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Top 7 Reasons To Host An All Inclusive Destination Wedding

When you’re trying to plan an unforgettable destination wedding, there are so many details to think about, and decisions to make. With so many great venues to choose from, your head could be spinning with all the possibilities. Having your destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort is a great way to go when you’re planning your wedding, especially if you are looking for maximum value without sacrificing quality. Here are 7 reasons why I think you should consider hosting an all inclusive destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort.

If you’re planning a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort, you will want to keep
reading, because this article is all about how hosting an all-inclusive destination wedding actually benefits you.

Let’s get to it!

All-inclusive Inclusions

You may be wondering what is included at an all-inclusive resort. The all-inclusive rate
includes the accommodation, all food, all beverages (including alcohol), taxes, fees, and even gratuities. (more on this in another article – link to the May 2023 honeymoon gratuities article as soon as you publish it on your blog)

So, you can stroll into a restaurant, sit down, open up the menu, order two different meals (because you can’t decide), have as many margaritas as you want, and mosey out when you’re done. So, when it comes to hosting a destination wedding group, the all-inclusive option is a huge win for your wedding guests as they know the cost upfront and don’t have a surprise bill at check out!

Wedding Packages

Wedding packages will vary as well as the inclusions, but all-in-all, the wedding packages at all-inclusive resorts are very inclusive and a great value. Especially when you factor in that you have a full wedding planning team at your service to design your dream wedding in paradise.

I love how customizable the all-inclusive wedding packages are and the fun touches that can be offered to bring your wedding vision to life. There are even packages available that guarantee you are the only wedding for the weekend, or unique exclusive experiences for a full wedding weekend itinerary. How cool is that?

Venue Options

This may be the reason why you are considering a destination wedding – those
Instagrammable backdrops! I think the beauty of hosting your destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort are the choices.

You could host a welcome cocktail reception, an all-white party, a beach bonfire, a rehearsal dinner, your wedding & reception, and a farewell breakfast all at the same resort, but at different venues giving you completely different styles and experiences.

When I consult with clients, the vision for the wedding and all of the private events is a big part of our discussion. Keep in mind that there will be venues that will not work for your group based on the capacity, so be flexible.

Less Stress

Imagine that all you and your family have to worry about on the day of your wedding is getting ready and showing up! No worrying about setting up, no exhausting late nights tearing down and cleaning up, and no worries about anyone driving home after the celebration. Ahhhh…pure bliss.

While you will have decisions to make before your wedding, once you arrive, you’ll have a final meeting with the wedding team and they will take it from there. You seriously can just relax and have fun with your guests knowing that it will all come together, and it will be more amazing than you ever imagined.

You can focus on each other instead of a list of things to do. You can focus on your guests and create memories with them. Can I get an “Amen”?

Having a Wedcation

If we all took inventory of the weddings we’ve been to over the years, some will be more
memorable than others.

When your friends and family look back at your wedding, they will always remember it. They will have fond memories of celebrating with you for several days rather than getting five minutes of your attention on one day. They will remember how fun it was when you all went on the catamaran cruise, played beach volleyball, did shots at the pool bar, went dancing at the discotheque, had a spa day, went golfing at an amazing course overlooking the ocean, and played the silly games with the resort entertainment team.

They will remember the great conversations playing late-night card games and all the “had to be there” moments.

A destination wedding is so much more than a wedding, it truly is a wedcation. And, you don’t have to schedule every waking moment. That’s the beauty of the all-inclusive – your guests can decide how they want to spend their time and everything they need will be at their fingertips.

All the Amenities

If you were on the fence about a destination wedding, my guess is that I have you leaning toward a destination wedding. Well, hold on to your hats, ‘cuz it’s getting even better!

When set up correctly, hosting a group at an all-inclusive resort comes with a ton of benefits, freebies, and amenities.

This will vary by the size of your group, time of year, and any promotions, but let me share a few examples of what you can earn: free rooms, free events like a welcome cocktail, room upgrades, free wedding packages, honeymoon amenities like a candlelight dinner or breakfast in bed, and more. [Link to April’s 2023 post on the best times of year to book a destination wedding.]

Here’s the scoop – many couples don’t understand how this works, so they just let their guests know when and where the wedding is so that they can book their trips. The problem is that if your guests all book on their own, you won’t earn any of the amenities you should have.

Don’t let that happen to you! Consult with an expert. Insert link to your consultation calendar

Overall Value

I suppose this is really just a summary of all the benefits I’ve shared, but I need to emphasize that you can get so much more for your money with a destination wedding. Between the wedding packages, the inclusions with the all-inclusive rate, the fact that it is less stressful, and all the amenities, it is a slam-dunk value!

Not to mention that your honeymoon is all wrapped into it – if you want. Whether you stay a few extra days or transfer to another resort in the area, your travel dollar goes beyond the wedding.

All-inclusive resorts are one of the most popular options for a destination wedding, and it’s not difficult to see why. They offer the best of both worlds with a mix of the
comforts of a luxury resort along with the staples that you and your guests will need
on a fun & relaxing vacation. Now, more than ever, you don’t have to give up any of the qualities you are looking for while also getting extreme value at the same time. The best all-inclusive resorts will want to give you a worry-free experience from start to finish.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to ensure you get the best value for your
all-inclusive destination wedding, I’d be delighted to chat with you. Here is a link to schedule a complimentary consultation!

Canada Unveiled: From Iconic Landmarks to Secret Hideaways- 9 Hidden Gems in Canada Await

Canada, a land of breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cities, and a rich cultural tapestry, never fails to captivate travelers from around the world. Beyond the well-known landmarks lie hidden gems of Canada that offer unique and unforgettable experiences.

Join us on a journey across the Great White North as we unveil nine remarkable destinations that will leave you spellbound. From the enchanting province of Quebec to the majestic Canadian Rockies, let’s embark on an adventure of discovery!

1. Quebec: Old Quebec City and the Magical Ice Hotel

Unforgettable Experience: Old Quebec City-A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Old Quebec City is a slice of Europe in North America.

Stroll along cobblestone streets lined with charming bistros, boutique shops, and centuries-old architecture.

Immerse yourself in the city’s rich history as you explore the imposing Château Frontenac and visit the historic Plains of Abraham.

The enchanting atmosphere and French charm of Old Quebec City will transport you back in time.

Unique Experience: The Magical Ice Hotel

Located just outside Quebec City, the Ice Hotel is a remarkable winter wonderland that will leave you awe-inspired.

This ephemeral masterpiece is crafted entirely from ice and snow and features exquisite ice sculptures, ice-carved furniture, and themed suites.

Spend a night in this frozen oasis, snuggled beneath layers of warm fur blankets, and experience the unparalleled beauty and tranquility of the ice hotel.

2. Canadian Rockies: Banff National Park and the Ancient Rock Art

Unforgettable Experience: Banff National Park

Nestled amidst the majestic Canadian Rockies, BanffNational Park is a nature lover’s paradise.

Marvel at the turquoise waters of Lake Louise, hike through stunning alpine meadows, and breathe in the crisp mountain air.

Don’t miss the iconic Banff Avenue, where you can indulge in gourmet cuisine, shop for unique souvenirs, and soak in the town’s vibrant atmosphere.

Unique Experience: Ancient Rock Art in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Journey south from theCanadian Rockies to Alberta’s Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, where a hidden gem of cultural significance awaits.

This sacred site is home to one of the largest concentrations of Indigenous rock art in North America.

Embark on a guided tour (we can arrange one for you) to learn about the ancient stories and symbols depicted in the rock carvings, gaining insight into the rich heritage and spirituality of Canada’s First Nations.

3. Newfoundland and Labrador: Gros Morne National Park and Puffin Watching

Unforgettable Experience: Gros Morne National Park-A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Gros Morne National Park showcases some of Canada’s most dramatic landscapes.

Embark on a boat tour (we can book it for you) through the towering cliffs of Western Brook Pond, hikethe Tablelands to witness a piece of Earth’s mantle exposed, and marvel at the awe-inspiring fjords thatcarve through the park.

Immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Unique Experience: Puffin Watching on Witless Bay Islands

Set sail from St. John’s to the Witless Bay Islands, a haven for seabirds and home to the largest Atlantic puffin colony in North America.

Cruise along the rugged coastline as these charismatic birds dart through the air and dive into the frigid waters in search of fish.

Get up close and personal with these adorable creatures, capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

4. Prince Edward Island: Green Gables Heritage Place and Beachcombing Bliss

Unforgettable Experience: Green Gables Heritage Place

Step into the world of Anne of Green Gables at Green Gables Heritage Place in Prince Edward Island.

Explore the charming farmhouse, stroll through the picturesque gardens, and let the spirit of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved character come to life.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting landscape that inspired one of Canada’s most treasured literary works.

Unique Experience: Beachcombing Bliss at Basin Head Provincial Park

Make your way to Basin HeadProvincial Park, where pristine white sands meet the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Known as the “Singing Sands,” the beach here produces a unique sound as you walk along the shoreline.

Engage in the timeless activity of beachcombing, discovering seashells, sea glass, and other hidden treasures that wash ashore.

5. Manitoba: Churchill and Beluga Whale Encounters

Unforgettable Experience: Churchill’s Polar Bears

Venture to the subarctic town of Churchill, known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.”

Join an expert guide (we’ll find one for you) on a thrilling expedition to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Witness the awe-inspiring sight of polar bears traversing the icy tundra, an experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the resilience and beauty of the Arctic ecosystem.

Unique Experience: Beluga Whale Encounters

Dive into the chilly waters of the Churchill River Estuary and witness the magic of beluga whales in their summer feeding grounds.

Equipped with a dry suit, snorkel, and mask, float alongside these friendly and curious marine mammals as they glide gracefully through the water.

The unique opportunity to swim with belugas is an adventure that few people have experienced.

6. British Columbia: Butchart Gardens and Tofino’s Hot Springs Cove

Unforgettable Experience: Butchart Gardens

Located near Victoria on VancouverIsland, Butchart Gardens is a horticultural masterpiece that enchants visitors with its vibrant colors and meticulously manicured landscapes.

Explore the Sunken Garden, stroll through the Rose Garden, and immerse yourself in the fragrance of theJapaneseGarden.

Whether you visit during the day or witness the gardens illuminated at night, this botanical paradise will leave you mesmerized.

Unique Experience: Tofino’s Hot Springs Cove

Journey to the remote wilderness of Clayoquot Sound, where Tofino’s Hot Springs Cove awaits.

A hidden gem accessible only by boat or seaplane, these natural hot springs offer a soothing and rejuvenating experience.

Immerse yourself in the warm mineral-rich waters, surrounded by the lush coastal rainforest, and let your worries melt away as you embrace the serenity of this secluded oasis.

7. Nova Scotia: Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail

Unforgettable Experience: Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Perched upon the rugged granite coastline, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of Nova Scotia.

Explore the quaint fishing village, marvel at the picturesque lighthouse, and witness the dramatic waves crashing against the rocks.

As the sun sets, capture the stunning beauty of the landscape, creating a memory that will forever be etched in your heart.

Unique Experience: Cape Breton’s Cabot Trai

Embark on a scenic drive along the Cabot Trail, a 298-kilometer loop that winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Absorb breathtaking vistas of steep cliffs, pristine beaches, and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Explore hidden coves, hike through old-growth forests, and indulge in traditional Acadian cuisine along this unforgettable coastal route.

8. Ontario: Thousand Islands and Manitoulin Island’s Indigenous Culture

Unforgettable Experience: Thousand Islands

Discover a hidden archipelago of islands scattered along the St. Lawrence River, aptly named the Thousand Islands.

Embark on a boat tour (we’ll help find one) through this scenic paradise, marveling at the opulent summer homes and historic castles that dot the landscape.

Cruise through narrow channels and pause at Heart Island to explore Boldt Castle, a testament to love and resilience.

Unique Experience: Manitoulin Island’s Indigenous Culture

Journey to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world, where the traditions and culture of the Anishinaabe people thrive.

Immerse yourself in Indigenous history, visit sacred sites, and participate in cultural events and pow-wows.

Gain a deeper understanding of Canada’s First Nations as you engage with the vibrant community and learn about their ancient customs and spirituality.

9. Northwest Territories: Nahanni National Park and Aurora Borealis

Unforgettable Experience: Nahanni National Park

Remote and untouched, Nahanni National Park is aUNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases the raw beauty of the Canadian wilderness.

Embark on a multi-day canoeing expedition along the South Nahanni River, navigating through canyons and cascading waterfalls.

Marvel at the towering peaks of the Mackenzie Mountains and immerse yourself in a landscape that echoes the grandeur of nature’s masterpiece.

Unique Experience: Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife

Venture to Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, and witness the captivating dance of the Northern Lights which occur roughly 240 nights here.

Step out into the darkness, and as the sky comes alive with shimmering hues of green, purple, and blue, feel the magic of the Aurora Borealis envelop you.

This ethereal phenomenon is a truly unique experience that will leave you in awe of the wonders of the universe.

Canada is a land of hidden treasures, where unforgettable experiences await at every turn.

From the iconic landmarks to the secret hideaways, this vast and diverse country never ceases to amaze.

So, pack your bags, and embark on an adventure to uncover the hidden gems of Canada, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

I’d love to help you plan your next vacation, whether it’s to Canada or somewhere else on your bucket list. Schedule a complimentary consultation with me today.

Remember Your Wedding Stationery Sets The Tone For Your Wedding

Your wedding is an event that you want to be special and memorable. To make your big day memorable, you need to start with stunning wedding invitations that set the tone for your big day. Invitations act as the first glimpse into your wedding. You want your wedding guests to feel excited and look forward to your big day right from the invitations. But, how do you achieve that? Lucky for you, we have got you covered. In this post, we are going to share with you trendy invitation styles for your wedding stationery and why you should hire a professional and not use an online printer.

1. Elegant Wedding Invite

Elegant wedding invitations are classic and timeless, perfect for any wedding theme. Choosing this style of invitation sets the tone for a sophisticated wedding. An elegant invitation usually features a classic script font, high-quality paper, and a neutral color palette. An elegant wedding invitation is versatile, and you can add some personal touches like a wax seal, some metallic ink accents, or silk ribbons.

2. Rustic Wedding Invite

If you are planning for an outdoor wedding, a rustic wedding invitation is the perfect option for you. Rustic wedding invitations usually feature natural textures like burlap, twine, and woodgrain. The fonts used for rustic wedding invitations are usually hand-lettered and convey a warm, cozy, and charming vibe. You can also complement this style of invitation with other rustic elements like floral illustrations or animal motifs.

3. Minimalistic Wedding Invite

If you are the type of person who prefers a clean, modern, and straightforward look, a minimalistic wedding invitation style is perfect for you. Minimalistic invitations usually feature a single color or a limited color palette. The fonts used are usually simple sans-serif or serif fonts. A minimalistic invitation will set the expectations of chic and sophisticated simplicity for your big day.

4. Boho Wedding Invite

Boho or bohemian style wedding invitations are ideal if you plan to have a flower crown, a breezy lace dress, and a dreamy outdoor wedding party. Boho invitations usually feature floral illustrations as well as decorated native and ethnic-style borders. The fonts used usually have a playful yet elegant feel. Incorporating natural elements such as feathers or leaves will enhance the boho feeling.

Why Hire a Professional and Not Use an Online Printer

After deciding on the best style of invitation for your wedding, it is essential to hire a professional to design and print them. Avoid the temptation of using an online printer because you will regret it. Here are three reasons why:

1. Quality Guaranteed

Professional designers have specialized and high-quality equipment, paper, and ink. This ensures that your invitations are of high quality- and can withstand any printing or shipping process.

2. Personalized Customer Service

With an online printer, you are often left to your own devices when it comes to designing your invitations. On the other hand, a professional wedding invitation designer provides a personalized experience. The designer will work with you from ideation to final design, and everything in between. They will also help you pick the perfect invitation style that meets your needs.

3. Customizable and Unique Design

Hiring a professional designer means you get to have a unique, customized design that is different from pre-made templates. The designer can design invitations that have a unique interpretation of your wedding invitations-yet reflect your personality, wedding theme, and color scheme.

Wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding day experience. With the trendy invitation styles we have shared, you can choose the best invitation style that suits your wedding theme, personality, and preferences. After choosing an invitation style, it is essential to hire a professional to design and print your invitations. This will ensure a high-quality, customized, and unique design that your guests will love. Wedding invitations are a reflection of your love story; make sure they’re perfect.

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon, we’d love to be part of your happily ever after! Schedule a complimentary destination wedding consultation here or you can schedule a complimentary honeymoon consultation here.

10 Reasons You’ll Love Staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Imagine a getaway that combines retro charm with modern comforts, where you can unwind in a vibrant oasis inspired by the golden age of beach vacations. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort beckons with its captivating blend of nostalgia and contemporary luxury. From its mid-century aesthetic to its top-notch amenities, this resort promises an unparalleled experience that captures the essence of a carefree beach holiday.

We love staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando Resort! This is a great resort for families and adults alike for a number of reasons. In this article, we will be sharing our top 10 reasons why you’ll love staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort during your next Orlando vacation.


Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Universal Orlando Resort complex, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a haven that transports you to a bygone era of carefree vacations. Just moments away from the exhilarating theme parks and entertainment options, this retro-inspired resort immerses you in the essence of a classic beach getaway. With its prime location, you’ll find yourself seamlessly transitioning between the timeless allure of the past and the excitement of the present, all within the dynamic and captivating atmosphere of the Universal Orlando Resort. You can use the walking path over to the parks or take advantage of complimentary shuttles available for resort guests which run continuously throughout the day.

Exclusive Entrance to Volcano Bay

One of the standout features of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is its exclusive entrance to the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. This convenient access allows guests to step from their stylish rooms and suites directly into the excitement of Volcano Bay’s lush landscapes, thrilling water attractions, and soothing oasis. Whether you’re craving the adrenaline rush of water slides or yearning for a tranquil day lounging by the wave pool, Cabana Bay’s exclusive entrance ensures that every moment of your water park adventure is easily within reach. This unique perk seamlessly combines the retro-cool vibes of the resort with the modern exhilaration of Volcano Bay, making your stay at Cabana Bay an even more unforgettable experience.

Early Park Admission

Experience the magic of Universal Orlando like never before with the exclusive perk of Early Park Admission, available to guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This coveted benefit grants you early access to select theme parks, allowing you to beat the crowds and enjoy popular attractions with minimal wait times. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker eager to conquer iconic rides or a fan of immersive worlds craving uninterrupted exploration, Early Park Admission lets you make the most of your day right from the start. From the enchanting wizardry of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the pulse-pounding excitement of Jurassic Park, this privileged access ensures you’re steps ahead in the quest for unforgettable adventures.

All guests of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are eligible for early park admission with valid theme park admission to Universal Orlando Resort. You can enjoy even more time in the parks when you visit Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay up to one hour prior to the park’s scheduled opening time with this exclusive benefit.

Lazy River and Pools

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort has two pool areas, the Cabana Courtyard and the Lazy River Courtyard. The Cabana Courtyard offers a pool, dive tower themed water slide, poolside bar, cabanas for rent, shaded picnic tables and a large fire pit while the Lazy River Courtyard has its own pool, lazy river, sand beach, poolside bar and grill, two fire pits and plenty of outdoor seating.

Galaxy Bowl

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort has its very own bowling alley, Galaxy Bowl, featuring ten lanes of ten-pin action. Although there is a nominal cost to bowl, it’s a great way to spend a rainy afternoon or evening break from the parks. Galaxy Bowl even offers a table service restaurant and full bar. Please note that reservations are required.


Did you know that every Universal Orlando Resort hotel has a Starbucks? And, we don’t mean that they just serve Starbucks coffee. You can enjoy your favorite Starbucks beverage of choice at the full service Starbucks inside Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. We even enjoy seasonal favorites (like the Pumpkin Spice Latte) here!


Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers an unparalleled blend of value and comfort, making it a top choice for travelers seeking an affordable yet stylish stay within the Universal Orlando Resort complex. With a range of room options designed to accommodate different budgets, guests can enjoy spacious accommodations and a wealth of amenities without compromising on quality. From the retro-inspired decor to the variety of dining options and recreational activities, Cabana Bay delivers an exceptional experience that doesn’t break the bank. This affordability, coupled with its prime location and exclusive perks like Early Park Admission, makes Cabana Bay the perfect choice for families, couples, and adventurers looking to make the most of their Universal Orlando vacation without sacrificing on comfort and convenience.

Variety of Accommodations

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers a variety of room categories to cater to different preferences and group sizes. Here’s an overview of the options available:

  1. Standard Rooms: These rooms offer comfortable accommodations with a retro-cool vibe. They come with various bedding configurations to suit your needs and provide essential amenities for a relaxing stay.
  2. Poolside Standard Rooms: If you want to be just steps away from the action, poolside rooms offer convenient access to the resort’s stunning pools and recreational areas. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and easy access to the water fun.
  3. Volcano Bay View Standard Rooms: Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise with these rooms that offer spectacular views of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Wake up to the sight of the towering volcano, adding a touch of magic to your stay.
  4. Interior Entry Family Suites: These spacious suites are perfect for families or larger groups. They feature a separate bedroom and a living area with a pull-out sofa bed. Enjoy added privacy while still having common space to relax.
  5. Exterior Entry Family Suites: Similar to the interior family suites, these suites also offer separate bedrooms and a living area with a pull-out sofa bed. However, they come with a unique twist – an exterior entryway, giving you more of a motel-style feel.
  6. Two Bedroom Volcano Bay View Suites: Ideal for bigger families or groups, the two-bedroom suites offer ample space and comfort. With two separate bedrooms and a living area, everyone can enjoy their privacy while still sharing quality time together.

No matter which room category you choose, you’ll be surrounded by the resort’s retro-inspired design, modern amenities, and a range of on-site activities that make your stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort a truly memorable experience.


Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort immerses you in a vibrant and nostalgic world that harks back to the carefree spirit of the 1950s and 1960s. The resort’s colorful, retro theme instantly transports you to an era of classic beach vacations and mid-century design. From the moment you step into the lobby adorned with vintage-inspired decor, you’re enveloped in a world of bold hues, playful patterns, and iconic design elements that capture the essence of a bygone time. Every corner of Cabana Bay showcases the retro-cool aesthetic, from the bright poolside cabanas to the thematic dining venues. This captivating blend of nostalgia and modern comfort creates an atmosphere that’s not just a place to stay, but an immersive experience that brings the golden age of travel to life in a truly delightful way.

More Resort Amenities

There are even more great amenities offered at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Forget something at home or want to pick up some souvenirs? Stop by the gift shop, located just off the lobby. Your kids (even those just young at heart) will also love spending time inside the timeless arcade, located on the second floor. There’s even a complimentary Jack LaLanne physical fitness studio that resort guests can use to stay in shape on vacation.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a destination in itself, where timeless style and modern convenience converge to create an unforgettable vacation experience. Whether you’re drawn to its retro allure, enticed by the variety of pools and recreational activities, or simply seeking the perfect home base for your Universal Orlando adventure, this resort is sure to exceed your expectations. From the moment you step into its vibrant atmosphere to the memories you’ll carry long after you leave, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort promises a stay that’s as extraordinary as it is nostalgic.

Have you ever stayed at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort? What’s YOUR favorite part of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort?

5 Ways a Honeymoon Travel Specialist Will Make Your Honeymoon AMAZING!

Honeymoon travel is not as simple as it sounds. Where do you go? Who do you trust? What if it isn’t as good as what’s shown on the website? These are just some of the questions couples will ask themselves when they try to find the perfect location for their honeymoon. There are plenty of things to consider and decisions to make to ensure you have an amazing honeymoon. That’s where a honeymoon travel specialist can help!

They will offer you the best chance to have romance, relaxation, and fun, while not having to worry about the little details! Whether you’re a couple wanting to explore the world, or looking for a relaxing vacation on your own, a honeymoon travel specialist can make your experience easier and more enjoyable. From helping you find the perfect destination to creating itineraries for the perfect honeymoon experience, a honeymoon travel specialist can have you off to paradise in no time!

Let’s explore the top five reasons to work with a honeymoon travel specialist for your honeymoon:

Knowledge of a Variety of Honeymoon Properties

Honeymoon travel specialists have knowledge of a variety of destinations & resort brands that are a cut above other types of resorts & properties for an amazing honeymoon.

A honeymoon travel specialist can recommend resorts that will offer you…

  • Privacy
  • Romantic extras like candlelight dinners and a couple’s massage
  • Perks/amenities
  • Romantic & pampering suites
  • Amazing spa experiences

All of these details are vitally important when it comes to having a great honeymoon experience!

The Best Honeymoon Packages

A honeymoon travel consultant knows the best honeymoon packages that will enhance
your honeymoon and the requirements to qualify for them!

All too often, couples think that they can show up and receive the honeymoon amenities without understanding the qualifications or how to set it up in advance. Unfortunately, they are highly disappointed when they don’t get any of the perks and that is a disappointing way to start your happily ever after.

Setting Up Special Experiences

A honeymoon travel consultant not only can do all of the above, but also will recommend, design, & set up unique and special experiences for your honeymoon.
Note: If you are working with a “honeymoon specialist” who doesn’t guide you or
recommend special experiences for you to enjoy on your honeymoon, then you are
working with the wrong person.

Here are a just a few of the special experiences a honeymoon specialist can design and
set up to take your honeymoon from good to AMAZING!

  • Set up a private upgraded transfer with VIP service.
  • Schedule a couple’s massage/breakfast in bed/picnic on the beach
    • Set up off-site excursions, like a cultural tour, ziplining, swimming with dolphins, rum tasting, and so much more
  • As well as many other recommend must-do activities, & sites to see, or places to eat that you can only experience in your area.

Giving You VIP Status

Your honeymoon consultant can make sure you and your new spouse are wowed upon
arrival from the minute you step foot on your resort by…

  • Personally contacting the resort concierge and sales team to notify them that they have VIP honeymooners arriving.
  • Sharing any special requests that you may have with the appropriate team member to make sure they are implemented! (It’s not just a comment on a booking that we hope gets seen).
  • Following up on the honeymoon amenities to ensure you receive them.

Skipping the 1-800-WAIT-ON-HOLD and Crossing Your Fingers that You Get the Help You Need

Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced the 1-800 “call center” with the random agent who
doesn’t know you or your honeymoon from Adam! You’re just a number to these types
call centers, and the last thing you want is for an error to happen during your
honeymoon planning. A true honeymoon consultant will be with you from start to finish
and care about you and every detail of your honeymoon. They will listen to what you
want in a honeymoon experience so that they can recommend a destination and resort
that is the perfect fit for you, Every question.

Any special requests? Even needs you may have while in your destination or after your
honeymoon is complete. Let’s face it, no online booking engine is going to do that.

A honeymoon travel specialist can help simplify the process of planning and coordinating your dream honeymoon. He or she can assist you with all the little details like transportation, excursions, and suggestions for what to do on your honeymoon once you have arrived at your destination. Your honeymoon specialist will also be there to find you the best value possible and handle any emergencies that might come up during your honeymoon. And most of the time, they’re more than happy to answer any questions you have before or during your honeymoon.

Ultimately, a good honeymoon travel specialist is simply someone who you can trust to
help you plan an amazing honeymoon, so that you focus on your upcoming wedding
rather than stressing out over planning your honeymoon! When you find a honeymoon
specialist who has your best “honeymoon” interest at heart, it can make all of the
difference in the world.

If you’re in the midst of planning your honeymoon and feel like you’re stuck
and not getting very far, I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-minute
strategy session with me
! I would be honored to help your figure out everything
you need for an amazing honeymoon! Remember this isn’t just any vacation, this is the
beginning of your new life together!

Disney Park Bags: Unveiling the Fab Four for Your Perfect Park Adventure!

Embarking on a magical journey to the enchanting world of Disney parks requires strategic planning, and one essential item that can enhance your experience is the perfect park bag. From keeping your essentials organized to ensuring you’re ready for any adventure, the right bag can make all the difference. In this blog post, we’ll unveil the top four best park bags that not only meet your functional needs but also add a touch of style to your Disney vacation. Whether you’re exploring Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or any other Disney destination, these bags are your must-have companions for a seamless and enjoyable adventure.

Here are some of our favorite park bags for a Disney day:

Kavu Rope Bags

One of my favorite park bags is the Kavu Rope Bags. These sling bags are lightweight and hold up so well in the elements like rain or sweat. They’re big enough to hold all of the essentials you need for a day in the parks like an umbrella or ponchos, sunscreen, a first aid kit and water.

Opting for a Kavu rope bag when heading to a Disney park combines both functionality and style for a seamless day of enchantment. These bags, with their unique crossbody design and ample storage compartments, are a perfect choice for navigating the park’s attractions while keeping your essentials close at hand. The convenient single strap allows you to easily swing the bag around for quick access to your belongings, whether it’s your phone for capturing magical moments, a water bottle to stay hydrated, or snacks to keep your energy up.

Kavu rope bags come in a variety of vibrant patterns, making them a versatile accessory that adds a pop of personality to your Disney adventure. With a Kavu rope bag by your side, you’re all set to immerse yourself in the wonder of the park while staying organized and effortlessly stylish.

Disney Loungefly

Carrying a Loungefly backpack or bag to a Disney park is like bringing a touch of enchantment with you on your adventure. Loungefly’s collection of Disney-themed bags captures the magic and nostalgia of beloved characters and stories, making them the perfect accessory for your park day. These intricately designed bags not only offer ample storage space for your essentials but also add a dash of whimsy and style to your outfit.

From Mickey Mouse to princesses and beyond, Loungefly’s wide range of designs ensures you can find the perfect bag to match your favorite Disney themes. Whether you’re strolling through Main Street, U.S.A. or exploring Galaxy’s Edge, a Loungefly bag adds an extra layer of fun and personality to your Disney park experience. There are so many designs for Disney Loungefly backpacks.

Vera Bradley Sling Bags

Carrying a Vera Bradley sling bag to a Disney park offers a perfect blend of comfort and style for a day of magic. These sling bags are designed with practicality in mind, allowing you to keep your essentials close while enjoying the park’s attractions. The ergonomic single strap allows for easy and quick access to your belongings, whether it’s your camera for capturing memories, sunscreen for protection, or souvenirs you’ve collected along the way.

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Vera Bradley’s signature vibrant patterns add a touch of elegance and personality to your park outfit, ensuring you stand out in the crowd. With a Vera Bradley sling bag, you’re ready to explore the park’s magic with hands-free convenience and a touch of timeless charm.

Belt Bag

Carrying a belt bag (or a fanny pack) to a Disney park for a day is a savvy choice that combines practicality and convenience with a touch of fashion. In the bustling and enchanting environment of a Disney park, having your essentials within arm’s reach is essential. A belt bag allows you to keep your hands free for taking photos, enjoying attractions, and holding the hands of excited kids. It also offers easy access to necessities like your phone, wallet, sunscreen, and snacks, eliminating the need to rummage through a larger bag. Moreover, with various stylish designs available, a belt bag can effortlessly complement your Disney-themed outfit while adding a touch of retro charm. As you navigate the park’s enchanting landscapes, a belt bag becomes your trusty companion, ensuring you’re fully immersed in the magic without the burden of carrying a larger bag.

As the curtains close on another day of enchantment at the Disney parks, your chosen park bag remains a steadfast companion that’s been by your side throughout the magical journey. From holding your snacks and sunscreen to capturing cherished memories in the form of souvenirs, the right bag truly transforms into a vessel of convenience and joy. With the selection of the five best park bags we’ve explored, you’re armed with the knowledge to make an informed choice that suits your needs and preferences. So, as you plan your next Disney vacation, remember that the perfect park bag isn’t just a bag—it’s a trusty sidekick that enhances your adventure in every way possible.

The 9 Most Romantic Songs for Your First Dance

Your first dance as newlyweds is an incredibly special moment. It marks the beginning of a new life together and signifies your commitment to one another. As such, choosing the perfect song for this romantic occasion can be quite daunting. Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful and timeless love songs that make great picks for a first dance song. To help you choose the most romantic song for your wedding day, here are some of our favorite classic love songs that will make your first dance truly unforgettable.

Choosing the perfect first dance song for your wedding is an important decision. 

After all, this moment will be remembered and cherished by you and your partner forever, so it’s essential to pick a song that perfectly captures the sentiment of the occasion. Not only that, but picking the right song can also help create an unforgettable atmosphere at your wedding reception. With so many classic love songs available to choose from, finding the ideal track for your special day might seem overwhelming – but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some timeless classics that make great picks for a first dance song.

When it comes to choosing the perfect first dance song for your wedding, there are plenty of timeless classics that make great picks. 

Here are nine classic love songs that you may want to consider for your special day: 

  1. “At Last” by Etta James: This romantic ballad has been a hit since its release in 1960 and is often performed at weddings. With its slow tempo and heartfelt lyrics, this song makes an excellent choice for a first dance. 
  2. “Everything” by Michael Bublé: This upbeat track by Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé is sure to get you and your partner out on the dance floor! It’s full of energy and emotion, making it perfect for that first magical moment together. 
  3. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers: This hauntingly beautiful love song is one of the most popular choices for a wedding day first dance. With its gentle words, passionate chorus and memorable melody, it’s easy to see why this classic has become synonymous with romance. 
  4. “Your Song” by Elton John: Written in 1970 as a tribute to his then-girlfriend, this classic piano ballad quickly became an iconic love song. From its tender lyrics to its catchy tune, this track will have you and your partner swaying side-by-side from start to finish! 
  5. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith: Released in 1998, this hard rock power ballad won an Academy Award nomination and quickly became one of the most popular songs to play during weddings, ceremonies and receptions alike. 
  6. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley: Written in 1961 and sung famously by Elvis Presley himself, this classic love song features simple yet meaningful lyrics about life-long devotion – making it an ideal choice for couples that are ready to commit themselves entirely to each other forever! 
  7. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys: This whimsical pop tune was released in 1966 but continues to be incredibly popular today – particularly at weddings! It has been featured prominently in movies such as Love Actually and Wedding Crashers, making it a great pick for any romantic occasion!  
  8. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele: Written originally by Bob Dylan in 1997 but covered more famously by Adele in 2008, this stunningly soulful piece is all about expressing intense feelings of love with nothing more than words – something that couples tying the knot can definitely relate to!  
  9. “All Of Me” By John Legend: Released in 2013 ,this chart topping single has become something of a signature tune when it comes down to expressing undying adoration . With its emotional lyrics ,beautiful vocals ,and memorable melody – ‘All of Me’ is certainly one of the best choices if you’re looking for the perfect first dance.

When it comes to selecting the perfect first dance song for your wedding, there are countless classic love songs to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a slow tempo and heartfelt lyrics or an upbeat track full of energy and emotion, there’s a timeless classic out there that will perfectly capture the sentiment of your special day. 

From Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”, these nine classic love songs can make great picks for a first dance – but the key is to find the one that speaks to you and your partner the most. Ultimately, it’s up to each couple to decide which song best expresses their own unique feelings of love and devotion towards each other, making their first dance as husband and wife all the more special.

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon, we’d love to be part of your happily ever after! Schedule a complimentary destination wedding consultation here or you can schedule a complimentary honeymoon consultation here.

15 World Schooling Destinations Families Need to Add to Their Bucket List

Are you a world schooling family looking to ignite your children’s curiosity and foster a love for learning through travel? Look no further! We’ve curated a list of 15 amazing world schooling destinations around the world, each brimming with educational opportunities that will inspire your family. Let’s explore the educational wonders these places have to offer and how you can incorporate them into your world schooling journey.

Selecting the ideal world schooling destinations for a world-schooling family depends on various factors like educational goals, interests, and budget. Here are 15 diverse world schooling destinations worldwide that offer rich educational experiences:

Rome, Italy

Rome, the Eternal City, offers a rich educational experience for families, especially with a focus on ancient history, art and architecture. You can dive into history and the world of ancient Rome as you explore iconic sites like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon. You’ll also have the chance to explore both art and culture at the Vatican Museums and study the foundations of Western civilization.

Then, study Italian language basics and learn Latin phrases, indulge in delicious gelato, delve into Roman mythology, and learn about Renaissance art through masterpieces like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

You can encourage your kids to research Roman mythology, decipher Latin inscriptions, and appreciate the impact of Roman engineering and architecture on modern civilization. Don’t forget to document your journey through art and journaling.

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart, beckons with its serene temples, beautiful gardens, and traditional tea ceremonies.

Engage in the art of tea-making and discover the aesthetics of Japanese design.

Explore the rich history of Japan through visits to Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the historic district of Gion.

Discover Japanese culture through visits to Kyoto’s temples, shrines, and tea ceremonies. Study history and traditional arts like calligraphy and ikebana.

Before your trip, dive in to Japanese literature, from haiku to samurai stories, and learn about traditional crafts like origami and ikebana (flower arranging).

Athens, Greece

Athens is a captivating destination for delving into the origins of democracy, philosophy, and Greek mythology.

Encourage discussions on the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, and explore the impact of ancient Greece on modern thought.

Walk in the footsteps of Socrates and Plato when you visit the Acropolis where ancient history comes to life.

Dive into the captivating world of Greek mythology with stories of gods, goddesses, and epic heroes like Hercules and Odysseus. Then, discuss philosophical concepts, and learn about ancient Greek contributions to mathematics and science.

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, is the gateway to exploring Inca civilization. Trek the Inca Trail and trek to witness the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.

Study the Quechua language, the Inca’s native tongue, and learn about their ingenious agricultural practices like terraced farming.

Study Inca civilization at Machu Picchu, explore the Sacred Valley, and learn about Andean culture.

Before your trip, spend time researching Inca history, studying Quechua language basics, and experimenting with Andean cuisine.

You can also encourage hands-on learning by trying traditional Andean dishes and exploring Andean music and dance.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, the cradle of civilization, offers a fascinating journey into the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Explore the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and ancient Egyptian history at the Egyptian Museum.

Decode hieroglyphics, discover the stories of pharaohs, and study the art of mummification.

Dive into archaeology by learning about famous discoveries like King Tutankhamun’s tomb, and explore the science of ancient engineering demonstrated through the construction of massive pyramids.

Paris, France

Paris, the City of Light, beckons with a treasure trove of educational experiences. Dive into art and culture at the Louvre, where you can analyze masterpieces like the Mona Lisa.

Study European history through visits to iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Palace of Versailles.

Encourage literature exploration with classics like Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” and introduce the joys of French cuisine through cooking classes and culinary adventures.

Beijing, China

Beijing, China’s capital, is a hub of history and culture. Explore the Forbidden City, once the imperial palace, and walk the majestic Great Wall or Tiananmen Square.

Study Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism and Daoism, and learn Chinese calligraphy to appreciate the art of writing.

Encourage culinary exploration by tasting regional Chinese dishes and engaging in martial arts like Tai Chi or Kung Fu.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, the jewel of the Aegean Sea, offers a unique blend of educational experiences. Witness geological wonders by studying its volcanic history.

Dive into Greek mythology with tales of ancient gods and goddesses, and explore the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Encourage ecological learning by studying island flora and fauna in addition to volcanic activity. Immerse your family in Mediterranean cuisine through cooking classes and tastings.

London, United Kingdom

London, steeped in history and literature, provides a plethora of educational opportunities. Explore the British Museum, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey to learn about global history and archaeology.

Study British literature through the works of Shakespeare, Dickens, and Austen, and engage in lively discussions at the Globe Theatre.

Encourage young readers with literary-themed tours, explore the lives of British monarchs at palaces like Buckingham Palace, and learn about British English and regional accents.

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, a city of religious and historical significance, invites exploration of diverse cultures. Visit the Old City’s religious sites, from the Western Wall to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Study the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and engage in interfaith dialogue.

Encourage discussions on Middle Eastern geopolitics, explore the region’s rich culinary traditions, and delve into the ancient history of Jerusalem.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, the vibrant capital of Thailand, offers a sensory-rich educational experience, full of Thai culture and street markets. Explore ornate temples like Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and immerse in Thai spirituality.

Study Buddhism, one of the world’s major religions, and learn about Thai history through visits to historical sites and museums.

Encourage cultural exploration by trying traditional Thai dishes, learning basic Thai language, and exploring local markets and street food.

Learn Thai language basics, study Buddhism, and explore Thai cuisine.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, nestled between the mountains and the sea, is a hub for natural and historical education. Explore Table Mountain and Robben Island, a symbol of South Africa’s struggle for freedom.

Study African history, from colonialism to apartheid, and immerse in the diverse cultures of the Rainbow Nation.

Encourage ecological learning by studying African wildlife at national parks and engaging in community-based conservation efforts.

Research African tribes and cultures, learn about apartheid, and explore African wildlife.

New York City, USA

New York City, a cultural melting pot, is teeming with educational opportunities. Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art to analyze art from various cultures.

Study American history through visits to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and museums like the Museum of Modern Art.

Encourage discussions on immigration, civil rights, and American literature by exploring the city’s diverse neighborhoods and iconic landmarks like the United Nations.

Havana, Cuba

Havana, the vibrant capital of Cuba, is a living history book. Explore the city’s historic districts, including Old Havana, and learn about the Cuban Revolution.

Study Cuban history, from colonial times to the 20th century, and engage with locals to understand their daily lives and perspectives.

Encourage exploration of Latin American literature, music, and dance, and dive into the intricacies of Cuban cuisine through cooking classes and food tours.

Study Cuban history, learn about the Cuban Revolution, and explore Latin American literature.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, with its stunning harbor and diverse culture, is an educational paradise. Study marine life at the Great Barrier Reef through snorkeling and marine biology excursions.

Explore indigenous culture by learning about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, art, and spirituality in the Outback.

Encourage understanding of Australian geography, climate, and wildlife, and introduce Australian slang and language variations.

These world schooling destinations offer a blend of history, culture, nature, and adventure, allowing world-schooling families to create a diverse and enriching educational journey.

Remember, world schooling is about curiosity, engagement, and hands-on learning. As you embark on your educational adventures in these fascinating destinations, encourage your children to ask questions, explore their interests, and document their experiences. With the world as your classroom, the possibilities for learning are boundless!

Which one of these world schooling destinations would you be most excited to visit?

PS- Don’t miss these tips for traveling with kids!

Destination Wedding Ceremonies: Understanding the Difference Between Legal & Symbolic Weddings

When planning a destination wedding, there is a lot more to consider than just deciding where you’ll hold the ceremony. One of the first questions many couples ask about planning a destination wedding is whether they will be legally married when they tie the knot in their chosen country. Destination weddings are huge in popularity at the moment, it’s important to know exactly what your options are as far as a legal wedding versus a symbolic wedding ceremony so that you can make the best decision for your happily ever after.

If you want to know: what is a legal wedding, what is a symbolic wedding ceremony and which one should you choose, then this article below will help give you your answers. It’s important to understand the options you have so that you can make the best decision for you. We will go into detail on how each style works, and why choosing one over the other could be right for you. And, if you have any questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Destination Weddings Are More Popular Than Ever

In the past couple of years, destination weddings have experienced a surge in popularity. So much so that the trend is making its way across to those who would otherwise not have considered it.

If you’re planning to get married in a different country, you will probably be faced with the decision between a legal and symbolic wedding and may be wondering, “what the heck is a symbolic wedding?” or, “is a symbolic wedding legal”, or “what’s the difference between a symbolic ceremony and a civil ceremony?”

This article is going to give you the deets on both a legal (civil) destination wedding ceremony and a symbolic destination wedding ceremony so that you can decide which is best for you.

What is Required For a Legal Ceremony Away?

Documents You May Need

Just like you would experience in your State, there will be documents and proof of identity required, along with any licensing fees. Some countries require notarized copies of your passport, divorce decree, or legal name change. Others will require translation of the documents into their language.

Ceremony Officiated in Language of That Country

Additionally, when doing a legal ceremony in a country where English is not their native
language, there is no guarantee that your wedding will be officiated in English. In this case, a translator (usually the onsite wedding planner) will translate what the officiant says.

Government Fees

Then there will be government fees involved, and possibly a blood test done on-site.


Some countries will require witnesses (who are not related to you) to arrive with you on the same day.

Residency Requirement

Beyond that, most countries will also require a residency. For example, a requirement may be a 4-day residency and only business days (Monday-Friday) count toward your residency. Others may have a requirement of 48 hours and you can arrive any day of the week.

A Legal Ceremony is Nothing to Worry About

Don’t let this scare you! Some countries are super easy to get legally married in. It all varies, so I generally advise my clients to do what is best for them based on the country they decide to get married in.

Be Flexible

I also suggest being flexible. You may be going into planning a legal destination wedding
abroad assuming that you’ll be able to make it legally binding in the destination. Don’t let this pigeonhole you into only a handful of options.

Benefits of a legal/civil marriage:

  • The moment you say “I Do” in front of your friends and family is the real deal.
  • You won’t have to decide which day to celebrate your anniversary.
  • In my book, it’s kind of cool to say you were legally married in “Mexico!”

What You Need to Know About A Symbolic Ceremony

Second, let’s discuss the mystery of the symbolic wedding and what you need to know.
Essentially, a symbolic wedding looks and sounds just like a civil wedding, it just isn’t legally binding. It is like a commitment ceremony or a renewal of vows.

Avoiding Extra Hoops to Jump Through

The purpose of choosing a symbolic destination wedding would be to avoid the legal
requirements to get married in another country. Maybe due to the hassle, or possibly due to the cost.

Can Ensure Everyone Can Celebrate

Sometimes, couples will have certain family members who won’t be able to travel with them, so they choose to get married in the States before heading to their destination so that those family members can be a part of the union.

You Will Need Proof You Are Married

No matter your reason, with a symbolic destination wedding you will want to get married before heading to the destination because the country you are heading to will want a copy of your marriage records. To them, your ceremony is like a vow renewal, and they want to ensure you are legally married before officiating your ceremony. Make sense?

Benefits of a Symbolic Wedding Ceremony

  • Less expensive
  • Not as much paperwork
  • No residency requirements
  • No translation of documents
  • Ceremony can be officiated by a family member or friend

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember about your destination wedding ceremony, is to do what will make you and your soon to be spouse most happy. It doesn’t matter how you decide to get married; what matters is that it is done in a way that makes you both comfortable. After all, a wedding isn’t all about the paperwork.

Both a legal and a symbolic wedding ceremony can be valuable in different ways. If you like the idea of getting married without a lot of extra legal and financial hoops to jump through, then a symbolic ceremony might work for you. On the other hand, if you want or need to make your union official the actual day you get married in your destination, then a legal wedding is going to be better for you!

If you are in the midst of planning your destination wedding and feel like you’re stuck
and not getting very far, I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-minute
strategy session with me
! I would be honored to help your figure out everything
you need for an amazing destination wedding (legal or symbolic)!

Beyond the Beaches: 5 Unique Experiences in the Bahamas

When most people think of the Bahamas, they think of sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and swaying palm trees. And while these things are undoubtedly beautiful, there’s so much more to this island nation than meets the eye. What kind of unique experiences in the Bahamas can you explore?

From exploring centuries-old forts to swimming with pigs, the Bahamas is a destination that offers unique experiences that you can’t find anywhere else.

In this article, we’ll dive into five of the most unique experiences in the Bahamas that you can have, perfect for the luxury traveler who wants to take their trip beyond the beaches and truly immerse themselves in the local culture.

Get ready to discover a side of the Bahamas you never knew existed.

1. Bonefishing in Andros

If you’re a fan of fishing or just love a good adventure, bonefishing in Andros is an experience you can’tmiss on your next Bahamas vacation.

Andros, known as the “Bonefish Capital of the World,” boasts miles of pristine flats where bonefish can be found in abundance.

The thrill of bonefishing is in the chase.

These elusive fish are known for their speed, agility, and fighting spirit.

Experienced guides (we’ll connect you with one) can take you to the best spots and help you catch and release these amazing fish.

Not only will you enjoy the challenge of catching them, but you’ll also appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the island.

Many travel enthusiasts have included bonefishing in their itinerary, and Andros has quickly become one of the most sought-after destinations for this activity.

It’s the perfect vacation for nature lovers who appreciate unspoiled wilderness and want to experience something truly unique.

2. Spelunking in Abaco

If you’re the type of traveler who’s always up for an adventure, then spelunking in Abaco should definitely be on your list.

Abaco is home to a network of underground caves, some of which have never been fully explored.

Imagine descending into the depths of the earth, feeling the cool, damp air and the echoes of your footsteps bouncing off the walls.

It’s an experience that’s both thrilling and awe-inspiring.

While there are several caves in Abaco that you can explore, one of the most popular is the Ralph’s Cave system.

It’s located in the south-central part of the island, and consists of three different caves.

The largest of these, Ralph’s Cave, is over a mile long and has several different chambers.

You’ll need to be prepared to climb, crawl and wade through water as you explore this fascinating underworld.

Spelunking in Abaco is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s an experience that will stay with you long after your vacation is over.

Not only is it a chance to push yourself physically, but it’s also an opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders of the Bahamas.

Plus, the photos you’ll be able to take inside the caves are sure to impress all your friends back home.

If you’re interested in spelunking in Abaco, it’s important to go with a guide who knows the caves well (we’ll book one for you).

Not only will they be able to lead you safely through the cave system, but they can also share their knowledge about the geology and history of the area.

3. Shark-Feeding in Bimini

If you’re seeking a truly heart-pumping experience during your time in the Bahamas, look no further than the shark-feeding excursions offered in Bimini.

Here, you’ll have the chance to come face-to-face with some of the ocean’s most fascinating predators and learn about their behavior from expert guides (we can select a reputable one).

Bimini is known as the “shark capital of the world,” thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream and the wide variety of shark species that inhabit its waters.

During a shark-feeding excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to see lemon, nurse, and reef sharks upclose and personal as they swarm around the boat in search of food.

While the idea of getting up close and personal with sharks may seem daunting, rest assured that these tours are conducted by highly trained and experienced guides who prioritize the safety of both humans and sharks.

In fact, many of the tours work with marine biologists to collect valuable data on shark behavior and population numbers.

Most shark-feeding tours in Bimini take place in shallow, crystal-clear waters that offer an unparalleledview of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

4. Hermit Crab Races in Eleuthera

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience in the Bahamas, you absolutely cannot miss out on thehermit crab races in Eleuthera.

While it may sound a bit odd at first, trust us when we say that this is one activity that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

The hermit crab races take place in Governor’s Harbour on Friday nights and are a beloved local tradition.

Visitors are welcome to join in on the fun and enter their own hermit crabs in the races, or simply sit back and watch the action unfold.

So, what exactly are hermit crab races?

Essentially, they involve setting up a circular track with a start and finish line.

Participants each bring their own hermit crab (which can be purchased from a local vendor) and place them in the center of the track.

Once the race begins, it’s a mad dash as the hermit crabs scurry around the circle, with the first one to cross the finish line declared the winner.

The races are a festive event, with music, food, and drinks available for purchase.

Locals and visitors alike come out to watch the races and socialize, making it a great way to get a feel for Eleuthera’s vibrant community.

In addition to being a fun and entertaining activity, the hermit crab races also have a deeper meaning.

Hermit crabs are known for their ability to adapt and thrive in new environments, something that is highly valued in Eleuthera’s tight-knit community.

Participating in the races is a way to celebrate this resilience and embrace the island’s unique spirit.

5. Taking a Cooking Class in Exuma

When it comes to the Bahamas, many visitors tend to stick to the beaches, cocktails, and resorts.

But for those looking to dive deeper into the culture of the islands, taking a cooking class (we can set up one for you) in Exuma is an experience not to be missed.

Exuma is known for its fresh seafood, colorful produce, and traditional dishes passed down through generations.

And what better way to learn about this local cuisine than from the experts themselves?

Many cooking classes in Exuma are taught by experienced chefs who are passionate about showcasing the flavors of their homeland.

In a typical cooking class, participants are taken on a trip to the local market to pick out fresh ingredients.

From there, you’ll be guided through the preparation of traditional dishes such as conch salad, cracked conch, and Bahamian macaroni and cheese.

In addition to learning about the cuisine of the Bahamas, taking a cooking class in Exuma is a great way to connect with the local community.

The chefs leading these classes are often passionate about promoting sustainable and responsible tourism, which means supporting local businesses and farmers.

By participating in a cooking class, you’re not only learning how to cook delicious dishes but also contributing to the local economy.

Vacation in the Bahamas doesn’t just mean relaxing on the beaches and sipping cocktails, there’s so much more to discover.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a culture lover, there’s something for everyone with these unique experiences in the Bahamas.

Don’t settle for a typical tourist experience, make your trip one to remember with these off-the-beaten-path activities.

Take a break from your routine and embark on an unforgettable journey in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas.

Schedule a complimentary consultation today to start planning your Bahamas vacation and make your trip one to remember!