Fun was a slam dunk for this winter getaway

05 Jan 2021

The National Basketball Association this past summer successfully demonstrated that necessity is indeed the mother of invention. With its season halfway complete when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, league officials salvaged the sport as best it could by creating a Covid-free bubble where the players, coaches and other officials were tested frequently and quarantined from the general public. But could this concept be duplicated... View Article

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Making Lemonade out of Lemons

13 Dec 2020

Lee and Maggie Valenta had their hearts set on the perfect 40th anniversary trip to St. Lucia.   Then the pandemic hit and new travel rules were put in place. They could still go, but the prospect of dedicating extra days to quarantine wasn’t going to work for them. Do they cancel and wait until next year? Or, was there an alternative that would allow them... View Article

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Historic Charleston Does Not Disappoint

27 Oct 2020

By Jeff Bollig: Call it a little research mixed in with some R&R. Acendas Travel President Brent Blake has been travelling periodically since the onset of the pandemic to get a better perspective of the issues people will face when on the road. He took a business trip to Minneaoplis in June, a quick vacation to Las Vegas in August and two weeks ago, he... View Article

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The Acendas Approach

22 Oct 2020

Acendas Vacations service plans are based on trip requirements and/or trip length. Our comprehensive service plan structure ranges from $25-$100 per traveler* and will include an Initial Complimentary Private Consultation to discuss your travel desires.  Once you are ready to get started, your service plan will include (but not be limited to) the following: Advice and Collaboration Research of cruises, vacation packages and/or resorts based... View Article

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Hawaii is Open for Business

22 Oct 2020

By Jeff Bollig — You can now get two (or more) tickets to paradise as government officials have opened the islands for tourists with some restrictions and qualifications. Acendas Travel advisor Justine Sjurseth, based in our Minneapolis office offers the following details for those interested in visiting the Aloha State. Travelers can travel to Hawaii if they have a negative Covid19 test that was taken... View Article

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Calling on an Old Friend

18 Oct 2020

By Jeff Bollig – Kristen Hosek-Walker loves her job.  As a travel agent in the Sioux Falls office for Acendas Travel, she specializes in putting smiles on faces. And when she can take a break, she gets to explore the world so she can put a smile on her own face. Therefore, when she had a chance to get away in late September, Kristen jumped... View Article

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Cozumel Mexico Isla Pasion by Twister, family speedboat, boating, boat fun with kids, children, family adventure

The Calm after the Storm: Re-Imagining Travel

14 Oct 2020

Ellie Noyes: Vice President, Vacation Division, Acendas Travel: When I have the opportunity to speak with Acendas Travel clients, I tell them that I am no different from them -I share the love for travel and embrace the memories that traveling has given me. And just like them, I’ve been disappointed that I have not been able to go out and explore the world. I... View Article

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The Phone is Ringing and the Emails are Coming in

01 Oct 2020

By Jeff Bollig —  It should come as no surprise that “pent up travel demand” as measured by an Association of Travel Advisors survey is at an all-time high.  After all, most if not all of us have been restricted in our movements at home, work and play for months. Acendas Travel advisor JoAnne Weeks does not need a survey to know that people are... View Article

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Escape to Paradise

02 Sep 2020

By Jeff Bollig — Thomas Helbig loves his hometown of St. Louis, but every once in a while, he feels the need to get away. After hunkering down for months during pandemic, it was time for Helbig to seek a change of scenery. So, on the advice of his brother, he contacted Acendas Travel Advisor Maisoon Barghouty. Usually, his trips are domestic – New York,... View Article

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Jumping in with Both Feet

19 Aug 2020

By Jeff Bollig — In June, Acendas Travel President Brent Blake dipped his toe in the water by taking a quick, two-day trip from Kansas City to Minneapolis. His goal was to experience the parking shuttle, airport, airplane, rental car,.hotel and restaurant experiences. All-in-all, he found his exploration to be better than he expected. According to Blake, the various aspects of the trip emphasized safety... View Article

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