“We had waited a few days for good weather before setting out on a spectacular hike along the Cliffs of Moher,” says Virtuoso traveler Laura Christensen of Wheaton, Illinois. “When we stopped to take in this breathtaking view, it gave me such joy to watch my youngest daughter and niece [pictured]. The rugged beauty, fresh scent of grass, warm sunshine, and ocean breezes made them feel so alive – like the world was theirs to explore and cherish.”
Christensen and her husband, along with their young-adult son, daughter, and niece, spent eight days on the Emerald Isle last summer pursuing their various passions – which meant plenty of golf for the guys, and day trips to iconic sites for the girls, before reuniting at local pubs for dinner.
The family is still basking in the afterglow of a recent Iceland self-drive adventure planned by Naperville, Illinois-based Virtuoso travel advisor Kathy Moran. “We made a wish list of the places we wanted to see, and Kathy pulled it all together into an incredible trip of a lifetime,” says Christensen. On the horizon: The landscape architect and her husband have vacations planned to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania and the Netherlands’ Keukenhof gardens.
“Choose some ‘home base’ towns and spend a few nights there. That reduces drive times to the places you want to visit and lets you relax a little. It also allows you to plan around the weather, which is especially important in rainy Ireland.” – Virtuoso traveler Laura Christensen