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Traveling With Pets-Pets Make Traveling More Fun

Traveling with Pets

traveling with petsWe are closer than ever to our pets. This is a wonderful change, but it also brings about a few questions when traveling. Traveling with pets has become more and more common. Traveling by plane is still a bit mysterious and would really be something to look into well in advance if possible. This way you can plan ahead and know exactly what you are looking at. Each airline will have their own set of rules and regulations for our four footed friends.

Driving is another option but unless the drive is part of the journey, driving will obviously take up a lot more of your vacation time. If the drive is part of the journey this can be an awesome vacation experience for both you and your furry best friend!

Safety and Security

There are a few things you can do to help keep your pets safe and happy while traveling. The latest trend would be for those that do not have a chip, you can find wearable technology. In the event that your favorite little guy or gal gets lost you can find them using a smart phone app.

When traveling with pets, bringing some of their favorite toys will help them feel secure. Besides you, the toy is another familiar thing to help keep them content. Check ahead to see that the country you will be visiting has the food you normally give your pet. If not, make sure that you bring enough with you to last the entire trip. Trying to get them to switch mid-trip, especially if your pet is a picky eater may prove to be difficult and expensive.

Accommodations

When staying in a hotel, many allow pets but do charge a fee. The fee is often dependent on the size of your traveling buddy. Many hotels that are used to accepting pets in the rooms. They may be able to provide you with a list of pet sitters in the area. They may also have other services to help keep you and your buddy happy. Traveling with your pets is not at a point where it is seamless but you can minimize many headaches by taking care of the details ahead of time.traveling with pets

5 Wonderful Places To Visit In The U.S.A.

If you live in the USA, you probably dream about visiting some of the amazing places in our world like Paris, Italy, the Caribbean, Holland, the Mexican Riviera, Thailand, Egypt, Machu Picchu and the list could go on forever, but there are some pretty awesome places right in your own country! Whether you live in the US or not, we have a lot to offer you on your next amazing holiday. Below you will find a list of 5 wonderful destinations, some of the most awe-inspiring places in the US and some that are just plain FUN!

 

1. Mount Rushmore, built as a way to attract tourists to the area, is a magnificent sculpture that was carved into Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. It is an awe-inspiring monument, America’s Shrine of Democracy featuring the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents who represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country.and Mount Rushmore has become an iconic symbol of the United States.

2. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, drawing nearly 5 million visitors every year. Great for hiking and biking and even camping and you don’t need a ranger to guide you through the park, thanks to the cell phone audio tours available at popular sites throughout the park. Amazing rock formations as far as the eye can see. The museums and yes, the glass bottom bridge. All are sure to delight and leave you in utter amazement.

3. Yellowstone National Park- with steaming geysers, multicolored pools, bubbling hot springs and hiking trails that stretch for miles, there’s plenty to excite nature lovers of all kinds. Some things just have to be seen to be believed. You can visit Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Spring (pictured above) get a glimpse of the fascinating wildlife in the park and visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

4. Hawaii Our very own tropical paradise! You can visit a active volcano and watch fire spitting show as the molten hot lava meets the ocean, visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. Did you know that it actually does snow in Hawaii, but only at summit of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. There is an observatory at the summit of Mauna kea and you can actually visit the peak, which is 14,000 above sea level, however, the Visitors Information Center at 9,200 is equipped with telescopes for stargazers. You can also attend a luau, the Polynesian Cultural Center or one of the many other Polynesian shows and of course hit the beach for some sand surf and fun, snorkeling, diving or fishing. There are so many fun things to do, it would be impossible to get bored. There is something for everyone.

5. Niagara Falls borders the US and Canada. This is definitely a natural wonder with breath-taking water falls. Millions of gallons of water, about 750,000 gallons every second. You can view the magnificent cascade of waterfalls from the decks, boats and vistas as well as the many trails, even a helicopter ride or from the skywheel, which is actually a giant ferris wheel! You can also visit one of the many museums, like the wax museum, aerospace museum, and the science museum. The spectacular Cave of the Winds Tour takes visitors into the stormy mist zone. You are sure to have an amazing time.

Although there are many beautiful and amazing places all over the world that you should definitely do your best to visit, remember that there are also some incredible sites and destinations that are bringing people from all around the world to your very own back yard that are sure to to have plenty to offer you and your family on your next vacation.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean, when you hear it what is the first thing you think of? Romantic hide-away, crystal blue waters, amazing beaches, awesome cultural experiences? You are right!beachchaircouple

If you are heading to the Caribbean expect to have an amazing time. There is a multitude of activities you can participate in like, swimming with the dolphins or stingrays, river rafting and tubing, bamboo rafting, visit the Bob Marley museum, surfing, cultural tours, Catamaran tours, horseback riding, golfing, you can even just hang out at the beach and enjoy the gorgeous ocean views. There are so many options for fun you can’t possibly do them all.

An awesome way to get there is a Caribbean cruise. Cruises are fantastic because your room and food are all covered plus you can enjoy the awesome on-board activities for you, your spouse and the kids and you can add exciting tours and off-ship activities that appeal to you and your family. We have great prices to get you there too!romance

Looking for a little romance? A Caribbean getaway is just what the doctor ordered! There is something very sexy about the Caribbean. Maybe it’s the tropical atmosphere, the enchanting hotels and resorts, the inviting crystal blue waters dancing around her shoulders under the warm wonderful sunshine, the delicious island cuisine, or the seclusion that many of the islands offer. Whatever it is, it will bring the best out in you and your significant other.

Whether you want to go by land, air or sea we can help get you there at the best prices or any other destination you have your heart set on! Use the form at the right to contact us today.

 

Millennials On The Move

adobestock_108454035Millennials are the wave of the future. You hear a lot about young people wanting everything for free and feeling entitled, however, there is a force within this group that are the up and coming millionaires and even future billionaires These kids are technologically savvy and they are quick learners. They are go-getters who do not slow down. They have an incredible drive.

They know what they want and they know how to get it. They love to travel and more importantly they love to be seen traveling. Success is what they’re after and they’re not afraid to show it. Do not dismiss or discount this group. As a matter of fact, you should be seeking them out.millennialguy

They are the future of luxury travel. They don’t just want to travel, they want to travel in style. They don’t want to avoid the mini-fridge, they want to be able to grab what they want out of it without giving it another thought. They are the foodies that are taking pics of their expensive meals and sharing that lifestyle on social media. They want and will have the good life. Your job is to help them get it. They are excellent customer prospects but they are also prime candidates for the travel business itself.

confidentagentThe travel industry as a business is appealing because it involves what is already on their agenda, travel. Travel is already what they want to do. When they can make money doing what they love, there is nothing left to stop them because again, they are not afraid of work as long as they know it will lead them to where they want to go. When you help to connect them with their dreams and show them that there is a way to get what they want but it requires them to roll up their sleeves, pick up the bat and swing, they will drive it right out of the ball field.

 

Cruising… Do I Need A Passport?

Summer may be over but the cruisers are still out and thriving. If you planning a cruise in the near future you may be wondering if you need your passport. Generally, for the US the rules are as follows:Boarding pass and passport on map with thumbtack concept for travel and vacations

US Domestic Cruises (including Canada)

For cruises that begin and/or end in a U.S port, the following WHTI-Compliant Documents are acceptable for cruise travel. These standard forms of documentation will enable the Department of Homeland Security to quickly and reliably identify a traveler.

-U.S. Passport
-Passport Card
-State Enhanced Driver’s License
-Certificate of U.S. Naturalization

Also acceptable for cruise travel, U.S. citizens can show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate issued by a government agency, accompanied by a government-issued photo I.D.

Entry into Canada: If the cruise includes air travel to or from Canada, a valid, unexpired U.S. passport is required.

Europe and Transatlantic Cruises

U.S citizens are required to carry a passport, valid for three months beyond the date of their visit. Guests are not required to have a Schengen Visa or other visas.

Always double check with your travel agent for the latest information and requirements as this can change at any time.

If you need help with your cruise booking or have any questions, contact me and I will do my best to help.

5 Reasons A Cruise Is The Perfect Vacation

When you are planning your next vacation make sure you consider a cruise. Cruise Travel Outpaces General Leisure Travel. According to CLIA the global cruise association, between 2008 and 2014, cruise travel outpaced general leisure travel in the U.S. by 22%. Do you know why that is? Below you will find 5 awesome reasons that cruising is the way to vacation in 2016!

  1. Cruises offer multi-destination vacations- Want to visit the Florida Keys, Nassau, Freeport, Halfmoon Cay (Bahamas), Jamaica, Alaska, the different islands of Hawaii or Spain, Italy, and France a cruise has you covered. 
  2. Cruise are all-inclusive with optional add-ons- You can enjoy an all you can eat buffet, 24 hour room service, and other onboard free dining options as well as the included onboard activities, childcare and self-guided site-seeing when at dock. Or you can pay a little extra for some of the fine dining and specialty restaurant options as well as the exciting guided tours and treks but you don’t have to because everything that is included is enough to make it the best vacation ever. You have the option.
  3. Cruises are great family vacations- Cruises offer activities for adults and kids alike. For grandma and grandpa, mom, dad and kids of all ages. They have programs for kids of all ages. Akin to day camp. Something fun and exciting for everyone
  4. You only unpack once- No matter how many ports you are visiting you get to stay in the same room. No packing and unpacking at each destination.
  5. New Adventures at each port- You have the option of visiting new and exciting places at each port you dock. You can visit historic sites and ancient ruins, go shopping, try zip lining, swim with the dolphins or stingrays, hiking, ATV riding, deep sea fishing, whale watching, experience the culture of the area and enjoy local activities and dining. The world is truly your oyster.

There are so many other reasons to cruise on your next vacation. You can really relax and enjoy yourself and the sunsets are amazing! So the next time you are looking for a new and exciting vacation idea consider a cruise. If you would like more information on available options contact me and I will help you plan an awesome cruise vacation!

Love to Travel?

travelsignsAs a travel agent I help you find the best rates available. We let you know about specials and discounts you may not have known about. We help you plan the perfect vacation, honey moon, business trip or girlfriend getaway. We are really industry insiders in that way.

We take on the task of doing the research for you so you don’t have to. You don’t have to compare prices to get the best deals because we do it for you. You don’t have to spend hours and even days trying to figure out the awesome places visit or the activities that are available at your destination because we do that for you.

Have you ever wondered how we get paid?

Most Eiffel Tower against sunrise in Paris, Franceagents, myself included, do not tack on any fees or additional service charges. We make commissions that are paid directly from the vendors. So you are not paying more by using an agent. The vendors do not add this to your vacation cost either. This is a courtesy to you, the customer, because I really do want to help you plan the perfect vacation or trip.

There is something about visiting a new place, an old favorite and just getting away from theconfidentagent stuff you do and the people you see every single day that revitalizes and refreshes your mind and body.

This is why this industry has such a hold on me! We help people change their perspective for a little while which in turn can change their perspective positively for life!

We also help people change their lives financially If you love to travel and want to be a part of a 5 trillion dollar industry and work from home. You can. This is something that you can be passionate about.  I can help you. We have an awesome team. We also have the ability to get paid for helping others do exactly what we do. Success is possible. You just need to make a move.

 

7 Reasons To Start A Home Based Business

^D8507A8D27F300220DD1C3DC8DEFF772CC65DC4202FAD023F3^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrIf you are looking at starting a part-time business there has never been a better time. To choices are limitless. Network marketing is wide open now, you can sell insurance, vitamins, minerals, wraps, phone cards, business applications, your own e-books, someone else’s e-books, my personal favorite, travel and so much more.

The options are endless and the reasons to do so are as well. I have compiled a list of the top 7 reasons to start a home based business and still keep your day job.

1. Money- Yes, you can earn an incredible income on the side while keeping your day job (or night job).

2. Freedom- As your business grows, if you decide to, you can eventually make enough to quit that day job and replace your income.^51FF903D9DA07B70E44A61B5EF1748E777438261CC9607110A^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distr

3. Helping others- You can help others with your products or services and you have more money to give to the causes that are important to you.

4. Growth- You cannot help but grow when you have your own business. The lessons you learn are as important as the money you earn, if not more-so.

5. Travel- Your income has increased so you are able to do the things you love like travelling.

6. It’s flexible- Work when you want, for as long as you want, from where you want. Your income is based on your own effort.

7. Networking- Meetin^781B50D52F9709DF749AED80D25E471A4673354A95BE17D496^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrg new people, making new friends. The kind of friendships that last a lifetime.

 

For those of you that are considering it and are still on the fence, there are so many more reason to start your own home based business and many of them are very personal. You need to throw off the fear and decide right now that you are going to do it and then go DO IT!

 

If you are ready to get started but don’t have a business in mind contact me by filling in the form at the right for more information.

7 Hot Tips Every Successful Travel Agent Should Know

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As an independent travel agent you generally will have access to everything you need to become successful. Your host company will likely have a portal for you to make sure you have all the tools you need.

Almost every vendor offers an extensive agent portal that contains all the information and training options to succeed. Below are some tips to help you achieve your goals.

You can succeed. How well you do is really up to you.

  1. Go through your host companies agent portal and visit daily. There should be training options, important information and updates available that could help make or break your business.
  2. Constant learning. Utilize the available training both in your back office and in the vendor agent portals. You will never run out of learning materials. Focus first on the companies and travel types that you feel you want to promote most. Then focus on some of the other options that you can add and repeat.
  3. Become a specialist. Specializing in a destination or type of travel is important and you can specialize in more than one as you learn.
  4. Use social media, build a rapport. Find out what your friends like, what they don’t like. Find out where they want to go and why and find ways to meet their needs. Getting personal with your customers allows you to give them exactly what they want and will result in much happier clients. Include options that they may not have thought of.
  5. Be accessible. Make sure you are available. If you are going tromanceo be away from your computer make sure you have your cell with you. If you are not available they will go somewhere else.
  6. You don’t need to know everything to help your customers book travel. You can work with most vendors to make sure you are fully informed and they are happy to help you with your questions and bookings.
  7. Go the extra mile. Make them glad they came to you. Compare pricing, don’t just give them the first set of rates you find. Find the best deals, give them reason to come back to you.

Heading Out To The Beach? Things To Remember

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Everyone’s done it. You head out to your favorite family fun spot and you have forgotten some very important items. Here is a little list of some of the things you want to bring with you when you head out to the beach for the day.

1. Sunscreen- Sunscreen is so important to keep yourself and the little kiddos from burning.

2. Snacks and water- To keep everyone happy and to avoid spending an arm and a leg for a bottled water and the bags of chips your kids will say they have to have because they are starving and if you are staying over lunch or dinner bring                 sandwiches or sandwich fixin’s and everyone can make their own.

3. A cooler- Coolers with ice are just amazing. It keeps your food fresh and drinks cold. The coolers with wheels are the most convenient too.

4. Towels- Well duh right? How many times do think people forget their towels? It happens all the time.

5. Beach chairs- A towel is great but a beach chair is much more comfortable.

6. An umbrella- It can get really hot out there and a bit of shade can go a long way!

7. A hat and sunglasses- Also to help avoid the heat and of course sun in your eyes.

8. Games- beach games like a frisbee, badminton rackets and a net, a volley ball or even a board game or cards if you like.

9. A change of clothes- just good to have.

10. Flip Flops- these are much more comfortable and it doesn’t matter if you get sand in them.

11. Binoculars- to keep track of the kiddos.

12. First Aid kit

One thing to note is that even though alcohol is allowed on some beaches, alcohol is dehydrating so make sure you keep yourself hydrated and limit the alcohol intake and most of all have fun!

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