April 26, 2017

Earth: A Wonderfully Weird World

Fingal’s Cave, Scotland photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dun_deagh/6143869489
The world is an amazing place, full of wonder, mystery and awe-inspiring places and natural phenomenon. It’s time once again to share some of the incredible things which only Mother Nature can create. If you have been looking for something different to experience or searching for travel inspiration, perhaps one of the following Natural Experiences will become your next travel destination.

When it comes to extremes, natural features across the landscape have made a lasting impact upon our world. Visiting any these unforgettable natural wonders would give a traveler an experience like no other. CLICK HERE to check out 9 incredible natural wonders from around the world, as posted by Conde Naste Traveler.

Australia is a land full of wonder and oddities in nature; these oddities are a big part of what makes the Land Down Under so incredibly special. Koalas, Kangaroos and Platypus get plenty of attention, but there are many more uniquely Australian animals
worth seeing if you can when you travel there. The Lyre bird is something not to be missed, for it is truly one of a kind in avian life. CLICK HERE to see amazing video footage of a Lyre Bird.

If you want to see a grand spectacle of nature, which nothing, and I do mean nothing, can seem to stop, you will want to plan a journey to a little island in the Indian Ocean, to Christmas Island, Australia. With over 14 species of crabs, this
small island has a big reputation for being home to one of the most spectacular natural wonders ever witnessed, the annual mass migration of the Red Crab.

Over 100,000 million of these bright red crabs migrate in each year in November, at the beginning of the wet season; from the mountainous forest, down to the sea. En masse, spawning occurs to start a new generation. Those that survive the trek down, make it back up again in the tropical forest where they live. When the babies are born, they too make this incredible journey. CLICK HERE to see this wonder of nature yourself.

Check back soon for more inspiring encounters you can experience with Nature’s 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!

Photo 1 attribution: Fingal’s Cave, Scotland https://www.flickr.com/photos/dun_deagh/6143869489

Photo 2 attribution: Lyre Bird
By Bank Gordon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo 3 attribution: Red Crab Christmas Island
By Ian Usher (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



April 12, 2017

Adventure Awaits on the Caravan to Ashland

Our newest Classy Ladies Getaway (& Couples Too!) vacation is a great opportunity to get away for some summer fun right here in the Northwest. If you are looking for a bit of adventure but don’t want to have worry about the details, this Northwest excursion could be the perfect choice. This has become one of Cindy’s most loved trips, and now you can join her and her husband Tony, alongside other travelers for a caravan to Ashland Adventure in two parts.

Cindy is passionate about the Arts, especially theater. On any given weekend (when she is in town!) she can be found at a live performance of some kind. From Portland Center Stage productions, to the Portland Columbia Symphony season, and special occasions such as the latest Cirque de Soleil extravaganza, you can find Cindy there. So, it should come as no surprise to find that Cindy loves the OregonShakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR.

This annual festival always promises incredible performances of not only works by Shakespeare, but more contemporary productions as well. Each season includes 11 different plays which run from June through mid-October. Ashland, where the festival is held is the ideal place to have such a wonderful variety of theater happening. This is a quintessentially charming town, with a vibrant downtown district full of galleries, shops and a wide range of culinary delights.

Cindy also loves the variety of recreational excursions to be experienced near Ashland. Extending beyond the town is the Rogue River Valley, one of Oregon’s wonders. Whether you are a nature lover, recreational buff, or both, this region is teeming with wildlife and wild adventures to experience. One of the best ways to get the full effect of the Rogue River is to raft down this mighty river of Southern Oregon. Even better is a guided rafting trip with delightfully comfortable lodges to stay in as you journey; or you can always camp beneath the stars.

We have taken these two vacation ideas which Cindy loves, and turned them into one amazing journey through our Classy Ladies Getaways (& Couples Too!) travel program. While space lasts, you can join the Caravan to Ashland Adventure, coming up August 24th- August 30thh.
For a fun way to travel, this small group will caravan to Ashland, carpool style. A stop for lunch, wine tasting and tour of King’s Estate Winery in Eugene gets the journey started. Once you arrive in Ashland, there will be plenty of time for you to do as you please. Before you depart we will help you plan any specific activities you would like to enjoy.

The planned itinerary for the Caravan to Ashland Adventure has been organized so you can enjoy both the festival and the river raft journey, or just the festival portion of the trip, the choice is yours. Outlined below are the details including the cost of each.

Part One: Ashland Shakespearian Festival:  
Pricing:  $ 1100.00 Single $  850.00pp/dbl    
Package includes 2 tickets to 2 plays of choice, 2-night stay at the Windsor Hotel (Breakfast included), 1 Group dinner with your hosts. Other options may wish to explore: Hiking trails, Lithia Park or Mount Ashland, Wineries of the area or visit the Charming Towns of Talent or Jacksonville for a change of pace. Enjoy a Day at the Spa for some relaxation. Or come with us to the Gathering Glass Studio and perhaps blow a Christmas Globe of your own. Also, if you have a bit of extra time a visit to the Schneider Museum of Art is great fun. Something for everyone including shopping options.  Of course, if you wish to enjoy the pool and read a bit there is time for that too. 

Part Two “Scenic & Wild Adventure” on the Rogue River:
Pricing : Single Rates Pending
3 Day / 2nt with Lodge $1200.00 pp/double or
3 Day / 2nt with Camping $ 950.00 pp/double
Package includes 3 day/ 2-night river raft adventure & accommodations in choice of tent camping, or cabin/lodge, 6 meals, transportation to and from launch/landing sites. The Rogue River Canyon’s charm lies in its thrilling whitewater stretches, mild rapids, placid pools and narrow canyons edged by towering cliffs. The old growth Douglas fir forest, mixed with deciduous trees, creates a perfect river bank habitat for the abundant wildlife in the Rogue River canyon. Otter, beaver, deer, Roosevelt elk, black bear, cougars, osprey, bald eagles, ducks, wild turkeys, and many other animals flourish in the wilderness of river canyon. Gear Lists provided (What to bring on your trip).  Great and safe for all ages. 

This amazing Northwest Getaway is not to be missed, but space is limited! More details, including a registration form will be add to our website, check back soon for updates. Ready to go and don’t want to wait?  Call or email today and reserve your space with the Caravan to Ashland for a summer adventure. 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!



March 29, 2017

Lay-Away for Your Vacation Dreams

Travel is something most everyone wants to do, but many of us don’t experience it the way we would really like to, due mainly to budget constraints. What if there was a way you could plan for the vacation of your dreams, no matter what your budget may be?  Yes, you could put a whole trip on a credit card, but then you face paying much more in interest, it could potentially take 10 years to pay for a two-week vacation. Instead, you can plan and book your vacation over a set period of time, and essentially lay-away your vacation.

Retail shops used to regularly offer lay-away programs, where you could put outfits on hold and pay for them, a little at a time, until you paid the full amount due. You can do the same with travel. Many cruise companies, guided tour operators, hotels and resorts, take reservations for dates farther out into the future, sometimes as much as 2 or 3 years in advance.

With this in mind, you can plan a vacation, put a deposit down, and then pay over time. This can be done with some companies directly, but what if you want to include several different experiences on your vacation? A Princess Cruise around the Hawaiian Islands for example, could easily include an additional stay before, or after your cruise, giving you time on an island, to really explore. Working with a travel professional is an easy way to combine the specifics of what you plan into a travel package which you can make payments on over time.

Travel professionals help you plan your vacation and then do the legwork for you, often finding great deals to help save you money. Your travel professional will then also coordinate and track all of your activities and payments, putting your vacation in a lay-away mode. Once bookings are made and deposit provided, you can continue to make payments up to the final payment deadline.

A lay-away vacation can also help in getting better air fare. Suppose you want to enjoy a girls’ weekend at Iberostar Paraiso Maya Resort in Mexico a year from now. You and your friends can choose the resort and reserve your rooms with a small deposit. Knowing the date of your adventure, your travel professional can watch for low rates for flights and keep you informed when an ideal price is available.

Planning a vacation over a longer period of time can also help ensure you have the chance to experience what you really want to do. Often popular activities and excursions need to be booked well in advance as they are regularly sold out. Suppose you want to explore Scotland. This is a prime destination for star gazing, where you can even see the Aurora Borealis at times. Galloway Forest Park is one of the best places to see the night sky, but even better is to stop at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory there for a truly magical star gazing experience. Something like this needs to be booked ahead or risk not being able to join in the time you have available. A lay-away vacation plan can help ensure this happens for you.

If you have a dream to travel, your dream can come true. The travel professionals 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!

March 15, 2017

It’s a Colorful World of Wonder Out There

We recently shared some unique ways to experience nature at her most unique and finest. When you travel, getting in touch with the magic of nature is a sure way to enjoy the wonders of the world at large. With Spring right around the corner, it seemed like a great time to share some more of Nature’s Travel List, any of these ideas are worth traveling for, check them and be inspired.

Everyone knows about the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. But have you planned a journey to see the in person? If not, this is a vacation worth every moment. Because the Aurora Borealis can be seen across the northern regions of the globe, there are plenty of places to choose from for viewing, including, Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and even Scotland to name a few destinations. The best times to view the lights are in the darker, colder months, from September through the early part of April. There are quite a few choices of amazing resorts or unique ‘hotels’ you can stay at, such as glass igloos at Hotel Kakslautten in Finland. CLICK HERE for an incredible video of the Aurora Borealis as seen from Iceland.

Looking for a scuba diving adventure like no other? You will want to plan a trip to Belize in Central America and dive The Great Blue Hole. Situated near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll, The Great Blue Hole is an enormous underwater sinkhole, almost 1,000 feet wide and over 400 feet deep. Under the surface, divers enter a whole new world filled with a wide range of fish, sharks and incredible stalactites, which are normally only found on dry land. You can learn about some diving experiences at Belize.com, a comprehensive site guide about all things Belize, one of the jewels of the Caribbean. CLICK HERE to see amazing video footage of The Great Blue Hole.

With most of the planet covered in water, it should come as no surprise that there are a wide range of incredible natural phenomenon to be found along our coastlines. For a spectacular, glowing view, check out the Blue Grotto in Capri, Italy. This is a famous cave along the coastline of the island of Capri in southern Italy. Within this sea cave the water glows a luminescent blue. This is due to two different openings within the cave and the way light refracts off the water. The only way into the cave is through one of these two openings, just barely large enough for a small row boat to fit in. The festive atmosphere which awaits visitors to the Blue Grotto makes it feel almost like an amusement park ride, only better for the unique experience waiting within. In fact, once inside, if you put your hand in the water, you will swear it is glowing! A visit to the Blue Grotto is the perfect, special addition to a tour of Italy’s beautiful coast and the islands around it. If you want to experience a unique Italian adventure you will want the Blue Grotto to be a part of it. CLICK HERE to see the cave for yourself.

Check back soon for more inspiring encounters you can experience with Nature’s 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!

March 1, 2017

The Splendor of Victoria Will Transform You


When it comes to planning a getaway, the world is the limit, literally. There are so many incredible, magical places to visit and explore, that it would take many lifetimes over to experience them all. Certain destinations are not only must-see places, but are worth returning to over and over again. Victoria, British Columbia, is one such a place.

Victoria is not only the Capital of British Columbia, it is one of the oldest cities in all of the Pacific Northwest. Situated at the southern end of Vancouver Island, Victoria is just a stone’s throw away from the United States, making it an easy international destination to visit. Victoria’s past has been well preserved in the charming and classic architecture of the Victorian and Georgian eras.

The city was named in honor of Queen Victoria, and has become affectionately known as the Garden City, with the plethora of beautiful gardens to be found there. As a port city, Victoria has long attracted a wide range of people. From the Coast Salish First Nations People, who were in the area long before the settlement was begun, to students, retirees and artists, this gorgeous city truly has an international flavor as it has progressed into a top economic center for technology and tourism.

There are several “Must-Do” experiences to enjoy when you travel to Victoria BC. Among them are:

·         Butchart Gardens- A National Historical Site in Canada, with distinctive
floral gardens, a quaint Tea House and plenty of photo opportunities.
·         Victoria Butterfly Gardens- a popular indoor refuges for 75 species of butterflies, along with birds,
fish, amphibians and more.
·         Museums: Royal British Columbia Museum, Maritime Museum of British Columbia, British Columbia Aviation Museum- all of these provide a stellar experience, highlighting the history and culture of the region.
·         Beacon Hill Park- Acres and acres of beautiful parkland right in the city, including gorgeous garden landscapes.
·         Historical Buildings- British Columbia Parliament, Christ Church Cathedral Empress Hotel
·         Chinatown- the second oldest Chinese neighborhood in North America
·         Market Square- Shopping, eating and entertainment galore
·         Art Gallery of Greater Victoria- Featuring art from cultures around the world
·         Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre- on the Saanich Peninsula just north of Victoria
·         Fisgard Lighthouse- the oldest lighthouse on Canada’s Pacific Coast
·         Hatley Castle- Turn of the Century Tudor style Manor house and gardens

In addition to all these incredible places to visit in Victoria, BC, there are other activities and
experiences you may not be aware of, which are worth checking out during any adventure to Victoria. Some examples include:

·        The best way to arrive is via the Victoria Clipper, the daily ferry which travels between Seattle and Victoria. You will enjoy stunning views on the water, perhaps even some whales, and entering the harbor into Victoria is a must-see viewpoint.
·         Eat along Fisherman’s Warf. This area is home to many who live on houseboats, but there are top quality restaurants here too.
·         If you are a rugby fan, as the Headquarters for Rugby Canada, chances are you can find a game to watch.
·         Other sports you can enjoy include hockey, curling, rowing and motorsports.
·         Get in touch with the majestic natural beauty of the region with any of the following recreational activities: cycling (in town or on mountain trails), golf, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, trekking.
·         Double Decker Buses are a Victoria BC icon, and make for a fun and easy way to tour the city. You can take the city bus or get a ‘Hop on- Hop off’ daily bus ticket for the 24-hour Grey Line double decker tour bus, ready to take where ever you want to go around Victoria.
·         Whale Watching- The waters off Victoria are home to both Humpback Whales and Orcas, along with 5 other species of dolphins. A special day on the water to catch a glimpse of these magical creates is highly recommended. Book your tickets before you go- these tours fill up fast throughout the year.

If you are ready to get away to Victoria BC for a relaxing weekend in a beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest, now is a great time to book your trip! You can also join a C.P. Trips agent on a hosted trip to Victoria BC, through our Classy Ladies Getaways (& Couples Too!) travel program.  Coming up, June 1st, June 4th, 2017, we will explore the Splendorsof Victoria. Space is limited for this small group tour, call or email us to reserve your spot.

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!


February 15, 2017

Imagine the Possibilities of a Destination Wedding


If you have recently become engaged, congratulations! Finding that special someone is like finding the other half of yourself, and warrants a unique and special way to celebrate your love. If you have ever dreamed of a destination wedding, your dream can be a reality.

Whether you want to exchange vows on the shores of an island paradise, or be surrounded by the romance of Europe, or get married at sea on a ship; whatever your dream wedding may be, your special day will be that much more stunning and memorable at a unique location. With a destination wedding, not only do you get to enjoy a special wedding ceremony and celebration, but you get to experience a once in a lifetime journey as well.

Imagine, a traditional Balinese dance to welcome your guests at your villa resort in Bali.

Imagine meeting your bride or groom along the sweeping expanse of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Imagine, walking down a soft, sandy, Hawaiian beach for your aisle, with a conch shell announcing your arrival.

Imagine, feeling a gentle breeze off the Adriatic Sea, as you exchange vows in Croatia.


Imagine, the lush tranquility of a private lagoon in the Cook Islands when you first kiss as a married couple.

Imagine, your wedding receiving line outside a castle in Scotland while bagpipes are playing.


Imagine, toasting a glass of wine with your new spouse in a villa surrounded by the splendor of Tuscany, Italy.

Imagine a conga line poolside and beach side at a Caribbean resort, with all your friends and family.

Imagine, taking flight in a hot-air balloon in South Africa, straight off to your honeymoon safari.

Imagine, disembarking off a yacht in the Maldives or Bora Bora, onto your own secluded over-the-water villa.

These ideas, and many more, can be brought to life with a destination wedding. There is no limit to what you and your bride or groom can plan, there is just your imagination.


When it comes to planning, a destination wedding can actually be easier than you may think. There are resorts known around the world which cater to weddings and honeymoons. Their services make planning a wedding and reception easy with a variety of package options. Everything is prepared and ready for your arrival, so all you have to do, is get married and have a great time.

Beyond resorts, there are as many wedding options and services in any given destination, as there are flowers in your bouquet. This can also quickly overwhelm any bride or groom. You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by working with a travel professional who can put their expertise about destinations along with their knowledge of reliable, local contacts, to work for you. Think of your travel professional as your Destination Wedding planner, and imagine the possibilities.

There is a wide, world of options out there for planning the perfect, romantic destination wedding and/or honeymoon escape for you and your bride or groom. The agents of C.P. Trips are here to help you plan a vacation full of trans-formative 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!

  

February 1, 2017

Nature’s Wonders, Travel to Inspire

We take vacations, and journey to new destinations for many reasons. No matter why, the core of how travel can transform us for the better, comes down to experiencing unique and special moments. With these moments, we create memories, expand our horizons, and connect with the incredible world, which is simply waiting for us to explore it more. When we visit a place, near or far, sometimes Mother Nature gives us a gift, a unique encounter if you will, such as witnessing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska or Norway, watching a lion pride on a hunt in Africa, or sailing with Dolphins along the bow of a ship in the Pacific. These are Nature’s Wonders, and anyone whom has ever had a first-hand encounter these stunning experiences, will understand just how profound and awe-inspiring these adventures can be.

There are more intimate experiences to be had as well, my daughter, Lana, for example was standing at the edge of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland soon after we arrived there for trip around the island. The wind was strong, the view spectacular. A most unexpected thing occurred. As she was removing the lens cap off her camera (this was before the age of digital), she heard a CLINK, something had hit the lens. She took her hand away, only to see a small flake of stone, about the size of a quarter, had LANDED IN HER HAND. As Lana puts it, “Ireland literally gave me a gift, it was as though She was saying Welcome Home.” (We have Irish in our blood so this trip was already special to begin with.) You can’t replicate this experience, nor will it ever be forgotten.

While I can’t arrange for Mother Nature to give you such a gift, I can help you enjoy a natural adventure, and be a part of, or witness to some of nature’s most intriguing and exciting events and phenomenon. To help inspire the dreamer in you, here are some examples of Nature’s Experiences.

We’ll start close to home, right in Portland, Oregon. Animal lovers, birdwatchers, families, anyone who wants to see a Wonder in the sky, plan a stay in Portland during September, and spend an evening at Chapman Elementary School in NW Portland. Here you will see part of an annual migration of thousands of Vaux’s Swifts. Since the 1980’s the Swift Watch has seen anywhere between 4,000 and 15,000 birds swarming at dusk. Together they rush out from the Chapman Elementary School chimney. Some years have recorded as many as 35,000 at this one nesting site. CLICK HERE to watch a great video of the swifts from a couple years ago


If you have not seen a bio-luminescent beach or ocean before, this is a must do adventure.
Plankton (and sometimes bacteria) blooms throughout the world’s oceans sometimes include glowing swarms of these microscopic creatures, which make the water and beaches aglow. You can experience this spectacular phenomenon at a variety of places such as Puerto Rico, California or the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean. CLICK HERE to watch a video of bio-luminescent waters from a beach in the Maldives.


Travel to Bolivia for a one of a kind experience, where you can discover Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest, most expansive, purest slat flat. This high elevation salt flat is so vast and bright, that during the wet season, from January through March, the vista is turned into a panoramic reflection of the sky, often called “God’s Mirror. This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, which can be made easy and comfortable with a Soft & High Adventure vacation plan, a great way to travel to remote locations and still enjoy some ‘creature comforts’, and more important, a top-quality guide to get you there. CLICK HERE to watch a video of the awe-inspiring reflections witnessed at Salar de Uyuni.

Check back soon for more inspiring encounters you can experience with Nature’s 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!