13 Money-Saving Smartphone Apps for Your Summer Travel

Summer months are quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more ready for the sun, warmth, and time on the beach. As you plan your amazing getaways, here’s a helpful list of our favorite smartphone apps for summer 2020. These will get you organized, help you find great deals, share itineraries with multiple parties, and save you money along the way, making for the perfect vacation recipe. Summer bliss, coming right up! 1. Waze Whether your trip involves a lot of road travel, or you just want to find a faster way to get to places in your own city, consider

Stuck at Home? Start Planning Your Next Vacation

Are you reading this from your couch? Scrolling through posts searching for some relief from the real world? Taking a break from working from home? Daydreaming about less stressful days? We are, too. With the world flipped upside down, staying happy, healthy and sane is oh so important. Streaming movies is part of this. So is cuddling up with a good book and a perfect cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine. It’s finally starting that jigsaw puzzle you got two Christmases ago. What are we doing? We’re daydreaming about travel, of course! Maybe your next vacation isn’t

8 Tips to Plan a Great Family Reunion

Your people, clan, team, bloodline – your family. The people who come first in your life, maybe even before yourself. They’re the people you go on vacation with or the people you call daily when you’re on vacation with friends. And occasionally family is the reason why you need a vacation. But every few years there’s a magical time when you all head to a getaway together – the family reunion. It’s a time to catch up, to really check in with everyone (because texting only half counts), to slow down and enjoy each other’s company. Sounds like a relaxing

Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans Because of the New Coronavirus?

Travel in 2020 is off to a strange and highly unusual start. Right before the new year, the world got word of a new virus that originated in Wuhan, China. Fast forward a month to now, the beginning of February, and the situation has evolved quite a bit. The novel coronavirus, sometimes referred to as nCoV2019, is transmitted by person to person by close contact or coughing/sneezing, the same way the flu is spread. For now, this is the only confirmed mode of how the virus spreads. But there’s still a lot we don’t yet know and understand about the

Get to Know Us: Our Interview with ABC

Last October we had the honor of sitting down for an interview with ABC! Two of our travel specialists, Teri and Vijal, were featured on Sonoran Living, explaining why everyone can benefit from using a travel agent. Check out the interview below: To go into a bit more detail, here’s what the Hard Rock limitless all-inclusive details: There’s no cap on what’s included in your stay, meaning that all hotel amenities are included in your booking fee. The resort asks for a 25 percent service fee. Like Vijal mentioned in the video, this means your $100 spa treatment would cost

5 Family Trips to Take Before the Kids Grow Up

Someones backpack is lost, your youngest has decided cereal for breakfast is worse than taking a bath, and the coffee pot is making gurgling noises that sound like a gremlin with the flu. Just a normal morning. It’s only natural this may lead you to think that taking the kids on a vacation while they’re young is an insane idea and would take far more energy than a dying coffee machine could provide. It’s true that getting everyone packed and on a trip can be a lot of work, but without question, the U.S. holds incredible destinations that beg for

Tips for Flying with Kids

It’s a family vacation time and the beach is calling. Or Disney World. Or Iceland or Japan. The whole family has planned and mapped out the entire itinerary. Now there’s only one thing left to do — survive the flight while traveling with kids. While the thought of a 12-hour flight over an ocean sounds intimidating, it doesn’t have to be something to dread, and can even be a positive experience. Even a two-hour flight can be nerve wracking with a cranky toddler. But that beach is calling, so click “book,” pack accordingly, and follow these tips on how to

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

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

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