July 2, 2020

Texas Getaways

With our Texas summer in full swing (and unlike any other!), we’re spending our time daydreaming of resort pools, morning hikes, and refreshing new scenery! While we may have to stick a little closer to home this year, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of vacation and staycation options in […]
May 27, 2020
COVID-19 have you feeling restless? Pick a domestic destination for your summer trip!

Getting Restless? Go Domestic! Our 5 Tips for Picking a Domestic Destination

Is anyone else quaran-tired?! As we all grow bored of being stuck at home, we’re seeing more and more travelers reaching out to plan their next getaway. While it may be a little harder than normal to plan an international trip, our domestic destinations are ready to shine! Until borders […]
May 20, 2020
Our Ten Favorite Domestic Hotels to Explore Closer to Home

Domestic Travel: Top Ten Hotels to Explore Close to Home

Is anyone else quaran-tired?! We’re definitely ready to get back out and explore once travel bans are lifted! As we wait for things to settle around the world, we’re looking forward to exploring a little closer to home. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our 10 […]
May 6, 2020
Where is your travel refund?

Where is my travel refund?

As COVID-19 forced everyone home and social distancing took effect, the immediate focus of travelers worldwide was on cancelling their upcoming plans. Now that this initial wave of cancellations has crested, many of you may be wondering what’s taking your travel refunds so long to appear. While every company is […]
May 1, 2020
Travel Survey Results Are In

Our Travel Survey Results Are In – You May Be Surprised!

Our travel survey results are in! First off, we’d like to thank our wonderful River Oaks Travelers who took the time to complete our post-COVID-19 travel survey. We were overwhelmed by the participation, and truly appreciate the support and additional insight as we all look forward to the days when […]
April 13, 2020
Help Us Navigate Travel Post-COVID-19 Survey

Help Us Navigate Post COVID-19: A Quick Travel Survey

The coronavirus and worldwide lockdown has created an unprecedented situation, where many of us are wondering what the world will look like “after”. As a travel agency, we’ve been using our personal expertise, connections, and worldwide relationships to begin painting a picture of what we think the future of travel […]
April 3, 2020
Travel Books to Inspire You During COVID-19

Explore Vicariously: 25 Travel Books

While social distancing may be the best thing for society right now, it already has us going a little stir-crazy! Combine that with the disappointment of cancelled trips, and we need a little wanderlust pick-me-up. With that in mind, we’re going to be doing a series of blogs with ways […]
March 30, 2020
Explore Vicariously with Travel Shows and Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Explore Vicariously: 21 Travel Shows and Movies

While social distancing may be the best thing for society right now, it already has us going a little stir-crazy! Combine that with the disappointment of cancelled trips, and we need a little wanderlust pick-me-up. With that in mind, we’re going to be doing a series of blogs with ways […]
March 25, 2020
Explore Vicariously: International Restaurants To-Go in Houston, Texas

Explore Vicariously: International Restaurants To-Go

While social distancing may be the best thing for society right now, it already has us going a little stir-crazy! Combine that with the disappointment of cancelled trips, and we need a little wanderlust pick-me-up. With that in mind, we’re going to be doing a series of blogs with ways to […]
March 20, 2020
Explore Vicariously: Top 5 Virtual Museum Tours

Explore Vicariously: Top 5 Virtual Museum Tours

While social distancing may be the best thing for society right now, it already has us going a little stir-crazy! Combine that with the disappointment of cancelled trips, and we need a little wanderlust pick-me-up. With that in mind, we’re doing a series of blogs with ways to get your travel […]
March 18, 2020
Travel agents working remotely during coronavirus covid-19

We’re Working Remotely!

It’s official – the River Oaks Travel team has left the building! By that, of course, we mean our beautiful offices on West Alabama. For our travel advisors and coordinators it’s business as usual, but we will be working remotely for the next few weeks to do our part to […]
March 16, 2020
Flatten The Curve and Stop Traveling during COVID-19

It’s Time to Stop Traveling – For Now

Dear Travelers, As a travel agency, our daily lives revolve around everything travel – talking through trip planning with you, dreaming of our own next adventures, and reminiscing on past experiences all over the world. We love celebrating with you as we plan your honeymoons, creatively problem solving to keep […]
March 16, 2020
Worldwide travel restrictions by country during coronavirus covid-19

Travel Restrictions during COVID-19

As your travel advisors and advocates, we are dedicated to providing you with helpful information regarding travel restrictions during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. While this information is subject to change as the situation evolves, please find below the current travel restrictions as of March 16, 2020. UNITED STATES On March […]
March 13, 2020
What to expect from River Oaks Travel in time of Coronavirus

The Benefits of a River Oaks Travel Advisor in the Time of the Coronavirus Travel Advisory

With the travel interruptions and overall global uncertainty in the time of the coronavirus COVID-19, our River Oaks Travel team is here to help you as much as possible. Our team is committed to providing the same positive and excellent service you have come to expect as we help you […]
March 12, 2020
Airlines Responces to the Coronavirus

Airlines Responses to the Coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving and affecting travel worldwide. As people assess the risk for their scheduled trips and the cancellation penalties, many airlines have responded by updating their booking polices. If you’ve booked your airfare through River Oaks Travel, our team is standing by to assist you in […]
March 10, 2020

5 North American Vacation Destinations We Love

We often take for granted the beautiful destinations in our own backyard – now is the perfect time to explore somewhere a little closer to home! Check out these North American vacation destinations that are currently topping our wanderlists! Amangiri + Amangani – Utah/Wyoming An otherworldly desert retreat, Amangiri is […]
February 29, 2020
Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Is it Worth the Cost?

You insure your car, your house, your health… so should you insure your travel plans? Many clients ask whether travel insurance is worth purchasing, and the answer is a resounding YES! With all the time and money spent planning your ideal vacation, insurance is an essential trip component. We explain […]
February 25, 2020
COVID-19 Coronavirus travel alert

Resources for Questions on Coronavirus and Travel

As a travel agency, we are often asked our thoughts on global situations that impact our industry. The one currently dominating headlines? COVID-19, or coronavirus. We’ve faced health issues in the past – SARS, Zika – and understand that this outbreak can make travelers uneasy. Our first priority is the […]
February 24, 2020

A Room With a View: Best Hotel Views Worldwide

The Eiffel Tower with sunrise blazing through its bars. The White House and Washington Monument illuminated against a nighttime sky. The majestic mountains of Torres del Paine glistening in the summer sun. What do all of these iconic, stunning views have in common? They are all views that you can […]
January 18, 2020

Amsterdam Light Festival

Looking for a unique experience over the holidays? Venture over to the Netherlands to see the Amsterdam Light Festival, organized every year from November to January. The canal belt of Amsterdam lights up with spectacular light sculptures, projections, and art installations. Experience the open-air exhibition “DISRUPT!” from the Amsterdam waters […]
June 29, 2019
Elephants on Africa Safari in Kenya

Safari Inspiration: 9 Perfect Days on a Kenya Safari

Have you dreamed of going on a luxury Africa Safari, but have no idea where to stay or what to expect? Let our safari experts inspire your own trip with our itinerary covering Amboseli, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and the Masai Mara. This incredible nine-day Kenya safari highlights the diversity and […]