Author: Becky Lukovic

Bellissimo Cone.issimo

Gelato.  The very word puts joy in my soul!  The thought of lush, bright fruit flavors, deep chocolate and vibrant nuts is enough to make a girl pack a bag in a jiffy to catch a plane to bella Italy…..stat! While traveling, my favorite question to ask taxi drivers, hoteliers, bellmen and passersby is, “Dove il bello gelato?”  Everyone in Italy seems to have an opinion and I am happy to test them all!! The Man and I had an appointment at the Four Seasons Florence for a site inspection and dinner (more on our amazing anniversary dinner in...

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Tranquillo: Honeymoon Costa Rica Style

The city of San Jose, Costa Rica fades into the background.  The Man and our driver chat happily about the Costa Rican triumvirate—the church, the bar, and the soccer field.  I gaze out the window watching buildings and homes turn into farms and then into deep forest. We wind our way over mountains, into ravines—each town we passed getting smaller and smaller.  I soak up the backroads of Costa Rica—breathing in the fresh air and imagining myself living in the homes we pass….. Our driver stops to allow us to marvel at an unexpected waterfall from the recent rains. I...

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Costa Rica Waterfall

Here we are just outside Arenal, Costa Rica, standing at the top of the waterfall, the cool morning air kisses my face.  Nervous chatter surrounds me.  Just don’t look down, Becky…keep your gaze level and don’t look down. The Man—cute in his rappelling helmet and worker’s gloves—asks me:  “Are we really going to do this?”  “Yes!” I reply…..more confident outside than in. A young woman in her early twenties goes first—screams of terror turn into squeals of delight.  Why did we have to go down the tallest one first?? It’s my turn.  I lean over the edge of the...

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Virtuoso Travel Week Las Vegas

Last week, I had a marathon Vegas Week….at the tables…looking for that jackpot supplier that will make my clients’ dream vacation become a reality.  I met with the top hoteliers, cruise executives and tour operators in the world – for four minutes each – from 8:15am until 4:00pm four days in a row.  I discovered tented arctic expeditions, hotels who kept bees on their rooftops to make their own honey, Argentinean working ranches, sites for the 2014 World Cup, and an elephant polo club.  Sitting through hundreds of four minute presentations, I learned which hotels have been renovated, who has added organic and sustainable practices and, of course, specials good through the end of the year. Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing my finds in short blog posts….but of course, the best way to find out what’s hot in the travel world is to shoot me an email, give me a call or stop by the office. Also feel free to leave your questions in comment form on my blog. For now, it’s time to start the blender…add some ice….and celebrate the completion of a travel conference marathon....

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A DiVa’s Guide for Packing Light

A client once asked me why he had to pack light when he had a driver pick him up from the airport and take him to the hotel.  At first, the question took me aback – EVERYONE knows you should pack light…..what a crazy question!!  After I thought about it for a while, however, I could see where he was coming from….. He was on an educational tour and although he was closer to *my * age,  his trip was loaded with twenty-something students whose idea of packing light is two pair of shorts in a backpack.  That is when I realized that packing light means different thing for different types of trips and for different people. The point of packing light is to (1) Not schlep a too heavy suitcase or pay overweight baggage fees (remember that you may want to shop at your destination). (2) Be able to utilize the sometimes minimal closet and drawer space in hotels (hotel closets seem to have a rule that they must only keep like four hangers in the closet). (3) Not give your taxi driver a hernia when he picks up your bag When traveling for a week to ten days, I try to plan to wear each basic piece of clothing at least twice.  If I am at a conference, however, I may apply this rule to skits and...

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