Sunday, December 22, 2019

Best Honeymoon Resorts 2019


Best Honeymoon Resorts 2019
best honeymoon
 

Each year, I visit a minimum of 52 all inclusive resorts.  I do this to help my clients make the best choice for their vacation.

Travelers who book their vacation with me benefit from my personal experience visiting these resorts. I narrow down the hundreds of resorts to two or three that meet their ideal criteria.  Then, we discuss the pros and cons of various resorts based on what’s important to them.

In this post, I want to share what I consider to be the best all inclusive resorts for a honeymoon. These resorts would also be great for anytime of couples trip.  

 If you'd like a larger list of my favorite resorts, you can request it by clicking here.
 

 Unico 20’87 is one of the best honeymoon resorts because of the great dining and great choices for activities.


If you worry about having enough to do, Unico 20’87 is perfect.

·       Select excursions and spa treatments are included. You only pay a 25% service charge.

·       Excellent Dining

·       Spacious rooms

·       Great pools
 
 


Best Family All Inclusive Resorts 2019


Best Family All Inclusive Resort 2019

 
best family resorts


Each year I visit a minimum of 52 all inclusive resorts.  I do this to help my clients make the best choice for their vacation. Travelers who book their vacation with me benefit from my personal experience visiting these resorts as we discuss the pros and cons of various resorts based on what’s important to them.
In this post, I want to share what I consider to be the best all inclusive family resorts.   You can also request a list of my favorite resorts by clicking here.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya is one of the best all inclusive resorts because it has so much to do.

This resort really sets itself apart with Rockaway Bay Water Park, small cove beaches with calm waters for smaller swimmers, and Woodward Academy – A 29,000 square foot indoor space dedicate to extreme sports: skateboarding, ninja obstacle course, indoor skiing and snowboarding, cheerleading,  tumbling, and foam pits.  Plus, select excursions and spa treatments are included. You only pay a 25% service charge.

 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Flight Tips

 
 

 
Weigh your bags at home if you are checking a bag. Overweight bags are very expensive. You can find baggage weight limits on your airline's website.

TSA does not like wrapped presents especially in carry-ons. I packed gift bags and tissue paper.

Check your flight status at least 2 days prior. Look at the airline's website to see if there are "notifications". If a storm is coming, the airline may let you change your flight at no cost to avoid the storm.


 
If delays do start, head to the gate of any earlier flights to see if you can be out on the stand by list. They usually only let you do this if you have carry on bags. In the case of major weather delays, they can be more accommodating.

If a delay means you will miss your connection, tell the gate agent. They may be able to route you on a different flight. If you will end up having to spend the night somewhere, ask if they can route you through a city where you know someone or if they can get you to a city where you could drive home.

And my best tip - Tell the agent your problem and then shut your mouth. 🤐 Give them a minute to think about how to solve it. If you are still having trouble, ask "What would you do in my situation?" This may trigger a different way of thinking about the problem.

It's a stressful time of year. Everyone is working long hours to help get you to where you want to go. All these employees are away from their families and their holiday to do list. Be kind. Safe travels.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Adults Only All Inclusive Secrets Vallarta Bay



Secrets Vallarta Bay is an adults only all inclusive resort in downtown Puerto Vallarta. It's right next door to Now Amber.  The pool area is active and fun with a swimmable beach. It's a great resort for couples, but groups of friends may not like the open concept bathrooms in the rooms with two double beds.

Secrets guests have access to now Amber. One unique feature is that Now Amber is the only all inclusive resort with a casino inside. It's only open hotel guests and includes a sports bar.

Take a peek:

Does this look like the resort for you? Click here to email me.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Royal Hideaway Playacar


Royal Hideaway Playacar is an adults only all inclusive resort on a wide stretch of beach in the Playacar complex close to Playa del Carmen. It's has a calm, upscale vibe. The popular spot is the infinity pool overlooking the beach. Be sure to try the guacamole made to order and the calamari at The Deck. One note - it does not have a swim up bar and the spa is modest. 
 
Take a peek:
 
 



What do you think? Is this the resort for you? Click here to email me.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Travel Gifts Part 3 - Safety

A few people asked for gift ideas for the traveler in their life so I pulled together this list of products that I use and love.  The pictures are affiliate links to Amazon.

 If you click on  the picture, you'll be able to add the product right to your Amazon cart.

These products worked well for me, but I am making no claim about them.

This is Part 3. Click here for Part 2. Click here for Part 1.

RFID Blocking Sleeves and Passport Holders
RFID readers can skim your credit card and personal information. These sleeves and passport holder block that signal.


Carbon Monoxide Detector
If your traveler frequently rents homes, I think this is a must have. A family visiting Mexico died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a home rental.


Cross Body Purse
I love this purse. It has great organization. You can't cut the strap. The main pockets lock. It makes me feel more confident walking around a new city.

Travel Gifts Part 2

A few people asked for gift ideas for the traveler in their life so I pulled together this list of products that I use and love.  The pictures are affiliate links to Amazon.

 If you click on  the picture, you'll be able to add the product right to your Amazon cart.

These products worked well for me, but I am making no claim about them.

This is Part 2. Click here for Part 1.

Cord Organizer
I need to keep all my cords together or when I open my bag it looks like snacks are jumping out. Both my husband and I use this cute bag. 



3 oz containers
If you want to carry your bags onto the flight, you'll need to switch some of your favorite products to a 3 oz container. I use these.


Travel Adapter and Converter
If you headed across the ocean, this is great to pack. It's an adapter and a converter. An adapter will allow you to plug your device into a different type of plug. A converter protects your device if the electricity runs on a different voltage.

Travel Gifts Part 1

A few people asked for gift ideas for the traveler in their life so I pulled together this list of products that I use and love.  The pictures are affiliate links to Amazon.

 If you click on  the picture, you'll be able to add the product right to your Amazon cart.

These products worked well for me, but I am making no claim about them.

Click here for Part 2. Click here for Part 3.

Cruise Captain T-Shirt

The gift that gets the most comments whenever he wears it is the Cruise Captain's shirt I bought my husband:



Jenni Chan Computer Tote
I have an older version of this bag that is my go-to as my personal item. I like all the pockets and the middle padded area for the laptop.



Portable Luggage Scale
This has saved us from standing in front of the check in counter trying to repack our bags.


Travel Blanket
This blanket is super soft and cozy. I often lay it over the hotel pillows if the sheets are a little scratchy. I like that you can attach it to the outside of your bag. The "Upgrade Me" is a little obnoxious so i turn that side toward the bag.



Packing Cubes
I am a packing cube convert. It keeps me so organized during travel - especially if we have two or three hotels. These offer a little bit of compression to squish down your clothes.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Honeymoon Destination: Saffire Freycinet


Saffire Freycinet is a unique all inclusive resort in Tasmania, Australia. Forty-one luxury pavilions dot the shoreline offering pampering and privacy for your vacation. Your stay includes your meals, cocktails, wine and beer, and activities like an in-water oyster tasting, beekeeping experience, or visiting the onsite Tasmanian devil sanctuary. If you are looking for the honeymoon or trip of a lifetime, this is a terrific choice.
 
Take a peek:



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