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Vacation Spots of the People Who’ve Seen it All

Journalists are used to making a home anywhere. They often stay for days, weeks, or months in a place to cover a story. They stay in hotels, homes, or occasionally in conditions they’d rather forget. They get to know language and locals. They walk the landscapes, eat the food, and learn the transportation systems, becoming as fully immersed as a foreigner can get. But what are the places that have so utterly captured them that they return — again and again, even when there’s no story going to report on? Here are a few locations, highlighted in a Guardian article. Read More

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The holidays are coming, this can only mean one thing: European Christmas-market season!  If you want to take a trip over the winter holidays, but you don’t want your family to feel like they are missing out on the holidays, you are not alone. But, we have the perfect answer for your situation, and it doesn’t even lock you into one particular destination.  The European Christmas markets are in virtually every major European city, and a huge selection of smaller cities, as well. They tend to run from mid-November until the beginning of the New Year. Regardless of where you Read More

November Bridal / Wedding / Honeymoon Headlines

This article explains nine things couples wish they’d known before having a Destination Wedding. Essence shared these tips for planning a Destination Wedding in Jamaica. Here’s an interesting new trend: “adventure elopements” Bustle recommends strategies for planning a “sober wedding” BRIDES rounds up honeymoon options in Sorrento (Italy), Patagonia (Chile and Argentina), and mountain destinations. Bridal Guide suggests Fogo Island, Canada for romantic getaways and these honeymoon resorts featured on your favorite reality TV shows – plus, it offers these tips for staying healthy on the honeymoon. Destination I Do posted ideas for helping your clients make their wedding parties feel comfortable on the trip – and, it compiled this list of 2020 wedding dress trends. These articles round up the best honeymoon cities in Europe and Asia. This site suggests 30 Read More

How to Plan a Family Vacation for Multiple Generations

So you’ve decided to plan a family trip that includes several generations – a chance for the entire family to spend time together. Not only is this a nice “Thank You” to those who may have played a role in raising you, it’s often fulfilling to spend quality time with family or friends that you might not get the opportunity to connect with as often as you once did. This is also the ideal time to get a picture for the holiday card without nagging everyone and buying matching Christmas sweating! But of course this type of trip planning can Read More

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling to a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are fantastic for couples who want to put a charming twist on a traditional ceremony. According to the travel guide company Trip Savvy, 25 percent of married couples tie the knot somewhere that isn’t in their hometown. There are many reasons why destination weddings are appealing: they offer a bonding opportunity for both sides of the family and couples can exchange vows in a picturesque location. However, it can be stressful to manage your health during these trips — especially if you don’t have that much experience traveling. Here are the top 6 tips for staying healthy at Read More

Top June Honeymoon Destinations

June is a beautiful month for honeymoons. Destinations the world over are warming up, many of the hot tourist spots are blowing off the dust of the off season and ramping up to full-season mode. June is when many of the biggest spots will have everything open, active, and ready for your perfect romantic getaway. They are rolling out the red carpets to their cities, and you will be their guests of honor. This also can come with a few considerations as well. June is when schools begin their summer breaks, and families begin vacationing in full force. The beginning Read More

8 Tips for When Vacation is Over

We all love planning and preparing for the trip of our dreams, and here at Awaken Travels we have many resources for doing just that, but what about when that dream vacation has come to an end? We all must return home eventually, and we’re here to help. That familiar crash that is landing back at home when the dream vacation is over. Desperately try to grab a few hours of sleep during the time that would have been lunchtime just yesterday. Jump in the car without your coffee because you didn’t have time to buy any last night. Rush Read More

How to be the Best Travel Companion

Whether you’re going for a couple weeks or even several months together, there are some basic elements that are critical to making travel with someone else successful.  Ashlea Halpern is an editor at Traveler magazine who recently spent a year globetrotting with her boyfriend. Here are some of her best tips for making it work so you can come back from your journey with a stronger relationship than ever. Get clear on what you’re good at and what you’re not good at — and play up each other’s strengths. You might be awesome at small details, or you might be Read More

October bridal / wedding / honeymoon headlines

Bridal Guide recommends hotels around the world with the most amazing views. Yahoo! says Millennials are killing off these wedding traditions. WeddingBells.ca shares wedding etiquette questions that many people are afraid to ask. Destination I Do captures the latest trends in bridal jewelry. Check out this amazing wedding reception flash mob. This couple added an incentive to encourage early wedding RSVPs: Miss the deadline, and you’d better bring your own chair and sandwich. Croatia may be the next “it” destination for honeymoons, according to BRIDES. Share these honeymoon tips from Bridal Guide with your couples for taking perfect photos and Read More

How to Participate in “Pack for a Purpose”

Before you toss that extra sweater into your suitcase that you’re definitely not gonna need on a Caribbean vacation, consider instead packing some school supplies, English books, or some band-aids to donate to the local community. Sandals, which operates some of our favorite resorts, has partnered with local organizations in a number of countries to help the community thrive. The program is called “Pack for a Purpose” and Sandals has made it incredibly easy to give something back to the people of the area you’re visiting while on vacation. How to Pack for a Purpose The idea of volunteering while Read More