"Journey with an open mind and gentle heart"

By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace.

What I Do

Why use a travel professional

A travel professional knows Trip Planning. 
Custom-tailored and complete, down to the smallest detail. Travel Product Evaluation. I can help you make well-informed decisions. Internet Research. 
Let me gather, refine and distill information for you and give you only the best, most useful content. Travel Services. 
For corporate meetings and special events. My experience includes technology and wine and food-related events. I can be the corporate meeting planner’s best friend.

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Top 10 Reasons To Use Me

1. For my expertise, and my willingness to conduct thorough research.
2. For my contacts among travel suppliers and tourism people—so helpful, and crucial when the unexpected happens.
3. For my professionalism and dedication to the principle of integrity in travel.
4. For my in-depth knowledge of travel products and my ability to assess true value.
5. For my support of ASTA and its efforts on behalf of travel consumers.

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Self Book

Self-Booking made easy

Would you like to research options and self-book while still having the back-up and protection of booking through a travel agent? I have a number of suppliers who I have worked with for years and who I endorse 100%. This means that if you click through to their website via my links you are still booking through me, Vivian V. Russell Travel, and I receive credit from the supplier and am paid a commission at no cost to you.

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Algarve, Portugal – Sun and Sea

Portugal’s southern coast, known as the Algarve, is famous for its 100 miles of...

Pestana Palace Hotel Lisbon

At the mouth of the Tagus River, about 6 kilometers from the center of Lisbon, is the...

Old Belem to Seaside Sesimbra

Our tour of Azeitao and Arrabida began with the arrival of our guide, Vitor Martins in...

Palais El Mokri–Hidden Palace of Fez

I had read somewhere about a UNESCO World Heritage site, an old palace in Fez that could...

Riads of Fez

My first morning in Fez, I awoke in a room that seemed like something out of a dream. My...

La Mamounia Hotel and Travel Exploration Morocco

La Mamounia is one of Morocco’s most beloved hotels, and an undeniable beauty. It...

Marrakech–Not To Be Missed

Most of my time in Marrakech was taken up by convention activities, but I did manage to...

Travel Convention in Marrakech

This year Marrakech was selected as the site of my annual American Society of Travel...

Essaouira, Morocco

First impressions upon arriving the Atlantic coastal port town of Essaouira at midday on...

Chellah–Royal Kingdoms of the Past

The fertile plains inland from Rabat drew settlers as far back as the 8th Century B.C....

Royal Kingdom of Rabat

Morocco is a kingdom and the Atlantic coastal city of Rabat has been its capital since...

Wandering the Streets of Old Malaga

Malaga is an old port city with some 3,000 history since the Phoenicians landed and used...

Moscata–Malaga Wine–Cleopatra’s Wine

Moscata, Moscatel, Muscat of Alexandria, Malaga Wine — there are many names for it....

Welcome to Malaga—Moscata de Alexandria

Arriving Malaga in the evening via a low-fare flight from Amsterdam, the taxi deposited...