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Unlocking Unforgettable Journeys: 4 Reasons Why Using a Travel Advisor Is a Smart Choice

In an era of seemingly endless information and DIY travel planning, the invaluable role of a travel advisor shines brighter than ever. These experts in the realm of exploration offer a wealth of benefits that transcend mere convenience. From crafting tailored itineraries to accessing exclusive deals, navigating complex logistics, and providing insider insights, the reasons to collaborate with a travel advisor are both compelling and diverse. In this fast-paced world, where time is precious and experiences are treasured, the guidance of a skilled travel advisor transforms mere trips into unforgettable journeys.

Some people still sadly associate using a travel advisor with paying more money, when in actual fact – it’s quite the opposite. From getting you the best seats on the plane to working behind the scenes to ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch – after using a great travel advisor once, I personally guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Save Time

Ask yourself, how much is your time worth? Expedia’s research indicates the average American spends 22.95 hours booking a trip in the 6 weeks before departure. That’s one hour a night for nearly three weeks or nearly three entire workdays. Is this time you can afford to lose? 

Save Money

Travel advisors often have access to wholesale rates and exclusive deals that the general public does not. As such, they can pass these savings on to you – their client. Most advisors make their money through commissions paid by hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, etc – not through adding on extra charges for their clients. Travel advisors who do charge fees are charging for the trip planning process – remember those 22.95 hours I referenced in the paragraph above? They’re working, researching, and customizing the perfect journey for you, and some charge fees for this type of work. 

Planning travel has never been more complicated than in 2021 and beyond. From quarantine restrictions to PCR testing, an expert agent will save you countless hours in research and logistics alone – that’s worth its weight in gold. 

Avoid Hassles

Booking with a third-party site may feel like the obvious choice, but websites like Expedia can’t connect the dots. Sure, you could book a few nights at a hotel, but can you arrange the car service, the late-night check-in, the adjoining rooms next door to each other? Travel advisors take the hassle out of the trip planning process and can make it fun again. 

By now we’ve probably all heard horror stories of trips booked immediately before Covid, and cancellations or refunds that went awry. When you book with a travel advisor and (for whatever reason) you’re unable to go on your trip – you don’t have to lift a finger. It won’t be you waiting on hold with the airline, or trying to argue about a credit vs a refund. Your travel advisor has your back and is looking out for your best interests every step of the way, and that includes when things go sideways.

Check into your hotel and your room is not to your liking? Your travel advisor often has special relationships with hotels, and they can (hopefully) rectify the situation seamlessly, without you having to get on the phone and ask for the manager. 

Enjoy Upgrades & Connections

Everyone loves a good upgrade. From complimentary breakfast to room upgrades, most travel advisors can score their client’s great perks when they book with them. In addition, travel advisors are well connected. A travel advisor’s job is to be the expert, and this means traveling to countless destinations, and building relationships with hoteliers, tour operators, even restauranteurs. Don’t discount their ability to score you that hard-to-book seat at a new restaurant, or surprise you with an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience while on a tour.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tipping at All Inclusive Resorts

Tipping in the US is pretty straightforward. We tip hairstylists, customer service,
Uber & Lyft drivers, and bellhops. But what about on your honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort in another country? In fact, it’s one of the top questions that comes up again and again, when I’m planning either a honeymoon or any other trip to an all-inclusive resort. Some people advise tipping and others say to forget it. So which is it? Are you supposed to tip or not? And if so, how much do you tip? To help you figure all of this out, here are some of the best practices when it comes to tipping at all inclusive resorts and how much you should give.

Do You Have to Tip?

Before we dive into the specifics, allow me to answer one of the most frequently asked
questions: Do I have to tip at an all-inclusive resort, or are the gratuities included at an
all-inclusive resort?

The rate at an all-inclusive resort includes gratuities. So, the resort will divvy up a certain portion of your per-night rate amongst the team members. While resorts don’t tell you how much, many of the team members are there for 12 hours or more per day every day. It is a pretty grueling schedule where they could potentially work nine days in a row and then have two days off. What the resort gives them isn’t equivalent to the amount of work they put in.

With that said, I highly encourage tipping where you feel led. The resort you travel to and the level of service you have paid for (concierge or butler for example) will affect what you should prepare for regarding gratuities. Determining gratuity expectations is something I assist my clients with as they prepare to travel.

Let’s get down to some specifics regarding tipping for your all-inclusive honeymoon vacation.

The airport porter

An airport porter is someone who will assist you with your luggage once you are in
destination. While this could be a bit annoying, a porter at the airport may swoop in and can sometimes aggressively start helping you with your luggage.

You can certainly decline their assistance, but if you decide to let them help, please give them a tip. $3-$5 is reasonable depending on how much luggage you have.

Porters are generally independent and are not employed by the airport, so they work for tips.

My theory is to support those who are willing to show up and do something to make a living for their families.

Airport shuttle driver

The driver that takes you to and from your all-inclusive resort is not employed by the resort. Please be prepared to tip this person for the ride each way.

Something that most people don’t factor in is the time involved. Please consider the distance that the driver has to go to get you to your resort and then turn around and head back to the airport for their next assignment.

For short distances $5 is sufficient, for longer drives (1.5 hours or more), consider giving at least $20. If it takes them 1.5 hours to get you to your resort, that is a 3 hour roundtrip investment of their time.

The Bellhop

Hooray! Welcome to the resort.

As you step out of the transportation vehicle, the first resort team member who will assist you is the bellhop. He or she will check your luggage and give you luggage tags while you head to the lobby to check into the resort.

Once you are checked in, your bellhop will escort you to your room and will likely share some details about the resort and where things are located, as well as share a few features with you regarding your room.

Depending on the time invested with you, a $5-$10 tip is recommended.

Concierge or Butler Service

If you’ve opted in for a higher level of service at your all-inclusive resort, come prepared to tip. If your concierge sets up your dinner reservations or helps you with an issue your room is having, don’t feel compelled to dish out cash.

However, if the concierge sets up a special dinner with some surprise touches or goes out of their way to get you something to make your stay special, be sure to tip according to their time invested.

Butler service is a bit more hands on generally, but some resorts will have butlers that are really more like concierge.

In the case that you have a hands-on butler that is available to you via a cellphone and he or she is in charge of everything your suite needs (managing and communicating with other staff members), setting up your dinner/spa/golf/ reservations, serving you any meal in-suite, saving you chairs at the pool or beach, then this personal level of service should be a per day tip.

I suggest a minimum of $20 per day depending on how much you utilize your butler. Again, keep in mind any situations where the butler has gone above and beyond to make your stay and experience special.

So overall, anticipate having $10 for small one-off experiences from a concierge, and a
minimum $150 for a week of butler service.


Imagine you are sitting at the beach enjoying a book or good conversation, and a beach waiter asks what you’d like to drink.

You order your beverage of choice, receive it in a few minutes, and quickly realize you have $0 on you.

This is pretty typical as most of us head to the beach or pool with only the essentials,
especially since we often leave our beach bags unattended from time to time.

First, don’t feel compelled to have cash on you when you are enjoying the resort. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, it is okay. Like I said at the beginning, the gratuities are technically included in your all-inclusive rate.

If possible, always have a few dollars on you for tips like this. A bartender, pool, or beach waiter will keep the drinks coming for $10 but will also happily accept $1 or $2 per drink.

At a restaurant where you are served buffet style, again, don’t stress if you don’t have cash. Since they likely assisted with beverages, you can leave $2-$3 if you want.

If you are being served at an a la carte restaurant, consider tipping more. Again, base this on the level of service and the quality of the dining experience. If it was a several-course meal and white-glove service, dish out a bit more. Maybe $20 in this situation. If it is a burger joint, maybe leave $5.


As we wrap this up, we can’t forget about housekeeping. Simply said, these resort team
members work diligently every day and generally are paid the least.

It’s so nice to come back to a freshly cleaned room, isn’t it?

I suggest leaving $5-$10 per day for your housekeeper at an all-inclusive resort.

Quick caveat

If you are planning an all-inclusive honeymoon to Sandals Resorts, gratuities are not accepted, except for butler service. So, a Sandals honeymoon will not have the same gratuity guidelines at the resort as I’ve mentioned above, but you can still tip the porter and shuttle driver as they are not Sandals employees.

I know the topic of tipping at all-inclusive resorts can be a little tricky, but I hope this information was able to help get rid of some of that uncertainty for you. The bottom line is that tipping should be part of your overall budget at an all-inclusive resort. It should be done based on the service you’ve received. You will most likely receive excellent service regardless, so there is no need to tip excessively. However, if you feel the service has been above and beyond exceptional, that’s when it’s time to show your gratitude by tipping a little more than normal.

If you’re tired of googling every question you have regarding your honeymoon planning, I’d be delighted to chat with you. Here is a link to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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!

5 Ways to Truly ENJOY Traveling with Kids

Ah, children. Our sweet angel-faced offspring who bring us so much joy, right up until the moment they start karate kicking the seat in front of them on an airplane… Or fighting with their siblings in the back seat during a road trip. Traveling with kids can be an incredibly rewarding and memorable experience, but it often comes with its fair share of challenges.

From restless toddlers to moody teenagers, there’s a spectrum of emotions and needs to balance while on the road. However, with a bit of preparation and the right mindset, you can turn your family adventures into joyful and enriching journeys that everyone will cherish. In this blog post, we’re thrilled to share five valuable strategies that will not only make traveling with kids smoother but also help you truly enjoy every moment of your exploration together.

Here are five ways to survive (and even thrive) while traveling with kids, before you go diving for some Xanax or a boatload of tequila… 


Have them, lower them, and then keep repeating them to yourself. Traveling with children is different than traveling kid-free, and is often more of a ‘trip’ than a relaxing vacation. Knowing beforehand that you’ll be making memories, having fun, but quite possibly not sleeping in or getting much rest will help shoulder any disappointment at a vacation that ‘could have been’.


Sure, we’d all love a culturally rich day of strolling museums or enjoying a ten-course tasting menu at a new restaurant – but will that keep your smallest travelers happy? Finding activities that can please everyone from tiny tots to adventurous teens may be tricky – but it’s certainly not impossible. The right destination, resort, and especially travel advisor can arrange activities that suit the entire family’s interests, abilities, and ages. 

Say Yes to Help

While it’s a luxury not all can afford, many resorts offer licensed nannies or babysitters – and in return, you get a few hours to yourself. Have a doting grandparent that would spring at the chance to spend more time with their grandkids? Again, another luxury not everyone has in their lives – but if you do, this may be the perfect opportunity to invite them on a dream holiday, and get a bit of built-in babysitting to boot!

Bend, But Don’t Break

Bedtimes, healthy meals, and routines are all great. However, it may be worth bending the rules just a bit to not be bound to super-strict guidelines while on holiday. You’re on vacation, remember? Know your hard lines and choose when to bend your rules to allow for a memorable vacation where everyone’s having a good time. This could mean your kids don’t touch a vegetable for days or stay up a bit later than usual. Whatever works best for you, your family, and your sanity!

Entertainment Coordinator: At Your Service! 

Consider building a special ‘vacation’ bag, for your kiddos to only open during their travels. Fill it with some new toys, books, stickers, whatever your kiddos happen to be into these days – pack it chock full. Got a tablet and are ok with your kiddos watching tv? Download a few programs in advance, so WiFi issues won’t hinder their entertainment (aka your sweet moment of silence), and for the sake of all that is holy: GET THEM HEADPHONES, this is your moment of silence, remember?  

Remember, the essence of family travel lies in creating lasting memories and fostering connections. By following these five strategies – embracing flexibility, involving kids in the planning process, prioritizing downtime, finding age-appropriate activities, and savoring the small moments – you’ll transform your trips from being mere vacations to becoming cherished chapters in your family’s story. Every laugh, every curiosity-filled question, and every shared experience will contribute to a treasure trove of memories that your kids will carry with them throughout their lives. So, pack your bags, embark on those adventures, and relish the joy that comes with traveling with your beloved kids.

I’d love to help you plan the ultimate family vacation and ensure that even your tiniest travelers are taken care of. Click here to schedule a complimentary consultation with me.

Happy journeys!

Top 10 Aruban Food Dishes: A Culinary Journey Through Irresistible Flavors of the Caribbean

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Aruba beckons not only with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, but also with a vibrant and diverse culinary scene. Beyond its stunning landscapes, this island paradise offers a rich tapestry of flavors that reflect its cultural influences and history. From fresh seafood infused with local spices to international gourmet delights, Aruban food is a reflection of its warm and welcoming spirit.

In this article, we delve into the delectable world of Aruban cuisine, exploring its unique dishes, traditional ingredients, and the blend of cultures that make it a culinary haven in the Caribbean. So, to help you prepare and plan for your trip to the island, here are ten dishes you must indulge in when you visit Aruba.


Perhaps the most apparent food to try while on the island is the fish and seafood. In the Caribbean Sea, some of the most amazingly fresh seafood can be found. Take your pick between mahi-mahi, grouper, lionfish, prawn, or red snapper if you’re looking for a simple dish to try.However, the options go on forever.

Pan Bati

This bread is usually on the side of every main dish served on the island, and with good reason. Pan Bati is a sweet flatbread that dissolves in your mouth. Although it is prepared with simple ingredients, it is far from being dull in flavor.

Stews and Soups

Many of the local eateries and restaurants serve traditional Aruban stews and soups. Usually, the stews are full of chicken, fish, or goat meat, although you can still find soups and stews made with beef or lamb as we make it here in the states.

Aruba Ariba and a Local Beer

Although it isn’t food, the local beer is worth a shot. Balashi is the most popular beer on the island, but there are a ton of delicious choices.


Dried fruit and cashews adorn this delectable dish of steamed beef wrapped in a banana leaf.That’s not all you get, though. There are a ton of ingredients used to create this unique, mouthwatering Venezuelan dish.

Keshi Yena

This authentic Aruban meal is a must-try! It includes a ball of cheese stuffed with meat or poultry that is spiced to perfection. Anywhere you go on the tropical island, you will find aunique and off-beat version of this dish.

Funchi and Banana Hash

This combo is certainly one that packs a lot of tasty flavors! Funchi is fried cornmeal mush, often served with gouda and a side of fried plantains.


Pastechi is a portion of famous Aruban street food. You can find it offered by most street food vendors, and all of them claim to make it best. No matter where you get it, you don’t want to miss out on this gouda filled pastry.

Authentic Aruban Desserts

Pudding is a big deal in Aruba. You must order a helping of Pan Bollo (bread pudding with Ponche cream or rum, and ice cream) or Bolo di Banana (plantain pudding).

Hot Papaya Sauce

Often served on the side of meals, hot papaya sauce is the perfect addition to a meal if you can stand the sweet heat of papaya fruit mashed with hot peppers.

Aruban food is a testament to the island’s identity and the fusion of cultures that have shaped it over the centuries. From the tantalizing aromas of local food stalls to the upscale dining establishments, every culinary experience in Aruba tells a story. The flavors of its indigenous ingredients and the influences of the Arawak heritage, European colonization, and global trade come together to create a symphony of tastes that resonate with every palate.

As you indulge in Aruba’s culinary offerings, you not only savor delicious bites but also embark on a journey through the island’s history and heritage. So, whether you’re a food enthusiast or a curious traveler, exploring Aruba’s cuisine promises a gastronomic adventure that will leave a lasting impression.

It doesn’t matter what restaurants or cafes you choose to visit while in Aruba, but make sure you don’t leave without indulging in some of the Aruban foods mentioned on this list! They are by far some of the greatest, tastiest options on the island.

If you would like more information on the most popular restaurants and places to go, please don’t hesitate to send over an email with your inquiries or schedule a complimentary consultation to start planning your next vacation.

Exploring Antigua’s Cultural Experiences: Beyond The Beaches

If you’re visiting the beautiful island of Antigua and want to explore more of the island than their 365 beaches, don’t miss Antigua’s cultural experiences.

Antigua is situated in the Caribbean east, southeast of St. Kitts and north of Guadeloupe and Dominica.

It is a picturesque island that people dream of visiting when they fantasize about a Caribbean getaway.

Antigua is categorized by its beautiful ocean views and turquoise blue waters.

What most people don’t realize is that there is a lot more to this island than just the beaches.

There are beautiful beaches like Half Moon Bay, Dickenson Bay, Galley Bay, and Valley Church.

These are just the right places to enjoy sunbathing, water sports with the family, swimming, and snorkeling fun, but there is so much more to do.

Discover the hidden treasures of Antigua beyond its stunning beaches.

Immerse yourself in Antigua’s cultural experiences, from historic landmarks to local traditions.

Uncover a different side of the island’s charm and rich heritage.

Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation

Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation, one of Antigua's Cultural Experiences

Delve into the island’s history at Betty’s Hope, a restored sugar plantation that provides insight into Antigua’s colonial past.

Betty’s Hope was the first and the most abundant sugar plantation on the island of Antigua.

It stands as a reminder of the role that Antigua played in the British Colonial Era.

It was a plantation that helped Britain generate considerable wealth in the Caribbean.

Established in 1674, it was named after the daughter of one of the former owners.

Visitors can explore the ruins of the sugar mill, learn about the island’s sugar industry, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs of the plantation era.

The comprehensive visitor’s center and museum educate tourists on the daily lives of slaves on this plantation.

It also offers a way to step back into the past and understand Antigua’s rich history.

The site also offers picturesque views of the surrounding countryside.

St. John’s Saturday Morning Market

St. John's Antigua, one of Antigua's Cultural Experiences

St. John is the capital of Antigua and is the center of island life on Saturday mornings.

This market draws in vendors from all over the island and provides a wonderful place for tourists to spend time.

This market is a beautiful reflection of Antigua.

You can get in touch with the locals, their incredible culture, and their fun way of life.

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park and English Harbor

Nelson's Dockyard, one of Antigua's Cultural Experiences

Nelson’s Dockyard, located in English Harbor, is a meticulously restored Georgian naval facility that was once the headquarters of the British Royal Navy in the Eastern Caribbean during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).

It also served as the headquarters for Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson from 1784-1787.

The surrounding English Harbour area is filled with charming colonial buildings, boutique shops, cafes, excellent restaurants, and even a museum where you can spend a fantastic day out in Antigua.

This historic site is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

It’s a great place to immerse yourself in Antigua’s maritime heritage and enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor.

Shirley Heights Lookout

Shirley Heights, one of Antigua's Cultural Experiences

Shirley Heights is a great hike that you can take from the Dockyard.

For panoramic views and a vibrant social scene, head to Shirley Heights Lookout.

Shirley Heights is just under 500 feet above sea level, and the summit of this hike allows for views of Guadeloupe island and the active volcanic island of Montserrat, both located just to the south.

This vantage point offers stunning vistas of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour, especially during the sunset.

For more nightlife fun, head to Falmouth and English Harbors.

It is also a prime spot for a great Sunday night party at the Shirley Heights Lookout Bar and Restaurant.

On Sundays, the area comes alive with a lively barbecue party featuring local food, live music, and a festive atmosphere that attracts both visitors and locals alike.

Devil’s Bridge

Devils Bridge, one of Antigua's Cultural Experiences

This natural rock formation on the eastern coast of Antigua is not only a geological wonder but also a cultural and historical site.

Over the years, the natural forces of the ocean have carved a bridge-like arch into the limestone cliffs.

Devil’s Bridge holds significance in local folklore and history, and it offers dramatic views of the Atlantic waves crashing against the rocks.

It’s a powerful and unique spot to witness the forces of nature at work.

These are just a few of the many attractions and activities that Antigua has to offer.

Whether you’re interested in history, natural beauty, marine life, or simply relaxing on gorgeous beaches, Antigua presents a range of options that cater to various interests and preferences.

With a wide selection of markets, shops, and restaurants to tour while in Antigua, this island filled with rich colonial history offers plenty of activities away from the beach.

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

5 Reasons Curacao Needs To Be On Your Caribbean Radar

When it comes to planning a trip where the fun in the sun and beaches you only see on television are concerned, the Caribbean is one of the premier destinations in the world.

It is an area where people flock from all over to admire the beauty and fun the Caribbean delivers.

Often when people think about going to the Caribbean, they look into visiting St. Kitts, Grand Cayman, Saint Martin, or Antigua.

These are amazing places that have so much to offer visitors, but they are not the only choices. There is an island that tends to get overlooked by many: Curacao.

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the picturesque island of Curacao stands as a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by avid travelers and wanderlust enthusiasts.

With its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and a blend of history and modernity, Curacao offers a unique Caribbean experience that sets it apart from its more popular counterparts.

While destinations like Jamaica and the Bahamas often steal the spotlight, Curacao quietly beckons those seeking an authentic and diverse island getaway.

In this article, we’ll delve into five compelling reasons why Curacao deserves a prime spot on every traveler’s Caribbean radar.

5 Reasons To Consider Curacao

Curacao is a beautiful island that is located just east of Aruba and just off the coast of Venezuela.

Curacao has so much to offer visitors, and here are five reasons why Curacao needs to be on anyone’s radar if they’re looking to take a trip to the Caribbean.

1.The Beaches

Anyone traveling to the Caribbean is going because of their desire for fun under the sun. There are 35 different beaches to hit while visiting Curacao. So many beaches considering that it only takes an hour and a half to drive the length of the island.Every beach has a personality of its own; there is a beach that will suit any visitors’ desires.

2. Affordability

Sticking to a budget is important to every traveler, and Curacao can help travelers stay within that budget.

Curacao is ranked as one of the most affordable of the Caribbean islands to visit.

Another great thing about Curacao is that it is located outside the hurricane belt, so traveling during storm season doesn’t pose a real issue.

3. Nightlife

For those who are looking to fill their days and nights with fun, Curacao has a hopping nightlife scene.

Live music is a staple of this multicultural island, and all types of music can be heard, from jazz to soca.

There is going to be the perfect bar or watering hole for any traveler.


If you are looking to partake in a bit more of a sophisticated type of fun, there are plenty of arts across the island to enjoy.

From excellent art galleries to stunning murals across the cities, there is art to be enjoyed everywhere.

There are also multiple museums for visitors to see and enjoy.

5. Culture

The island of Curacao is a multicultural place that has a varied history.

Citizens of Curacao carry a Dutch passport, but from the native Arawak people to the Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish peoples, there have been a lot of influences on this island.

Its proximity to South America also adds to its diversity.

Curacao is a place that every traveler needs to consider.

It is a beautiful island that has as much to offer travelers as any of the other more popular island destinations.

Maybe the fact that this island flies under the radar of many Caribbean travelers can be another reason why it is such a great place.

In a region renowned for its azure waters and sun-kissed beaches, Curacao emerges as a distinctive destination that promises an unforgettable Caribbean adventure.

From its rich cultural tapestry and architectural marvels to its vibrant underwater world and welcoming local communities, this island possesses a charm that captivates the senses and lingers in the heart.

As the world of travel continues to evolve, Curacao’s uniqueness remains a constant, offering a refreshing escape for those who seek more than just the usual sun and sand.

By embracing Curacao on your Caribbean radar, you open the door to a realm of exploration that promises enriching experiences and cherished memories—a testament to the island’s enduring allure.

I’d love to help you plan your next vacation, whether it’s to Curacao or somewhere else on your bucket list. Schedule a complimentary consultation with me so we can start planning your next adventure.

Happy travels!

How to Choose The Best Time of Year for a Destination Wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean

Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular in recent years, with
couples opting for picturesque locations to tie the knot. The Caribbean and Mexico
are two of the most sought-after destinations for a wedding. With their beautiful beaches, warm weather, and vibrant culture, these destinations provide the perfect backdrop for a dream wedding.

However, choosing the right time of year to have your destination wedding is crucial to ensure that you and your guests have the best experience possible. You can spend hours researching locations and resorts online and compare services, food and drinks and prices…but you might overlook the most important detail: what time of year do you have to visit to avoid hurricanes and tropical depressions.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect weather wise for your destination wedding in the
tropics based on the time of year. I’ve even included some tips on choosing the best time of year for a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean, if you’re considering tying the knot during hurricane season.

Let’s jump into the weather you can expect for your destination wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico based on the time of year that you travel.

If you want to know the best time of year to have a destination wedding in the Caribbean and Mexico, it is between December to April. This is the region’s dry season when rainfall is minimal, and the temperature is mild and comfortable, averaging around 78 to 82 degrees Farhenheit. Hello sunshine!

While the dry season is safer bet for a weather-friendly Caribbean or Mexico wedding, it’s not a guarantee. Rain and wind can still occur. Additionally, it’s essential to note that it’s also peak tourist season. This means that flights and accommodation are likely to be higher than at other times of the year. Bummer, I know.

Based on my experience, the most popular months to have a destination wedding are in May and November. This would be considered “shoulder season” where you aren’t really dealing with the higher “peak tourist” prices, but also don’t have as much concern with the weather. Hooray!

The struggle there is that the dates at the best resorts and venues book very quickly. So, if you want to plan a destination wedding in May or November, do not waste time or you’ll end up compromising on the venue.

So, what happens if the dry season months don’t work well for you and you are hosting your destination wedding in the Summer or Fall months, when hurricanes could develop?

First, let me put your mind at ease. Just because it is “hurricane season” doesn’t mean that a hurricane will develop.

Also, there are some destinations that are “safer” during the tropical season, so don’t throw in the towel quite yet!

Here are some tips on choosing the best time of year for a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean to help avoid having your big day ruined by a storm.

Choose your wedding date wisely

As mentioned above, the best way to avoid hurricane season when planning your destination wedding is to choose a date outside of the peak months. If that isn’t possible, consider these general rules of thumb… Hurricane season runs from June to November, with the most active months being August, September, & October. If possible consider a wedding in June, July, Mid to Late November, or even early December.

Research the Weather Patterns

Each destination has different weather patterns during hurricane season, so do your research before choosing a location. Some islands or regions may be more prone to hurricanes than others. For example, the northern Caribbean islands are at higher risk than the southern ones. Consider speaking with a travel advisor who specializes in weddings to help you pick the right time and location.

Consider Wedding & Travel Insurance

Wedding insurance can provide a financial safety net in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. It can cover unexpected expenses such as cancellations, postponements, or rescheduling fees. It’s important to note that not all wedding insurance policies cover natural disasters, so be sure to read the fine print before purchasing a policy.

Travel insurance is recommended for you and your guests. In case the weather prevents you from arriving to your destination, or requires you or your guests to depart early, it will protect your investment. Travel insurance is always recommended, but during the tropical season, it is much more imperative, so I encourage you to encourage your guests to have the right coverage.

Have a Backup Plan

Regardless of the date of your wedding, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather. When booking your venue and vendors, ask about their contingency plans in case of inclement weather. For example, some resorts may have indoor facilities or covered areas that can serve as backup locations for the ceremony or reception. It’s always a bonus when you love the back-up venue as much as your chosen outdoor venue.

Stay Updated on Weather Forecasts

If you’re planning a wedding during hurricane season, be sure to stay informed about any potential tropical storms or hurricanes that could impact your wedding plans. Sign up for weather alerts, monitor weather websites, and keep in touch with your vendors and venue. Be prepared to make changes if necessary and I advise to make a swift decision, getting the advice of the onsite wedding team, if things are not looking promising on your wedding day.

If the wedding team at your venue advises you to change to an indoor venue due the weather report, and you choose to move forward with an outdoor event, they will likely have you sign a contract. If weather does disrupt the wedding there will be a fee to set up the wedding decor again in the back-up location.

In conclusion, while the Caribbean and Mexico offer stunning wedding destinations,
it’s important to be mindful of hurricane season. By following these tips for choosing the best time of year for a destination wedding and doing your research, you can plan a beautiful and stress-free wedding. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the region’s stunning beauty, indulge in outdoor activities, and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to ensure you cover all your bases with your destination wedding planning, I’d be delighted to chat with you. Here is a link to schedule a complimentary consultation!

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Congratulations on your engagement! You found The One, got engaged, and are in the midst of planning your magical wedding & honeymoon. YAY!

Many couples don’t know all the ins and outs of planning a great honeymoon! If you’re like most people, you probably have this idea, that you’ll just find a resort somewhere in a beautiful location, book it, get married, and head off to honeymoon bliss! But, as you start planning your honeymoon, it can be stressful and overwhelming trying to plan a honeymoon that gives you EXACTLY what you want! There is a lot of planning that comes into play to make sure you have a honeymoon full of relaxation & romance, instead of disappointment and frustration. There’s so much to consider, from which destination to choose, the best resort to stay at, as well as choosing an air itinerary that won’t have you checking in late at night, losing the entire first day of your honeymoon to travel!

This honeymoon planning guide is exactly what you need to have a honeymoon that will truly be fabulous! These 8 steps will help you put all of the pieces together for a relaxing and pampering honeymoon in paradise.

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Ok, so let’s jump into these six honeymoon essentials!

1. Create a “Honeymoon Wish List”

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Before you do any honeymoon planning, you and your future spouse need to
take some time to make a list together of what you both are hoping to get out of
your honeymoon. I call it a “honeymoon wishlist” Is gourmet food important to
you, do you prefer ala cart vs. buffet restaurants? Do you care more about
having a stunning honeymoon suite, or are you ok with the standard room? Are
you both wanting a beautiful long stretch of swimmable beach, or are pools
more important to you? What type of excursions would you like to enjoy? You
will want to have at least some of these settled before you start researching
destinations and resorts.

2. Don’t Base Your Decisions Solely on Recommendations

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Recommendations are great, but you have to remember that you are a completely different couple than they are. What is great for one couple, may not be great for you! Your honeymoon is pretty important, you don’t want to take a chance on having an underwhelming or poor experience. It’s fine to take a recommendation, but use it as a starting point, not your end point. And PLEASE, don’t go to Trip Advisor until you’ve narrowed your selection of honeymoon resorts down to two or three options!

3. Do This Instead

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Remember that list I told you to create in point number 1? Once you have that
list made, you’ll want to start thinking about past travel experiences, both good
and bad… What did you like or love about a trip you took, or what did you dislike
or hate, about a past vacation or getaway? Add these to your “honeymoon wish
list”. Now you will be ready to move on to point number 4.

4. Make a List of Potential Honeymoon Destinations

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Now it’s time to start making a list of potential honeymoon destinations! Use
your honeymoon wish list to help you narrow down destinations that offer what
is on your list, then make a list of potential honeymoon resorts.

5. Research Possible Honeymoon Resorts in Your Targeted Destinations

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

Once you have a couple of honeymoon locations chosen, then it’s time to figure out which resort to have your ceremony and host your group. One of the most effective ways to choose a wedding resort & venue is to visit it first before you decide. In fact, many resorts offer special “wedding visit” packages to encourage you to visit their resort hoping you will choose them for your destination wedding.

6. Get a New Email Exclusively for Wedding Related Conversations

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

This is a great way to stay organized and not miss any type of important communication about your honeymoon. I always suggest that you create a special email address exclusively for your wedding & honeymoon. This way all of your wedding correspondence & conversations will be in one spot! Believe me, this will save you so much time and probably money in the end. The last thing you want is to miss a confirmation email that your honeymoon resort suite is almost sold out, booking because it was sandwiched between emails from Beach Body & your Grandmother’s cataract surgery!

7. Consider Getting a New Credit Card that Earns Miles

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you might as well earn some reward miles to help you pay for your honeymoon, or at least pay you back for booking your honeymoon. This is a great time to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points for future or even current travel. You could actually get a discount on your airfare if you play your credit cards right!

8. Consider Working with a Honeymoon Specialist

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

If you want to ensure that your honeymoon won’t be a disappointment, as well as, reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all on your own, it may be worth it to invest in hiring a honeymoon planner. A properly trained honeymoon specialist knows how to take your honeymoon wishlist, and quickly narrow down destinations & honeymoon resorts, that will be perfect for both of you! They will also make sure that you receive ALL the honeymoon amenities & perks you will qualify for as well.

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

At the end of the day, you want your honeymoon to be your reward after
all of the stress, and time you spent planning your wedding. It should be a fabulous time of FINALLY getting away, just the two of you, where you can relax, be pampered and just focus on each other.

Whether you’re looking for an over-the-water bungalow or a secluded white sand beach where you both can unplug and unwind, putting these 8 steps in place will ensure that your honeymoon experience will be everything you hoped for, as well as one of your fondest new memories as a couple.

And, if you feel like you need a little help planning your honeymoon or just
want this pressure and stress lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to schedule a free 15-minute honeymoon planning strategy session with me!

I would be honored to help your figure out everything you need for your honeymoon dreams to come true!

Ultimate Honeymoon Planning Guide: 8 Things You Need to Know for the Perfect Honeymoon

The Ultimate Planning Guide: 6 Destination Wedding Essentials You Need to Know

Congratulations on your engagement! This will be one of the happiest times of your
life, as you start planning your destination wedding! But, thinking of everything that you
need to pull together to host a destination wedding can be overwhelming. There are
so many different things that you will have to manage for everything to run smoothly.
How do you make the choice of location, venue, transportation, and all the other
destination wedding essentials that you need to concern yourself with?

This destination wedding guide will help you navigate the 6 most important details of planning a destination wedding that will truly be fabulous! It can be an arduous journey, but this will ensure that both you and your partner come out not just surviving, but actually thriving during the destination wedding planning process!

Ok, so let’s jump into these six destination wedding essentials!

Get Started Right Away

In today’s post-COVID environment, dates & availability are booking up faster
than ever before! Many couples are eager to finally say “I DO!” in an amazing
location, just as they had hoped before the pandemic! Now dates are booking
up fast, so don’t procrastinate, start researching resort wedding venues &
availability now!

2. You Don’t Have to Know it All

You may think you have to know everything about planning a destination
wedding before you begin, but that’s simply not true! You don’t need to have it
all figured out to get started. The two most important things you need to start
working on is making a list of potential destinations you would like to get
married, and then, a list of potential resort wedding venues to hold your
wedding & wedding group at.

3. Consider Doing a Pre-Wedding Planning Trip

Hey, Who doesn’t like the samples at Costco, before you buy a 12-pack of hot
chocolate bombs? Right?

Once you have a destination wedding location chosen, then it’s time to figure
out which wedding venue & resort to have your ceremony and host your group.
One of the most effective ways to choose a wedding resort & venue is to visit it
first before you decide. In fact, many resorts offer special “wedding visit”
packages to encourage you to visit their resort, hoping you will choose them for
your destination wedding.

Get a New Email Exclusively for Wedding Related Conversations

In order to have a successful destination wedding, you have to be organized. I
always suggest that you create a special email address exclusively for your
wedding & honeymoon. This way all of your wedding correspondence &
conversations will be in one spot! Believe me, this will save you so much time
and probably money in the end. The last thing you want is a confirmation email
requesting you to verify your wedding date & time at the resort, and you miss it
in a crowded inbox sandwiched between emails from Peloton & your uncle’s
gallbladder surgery!

Consider Getting a New Credit Card that Earns Miles

As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you might as
well earn some reward miles to help you pay for your travel. This is a great time
to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points for future or even
current travel. You could actually get your airfare paid for if you play your credit
cards right!

Consider Working with a Destination Wedding Specialist

If you want to ensure that your destination wedding will be planned correctly,
and reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all
on your own, it may be worth it to invest in a destination wedding designer or
planner. A destination wedding planner or designer knows the ins and outs of a
destination wedding and has plenty of experience setting up wedding groups,
negotiating contracts, and managing all of the logistics for you and your guests.
They will also make sure that you receive ALL the amenities & perks you will
qualify for as well. Things that many resorts won’t tell you unless you ask.

I hope this destination wedding survival guide helps make your wedding planning a little less stressful and more fun. At the end of the day, you want your destination wedding to be a celebration that everyone will remember! (In a good way) By knowing these destination wedding essentials, you can ensure that your destination wedding experience will be everything you hoped for, as well as one of your fondest memories as a couple.

And, by the way, If you feel like you need a little help planning your destination wedding, or you’re ready to have all of this lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to schedule a free 15-minute strategy session with me!

I would be honored to help you figure out everything you need for your dream wedding to come true!

5 Steps to Planning the Most Magical Destination Wedding on ANY Budget