June 23, 2017

Explore Subterranean Destinations for a Different Point of View- Part 1

We have been sharing ideas centered around incredible natural wonders. As you travel, these are natural phenomena and places worth the journey to get there. Beneath the surface of our world, there are many unique places where you can discover the magic of Natures’ Experience List within subterranean destinations.  Listed below are just a few of these spectacular natural gems waiting for you, check out the videos for each one, and be inspired for your next adventure.

Booming Ice Chasm, Canadian Rockies - Located in the Crownest Pass area of Alberta, this underground wonder was only discovered 9 years ago...Best to be fit and not feint of heart to explore this world of ice inside a mountain.



Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico- Perhaps the world's most famous cavern system, this National Park is worth the visit for the wonder and awe which can only be experienced in person.


Devil’s Den, Florida- Scuba Divers looking for a truly unique experience will never forget this hidden treasure in Florida, with water at a balmy 72 degrees, diving here is as relaxing as it is inspiring.



Enchanted Well, Brazil -Located within Chapada Diamantina National Park in Brazil, this underwater cave is every swimmer's delight. The terrain in the park is beautifully rugged, this subterranean swim is the perfect break as part of an eco-tour.



Mammoth Cave National Park Kentucky- Here you will find the longest cavern system known in the world. If you have a passion for America's National Parks, this is one which should be on your list of destinations. 


Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Philippines- Located on Palawan Island, this beautiful underground river with waterfalls and yes, plenty of bats, is also a protected UNECSO Site. In 2012 the river was names one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World.


Rio Secreto Mexico- Located in the northeast region of Cancun, this underground river is a treasure of natural crystals, stalactites and stalagmites, visited by the ancient Mayans, and now by eco-tourists today. Go beyond the common in Mexico and experience something truly unique.


Ruby Falls Chattanooga Tennessee- For 85 years, Ruby Falls has been welcoming visitors deep inside Lookout Mountain. Named for the wife of excavator Leo Lambert, this stunning waterfall will take your breath away.



Stockholm Cavern Metro- Our last stop on the first part of our subterranean tour is a unique combination of Nature and Man. The Stockholm Metro system is surrounded by organic architecture, where exposed bedrock forms the cave system which brings passengers to station platforms. The stunning natural beauty of this subway includes art everywhere you look.




Up Next, Watch for Part 2 of our Subterranean Destination explorations, this time within the realm of man-made wonders…..


The agents of C.P. Trips are here to help you plan a vacation full of transformative memories. Enjoy a worry-free journey with the support and care of a local Travel Professional*. Visit our website, cptrips.com to explore the latest in travel ideas, promotions and more. Call us at (503) 658-5646 or email us at cptrips@aol.com today- Keep Calm and Travel On.
*We are excited to have the chance to help you with your vacation plans! We understand that you have many options to choose from when it comes to travel. Our standard fee policy is noted below for your reference.

With the time and expertise we give in our researching travel options and destinations for clients and potential customers, along with our continuing education and training, we have non-refundable fees of $ 30.00 for domestic travel research & planning and $ 75.00 for International travel research & planning. This research fee is applied to your vacation package when purchased through C.P. Trips, Inc.
In addition to our research fee, there is an airline ticket/service fee: $30 per person/ticket for US flights, $65 per person/ticket for International flights. Other fees for certain additional requested bookings such as, but not limited to: lodgings, excursion activities, and destination specialty requests will be applied ($15.00 - $45.00) depending on type of booking completed. Initial Research/Planning fee due prior to trip planning; all other fees due at time of invoicing. Thank you, we look forward to helping you make your vacation dreams a reality!

 


June 14, 2017

Oregon’s Painted Hills- A Journey Back in Time


Whether you are long time Oregon resident, or are planning a visit to the area, there are many places worth exploring. The Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and Crater Lake are all well-known natural wonders which have captured the imagination and hearts of many a traveler. But have you heard of Oregon’sPainted Hills?  These are a spectacular site located within the John Day Fossil Beds Monument National Park in East/Central Oregon.

History comes alive with these colorfully layered mountains of earth. Hues ranging from reds to yellows, golds, blacks and browns fill the expanse of this geological wonder. What’s more these colors are enhanced by shades of green and lovely colorful flowers during the spring. A veritable rainbow is waiting for anyone who passes by.

The Painted Hills were formed over millions of years, including a time when the area was an ancient flood plain. Each color highlights a different geological era of flora and fauna, and the vast number of fossils found here have made this region one of the most acclaimed places for paleontologists to study.

The John Day Fossil Beds Monument Park includes not only the Painted Hills but two other main areas, The Claro Unit and Sheep Rock Unit, both with their own unique landscapes and fossil remains. Any science buff or naturalist is bound to find a treasure trove of exploration here. This part of Oregon is truly one of Nature’s best classrooms when it comes to learning about our ancient past. 

You can also take a step back in time to when the wild west was still being tamed with local museums such as the KamWah Chung State Heritage Site, where you can see first-hand where locals were treated with Chinese medicine and techniques one hundred years ago. The site is located in the town of John Day, not far from the Monument Park and Painted Hills. With the interpretive center and museum, the past influences of the local culture come to life.

One of the best ways to travel to this part of the state is via
the JourneyThrough Time Scenic Byway. Starting in Biggs, just past The Dalles in the Columbia River Gorge, you follow US-97 where you travel along two of Oregon’s biggest rivers, the Deschutes and John Day. From the town of Antelope, the byway heads east on OR-218, taking you to the John Day Fossil Bed Monument Park, and onward to another town steeped with Oregon history, Baker City near the Wallowa Mountains, another of Oregon’s 7 Wonders.

Beyond stepping back in time with vistas of the Painted hills and old ghost towns, there are also recreational activities to enjoy in this part of Oregon. One of the most exciting and popular ones being river rafting, a perfect way to stay cool in the heat of summer. There are also thousands of miles of trails for hiking, cycling or horseback riding. Those seeking a winter getaway have plenty of choices, such as skiing and snowmobiling to snow shoeing throughout the region.

There are a variety of local culinary treats to enjoy, from wine and beer to locally grown organic foods and artisan cafes, each small town has its own taste offerings. Located close to the Painted Hills in Mitchell, Oregon, you will find the Historic Oregon Hotel B&B, built originally in the 1800s, another excellent way to take a step back in time. There are also vacation rental properties available around the region.

If you are looking to experience a uniquely getaway, spend some time around one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders, the Painted Hills, you will be glad you did. The agents of C.P. Trips are here to help you plan a vacation full of transformative memories. Enjoy a worry-free journey with the support and care of a local Travel Professional*. Visit our website, cptrips.com to explore the latest in travel ideas, promotions and more. Call us at (503) 658-5646 or email us at cptrips@aol.com today- Keep Calm and Travel On.

 *We are excited to have the chance to help you with your vacation plans! We understand that you have many options to choose from when it comes to travel. Our standard fee policy is noted below for your reference.
With the time and expertise we give in our researching travel options and destinations for clients and potential customers, along with our continuing education and training, we have non-refundable fees of $ 30.00 for domestic travel research & planning and $ 75.00 for International travel research & planning. This research fee is applied to your vacation package when purchased through C.P. Trips, Inc.In addition to our research fee, there is an airline ticket/service fee: $30 per person/ticket for US flights, $65 per person/ticket for International flights. Other fees for certain additional requested bookings such as, but not limited to: lodgings, excursion activities, and destination specialty requests will be applied ($15.00 - $45.00) depending on type of booking completed.  Initial Research/Planning fee due prior to trip planning; all other fees due at time of invoicing. Thank you, we look forward to helping you make your vacation dreams a reality!

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June 1, 2017

Traveler Advocate Resources

Recent news stories have highlighted travel incidents between travelers, airlines and security authorities. Crimes against travelers have also been on the rise in various destinations. While we always hope for the best when it comes to traveling, it can be helpful to know what your rights and responsibilities are as a traveler, and where you can turn to for help.

Your rights as a traveler will vary depending on how and where you travel. There are different guidelines, rules and resources available which may vary by destination; both within the United States and abroad. Listed below are some key resources to review before you travel, so you can make informed decisions should the need arise.

The U.S. Department of State has information and resource links to HelpAmerican Citizen Victims of Crime, both abroad and across the United States.

Other helpful links from the Department of State include:

EmergencyAssistance resources and information are available. Outside of seeking medical attention, when traveling abroad, if an issue of safety arises, the best place to turn is the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

LegalConsiderations for Americans oversees are reviewed on this page, for both public and private situations which travelers may face.

Alertsand Warnings are issued through the US Dept. of State, before you go, be sure you know.

To understand your rights when flying, check out the FlyRights Guide provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This extensive guide covers everything from airline safety, to overbooking situations, delayed flights and filing a complaint.

The FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 was signed into Law by President Obama. While some consumer protection was more clearly defined, other areas were not, such as overbooked flight situations. Here is an in-depth review of Aviation ConsumerProtections, where they have been and where they stand now.

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) organization, which most major cruise companies belong to, has created a CruiseIndustry Passenger Bill of Rights. All member cruise companies agree to adhere to the policies set forth to protect passengers through accountability, consistency and transparency. 


 *We are excited to have the chance to help you with your vacation plans! We understand that you have many options to choose from when it comes to travel. Our standard fee policy is noted below for your reference.
With the time and expertise we give in our researching travel options and destinations for clients and potential customers, along with our continuing education and training, we have non-refundable fees of $ 30.00 for domestic travel research & planning and $ 75.00 for International travel research & planning. This research fee is applied to your vacation package when purchased through C.P. Trips, Inc.
In addition to our research fee, there is an airline ticket/service fee: $30 per person/ticket for US flights, $65 per person/ticket for International flights. Other fees for certain additional requested bookings such as, but not limited to: lodgings, excursion activities, and destination specialty requests will be applied ($15.00 - $45.00) depending on type of booking completed.  
Initial Research/Planning fee due prior to trip planning; all other fees due at time of invoicing. Thank you, we look forward to helping you make your vacation dreams a reality!