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December 25th in South America: A “Not-So-White” Christmas

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on December 5, 2016

In the United States, especially for those of us who live in the east coast, we tend to associate Christmas with snow, bountiful meals and a cup of hot cocoa. In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite from those in North America. When it’s summer here, it’s winter down there. Christmas in South America is interestingly, more about short sleeves and pool parties than it is about snow and sitting by the fire. But what are the differences and similarities between spending this holiday up north or down south? Let’s discover all the ways.

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Topics: USA

America has Thanksgiving, but How Do Other Countries Celebrate the Harvest?

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on November 23, 2016

The Thanksgiving countdown continues: 1 day until it's turkey time! Here at Gil Travel, we are excited to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving is all about enjoying the company of family and loved ones, while honoring the season of the harvest. Although Thanksgiving is mostly celebrated in America, other countries have harvest festivals as well. But how do these other countries celebrate? Let's take a look.

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Topics: Romantic trips, USA

Going for Gold! How Does Cuba Rank in the Olympics?

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on November 18, 2016


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Topics: Cuba

Low-Stress Travel Tips to Keep in Mind for this Thanksgiving

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on November 11, 2016


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Topics: USA

Cuba's Classic Car Craze – How YOU Can Get in on the Action

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on November 7, 2016

Cuba’s vintage car phenomenon is unique.  Travelers are flocking to Cuba to see this beautiful island and the time capsule it has become.  You can even go on an organized tour to Cubafor vintage car fanatics to trace this special island through the lens of the ultimate collections of American cars from the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Topics: Cuba

Come Explore Ernest Hemingway's Cuban Abode!

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on October 17, 2016

Ernest Hemingway—a writer, a Nobel Prize winner, and to many people’s surprise, a resident of Cuba!


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Topics: Cuba

The Magic of Flying

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on October 10, 2016

Contrary to popular beliefs on what “magic” is, whether it be a supernatural phenomenon or an astonishing power, there is no magic like the magic of flying.

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Topics: Fun stuff

Fifty Is the New Twenty! Active Seniors Rejoice with Our Jewish Heritage Tour of Portugal

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on September 28, 2016

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A recent study by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that 50 is the new 20!

Here at Gil Travel, we would tend to agree with a statement like this. We believe that age is just a number on an ID, not a statement on how we should live our lifestyles.


If you're 55 or older, but feel like you're still twenty years old at heart, you may find yourself with that same youthful longing. The saying always goes, "Travel while you're young!" but if you're lively and active, who says the traveling needs to stop? 


For those who are looking to continue their journeys throughout the world, Gil Travel has the perfect tour to offer you: our upcoming trip on a Jewish Heritage tour of Portugal! 


This trip is designed to feed the wanderlust in your childlike souls. Not only will you be residing in luxurious boutique hotels, exploring charming cities, and learning of fascinating Jewish heritage, but you'll also be meeting other active seniors! This is a great way for you to not only experience a trip culturally, but communally as well. 


In essence, the real allure of the tour is the small group size. With such intimate exposure to one another, everyone will be able to fully connect and truly become close. By the end of the nine day tour, strangers will become family. 


So what are you waiting for? Experience Portugal like never before! Join us this June when we travel overseas for the trip of a lifetime.


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Topics: Jewish Heritage

Jewish Amsterdam: More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on September 6, 2016

Jewish Amsterdam is about far more than Anne Frank. In fact, Amsterdam is arguably the first place on earth where Jews became modern!

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Topics: Jewish Heritage

Why Peru is for YOU

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on September 1, 2016

Planning a trip around a whole country is certainly no easy task to take on. When traveling, you want to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck while seeing the most sites you possibly can. Gil Travel is here to help you do just that.

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Topics: World Travel