Here's just a small sampling of the kind of trips we plan.
The Travelers: Jennifer, a die-hard Red Sox fan working in sales, and Travis, a financial advisor and seafood fanatic
The Plan: Jennifer and Travis wanted to go to a major city for their honeymoon, to experience a bit of the metropolitan life. They planned to travel in mid-June, immediately following their wedding. With Jennifer being a Sox fan and Travis into seafood, the obvious choice was Boston. The Red Sox were at home the week that they were wanting to travel, so a trip to Fenway was definitely in order. Jennifer and Travis stayed at Hotel 140, a gorgeous little spot in the Back Bay, just a few minutes from some true historical gems, like Faneuil Hall and the USS Constitution. You can pretty much throw a brick and hit great seafood anywhere you go in Boston, but we made sure to plan for and make reservations at a few of the better joints around town. Breakfast was up to the couple, but we provided more than a few lunch recommendations located near their various activities. Finally, the creme de la creme of the trip, we arranged a day trip up to Salem for the couple, complete with visits to the Witch Trial Museum and lunch on the wharf. Travel in and around Boston is very affordable, and there are many free activities that you can participate in, so doing Boston on a budget is very reasonable. Plus with close access to things like the Theatre District, the Sam Adams Brewery and the Boston Tea Party Museum, it is a super fun way to spend a week just being lovebirds.
The Travelers: Christian, an IT project manager and hopeless romantic, and Carey, a painter and general Francophile
The Plan: Christian wanted to take his soon-to-be bride-to-be to the City of Lights for her first time, planning to propose on her birthday. We found them an awesome package deal that included airfare, hotel, and a cabaret show. Breakfast was included at the hotel, a chain called Timotel that was located on the Left Bank. With Carey's interest in art, it was a no-brainer that they needed to hit up as many museums as possible. We found an all-encompassing pass that provided entry to up to 60 museums, with a line bypass feature, for 2-6 consecutive days, including monuments like the Eiffel Tower and L'Arc de Triomphe. For food, the couple said they wanted to leave that up to them, as they like to wander into neighborhood places at their own pace. Finally, since they were traveling in the winter, we found them a 5-day Metro pass, so they could avoid walking long distances in the rain. We also made sure to let them know where the closest Metro stop was to their hotel, so that they weren't lost in a strange city. With a trip like this, it's no wonder she said yes!
Jamaica Adventure among friends
The Travelers: In this case, we were planning for a group of 5 friends who just wanted to get away and not break the bank!
The Plan: This was a fun trip to plan! So we had our group book together and as a result, they got a great deal on airfare! It averaged out to about $300/pp, which is a steal for international travel. We reserved Kingsley's Take Care Tours to pick them up in Montego Bay and drive them an hour to Negril, a little seaside resort town on the west side of the island, as well as return them to the airport at the end of their stay. Kingsley also arranged for a day trip up into the mountains for our group to go for a hike in a natural spring and cave. Our travelers opted to arrange most of their meals themselves (something about patties on the beach), but we did reserve them a few dinners at some swanky restaurants up the Cliffs and one Jamaican-Italian restaurant (who knew!) nearby. The best part? We found them a quiet, cozy hotel right on the cliff, for only $65/night! Clean, safe, guarded, and with private access to swimming right in the sea below, this place was a great find, and especially at that price! When these guys got back, all they talked about was when they were going back again! And again!
SOLO New zealand Adventure
The Traveler: Cindy, a financial professional looking to check off a few items from her "bucket list"
The Plan: This might be our favorite trip so far! Cindy wanted to spend two weeks in NZ, exploring the country, experiencing the native culture, and, of course, seeing a few LOTR locales. We started her off with a few days in Auckland, which included a trip to Hobbiton to see "The Shire" and a tour through the Waitomo Caves to see the glowworms. Then it was on to Queenstown for some zip lining in the Remarkables, a gourmet wine tour, and a scenic flight to Milford Sound (pictured above) where she got to cruise around the fjords before returning to Queenstown via a second scenic flight tour. Finally, as Cindy grew up in a farming community here in the States, we sent her to a quaint, beachside farm near Christchurch to relax for a few days before her trip home. We even squeezed in one last hurrah a couple nights before her flight- a tour of a working Maori village, complete with a traditional hangi dinner and an after-dinner performance of native dances. This is one trip Cindy will never forget!
The Travelers: Carey, mom-to-be and Christian, dad-to-be
The Plan: Carey and Christian were back for another milestone trip, this time being the last trip before their first baby arrived! Babymoons are all the rage right now, and with airfare being a cheap as it has been, we decided that they should go all out! First, we did a week in Amsterdam, visiting iconic museums such as the Van Gogh, the Rijksmuseum, and the Anne Frank House. Amsterdam was perfect for a pregnant woman, because the public transportation is absolutely fantastic, so she didn't have to spend too much time walking long distances between activities and Dutch food is a perfect blend of sweet and salty that hits all those pregnancy cravings. Then we sent them to Strasbourg, France, by way of Paris (they couldn't resist spending one night in the city that brought them down this road in the first place!). For their one night in Paris, we thought it would be special to find a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower, and, man, did we nail it! The Mercure we secured for them was literally two blocks away and you could see the Tower from the window in their bedroom! Next, onto Strasbourg, where we got them a hotel right in the square of the Notre Dame de Strasbourg, an incredible 600 year old gothic cathedral in the center of the original city. As they only had 3 days there, they wanted to spend as much time just wandering around as possible, so we kept the activities light, but we did want to show off this city a bit. Strasbourg has an interesting and somewhat tumultuous past, being right on the German border, so we planned a river cruise around the city to hear all about the unique history of the city that has been French, then German, then French, then German, then French again! Additionally, these two have a special vacation tradition, where they really like to try local Chinese food, so with that in mind, we found them a great place walking distance from their hotel for a special night out. Finally, they returned to Amsterdam for a few days before their flight home, this time staying a bit closer to the airport, but with easy access to the train into central Amsterdam. The hotel we chose was right on the Amstel River, giving them a nice, relaxing spot to wind down before heading back to reality, where new parenthood imminently awaited them. It's safe to say that this was the perfect way to celebrate the transition from duet to trio!