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 email@example.com.
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.
Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to beautiful lakes, quaint villages and the Alps with it’s stunning views of the countryside below. Its cities contain both medieval-style lodging and 5-star accommodations, with landmarks like the Zytglogge clock tower in the capital of Bern and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge as seen below.
This country’s industries are dominated by banking and finance but also is renowned to have many world class ski resorts and hiking trails throughout its beautiful and rugged landscapes. Also, it’s Swiss watch and chocolate makers are known worldwide. The Swiss people average eating one chocolate bar per day. Some of the breathtaking adventures activities, shown below, is Mount Pilatus, in Lucerne, which offers a round trip up the mountain by gondola and a cogwheel train coming back down.
There are many activities to do in Switzerland. Although many believe it is purely a winter playground. Upon arrival you will find it also has so much to offer year-round. The beautiful cities and towns dot the landlocked country with scenery beyond the imagination. It has approximately 7000 lakes, many with beautiful picturesque settings. Traveling throughout the country is easy as the roads are modern and very well maintained.
In such a mountainous country, it’s little surprise that there are tunnels galore in the hillsides – over 200 of them. As a matter of fact, Switzerland's Gotthard base railway tunnel is the one of the longest in the world – measuring over 35 miles in length, located about 1.5 miles under the Alps. It saves almost an hour transit between the cities of Zurich and Lugano, and also crosses Germany and connects the port of Genoa in Italy.
There are 4 major cities, Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Lugano, but the smaller ones such as Lucerne and Basel are not to be missed either. For instance, Lucerne’s name literally translates to “the City of Lights”. Visiting beautiful Lucerne is like taking a step back in time, where Lake Lucerne’s calm waters and Mt. Pilatus serves as a magnificent backdrop, a source of inspiration and is a playground for many hikers. There also is a museum called Sammiung Rosengart. Here, visitors will see the works of Picasso, Cezanne, Miro, Monet and Matisse.
In Basel, travelers can easily enjoy the many offerings of this city. Rotes Rathaus is the town hall at Marktpl, where statues in gold and green can be seen. A seven century old bridge named the Mittiere Rheinbrucke Middle Rhine joins the two sides of Basel is a great location to take a leisurely stroll. There is the Jean Tinguely Fountain or the Fasnachtsbrunnen, a beautiful fountain for great photos. Basel is situated on the Rhine close to France and Germany, where the river cruise ships can be viewed traveling daily in both directions.
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.
With 20,000 breast augmentations and 30 000 liposuction procedures, Australia has overtaken the United States in the largest number of cosmetic procedures in the past year. As the reports further suggest, Australians have paid approximately $1 billion a year for cosmetic procedures, making the Land Down Under the country with the highest rate of cosmetic surgeries, with 500,000 operations performed just in 2017. This proves that Australia has some of the best clinics for plastic surgery in the world, which should give you enough reassurance if you ever want to visit this beautiful country and improve the way you look.
Dr. Guy Watts Ordination, Perth
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in the world, and Australia doesn’t fall behind. The shape of the nose can significantly impact the balance and proportion of the entire face, which is why it’s important to undergo a nose procedure in case of any imperfections and asymmetries. Dr Guy Watts is one of the best experts in this field of cosmetic surgery, so if you’re wondering who to turn to for your rhinoplasty consultation and operation, he’s your man. Whether you need a correction due to an aesthetic problem, or you’re maybe you have a deviated septum that causes headaches and other severe problems, make sure you schedule your appointment and let Dr Guy help you the best way he knows how.
Quality Dental, Sydney
If you want to get that gorgeous pearly white smile, Dr Luke Cronin from Quality Dental is the best person to turn to. With his 15 + years of experience practicing dentistry, he’ll be able to give that stunning magazine-cover smile. Not only is he one of the experts in the field of professional teeth whitening, but if you’ve been looking for someone to offer you the best teeth straightening treatment with Invisalign in Bondi Junction area, Dr Luke will offer you that as well. From cosmetic injectables, to teeth whitening and Invisalign treatment, Quality Dental is definitely the number one ordination to go to if you want to get that beautiful shiny smile.
Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery
If you’d like to erase a few years off your face, and get that youthful look back, the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery is the place to go to. Meloplasty is the procedure that’ll smoothen the texture of your face and reshape the underlying facial tissue, offering you tight and younger-looking skin. If you’ve been thinking about removing those pesky jowls in the face and neck, furrows, wrinkles and fine lines, and get rid of the old and depressed look they gave you, a face lift is the procedure to undergo. The Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery is a reliable and experienced facility that’ll guarantee you the best results, offering you a well-rested look without those deep wrinkles.
Pure Aesthetics, Sydney
Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in Australia, and if you think your breasts need any kind of reshaping, Pure Aesthetics is the clinic to go to. From breast enlargement to breast lift, breast reductions and breast asymmetry surgery, Pure Aesthetics is the leading clinic in this field of cosmetic surgery. Not only do they practice cosmetic surgery, but they’re experts in reconstructive breast surgery as well. So, if you feel like you need to increase the volume of your breasts, correct noticeable breast asymmetry, or enhance your overall body proportions, this is the perfect place for you, where you’ll be in good hands and get only the best results.
From rhinoplasty to a facelift, teeth straightening and to breast surgeries, these are just some of the many procedures people nowadays want to have, either for aesthetic or health reasons. Whatever your reason for undergoing a cosmetic procedure might be, just make sure you turn to real experts in the field and have all the necessary consultations prior to surgery.
Georgia Selih is a contributor at highstylife.com. She's passionate about traveling, lifestyle tips and tricks, and wedding essentials and that's what she writes about every day!
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.