Dawn of Dawn’s Escapades Travel

Dawn Rettinger, Travel Instigator

Hello, Friends!

I’m Dawn Rettinger of Dawn’s Escapades Travel.  I am a rather enthusiastic traveler and Travel Professional.  Actually, I have chosen the term “Travel Instigator” as my professional title!  I enjoy compelling people to go ahead and allow themselves the joy of travel. My passion is purely experiential. Life, to me, is about exploring the world by using as many senses as humanly possible!  Taste and Smell, are to me, as important as Sight and Sound.


I love what I do, and my sole mission is to create amazing Group Travel for the people I meet. I find out what YOUR passions are and create an itinerary just for you and your travel companions. My particular interests are Culinary, Wine, Beer and Spirits, TV and Movie locations, Arts and Literature, Animal Habitats, and Aquariums.  I understand how amazing a trip can be when the main focus is something your group is enthusiastic about! Tell me what trips your trigger and let me find a fit for you and develop your custom travel plan.


Helmuth of Drachenfels
Helmuth of Drachenfels

In the mean time, allow me to introduce my loyal, albeit grumpy mascot, Helmuth, a small but powerful orange dragon who, grudgingly, found his way into my care. We stumbled upon him on a Rhine and Moselle River Cruise while exploring Drachenfels, a rather large hill in Koenigswinter, Germany.  Helmuth may look a bit cranky, but I assure you, he’s only mildly cantankerous and,like many of us, can be won over by beer, wine, and all manner of tasty concoctions. Although he won’t always admit it, he thoroughly enjoys the many adventures we take him on, and can often be spotted in our photos admiring the scenery. Feeding him, can be quite costly!

My other traveling companion is my Happy-go-Lucky, Up-for-Anything guy, Mike. You’ll find most of our travel is strongly influenced by food and adult beverages.

I look forward to meeting you!



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