Puerto Vallarta

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This is just going to be a crazy week, and I know that. Really glad to have gotten up and to work earlier. My grandparents are coming sometime this afternoon, and I will want to spend sometime with them. So I need to get some things done.

Let’s look at Puerto Vallarta which is on the Pacificcoast of Mexico. This is a premiere spot for resorts, especially for all inclusives. It is also a great place to stop while you are on a cruise. One of the favorite things to do in this area is to go to the Malecon which is a great place to see some of everything. This is a twelve-block area full of restaurants, bars, and shops. You will also find a lot of artsy stuff here. You will need to walk everywhere in this area. If you want to see exactly what the locals do in this area, go on Sunday evenings.

Of course, if you would like to know what the locals do on Sunday mornings, you should go to the The Church of our Lady. It is a beautiful building which has undergone several renovations. But they are always opened on Saturdays and Sundays for masses in Spanish and English.. I am going to stop here. Let me know if you have any questions.

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More island getaways

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I hate that I am just getting started. Know the rest of the week is going to be crazy with my grandparents coming, and I have a couple of nieces coming at the end of this week.. But anyway, let’s get on to this so I can get on to some other things.

We are going to go back to discussing island getaways. Let’s start with  Apo Island which is in the Philippines. island is a beautiful place no matter what you do, but if you’re a diver, this is definitely the place for you. If you go diving here, you are going to feel like you’re to find Nemo yourself. You will see beautiful reefs, Clown Fish, Sea Turtles and things like that… I have a confession to make, I love swimming, but do not even want to try to learn to dive. I hate getting my covers over my head at night, and don’t think I’d like wearing anything that covers my face.

Moving on to Gili Meno, which is a very remote island that may not have running water yet. But this may be the perfect place for honeymooners who just want time to themselves. There are a lot of private beaches this is an island that only takes about an hour to walk around.

Let me know if you are interested in seeing either of these places or if there is any trip I can help you with..

Island getaways

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Yeah, I’m doing this. We’re leaving later than I thought we might be. So I am going to go on onby boat and you might get a little seasick along the way. But this island is well worth a couple of hours of discomfort.  and get the things I consider necessary done.

We are going to talk about island getaways today. The first one we are going to discuss is Isla Holbox, which is kind of interesting because I’m studying Cancun… Actually I’m struggling to figure out these tests. Would appreciate prayers.. But anyway.. Back to Isla Holbox, it’s known for having golf carts as their only transportation. Between June and September, this is an excellent place for whale watching. The island is very laid back and quiet, without a lot of nightlife. This makes it a great place for families to get away and relax together.

If you are going to be in Brazil, you should visiting Morro de Sao. The island is only accessible  boat and you might get a little seasick along the way. But this island is well worth a couple of hours of discomfort. Again transportation is very limited on this island which has a Mediterranean feel to it… Let me know if you are interested in either of these.

Are we working too hard? Am I?

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It is interesting that I was writing on this topic yesterday, because today I’ve found out that we are going to my sister’s house tomorrow. I’m not sure what we are going to be doing. I might end up working some while we’re there. It just depends on what happens. I am feeling kind of tired and drained honestly. We’ll see.

I am going to say this again. The United States is the only civilized country that does not require companies to give their workers paid time off.. People in America are sstressed out. and we know that stress is hard on the body. More vacations would not only reduce your stress levels, having more trips to plan would actually reduce our travel agents’ stress levels as well. Because a lot of us work for commissions.

Maybe we did need to work when most of us were farmers, but even then most farmers slowed down a lot during the winter months. But now we have so much technology, we don’t have to work so much, so why do we? I would love to hear some thoughts on this?

All work and no play

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I had to laugh when I saw this article about how much Americans work. Starting Friday evening, we are going to have a bunch of visitors in and out. My grandparents are coming to stay for a couple months, which I’m looking forward to. But we will have other family and friends coming in and out and right now I think I am going to just do my necessary things day by day and kind of play the rest by ear. We’ll see how everything goes.

Americans tend to work more than people in other countries. I love my job, there is no question about that. But time to get away from everything is also great fun from time to time. And not only is it fun, it is also necessary. Time away helps keep the creative juices flowin. Other countries have minimum number of paid vacation days. In Germany it’s around four weeks, in England it’s around five. But here in the United States, there is no minimum vacation days. And that stinks for us travel agents because we make our money when other people go on vacations. Research shows that everyone is more productive when they take time off of work. And of course what is good for the employees is good for the employer. So do you have any vacations planned? Please let me know if I can help you with anything.. ReResearch

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I’m glad to be starting to work earlier. There is always something I can work on. And I feel more like working at the beginning of the week than at the end usually.

Today we are going we are going to look at which chocolate cruises give you the most “bang for your buck” when you get a lower tier cabin.. Disney is the first on the list. Inside rooms can get a little stuffy, but the  Fantasy and Dream ships have magic portal that mostly show ocean, but also have the occasional Disney character pass through. This makes the rooms feel bigger.. I need to be honest though I’m kind of surprised to see Disney on this list because I hear their cruises are pretty pricey.

However, I’m not at all surprised to see Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival always have good deals on their cruises. They have more interior rooms than most cruise ships as well. They work to ensure that you enjoy even the time that you spend the time in your room. They have a mattress that is specifically designed for them, turn down service with chocolates and bbathrobes.

Are you interested in taking a cruise soon. Please let me know.

More on preparing for your meals for the week at the lakehouse

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Mondays seem to be hard. I always want to get started on work stuff earlier, but something always seems to get in the way of that. But anyway, I’m working now, and I am going to try to make the most of My time.

Let’s get back to discussing how to prepare for eating the week your family vacations at a lakehouse. More than likely if you can buy your food from home and take it with you, this is the best way to go. Everything is usually more expensive in a tourist town. And it will be more convenient, allowing you more time to relax on your trip. Take the most that you can. Even if you are going to have to stop at a hotel overnight, you will have access to all the ice that you will need… Even if you are flying to your destination, you will want to consider picking the spices that you know you will need during your stay.

Try to stick to your plan as much as possible… Make your menu full of family favorites so that everyone will love eating as much as the rest of your vacation.. Remember that this is a vacation. People are likely going to be swimming a lot, which makes most everyone want to eat more. People are also likely to stay up late visiting, and it’s good to have snacks on hand. It’s wise to take more than you think people will eat just in case.

You might not want to think about this, but you will have to go home sometime. Remember to let the drinks , besides milk obviously, get back to room temperature the night before you leave so you don’t have to put them in your coolers on the trip home.. Let me know if you have questions about this.

Planning the menu for your lakehouse vacation

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It’s been one of those mornings where I’m having trouble getting to work. It’s Friday, and I have some different things planned over the weekend which to me is always a nice feeling.

But anyway, let’s say that you and your family have decided to rent a cabin at the lake for a week just to enjoy being together ether. It may be that just your immediate family is going, or you may be gathering with a lot of relatives. But either way, you’ve been put in charge of organizing all the food. First thing you need to know is what is already at the cabin. Most places have an equipped kitchen and a grill of some kind. But just to be safe, you should talk to the rental agency who will know exactly what is in each kitchen. More than likely the only time you’ll need to bring pots or pans is if you have to have something to make your family’s favorite treat.

Making your menu out before your trip is going to save you time and money. Know how many meals you’re planning to eat out. If a large group will be there, you will want to divide up the cooking so everyone can relax as well. My family makes this more exciting for everyone by doing “cooking competitions” which works out well for everyone because the cooks want to do well in the competition so everyone gets great food.

I may get back to this on Monday. I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have.

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom

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I have a party to go to tonight, so I’m especially glad to be getting to work somewhat early. I have things to do and figure out. I’m just thinking through business decisions and things… But first to make sure that this gets done.

Royal Caribbean has revamped their ship called “Freedom”. It seems like the new and improved ship has been back in business for just over a month. Improvements include some great new dining options. The ship has also gotten completely new furniture.

Seventy new stateroom have been added. And in these new room, one of the walls will be one huge window that allows you to admire the Ocean. You will also be able to admire the ports as you come into them.

This is a little short, so let me talk about some of the ways I can help you. I can help you figure out the best  vecruise for you and your family. I can book hotels for you, or make sure you’ll have a rental car waiting for you at your destination. I can book your trips anywhere with Disney…Oh, and I can also help you get travell e-newsletters that will match your interests. I can do by walking you through a travel profile which means you and I will be e-mailing back and forth…  Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

Things you should know about air travel

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I know I’m weird, but I really like getting up early.. I feel like when I get up early I am able to get so much more done. And I always like that feeling.

Air travel has become so common that we don’t really even think about it anymore. But here are some tips and tricks that might help you the next time that you fly. First, you are going to want to get in the right security line. First, you are going to want to get in the right security line.. You will want to get into a line that has just one agent. If a line having more than one agent, they are usually training. You will also want to wear comfortable clothes that are easily taken on and off so you can get through the line quicker.

Have you ever wondered why airplanes dim their lights at night? They do that just in case you need to evacuate the plane, so your eyes will not have to go from bright light to darkness.

You may think that the worst part of airplane bathrooms are how small are. However there is no privacy in these bathrooms. And again it’s just in case anything happens and you need to evacuate.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.