Visiting family #2

Happy Monday everyone. I have several different things going on. But first, I want to make sure this does get done. Today let’s get back to our discussion on how to survive visiting family.

  • First, if you are relatively [ha ha] close by, and have a difficult family situation, consider going for a very limited time. Maybe you could just go for a day. Keeping your visits short will help prevent baggage being brought up. It might be more relaxing for everyone involved.
  • If extremely short visits are not a practical option for you, remind yourself, and maybe more importantly, remind your spouse, that this visit is only temporary. You will return to your own home. You will return to the life that you love.
  • If it is possible, try spending some one on one time with the family member you have most trouble getting along with. Try to do this when no one else is around, so that others are not made uncomfortable. Is there anything you like doing together? Try doing that.
  • If you are the one who has left the family home, and the rest of your family lives right around there, take some time to be with each person individually, not leaving anyone out.
  • Just because you are visiting them does not mean you have to spend every second of every day with them. Take some time to enjoy the are area. Enjoy an old favorite restaurant. Visit your favorite haunts. Do some date nights.
  • They are your family, you know the hot spots. Does your mother think you’re too hard on your children, and your sister think you’re too easy? Try to avoid conflict when you can.

Hotels are changing to not selling porn

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I am a firm believer in Christian family values. Porn is awful on so many levels it isn’t funny.

And more and more hotel chains are starting to put their foot down and say that they won’t offer on demand porn. That is less revenue that is going to that industry, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Sadly, art of the reason that hotels are no longer offering it is it’s so available was the internet. And who doesn’t bring a laptop or tablet on a trip these days? We aren’t going to find that problem goes away over night, but this is a step in the right direction.

And the better news to me is that the article I’m reading says that the hotels that are likely to lose business are the hotels that do still sell on demand porn because people see it as something not to support.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

A “no vacation” nation?

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I started looking at the travel news, and today they had something on how America is really not taking vacations these days. And to be honest, that is hard on us travel agents because when people don’t take vacations, we can’t book them.. Yes, I know that retired people are traveling, and that there is a lot of business travel. But my heart is really to work with families. I want to help families reconnect through travel. Everything I do, whether writing thi blog, writing this book, trying to talk to more people about my business, is geared to help families reconnect through travel.

Anyway, Americans are getting less time off work than most Europeans. But the sad truth is that most Amercans are simply not taking the vacation time that they do get… We are human, and all of us need downtime. No matter how much we enjoy our jobs, work is always at least somewhat stressful. We need time where we leave the pressures of work behind and just relax with family and\or friends. We also need time by ourselves to be with the Lord.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.


Tuscany for families

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I’m getting a little later start for a variety of reasons.. With summer coming, I keep hoping for more booking to come my way. We’ll see how everything turns out there.

Tuscany is now turning to try to market more to families. There are still churches to explore and art to admire, of course, but they are trying to have more appeal to families. They have renovated places which allows for more family gathering for meals and such. And here I’m not just talking about you your spouse and your two or three children. When Europeans talk about having a family gathering, talking about grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

You can get villas that can accommodate larger families. There will be at least one swimming pool that will be available to you. If there are babies ¬†or small children in your party, let me, your travel agent, know and I can make sure you will have all the necessary equipment in the villa.. Maybe your parents have a special anniversary coming up, and you want to get everyone together to celebrate… Let me know if you are interested.

Wanna get Tangled?


These are crazy days, and I am so glad to be getting to work earlier.. You may be asking, “You work from home, can’t you get up and get started whenever you want?” Because of my disability, I can’t get out of bed, or to bed for that matter, by myself. Mom has to get me, and she has a lot going on with my grandparents here.. So anyway, let me get this done so I can get to some other things.

Disney is going to be doing a new show on their cruise ships… Okay, I know I talk a lot about Disney on this blog. But Disney is one of the most popular destinations for families, especially those with small children. And when I tell people I’m a travel agent, one of the things I often hear is, “I would love to take my family on a Disney cruise”… So anyway, Disney is about to put their new show called “Tangled” on their ship Magic.

To get personal once more, my family has this little controversy. My sister and her daughter love “Tangled”, and don’t like “Frozen” much. But my brother and his daughters absolutely love “Frozen”. Personally I love both.. But anyway for those of us who love the movie, the show is going to follow the movie pretty closely… Please let me know if you are interested in going on a Disney cruise.

Put museums on your to do list for summer vacation


Summer is around the corner… If you aren’t feeling it yet, you will soon. How do I know it’s summer? People are starting to ask me to help them plan their summer vacations, and I love it. I need to get some different things today but first to make sure this gets done.

When you think about your summer vacation, you’re likely deciding how much of a vacation you can afford, what kind of hotel you want to stay in, and hoping that your hotel will have a nice pool… And yes, having downtime is important when planning a vacation, you may want to have a few structured activities planned as well. So why not consider planning your trip so you and your family can see some great museums… Before writing this post off, remembering that your parents drug to museums every single trip you made, and you swore to never do that to your child, museums have gotten more interesting through the years.. Museums come in all shapes and sizes, in all kinds of towns. You don’t have to go to large cities to find good museums.

Think about the things that your children love to discuss around the dinner table. Are your children into history? Do they love science and are always trying some crazy experiment? Or maybe you’re raising future artists who would like to see paintings and sculptures?.. If you let me know what your family’s interests are, I can help you come up with some different places you can visit. Let me know if you are interested…

Kids in Vegas?


This past weekend was kind of crazy. But more on point for this blog, I’m starting to talk to several people about trips, which is kind of exciting. But while I’m waiting to hear back from people, I am going to get my other Work done.

When you think of Vegas, you probably think of “sin city”, and sayings like, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,”. But what you may or may not know is that your hotel rooms, food, and things like that are subsidized by the gambling done there. So if you are looking for an inexpensive vacation, Vegas just might fit the bill. But what family friendly activities are there to do there? There are several amusement parks in the area. And that includes water parks. There are even rides that children can enjoy right on The Strip. You might want to stick to the daylight hours for The Strip though.

Is your child into crime shows or reading mysteries? Your family might enjoy CSI: The Experience where you will be able to work on simulated crime scenes together.. It’s a fun way to spend time together.. And of course, most places you will be staying will have great pools you can enjoy together.

Please let me know if your family is interested in going to Vegas together.

Family cruising with Royal Caribbean #2


It has just been kind of a crazy week between having grandparents here and getting them settled in, and having my nieces here.. Yeah, it’s just been wild. But anyway..

Let’s get back to discussing Royal Caribbean… Your age groups on Royal Caribbean are three to five year six to eight year olds, and nine to elevens. They do this so that all the children should have pretty much the same interests.. Your children are going to create a puppet show you can enjoy at the end of the week. In these programs, your children are going to get a mixture of education and fun. Their teen programs are divided into two groups, twelve to fourteen year olds and fifteen to seventeen year olds. Royal Caribbean actually had teens write their own program, so all teens should enjoy it. This is the first cruise line to have water parks on board their ships.

On board these ships, character dining comes at no additional charge… They have Broadway shows on their ships, and these also are events that you take part of with no additional charge as well. And of course, you are going to have access to different pools and other sporting activities… For children ages six to eleven, they have family dining, where they can eat with you and then go back to the program. You can also enjoy watching movies under the stars.

Please let me know if your family is interested in taking a Royal Caribbean cruise. I would be more than happy to help you out.

Trips families can take on


I’m working with someone on a booking, hopefully that is going to work Out, so today is starting out kind of crazy. I think I need to get this done before I really start on everything else I need to do.

So spring break is just around the corner for many people. And even if you were a partier in high school\college, you don’t want to take your children to those type of places. So here are some family friendly alternatives you might want to consider. We are probably going to be looking at this for several days.

What better way to spend spring break than at the happiest place on earth? World is a great way to spend your vacation. There are several other amusement parks in the Orlando area for families to enjoy together. Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom are perfect for the younger members of the family. There are also places like LEGOLAND and Universalstudios that you should probably consider.

If you have older children, you might want to consider making a trip to the Grand Canyon. They have a lot of bike trails you can enjoy. You can take donkeys to explore the canyon itself… Let me know if I can help you plan your spring break travels. p

Luxury hotels #1

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My hope is to get a lot done today. So I am going to go on and do this.

Before we start on the story I am going to share today, let me go on and share kind of my vision for this business. Coming from a large family has made family very important to me. Family has always played an important role in my life. It is what I like to read and write about… I’m concerned about where I see the family going in today’s society, with a lot of couples divorcing, and more and more children living with just one parent, sometimes watching their parent live with this or that other person. But, especially for this business, I see that today’s families are so incrediblly busy. Most families who are still intact have both parents working. Children are busy with school and whatever sports or whatever things interest them. Families seem to have a hard time spending quality time together. My hope is to help these busy families takes trips together and reconnect with one another.

But anyway, let’s get to one hotel today, and I’ll get to some others tomorrow.. Peru has a hotel named Belmond Palacio Nazarenas that is actually a former palace. They have fifty five suites where you can find relaxation and rejuvenation. Their pool is described as semi private. You will be able to see beautiful mountains from your room. And there is a spa near the hotel. You may never want to leave. Let me know if you are interested.