By Kelsey Stetson, Funjet Insider
There’s something so wonderfully American about a Florida family vacation. My family always drove. Mom at the wheel of our trusty Ford Escort wagon, Dad chilling in the passenger seat, flicking through the radio for the right rock song, and me and my sister nestled in the back seat with these little road-trip-desk-trays my mom would pack for us, filled with games, pencils, markers, books, and trivial pursuit cards that she would make us read her to show off how smart she is.
The whole trip would take about 24 hours from Vermont to West Palm Beach near Orlando, where my aunt and cousins lived. We would spend a couple days at Walt Disney World® riding a bunch of roller coasters (my dad and I love to chase thrills) and after some time on the beach, we would pack up and make another long journey home.
Take a trip to Florida together.
As fond as I am of these happy memories, traveling to spectacular Orlando today is so much faster, and there is A LOT more to see than when I was a kid.
10-year-old me would be stoked on Universal Orlando Resort™, especially at a chance to have a wand choose me at Ollivanders™ Wand Shop located in Diagon Alley™ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Insider tip: You can order an Interactive Wand online before your trip to use in Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ village. Adult-me wouldn’t mind a Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon®, either.
Natural wonder & rich history.
70 miles west of Key West you’ll find one of most remote parks managed by the National Park Service, which also happens to be a prime destination for snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal-clear water with a castle-like fort in the background. Introduce yourself to Dry Tortugas National Park. 100 square miles of open water and seven small islands. Why “dry”? Because you can’t find any natural fresh water on the islands. Be sure to also take a tour of Fort Jefferson, one of America’s largest 19th century forts (you won’t believe that it’s been out there for over 150 years).
When your little ones look up at the night skies, they have big questions. They see the moon and the stars and want to know why. And you might not have the answer. Yet. But pay a visit to The Kennedy Space Center and you’ll find all the stellar info you need. And is it really a trip to Florida if you don’t make a pit stop at Cape Canaveral?
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is dedicated to the work of surrealist artist Salvador Dali and houses the world’s second largest collection of his work. Visitors are free to explore the museum on their own or sign up for a tour to find out exactly how he made it look like that clock is melting.
You know that dream of living under the sea you’ve been keeping secret for so long? Time to let it out. The Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel has been given the go-ahead off the Florida Keys. Submerged 28 feet beneath the ocean’s surface and designed to attract coral reef growth, the hotel will offer guests first-class views of the wide-open ocean and all its natural beauty.
As much as we love a good road trip, we love making the most of our precious few vacay days. Get there quick. Let Islandspree take you there, and let our expert agents help you plan a trip you’ll never forget.
As a child, family vacations used to seem simple. You packed your bags, grabbed some grub and did whatever you wanted. But while your childhood trips might be gone, that carefree feeling doesn’t have to be. In fact, with a few basic pointers, you can recapture those same vibes for your family.
Family packing 101:
1. Kids will be kids. – Kids are always bouncing-off-the-walls with excitement (especially on vacation). And while you love to see them happy, it can make for a chaotic trip. So, if you’re looking for an in-flight diversion, we suggest some flight surprises. Take cards, bring games and pack along healthy snacks. These are great ways to channel that vacation excitement into something a little less bouncy.
2. Carry-on fun. – You have a whole family to pack for, so we’d be impressed if you could fit it all in one carry-on. In other words, you’ll probably be checking some luggage. But before you send it down the slide, make sure you pack swimsuits and underwear in your carry-on. That way if your luggage is lost or delayed, you and the family can wait for it by the pool.
1. Bring on the buffet. – Buffets are great. Especially if you have kids. Because let’s be honest, picky eaters can be hard to please. And buffets have something for almost anyone. So if your kids want to try some new foods, they can. But, in case they don’t, there’s always a reliable back up. That means you don’t have to risk ordering an entire meal that they’re not going to eat. Plus, most resorts have specific kid favorites on the buffet.
2. Opt for options. – All-inclusive resorts are a parent’s dream. They make your job as simple as possible. Namely, your little eater can try whatever they want, whenever they want it. So don’t worry about tracking meals, snacks or beverages. Just have fun together.
3. Hydrate 24/7. – When it comes to drinking water, your kids are certainly going to need a reminder. In fact, you can’t encourage them to stay hydrated enough. Any pause, any break, any moment, simply suggest they take a sip from their favorite cup. It’s a simple way to keep their thirst at bay.
4. Sip something sweet. – If you want to treat your kids to something other than water, there are some fun choices. Hotels like Generations Riviera Maya even offer special fruit smoothie bars just for kids. After all, if they’re happy, you’re happy.
5. Feed them a few favorites. – Looking for a bit of a treat? Then you’re in luck. Some of our favorite hotels like Hyatt Ziva Cancun have dream-like shops with gelato, cupcakes, candy, and pretty much anything your kids have ever imagined. And while they’re enjoying something to satisfy their sweet tooth, there’s usually a coffee shop nearby for you to find your fix.
6.Improvise an appetizer. – Specialty restaurants are totally worth the wait. But sometimes your children might get a little hungry (and antsy). So before you put your name in, make a short pit stop at the room and grab a small snack to keep them satisfied.
Amenities and accommodations to look out for:
1. Just for kids. Yes, there’s actually something called a Kids Club. And yes, it’s amazing. At resorts like IBEROSTAR Paraiso they offer a Kids Club with a kids-only pool, organized games and activities with staff supervision. It’ll keep them busy for hours. Or, if your kids are a bit older, they can check out the carousel, mini-discotheque, or Teens Club.
2. Lunch and learn. Every parent wants their kids to enjoy something educational. Even on vacation. And a lot of hotels offer great opportunities to do just that. But if we had to pick one to highlight, we’d recommend the Generations Riviera Maya Little Eko Chefs program. This isn’t just for fun, it’s a chance for kids to learn about food, nutrition, and even basic cooking skills. That’s a souvenir they’ll always take with them.
3. Splashing around. The best part of any kid’s vacation is playing in the water. And while traditional pools are great, a lot of resorts are really stepping up their game. For starters, there are lazy rivers and wave pools at resorts like Iberostar Paraiso. But, if they’re more into the ocean, Iberostar has plenty of chances to explore that too. This includes kayaking, snorkeling, or windsurfing. And if you or your little ones have always wanted to surf, there are plenty of resorts with FlowRiders that teach them how to hang ten.
4. Evening adventures. Since it’s a vacation, think about letting your kids stay up a little later than usual. After all, the fun doesn’t end after dark. Plenty of hotels have nightly entertainment like dinner shows, theatrical performances, music, dance, and acrobatics. And if you’re looking for an insider tip, we suggest the wide-open theater space at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.
5. Indulge in adulthood. While the kids are off having fun, don’t forget to do a little something for yourself. Just decide what you want to do, then dive into all the fun like spas, excursions and golf.
6. Snag a sitter. Ever wanted a babysitter on vacation? Well, you got one. Nanny services are available at many hotels. So don’t forget to take advantage and grab a drink at the bar.
7. Kiss boo-boos goodbye. Let’s face it, kids always seem to find a way to get into trouble. So if your kids get an ouchie during vacation, most hotels provide basic medical assistance on-site.
As anyone with kids will tell you, they can be pretty unpredictable. But hopefully with a few of these tips and tricks, you can get ahead of unexpected ‘snafus’ and have the time of your lives.
And, if you only remember one thing, remember this: take plenty of pictures the whole time.
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If you’re reading this, you just get that almost any time is good to take a crack at that bucket list. Here are some of our favorite hideaways, adventures and vistas that can recharge and rally your year of exploration.
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Spring is in the air. Or maybe it’s still freezing. Either way, you deserve a hard-earned spring break, and we’ll help you find the right resort with just the right vibe. Want to avoid the college kids sloshing around in the pool? We’ve got you covered. Want to be the college kid sloshing around in the pool? We’ve got you covered.
Relax with the family
In Mexico and Jamaica, Azul Beach Resorts are all about the Gourmet Inclusive® experience. Wondering what kind of temps you can expect in Cancun and Negril? In March, their average highs are 84°. And it just gets better from there. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a champagne toast (and the kids get a tasty Nickelodeon smoothie). Then it’s on to the sparkling turquoise pool lined with palm trees. Next thing you know, you’ll be in a shady, cushy cabana, reading a book or finishing a crossword. The kids will be in sight having the time of their lives in the pool, and a smiling waiter will hand you a perfectly mixed drink.
Luxury with a side of rock and roll
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is a luxury, all-inclusive resort on legendary Banderas Bay in the heart of Riviera Nayarit and just 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. Sometimes there’s no better way to blow off some steam than rocking out. Literally. And the Sound of Your Stay® package helps you do exactly that. Order a Fender® guitar, a Fender® Mustang floor amp, and some Nixon headphones to your room, hang the do not disturb sign, and hit it.
School’s out. Time for spring break.
You’ve got one week to let off some steam before studying really ramps up, but nobody is planning anything. So what do you do? You let us handle the heavy lifting, and let your friends think you figured it out like the genius you are. Give our Groups Expert a call and let us know what kind of trip you want to take. Where do you want to go? Cancun? Cabo? Punta Cana? We’ve got your back, just like you’ve got your friends’. Riu Santa Fe, Riu Caribe, Oasis Cancun Lite, Riu Cancun, and Grand Pineapple Negril are just a few of our faves for a wild getaway.
Viva Las Vegas
Prefer to leave your passport in the dresser? You can’t go wrong with Vegas. And by that we mean you can’t go wrong with dance parties, endless entertainment (you can finally see your girl Celine), catching an NHL game, and crazy delicious cuisine. Remember “Cake Boss”? The show with the most epic cakes ever? You can finally get a taste for yourself at Carlo’s Bakery in The Venetian. And now that you’ve had dessert, head to the Rockhouse Bar for dinner, some craft beer and live music. Since you’re rolling deep, a limo makes sense, right? Right. Go full V.I.P. with our Vegas Party Pass which includes limo rides, complimentary drinks, pool party entries and nightclub cover charges. Boom.
Does the thought of coordinating travel for 10+ people feel daunting? No worries. Submit your spring break group travel request to our groups team here.
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By Jen Lewallen
Europe’s Old-World beauty has long since been revealed and revered, but its breathtaking cities eternally promise travel that’s timeless. Quaint alleys twist and turn with no rhyme or reason in a labyrinth of discovery, and charming cobblestone streets expose magnificent churches, fairy tale castles, and bustling markets filled with some of the freshest food you’ll ever taste. It’s easy to lose yourself in the romanticism of it all, but we encourage you to get lost with the one you love in these most romantic cities in Europe.
The Czech Republic’s capital mesmerizes with a beauty that rivals Paris but an atmosphere that’s uniquely its own. This city has been relatively untouched and undamaged for centuries, and its medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque styles have been well preserved. From the breathtaking views of Prague Castle to strolling hand-in-hand over the 14th-century Charles Bridge in search of Old Town Square’s famous and intricate Astronomical Clock, you’ll find that Prague is a work of art. Be sure to head to a pub for a pint of what many consider the best beer in the world.
There are many who argue that no one does romance better than the Italians, and with a passion for superb food, an elegant language, and a country that was the home of St. Valentine, we’d say they make a pretty strong case. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a fantastic city to celebrate your new beginnings on your honeymoon. But couples at any stage of their relationship will be mesmerized by its quaint alleyways, delicious wines from nearby Tuscany, and great works of art from Michelangelo and Botticelli. When you spend an evening in the Oltarno district watching the sunset over jaw-dropping views of the city, that’s amoré.
O.K., technically this isn’t a city, but islands are always romantic. Add hilly layers of white Cycladic houses and the orange glow of sunsets and sunrises on the Aegean Sea and Santorini inspires love on a whole new level. This Greek island is routinely voted among one of the world’s most romantic, and it’s about time you discover why. Spend sun-soaked days on the beach, afternoons sipping wine at vineyards and tavernas, and mornings stepping into the past at the Akrotiri archeological site, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement.
This wouldn’t be a true list of romantic cities if we didn’t include Paris. The “City of Light” has grandeur around every corner. From its variety of intricate architecture that displays centuries of styles, to its decadent food, to the iconic Eiffel Tower dominating the Parisian sky, this city was made for enjoying life’s pleasures, especially with the one you love. Don’t be surprised to see open displays of affection here, as Parisians admire and revere declarations of love, even if it’s as small of a gesture as holding hands. It’s no secret that Paris has some of the most renowned art museums in the world. While they tend to be extremely popular during the day, marvel at your own pace and go in the evening for an intimate experience.
Europe was made for lovers, and there’s nothing better than getting lost in the quaint alleyways, secret streets, and bustling markets of its cities. We will be your director of romance and help you plan the honeymoon, anniversary, or couples retreat of your dreams to one of these lovely destinations. Call us today!
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As a travel professional, we always want to book our clients’ dream vacations. While we can manage all of your travel plans to a T, your actual experiences are not always plan-able. Luckily, there are some great travel apps to help with just about any aspect of your trips. Take a look at these Apps that you maybe familiar with, but not consider using them while on your trips.
An App for: Speaking the Language
For those traveling to foreign countries, be sure you are prepared with an app that helps you speak the common language. Google Translate is a lifesaver for any mono-linguist traveler. Translate from 103 different languages just by typing or drawing the word or phrase. Use your phone’s camera to hold up to street signs or even restaurant menus for instant translations. The best part is that the app works without using a wireless connection so you can explore data-free. Navigate with confidence and even learn a thing or two about the native tongue.
An App for: Maps & Directions
Don’t leave home without a solid navigation app for exploring. Apps like Maps.Me or City Mapper offer downloadable maps with turn-by-turn navigation, traffic updates and can even pinpoint local hotspots to check out. Explore points of interest from restaurants to tourist attractions, all with step-by-step directions. Even create driving, walking and cycle routes to save extra time, or just to take in the scenery.
An App for: Packing
Never forget a thing for your next trip. With apps like PackPoint, you can type in the destination and select the activities planned to create a customized packing list for the trip. It will even check the weather to make sure you are packing all the essentials. You can also share the list with your fellow travelers so nothing is ever left behind.
An App for: Chatting
Make sure you can always stay in touch with friends and family. WhatsApp provides free voicecalls and messaging when you are connected to Wi-Fi. The group chat feature also allows you to share messages, photos and videos to share your experiences.
An App for: Time Zones
You will never lose track of time again. With an app like Circa, traveling to multiple locations across different time zones has never been easier; find the best times for connecting flights and send invitations to other travelers in different time zones to meet up. Now you will never miss a beat no matter how far apart you are.
Information taken from Travel insights by VAX VacationAccess
A destination wedding is a fun and unique way to celebrate the love you have for one another. Whether you want an intimate service for two or a big bonding bash with your family and friends, no country knows how to throw a celebration like Mexico. Festive vibes simply radiate in this country with its vibrant culture, sunny beaches, and incredible food. Treat yourselves and your guests to a wedding they’ll be talking about for years to come. Here are our top picks for all-inclusive resorts that will turn your nuptials in Mexico into a fiesta you’ll never forget.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Perched on one of the most popular sunny spots in Mexico, this resort gives every wedding the rock star treatment. But what else do you expect from a resort that offers a guitar to go along with your room service? Enjoy the beats of your favorite tracks while you’re treated to sick suites, electric activities, and food so good you can’t help but hum a happy little tune. Your wedding will be ultra-lux thanks to a variety of packages and décor, all designed by celebrity event planner Colin Cowie. Plus, everyone in your party can indulge with up to $1,800 LIMITLESS Resort Credit* to spend on spa treatments, rounds of golf, and excursions.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
The talcum-powder beaches and lively energy of Cancun calls to couples, families, and friends alike, and Hyatt Ziva Cancun knows how to make sure every visitor has the time of their life. You’ll be surrounded by unbeatable views of the Caribbean Sea almost everywhere you look due to the resort’s prime peninsula location. You and your guests will have the option of staying in one of Hyatt Ziva’s family-friendly,
Grand Velas Los Cabos
Los Cabos is renowned for being a great time, and a wedding hosted here is sure to be one. Luxurious Grand Velas will pamper every invitee with heavenly suites, attentive service, and rich culinary delights. Engaged couples will have a variety of stunning wedding venues to choose from, including a golden sand beach, oceanfront terrace, or grand ballrooms to fit parties of every size. On-site professional planners will make sure the day runs smoothly and surpasses your expectations. No detail is overlooked at Grand Velas
Secrets Akumal, Riviera Maya
If you’re wishing for a wedding on the sophisticated side, choose the adults-only Secrets Akumal. Located in the far south of Riviera Maya, this stunning property is located on one of the best beaches in the world, and the beautiful bay is favored by sea turtles and visitors alike. You and your guests can indulge in Secrets’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® along with the resort’s modern comforts and style. From cocktail hours to private dinner receptions, their wedding package options include everything you need for your big day. Plus, you’ll have the assistance of an on-site wedding coordinator to help you before and during your stay.
Travelers no longer need to go to the South Pacific or Seychelles to get an overwater bungalow experience. Intimate in scale but exquisite in design, El Dorado Maroma is an elegant, private escape in the middle of one of the world’s best beaches. Every beautifully furnished suite includes a relaxing daybed on the balcony and 24-hour room service.
PALAFITOS – ELITE OVERWATER BUNGALOWS
Surrounded by the tranquil turquoise waters of Riviera Maya’s Maroma Beach these elegant Overwater Bungalows offer breathtaking ocean views and unparalleled luxurious accommodations. Experience unobstructed views of stunning ocean sunrises, and sunsets from your own private sanctuary uniquely situated just off the sugary white sands of Maroma Beach - Voted by Travel Channel as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Additional amenities include a selection of premium liquors, snacks and personal snorkel equipment. Guests staying 5 nights or more can enjoy a moonlight dinner on their own private terrace, where a Chef will present a curated inspired menu.
Over-the-Pool Cabanas at Secrets Silversands!
Secrets Silversands introduced the resort’s Over-the-Pool Cabanas back in Summer of 2015! Taking the resort’s inventory to a total of 441 suites, the introduction of these luxurious, yet modern, accommodations has taken Secrets Silversands to a new level of Unlimited-Luxury®.
acing the Caribbean Sea, their new 930 square-foot Over-the-Pool Cabana Honeymoon Suites are tastefully designed in exotic woods and marble. The bungalows are perched on stilts above a 282 square-meter pool.Ideal for couples, these cabanas feature a king-sized bed, in-room climate control, 60″ screen HD TV, spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi, walk-in rain spa shower, double vanities, and a walk-in closet. Additionally, the suite offers an expanded, private furnished terrace with outdoor private plunge pool.
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A Different Side of Mexico.
West Coast Mexico has much more to offer than you can imagine. You’ve heard of Los Cabos, but have you immersed yourself in the laid-back, historical cultural experience that is Vallarta – Nayarit?
Yelapa, where the waters come together.
If you’re really looking to escape from it all, a tranquil day trip to the village and waterfalls of Yelapa and the waters of Majahuitas cove are for you. Emerald waters and golden sandy beaches bend into remote coves ideal for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.
South of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find small beautiful beaches and island locations you can only get to by boat. Quiet, beautiful places, small coves surrounded by nature and jungle and bathed by the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Yelapa is a small town just 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta (by boat), at the foot of the majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The word Yelapa is of Purepecha origin and means “place where waters come together.”
As we said, if you want to get from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa the only way is by sea and it is also best that way, if it were an easy ride by land, you can be sure it wouldn’t be the same. It’s a nice trip, you skirt along the edges of the southern part of the Banderas Bay, passing and sometimes stopping at the small beaches along the way, Las Ánimas, Quimixto, Las Caletas and Majahuitas.
Surfing and Adventure in Sayulita.
Surf’s up in Sayulita. So don’t miss out. Even if you’ve never surfed a day in your life, there are plenty of lessons to help your skills match the surfing passion in your heart. That means soon enough, you’ll be riding like a pro. (Or, at least standing up on your own.) And if anything other than surfing is calling your name, Sayulita still has your back. There are a ton of stands right on the beach that offer boogie boards, paddleboards, and pretty much anything you’d want to try.
Mismaloya, Las Penas ahora Los Arcos.
Nestled at the base of the Sierra Madres lies the village of Mismaloya. The entire area was originally named “Las Penas” after the massive rocks which guard the entrance of the bay. Those rocks are now called “Los Arcos” which is an underwater nature preserve, and a huge tourist attraction.
Mismaloya was made famous in 1964 when the movie “Night of the Iguana” starring Elizabeth Taylor was filmed here. Some of the ruins of the movie set still remain west of the beach here. Later the “Predator” was filmed at a jungle location which is now known as “El Eden”.
Mountain and bay views from Mismaloya rival anything in Mexico. The tropical atmosphere gives a jungle feel, offering beautiful foliage, brilliant flowers, and spectacular birds and butterflies.
In addition there are six palapa-covered beachfront restaurants which serve locally-caught seafood, and Mexican fare. Lobster, octopus and finfish are caught here daily.
Punta Mita is Prehistoric Paradise.
Punta Mita is a 1,500-acre beachfront village located on the north end of Banderas Bay in the nearby state of Nayarit, about 10 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. There is evidence of prehistoric (pre contact) human settlement in Nayarit. On the Punta de Mita peninsula, a hilltop archaeological site known as Careyeros Hill has been dated to circa 800 AD.
Punta Mita is surrounded on three sides by nine and a half miles of Pacific Ocean beaches and coves including Litibu Bay.
Punta Mita is kept comfortable year round by gentle sea breezes. Because of its mild tropical climate, Punta Mita is a popular vacation spot. The Marieta Islands are a 15-minute boat ride from Punta Mita and are a Mexican national park.
Native Huichol people refer to Punta Mita as a place for spiritual renewal, an apt description for this almost-island surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean.
In Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find relaxation, adventure and countless ways to spend time outdoors. Let Us Take You There
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