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

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 Travel Services Department Explores Elsinore

europe small 300x300 Island Trader Vacations Travel Services Department Explores ElsinoreRecently named one of 2014’s top destinations for travel, the city of Elsinore is actually known as Helsingor in Denmark.  Made famous by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Elsinore is much more than just the setting for a play. From its castles to its museums to its ancient history and architecture, this is a place of romance, culture and much more.

Situated on a narrow piece of land or strait, the roots of Elsinore date back thousands of years. Once only a marketplace, the region has now burgeoned into a cultural center thanks in part to Hamlet. Home to just under 50,000 residents, it is the closest city to Sweden, it remains a busy port town today and full of historic sites and architectural wonders. From its beautiful surrounding countryside to its art and museums, Elsinore is the heart of the European Riviera.

Two of its most popular sites of interest include Kronborg Castle and the Danish Maritime Museum.

Kronborg Castle – One of Europeans most significant and historically rich castles, Kronborg or Hamlets Castle is a World Heritage Site and was named in 1577. Built to control the shipping in the Sound and to collect Sound Dues, this stronghold was home to Fredrik II in the 1500’s. In the 1600’s the castle burned almost completely to the ground and all that remained was the chapel. Later rebuilt, it was further renovated and restored in the early 1900’s.

Danish Maritime Museum – Located on the old dry dock between Kronborg Castle and the Culture Yard, this underground museum was designed by an internationally renowned architecture company known as BIG.  Here visitors can learn the story of Denmark’s shipping history now and in the past. Enjoy a variety of exhibitions and films as well as interactive installations and games as well.

Other attractions and activities include Hamlet castle tours, the theatre festival, the beautiful beaches and many other museums and cultural sites as well.

Island Trader Vacations travel services department welcomes you to explore travel with us. From the U.S. to Denmark and other countries around the world, explore and be inspired when you travel.

Island Trader Vacations Reviews What You Can and Can’t Bring On The Plane

airport small 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews What You Can and Can’t Bring On The Plane9-11 put safety and security onboard airplanes in the United States into the spotlight. Before 9-11, travelers simply assumed that they were safe and so did those in charge. Items which are know considered off limits to travelers onboard planes were nothing, but a fateful day changed it all and TSA was born.

TSA or the Transportation Security Administration was tasked with strengthening the security of the U.S. transportation systems including not just air travel but rail travel and other forms or transportation as well. For many travelers what is and is not allowed on the plane can be overwhelming. The long and short of it is, if it could be used as a weapon, it more than likely not allowed, however, it is important to avoid issues later on that you be aware of the specifics. If you ever have any questions about what is and is not allowed, make a call and find out, better safe than sorry.

Note: TSA has developed an app called “Can I Bring?” Simply input the item in question and you will get the information you are looking for to help you be more informed. You may also find the app online as well on

A brief rundown of the rules are as follows:

Sharp Objects – In general not as a carry-on, but many sharp objects may be checked. Do not bring in your carry-on items such as:

  • Box cutters – prohibited in carry-on
  • Ice Picks– prohibited in carry-on
  • Knives except plastic round bladed butter knives– prohibited in carry-on
  • Scissors not over 4 inches in length– prohibited in carry-on

Sports Equipment – Items used for sports can often be considered weapons as well and for this reason are not allowed as carry-ons. Examples of items not allowed as carry-ons include:

  • Baseball Bats – prohibited in carry-on
  • Pool Cues – prohibited in carry-on
  • Golf Clubs – prohibited in carry-on
  • Ski Poles – prohibited in carry-on

Guns  – Not allowed in your carry-on, guns can be checked however, check with your airline in regard to ammunition before you travel and understand how to check your weapon before you go as well. Other firearms not allowed as carry-ons include:

  • Flare Guns – prohibited in carry-on
  • BB guns – prohibited in carry-on
  • Gun Powder including black powder and percussion caps – Not even allowed to be checked
  • Flares – Not even allowed to be checked

Tools and More – Other items not allowed to be carried-on include:

  • Crowbars- prohibited in carry-on
  • Drills and drill bits – prohibited in carry-on
  • Hammers – prohibited in carry-on
  • Tools (greater than seven inches in length)
  • Brass  Knuckles – prohibited in carry-on
  • Self Defense Spray – prohibited in carry-on
  • Martial Arts Weapons – prohibited in carry-on
  • Stun Guns/Shocking Devices – prohibited in carry-on
  • Fireworks – Not even in checked luggage – prohibited in carry-on
  • No explosives of any kind are allowed on a plane period
  • Lighter Fluid – Not allowed on plane
  • Torch lighters – Not allowed in your carry-on however one common lighter is allowed
  • Gel-type candles – prohibited in carry-on
  • Snow Globes over 3.4 oz are not allowed in your carry-on

Enjoy travel by being more informed and let Island Trader Vacations reviews help you.



Island Trader Vacations Reviews Adventures in Patagonia

Blanca Lake Washington State small 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews Adventures in PatagoniaPerhaps better known as a clothing line to many in the younger generation, Patagonia also happens to be a fast growing eco destination for travel. An area roughly the size of Great Britain, Patagonia is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Home to very few people, only one per every 50 miles, over half of the area is protected wilderness. Diverse and ecologically rich Patagonia is a made up of mostly steppe like plains well as lakes, mountains, lakes, rivers and glaciers. Situated on the Argentina/Chile border, it has a long history of human habitation and diverse indigenous wildlife. Come with us as we explore this diverse and beautiful destination for travel.

Adventure Tourism

Outdoor enthusiasts from around the world choose to visit Patagonia each year for its pristine wilderness and its beauty. Top things to see and do in Patagonia usually include a visit to its many nationally protected areas. Top areas in Patagonia include:

Torres del Paine National Park – Most well known for its mountains, this massive park/biosphere reserve is the stuff that dreams are made of. Hiking trails, forests, waterfalls, icefields, lakes, snow capped mountains and diverse wildlife are found throughout. Within the park, hiking trails, kayaking on Lake Gray and photographing the wildlife (who have no fear of humans), are just a few of the ways to enjoy this lovely park.

Perito Moreno glacier, Valdés Peninsula and Tierra del Fuego represent a few of the other popular regions for outdoor travel in Patagonia as well.

Historic and Cultural Tourism

Much more than just nature makes this destination unique. Evidence of human habitation in Patagonia dates back over 10,000.  Believed to have been continual settled for the last almost 12,000 years, no Europeans even made an attempt to conquer this forbidding region until the 1500’s. Interestingly, these first Europeans were led to believe that Patagonian people were giants due to their much larger size than the average European.

Visiting the villages and cities in the region will help you get a feel for this diverse people. Attractions dedicated to the history of the past are found throughout and represent some of its most popular attractions including the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio and the Glaciarium are two of the most popular.

Whether for the glaciers and the penguins or the historic sites and cultural roots, find out what you have been missing in this exotic and exciting destination for travel.

Island Trader Vacations reviews top destinations for travel and news to help you travel.  Travel smart and be more informed when you travel with your friends at Island Trader Vacations.

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