The holidays are here! Are you are thinking about surprising your family with a great vacation in 2019? Or you are engaged? Or soon to be engaged? Do you need to plan that great honeymoon or destination wedding. Well the idea is a lot of fun, but the research can be brutal. It can take 5 to 40 hours to research before you determine if you’ve found the PERFECT vacation. Here are some tips to help you with the overwhelming and daunting task
It is important to determine your budget first. Then figure out how much vacation you will get, based on your wants and needs. You may find you need to increase your budget to something more reasonable. A budget needs to be one of the first things you develop to stay within your financial boundaries.
When and Where
This part is easy if you already have a destination in mind. To assist with deciding on a destination, write all your preferences. Next, decide what time of year you want to go on vacation along with the length of stay. You should also think about the climate and activities are you looking to do.
Brainstorm an activity wish list with your family, group, or significant other. This does not mean that everyone gets what they want but it will help to set expectations. Not everyone enjoys the same activities so this will help you to balance everyone’s desires. For example, an all-inclusive resort could be a great fit. This is where your travel partners have many of different activities.
Come up with several itinerary options to compare. As You Wish Luxury Travel presents three itineraries for our clients to review. Using a travel adviser is helpful. Travel advisers can reduce the stress of planning your vacation. because they do all the legwork for you.
International Travel Tips
Traveling internationally? Then make sure to determine if there are vaccines or visa requirements for that country. Use this time to take a look at your passport and make sure it is not going to expire soon. You could be denied boarding your flight if you have less than 6 month remaining on your passport. So make sure you will have 6 months or more left on the passport from the date of return from traveling.
Call your credit card company and inform them of when you are traveling. This will avoid having your credit card blocked and your transaction flagged as fraudulent. Also, check on ATMs and fees. Is there an extra fee for using your credit card internationally? Determine how much cash to carry. Also, figure out the methods you will use to pay for different parts of your trip.
Don't food yourself. You need travel insurance. It covers so much than medical emergencies. It can cover a stolen camera, a cancelled flight, medical issues and so much more. Remember most health care plans do not cover you overseas.
There are so many steps involved in planning a great vacation. Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. So turn to a professional – most of the time it may not cost you anything extra to use an experienced travel advisor. As You Wish Luxury Travel offers personalized service. We assist with finding you the right trip for the best value. A good travel agent can reduce the stress when planning a vacation. Contact AJ! at 1-844-748-9474 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Inclusive resorts are very popular. In fact, we are witnessing the increase of constructing all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. We are wondering where all the people are coming from? This must be a sign of just how popular all-inclusive resorts have become. According to Frommers, the top two reasons that all-inclusive resorts are popular is time and value. Did you know that six out of ten people explore the all-inclusive resort option when researching their vacation options? This is the reason why As You Wish Luxury travel specializes in all-inclusive resort. Here are some reasons to consider if all-inclusive resort just might be a good fit for you.
One the great things about choosing an all-inclusive resort is that these expenses are already included, making it easier to know the real cost of your vacation. A really important part of enjoying your vacation is not worrying about the expenses involved with meals and drink. All-inclusive properties can offer the peace of mind in knowing you’ve already paid for a majority of the vacation. This allows you to truly relax and enjoy your trip with loved ones or your family.
Many luxury resorts take great pride in their restaurants and the variety of their cuisine. There are all-inclusive resorts with Michelin starred restaurants and world-famous chefs. If you are a foodie and have a particular niche you love then explore the culinary package add-ons at a resort, many times these experiences are included in the cost such as Karisma Resort El Dorado Royale. Frequently for a fixed additional fee, you can add specialty experiences to your stay. For example, Karisma's El Dorado Royale resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, also offers a week long wine experience, which includes tastings, cooking courses, pairings and a special dinner at a small additional cost.
All-inclusive resorts are the perfect trip that appeals to all sorts of types of vacation in one spot. You have an opportunity to do as many or as few activities as you’d like. Most all-inclusive resorts offer non-motorized sports, tennis and even golf at no additional cost. Sunscape Curaçao Resort not only offers the traditional free watersports but also offers a climbing wall, dance lessons and sumo wrestling. The key is to pick the all-inclusive that works best for you and your family.
You want your vacation to be everything you dreamed it would be. There are all-inclusive resorts to suit your vacation wish list. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation talk with your travel consultant. They can help you avoid confusion about what is included and also recommend the best resort to suit your needs.
The events of 9/11 has changed the way we travel. To keep America safe, new rules for travel have been enacted for our own protection from terrorists or unsavory characters. As a result, the REAL ID Act is being enforced throughout the United States.
The REAL ID, is a federal security standard for state driver’s licenses that was passed in 2005. It allows machine-readable technology to read a chip on your state driver’s license. Some states are having trouble with compliance because of not having money in the budget to switch to the new technology. And other states are outright refusing to upgrade to the new technology.
Here are some important dates to consider regarding this new federal law for travel:
If your State is lagging behind and has not upgraded its technology you may need to show another valid form of ID. As of October 2018, the states and US Territories that have been granted an extension are: California, Guam, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia, US Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Rhode Islands, Alaska, Montana, Northern Marianas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, American Samoa, New Jersey, Maine, Oklahoma and Oregon. Every US State and Territory must be in compliance by 2020. Frequent travelers worried that their state won't comply by January 2020 should consider obtaining a passport card or book. For a current list of compliance, visit the Homeland Security website by clicking here.
As of July 2018, the State of Ohio started issuing REAL ID as a form of identification. There is no extra cost for obtaining the new REAL ID when updating your driver’s license. To obtain the enhanced ID you will need special supporting documents such as your birth certificate, social security number, and two forms for proof of residence. The enhanced driver’s license is not mandatory. However, if you plan to fly anywhere (including within the US) after January 2020 and do not have another form of ID, such a passport card or book, you may be turned away at the airport. For more information about REAL ID in Ohio, click here!
So, whether you plan to travel outside of the United States or not, it may be a good time to consider either a passport book, passport card or both. If you have any further questions about passports books, passport cards, visas, or REAL ID, please contact AJ! Or Sharon at As You Wish Luxury Travel at 1-844-748-9474.
One of the most common question that we receive at As You Wish Luxury Travel is: “Are travel agents needed when there are so many online travel booking sites?” Does the Internet helps or hurts travel agents? What are the benefits of using a travel agent? First let’s look at a bit of what has happened since about the year 2000.
As a well-known liberal arts college town, Oberlin, Ohio has people constantly traveling to and from it. About 25 years ago there were two bricks-and-mortar travel agencies in Oberlin. One was Oberlin Travel and the other was AAA. When the Internet boom took over in about the year 2000, it put a damper on these type of bricks-and-mortar travel agency businesses and they closed. Online travel began to boom and as a result it seemed unnecessary for a person or organization, like Oberlin College, to use a travel agent to book what could easily be completed online in a few minutes. But travel agents are making a comeback and the Internet is a benefit to travel agents.
At one time the Internet was a useful way to book travel. However, there is so much information online that booking a new and different trip online can be overwhelming. It can take at least five hours for an individual to research a vacation online. Isn’t a vacation supposed to be relaxing and stress-free? Once the vacation is booked you hope and pray you made a good choice for all the money that is being spent.
When booking your vacation online, all you have are pictures and online reviews. Is that enough when spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a much needed vacation? What do you do if something goes wrong before, during, or after your vacation? Who are you going to call for assistance if there is a problem? Just think, if you book through your trusted and well-resourced travel agent – most of these concerns will vanish or be resolved.
If you schedule the same vacation, year after year, then perhaps you don’t want to use a travel agent. However, if you are seeking new and exciting adventures such as high-end all-inclusive resorts worldwide, Hawaii, Ocean & River Cruises, romance travel such as honeymoon or a destination then let As You Wish Travel Agency help you. We can offer low-price/price-match guarantee along with peace-of-mind before, during, and after your travel 24/7 to assist you if there is a problem.
Contact As You Wish Luxury Travel for your next group or family vacation, if you love going on vacation but hate all the planning that goes with it. We are a Lorain County based home-business, is a proud member of Oberlin Business Partnership and Lorain County Chamber and is your trusted travel consultant and adviser. We are bonded, insured, and just a phone call away to help you take the stress out of planning your next trip.
If you or someone you know has pain or stiffness in the body and has trouble moving around, it could be arthritis. Arthritis is a very common joint pain condition as there are over 100 types of arthritis ailments. While it is a disease that affects people of all ages, sexes and races, arthritis is more common among women and seniors. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form arthritis. With this disease affecting so many people, we need a champion that is leading the charge to conquer this ailment. That is where the Arthritis Foundation comes in.
Most likely you know someone suffering from arthritis pain. Well, the Arthritis Foundation is working to conquer and eliminate this uncomfortable joint pain condition by providing education, resources, access to care, community connections, and science advancement. You can support the efforts of the Arthritis Foundation by attending the 21st annual event called the L’Amour du Vin. This is a premier food and wine affair featuring wines from around the world along with top-notch cuisine from local restaurants. Also, there will be a silent auction and an Exclusive VIP Room Lounge featuring high-end wines from Heidelberg Distribution and delicious tastings from Chef Will Skinner of Gertz Culinary along with other special surprises. This exquisite food and wine event will be held at the Avon Oaks Country Club on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis. Tickets range from $75 to $95 per person.
One of the most exciting raffles that will be held at this event is the Wine Pull. One lucky Wine Pull winner will receive a 4-day/3-night stay at the El Dorado Seaside Suite in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This exclusive prize is an adult only all-inclusive beachfront property featuring gourmet food and wine. This prize is brought to you by As You Wish Travel Agency. Tickets are $40 each with this hidden prize attached to one of the only 60 bottles being sold. Everyone who purchases a wine bottle raffle ticket will take home a special L’Amour du Vin commemorative bottle of red or white wine. You can purchase your Wine Pull raffle tickets online now (before they are all gone.)
As You Wish Travel Agency focusses on luxury trips and tours worldwide, ocean and river cruises, Hawaii, and high-end all-inclusive resorts worldwide specializing in Mexico and the Caribbean. Do you have an upcoming trip or vacation but don’t have the time to plan it? Let us work with you. We do not charge any fees for our service and can save you at least 5 hours of planning it yourself.
We encourage you to attend this superb event for the great food, wine, raffles and support this organization that is championing the fight against arthritis. To purchase your tickets for this event visit their website by clicking here.
By Sharon Pearson
American passports became a necessity when traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean in 2007 as a result of the 9/11 attacks. This meant that 2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of millions of U.S. travelers need to renew passports to travel to those specific areas. If you do not have a passport or need to renew your passport, perhaps you have wondered should you get a passport book or a passport card?
Passport Book vs. Passport Card
If you are thinking about taking a vacation outside of the United States and need to renew or obtain your passport, it can take up to 6-weeks, not counting any unforeseen delays, to get your passport. You may also wonder, if you can save a few pennies by obtaining the passport. It’s smaller and will fit into your purse or carry-on bag better. So, let’s compare the two, because it all depends on HOW you will travel that will determine whether you need one, the other or maybe even both.
Passport Books Advantages
Passport Cards Disadvantages
Using the photo requirements will keep your passport from being rejected or delayed. More than 200,000 passport applications in 2015 were rejected because of bad photos. Here are some passport photo tips:
For more specific passport and photo information visit the Department of State by clicking here.
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.