Vacation Planning Tips

4 Treasured Places to Include in Your South African Vacation

Posted by on Jan 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Treasured Places to Include in Your South African Vacation

Confucius once said “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” This quote is certainly true when it comes to planning a vacation in South Africa. With an average flight time of over 18 hours, you want to make the most of every moment you have once you land on the other side of the world. South Africa conjures up visions of going on safari to see exotic animals in the wild, but there is much more to South Africa than just the wildlife. Before you meet with your travel agent to discuss the things you want to see in South Africa, consider these four treasured spots that are just a little off the beaten path. Sunland Baobab The Baobab is a type of tree, and after a millennium, a standing baobab naturally hollows out from the inside. In Modjadjiskloof, there is a baobab tree that is over 6,000 years old, and its owners have put its hollowness to good use. The Sunland Baobab contains a little bar where you can pull up a stool and have a beer with the owners and other guests. You can also rent a cabin on the property and stay the night if you are worried about having one too many before the drive back to town. There are not too many places in the world where you can comfortably drink a beer inside a tree! Sterkfontein Caves If you prefer your enclosed spaces to be a little larger, then a trip to Sterkfontein Caves is a must add to your itinerary. Located in Gauteng, your travel time from Johannesburg to the caves is less than an hour. The caves are actively being excavated, so you never know what fossils are going to be discovered while you are on site. Cave tours are the best way to explore the caves, but make sure you have packed comfortable walking shoes for the exploration. After you have finished looking around, relax with a tasty lunch or dinner at the restaurant above the caves. Umhlanga Rocks If you are planning on doing some surfing while on vacation in South Africa, you need to head over to Durban. Durban offers year round surfing opportunities due to its moderate daily climate. If you head 12 miles up the coast away from Durban, you will stumble across Umhlanga Rocks. Despite its name, there are no actual rocks involved in this sightseeing expedition. Instead, you will find sandy beaches, upmarket restaurants and plenty of watering holes for a nighttime drink. While you are there, head over to the Umhlanga Lagoon Reserve to do some bird watching. Umhlanga Rocks is the perfect blend of nature and entertainment after dark. Augrabies Falls National Park There is little more majestic in nature than waterfalls, and you can find a stunning water display at the Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape. The falls are 183 feet tall, and make plenty of noise during flood season. In fact, Augrabies is a native word that means “place of big noises.” There is a viewing platform at the waterfall which allows you to get up close and personal with this stunning force. If you want to see an amazing night sky filled with stars, you can camp out in the national park and be far away from the light...

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Tips For Planning A Las Vegas Destination Wedding

Posted by on Feb 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Planning A Las Vegas Destination Wedding

If your dream wedding includes the Las Vegas strip and a chapel that’s unforgettable, you may be finding the planning stages to be a bit overwhelming. The good news is that you don’t have to plan this destination wedding or the travel needs on your own. Working with a travel agent who is experienced with Las Vegas destination weddings may ease the demands on your time and help you capitalize on everything that the city has to offer. Here are some of the things you should consider as you work with your travel agent to piece the trip together. Plan For Everyone to Stay at the Same Resort The Las Vegas strip is a busy place to be. Since travel into the area can be time-consuming and sometimes costly, it’s best to make it easy for everyone who’s coming by booking a large block of rooms at the same resort. After all, the time you all spend gathered at the pool or testing the limits of your luck in the casino will be the beginnings of lasting memories that you’ll talk about for years. By booking everyone at the same resort, you’ll also make it easier for everybody to be there for your wedding and the celebration. If you’ve decided that you want everyone to stay together this way, you should reserve a block of rooms. Figure out how many you’ll need, and your travel agent can call the resort and see about getting you a volume discount. Plan Ahead and Book Early When you work with a travel agent, they can help you reserve a block of rooms and find the chapel that you want well in advance. That way, you don’t risk missing out on the resort you want or the chapel you’ve planned on saying your vows in. Las Vegas is a popular destination for rodeos, concerts and many other events. As a result, the sooner you can reserve things, the better. Many travel agents will be willing to book a block of rooms early knowing that they can often sell any that aren’t needed for your party when it gets closer to the event. Seek Out a Honeymoon Suite It’s no secret that Las Vegas is an overwhelmingly popular destination for weddings. For that reason, most resorts and hotels offer a variety of honeymoon suites. Some of these suites aren’t even publicized as available and are only offered to people who are saying their vows at certain chapels. Your travel agent may be able to tell you what the inside secrets are to booking the honeymoon suite based on the resort you’re staying at and the chapel where you want to get married. Plan Group Events to Gather Everyone Destination weddings can be tough, because guests may not know what to do with their free time before and after the ceremony. Las Vegas is a great place for many different events and activities, so consider booking something such as a group helicopter tour or zip line experience. With the help of your travel agent, you can even book some group transportation so that everyone can get where you’re going without having to negotiate local traffic or risk getting lost. If you’ve ever had to follow a lead car and several others in heavy traffic, you...

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When you're planning a vacation, you have to decide whether you want to go through the work of finding the best rates for the flights, rental cars and hotels, as well as the events that you may attend, or if you want a travel agent to do all of the leg-work for you. There are pros and cons to both of these options. My blog will help you learn what those pros and cons are. By the time you come to the end, you will know what you want to do for your vacation. You will know if you want to plan it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.

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