2011 Bucket List

2011 Bucket List

What’s your New Year’s resolution?  To travel more?  To live life to the fullest every waking moment?  Here at FROSCH, we’ve resolved to make your dreams come true.  These are our suggestions for hot travel destinations in 2011.

TURKEY 

Why:  Turkey is East meets West, old vs. new. You’ve been there, done that with Europe—now kick it up a notch by exploring this rapidly modernizing, yet culturally rich land.
What to do:  Go hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, sail in a gulet off the Turquoise Coast, explore the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.
Where to stay: In Istanbul, the Four Seasons Sultanahmet.  For a truly unique experience, stay at the Cave Hotel Gamiraisu, where rooms are carved out of the soft volcanic stone.
When to go:  April or May, to take advantage of the climate and to beat the summer crowds.
JAPAN
Why: Japan is so much more than bullet trains and ramen noodles. Its mix of modern marvels, natural beauty, and intricate cultural history will leave you wondering why you didn’t go sooner.
What to do:  Go ice diving off the Izu Peninsula (or try warmer waters near Okinawa).  Take in a tea ceremony, watch a sake brewer demonstrate his craft, or eat sushi, tofu and grilled eel at a baseball game.
Where to stay:  Tokyo’s newest ultra-luxury hotel, Shangri-La.
When to go:  Cherry blossom season lasts from March to mid-April, depending on latitude, but fall foliage season (late September-November) is equally photogenic.  Avoid the Golden Week holiday in May as domestic travel will be heavy during this period.
ICELAND
Why:  Iceland has become notorious in recent years, but it’s out with the old, in with the new with this quirky campaign to revamp tourism.  There are some good deals and unique experiences to be found.
What to do:  Go on a 4WD glacier tour, bathe in the hot springs, go sport fishing, learn how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull.  
Where to stay:  Hotel Borg in Reykjavik.
When to go:  Near the spring or autumn equinox to maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
FROSCH Exclusive: Austria Opera Tour

FROSCH Exclusive: Austria Opera Tour

How better to experience Austria than with a deeply knowledgeable guide?  FROSCH invites you to join Fred Plotkin, passionate expert and Austriaphile, on an exclusive tailor-made trip this June.

You’ll discover Vienna and Salzburg, dual musical capitals of Europe. Both cities resound with the melodies of world-class composers who have congregated here for centuries.  This is where art, science, politics, philosophy–not to mention  superb gastronomy– intersect.  
Enjoy all of this, as well as gorgeous natural scenery and a special day trip to Munich for a performance of Der Rosenkavalier. The itinerary will include opera performances, visits to the homes of Mozart, Beethoven and Lehár, superb meals planned by Fred (including one under the dome of Vienna’s top museum), a dedicated wine tasting, lots of outstanding pastries, and fascinating talks by Fred Plotkin.
This trip takes place June 4-14 and is organized by Margot Cushing, a travel agent in our FROSCH New York office.
For more information, please email socialmedia@frosch.com.
How to Survive an airport delay

How to Survive an airport delay

Between volcanic ash clouds, transport strikes, and nasty winter weather, 2010 has been the year of airport delays.  Here at FROSCH we’ve been working around the clock to assist our travelers whose flights were delayed or cancelled this past weekend.

It might be too late for them, but here’s packing list of essential items for surviving an unexpected delay in an airport… make sure it’s all in your carry-on!
  1. Pashmina scarf or lightweight blanket.
    Use it to stay warm, roll it up and use it as a pillow,  fold it across your lap for an impromptu table cloth.
  2. A well-stocked toiletry bag.
    We like these handy travel toothbrush kits from Sephora.  A washcloth and a ziplock baggie will refresh.  Don’t forget contact solution in a TSA-approved container.  And travel packs of Kleenex and antibacterial wipes will bring you peace of mind.
  3. Phone charger.
    And a good eye for available electrical outlets.
  4. Useful apps for your smart phone.
    Here’s one that will help you find your gate, a place to eat, or an airport lounge.  Here’s one to obsessively track what may or may not be your future plane.
  5. Deck of cards.
    Fast-paced and competitive, Egyptian Ratscrew is THE airport card game.  Not for the weak of heart.  A contact sport.  Hours of entertainment.  Gets out all your pent-up aggression.
  6. Ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones.
    For when you’re trying to sleep while your fellow airport refugees are playing Egyptian Ratscrew nearby.
  7. A hard copy of important numbers.
    Your travel agent,  the dogsitter, family members.  If your phone dies, you’ll need to make contact with the outside world via a pay phone (see above re: antibacterial wipes!) and who has phone numbers memorized anymore?  FROSCH has a dedicated team of after-hours agents whom you can call collect in case of emergency.  If you’re using your phone to store your boarding pass and itinerary, make sure you have a printed copy as well, just in case.
  8. Food and a bottle for water.
    We like the Water Bobble, which includes a filter to get rid of the mineraly water fountain taste.  Pack some food that won’t make you feel gross– less candy; more fruit, granola bars, or sandwiches.
  9. Cash
  10. Change of clothes.
    At the very least, fresh socks and undergarments.  Pack it in a large ziplock bag that you can later use to collect dirty clothes or trash.
  11. Travel Insurance.
    Plan for it ahead of time– our FROSCH travel insurance will save you from ruin in the form of lost luggage, trip delay or interruption, or weather-related disaster.
What have you found invaluable during long layovers or extended airport stays?  Share your travel tips by posting a comment below or on our Facebook page!
FROSCH Preferred: Hotel Sacher Wien

FROSCH Preferred: Hotel Sacher Wien

This FROSCH Preferred hotel is located in the heart of Vienna, directly opposite the Opera House at the entrance of the pedestrian shopping area. Founded in 1876, it’s the source of the original Sacher-Torte, a unique and delicious chocolate cake. Since its opening, it has been an Austrian institution and is as much a part of the Viennese life as the St. Stephan’s Cathedral or the Hofburg.  The hotel was renovated in 2005 and offers individually designed rooms and suites that combine modern luxury with contemporary elegance. The suites on the top floors offer magnificent terraces with an outstanding view over Vienna.

Don’t miss the new Spa, the perfect place for relaxation and indulgence after a day exploring the streets of Vienna.
Later this week:  Experience the history and art of Austria with an Opera Expert, get some tips on surviving airport delays, and see what’s on our 2011 bucket list.