Although we have been customizing travel arrangements for people to the Caribbean. There is an ever-increasing interest in traveling to other locations in the world. So, we will begin to feature new locations every month. This month our Facebook and Instagram posts will feature specifics about Lima, Peru. If it is on your bucket list, here are some Entertaining activities for you to consider when traveling to Peru.
Lima is the capital and largest city in Peru. With its bustling city life, rich culture, and eye-catching architecture, there's so much to see and do that it could take several vacations to the land to truly encounter it all. The entertainment found within the city's borders surely is a treat to all tourists. Since there's no shortage of things to do and Lima may overwhelm its newcomers, we've narrowed it down to five things that all tourists should experience during their visit.
Street Food Carts
One of the city's most sought-after features is its abundance of street food vendors. The inexpensive street food options are endless and an absolute delight to the palette. Famous chefs primarily own the street carts found in Lima and hold a high standard on the quality of the food they decide to offer.
Large colonial structures with meticulously detailed features are all over the City of Lima. The vibrant golds and rich colors are sure to catch your attention as you walk through the streets and head downtown.
Native to Peru, Pisco is a light brandy that is created by the winemakers of the nation. The foamy sour drink infused with bitters is one of the most favored by connoisseurs from all over the world. If Pisco is a little too bitter for your palette, have it mixed with ginger ale, splashes of lime juice, and topped with a cherry. This tasty alternative is called the Chilcano.
Explore Boho Barranco
As the country's trendiest and most artistic region, Boho Barranco attracts many sightseers. Sitting atop a ravine, the views from the district seem to go on forever as you wind through the streets to find all the sweet little art galleries, museums, and boutiques buy souvenirs. Many of the galleries showcase the making of their art forms and let their guests reach into their artistic side by getting hands-on.
Cruise Along the Coastline
Along the coastline, you will find an assortment of entertaining things to do as you cruise aside the water's edge taking in all of its beauty. Enjoy ongoing views from a cliff's edge at El Malecon de Miraflores, take pictures with your loved one at the sculpture of two lovers, or head to the beach for some fun in the Pacific Ocean.
Ready to go? Let’s explore this as an options together. As You Wish Luxury Travel assists hard-working professionals with their much-needed travel plans, so they can focus on their loved ones and careers instead of wasting 30 hours or more planning a vacation. Contact AJ! Clonts for your next travel adventure at 440-965-6868 or by email at email@example.com.
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Gosh, time flies. The year 2019 is over, and 2020 is here. Another year has come and gone! For those of you who booked a trip with As You Wish Luxury or Romance Travel last year, we appreciate your support! It’s the time of the year again for some much-needed reflection and introspection to set the right tone for the new year! We have been busy coming up with our goals for 2020, and we want to share the biggest ones with you.
The first goal we have for 2020 is to give locally to specific charities.
We love to give and support organizations. In 2018 we gave $1,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. We’ve donated to Genesis House, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, The Alzheimers Association, and others since we’ve been in business.
However, this year, we plan to give $1,000 to Neighborhood Alliance by donating $250 each quarter as a result of the bookings we receive from you! Also, we are offering a $1,000 Mexico Vacation stay at the Difference Makers Event on Friday, February 21, 2020, again this year as well. (And I’ve been told you will be able to participate in this giveaway, without having to be present. Ask Leadership Lorain County for the details.)
We give because there is much need in Lorain County, and these organizations work very hard to fulfill those needs. We are blessed to have such great, hard-working professionals that put faith in our travel services and that book with us. With your support, we want to use a portion of the money we make to give back to the community where we reside and do our part to help those in need.
The second goal we have for 2020 is to explore travel opportunities beyond the Caribbean.
From the data that we have received, we notice that a strong interest in being immersed in a travel experience and not just cookie-cutter experiences. So you will begin to see more emphasis placed on travel to Europe, River Cruises, and Bucket List (sporting event) travel. Here are all the services we provide, in case you didn’t know:
Every time we plan a trip for someone, we want to go on it. So we are going on our first European River Cruise this fall! We are so excited for this adventure!
The third goal we have for 2020 is become invaluable to our clients by using technology, video, newsletters, etc.
In 2020, As You Wish Luxury & Romance Travel will focus on creating custom itineraries so you can focus on your family and career, instead of wasting 30 hours or more researching and planning your trip. We realize that as a respected professional, you need to break away from your daily routine. Also, your time is valuable. So we plan to send short weekly e-news and newsletters that include video segments so that it is engaging content.
Also, we like to use technology as much as possible to make it easier for you to connect with us and your travel plans. We support you before, during, and after your trip. We always request the resort or hotel for additional amenities, acknowledgment of celebrations, or sometimes we ask for upgrades for our clients. Many times our requests are honored. This effort is the value we bring as a travel specialist to you!
There’s nothing like sharing your goals with a list of your virtual friends to make sure we stay accountable and work towards completing our goals!
What about you, [first name]?
What is your #1 goal for 2020?
Hit reply and let us know.
It makes us happy to know more about what your goals and desires are.
Here’s to a productive 2020!
Do you need to be adventurous to go on an international trip? Let’s delve into what it takes to go on a journey “out of the states.” Well, first, a real international trip should include flights, which, while they may seem expensive, are the quickest and best way to see new lands. For the price of the latest smartphone or HDTV, one can book a round trip ticket to most cities in Europe. By taking that step, you can taste the local cuisine, learn a new culture, and even possibly start learning a new language.
People often get caught up in their daily routines that they forget there is so much more out in the world than in the county where they live. Taking the time to plan a trip overseas can help combat much of life’s daily monotony. An international trip can help build confidence, relieve stress, improve mental health, and reduce job-related burnout. Many scientific studies show that oversees travel helps both women and men lead better, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Just the actions of planning a trip begin the health benefits before the trip even starts! Studies also show that the benefits linger weeks and months after returning home
By traveling overseas, one can be fully immersed in the local culture, seeing architecture in person, not just in pictures or videos. Seeing the Eiffel tower, the Roman Colosseum, the Swiss Alps, the Great Wall of China, and thousands of other unique buildings and places have so much more meaning when seen in person instead of a 2-dimensional screen. Going on excursions utilizing a trained local guide in the country you are visiting is a great way to learn about the history, the best places to eat and shop, where the best local entertainment is, and so much more.
International travel gives one a new perspective on their life, building confidence, expanding your comfort zone, and taking you out of your daily routine by being in new surroundings. It is the essence of experiential learning and, perhaps, one of the best investments in personal education, so much more than collecting material “things.”
In conclusion, international travel can open you to new ways of thinking, learning about the customs of the country, developing better relationships with those traveling with you, or even meeting new friends. Exposing yourself to new cultures, landscapes, and cuisines will help you lead a better, more confident life when you return to your routine. And then you can start planning your next adventure!
Here are few tips that may keep you from being "walked."
You’ve booked your hotel, got the best “deal” you could, and feel good about your accomplishment. You may have paid in advance or elected to “pay upon arrival,” but either way, the booking is guaranteed, right? No, not necessarily.
Booking through online travel agencies may save a dollar or two, but many of them have, way down in their fine print, disclaimers that their services are not guaranteed. I read them fully every time, don’t you? No, almost nobody reads them because if you didn’t agree, you would not be able to book the room or service.
All hotels overbook if they can. For example, if you show up at 10:30 pm to get your guaranteed room and everybody else came in earlier that day, the hotel may not have any room available at all, besides the specific category you requested. Overbooking happens more often on weekends and holidays since that is when more people travel for leisure.
For some people, this situation is not all that bad. Most hotels will make arrangements to send you to another hotel that has space. The hotel term for that is “walk.” And in many cases, the hotel will refund your payment and pay for your stay in the other hotel. This procedure will not make most people the happiest, because they may have needed to stay with friends, family, or a conference in the original hotel. Still, it does make it easier to accept the situation if there is a refund.
So, how do you guarantee you have a room waiting for you when you arrive? To increase your odds, if possible, arrive by 3 pm and check-in with the registration desk. If you can’t be there that early, call them and let them know you are en-route and will arrive at a specific time. Still not a guarantee, but they may hold a room and not give it to the person that walks in without a reservation. Other options are to ask for a service, like flowers or champagne, to be left in the room before you arrive. The staff is less likely to give the room to someone else if they already have the service added.
Lastly, consider joining the hotel brand loyalty program. If they have noted that you are part of their reward program, they may keep your room until you arrive. And, of course, using a travel advisor that has ongoing relationships with hoteliers to advocate for you if any issues arise is one of the best things you can do! If you desire peace of mind, contact AJ! Clonts at 440-965-6868 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your hotel or custom vacation package.
Here’s a few travel tips to improve your trip experience. You can use them now and in the future; however, most of these tips are great for holiday travel, but also good for normal vacation and business travel too!
Be sure to arrive a minimum of 2 hours before flight time for domestic flights and 3 hours before for international flights. Check on road conditions the day of travel for construction, weather or heavy traffic potential delays and adjust the time you leave your home accordingly. It’s not fun to start off your vacation by missing your first flight! ☹
If traveling internationally, before leaving home, be sure to contact your cell phone company and let them know what country (or countries) you will be visiting to be sure what your voice and data plan will allow without astronomical charges.
Also, if traveling outside of the states, let your bank know you will be in other locales, so they do not block your card for “suspicious” charges. Speaking of cards, if out of the country, and if you have one, be sure to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. If you are not sure, contact your card provider.
Packing...some people’s joy and others angst. If at all possible, pack lightly. Make a list (a short list) of the necessary items you must take. (Necessary medications and underwear are 2 at the top of my list, lol.) But less can be more on a vacation. Taking less can mean you are able to bring more back, more easily. More souvenirs, presents that were given, treasures that were found while shopping in a foreign land, etc. If you are not absolutely sure you will be wearing or using the item, don’t bring it.
And when you are done packing, make sure to weigh the larger bags you will be checking at the ticket counter. Most airlines have a 50-pound limit and just a small overage can cost you big. Spirit Airlines has a 40-pound limit, so be wary of traveling with them.
Travel Protection – For some people, it’s an afterthought, or “one of those extra costs that should be declined.” But having the proper travel protection for your particular vacation can be the most important decision you make. For example, see this article about a couple in Mexico (and this could happen anywhere anytime internationally) https://bit.ly/2KZDjud If they had travel protection with medical coverage as primary coverage this would not have happened….some coverages do pay, but only as a reimbursement after you pay and return to home to make the claim.
Relax! – you shouldn’t expect each vacation to be the “best vacation ever.” If you have very high expectations, then the smallest bump will seem like the trip is ruined. Traveling with an expectation of perfection will lead to disappointment. Having an open mind for the possible variations that may happen will keep you and those with you more calm and relaxed to handle them with much less stress.
Now is the time to book your vacation, whether it be for the 1st of the year, spring, summer or fall. You don’t want to wait too late to book. Let your favorite travel advisor (hint, hint, As You Wish Luxury Travel) know in plenty of time what dates you plan to travel. Fights fill quickly to certain popular destinations and your travel advisor can help you find better flights, connections, and airlines.
Also, prior to booking talk with your travel advisors about what you want to achieve from this vacation. If one wants to relax and the other wants more activity, the vacation may not go the way either had planned. Communication is the key. And make sure to communicate at the beginning with your travel advisor what kind of vacation is desired from all travelers. They just might be able to find something that everyone will love without compromising one desire over another.
We know many of you will be traveling this holiday season. Or maybe you are purchasing travel for your family, group, or yourself. One of the main goals of As You Wish Luxury Travel is focusing on our clients needs. So we hope these tips will reduce your stress for the next travel adventure that you book with us!
October 2020 is fast approaching. Do you have a Federally compliant license yet?
You may be confused (like I was) about the push for Real or Enhanced IDs by October 2020. And are they the same thing? Here’s what I found out. Due to the Real ID Act of 2005 that was passed by Congress, an individual 18 or over must have a federally compliant ID to fly domestically and to enter Federal Buildings by October 1st, 2020. The difference between Real IDs and Enhanced IDs is small, Enhanced IDs are virtually the same except “Enhanced,” has the American flag is shown on it. Enhanced IDs can be used to travel by land or water (not air) to Canada, whereas holders of Real IDs cannot.
Enhanced IDs were established first in New York state in 2008 so individuals could travel to Canada without the need for a passport. The states of Washington, Vermont, Minnesota, and Michigan also offer enhanced driver’s licenses that are similarly Real ID (Federally) compliant.
Is it necessary to get either Federally compliant Id?
While not mandatory, having a federally compliant ID is necessary for most individuals. Whether flying to visit family or friends in the US or if you need to enter a federal building in the future. Some individuals may already have federally compliant IDs. These are a US passport, global entry card, a US Department of Defense ID, federally recognized tribal issued photo IDs, US Merchant Mariner credentials, or transportation worker Identification credentials. These specific IDs allow individuals to fly domestically as of this writing. However, please check with https://www.tsa.gov before you travel for any changes.
Also, if planning to visit a federal agency, you should check with them in advance, to obtain information regarding identification requirements. But, if you drive and need to have a driver’s license anyway, it is best to get the Real ID license to avoid carrying around another form ID to be able to fly domestically or enter federal buildings when required.
What information do I need to show to get a Federally complaint ID?
So now you know there are slight differences between the Real ID and the Enhanced ID. Although it may not be mandatory, if you fly domestically, it is important that you obtain one of the two ID’s above. This will allow you to travel without having to carry additional ID with you when you travel. We bring this information to you as our goal, as your favorite travel agency, is to reduce or eliminate your stress when you travel.
Have any questions or need assistance with designing your next travel experience?
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We all know that Black Friday is a great time to shop for the holidays. We are already receiving promotions for Mexico, Caribbean, Sandals resorts, ocean cruises, river cruises, and Europe trips. Here are some tips to consider when taking advantage of these Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals:
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There’s no denying the power and influence that movies have on us. Sometimes so much that they make us fall in love with not just the character and the story but also the places and the culture shown in them. So, here’s a list of some of the greatest movies of their time which are also an alluring portrayal of the beauty and the culture of London.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
This 1994 British rom com was shot in locations like St Bartholomew the Great, the South Bank, Greenwich and on Highbury Terrace, Highbury Fields (the place where Charles flat was and the romantic reunion in the rain was filmed).
A Fish Called Wanda
The 1988 Charles Crichton dark comedy used locations like Kipling Mansions, St John’s Gate and the New Square in Lincoln’s Inn.
A great movie also needs a great location to be filmed at, and that’s exactly the case with this modern remake of Arthur Conon Doyle’s classic character, played by none other than Robert Downey Jr. The filmmakers chose spots like St. Paul’s cathedral, 0ld Royal Naval College in Greenwich, River Thames, Brompton cemetery in Kensington, The Reform Club in St. James’s and St Bartholomew, the Great Church
The street market of Portobello Road is easily in the list of top ten tourist’s attraction of London. The weekends here are extremely crowded, and hence the best time to visit. It is also on this road that you will find Grant’s bookshop.
Bridget Jones Diary
Bridget’s flat is located on the Bedale Street of Borough Market, also known as food lover’s paradise. Other famous locations include Royal Courts of Justice, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street Station and the Tower Bridge.
Bend It Like Beckham
This aspiring story of two 18-year old’s was filmed in locations like Carnaby Street, the Gunnersbury Park, London Heathrow Airport and the Piccadilly Circus.
Although the entire movie is filmed in the Shepperton Film Studio, this 1968 musical drama portrays the mysterious and dangerous side of the city perfectly.
28 Days Later
In case you have never been to London and are totally scared after watching this movie, then don’t be. Cause the city is never this empty. The creepy Danny Boyle Sci-Fi horror had some of it scenes filmed at the Westminster Bridge, Royal Exchange, Piccadilly Circus and St Anne’s Church.
The Bourne Ultimatum
This action-packed Matt Damon film was mostly shot in the Pinewood Studios near London but some of the fight sequences were also shot in real locations like the Waterloo Station and the Charing Cross Underground Station.
Just like Oliver! This Disney classic was also shot entirely at the Walt Disney Studios, but the painted London backgrounds get the job done.
This story of a Bangladeshi woman who leaves behind her family and friends for a life in London is beautifully shot at places like Chapel Market, Liverpool Street Station and the Brick Lane itself.
Just because Hogwarts or the entire Harry Potter universe is made up, doesn’t mean that the places it was filmed at are as well. It is kind of like a ritual for every Harry Potter fan to visit the Millennium Bridge, and the Claremont Square (also known as Grimmauld place) and obviously the Kings Cross station.
The Kings Speech
There are many reasons that this film won an Oscar and the choice of beautiful London locations might just be one of them. Some of these locations include 33 Portland Place, Avenue Garden, Battersea power station and the Draper’s Hall of Throgmorton Avenue.
This Gwyneth Paltrow British American was filmed at some of the most beautiful locations in London. Albert Bridge and St Philip Street in Battersea, Waterloo and City Line in London Underground and Fulham Broadway Underground Station, just to name a few.
Which of these movies have you seen? Or which location in London have you visited. I don't know about you but I am ready to pack my bags for a visit. If you are, contact AJ! Clonts at 440-965-6868 or by email at email@example.com.
There’s a lot that you need to consider when you are travelling somewhere for the first time. Where are you going to stay? How much is it going to cost? Which places to visit? How can I make the best use of my time and money? These are just some of the important questions that every traveler, no matter where they are going, asks and struggles to find the answers to.
So, in case you are travelling to London for the first time and your mind is filled with all these unanswered questions, here are a few tips and tricks to help you.
The first thing that you worry about when you are planning a trip is the accommodation. A lot of travelers end up buying the cheap rooms outside the central city but regret the decision as soon as they get there. Reason being that although you saved a lot of money but now you have to commute in and out of the city every day, and this is a huge waste of not only your money but also your time. Your best option is that you stay in central London where you can easily find an average hotel with affordable rates. It’s not going to be your cheapest option but at least you will be closer to majority of the famous tourist attractions and wouldn’t have to worry about transportation.
Another problem that the first-time travelers face is that they try to see each and everything in just one visit, which is totally impossible. You have to understand that London is a huge city and people cannot accomplish that in weeks or even months, let alone in just a couple of days. Plan ahead and use your time efficiently. Just visit 2 to 3 attractions or major landmarks a day. This way you won’t get exhausted quickly and would be able to properly enjoy the places that you decide to visit. Also take some time out for random walks around the city and try to visit some of the less known places as well or just find some new ones on your own. It’s these little things that will make your trip unique and more personal.
Trying out some of the, if not all, traditional cuisines is also part of the travelling experience. But it doesn’t mean that you need to go way too overboard with that by wasting your money on fine dining. You can get a taste of traditional foods in local markets as well. Just grab some sandwiches from the local supermarket or Fish&Chips from The Golden Chippy and go for a picnic in one of the public parks. In case of the traditional afternoon tea experience, you can go to St. Ermins. The place is known to serve really good afternoon tea at affordable prices.
Last but not the least, wear comfortable shoes as there is going to be a lot walking involved, always carry an umbrella with you as it can rain anytime in London and make sure that you have a travel adaptor with you as most of the plugs in UK are Type G. Other than that, just don’t worry too much about doing everything right and try to have as much fun as you can with your time there.
London; the capital city of the red-brick country. First founded by the Romans when they invaded the Britain in AD 43, the name “London “originates from a Celtic word Londinios, which means “The Place of the Bold One”. Aside from the historic landmarks and the gloomy yet somehow beautiful weather, there is a lot in this city that familiarities us about the history and culture of not only the city, but also of the country.
The Tower of London, one of the most historic places in the country, was initially built to guard the city in 1078 by William 1 when he took over it. Since then it has been used as a palace, a weapons store, a castle, a prison, a mint and even as a zoo. As of present time, it is open for the public who can enjoy the Crown Jewels exhibition as well as the annual art installments which began in order to honor the Golden Jubilee of Britain’s involvement in the first World War. Buckingham Palace, The Elizabeth Tower and St. Paul’s Cathedral are just few of the other historic places that are a must see during your trip to London.
If you were lucky enough to visit London and didn’t enjoy a ride on the giant London Eye, then you clearly missed an opportunity of a lifetime. The 30-minute ride on the famous ferris wheel gives you such a breathtaking view of the city that you will not be able to witness even if you are at the top of the tallest building of London. My recommendation would be that you save it for the end of your trip, cause what better way to say goodbye to the city than enjoying the stunning bird’s-eye view of it that this ride has to offer.
When it comes to food and drinks, the Borough Market is known as the ultimate heaven for a food lover. The classic English breakfast, a Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding, beef wellington and fish and chips are just few of the foods that London is known for. The relaxing afternoon tea served with the usual milk and sugar is just what the afternoons in London were made for. You can also have it black or with lemon if that’s more suitable to your taste. Real ale, an unfiltered and unpasteurized beer brewed with natural ingredients and served with natural carbonation. Although available in almost every part of the world the Real ale experience that you can enjoy in London is unlike anywhere else.
Because of the unpredictable weather of London, summer is the best time for tourists to visit the city and enjoy outdoor activities such as picnics in the famous Hyde and Kensington Park. However, it is still recommended to bring a sweatshirt or a sweater in case it rains, and it gets a little chilly.
Last but not the least make sure you go on a night tour of the city. Whether by yourself or with a friend, an evening walk offers a special experience of the city that you will remember for the rest of your life.
With the rich culture of Ireland that include the traditional arts such as weaving, silversmithing, and wood carving, no wonder Iceland is on your bucket list. In fact, the Reykjavik area has several professional theaters, a symphony orchestra, an opera, and many art galleries, bookstores, cinemas, and museums. So when traveling to this area, it is very important to make sure to work with a trusted travel advisor like, As You Wish Luxury Travel, to design a custom itinerary that allows you to immerse yourself in the best that Iceland has to offer. Here is are the top 5 water-related activities you will want to consider when traveling to Iceland
Whale Watching Tour – There are many tours available that allow you to see whales as well as puffins. You can engage with Naturalists and experience rare sightings that will leave you in awe. It is best to whale watch in the summer months, preferably April through September. Minke whales are the most common in Iceland. Follow instructions carefully and be safe.
Blue Lagoon Spa – This mineral-rich attraction is minutes from the Keflavik International airport. There are many spa options available due to the geothermic forces and many natural elements. The lagoon is man-made and renewed every two days with fresh water. You can easily access the site via car or bus.
West Fjords – Located in a popular peninsula, the Fjords are breathtaking. You need to plan well and leave time to really explore all this area has to offer. They have great attractions. You can visit a myriad of special sites, such as the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum or the famous Látrabjarg cliff. There is much to experience in this mountainous remote area. You will have options that will keep you interested while on your expedition.
Skogafoss – The perfect place for you to get a shot with a double rainbow, Skogafoss is the most scenic fall in Iceland. With a drop of over 60 meters, the view is spectacular. There is also a legend of gold that lies within the falls. Take your chance and search if you dare…
Silfra - Silfra is an amazing diving spot located in Thingvellir National Park. It is the crevice between the tectonic plates in North America and Eurasian continents. It is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates that shift roughly 2 cm every year. The shifting of the earth creates new caverns and tunnels. There is plenty of wildlife to see on your dive/snorkel. The three main dive sites are; Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. The maximum depth is about 207 feet. The water is the purest in the world, and you can feel free to take a sip while diving.
Ready to go? I know I am. You can view a sample itinerary for Iceland on our website by clicking here. Next click here to schedule a FREE consultation about your travel plans and let us discuss how we can design a custom itinerary just for you. Or contact AJ! Clonts by email at aj@asyouwishluxurytravel or by phone at 440-965-6868.
This year (2019) in Ohio seems to be very gray, cloudy, and raining. Isn’t it time for a change to warmth, sun, and fun? If so, consider St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida. This area is served by two airports. One is the Tampa International Airport, which is 30 minutes away. The other is the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. These two international airports make it very convenient to fly in and out and at a very reasonable cost.
According to TripAdvisor St. Pete-Clearwater is consistently ranked the best beach in the US and ranked among the top 10 beach areas in the world. It offers miles of sugar white sand, tranquil gulf breezes, clear water views. It’s the perfect location for fall ages offering a variety of interests.
What’s not to love about St. Pete-Clearwater? Sun and fun lovers have an endless supply of great dining, museums, and extensive outdoor activities on land and at sea. It draws visitors all year long who love jet-skiing, parasailing, and paddle boarding. The Caladesi Island State Park provides adventure seekers the opportunity for biking, hiking, kayaking and more!
The year around pleasant temperatures attract cyclists and roller bladders who glide along the beachfront promenade. At night, the Beach Walk, which is lined with restaurants and café’s is the perfect pathways that leads you to Pier 60 which comes alive with a nightly festival of music and art. Also don’t forget to visit Downtown St. Peterburg museums. There you will find the largest The Salvador Dali museum outside of Spain. Or visit the Chihuly Glass museum and offer your eyes a feast of beautiful glass shapes and colors.
There is so much to do and see in St. Pete-Clearwater, we can’t name them all. We encourage you to book our Clearwater, Florida vacation package located here! Our vacation package includes private transfers from the airport of your choice for 2 people to stay 7 nights at the 4-star Opal Sands Resort (or similar 4 star hotel) with accommodation in Premium Gulf Front room. And there are two amazing tours included as well. One is a dinner cruise and the other a helicopter ride. This trip does not include airfare, travel insurance nor meals (unless otherwise noted). We are willing to assist with arranging these aspects upon your request. The icing on the cake is we do include a $200 Visa or Mastercard that you can use as you wish during your stay. All of this is for one low price for two people
Are you looking for a vacation experience that is unlike the norm? Then Iceland is the place for you! The rugged beauty of the land, the natural wonders, and festivals all year round are not to be missed! If so, we have the vacation package for you.
This vacation package is in Reykjavík (pronounced “rake-ya-vick”), Iceland. The package includes accommodations at a 4-star hotel called Fosshotel.
Daily breakfast is included with your standard room. Located near the middle of Reykjavík, you have easy access to shops, restaurants, and the Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir that is part of Klambratún Park.
Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, has many quality restaurants with award winning chefs that create delicious Icelandic cuisine sourced locally. And be sure to try the local coffee and beer!
Listen to a concert at the Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, visit the Geothermal beach, and the largest whale exhibition in the world are just a few of the many events and activities around the city.
Your package, during the 7 day stay, also includes three tours as follows:
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik Excursion
Get the most from a day in Iceland on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik that covers the Golden Circle, Kerid crater, and Blue Lagoon. View the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, see the geysers and pools at Geysir, and admire the Gulfoss Waterfall. In addition, visit the lake-filled Kerid volcanic crater, and finish by bathing in the warm Blue Lagoon (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food
Finding authentic places to eat can be tricky in an unfamiliar place. Take the guesswork out of your visit to Reykjavík on this guided walking tour that takes you to a multitude of eateries around the capital, including the city's oldest restaurant and a much-loved hot dog stand. In a small group of no more than 12, learn about Iceland's culinary history and traditions as you sample such dishes as Icelandic meat soup, skyr, and lobster soup.
Whale watching in luxury
Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. Nature lovers looking to see some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but who wish to do so in a small group, should grab this chance now. The ship sets sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour and during your journey, you'll sail among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with a fantastic view of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water. The most common sights are minke and humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises. However, there is always a chance to spot a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species. The professional team onboard is very experienced in spotting whales and are dedicated to making sure their passengers leave with a smile!
The price for this 7 day/6 night stay for 2 people is $4105.20. Included are private roundtrip transfers from Keflavík airport. hotel, daily breakfast, and three excursions. For more info visit our website at:
Are you looking for a different type of vacation experience? How about indulging in local culture through food, wine, and shopping? If so, we have the vacation package for you. You will stay in a town nestled into the hillside, overlooking beautiful blue waters. A small but quaint community that has only two roads that allow car traffic. Most of the traffic is on foot walking up and down steps, peering into the shops of local retailers.
The vacation package is in Positano (pronounced Po-see-ton-o), Italy. The package includes accommodations at a 4-star hotel called Positano Art Hotel Pasitea. Daily breakfast that is included with your standard sea view room. Located in the middle of Positano, you have easy access to shops and restaurants. The hotel concierge provides recommendations for transportation, restaurants, tours and vespa rentals (which is a motor bike.)
Positano is a small picturesque town in the famous Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy. This small community is bursting with natural beauty. Wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants, and fashionable retailers line the steep streets and steps. You will experience the southern-Italian flair through sunbathers eating pizza on the beach, kids pestering parents for gelato, and chic signore from Milan browsing the boutiques.
Your package, during the 6 day stay, also includes two tours as follows:
Capri Cruise from the Amalfi Coast. Starting from Positano in the morning, hop on a 33-foot boat. Get a glimpse the Bay of Naples. Stop at the renowned Faraglioni rock formations or the Li Galli nature reserve. The boat visits the famed Blue Grotto, which is the former private bath of Roman Emperor Tiberius. Next take up to four hours of free time visiting the Island of Capri on your own. Then get back on the boat and return to the Amalfi Coast and arrive back into Positano in the early evening.
Positano: Traditional Home Dinner on Amalfi Coast. Delight your palate and indulge your desire with a tradition dinner in Positano. Your dinner includes a four-course authentic Italian meal in the home of Chef Giacomo. Eat prepared products and herbs, sample excellent wines, and taste homemade liquor.
The price for this 6 day/5 night stay for 2 people is $4,850. Included are private roundtrip transfers from Naples Airport or train station, daily breakfast, and two excursions. For more information visit our website at: https://www.asyouwishtravelagency.com/positano-italy.html.
It’s the start of the New Year! Bridal Show season is upon us, which means lots of wedding planning begins including looking for a wedding dress. We understand that shopping for the perfect wedding dress can be overwhelming and frustrating at times. Here are 6 tips that will help you help you with your wedding dress shopping experience.
1. Be honest about the dress
Be honest with your wedding dress consultant about the dresses you try on. When trying on dresses ask yourself: “Do I feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable in the dress? Can I sit down without feeling self-conscience? Can I move it in without feeling trapped? Is this a dress I can wear all day?” If you cannot answer these questions, it may not be the right dress , no matter how beautiful it is.
2. Strike a balance when trying on dresses
Dresses always look good on a hanger (they can look awful too). Avoid making a quick judgment. You must try the dress on to see it if fits your silhouette. This means that you may need to try on several dresses but not too many. Trying on too many dresses can lead to frustration, confusion, and disappointment. To make it easier, look at bridal magazines or Pinterest to get an idea of the perfect wedding dress for you. This will help you try on the right amount of dresses without feeling overwhelmed. If you don’t find the dress you want and begin getting frustrated, take a break and try again another day. Also, work with your dress consultant as they can assist you with finding the perfect dress for you.
3. Don’t order a smaller dress size
You may be alarmed at the size wedding dress you order. It turns out that bridal gowns can run two or three sizes larger than what you would normally wear. We all have hopes to be a small size on our wedding day. So once you locate the perfect wedding dress, order that in the size you are that day. The great news is that when you lose weight, the bridal dress shop can always adjust it to your reduced size. Focus more on the look and how amazing you feel in the dress than the size. You will be happier on your wedding day as a result.
4. Begin dress shopping at least 6 months before the wedding
You should begin shopping for a dress 6 to 7 months before your wedding. Picking your wedding dress within 4 months of the wedding date is considered to be a rush. A rush order will incur extra costs. If you are under 2 months away, you may have to take whatever is on the rack. This could be frustrating as it may not end up being the dress of your dreams.
5. Shop for your gown with the right under garments
When gown shopping you will spend a lot of time in your underwear. So wear something pretty, which must include a well-fitted bra. Before gown shopping, get fitted for the perfect bra. There is power in having well-fitted undergarments under your wedding dress. Also consider wearing spandex. This will make it easier to slip in and out of all the wedding dresses you will try on that day.
6. Make an appointment
Make your appointment with the bridal shop to try on wedding dresses. This will allow your wedding gown shopping day is as smooth as possible. When you make an appointment it secures your spot. It is also recommended that you make the appointment for as early as possible. The store will be less crowded and you can get more attention from your consultant as a result.
The entire process of planning a wedding from beginning to end can be exciting or stressful. Your dress shopping will be better if you remember to be honest with yourself. Don't forget to shop early enough and follow the other tips listed above. These tips will assist you with having an enjoyable wedding dress shopping experience. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Brides World in Sandusky, Ohio at (419) 626-8539.
Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.