Silverseas #1

Today let’s start taking a closer look at Silverseas and what they have to offer.. First, what is Silverseas? It is a cruiseline that has smaller ships to give you a much more intimate cruise experience. Let’s look at who these cruises are for.

  • The people going on these cruises are usually older, think more like your parents’ age. I don’t think they do much with children at all.
  • These are luxury cruises, and so their guests are pretty well off financially. They also tend to be pretty smart with their money.
  • Guests on Silverseas usually like the finer things in life.

They’re likely part of a country club or something similar. And now let’s take a look at some of the advantages of a Silverseas cruises.

  • With Silverseas, you are going to be on smaller vessels with a lot fewer people. This means that you will have a lot more space. And I’m not just talking about your own rooms either.
  • You will be able to travel to practically anywhere that you would like to go. Smaller ships means they can get to a lot of places the larger vessels can’t.
  • And with many fewer guests, the service on these ships is going to be top rated.

I would love to know your thoughts about any of this.

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Saving on a trip to Mexico

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Let’s do something a little different today. Mexico, it’s one place that some people think you should avoid, and others say that this is a great time to visit. What I’ve heard as far as safety goes is that staying on resort property, you should be perfectly safe. If you’re looking for an inexpensive trip to Mexico, now may be one of the best times to go.

Like I said earlier, staying at a resort is your best bets when it comes to your safety, and fortunately Mexico has a lot of resorts you can choose from. And many of these will be all inclusives. That means that you will get your room, food, beverages and activities for one price. You will want to be sure to read the fine print to know exactly what is or is not included. Or if I book your trip, I can help you figure out all the details.

Where you book your trip in Mexico can have a huge impact on how much you will spend on your trip. For example, Los Cabos is a very inexpensive place to travel to. You may be surprised at how beautiful this place is. You will find plenty to do and lots of great food to enjoy.

Rivera Maya will have many different resorts you could choose from. The beaches there are absolutely stunning. Cancun would be another pretty inexpensive place to visit. You should be warned that this is a place where people will go to party. Are you looking to explore ancient Mayan Ruins? You will want to visit Tulum, which is a very quiet place.

If you’d like to try to visit Mexico at no cost, consider getting a Hyatt credit card. This will allow you to save up points which you will be able to spend on your hotel stays.

Do you have any questions? Please let me know.

Multi generational trips #3

There are thousands of possibilities when it comes to where you and your family can have the vacation of your dreams. A lot of it is going to depend on what you would like to do. Today let’s look at some more possibilities for your family.

I know I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again at some point, but Disney is a great place for a family vacation, even when you have grandparents coming along. Disney has a pretty wide range of accommodations, whether your family likes the to camp together or stay in a luxurious hotel. This is the place where young children’s dreams come true. And parents and grandparents love seeing their precious children so happy. Disney also has a cruiseline, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about that. Disney has a resort in Hawaii called Aulani, and they also do tours in many parts of the world.

rxnAnd like I said yesterday, there are a lot of great resorts out there that have a lot to offer families. Beaches Resorts has a partnership with Sesame Street. They are excited to welcome a new character named Julia who has Autism. Beaches is trying to reach out to families who have autistic children in many different ways.

Nickelodean has a resort in Punta¬† Cana. Would your children want to meet Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, or Marshall from Paw Patrol? Character breakfasts are going to feature all of these favorites. Guests will also want to visit Plaza Orange where you will find all their favorite characters. They also have a children’s program.

I would love to help you book your summer vacation. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Multi generational travel #2

 

I’m a travel agent. A lot of my days are spent researching and writing about travel. Because that is the case, I know that a lot of Americans have foregone their vacation lately. They are worried about finances. They are also concerned about their jobs if they take vacations. And that’s kind of silly, because most Americans get two weeks of paid vacation.. But anyway, what I’m reading in this course is that only a third of Americans are planning to take vacations this year. Most of these will take either one or two vacations, but some will take three vacations.

Our country has many different National Parks. Perhaps your parents have some special memories at some of these parks that they would love to share with you and your children? You could go camping in a lot of these parks. Or, if you’re looking for nicer accommodations, you might want to book a tour. When you go on a National Parks tour, the tour people are going to take care of all the details for you. Or I could help you figure out all the details.

More interested in your typical fun in the sun vacation? There are a lot of resorts out there which will cater to you and your family. Many resorts have great kids programs, and a lot of activities for families to get involved in together. They’ve also have several different restaurants, so that you will not get bored eating the same thing day after day.

We are going to get back to this tomorrow. It is not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. I would love to help you plan your trip. Please let me know if you are interested.

Multi generational travel #1

 

I know I talk about multi generational travel a lot. But this is getting to be more and more popular as time goes by. And I am a travel agent who really wants to work with families. And let’s get real for a moment here, as a travel agent who works solely on commission, the more people that go on a trip, and the more money that is spent, the more that I will make. So I would love to help you plan a multi generational trip, even if there might be a little more work involved.

Okay, so what is this thing called multi generational travel? It is not just grandparents taking their adult children, their spouses, and the couples’ children anymore. Couples are also taking their children who are in their twenties and thirties on vacations. And while the children are deciding where they go and what they do on these vacations, the parents tend to be the one footing the bills.. And this is not too surprising given that many adult children are moving back to live with their parents. But anyway. Another interesting thing is that with the adult children booking these trips, they aren’t booking the same trips year after year. They’re looking for new experiences and adventures. Where are they choosing to go?

Myanmar is an extremely popular destination with these type of groups. Costa Rica is another place these family groups like to visit.

What do they like to do on their trips? Well, the sky is kind of the limit. Are you big into the environment? There are a lot of vacations that will intrigue you. Are you foodies in your family? There are plenty of trips that will be of interest to you.

We are going to get back to this discussion tomorrow. I would love to help you plan your summer vacation. Please let me know if I can help you.

Hawaii for families #3

Let’s look once more at Hawaii for families. There are nice hotels each island that you choose to go on in Hawaii. If you will give me a feel of what you would want in a hotel, I would be more than happy to help you find your perfect hotel. Not quite sure what you will need? I know the right questions to ask to help you make the right decisions to give you a great vacation. And some of those questions will be, are you interested in a children’s program? What kinds things are your teenagers interests in doing? What is your family interested in doing together? Hawaii have a rich history, and they are more than happy to tell their guests all about it. This is a place where lots of festivals take place, and you are more than welcome to take part in the fun.

Let’s take a little closer look at what’s available on Maui, since that is one the more popular destinations.

  • If your family loves wildlife, you might enjoy taking kayaks out to visit the humpback whales. This is a great way to experience the animals, because there are no engines or crowds. You might also get to see some sea turtles on your trip in the water.
  • Do you have a daughter that is just crazy about the mermaid Ariel? You might want to take her to Hawaii Mermaid Adventures. You will be given a tail, and will be practicing on land before you ever enter the water. And there are lifeguards who will be on hand during your entire visit.
  • There are also horsefarms where you can ride or take private lessons. There are ponies for the little ones to enjoy.

Have I inspired you to take a trip to Hawaii? I would love to help you plan one? Please let me know.

Hawaii for families #2

Let’s start looking at Hawaii again. One thing this course I’m taking seems to stress is that while Hawaii has a lot of resorts that have plenty to keep children and teens busy, there is a lot that families can and should do together. This seems like a great place to reconnect with your family, enabling you to spend quality time together as a family, while still giving you some time to enjoy as a couple. So you will be getting the best of both worlds here.

  • One thing many people may not remember about Hawaii is that this is where Pearl Harbor took place. The Naval Air Museum Barbers Point will have a lot of information on aviation history, as well as some hands on activities. You can also go to the site where the actual attack took place. Here you will find replicas of the airplanes that were flown. They also have a flight simulator.
  • Do you have any cat lovers in your family? You might want to try Lanai Cat Sanctuary. This is the place around five hundred felines call home. Some of the residents will want to cuddle.. Others will be more interested in playing with you. The Four Seasons Hotel there has a program where you can volunteer with the cat sanctuary. A
  • nd who doesn’t love chocolate? You will want to be sure to go to the Kauai’s Garden Island Chocolate. Here you will be able to learn all about chocolate and how it is made.. And of course, you will be able to purchase all kinds of gourmet chocolate products.
  • And in Hawaii they firmly believe that the spa experience is not just for those over eighteen. A lot of resorts are going to have spa treatments for teeth and. Some spas will treat younger children as well.

I am going to stop here. I would love to know your thoughts on this or any questions you might have.

Hawaii for families #1

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Today has been crazy, but I’m finally ready to get things done. When people are asked where they dream of going on vacation, many people will answer Hawaii. This place known for having some incredibly beautiful beaches. But that is hardly all they have to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the other things they have.

  • On the island Oahu, you are going to find an excellent aquarium and zoo. There is also a garden maze your family can play in together, and some great museums you can explore. Want to know how Hawaiians play? Go to the Polynesian Cultural Center where they’ll teach you to play their games.
  • On Hawaii Island, you will want to take a family picture on the Japanese bridges they have. You might want to go on a snorkeling trip on the Kona Coast. The Imiloa astronomy Center of Hawaii is a fascinating place to explore. And the Hawaiian Volcanos national park has lava fields.
  • Does your family have a passion for the environment? You might want to visit Kauai, where they have Kokee Natural History Museum in Kokee State Park. This is also a great island to experience a luau on. O
  • n Maui, there is this huge water tunnel where you can get up close and personal with manta rays and sharks at Maui Ocean Center. If you have children that are between seven and twelve, they can become junior rangers at the Haleakala Visitor Center. And the Hawaii Nature Center has a lot of hands on exhibits.
  • On the Lanai island, you may enjoy driving along their rustic roads. You and your family may also want to explore this island on horseback. And this is a great place to enjoy the beach.

And we’re only starting to get a feel for Hawaii. Let’s continue this discussion tomorrow.

MSC Cruises

I’ve decided that I like doing two things at once. Sure, writing about what I am learning about in this travel agent school seems to take me a little longer. But we are supposed to get the word out about the things we’re learning, and writing about the things I am learning does help. And since this school has many different courses, I should keep quite busy for a while.

Today we are going to look at the MSC Cruiseline. MSC stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company. MSC  strives for excellence in everything that they do, and has won a lot of awards for what they do.

  • Where do these cruises go? Basically anywhere you would be interested in traveling to. They do Mexico and the Caribbean, they also do Europe and Asia. They also do an excellent South American cruise.
  • Let’s take a closer look at some of what they have to offer. When it comes to food, their specialty is Italian. They have a lot of great pasta dishes. You will be able to get a great pizza any time that you’d like. But Italian isn’t the only cuisine that they have. They have a famous Asian chef that is over their Asian restaurants. And of course, they have a pas chef to make sure your sweet tooth is satisfied.
  • MSC has partnered with LEGO to bring children and their families experiences they will never forget. They will have all the supplies that you will need for your baby and toddler that you will need.
  • MSC also understands your need to keep up with your fitness program while on board. They will help you create the right exercise program while you are on board. They will also help you come up with healthy menus.

I would love to know your thoughts on any of this..

Even more on NYC

This is going to be my last post on New York City, at least for this series. I would love to know your thoughts on this series. Did you like it or hate it?

  • Okay, one thing we haven’t discussed is transportation. Even if you are driving into the city, you probably don’t want to drive your vehicle around. Traffic is horrible here. The least expensive way to travel is to walk, but if you are going to be exploring all day every day, that is probably going to get old. The next least expensive way would be to take the subway, and traveling as a group is likely going to keep everyone pretty safe. But the other way you might want to consider traveling in the city to take Lyft. And if you and your friends are just downloading the Lyft App, you will each get a thirty dollar credit to use.
  • And if you are going to the big city, you are going to want to see a show on Broadway. You will want to do your research. I’ve just taken a cursory glance at tickets, and I’m seeing prices under twenty dollars, which I’m not sure I believe, as well as tickets for almost one hundred dollars. I’m sure there are more expensive tickets out there too. I think it depends on the popularity of the show.
  • People are always visiting this incredible city, so there are a lot of tours that will be available. You just need to figure out what interests your little group, and then get online and figure out what you’re interested in.

Have I made you want to take a trip to this city? I would love to help you figure a trip like this out. Please let me know if I can.