Holidays on the Horizon

The holiday season is fast approaching. If you haven’t made your travel plans yet, now’s the time to do it. My family always takes advantage of the winter school break to go somewhere special for Christmas. Usually we head for the southern hemisphere so we can enjoy summer weather—last year we spent an amazing three weeks in Australia. The wonderful memories we create and the family bonding we share is the best gift I can imagine.

This is obviously a very busy travel time, so don’t wait too long to make your arrangements. The best hotels, camps and lodges fill up fast, and so do the most convenient flights. If you need some inspiration, many of our partners are offering special tours—maybe you’d like to take a Botswana safari, or get an insider’s look at Buenos Aires, or ring in the New Year at the Tsar’s Gala Ball in St. Petersburg. The My Little Swans site is filled with unique travel ideas, and when you’re ready to book, our network of travel specialists can take care of all the details and make sure this holiday is one you’ll always remember.

In the Spotlight

My Little Swans has been in the news a lot lately. This past month, the Wall Street Journal interviewed me about my lifestyle and fitness routine. And the New York Observer Playground featured us in article about how authentic travel experiences can help your kids grow into more involved, responsible global citizens.

We’re also very proud to announce that our MLS Travel Advisor, Ana Maria Pickens, was named to the Travel + Leisure A-List for World’s Top Travel Agents. Ana Maria has been invaluable to me over the last 14 years, helping plan my family’s trips to everywhere from Sydney to Morocco. As an MLS member, you also get the benefit of her expertise and personal attention—Ana Maria is available at any time to help you design your ideal journey and steer you to the right partners within our network and your budget.

New Destination

Our newest featured destination is near and dear to our hearts—San Francisco and the Bay Area. I’ve lived just south of the city for many years, and several members of the MLS team are also Bay Area locals. We’re bringing all that insider information to our San Francisco pages. We’ll be continuing to add more details over the next few weeks, so be sure to check it out. And if you have any of your own tips or insights on the Bay Area, please feel free to share them.

Enter our Monthly Photo Contest

Do you have a great travel photo to share? Enter it in our Monthly Photo Contest! If your image is chosen, we’ll post it to the site, announce you as a winner here in the newsletter, and automatically enter you into a drawing to win an Apple iPad! Submit your photo between now and Nov. 30, 2010 to be eligible—the drawing will be held in early December, in time for holiday gift-giving season. (Past finalists, don’t worry—you’re already entered!)

Seeking Fans and Followers

Are you on Facebook? So is My Little Swans! By “Liking” My Little Swans you’ll get tips on how to travel like a celebrity—and you’ll get access to new site content, partners and travel deals before anyone else. Click here to make sure you’re getting the latest and greatest in fabulous travel. You can also follow us on Twitter for real-time destination updates, the scoop on new hotels, restaurants, and exhibits, and other breaking travel news.

Warm Regards,
Katrina Garnett

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