Benefits of Group Travel

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Group Travel

As a tour director with Insight Vacations, Manuel Marquez, MD, leads group motor coach tours across the United States, providing on-board commentary throughout the itinerary. During the journey, Manuel Marquez, MD, strives to help each traveler bond with others and make the most of the group experience.

Although many travelers are devotees of independent exploration, a group tour can offer many benefits not available to those who venture out unaccompanied. One of the major benefits is the convenience and comfort of allowing an experienced professional to make decisions about destinations and time frames. This is particularly beneficial when the tour guide is a local expert or has experienced the destination in depth, as such a person can provide a unique kind of informed insight.

The tour leader can also help the group to let go of old habits and embrace new experiences. A traveler may come to a destination that he or she would not have chosen individually, but that reveals unique insights about the country or culture that the group is visiting. A tour leader may also be able to connect the group with special visits or programs to which the tour company has access, though such experiences are not available to members of the general public.

Finally, the group tour provides each traveler with readily available companionship and community. Group members can bond over their visit to a grand and picturesque destination, share their reflections about the day, and even help one another to open up and make new connections.

Insight Vacations – Frogmore Plantation


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Insight Vacations

Currently serving as tour director and traveling concierge for Insight Vacations, Manuel Marquez, MD, provides motor coach tours of New England fall foliage, the Mississippi River basin, and Western national parks. Manuel Marquez has also directed tours in Cuba and in New Orleans.

Insight Vacations offers a Southern Grace tour for four days in New Orleans, where spectators visit several local historic sites. One of the stops on the Southern Grace tour in New Orleans is the Frogmore Plantation.

Built in the mid-19th century, Frogmore Plantation is an 1800-acre working cotton plantation that produces 900 bales of cotton per day with its modernized cotton gin manufacturing facility. This tour offers insight into the life of slaves and lessons on the Civil War. Listed as a “must see site” by Rand McNally, Frogmore has also received the Rural Tourism Award and was rated as one of the top three attractions for tourists in the Arkansas/Lousiana/Mississippi tri-state area by Southern Traveler Magazine.

Studies of Hydrothermal Systems Under Yellowstone National Park

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Hydrothermal Systems

Manuel Marquez, MD has had a lengthy career in health care management and currently engages with Travel Corporation-affiliated Insight Vacations as tour director. Among the trips he has led are those taking in the Southwest’s national parks, as well as Yellowstone National Park.

As reported in the New York Times, Yellowstone National Park stands as a hotbed of current research activity, as Danish and American scientists seek to map the system that controls flow of hydrothermal features such as Old Faithful. Research teams have undertaken helicopter flights above Yellowstone, with the aircraft equipped with a large-scale electromagnetic system. Acting in much the same way as an x-ray on the human body, the system pinpoints areas where heated water flows under the land surface.

An area of focus is in understanding major hydrothermal explosions that periodically arise in the park. These involve subterranean pockets of boiling water experiencing an abrupt pressure shift that turns the water into steam and creates activity such as geysers. Researchers expect that this project will further refine their knowledge of how complex volcanic systems operate.

Qualities of an Effective Tour Guide


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Tour Guides

Certified as a tour guide through the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), Manuel Marquez, MD, has led groups in California and across the western United States. Manuel Marquez, MD, has also built his skills as a guide through familiarization tours and cruises in North America, Western Europe, Africa, and the Galapagos Islands.

A good tour guide needs to possess not only a love of travel and people but also the ability to make a trip fun and comfortable. Tour guides must be able to communicate clearly with a diverse group of travelers while also presenting information in an enjoyable and digestible manner. A good tour guide is a good storyteller, an engaging performer, and a positive personality that visitors will feel comfortable approaching

In addition, because travelers will want to know about local history and culture as well as the area’s best-kept secrets in restaurants and things to do, the guide must have an in-depth knowledge about the destination. A skilled guide can answer questions informatively as well as graciously, while conveying a personal interest in the material at hand.

Finally, the professional tour guide must be able to interact with travelers respectfully and warmly, regardless of the individual’s culture of origin. A talented guide can communicate in a culturally relevant manner and incorporate the norms to which the travelers are accustomed. This must all take place with an air of professionalism and a level of organization that earns the travelers’ respect.

What to Look For in a Bowling Shoe

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Bowling Shoes

Over the past 25 years, Manuel Marquez, MD, has served as a family physician, a clinical research coordinator for Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists, and as a substitute paraeducator for special needs children at the Ventura United School District. In his spare time, Manuel Marquez, MD, participates in various leisure activities, including bowling.

For those looking to take their bowling game to the next level, one of the most common purchases is a pair of bowling shoes because they offer performance and comfort above and beyond the typical rental shoes. But what should one look for in a bowling shoe?

First of all, it’s important to get shoes that correspond with the bowling hand. Right handed bowlers will have a sliding shoe on the left foot and a braking shoe on the right foot – and vice versa for left-handed bowlers. So make sure to get the appropriate shoes to complement your bowling style.

Choose a shoe with a flat bottom on the sliding foot if the goal is to only slide a little. For those who are comfortable with a little more slide action, choose a shoe that has a raised heel on the sliding shoe.

Finally, decided whether increased performance or maximum comfort is the most important attribute you want in the shoe. Athletic bowling shoes are a little more comfortable to wear, but they don’t rank high as performance shoes, as the name would suggest.

What is a Sommelier?

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As a fluent English- and Spanish-speaking health care professional in Southern California, Manuel Marquez, MD, has served in a variety of settings, including clinical research coordinator at PMK Medical Group. Outside his professional life, Manuel Marquez, MD, is a wine connoisseur.

When dining at a fine restaurant, you may notice that a member of the staff apart from your server may come to offer you a selection of the available wines. This person is called a sommelier, and his or her job is to be an authority not only on the wines themselves, but also on how each one complements the meal.

A sommelier will be knowledgeable about the vintage and type of grape used in a particular wine, its region of origin, as well as its overall rating. By devoting oneself to this rigorous study, the sommelier is able to help patrons determine the best wines to pair with their dishes – knowledge that goes beyond the simple, “red wine with steak, white wine with fish” tropes.

So the next time you are in a fancy restaurant and the sommelier offers his or her guidance in picking out the perfect wine to pair with your meal, give it a try!

Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama Travel to Africa for Girls’ Rights


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Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama

A bilingual fluent in both English and Spanish, Manuel Marquez, MD was a Southern California-based health care leader who previously served as a clinical research coordinator at PMK Medical Group. A fan of films, Manuel Marquez, MD list Meryl Streep among his favorite movie actresses.

Meryl Streep is considered by many critics as the greatest living actress. With 19 nominations, she holds the record for most number of Academy Award nominations and has won the golden statuette three times. But it is not only the critics that love her – even President Obama, who honored her with a Medal for Freedom in 2014, proclaimed his admiration for the actress.

Recently, Meryl Streep has accompanied first lady Michelle Obama on a trip to Morocco as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative. In this program, Streep and Mrs. Obama will be discussing the numerous challenges that African women have to deal with on a daily basis, particularly to access to basic education.

This will not be the first time that Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep have worked together, as they teamed up in 2015 to crusade for gender equality in a joint interview for More magazine.