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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…

Passport Delectable Destinations Culinary Vacation ParisCulinary Vacation Paris. The summer is over but if you are like most people, you are already thinking ahead to your next vacation…and rightly so, as the 4th quarter usually brings crazy schedules, busy workdays, and stressful holiday planning. Why not think ahead to 2013 and plan now for a nice escape? End-of-year bonuses, tax returns, and 2013 resolutions are right around the corner!  It’s time to put your wants at the top of the list.

In my opinion, vacations are a necessity, not a luxury. By January, everyone around you will be talking about where they are going in the months ahead. The problem is that not everyone has the luxury of planning an overseas trip fully capturing every small detail from lodging, food, and excursions, to the off-the-beaten-path places to go and things to do. Fortunately, that is where I come into the picture.

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Many people turn to travel agents to help them plan their vacations. While travel agents are great for booking flights and hotels, there is so much more beyond just that. When I first started traveling years ago, I remember getting to my destination and wishing I had someone to rely on, and show me the way. That desire to show and tell, mixed with my unending passion for unique travel experiences and culinary retreats, is why I’m in business today.

Just as I have done in the months past, in 2013 I will be setting off for a new round of unique travel experiences. On the list are Tuscany, Paris, and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. All three of these destinations offer unimaginable beauty, endless culture, outstanding cuisine, and intimate cooking adventures. Planning an itinerary for these destinations, if you are to do it right, could take months.

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My trips are simple. They have been traveled before. Before starting Delectable Destinations, I had traveled to these magnificent places many times. I have had bad experiences, and amazing ones too. I know what works and what doesn’t, and the places to go, as well as the places to stay away from. I’ve personally stayed at and have chosen the inns, hotels, and villas that are a part of my itineraries. I’ve cooked with countless local chefs (read about some of them here), visited endless restaurants and cafes, vineyards, and museums, and I have been a part of some of the most unforgettable excursions I could have ever imagined. All of these treasured experiences are a part of my everyday planning that ultimately make up my unique travel itineraries.

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The experience can be yours too. Put a year’s worth of planning into one simple phone call and create an adventure you will certainly never forget.

My 2013 itineraries to Tuscany, Paris, and the Amalfi Coast include unique lodging, world-class dining, day retreats, and of course, unforgettable culinary classes and cooking instruction from some of the best local chefs in the region.

Remember, vacations are about relaxation and fun. Stress should not be a part of this mix. Make 2013 a year you will never forget and plan your perfect escape now with Delectable Destinations and enjoy the ride.

Carol Ketelson is the owner and operator of Delectable Destinations LLC. Dedicated to planning, co-ordinating and curating customized group tours to hand-picked destinations. As an experienced travel planner, Carol’s customized itineraries, specialized tours and off-the-beaten-path experiences create memorable journeys for her small groups of singles, couples, divorced, widowed and solo travelers seeking exceptional trips into the culture and cuisine of destinations around the world. Spring and Fall bookings invite travelers to taste delectable local cuisine, culturally rich traditions and mesmerizing sights. For over 10 years, Carol’s tours have captured the true essence of Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, Spain, Ireland and India

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