Craving a bit of travel right now? While we may not be able to travel far at this particular moment in time we'll soon be there--passport in hand. Are you dreaming of a road trip through a national park? Perhaps a trip to one of the world's most famous museums? Have you recently felt the urge to simply to pack your bags and set off on a solo trip? We have inspiration for you. Keep dreaming and when you’re ready we'll be here to take you from virtual to reality; before, during and after your travels.
Dreaming Doesn't Stop
DREAMING DOESN'T STOP
For many of our clients this Great Pause of 2020 has allowed time for reevaluating what what we want to gain and give back through travel. It’s been a time to research new destinations, adjust the old ‘bucket list’ and to remember the familiar vacation spots. Having a local connection to help plan out these can add value to the trip and make sure all the details are taken care of. Whether it be a honeymoon, multigenerational get-together , a corporate trip to India or a 7 day Caribbean cruise, we have the expertise and tools to bring you the trip you’ve dreamed of.
Nothing can stop our hearts and minds from wandering.
As the world reopens and our lives take on some resemblance of normalcy once again, one thing is certain - we'll be ready to travel. Our country has deserts, mountains, seas, rivers, lakes, big cities, small towns and many different cultures--all calling to be explored. When the time is right, you’re invited to discover parts of America you haven’t seen.
Slow down with the Slow Down
RIVERS ARE CALLING
American Queen Steamboat Company understands that travel is different today than it was yesterday. That is why they want to show you the comfortsthat lie within U.S.-flagged, American-staffed paddle wheelers. America the beautiful is waiting to be rediscovered.
Come travel the waters that our first explorers paddled. There is so much American history along the banks, around the bends and beauty and grandeur are commonplace.
Feel the rhythmic pulse of the paddle wheel and indulge in the mesmerizing tempo of the rivers’ currents as bend by bend, America reveals itself.
For over forty years Margaret Centers has been building relationships, not only with clients, but also with luxury tour companies, river boats, ocean cruise liners, the world's finest hotels, all-inclusive resorts and airlines—she has contacts all over our world. Margaret's Travel is ready…whether you are a first time or experienced traveler, looking for a vacation, corporate trip or adventure, you will receive personalized services that are tailored to your tastes and goals. She will have your best interests at heart.
TRAVEL MADE EASY
We will continue to help you navigate the new waters and lands since COVID-19
Discover the magic of the world
even from home!
Chats with Julia Child's
French Master Chef
French born American Master Chef Jacques Pepin is best known for his 1999 PBS series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. He is also a bestselling author of over 30 books and the Executive Culinary Director of Oceania Cruises and the mastermind behind many of the delectable dishes guests enjoy onboard. The publication Bon Vivant met with Master Chef Jacques Pepin and we want to share the article with you on the importance to travel to expand one’s culinary appreciation.
Has travel always been a part of your life?
I’ve been very lucky to have travelled the world over, and it’s one of the most important experiences you can have in life. See new places, meet new people, try new foods. Life is too short to live in a bubble, you need to travel the world and create and collect memories.
Where has your career taken you? Any favourite destinations?
My favourite destinations are New York, San Francisco, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Lyons, and St. Remy de Provence. I have had the good fortune to travel a great part of the globe during my career including South America, a great deal of Europe and Asia. I love to cruise as it is such a convenient, safe, and easy way to see the world.
What role do you think food and drink play in the travel experience?
They’re integral. I am convinced that to have a great travel experience, you must have great food and wine experiences. Culture is so heavily weighted to food, as it becomes the centerpiece of social interaction.
Tell us about your thought-process and what vision you have in mind when crafting menus for Oceania.
We always use fresh, top quality ingredients. You can be the best chef in the world but if you are working with sub-par ingredients, you’re not going to get anywhere. I want guests to have options and choices, and I want them to be excited for each meal. The menus need to excite you, but they also need to be welcoming – you should know what you are eating or thinking of eating. So, food that is not that fussy but is creative, inventive, flavourful, and colourful.
What inspires you in your work?
Smiles. Seeing smiles on the faces of the chefs as they create dishes, the servers as they serve them, and the diners as they take the first bite.
What destinations do you see as leaders in food and drink, and why?
There are probably too many to name at this point – but all of the major metros such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, etc., will always remain at the forefront. In Europe, many old-school dishes and traditions are being resurrected – “retro cuisine,” if you will. Throughout France, Italy, Spain, etc., you are seeing many new takes on old favourites.
Travel with Your Taste Buds
Explore Central and South America with these Latin-inspired recipes.
We’re inviting you to try some of these contemporary recipes at home and offer a whole new experience to your taste buds.
SERVES 8 (Pair with Sauvignon Blanc)
• 1 1⁄2 pounds fresh, sashimi-grade tuna, cut into 1⁄4-inch dice
• 1 1⁄2 cups fresh lime juice
• 1⁄2 cup minced roasted red bell pepper
• 1⁄2 cup minced cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
• 1⁄2 cup seeded and minced plum tomatoes
• 1⁄3 cup minced red onion
• 1⁄4 cup minced jalapeño peppers (seeded and deveined if less heat is desired)
• 1⁄4 cup minced chives
1. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2. In a large nonreactive bowl (preferably glass), combine the tuna, lime juice, bell peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and chives. Stir well to combine
3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour (up to 4 hours)
4. Season with salt and pepper and serve well chilled
5. Garnish with boiled sweet or yellow potatoes “stir sticks” to soak up the marinade. Can also be served on the ends of endive leaves
Imagine a world where single people are given 45 days to find a romantic partner and fall in love, or otherwise be turned into animals and sent off into The Woods. With such a synopsis, no wonder the 2015 absurdist dystopian black comedy, The Lobster, made waves when it won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. This star-studded movie – starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz among others – was co-produced by Ireland, the U.K., Greece, France and the Netherlands, and was filmed in a number of atmospheric Irish locations in County Kerry, including Dromore Woods and the breathtaking Beara Peninsula.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In this fun adventure, wizard Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, where he discovers an old book marked as “Property of the Half-Blood Prince,” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past, leading him and Dumbledore on a mission to unlock the defenses of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. The setting of this search: The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, one of Ireland’s most famous attractions. Even a muggle can see the magic in this place: on a clear day, you can spot the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara.
I've Known Margaret since the 80s. She has helped me and my family in both domestic and international travel including India and Italy. Her years of experience are truly beneficial to us.
Great travel agency!! I cannot say enough positive things about Margaret and Beth. They are both wonderful, knowledgeable travel agents and give spot on recommendations. It is always wonderful doing business with them I strongly recommend them for business or leisure based travel.
Over the years we have used Margaret to book multiple cruises ranging from the Caribbean up to Alaska. She has always found us great trips, given us great advice and each cruise was always a great vacation.