Travel Like an Architect: Blueprint your next vacation

By Robert and Lynn Belles
Independent Vacation Specialists

Welcome to our very first column in The Rock River Times!

We LOVE Rockford, but leave often — and when we do, we wander far and wide. We are the Belles of Belles Architecture and Belles World Travel Cruises, Inc. We know you’re going to enjoy our “Travel Like an Architect” rant!

In 2015, we are kicking off our new “Blueprint your Next Vacation: Travel Like an Architect” program. It’s free and centered on our skills as planners­ — and through good planning comes great experiences!

We are putting together an online video series about how to “Blueprint Your Next Vacation.” This series will help potential travelers sort out their preference for a destination, teach them how to prepare for the trip, and ultimately show them how to get the very most out of their vacation. We will share the condensed version here.

Many people are so afraid when they travel that they miss out on most of what travel has to offer! The list of what we can teach is seemingly endless, but we are going to wrap it all up for you … for free.

We are sure you will find value in our column! We are combining our travel experience with our expert knowledge of architecture and planning to help others experience the people and cultures of the world in a more meaningful and personal way without worrying about a thing. After all, architecture sets the stage for culture and life everywhere!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow­mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain

We believe that through travel we can make the world a better place. “Like” us on Facebook and join our email list at

From the Dec. 31, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015, issue

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