Hidden Trails

vacation secretWhen you go on vacation, it’s easy to spend money on museums, water parks, theme parks and food. Now, in addition to traveling as much as possible with her husband—dream destinations include the Maldives, New Zealand, and Singapore—Katie loves reading, foodie pursuits, and her home city of Chicago. With over 300 days of sunshine, Leavenworth is your perfect vacation destination.

The Web-savvy among us already know that checking online travel Websites like Travelocity, Expedia, and HotWire before embarking upon a trip is a no-brainer. SQM also has a couple of travel-related mystery shopping hotel gigs that provide a free stay plus a shopper fee.

In 2017, high-end travel company Black Tomato debuted its Get Lost service, which creates adventurous tailor-made expeditions to wilderness destinations like Mongolia or the Arctic that are kept entirely a secret from you. We booked thru a travel agent and I called apple on Friday (we were leaving on Saturday) and was told they would call my TA and she would call me. Sure enough, about 2 PM my TA called and said we would be staying at Silversands.vacation secret

You can park your car and then travel by foot or bike the rest of the time you’re staying in this charming little enclave, which was first visited by European explorers in 1528. It’s a quaint New England town with beautiful beaches and harbors, especially at sunset.

Except for the occasional holiday parade or TV taping, the only place that you’ll find Beast from Beauty & the Beast during dinnertime at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Within a day or so, I hear from Alicia Barrett, the Magical Mystery Tours travel consultant.