How to Survive Those 'Last Day of Vacation' Blues

How to Survive Those 'Last Day of Vacation' Blues

All good things must come to an end and my least favorite phrase to hear on vacation, “Tomorrow is our last day” was spoken.

UGH!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a nester and I love being at home, but once we settled into our luxurious suite, adjusted to the pace of resort life and getting spoiled — by gourmet food, fruity drinks, and pampering spa services — as well as being catered to at our every whim, it is hard to say goodbye to our new friends at Secrets Papagayo.

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Curated Travel: Tips on Prepping for an International Getaway

Curated Travel: Tips on Prepping for an International Getaway

I've spent the weekend packing for our first getaway to Central America--Costa Rica--to be exact. I'm expecting a lush, tropical jungle, bold adventures, and a bit of luxury pictured above--and I'm excited. After 11 days home with the flu, I am feeling good as new and ready for a getaway to Secrets Papagayo with my favorite guy. Over the years, I've found that packing requires different strategies for different types of vacations. International travel has a few additional requirements.

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5 Reasons to Book Your Next Vacation Through a Travel Consultant

Curated Travel 

A question I've heard often since launching Curated Travel as an independent travel consultant is, "How much does it cost?".  I understand that travelers are leery of spending extra cash on the travel planning process. The good news is that using a travel consultant or travel agency is generally a free service. Travel professionals are usuallly paid a commission by the brand - hotels, resorts, cruise lines, vacation package brands - so there is typically no additional cost to you. Using the services of a travel consultant is a becoming more popular again for some very specific reasons, especially in this day and age where we are used to push-button services.

 

5 Reasons to Book Your Next Vacation Through a Travel Consultant

1 - Travel consultants have access to special discounts and rates that you cannot obtain through typical travel websites.

2 - Travel consultants can often obtain upgrades, free meals, resort credits, amenities and special perks for having the brand connections that you don't have with generic online travel websites.

3 - Travel consultants have expertise in planning, making connections, and determining the preferred locations that can make a world of difference in your quality vacation.

4 - If an emergency arises during your travels, you have support stateside to assist you in solving the problem.

5 - Using a travel consultant is generally a low-cost or even complimentary service for which most brands pay the commission*.  You share your desired destinations, specific details, and the travel consultant does the rest. You can have as much, or as little, input as you want, yet the end result is a fabulous vacation designed for you.

*In some situations, when desiring a highly personalized itinerary of tours and bookings with small independent lodgings and vendors, a fee may be charged to create the personalized tour and bookings. Small brands and vendors don't pay commissions so the fee is for the time and expertise of the travel consultant. A travel consultant should discuss whether there are any fees for additional services upfront with you before the booking process is started.

As a well-seasoned traveler, I can attest that I've already seen these types of benefits in trips that I've booked for my travel clients and it is exciting. Whether you are looking to travel the alluring views of Italy, the romantic streets of Paris, a sun-splashed beach in the Caribbean or any dream destination, I've got some fantastic resources for your next getaway.

These are a few of our favorite getaways for some inspiration:

Now is the perfect time to book an unforgettable getaway.

If you are considering some upcoming travel I would love to help!

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All Images: Heather Lindstrom

Getaway to Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Getaway to Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Positano possesses a kind of magic that is difficult to put into words. It’s a kaleidoscope of shimmering light, pastel hues, vibrant bougainvillea, and the winding, terraced streets with pastel villas clinging to the mountainside. Boldly colored umbrellas bounce off the chameleon blue hues of the sea. At sunset, a rosy glow falls over the glassy sea and twinkling lights spark the views. Day or night, Positano is a place of pure magic.

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