virtual Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are not always easy to find right now, so with dreams of beautiful beaches abounding in all our minds right now, a bit of a diversion is now online! Enjoy!

Discover Puerto Rico's landmarks and must-visit locales one jigsaw piece at a time with these entertaining virtual puzzles. Share them among friends & family to start planning your next getaway to paradise or as we like to call it, Puerto Rico!

Experience the culture of Europe with out leaving your home this weekend at the EU Open House.  While the preview below ...
05/05/2020
EU Open House

Experience the culture of Europe with out leaving your home this weekend at the EU Open House. While the preview below shows it is postponed, it is actually going virtual. Click on the photo to learn more. 🙂

Due to the growing uncertainties of the novel coronavirus, the EU Open House is postponed until a later date. More information will be posted soon!

I love exploring new destinations and now we have remote tourism!  Visit the Faroe Islands (....time to get out the map ...
05/05/2020
Tour the Faroe Islands through a remote-controlled guide

I love exploring new destinations and now we have remote tourism! Visit the Faroe Islands (....time to get out the map :) )

Travellers can now see this pristine nation through the eyes of a local using their mobile phone to navigate

04/30/2020
Penguins Plus Phillip Island

Another dreary rainy day in DC. Need something to smile about. I can't not smile at this! A favorite stop in Australia.

Premium penguin viewing experience situated along one of the penguins' most popular pathways.

One of the things I find most challenging during these tough time is keeping myself engaged.  It's so easy to sit on the...
04/20/2020
LivTalks - LivItaly Tours

One of the things I find most challenging during these tough time is keeping myself engaged. It's so easy to sit on the couch and vege.. Yesterday I created my list of projects and started one - cleaning the grout lines in my kitchen floor. Ok so not the most mentally engaging, but I did get some satisfaction on getting something done. But this also doesn't help my yearning to travel. To the rescue - one of my favorite suppliers! While I can't travel to Italy, his guides (and Wizard of Odysseys clients love these guides) are conducting virtual tours thru some of Italy's most famous and some not so famous sites. I can now visit Hadrian's Villa outside of Rome that I missed! So enjoy some of the sites that you yearn to see!
Sorry for the preview picture below or lack thereof. 🤨

LivTalks presents the Ancient Pompeii, A Lost City Revealed with Imma nearNaples! Get to see Pompeii through a sailor's eyes and learn just how this port city and its population lived before the Vesuvian eruption. What was life in Pompeii like under Roman rule? Were the people of Pompeii warriors at...

04/20/2020
Amazing Tulip Fields

Many years ago when my husband were living in Europe we took a very inexpensive bus tour to the Netherlands during tulip season that turned out to be one of the best trips of our lives. To drive by field after field of brilliant colors was magnificent. One of the best unexpected surprises was the Flower Parade in Keukenhof. As it started we didn't thought it was kind of a rinky dink small town parade. We were so wrong! The floats covered in flowers got bigger and better and the most unexpected was the smell of the flowers that covered the floats, It was a luscious fresh smell that envelopes you in gentle waves.

Its a cloudy day here in NOVA, but this video should help lift some spirits. Enjoy this video! Note: In the Netherlands, the flowers are the trash part of the crop so they are cut off so the nutrients and growth are sent to the bulb-the money making part of the crop.

Aerial view of flower fields in the Netherlands. Filmed with DJI Phantom 4. A great thank you to Nick Vanderzon and Mr. Eyking and to everybody who let us fi...

04/16/2020

Have you ever visited a museum and lost yourself in the experience, only to find that you significantly exceeded the time you allowed for the visit? Warning, you can do that at the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia) website.

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au (sorry, they have a problem linking with Facebook so just copy and paste)

This is not a picture out of some fantasy storybook.  Where in the world is this?  So think Mediterranean area.
04/15/2020

This is not a picture out of some fantasy storybook. Where in the world is this? So think Mediterranean area.

04/14/2020
G Adventures - Virtual Tour of Florence, Italy

I miss Europe! So time to take a trip - virtually, of course. We are off to Florence so join me on a tour of the city.

While we all need to stay at home right now, you can still travel the world — without going anywhere on a virtual tour. Today you can follow our CEO, Stefano...

Its a holiday weekend and we are stuck in side.  What to do?  I have a suggestion.  A cooking class with Matteo direct f...
04/10/2020
Cooking with The Tour Guy: Live Experience

Its a holiday weekend and we are stuck in side. What to do? I have a suggestion. A cooking class with Matteo direct from Italy. Clients earlier this year took a cooking class with Matteo and they said it was the highlight of their trip. Class is at 5pm tomorrow (Sat 11 Apr) so you can make dinner during the class. The menu tomorrow is gnocchi with pesto and vegetarian cauliflower mousse. Best of all? Wine during class is encouraged. Below is the link to sign up (That's now Matteo in the picture, you have click on the link). What else do you have to do? Hope you join in. I am registered. (However, hubby did say "No meat??")

Looking for new inspiration for dinner tonight? Want to hang out, cook and drink some wine with your favorite " Guys and Gals"? You will have the opportunity to live chat with your chef for an interactive experience where you can ask questions while you cook. Join us for our new cooking class experi...

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Major shoutout to Pat Ogle-Collins of Wizards of Odyssey for the amazing job she did in planning our family vacation to Alaska!!! Pat happily helped us with multiple families, multiple rooms, passenger changes, and many many questions. Not only did she take care of us with patience and grace, she made us feel special in the process. I can't say enough about the smooth logistics and extra special service she provided. I highly recommend reaching out to Pat if you are thinking about planning your next vacation!
I will be sharing pics from my recent trip to the Galapagos and Peru on my business page. Hope you enjoy the virtual trip with me. Like Wizard of Odysseys and you will get all the updates.
Shout out to Pat Wizard of Odysseys LLC! I have always planned my trips, both within and outside the US, by myself, so I was hesitant to let go of the reins and have someone else plan our honeymoon. I was so glad I did! Pat, our travel agent, was amazing to work with. Pat asked several questions to determine what we wanted in our perfect honeymoon, what our hobbies were, what are amenities that we had to have versus what we could live without, location priorities, budget, flight preferences, hotel style, etc; she then drafted couple of different, possible itineraries for us to look at to see exactly what we wanted. After looking through several draft proposals, we had the perfect honeymoon established, complete with the type of hotel we wanted, amenities we wanted, and with the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation; the best part, our dream honeymoon was all within our budget! She absolutely went above and beyond to make sure we had the perfect trip. Closer to the honeymoon, her team would send checklists and reminders to make sure we were prepared. After the honeymoon, she did a follow-up call to make sure everything went smoothly and if there was any feedback that could be given; she and her team also mailed us a small wedding gift and a birthday gift to my husband (whose birthday was almost two months later!). Pat and her team took care of every little detail, so our honeymoon was absolutely smooth sailing. We will absolutely use her to book our future vacations!