September 17, 2020
The Inside Scoop: Updates in the world of travel

The Inside Scoop: Updates in the World of Travel

What's new in the world of travel? Our luxury travel concierge team has the inside scoop on changes to travel policies, the current trends for travelers, hotel reopenings, and more! Check back in weekly to see the newest travel updates!
September 15, 2020

Destination Opening Guide and Travel Restrictions

Destinations are slowly reopening to US travelers, but it can be tricky to keep up with the constantly changing list and associated restrictions. That’s where our River Oaks Travel advisor team comes in! We are constantly monitoring domestic and international news, speaking with tourism boards, and checking with official government […]
August 20, 2020
Guide to travel during covid-19

Guide to Travel During COVID-19

Whether you’re planning a trip for next weekend or next year, travel looks a little different today than it did before. Between new requirements for entry, overhauls of travel procedures, and changes to hotel operations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! Our team is here to make the process smooth and […]
August 14, 2020

Schoolcations: Learn and Work Remotely

With many schools postponing start dates or going digital, why not consider a schoolcation? Give the kids (and yourself!) a change of scenery and pace at a luxury resort, with everything you need for distance learning and remote working. From cabanas revamped with the latest tech to local experiences you […]
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 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 […]
July 9, 2019
Uniworld River Cruise Ship S.S. Catherine in Provence

A Week with Uniworld River Cruises: The Best Way to See Provence & Burgundy

The inspiration for Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gaugin, the South of France is as beautiful as any painting. Easily combinable with a stay in Paris or Nice, the regions of Provence and Burgundy are the perfect destinations for foodies, culture buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. While there are plenty of […]
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 11, 2019
The First Roma Arte boutique Rome hotel

Boutique Rome Hotel: The First Roma Arte

For a unique hotel stay in Rome, look no further than The First Roma Arte. This former palazzo is now a luxury boutique hotel filled with contemporary art and an enviable location in the heart of the Eternal City.
June 10, 2019
Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

With a prime location in the Museum Quarter, the luxury Amsterdam hotel Conservatorium offers the perfect base for exploring Amsterdam.
October 7, 2019
Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris

Five Classic Cocktails and Where to Find Them

The cocktail. A central part to today’s social culture. Meeting friends to kick off the weekend? Go get a cocktail. Celebrating a major life event? Go get a cocktail. Had a bad case of “the Mondays”? Definitely, go get a cocktail. In honor of our own case of “the Mondays”, […]
July 18, 2019
Trump Links Golf Course at Doonbeg

Five Iconic Golf Courses You’ll Never FORE-get Playing

Golf is one of those things in life that has a very clear dividing line, people either love it or they hate it. No matter your preference you have to admire the persistence that true golfers apply when playing the game they love. They’ll play in the pouring rain, against […]
September 5, 2019
Corals seen on a scuba trip in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Five Unexpected SCUBA Trip Spots We’re DIVING to Visit!

We all know that approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface is made up of water, but did you know about 96% of that water is the Earth’s oceans? Entirely new destinations become accessible once travelers set their sights below the ocean’s surface. We’ve put together a list of five unique […]
September 17, 2019

Kate Lawless: Travel Agent’s 30Under30

We are excited to announce that our very own Kate Lawless has been selected as one of Travel Agent Central’s 30Under30 travel advisors for 2019! This annual award acknowledges rising stars in the travel industry under the age of 30. Kate has been with our agency since early 2018, and […]