Caribbean Trifecta: Our three favorites

It’s pretty easy in the wintertime to dream about warmer climates, turquoise waters, and white sand beaches. You should do something about that. Winter is the perfect time to let your vacay take you someplace truly exotic! And we’re here to tell you, there is no place better for this than the Caribbean.  But not just ANY Caribbean location … we have our favorites! The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, are some of the most exclusive and least developed islands of the Caribbean. Thus, their massive appeal. The resorts, villas, restaurants and other tourist attractions in this exotic Read More

Destination: Mexico!

Mexico is the perfect place to host a family vacation! How fun would it be to ask your closest friends and family join you on an adventure in an amazing location away from home and grant them the opportunity for a mini-reunion for them at the same time. One of the most popular places in the world, especially for those whose home base is the states, is Mexico. There are so many unique and wonderful locations, all offering stunning views, perfection in beaches, incredible year-round weather and luxurious, budget friendly resorts that offer both vacation, group and destination wedding packages Read More

Common Travel Scams & How to Avoid Them

We all want to get the most bang for our buck when planning our vacations.  It’s wise to keep an eye out for potential savings or great deals on unique items when we’re exploring other states, cultures, and countries. The problem, of course, is that scammers know we’re looking, and they’re looking for us, hoping that we’ll fall for whatever they’ve cooked up. Here are five of the most common scams — and some easy tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of travel scammers. You come home from running errands and grab the mail. In the stack, you Read More

The “Wanderlust Gene” – Do you have it?

You know them when you meet them.  The people marinating in Wanderlust. Those folks who always keep their passport just a short reach away, who can pack for an international trip in about twenty minutes flat, who’ve almost never met a travel idea they didn’t like, and who would rather take three international trips a year than own a car. They never get tired of exploring. Scientists might have discovered why some folks’ hearts are filled wanderlust and others aren’t. One gene, simply known as DRD4, is associated with dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is one of the brain’s Read More

Five Must-Have Items to add to Your Packing List

You’re preparing for your next trip – like the one you’re getting ready for to visit relatives for Thanksgiving – and you’ve got your packing list in hand. The suitcase is open on the bed, and you’re going down the list of everything you’ll need to take on your trip.   Sandals? Check. Wind breaker? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Duct tape? Wait….what? Yup.  That’s right. You read that correctly. A small roll of duct tape takes up a tiny bit of space but can save your tuchas in about a million different ways. Patch a tear in your shoes, jacket, or Read More

Reconnecting your soul: The Spiritual Awakening Journey Vacation

Researchers speculate that the surge in spiritual awakening journeys involve several factors.  We see a lot of people searching for … something.  Something intangible.  This something can range from our challenging work-life balances to the current global popularity of Pope Francis. Bestselling books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild can make a spiritual awakening adventure seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but as author Lori Erickson points out, “People have been making treks to holy sites for millennia — in fact, these types of locations are probably the oldest form of tourism.” The stereotype of the spiritual awakening seeker-traveler is Read More

Ghostly Gallivanting: A Look at the World’s Most Haunted Places

If you’re into encounters of the spine-tingling variety, you’re part of a small but passionate group of travelers. “Paranormal Travel” enthusiasts participate regularly in online forums, and there’s even a small cottage industry that specializes in highlighting travel to spooky destinations. If this interests you or someone you know, here’s a quick list of some of the world’s reportedly most haunted places. Castle of Good Hope, Capetown, South Africa. This place has some of the standard ghosts — a man who reportedly walks the ramparts, and a crying woman whose haunting ceased when her body was discovered in later excavations. Read More

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Family

It takes a lot of work to get ready for a family trip, even if you have a travel agent doing the planning and booking for you. Choosing the right places and activities, all while trying to maintain some semblance of your normal routine, especially if you have younger kids — can be a real challenge. In the hectic pace of everything, it can be easy to forget the bigger reasons families choose to travel with their children: to enrich their lives, expand their emotional and cultural horizons, and help them become better global citizens. So it’s great to encourage Read More

Bridal / Wedding / Honeymoon Headlines

BRIDES suggests Destination Wedding venues in Miami Beach and in frozen locales – plus, honeymoon options in Bali and each of the 50 U.S. states …   USA Today recommends six Los Cabos honeymoon resorts …   Bridal Guide profiles seven “over the top” Destination Wedding ideas and the latest wedding dress trends …   Destination I Do promotes this eco-friendly line of wedding stationery … Finally, says not having a bridal party may be a great option for you … Read More

Bridal / Wedding / Honeymoon Headlines

Travel + Leisure profiles 14 off-the-beaten-path honeymoon islands … Bridal Guide shares this inspirational gallery of nighttime wedding photos … Check this list of eight beautiful U.S. vineyards that host DW ceremonies … BRIDES recommends these eco-friendly honeymoon suites … Finally, People posted this story of a couple in Puerto Rico who felt they just had to go ahead with their DW plans on the island despite ongoing hurricane recovery efforts … Read More