Island Trader Vacations Reviews from Satisfied Customers

Island Trader Vacations has been providing its members with great members-only benefits since 1985. From our condo hot weeks to our cruise specials and even our consumer benefits, our members enjoy a variety of members-only travel benefits to all of their favorite destinations.

We love hearing from our members and we were recently pleased to receive two more rave reviews for our services. You can see them here:

Like our numerous benefits, our members are diverse and each enjoys some aspect of their membership more than others. Whether you are a long-time cruiser who enjoys our many discounted cruises throughout the Caribbean and South America or whether you have the freedom to travel frequently and enjoy the huge number of options in terms of last minute condo stays in popular locations such as Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg, VA or Tucson, AZ just to name a few. In our long history, we have had the privilege of serving hundreds of thousands of members in travel and vacation planning. Whether you take advantage of our VIP features or just the ease of our many traveler resources and consumer benefits, we have something to fit your needs.

Our members are our priority and we do our best to ensure that each of our member’s feels special and have the opportunity to truly benefit from their membership to Island Trader Vacations. It is this dedication in addition to our valuable members-only benefits that have made us what we are today, a leader in our industry.

Island Trader Vacations invites you to find out more about what we have to offer and hear what our members are saying. If you are interested in other reviews of our service, visit our rave reviews page on our members site at http://islandtradervacations.com/reviews.

Island Trader Vacations Receives an A+ from the BBB

logo 300x291  Island Trader Vacations Receives an A+ from the BBBGetting a good grade from the BBB is important and Island Trader Vacations is proud of theirs. Based on the criteria required for the Better Business Bureau, Island Trader Vacations has been given an A+ rating.

You can see our rating here:

Island Trader Vacations BBB Rating

While Island Trader Vacations is not accredited, meaning we have not paid for a grade from the Better Business Bureau, the reason for our A+ rating is based on a total of 16 factors according to their website. These factors include:

  • Business’ complaint history with the BBB – this grade takes into account all complaints filed, the seriousness of the complaints and if the complaint has been resolved or at least made a good faith effort to resolve the complaint.
  • Type of business – the BBB’s belief if the business is a type of business which operates in violation of the law. These businesses will receive a lower grade.
  • Amount of time in business – A new business may have a more difficult time receiving a high grade from the BBB.
  • Background information on the business in BBB files – if a company does not provide accurate business information, a grade may be lower.
  • Failure to honor commitments to the BBB – a company must abide by the standards set by the BBB.

Island Trader Vacations and its affiliates have been in operation since 1985. The first company to develop the travel club concept, Island Trader Vacations continues to offer members many valuable member benefits including our cruise specials which provide our members with excellent cruise options on some of the best cruises in the country to many of the most popular destinations available including Alaska, Hawaii, the Greek Islands, the Caribbean and many others.

Island Trader Vacations has exemplary benefits, world class service and an A+ rating with the BBB. Island Trader Vacations continues to work hard to ensure that each of their members remains proud to say they are members of Island Trader Vacations now and for years to come.

Island Trader Vacations Reviews Two Beautiful Inland Islands

beautiful sunset 216x300 Island Trader Vacations Reviews Two Beautiful Inland IslandsWhen most people think of Germany, visions of islands are not the first thing to come to mind however, Germany is home to a number of beautiful islands both in the sea and on its lovely and large inland lakes and rivers. From its lovely sea islands including the East Frisian Islands to its amazing inland lakes, islands represent some of the most popular areas for travel in Germany. Come with us as we review two of Germany’s most beautiful and popular inland islands today.

Mainau Island – a lovely island located in Lake Constance near the city of Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg Germnay. Maintained as a garden, Mainau has earned the nickname the isle of flowers for a reason. First created by its then owner Frederick I, the Grand Duke of Baden who first built the islands arboretum which now contains over 500 species of trees and plants to its lovely parks filled with trees over 150 years old, this lovely island is a must see. Other popular attractions on the island today include the palace grounds, once home to Frederick I, as well as the butterfly house which houses over 140 exotic species of butterflies.

For those who have a great interest of the many species and the history of the island, guided tours of the island offer a closer and more personal look at many aspects of Mainau Island. Horticultural tours of the garden and park, guided tours of the newest installations and flowerbeds of the garden and a journey through the islands past including 500 years of history are a few ways to enjoy the island.

For the gastronomy lover in the group, food and wine play an intrinsic role in the popularity of the island today as well. From its culinary delights to tours and tastings at the Mainau vineyard, this is your opportunity to taste, touch and smell all that makes this island so amazing today.

Herrenchiemsee Island – The largest of the islands of Lake Chiemsee, Herrenchiemsee Island has a royal history which dates back to the year 1873. Acquired by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as the site for his new palace, Ludwig had his palace built in the style of Versailles. Today, visitors can still enjoy the beautiful paintings, massive and stunning state rooms as well as learn more about the region in its large and informative museum as well.

Elsewhere on the island a history much older than that of the Swan King can still be seen in the Augustinian Canons built in the 11th century at the site of a Benediction abbey dating back to the 8th century. This site can still be explored as well and offers visitors a closer look at the old history of the island. Called the Old Palace, the Herrenchiemsee Abbey may no longer be an abbey however, it exists today as a popular place to learn more about the history. From its formal gardens and its new palace to its outdoor activities and its amazing food and drink, this is one island you must see.

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5 Eco Friendly Destinations For Travel This Earth Day

green 300x180 5 Eco Friendly Destinations For Travel This Earth DayHappy Earth Day 2014! On this day, we encourage you to find a way to learn more about this day and what it means to you and the world in general. Take a look at the history of Earth Day and then come with us on a journey to 5 amazing destinations which are finding ways to promote sustainable travel and life in general.

Earth Day is held each year on April 22 and features events and activities around the world honoring what the day means. First celebrated in 1970, today, Earth Day has continued to grow and is now celebrated in 192 countries around the globe. Today, we take this day to renew our sense of commitment to the environment and its beauty and health for generations to come.

Each year, countries, cities and people find ways to encourage and promote sustainable ways of life and even travel. Destinations such as Costa Rica and other areas which are stilled filled with pristine areas offer ways to both encourage visitation and still protect the plants and animals that make it unique. From green hotels to pristine locations and environmentally friendly transportation, take a look at five destinations doing their part this year.

Adelaide, Australia – Solar powered buses? Its true at least in Adelaide. Last year the city unveiled the world’s first COMPLETELY solar powered transportation and it’s also free to use. Called the Tindo or Sun bus, it is a free service run by the city council and is part of its City Connector transportation system which connects major destinations throughout the city.

Paris, France – From reduced traffic to LED, Paris is finding new ways to do their part to protect the environment. For example, while Paris is famed for its beauty, it is also famed for its smog which is made worse by the number of drivers each day. A new initiative allows only have the traffic with 50% banned one day and the other 50% banned the other. In other news, the Notre Dame Cathedral recently replaced its 400 incandescent bulbs with LED lights which are far more efficient and live much longer.

Detroit, MI – As Detroit continues to come back from the brink, it continues to find new and innovative ways to not only better the city in terms of appearance but efficiency as well. Highland Park, a small community in the heart of Detroit is doing their part by replacing its once missing street lights with solar powered street lights.

Newcastle, England – Already regarded as one of the greenest cities in the world, Newcastle is showing its green roots once again by taking advantage of nature’s bounty. A recent discovery of naturally heated groundwater is now being used to heat large parts of the downtown area and further reduce their carbon footprint once again.

Reykjavik, Iceland – An amazing city, one that every city should aspire to be, Reykjavik, Iceland gets only 19% of its primary energy for heat and transportation from fossil fuel meaning a full 81% of the rest of this power comes completely renewable resources including geothermal and hydrogen power. While green initiatives are quite new in most places, Reykjavik, Iceland is even more unique due to the its long history dating back to 1907 when the first farmer in the area used a hot spring on his property to heat his house.

What can you do? Get out and enjoy this great day and enjoy all this amazing world and those who live in it have to offer you!

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Island Trader Vacations Travel Services Department Explores 2 Stunning Wine Regions

wine tasting 164x300 Island Trader Vacations Travel Services Department Explores 2 Stunning Wine RegionsWhile many think first of California when it comes to wine regions, the U.S. is actually home to over 200 AVA or American Viticultural Areas in states throughout the nation. From Michigan to Washington to Iowa, take a look at 2 stunning wine regions not in California and become inspired with a taste of the U.S.

Willamette Valley – Simply referred to as the Oregon Wine Country, the Willamette Valley stretches from the Columbia River south to Eugene. Encompassing over 5,200 square miles it is the largest AVA in the state of Oregon and is well known for its world renowned Pinot noir.  One of 7 AVA’s in the state, it dates back around 50 years to 1968 when three wine lovers got together and created the first three vineyards in the region despite the disbelief in the project from their friends believing it was too cold.

A mild climate with cool wet winter and warm dry summers, this is a temperate climate combined with coastal marine influences and offers four predominant varieties of wines including Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot noir. Home to many large cities, museums, festivals and inns, restaurants and farmers markets, there is plenty to see and do.

Grand Valley – Located in Mesa County, Colorado, this amazing AVA encompasses over 32,000 acres of rolling hills, loamy soils, high deserts and deep pine forests. Viticulture or wine production in this unique area began over 100 years ago in the late 19th century when State Governor George A Crawford planted the first 60 acre vineyard. A continental climate, vineyards are planted at elevations as high as 4,700 feet. Once a hidden gem, the Colorado wine country is fast becoming one of the most popular regions in the state for tourism and has been rated one of the top 10 in the country. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, the cool breezes, low humidity and beautiful refreshing mountain streams make this a must see for any wine lover.

Wines in this region are much different from a “California Wine”. Here, wines are more like those found in Argentina and Spain. The elevation of the vineyards here and low humidity create unique wines. Home to more than one AVA and 7 growing wine regions, the Grand Valley AVA is located 40 miles east of the Utah border. Wines here include Syrah, Viognier and other Rhone varieties in addition to Bordeaux grapes.

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