Travel Trends in 2019


Let’s face it – it’s trendy to be trendy in today’s world and your travel calendar is no different. However in the travel industry, being trendy means finding those destinations before the crowds arrive. Whether you are planning a staycation or your next bucket list trip it pays to stay ahead of the curve.

Here are the top trends we’re seeing for 2019…

Adventure Travel

In today’s, “experience economy”, millennials to baby boomers are shifting the way they spend their money from goods to experiences. Trekking Machu Picchu has been popular for decades but did you know you can now free dive with beluga whales in Manitobaas well as other unforgettable experiences like shark diving and big animal encounters? Now that's what I call an adventure!

Winter Travel

When you think of vacation, you usually envision relaxing at the pool cabana overlooking the clear blue ocean. But as everyone is flocking to the warm weather this spring break we are suggesting you think twice and head to Finland! Get immersed into the world of Glass Igloos, Northern Lights, midnight sun and other miracles in this incredibly unique destination. #vacaymode

Mindfulness Travel

On the flip side, the world is full of people who visit places just to take the perfect selfie and return home even more stressed out than when they left for holiday. We are seeing personal wellbeing & digital detox travel play an increasing role in travel plans in 2019. From yoga and meditation retreats to wellness resorts serving up fresh and healthy fare, doesn’t turning your phone off for a few days kind of sound like a dream?  #signmeup

Middle East Travel

With direct flights from the US to major hubs such as Dubai and Oman, it can be affordable and easy to get to! The United Arab Emirates and its world famous capital city of Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa as well as world class shopping and wealth of  5 star accommodations. Oman is next on our list,boasting immense natural beauty, possibly at its best in the Wahiba Sands. Finally, Morocco which although not technically in the Middle East, does border the nearby Atlantic Ocean in Northern Africa. Morocco is a fascinating place, a real ancient meeting point of cultures and continents. Also, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just visited so you know it’s glamorous!

Sustainable Travel

Sustainability is important to all of us today, from recycling to plant based eating plans so it’s no surprise that sustainable travel is gaining popularity. If you haven’t heard of this term yet, sustainable travel means finding a way that tourism can be maintained long-term without harming natural and cultural environments. There is no bigger bucket list trip for sustainable travel than an Eco-African Safari! Not only does this form of travel put you in touch with some of the rarest and most spectacular nature the world has to offer, but it can also spur action. Seeing endangered species and protected habitats up close is the best motivation to do your part to keep these animals thriving. Additionally, going on safari tours and game treks helps to support a responsible tourism industry that in turn helps to keep the parks and reserves viable. Reconnect with the value of nature and save our planet!

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Why Hire a Travel Agent to Plan your Honeymoon?


You might ask yourself, “Why should I work with a travel agent (or as most of us like to call ourselves these days, travel advisor) when I can book a hotel on the internet?” The short answer is this: because we care about what your love, life, and travel experience mean to you. We care that you have the time of your life. We care if you take the hard way when there’s an easier route. And we care that your hard-earned money goes toward the experiences and adventures you’ve always been dreaming of.

Now for the long version: The biggest way we help our clients is by sorting through all of the options and millions of reviews so they can make the best possible choices for their style and budget. Information overwhelm is real these days and you can google yourself into a week-long rabbit hole trying to plan the “perfect” trip (spoiler alert, it probably doesn’t exist but we’re going to get you darn close). Our clients are busy- they have demanding jobs and weddings to plan or households to run. They want us to present their best options so they can easily see the full picture and choose what works best for them.

Another huge factor is the relationships we have with hotels. On top of our preferred partnerships which allow our clients upgrades and added amenities like resort credit, breakfast and lots of champagne at select 4* and 5* hotels around the world, we’re booking these hotels often enough that we know the staff. Think about it- if an email comes in from me who books a hotel 10x a year or someone who booked a discounted rate at an online travel agency, who do you think will get priority for the same request?

We’re also here to be an advocate and resource for you, as the client, should you need assistance or have questions before or during travel. On the off chance something does go wrong, you’ve got someone in your corner working to make it right. We’ll make sure you have all of our insider tips before you leave on what not to miss (hello restaurant recommendations!) and use our personal experience to share what you can expect during travel. You don’t know what you don’t know but we or our in destination travel partners probably do.

And with a great travel advisor by your side,  It’s not just about the honeymoon: it’s about the relationship you’ll build together over the long term, so that you can rest easy knowing your travel advisor knows you, your style and that your family is in good hands for life.

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How to Choose a Honeymoon Destination


No matter what your dream honeymoon is, I believe there is a perfect destination for every couple if you keep in mind a few key factors:

The most important thing to consider when planning a honeymoon is the time of year you’re planning to jet.  Of course, you’re not going to want to choose a somewhere snow covered if all you’re looking to do is lounge at the beach or opt for a Caribbean cruise in the middle of hurricane season. If your bucket list location isn’t ideal right after the big day, don’t be afraid to delay your honeymoon a bit!  We see this ALL the time and it can actually be nice to break up all that time you’ll need off work for wedding festivities when the honeymoon immediately follows. If you want to leave right after the big day, consider a relaxing mini moon with the big trip later on or to celebrate your first anniversary when the timing is right.

Once you know when you’re traveling, you should each make a list of must haves in priority order. Consider things like how active you want to be and how much down time you’re looking for. Do you want all inclusive dining, local hangouts or top rated fine dining? I’ts important to consider how much time you have and how far are you willing to travel. If time is short, consider somewhere easily accessible from your home airport or by car- you won’t want to waste days in transit when you only have a week or less. Once you understand what’s important to each of you, I promise, it should be pretty easy to eliminate a lot of destinations.

Let’s talk dollars- This is your once in a lifetime excuse to splurge on the luxury vacation of your dreams but we all have our limits and there are many factors that play into what we can realistically spend on one trip. If your budget is strict, consider an all inclusive so you can have true peace of mind knowing exactly what you’ll be spending up front and even pay for it over time. Do you want to go all out on this trip and stay at only the best accommodations? If so, book early - you’ll get your pick of room categories so you can stay at the best hotels without completely blowing the budget because all they have left are top suites a few months or weeks before you leave. 

TIP: The shoulder season of a destination can provide huge value if your top pick is pricing over budget during the high season. Europe, for example, is absolutely lovely in April and October- sure it won’t be as hot as in the summer but you will get a lot more for your money during these slightly off season times than in the peak summer season. 

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Top 5 Tips For Planning a Perfect Honeymoon


You’re engaged! So exciting (and maybe just a littttle bit stressful) with so many details to consider. I bet one thing you can both agree on is that planning a well deserved honeymoon is a priority — but where do you even begin?

First, be sure to check the season in your desired destination for when you will be visiting to be sure to avoid unpleasant weather, crowds or children during school breaks. Once you’ve decided where you want to go- plan early so you have the most hotels and room types available to choose from. There are a ton of little details that go into planning an epic trip, so give yourself plenty of time to research, book and then organize all of your confirmation information. 

Next, decide how you want to use your budget. When the possibilities are endless, it’s easy to go overboard. Once you know what you’re comfortable spending, you can decide if you’d rather spend a shorter time at a splurge hotel or look at budget friendly hotels to extend your trip for as long as possible. And if you’re spending less time in a destination, look for destinations with short rides from the airport to the hotel, in close proximity to things to do. 

If you can, when looking at flights be slightly flexible with your travel dates. Sometimes, just one day can drastically reduce airfare allowing you to use those extra funds for an upgrade or maybe that additional night!  Also, be careful with that lowest flight option. Check that you’ll have ample time to make a connecting flight and try not to connect to the last flight out for the night in case your first flight is delayed. Also keep an eye out for airport changes and long or overnight layovers.

On that note don’t forget travel insurance that covers your baggage, incidentals during travel delays, trip cancellation and most importantly in my opinion- medical emergencies while out of the country. While it’s rare that things go awry during travel, the reality is that they do. You can get a stomach virus, break an ankle hiking, or you need to fly home for a family emergency and you will be grateful you made that extra investment to cover the unexpected. 

Last, don’t try to do too much. Be sure to schedule in some down time. You don’t want to feel like you need a vacation from your honeymoon when you get home! I often find I have to reign in all the ideas couples have about what they want to do on this trip. A big part of what we do when planning a honeymoon is help prioritize each spouse’s wish list then incorporate as much as possible but ultimately design a balanced, memorable trip with some down time to see where the adventure takes them! 

My favorite international travel tip- Avoiding exchanging money at high fee currency exchange, instead use your debit card at an ATM. Be sure to alert your bank and credit card companies in advance of your plans.

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