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Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Ever wonder who the Ripley in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” is? Okay, maybe you didn’t, but we’re about to fill you in.

Robert Ripley was born in 1890, in the brand new town of Santa Rosa, California. He grew up to be a talented cartoonist, and eventually created a newspaper panel series featuring oddly quirky facts and details. The series spawned a popular radio show, which eventually evolved into a television series (once sound entered the film world).

He stood firmly behind every outlandish claim and provided proof for each fact he presented. As we all know, his legacy continues to live on, and each Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum provides a uniquely bizarre perspective of all the weirdness in the world.

On that note, if you’re headed to London anytime soon, we’ve got a special treat for you! (more…)

Meet Michelle aka Swiss Army Knife

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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Michelle is like a Swiss Army knife. She pretty much does everything from fixing printers to creating vacation packages all while handling whatever ideas that Ryan throws at us. It’s pretty fun watching her do her thang in the office. Our Swiss Army knife sat down with me to chat about work, Savannah, and Russell Brand.

K: What do you do?

M: I’m the Co-Director of Operations and Ryan’s assistant, so I help with vacation packages, chargebacks, customer requests and any other kind of special projects Ryan may have.

K: How long have you been working at Reserve123?

M: I’ve been working here since May of 2004 so a little over seven years. I started as a Reservations Agent, then Assistant Reservations Manager, then Reservations Manager, then Marketing Manager and Assistant to the President and CEO, and then we joined Marketing and Advertising Departments which is now the Operations Department. I’ve been here forever and do a little bit of everything!

K: What is your favorite part about your job?

M: The fact that it changes everyday. I’ll be working on vacation packages one day, then I’ll do reviews all day one day, and then the next day I’ll be helping Allison do a special project. I never really know what to expect when I get here.

K: Any news going on with you? Any buns in the oven? Craving pickles and ice cream?

M: Hahaha what are you talking about? Haha I actually put it up on Facebook and made it Facebook official that I am pregnant. Got to see a nice strong heartbeat and saw a spinal cord. I was happy and good, so I made an announcement. =)

K: Congrats!

M: Thank you! I’m due around March 5th!

K: You don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl?

M: Not yet. I’m waiting for a 3D ultrasound to see the baby’s sex.

K: Do you have a preference of boy or girl.

M: I want one of each. Prefer a boy first, but I’ll be happy either way. =)

K: Have you been having any weird food urges?

M: Honestly, I’ve been craving fruit. I want fruit, and I want it all the time! It’s fruits and veggies that’s been standing out. It’s that and salty snacks! It hits me in the evenings; sometimes all I want is popcorn.

K:What’s your favorite city in which to have fun and relax?

M: Nashville for fun. Last time we were there, we got to stand on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Allison got to fist bump Darius Rucker. I got to say hi to Charles from Lady Antebellum. He is GORGEOUS. We were literally standing  on the stage, behind the performers, as they were performing.
For relaxing, I’d have to say Savannah. We really like to go to Tybee Island and lay out on the beach, but Savannah is also fun. You can do so much in Savannah.

K: I’m so happy that you love Savannah.

M: Oh I LOVE Savannah. When we started working with the hotels in Savannah, I was like, “Oh, you want me to come down to Savannah? OK, Sure!”

K: If you could have a live concert in the office, who would play, and where would it be held?

M: Hmm. I would have to say Reba because one of my best friends, Cherie Oakley, wrote a #1 hit for her – “Turn on the Radio”. Cherie was on NBC’s The Voice. I would say Reba in the hopes that Cherie would come with her, and they’d sing it together or something. And where? I’d have to say the Reservations Department because that is probably the biggest area.

K: What is your favorite travel song?

M: Right now, if I were to plug in my iPod, it would be a playlist of songs from Glee. I absolutely love that show. But if I had to pick a non-Glee song, I’d have to pick Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”. I don’t know why, but I love that friggin song.

K: If you can pick the perfect vacation for Nikita, where would she go and what tours would you choose for her.

M: I know Nikita likes New York. She was actually up in New York for six weeks this summer for a photography internship. I would have to put her own a Hop On, Hop Off because who doesn’t get on a double decker tour in New York? There’s some photography tours, definitely the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. And maybe a Broadway show or two, she may dig that. I know she loves museums.

K: Ok, last but not least —  word association. You know how to play. ;) So.. travel

M: Tours


M: E-tickets!

K: Chargebacks

M:Allison… haha

K: Vacation

M: Relaxation

K: Michael B.

M: Alacatraz. He does Alcatraz Tickets! He’s our special products guy. =)

K: Sacki

M: Friendly

K: Allison

M: Sweet

K: Ryan

M: Fun….hahaha and crazy!

K: Katy Perry… I swear I wrote that before the interview!

M: HonestIy, I automatically think about Russell Brand and the fact that he’s a diva. Makes me wonder who in the marriage is the diva. I feel it would be him.

K: He’s weird. I don’t think he’s attractive at all. I like his accent but that’s about it.

M: Yeah, it’s close your eyes and listen to him speak…

K: Nerd

M: ME!

Unfortunately, you  missed out on about 15 minutes of talk about Glee, Walking Dead, and Cherie Oakley and about 20 minutes of giggling. I couldn’t fit everything on here, but just know that Michelle is a television nerd who can also double as an office Swiss Army knife. =)

- Kris

Travel tips for a first-time traveler

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Camping World

Picture from CityOfDesire Tumblr

Picture from CityOfDesire Tumblr

I asked the office for their #1 travel tip for a first-time traveler. Here is what they said:

“My #1 travel tip is actually something my sister told me — ‘NEVER go on a trip without packing some Imodium in your purse’. Enough said…” – Barbara

(Preach it. I never leave anywhere without having my medicine cabinet in my purse. Benadryl, Tyenol, Pamprin, Zyrtec, Claritin. I’m all over it.)

“Comfortable shoes are #1. Next, learn to be flexible and relaxed.” – Carolyn

Honestly, the best advice I can give any traveler is to wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella.  Also, do not bring all of your money around with you.  Just grab what you need for the day and lock the rest in your room safe, not a rental car or even your own car.  Trust me.  I learned all of these the hard way.”  - Michael

” Two words… Gold Bond.” – Chuck

(hmmmm….. ok. I’ll take that.)

Don’t bring excessive amounts of stuff (try not to take anything you don’t really need, or would die if it was lost or stolen).  My brother has traveled all over the world, and I’ve learned a few travel tips from him. He always fits everything he needs into one easy carry-on backpack (rolling up your clothes allows more packing space without wrinkling them), and he rarely ever travels alone.  Leave enough room to take home a few souvenirs too!” – Lauren

(Agree. I like those expandable suitcases. Don’t expand it until you come back. That way, you’ll have space for shopping souvenirs. :) )

It doesn’t matter how well you EVER plan a trip, children will always get bored on any trip, to anywhere.  So if you are going somewhere and have children, try to be prepared and have plenty of things planned/scheduled for them.” – Lia

(I am a child. This is true. I have my smartphone, my DS, and a book. Need it. all of it.)

My #1 travel tip to give to a first-time traveler is to have a great time and do everything that I would do!” – Cheryl

Do as much as you can to complete your planning and purchasing before your trip begins – then you can enjoy yourself while on vacation!” – Tony

My tip is to do research. Whether it’s going on a tour or seeing a museum, it’s nice to know a little background. It  makes the experience a lot richer. Trust me. I am a professional. :)

- Kris

And the Winner is…Rio de Janeiro!

Monday, October 5th, 2009


As the US is reeling from its defeat in attempting to win the bid for the 2016 Olympics, it may have people wondering, “What does Rio de Janeiro have that sets it apart from any other city?” Below is a list of reasons that make Rio de Janeiro an ideal place to take the family…and an army of athletic Olympic hopefuls:

-The city, which is the second largest in Brazil, is known for its carnival festivities, samba music, and beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema.  It will also be the site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

-Rio houses more than 50 museums, making it an ideal destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts alike.  Included on the list are the Indian Museum, Native Art Museum, and Quinta da Boa Vista.  A quick search on Rio de Janeiro brings up a host of other cultural opportunities in the city.

-Many sporting events take place in the city, including the MotoGP Brazilian Grand Prix, the world beach volleyball finals, and competitive rowing events.  Mario Filho Stadium in Maracana is the world’s largest stadium, where soccer (or, as they say in Brazil, football) stars are born.

-Guanabara Bay, which is surrounded by lush tropical forests and beaches, is a popular tourist spot.  Over 130 islands exist along the bay, providing numerous opportunities to take in the beauty and vitality of the area’s unique backdrop.

If this list doesn’t have you convinced, there are many other activities to take part in around Rio de Janeiro.  Check out for details and to book tickets today!

Norfolk, a City Rich with History and Natural Beauty

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Norfolk, Virginia is a city steeped in history.  Officially founded in 1682, the area started out as the Upper and Lower Norfolk Counties, the latter eventually becoming what we know today as Norfolk.  It was incorporated in 1705 but became a casualty by the later part of the century, having burned down during the Revolutionary War.  It was, of course, rebuilt and remains alive and well today.

Here are a few interesting facts about Norfolk and the surrounding vicinity to get you acquainted with the area and its history:

Lay of the Land: The city of Norfolk is comprised of 66 square miles of land, including 7 miles of Chesapeake Bay beachfront.  Much of the land is dedicated to residential neighborhoods, and as of July of 2007, 235,747 residents call Norfolk home.  In the immediate area, Norfolk is second only to Virginia Beach in population.

Climate: The average temperatures place Norfolk in the humid subtropical category.  The area tends to enjoy milder winters and hot, humid summers.  Although snow falls every winter, the average for the year is only 7 inches.

Natural Beauty: The area has been designated as a Tree City, since it is surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, and it also houses the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  The luxurious landscape is just one of the attributes that add to the city’s incredible charm.

Military Background: Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world and serves as the headquarters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Art & Culture: Norfolk has become a cultural center, housing several major performing arts companies, yearly festivals, and parades.  To awaken the art lover in you, visit one of the area’s fine museums located in nearby Williamsburg and Newport News.  You can choose whether you would prefer a more historical attraction like Colonial Williamsburg or one devoted to wildlife.

A Day at the Theatre: If you are in the mood for something to get your heart pumping, attend a show at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Virginia Beach.  Now in its twelfth year, they are pros at keeping the audience involved and entertained throughout the performance.  You will laugh at the hijinks that ensue as the gang tries to make sense of the clues that surface, which will hopefully lead them (and you) to the ultimate conclusion of whodunit.  For those closer to the Williamsburg area, you will not be left out in the cold.  You can also jump on the murder mystery bandwagon, as there is a Mystery Dinner Playhouse waiting for you as well.

Travel: Norfolk is in an optimal location, giving you easy access to seven local cities.  The Seven Cities of Hampton Roads, located in the southeast portion of Virginia, are composed of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

Keep tuned in to for up to date information on the tours and shows going on in the area.

The Incomparable Empire State

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

New York truly is the “city that never sleeps,” and there is so much to do there that you may not get much sleep either! New York is the home of Broadway, the Yankees, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty.There is undeniably much to see, and you will have many options for modes of travel provided that you book early.

You may choose to view the city through the windows of a helicopter, the open air of a double-decker bus, or you can see it by boat or bicycle.The choice is yours.Many people try out several of these options to get the most comprehensive view of the city.

New York is centrally located so you can easily access points north and south to mix up your vacation.  You can travel to Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC all in one trip.  So while visiting New York on its own is a real treat, why not get the most out of your visit and see it all?

Whether you are interested in shopping, fine dining, museums and zoos, or the arts, New York has something for everyone.Be sure to take advantage of all this great city has to offer by booking your tours well in advance of your trip, as they sell out very quickly.For a complete listing of available tours, please visit and book online for a discount of $5 on each adult ticket.

Stepping Out in the ‘Rock ‘n Roll Capital of the World’

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Cleveland, along with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been named one of the most livable cities in the United States and it is also considered to be the best city for business meetings in the continental US.  The city’s top landmark is the magnificent Terminal Tower, which stands at an amazing 708 feet tall.  Up until 1964 it was the second tallest building in North America outside of New York City and the tallest in the city of Cleveland.  Perhaps the best way to see the city is on a cruise down the Ohio River.

There are many cruise options should you decide that you want to see the city from out on the water.  You can opt to take a brunch or lunch cruise for a laid back sightseeing experience or a Sunset Dinner Cruise for an evening of food and entertainment.  Another option is the Rock N Roll Museum & Lunch Cruise where you can enjoy an unlimited buffet as you ride underneath historic bridges and take in the beauty of the Cleveland city skyline.  You will stop at the Nautica Entertainment Complex located on the West Bank of the Cleveland Flats.  The complex is encompassed by a half-mile long boardwalk which serves as an excellent vantage point to see the skyline.  Included in the price of the cruise is a ticket to the famous Rock N Roll Hall of Fame with its unique architectural structure and rich musical history.

Yet another option for while you are in town is to get tickets for Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Columbus.  This is a wonderful interactive way to spend the evening, and ‘Murder at Bedside Manor’ is packed with humor and entertainment.  You  will love getting to know the characters that make the show tick and you may even be called on to participate in the production.  After all, audience participation is the key to any successful murder mystery show.  There are many others to choose from, including ‘Killing Mr. Withers’ and ‘Marriage Can Be Murder.’  Regardless which show you choose, you are definitely in for a wickedly funny performance.

Cleveland is a wonderful city to get to know.  Whether you decide to take a cruise, go to the theatre, or explore the city on foot, you are sure to have the time of your life.  For more tour and activity ideas, visit

Scenic Lakeside Drives Around Lake Tahoe

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

For a comprehensive overview of the Lake Tahoe area, take the Around the Lake Bus Tour from Lake Tahoe.  This 6-hour tour is led by a long time local, so it is loaded up with information from an insider’s perspective.  The bus stops at Emerald Bay, Squaw Valley, Rubicon Point and Sand Harbor where you are encouraged to take lots of pictures to remember the trip.  There is a stop for lunch, and shopping if you desire, at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.  You can choose from one of the many beautiful waterfront restaurants and sandwich shops to eat and then set off on a mini shopping trip. 

If it is history that you seek, you will learn plenty of it on the Virginia City Historic Tour from Lake Tahoe.  This tour takes a unique look back in time as you visit the oldest settlement in Nevada – Genoa- established in 1851.  This is one of many stops on the tour which grounds you in the Wild West sentiment of the time.  You will travel along the Pony Express Trail where you may even see some wild mustangs roaming around the area, so keep your cameras handy throughout. The next stop on the trip is in Virginia City  – where Mark Twain got his start – where you will have 3 hours to visit museums, mansions, and a real mine.  For lunch you will dine at the historic Delta Saloon and have a look at some of their famous souvenir shops.  In Carson City, which is the final stop on the tour before heading back to your hotel or drop-off location, you will get to have a look at the State Capitol Building, Silver Mint, and the Nevada State Museum.

There are many other options for how to spend your time in Lake Tahoe.  You can take the Yosemite Grand Adventure for the day to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park.  Enjoy a picnic in Yosemite Valley and visit Toulumne Grove before taking a mile-long nature walk to see the giant Sequoias.  You can also visit California’s oldest wine region in El Dorado County if you are in the mood to sample and learn about winemaking and micro-brewing. 

Around the Lake Bus Tour from Lake Tahoe

Around the Lake Bus Tour from Lake Tahoe

Good Vibrations in Amsterdam

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

While Amsterdam has been known as a city of sin to some and as a city of fun to others, it really is a great place to visit.  Despite some of the negative connotation directed towards Amsterdam, the city is quite charming.  In addition to its well known coffee shops and the red-light district, the architecture within the city is legendary.  Amsterdam also contains historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gough Museum and the Anne Frank House. 

By booking your vacation tours, activities and attraction tickets through Amsterdam Sightseeing, your visit will be better than you ever could have imagined.

A great way to see the city is with the Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Pass.  With this pass you can see all the famous sites in and around the city at your leisure.  What is even better about this deal is the pass is valid through the next day, so if you didn’t get in all the sightseeing you wanted in one day, you can do more the next!

With recorded commentary aboard the large and comfortable canal bus in six different languages, you are sure to be educated on the culture and history of Amsterdam.  The bus will bring you to 14 different spots that are free for entry with your pass.  At another 12 locations you can receive discounts and special offers with the hop-on, hop-off pass. 

Some of the places you will visit are the Rijksmuseum, Leidesplein, Central Station East, Maritime Museum, City Hall, Gassan Diamonds, Rembrandtplein, Scheppvaarrtmuseum, Holland Casino, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Heineken Experience.  If you are looking for a complete tour of Amsterdam, then this is the tour for you!

In addition to this canal cruise, Amsterdam Sightseeing also offers several dining cruises for your enjoyment.  For a romantic evening, try the Candlelight Canal Cruise.  For something entertaining, the Jazz Cruise would be perfect.  The Pizza Cruise is great to just kick back at the end of your day while still seeing the sights of the city.

If seeing the spots in Amsterdam that has made it legendary is your kind of thing, then the Cannabis Walking Tour or the Red-Light District Walking Tour are some activities you should check out.


On the Cannabis Walking Tour, you will be given a behind-the-scenes look at the Amsterdam coffee shop industry.  You will have time to look around and shop on your own and also learn about the client attitudes, social patterns and current trends.  The Red-Light District Tour shows you how one of the most seedy areas in the world has slowly become an active and attractive part of town.  Explore the canals or take a look inside the pubs, cafés and coffee shops while you visit this area.

Amsterdam is a great place to visit as you will not only have the time of your life, but experience a bit of unique culture and history through it all as well.  Check out and reserve your activities in Amsterdam today!

Copenhagen, a City of Exquisite Design

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Copenhagen, the capital and largest city in Denmark, is currently number 1 in Monocle’s Top 20 Most Livable Cities Chart and is also heralded as the ‘Best Design City’ by the magazine.It began as a fishing village and is now one of the top design capitals of the world.Over 1.2 million call this fantastic city home today.You can see Copenhagen by bus or by boat and you can look at the city in terms of its castles, museums, and history tours for further insight into what makes the city tick.


For an abbreviated tour of the city in general, take the Copenhagen City Tour in Denmark.It will show you all the major city highlights, including Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – at which you will be exposed to a tremendous art collection from local and international artists – Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament and the Royal Reception Rooms, Thorvaldsen’s Museum, The Royal Theatre, and The National Museum.A personal favorite was the trip to The Royal Theatre, which was made famous throughout the world for its Royal Ballet.For a great introduction to the city that won’t take up your whole day, this tour can’t be beat.Another city tour option is the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour in Copenhagen – Mermaid Tour, which takes you to many notable locations including Rosenberg, Town Hall Square, Gustav Kirken, and The Little Mermaid – a magnificent statue that sits on a rock in Copenhagen Harbour at Langelinie.

If you are anxious to see Sweden as part of your stay in the Copenhagen area, check out the Sweden Tour from Copenhagen Denmark.This full day excursion takes you from Copenhagen to Elsinore and across the narrow strait to Helsingborg.Along the way you will see some gorgeous residential areas and incredible architecture, including Kronborg, or Hamlet’s Castle.Once in Sweden, you will travel to Helsingborg and Lund, which was founded in 1020 and is a university city from the Middle Ages.Until the Reformation, Lund was Scandinavia’s cultural, religious, and commercial centre.You will stop for lunch on your own and will also travel to the famous University of Lund. Next you continue on to Malmø, the third largest city in Sweden.You will also have time to go shopping and do some sightseeing before your journey back to Copenhagen.

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