Travel Chronicles


Hello Travelers,


So you think you are packed and ready to go for all occasions?  Shorts…check!  Polo-shirt…check!  A couple pair of jeans…check!  Stain stick and laundry detergent…check?

This post will help you be fully prepared for any spill or daily washing needs while on vacation.


If you are thinking of  laundry services at the hotels, this is not the best answer.  They may be pretty expensive to boot and cannot be relied upon on to be finished before the bus departs.  You may be leaving clothes behind with this option.

As easy as a laundromat may sound, they are not widely available as in the United States, the will be taking up precious time for sightseeing the Eifel Tower, the Louvre, or a small coffee shop for some tasty Parisian treats.


For the small spills or smudge a stain stick should do the job.  Some laundry detergents even carry an ink pen-size “to go” version of their detergents that will fit right in your jacket pocket or purse.

Tide Travel Sink Packets or similar travel detergent liquid will do and not take up your valuable souvenir space.

Timing is everything when washing on the road.  Your t-shirts, polo shirts, and undergarments should have plenty of time to dry overnight if done early enough on a 2+ night stay.  Jeans and slacks can be worn more than once and should not need to be washed on a vacation.

The best way to dry your clothes before hanging them is to lay them flat on a towel, then roll up the towel, and squeeze or sit on it and lay them out to dry.


A couple of plastic bags will come in handy.  Something didn’t dry.  No problem.  Put them in a plastic bag until you reach your next destination and then unpack.  This will keep them separated from the dry ones.  A second bag will be used to separate those clothes you don’t plan on wearing again.  Keeping the clean and dirty separate.


On a final note, one way to cut down on the number of washes is to pack darker clothes.  Darker clothes will show less and tend to last longer before cleaning is needed.



Your travel agent,


Escape World Travel

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9-Day Classic Fall Foliage



9-day tour featuring Boston, Bar Harbor North Conway, Woodstock, and more…

New England is steeped in history and known for its amazing fall foliage, and on this vacation you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular beauty and historic places. A couple of living history museums will show you what life was like in New England’s past, including a living museum simulating life in a 1800s New England coastal village, a living history museum of Vermont’s rural past, and a living history museum showcasing 19th-century New England. A sightseeing tour in Boston highlights landmarks that were pivotal to the United States’ history, and a visit to Cornelius Vanderbilt’s mansion gives you a taste for life in a bygone era.

History is not all you’ll experience on this marvelous tour. You’ll also see spectacular beauty and amazing fall foliage. In Maine, you’ll visit Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited national parks, where you’ll take a carriage ride. In New Hampshire, travel to the scenic White Mountains, New England’s greatest range and premier outdoor playground, and enjoy the Raven Interpretive Program. Throughout your tour, marvel at the scenic drives and stunning fall colors full of blazing red, orange, and yellow leaves (if Mother Nature permits). It’s a trip not to be missed!

Tour pricing starts at $2,399 p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available: September through October

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14-Day Scottish Highland and Islands



14-day tour featuring Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and more…

This is our most comprehensive Scotland vacation! After a welcome dinner in Glasgow, head through the picturesque Trossachs region to Stirling for a visit of the castle and the Bannockburn Visitor Centre before arriving in Edinburgh for a 3-night stay. Your sightseeing in the Scottish capital includes Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (except when the Queen is in residence), and an excursion takes you to Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House. Next, travel north and stop at St. Andrews, the mountain resort of Pitlochry to visit a whisky distillery, and the Highland capital of Inverness. An included excursion takes in Culloden Visitor Centre, and Cawdor Castle. Also visit majestic Dunrobin Castle and enjoy a highlight falconry display before boarding a ferry for the Orkney Islands. Here, a Local Guide/driver shows you the unique sites, including a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village at Skara Brae, Skaill House, and the Ring of Brodgar, the area’s very own Stonehenge. Enjoy a light lunch at the Tasting Hall café, tour the Orkney Brewery, and sample the local ale. Back on the mainland, skirt the northwestern coastline, where stunning scenery delivers you first to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a traditional fish & chips lunch. Next, head to the isles of Skye and Mull for 2-night stays on each. Visits to the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the Isles are included on Skye. From Mull, take the day excursion to the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona, an important religious settlement. Via Loch Lomond, return to Glasgow for one last overnight, a farewell dinner, and the end of your Scottish adventure. Tour pricing starts at $3,529 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

Departures in May through September 2015

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8-day Iceland Adventure



8-day tour featuring Reykjavik, Vik,Höfn, Egilsstadir, Bogarnes,and more…

Enjoy a wonderful vacation in a country of natural wonders: glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and lakes. Highlights are visits to the geothermal heat and electric power station, and the hot springs at Geysir, accompanied by the chef of the Geysir restaurant, who will let you taste freshly baked hot-spring bread and more, with a glass of the local schnapps. Admire the largest glacier in Europe, stop at Lake Jökulsarlon, known because of the James Bond movie Die Another Day, and see the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. Visit the Botanical Garden, with specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants, followed by a unique experience: watch the seals in their natural habitat during a boat cruise. Back in Reykjavik, a special farewell dinner celebrates the success of your Icelandic Adventure.

Tour pricing starts at $3,299 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2014 departures available May through October

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16-day Heart of the British Isles Tour

16-day tour featuring England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland and more…A showcase tour of Britain and Ireland awaits you. Discover historically rich and entertaining attractions while traveling across alluring countryside. Two-night stays in five of the overnight cities allow for a comprehensive focus on the many highlights of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.Tour Price $3,190 p.p.d.o. if booked by 03/25/2015.Rate applies to the following departures: June 17 & September 23, 2015
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Hurricane Ridge & the San Juan Islands



7-day tour featuring Port Angeles, Seattle, Portland and more…

It’s time to breathe the fresh, mile-high air on Hurricane Ridge, just south of Port Angeles, in the Olympic National Park. You’ll feel you’re on top of the world, and you actually are! The ruggedly carved mountain range contrasts with the soft fields of wild flowers in the subalpine meadows below. Next, it’s Anchors Away! Cruise the pristine waters and narrow passageways aboard the Viking Star. View Orca whales, and other wildlife, on a 3 day cruise you’ll never forget!

Tour pricing starts at $2,024 p.p.d.o.

Rate applies to the July 23, 2016 departure date

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Journey up the Kitsap Peninsula



5-day tour featuring Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler and more…

Gorgeous Scenery, Fascinating History, Great Food, & Lot’s of Fun! Enjoy one of our more scenic and adventuresome tours on this great get-away!

Tour pricing starts at $1,779 p.p.d.o.

Departure date featured: July 19, 2015

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10-Day Northern Capitals



10-day tour featuring Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and more…

This is one of our most popular vacations that visits the northern capitals: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Guided sightseeing is included in all four cities. For the overnight Baltic Sea crossing from Stockholm to Helsinki you have first-class outside two-berth cabins with private facilities and will enjoy a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board. Special features are charming Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen (open mid-April to mid-September), magnificent Frogner Park in Oslo, a highlight visit to the Abba Museum in Stockholm, and in Helsinki, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and open-air market, and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Tour pricing starts at $2,549 p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available April through September


Journey up the Kitsap Peninsula



5-day tour featuring Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler and more…

Gorgeous Scenery, Fascinating History, Great Food, & Lot’s of Fun! Enjoy one of our more scenic and adventuresome tours on this great get-away!

Tour pricing starts at $1,779 p.p.d.o.

Departure date featured: July 19, 2015


10-day America’s Musical Heritage



10-day tour featuring Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and more…

On this vacation, visit the cities and landmarks that have influenced America’s musical heritage—country, soul, blues, and jazz with Elvis Presley also thrown into the mix. Start in Nashville and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame; RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most important recording studios; and the Grand Ole Opry, where you have reserved seats. In Memphis, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, celebrating Memphis soul music; Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio, which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more; and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Travel deep into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the “Birthplace of the Blues,” and visit the Delta Blues Museum, dedicated to the blues.
Tour pricing starts at $2,649 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

Departures available: April through October, 2015