These Sailings Take Cruising to The Next Level
Craving a little adventure? Then, you'll love one of these phenomenal adventure cruises — and no, these are not just the kind of cruise where you eat and drink all day. 😎
Scroll down to check them out and be sure to reach out if you have any questions!
The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most remarkable animals! Each island is filled with discoveries that date back millions of years. In addition, Ecuador welcomes travelers with Spanish colonial architecture and dozens of fun activities! Test your snorkel skills alongside exotic sea turtles, or take a guided tour past blue-footed boobies, flamingos, penguins, and iguanas. Better grab that camera!
Desperate for a change of scenery? Then, Alaska will BLOW. YOU. AWAY! An Alaskan cruise will be sure to deliver action, exploration, and all the adventure you'll need — in one life-changing trip! From paddling and hiking, calving glaciers, Glacier Bay National Park, bears, whales, and polar plunges, you can't get much more immersive than this!
Sample Itinerary: Northern Passages and Glacier Bay
Do these adventures catch your eye?!
Then, don't wait! I recommend planning your adventure cruise over a year in advance to get the best pricing AND because they sell out quickly due to limited capacity. Shoot me a message to get started!
THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL:
Here are some trends I'm predicting in 2021!
Imagine waking up in your very own tropical villa, tucked away in paradise, with nothing but the sand and sea in the distance... sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it? I'm starting to see this travel style on the rise in 2021 - and here's why!
Okay, now you're probably thinking, "a private yacht? That's going to be pricey!" Well, think again! Private charters aren't as expensive as they seem - in fact, I've found some fabulous pricing options for 2021! Here's some other things you might like!
Another popular trend I'm seeing this year is extended stays! This allows travelers to create their plans as they go with no set schedule - because sometimes that week-long getaway just isn't enough! ;) Here are some additional perks of an extended stay:
Want To Get Away Right Now?
Here Are 5 Places You Can Go To, Today!
Craving a getaway ASAP? Below, you'll find 5 destinations you can visit today with very little travel restrictions. The best part? They're all offering some of the lowest prices I've ever seen, so be sure to take your pick before they book up!
* BUT FIRST: I HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS *
In case you haven’t heard, last week the CDC announced a new requirement for international travel which requires ALL inbound air passengers to the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the US, including US citizens. The test must be performed within 3 days of your inbound flight and you must have your results in hand to board the plane. This new requirement will be effective on January 26th and I'll continue to keep you posted as things continue to change. Be sure to follow along on social media for updates or feel free to email or message me if you have any questions.
Now on to the good stuff! Keep scrolling for some instant inspiration!
For an escape with consistent warm temps, cool breezes, and powdery-white sand, Aruba is your match! FUN FACT: Travelers can swim with the flamingos on a private beach! Travel Requirements: All US residents will have the option to take PCR test upon arrival. See website for full travel protocols: Aruba Tourism Authority.
Antigua is a great destination to relax, with gorgeous beaches and coral reefs to explore. FUN FACT: If you've watched Below Deck, then you might know Antigua for its incredible Donkey Sanctuary! Travel Requirements: US travelers arriving must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 7 days of their flight. For full travel protocols, visit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Board.
Turquoise water, silky sand, overwater bungalows --need I say more? FUN FACT: Bora Bora has the best Bloody Mary's at the world-famous Bloody Mary's restaurant! Travel Requirements: Travelers will need to show proof of a negative test (list of approved tests here) within 72 hours prior to departure and will need to self-test 4 days after arrival.
St. Lucia has some of the most dramatic views in the Caribbean. FUN FACT: The gorgeous island is all about their chocolate - from chocolate spa treatments, chocolate martinis --and even a hotel called, "Chocolat." Travel Requirements: US passengers must have a negative result no more than 7 days prior to arrival and complete the following form.
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos has a number of stunning boutique hotels scattered along the pristine, unspoiled coast. FUN FACT: If you're a fish fry fan, you can snag a bite every Thursday at the beach park! Travel Requirements: Visitors must provide a negative Covid-19 test result within five days before arrival. Travelers must also complete an online health questionnaire and have medical insurance to cover any Covid-19-related costs. More info: Turks & Caicos.
Private Experiences are the Island Trend!
In 2021, private experiences are expected to be the island trend! Some favorite examples I've seen so far include:
There’s no doubt about it, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and this year has been an unprecedented one for my business. Many of my clients had their travel plans interrupted and it's been my pleasure to manage those changes, cancellations and rebookings. This is the first year since I became a travel advisor that I too didn't get on a plane.
I wouldn't be able to do what I do without my clients. Sending people to see and visit places they've dreamed of is what makes me happy each and every day, and I'm looking forward to returning to that in the coming months.
The highlight of my year was the birth of my first grandchild in April. The plan of being at the hospital to welcome the little guy into the world unfortunately didn't happen, but I'm thankful every day for the medical team that helped my daughter with her delivery.
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with laughter and love!
What exactly is Day of the Dead and why is it celebrated?
As many people prepare to head out Trick or Treating tonight, I thought I'd take a moment and share some insight into exactly what is Day of the Dead.
We all know that various cultures have different ways of mourning a loss or celebrating the life of a loved one after they have passed. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage throughout the rest of the world. It encompasses three days in actuality, October 31, November 1 and November 2. Since the celebration coincides with Halloween many people have confusion over what exactly the difference is.
The tradition behind Halloween is to dress up in costumes with ancient belief that this would ward off ghosts. Day of the Dead is very different from that in that on October 31st the celebration begins with welcoming the children spirits back for a visit. This is followed by November 1st when the adult spirits are welcomed, and November 2nd is when families will traditionally go to the cemetery to decorate the graves. Altars may be built and offerings made. Flowers are believed to attract the souls and the bright colors and scents may help the souls find their way to their families.
The traditions vary depending on location and here in the United States the celebrations will also vary depending on what town or city they take place in. One thing that is universal is that this celebration is a time for family, food, bright colors of flowers and costumes, and wonderful makeup.
During my recent trip to Mexico, I was able to enjoy much of the Day of the Dead artistry. I visited a wedding venue at Unico 2087 with this theme and I've shared some pictures here. They were in the process of setting it up for a very large reception that was happening later that day. I love that I was able to get a behind the scenes sneak peak look to share.
What is the REAL-ID Act?
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, but many US travelers have never heard of it and aren’t aware that very shortly the rules for air travel are going to change. Enforcement of the REAL ID Act has been postponed many times, but the final deadline is October 1, 2020. What this means is that you’ll no longer be able to take a domestic flight with a “regular” driver’s license. Different states have enacted this on different dates, but shortly it is going to affect everyone.
In order to comply, the TSA will be requiring travelers to produce either a passport, enhanced license (available in certain states), or a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license. A Michigan REAL ID-compliant driver’s license will have a yellow star in the upper right hand corner (other states may look different, but will still have the star). If you do not have one of these three forms of ID, you’ll be denied boarding for your flight.
If you have a current enhanced driver’s license, you will automatically be compliant without the yellow star. Upon renewal of your license, it will be issued with the yellow star without any interaction on your part.
How do you make your ID or driver's license ID REAL-ID compliant?
You’ll need to present in person to a Michigan Secretary of State (or your local DMV) office to apply. You’ll need either your US passport or your certified birth certificate with the raised seal along with your current driver’s license or other accepted form of ID. This can typically be your Social Security card or another form of government issued ID and proof of residency. Please visit michigan.gov/sos or your state DMV site for other options.
If your name has changed from the name that is on your birth certificate, you’ll also need to present certified documents that show the legal name change, such as a marriage certificate or court order. You may need multiple documents to show the legal changes from your birth certificate to your current name. Once the paperwork is processed, your new ID/driver’s license will arrive in the mail as usual.
Even though this won’t be enacted for another year, I highly recommend not procrastinating as the processing times are only going to get longer from this point on. You never know when you might need to take that last minute flight!