No one should believe travel stops at a certain age! Yes we all age number wise but what's our mental age, our physical age? I've had the privileged or traveling with and escorting seniors with both disabilities as well as advanced years. Yes, two were over 100 years old in numbers only! Can it be challenging, yes of course. The rewards far out way the challenges! I was told the other day I should retire or start my retirement plans, well that's not happening. I inserted a photo taken today Feb. 11, 2018 do I even look at all like I'm about to retire. I have more energy then most younger folks who spend 80% of their time on a personal device. The absolute amazing thing about traveling when you've grown up is the fact you enjoy and are enriched by your travels. Not by Facebook - Instagram or any other social media. Sure some of my adult friends have Facebook mostly to watch how their children are doing. They're not driven by social media, nor the number of years on this earth, they're driven by life and all the world has to offer. Exploring different cultures, lifestyles, mother natures marvelous wonders around the world enhancing ones life not impeding. Why can't you step out with your friends at 60 - 70 - 80 - 90 or 100 + go on a cruise, go on a bus trip, who said you can't? It's about you, not your children, not your neighbors. It's about you mental and physical abilities never about the number of years on this earth. Now that's my opinion of course and folks will say I'm not realistic when it comes to folks wanting to travel but unable to travel. True in some respects, but have you considered instead of the negatives ways you can assist. Maybe family travel, group travel with like minded & similar generations? Solo travel isn't advisable when the years tick off the numbers, however with that being said I had a client (she's left us now) who took a river cruise in Europe from the U.S. at the age of 103. Viking called me when I booked to be sure the age was correct. She loved the cruise so much she returned the same year. She had a plan for her 105th to go with her nieces and nephews, she's now resting in peace. Her enthusiasm for life didn't stop, till the day she passed I believe she felt she'd be on this earth till end of time. I had the privileged of having a gentleman join my senior group cruise at the age of 99, his family came to meet me, wasn't happy at all! They said I should have contacted them for permission to ask him if he'd like to join us. I would have if I felt he wasn't mentally alert, he asked me because his friends from the community were going on a 16 day cruise crossing the Panama Canal. A perfect trip for him with only flying in one direction ending up after the cruise at his home port city. Why didn't they want him to go? Two factors, extreme difficulty in hearing and the number of years? I explained how aware he was of all the factors, his traveling companions (48 average age 82) where his inspiration. They had no choice really in the matter he was at the meeting and set them straight. Was the hearing issue a problem on the ship, no. He did fine we even called his family on my cell while at sea a couple of times. He went on every excursion we did and you know what was fun for him, talking about his life and how wonderful things have changed in his almost 100 years on this earth. He asked many questions, seemingly really enjoyed meals with his friends and me.
Maybe it's time for me to retire, the younger generations aren't really active, lacking in some interpersonal skills due to social media. Believing everyone is beautiful, young, rich and their friends from afar. They live for the "likes" on their posts. Well I'm here to tell you I've been on this earth many years and I'm not going anywhere. I'll keep on selling travel, escorting my favorite groups and traveling myself. Hey to all you young men and women who believe we mature folks are down and forgotten, here's news for you I got married last year. I have many more decades of personal travel , exploration and making dreams come true for my clients!
"The ultimate honeymoon that you'd see in a movie or fantasy book" a client told me after there exotic honeymoon. Another client wanted a mix of "me time" as well as being one with nature, we sent him and his partner to the islands. Upon returning, refreshed, revived and energized they set out to downsize there life and become avid travelers, seeking discoveries around the world. To this day they only are home 3 months a year.
My favorite islands within the French Polynesian Islands are Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Huahine, Maupiti. I've heard many people say you need to win the lottery to take a vacation this region. Not true with our expert advise and guidance you'll be surprised at the values available. I will say Moorea and Bora Bora are a higher cost than the other islands, the experience that is important results are 100% achieved here. There are beach resorts, over water on all islands for the most part it's not the type of accommodations it's what you want from the visit. The islands have similar expeditions you won't be deprived of anything if you're more comfortable on less touristy islands. The cultures are all very different on each island. Think about this; when you go to New York city it's not unusual to pay $500+ a night and more people accept this as the norm for upper scale property. Luxury starts in the $750.00 to $1200.00 range. Well guess what, it's the same on Moorea or Bora Bora during high season, low season we definitely have opportunities under $500 per night in the most popular locations.
Over water are the most requested accommodations, I like beach bungalows with private pools as an option for more privacy. Of course sitting on your deck watching the sun set while the exotic fish colors of the rainbow dancing in soothing peaceful crystal clear waters erasing all the cares of the world. Stepping off your over the water bungalow into the warm waters is transcending.
There's another way to immerse yourself in the islands without changing hotels and unpacking only once for a multi island adventure hotel style. That's the amazing small ship Paul Gauguin Cruise Line. We are proud partners with this unique experience. Exotic 5 star experience on board as well as some of the most unique excursions available. The exceptional value of this offering is widely popular. If you want more diversity or wish to cover more territory this is the best option at a great value. How about a charter from Raiatea 10 to 14 days will cover many islands. Self catering or fully staffed options are available year round. Get your friends, family or several couples or any combination we'll help with the charter, staffing (if needed) as well as arrival and departure to the Marina. The rest is all about you and your self discoveries.
With all the options to consider visiting this area takes little time to say yes! Let us put a complete package together including inter island flights, ferries, airport transfers, international air and optional activities at one price for all. You won't need to worry how, where or who will be at your service with a fully packaged vacation to the islands you're in good hands.
Not all "All Inclusive" resorts are for everyone. It's important to match your life style to the resort.
Urban beach front all inclusive resort, typical style of the smaller resorts. Adults and Families.
I've stayed at two different types of all inclusive resorts in the past few years and I have a strong sense of what really is all inclusive to me vs the resorts' claim. It's not the inclusions for me, it's the experience! I speak about experience on a regular basis after all my travel must fulfill my expectations in value, luxury experience, atmosphere, excellent culinary options, activities and one factor many people don't think about! Location! Like casinos in Las Vegas many all inclusive resorts are designed to keep you on property, utilizing the resort while maximizing your experience within the walls of the resort. Remember the price doesn't make it luxury only your personal experience is luxury, a value priced all inclusive can be as luxurious to you as a ultra high priced exclusive access resort is to others.
Work with your travel professional, be sure he or she knows you, understands your lifestyle and mostly what interests you. What will you want to feel when the vacation is over? A nice relaxing time now time to go to work? (that's okay for some, maybe the vacation wasn't amazing?) Or maybe you return with a new outlook on life your vacation met or exceeded your expectations returning home happy, energized ready to take on the world! (That's our goal for our clients on every vacation! Awesome).
Here's my take on the two major types of All Inclusive!
I won't name any resorts, I enjoy all resorts and represent many to different clients without bias.
Destination resorts, often not near towns or activities outside of the resort. The resort I stayed at was amazing visually, access to a private island for water activities, 14 restaurants, 6 pools, beach, bars in the pools, on the beach and of course within the many buildings. They offered nice view rooms from an extra large room to a Presidential suite with a private transfer in a ultra luxury vehicle to and from the airport or trips to town. Not offered to all guests only high vip's but a nice touch for them. I'd bet the culinary offerings would meet 80% of all visitors expectations 100% of the time. I enjoyed the variety of the meals as well as many al fresco options. Typical fun entertainment in some of the bars, with a couple of younger themed dance bars, pool tables and themed events.
There was something missing in my experience, wasn't the staff or service it was more about the isolation and surprising lack of diversity in the guests. We were only there for a 4 night week stay but the clients were 100% couples (no this wasn't an adults only or couples only resort) and oddly no diversity in the vacationers. It was a little bit vanilla for me in regards to cultural interactions, diversity, life styles and interesting people. Some resorts children aren't allowed due to the concepts. They're more about drinking and pool parties than anything else, this resort has a family area as well which was especially nice for the parents who were able to take advantage of both sides of the resort if desired. I sell this brand to clients looking for this type of resort in being all inclusive with a desire to stay within the resorts offerings. There's nothing wrong with that.
We weren't bored at the resort for sure with many swimming options, water activities I just felt for my experience to be luxurious I needed more. I wanted to experience different venues close in, go shopping in town or have lunch at a local restaurant with locals! I wanted more diversity, culture and interaction besides my traveling companion. I feel this would be a resort to recommend for couples or families wanting the private vacation experiencing with his or her loved ones or family, even multi-generational family visits. It's awesome when the grandparents can enjoy the youngsters while mom & dad take in some evening adult activities, not forgetting the grandparents need a night or two also to get their dance on or have an evening Manhattan at sunset. This type of resort is great for folks wanting to control costs, with all inclusive most everything is covered depending on the resort.
Smaller urban resorts, are unique in many ways you can select your type of visit. Many urban resorts offer options such as rooms only, fully inclusive or partial inclusions that vary from select meals or beverages programs. This is more for the flexible traveler wanting more options or the travel who likes all inclusive atmosphere but not planning on utilizing the resort fully. Some urban resorts offer adults only areas as well. For the penthouse guests or high end suites many of these resorts offer exclusive pools keeping it more private for those wanting privacy and seclusion.
The two resorts I visited for a week each brought to light why I enjoy all inclusive urban resorts! Most have all the same activities as destination resorts more often urban resorts use public beach, sometimes these resorts will be open to the public or day use guests at a significant charge. That adds some interesting elements in regards to diversity in people and life styles. I selected a completely all inclusive option for both stays, allowing me to leave my wallet in my room safe while at the resort (except a pocket full of small bills for tips! You should still offer a little extra to your servers and staff while they're making sure you're experience is exceptional), most of our meals we enjoyed at one of 5 restaurants plus the buffet. Urban resorts will have less variety in restaurants and bars due to location, you're in an area or close in where you can enjoy options outside the resort with ease. That's my thing, I'm truly an urban resort type of all inclusive guest. I like the budget control of an all inclusive resort. I like not signing a bill every time I turn around, or asking to do a room charge every time I want something or do something.
Pools, pool bars and pool parties are still happening in the smaller urban resorts. You aren't loosing the benefits or activities you're adding your personal experience which in fact is luxury at any price. Luxury isn't the price it's the experience. Taking in account all the different types of urban resorts your travel professional has more tools for fine tuning a very special vacation. Your travel agent will be able to combine your all inclusive with other local tours or activities such as zip lining or cave diving or even hikes along trails in the deep rain forests and thousands of other adventures. Exterior options are more plentiful, not part of your all inclusive resort but really it's all about the experience you're seeking and will achieve.
This type of resort is a perfect match for city dwellers, urban tourists, younger friends vacation, families, active travelers and most of all adventure seekers discovering all there is about the country or location privileged to have you as a guest. I recommend this type of resort to the young and mature traveler looking for less mechanics in their vacation and a little more interactions and decisions on how and when things happen. I'll be on my next urban all inclusive later this year, not returning to any of the past properties for the simple reason I have a desire to expand my experiences creating the luxury of an amazing vacation. Luxury isn't the price it's the experience.
Now you're ready to explore an All Inclusive Resort, bring your personality to your travel professional and let us show you some amazing options around the world. We'll bring our A game to the table, you'll return from your vacation refreshed, energized and ready to handle life with a new outlook. Be sure your travel professional, no matter who they are, understands what's luxury to you; be it top tier top dollar or focused on experiences. We're in the business of serving you not suppliers. Really isn't is all about you!
I believe when surfing the internet potential clients come across my website or ultra luxury professionals' sites skipping over without hesitation. Why? Simple misconception about luxury, is it's about expensive or out of reach travel......... Right? Well nothing can be further from the truth; yes some products will be considered luxury or ultra luxury. Such as a cruise on a major cruise line such as Celebrity vs Crystal or Royal Caribbean vs Regent will fuel the concept of luxury is out of your budget. Not necessarily true when comparing value.
"Luxury is an experience not a price"! Remember that thought the next time you approach a travel agent to assist you; don't feel like they're going to judge you based on the cost of your trip. A real travel agent will be there to fulfill your experience making every experience luxury. We can to get real here! My first cruise many years ago would be considered today to be a nightmare of poor quality, lack luster, confining, forced meals, beverage selection poor, less than entertaining entertainment; yet I felt like I was on a dream cruise it was my first cruise experience, luxury to me. Today admittedly my expectations and tastes have changed, but not as much as one would think. You don't need to be on the top tier cruise lines to be engulfed in luxury. I've experienced 28 mass market cruises, 4 ultra luxury cruises, 4 river cruises and 350K miles of rail travel! Each trip was enriching, as cruise lines improve on all levels it's hard not to feel as if you're always on a luxury voyage creating memorable experiences at every turn. It's not the price, it's the experience! Ships are moving towards high tech, no longer is my Internet bill in the hundreds of dollars; today they offer free internet or inexpensive packages creating the ultimate luxury cruise for me, not to mention the attraction to social media with a need to be on line 24/7. Of course there are many different areas, state of the art gyms, walking tracks, spas, lounges, great food, open dining! My top favorite change is open dining, it rocks for me being able to eat as I wish on my own or with my traveling partner or friends.
Maybe you want an ultimate luxury cruise or tour package. Fine, maybe you're an experienced traveler or want a to be set apart from mass markets, crowds and price isn't an option. You're looking for the unique experience while being pampered on all levels, you still deserve value. Your travel agent will provide this experience adding perks from his or her relationships in the industry. You could book an ultra luxury cruise or tour on own. You'll miss out on our personal touches. Who will you contact while traveling if you'd like a private excursion or dinner at a restaurant providing your favorite foods with a personal touch? My clients call or text me 24 hours a day, we're their "go to people" that's the expectations they have, we fulfill this on every level.
Just for fun, here are some past clients and what was luxury to them in an experience:
Couple A - will only travel on an A & K tour, they've had the best experiences with them!
Couple B - are adventurous, they like regional tour providers and some on own time!
Both couples consider their trips luxury, it's not the price it's the experiences they had!
Couple A - are huge fans of Crystal and Regent Luxury cruise lines. They like the one check pays all, no added expenses for the most part. Smaller ships for a more intimate experience.
Couple B - are huge fans of Celebrity Cruise lines, for them the Modern Luxury at affordable prices creates excitement, adventure, option to cruise more often. The experience is upscale, clean lines, great everyday experiences creating luxury for them.
Couple C - are river cruise fans, they don't like the casinos, large crowds, large tour groups, they like to walk into the villages along the river exploring on their own. To them this experience is luxury.
Couple D are fans of a more party theme or short cruise for a booze and play experience with friends or BFF group cruise. Their experience is within themselves as a group of friends. That's the experience they want to achieve, creating their own luxury.
Price vs Value:
Looking at the price of a trip and immediately dismissing it based on the price is not being fair to yourself or fulfilling your dream experience. I've seen people change to a higher priced tour and cruise when we compared the components and value. Not all tour or cruises are the same. Each has it's own merits on value and price.
Here's an example:
7 night cruise on a mass market upscale line $1,795.00 per person.
Plus air tickets, adult beverages, coffee, soft drinks, specialty optional dining if interested, shore excursions, transfers, gratuities for hotel & dining staff. Added expense average $2,045.00**
7 night cruise on a luxury line (same itinerary) $3,995.00 per person.
includes your air tickets, transfers, all beverages (except super specialty), specialty dining, shore excursions at each port, gratuities for hotel & dining staff, often larger rooms or all balcony ships.**
Comparing the two and the offerings of exceptional perks looking at a luxury cruise may add the extra personal experience for a minimal additional cost. Your agent will work with the cruise line on confirming all the elements, no need to research air or shop for the best air fare on the luxury line where air is included.
**these are examples of domestic trips, with regional air, average consumption of 6 beverages including specialty coffees and 6 shore excursions, plus $211.00 for auto gratuities.***Not a promise of results, only a fair comparison of value vs price if you're wanting the biggest return on your investment. Many budget cruise lines won't compare as well or be considered a value; they would be considered an inexpensive experience that will also be amazing!
Call us today or email us at email@example.com if you're ready to experience your own personal luxury adventure, it's not about price, it's about the experience! I'll offer you suggestions based on my evaluation of our conversation. Yes we do charge a fee to arrange some tours and cruises, not all. We are happy to discuss this in advance to assure you we are an amazing value for you. All clients who book with us receive direct access to me or a member of our team 24 / 7 while traveling for any emergency by phone. Emails and text messages answered within 15 minutes during our normal extended client live times - 5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 7 days a week for non emergency needs.
If don't book with an agent, you're traveling on your own. It doesn't cost more for your adventure using a travel agent, why risk your investment on blind booking on the internet. You're an expert in your field as are we, you accept only results in your daily working life, as do travel professionals with travel suppliers. You've worked hard to reach this point, you deserve the most for your money with guidance & partnership of your own travel professional.
My blog will be highlighting my personal experiences as well as my clients. There are many slogans about why you should always use a travel professional. My hopes are that my blog will demonstrate the value of travel professionals while getting you excited to get out and take an adventure, cruise, trip, packaged trip or specialized event.
I hope you enjoy the advice offered as guidance to helping you make the decision to continue or start using a travel professional. The internet is amazing, full of wonderful photos, reviews and some rather hateful reviews & information about travel. Have fun searching out future places! When you're set on a location give us a call or your nearest travel professional, let us be your guide, "your people" - everyone should have people. "When you travel with an agent you never travel alone". not my quote but a similar quote from the ASTA organization we are members with.
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