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Earlier this year, the media began to highlight different problems and concerns with traveling to Mexico. With a story of a young women from the Milwaukee, WI area drowning while on vacation, the news was heightened in the greater Wisconsin area that I reside in.
After reading more about the topic, and talking with other agents, I do have a few points that should be brought up from the “other side”. (For clarification, when I refer to Mexico, I’m primarily referring to the Cancun/Riviera Maya/Quintana Roo region as it is the most under scrutiny by the mainstream media).
Today's blog is by Blue Sea Vacations travel specialist, Nicole Bernier. Nicole has been on a number of long haul flights, and is an expert on how to handle them!
Sometimes your dream vacation destination is a world away and if so, chances are you’ll have to take a long haul flight to get there. I consider these flights to be anything longer than 10 hours and bound for international destinations. Over the years, my desire to explore the world and see new places has landed me on more and more of these flights - some good, some not so good. And so, I want share my personal tips that have helped me survive the long haul journey.
When clients are asked, "Are you interested in travel insurance?", travel agents know the stigma that is associated. You are potentially going to spend a significant amount of your hard earned dollars on your trip. The last thing you want to do is spend more money on something that probably won't be used. And we as travel agents don't want you to have to use your travel insurance. But it is much better to safe than sorry when traveling.
With so many people not even realizing that travel agents are still a profession, we thought it would be good to explain how to to utilize our services here at Blue Sea Vacations. Different travel agencies are going to each have their own style and method. We're no different.
We had a quick transfer from the Now Sapphire to the Playacar Palace. Two years ago I visited this small, relaxed resort right in the heart of Playa del Carmen for an afternoon and instantly thought it was wonderful.
When I was booking the resort, I found out that they were closing the week after we'd be there. The whole resort was going to be renovated over the course of three months. Sandy and I both felt like the staff had the feeling of it being the last day of camp.
I was lucky to be able to spend a week in Mexico with my wife, Sandy, and daughter, Sarah this past August. We stayed at two separate resorts, the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun and the Playacar Palace. On top of that, Tropical Storm Franklin came rolling through to keep us on our toes.
In February 2016, Sandy and I found out that we were going to be parents. We were excited, nervous, happy, and anxious. Many times all at once! Prior to this, we had been planning on traveling to Mexico in the summer for a week. Now we needed to change those plans due to the harmful effects associated with Zika the further south towards the equator you go.
After doing some searching, an Alaskan cruise presented the best options. We could still get away for a relaxing trip, but we wouldn't have to worry about Zika.
Below you'll see a review of the trip that we took, along with some highlights about taking a Babymoon.
According to the U.S. Department of State, there were over 18 million passports issued in 2016. While both my wife and I have a few years to go until we need to get our passports renewed, this spring we applied for a passport for our daughter. To be honest, we were both teenagers when we first applied for our passports and our parents did all the paperwork. When it was time for the renewal in our late twenties, it was rather easy. We were nervous that actually applying for our (young!) child would be confusing and filled with tedious paperwork.
When push came down to shove, it was much easier than we thought. Here are the steps to take to make applying for your child's passport as pain-free as possible!
1) Figure out when you are going on your trip. It can take 6-8 weeks to get your passports processed by the government. Make sure you have enough time. There are ways to expedite the process incase of emergencies or last minute circumstances, but this can be both expensive and time consuming.
Cruise or All-Inclusive? This is an age old question that travel agents get asked all the time. I'm here to not pick a side, but to lay out all the factors you should take into consideration before making a decision.
Before I dig in, understand that these are generalizations. You can always find exceptions. An experienced, local travel agent can help you make sense of which option can be a better fit for your next trip!