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.

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…

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.

Make the most out of your trip


I can’t express how grateful I am to be working already. I have so much I would like to be doing. Yesterday I realized just how much work I have to do on e-mail stuff. I have registered with a lot of marketing “gurus”, and I always think that I am going to get to really dig into some of this stuff. My plan is to get into that this week… But now to get this written.

Today let’s talk about making the most of the trip you’re planning… The first tip is, do not try to plan every second of your vacation. This is something I’ve talked about before on this blog, but I am going to keep talking about it. Families are busy. Mothers are busy. If you are not working outside of the home, you’re busy trying to make sure your children get everywhere they need to go, and your husband may also be counting on you to help him in his career. Most people have to live by a strict schedule… Vacations should be a time where you don’t have to do anything, where there is no set agenda. Sleep in if you want. Maybe if your family is really young, you might want to get a friend or relative to help with taking care of the kids.

I must confess that when it comes to food, I’m kind of like a kid. I know healthy eating is all the rage, but personally I like fast food. I love desserts… On vacations, will it kill you to eat what you like instead of what’s good for you? I don’t think so. You may also want to try some new cuisine. Again Here again, you may want to leave your little ones behind, and enjoy a date with your husband.

I think I am going to go on to some other things for now. Let me know if you have any ideas of your own of how to make a vacation special.

My first commercial flight

Good Monday afternoon! I hope everyone had a good weekend? Mine was okay, a little on the quiet side, but anyway… It’s Monday. I spent my morning going through my e-mail. And this afternoon I’ve done something I should have done months ago. I got a logo for Family Trips Inc. Let’s just say there are several reasons I don’t think I’ll ever be a graphic designer, besides the fact that I love being a travel agent. So now I’m changing all my social media profile pics, updating everything…. I haven’t finished, but I’ve gotten a good start.

I meant to do some more research on what to do on this blog, but it is getting late.. So I am going to share the story of my first flight. I am the oldest of eight children, and one of my siste’s married a soldier, and they moved to the other side of the country. Two years ago, my sister was having a baby, and Mom and I went out there to be with her. I had flown in very small planes before, but had never flown commercially before. I was for sure excited about spending a couple of weeks with my sister, her husband, and of course I was thrilled to get to have some time with my baby nephew. I love being an aunt. But as for the flying itself, I was a little nervous. I just wasn’t sure what it would be like.

we arrived pretty early and got checked in. Because of my disability, we required assistance, so we were the first ones on the airplane and the last ones off. I have never been able to sleep in the car and the same was true on the plane although we flew through the night. I was kind of bored on the flight itself.

However, I was anything but bored shortly after we arrived. See, my sister and her mother-in-law picked us up from the airport, and I enjoyed listening to their chatter as we drove home. My sister hadn’t given birth, and was scheduled for an induction a few hours after we arrived. But I might have slept an hour, and then we had to go to the hospital. I think my nephew just wanted his audience before he arrived.

Thank you for allowing me to share a personal story like this with you. It was fun remembering this.