Around the world in 180 days/Harvest Caye

No, I’m not turning this into a movie review blog. Oceania Cruises is going to do a 180 day cruise in 2018. You will be touring parts of five continents. You would be leaving in January and will get back  in July. It may not be as exciting as the movie, but Oceania is a luxury cruise line, and you will be treated like royalty.This will cost around forty thousand dollars for two people to go on, and there will be a lot of amenities you can enjoy.

Let’s look at some other cruise news. Norwegian Cruise Lines is working on it’s own private island, which is something hing a lot of cruise lines are doing. Norwegian’s island is going to be called Harvest Caye. They are going to be spending one hundred million dollars on on this renovation, and they are now projecting that the island will be ready in November of this year. There will be eleven air conditioned villas which will have restaurants and lounges that you will be e able to enjoy. You will have access to indoor or and outdoor showers. There will be all kinds of water sports you can participate in. And there will also be shopping here. I would love to know your thoughts or any questions you might have about any of this. Yg

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This and that about lodging

My family is here and there, a couple of us are in the family room, working on our computers. I figure I might as well get some things done now.

If you go to a hotel for business and have a nearby room of parties , you can always call and complain to the frontdesk. But what do you do when you live by an airbnb? You can write a letter and stick it into a mailbox, but who knows whether it will get to the right people? You might even going over and saying something. Who knows? You might get some free food. Now they are working on ways you can get your complaints to the airbnb officials. However they are not giving details about this yet.

Hotels, like everyone in business, want to make money whenever they can. Having a sporting event in a certain place kind of gives hotels a reason to raise rates. And of course, this being March, it is time for March Madness. Going to the Final Four is going to cost you more than a thousand dollars for all nights. It is less expensive if you want to go to an earlier game.

Please let me know if you would like anymore information about any of this.

Updated resort in Mexico

My family is kind of scattered right now, so I am going to try to run through some things with work.

The Intercontinental resort in Ixtapa, Mexico is about to open its doors to its recently renovated property. All the oceanfront rooms are going to have satellite tvs, internet access,. Their suites are going to have two full bathrooms.

It is not clear to me how inclusive this resort is. It looks like you will get your breakfasts. But then this article is saying something about “lunch snacks” and “dinner snacks”. I am not at all sure what that means. But I do know that there is a wide variety of cuisines you can choose from. And there are several buffets available.

There is also a lot you can do there. They have a beautiful beach. You will also have access to a lot of different kinds of sports, such as tennis, beach sports, pools, and dance lessons.. I would love to answer any questions you have about this place. Please let me know.

Planning a multi generational trip #1

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I think I am just going to play the next few days by ear as far as how much to work.

rMulti generational trips are in. It might be because Grandma is getting too old to host big gatherings. Or maybe it’s because on a cruise or at a resort someone else is going to be doing all the cooking and the cleaning. You will also have some childcare options if that something you are interested in..

But You are going to have to figure out who is going to be the major planners of this trip. Something like this is a time when you will definitely want a travel agent’s help. Travel agents know the best places for big gatherings, and can help you figure out all the details. But travel agents do not make the decisions for you, you have to do that for yourself. So it’s usually best to have a couple of people who will work with the travel agent.

You should probably have a big family meeting to go over some important things. First, is someone going to pay for everyone, or is each family going to go Dutch? And if you are going to go Dutch, is anyone working on a tight budget? You’re also going to figure out dates that are going to work for everyone. It will also help to know what’s important to everyone about this trip? What kind of activities do you want to be available on this trip? You might want to put several ideas together, and see which two or three are the most popular and give those ideas to your travel agent. And it would also be a good idea to decide on the family members who are going to work with the travel agent.

Planning a trip like can complicate, and so I think I am going to do a series on this topic.

Visit your ancestors

One of the things that is getting more and more popular these days is learning more about our ancestors. And especially now with the internet, we can learn all kinds of things about those who have gone before us. We don’t have to to rely on whatever Aunt Edna put together in a notebook thirty years ago, there are websites dedicated to this kind of research.

Most everyone is about those websites, but did you know that this is a new type of travel? People are curious to know how their relatives lived. What did the place they lived look like? Were they farmers, or did they do some kind of other work? What kinds of things did they eat? Some people long to travel to the place where their ancestors lived. And maybe part of that is that we’re missing real connection with our own families. We are so busy keeping up the standard of living everyone thinks they have to have that we aren’t making the time to really be with our families like we should.

This is a specialized type of travel that can get quite complicated to try to plan yourself. There are just a lot of details to put together. But thankfully, there are also some travel agents who have chosen this type of travel as their niche. And of course, these travel agents are going to have all kinds of knowledge and resources that will help you plan your perfect trip.

Please keep in mind that is a trip that you will be able to pull together quickly. You to have to do a lot of research to make sure you are taking the right trip.

Now I am a travel agent, but this is not my specialty. My passion is helping families reconnect through travel. Summer is going to be on us before we know it. Please let me know if I can help you plan a summer vacation. I would love to help you.

Ski resorts reach out to women

I had some things to do today, so I am going to try to do some things tonight.

Some women love to ski, I know. But some women go because that’s what their family wants to do. But they like to do everything except ski. They like to go shopping. They enjoy getting spa treatments.

Vail is adding more programs to teach women to ski. They can help women who are just starting to learn all the way to those women who want to be an expert. You can even get your own personal trainer if you want.

There are also other things you can do. You can cross country ski, or do snowboarding.

There is of course more to do than just snow fun. They are adding healthy and gourmet menus. And of course they have nice spas.

Disney cruises

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I know I write about  Disney cruises a lot. But Disney cruises are extremely popular, especially among families. I must confess that they are also a lot of fun to write about.

Adults, the first thing you should know is that these cruises are not just for children. There is plenty for adults to do to enjoy themselves. There is also space for adults to be away from children. And kids have places for them, places that they’ll love to be.

Disney has at least one real advantage over their cruiseline  competitors, they make their own movies. And they’ll have movie premiere nights. And of course, this isn’t just their soap opera movies, they’ll show movies like Star Wars and things that adults will enjoy too. Although personally, I like a lot of their children’s movies.

You will want to take their “Art of the theme” tour. This is where you will get in on a lot of Disney’s secrets. Disney does all kinds of things.

Are you interested in taking a Disney cruise? If you are, please let me know. I would love to help you plan one.

Why use a travel agent?

I know I’ve covered these things recently. Please bear with me as I put up some of these articles together. 

Okay, let’s get real here. We live in the age of the internet, not just on our computers, but also on our phones. And the internet gives us access to all kinds of hotels and airlines and anything else we need to plan a trip. So why should we use a travel agent to plan our trips for ourselves? Shouldn’t we just plan everything ourselves? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to do it ourselves?

The first thing you should know is that travel agents earn commission any time we book a hotel, car rental, cruise, amusement park, and things like that. Some charge an additional service fee, but others do not.

Travel agents are also able to save you money. They are always looking at travel deals, travel news. A lot of travel agents are part of a host agency and have ways to pick their fellow agents’ brains about deals and other needs that might come up.

Also, if something should go wrong on your trip, booking through a travel agent is to your advantage. Your agent will help you work through whatever the issue is. And think about this, travel agents have buying power, which means they have the opportunity to send a lot of people to that hotel or not. So hotels and things like that are going to be quicker to help a travel agent than they might be to help an individual.

 


 

Why we need family vacations

I’m kind of doing an experiment with an online business group thing. And part of what they want you to do is to write articles. So here is my first one.

Did you know that America is one of the countries that takes the least number of vacation days? Now let me say from the beginning that I am in no way against work. Work is good, it is honorable. But most Americans are working almost around the clock, because everyone has phones where you can take calls and check e-mail almost anywhere.

But with that being the case,we’re spending less and less time connecting as a family. And you have to wonder if that’s part of why the tragedy of divorce is occurring more and more. We aren’t making time for our families. Even when we do step away from work, most families are going in different directions with various activities. We are busy. We are stressed out from everything we feel like we have to do. Making time to be with our families seems like a luxury we just can’t afford.

But family should be more important than that. Family is the cornerstone of civilization. Everyone needs a group of people who they know they can count on in any situation, people who know them. Everyone needs some kind of intimate relationship.

And that’s why we need to take more family vacations. Vacations gets us out of our routines and away from all the distractions of our normal, busy lives and us to spend time with the people that matter most to us. So please start planning a family vacation today.

How to beat jet lag

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I have several different things coming up with family and friends. And part of that has to do with having a big birthday coming up. I am going to just by ear how much to work during this crazy month.

I have to be honest, most of my trips have been to places in the same time zone or one over. My family drove across the country once.. And I did fly out west once. My nephew was born the night we got there and so we were up most of that night.. Anyway, I didn’t really notice jet lag. So I do not speak from personal experience here.

Sometimes it’s best to sleep on the airplane. This enables you not to miss as much time enjoying your destination. Some people also recommend using artificial sunlight. Your body takes a lot of its clues as to what it needs from the sun.

Most everywhere has places you can gt coffee, and a lot of foreign coffee is excellent. Try staying up until a normal bedtime. That is going to help to get you on their time.

It is also important that you stay hydrated. It is easy not to drink enough water while you are flying. Drink water or gatorade instead of coffee or wine. Drink plenty of these fluids before, during and after your flight.