Did you know?
When you book with a Travel agent, They can see more flights than all of the publish prices everyone sees? Travel agents have suppliers who buy seats on a flight by bulk, thus selling them way cheaper than the published market rate. It wouldn’t be with every destination, but surely it wouldn’t hurt to check.
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When booking with an agent you get insider exclusive benefits and amenities, resort and Spa credits and Discounted Cruise pricing and room upgrades?
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Some agents have a Cruise tracking System so if the cruise comes down in price you may get a room upgrade (if available) or a Cruise Credit.
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Travel agents can create a custom package according to your vacation must haves.
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Our Exclusive hosted sailings usually include car and driver for a tour or at your leisure for a day during your vacation.
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Travel agents can provide an extra unique detailed experience?
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You can pay as you go for a vacation package? Just put a deposit and pay as you need too.
We’re Starting our first Travel Enthusiast of The week with a woman who wears many hats, one of which happens to be Travel blogger. At the age of 25, Sarah Swank just came home after Traveling for 7 months and shares how she stays fit while Traveling, as well as great and not so great travel experiences.
Home Town: Indianapolis
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana
Job Title: Mentoring Co-Director
Favorite Vacation Destination: Scotland
Bucket list Destination: Galapagos Islands, Iceland,Jordan, New Zealand
Tell Us About Yourself
Hello everyone! I’m Sarah, a 25 year old from Indiana. I work for mentoring program that helps incarcerated teens, and for a yoga studio in Indianapolis assisting with their boutique.
In my spare time, I run a travel blog called Suitcasesix where I write about sustainable travel for working women. I’m also an administrator for a group called Liberated Ladies which is a community for women to empower, support and connect with one another.
Luckily, most of these projects are primarily done from my laptop. This means I can travel frequently so I’m constantly exploring as many new places as possible.
How did you get into blogging?
I got into blogging after graduating from college when I started working and traveling more often. I was seeking a creative outlet that could dually help me record and reflect on my travels, and avoid spending all of my energy on work. My five best friends have all traveled the world and I’ve gotten to travel with most of then abroad at one point or another, so I named my blog Suitcase Six after the six of us.
How long have you been blogging?
I got into blogging just over 1.5 years. It’s been such an incredible learning curve, namely because I imagined Travel blogging as mostly travel, writing, and some photography. In reality, travel blogging is all that, plus social media, photo shopping, videography, web design, tech support, marketing, research and several other things-any one of which might be someone’s entire career focus. It keeps me busy and motivated to learn which I absolutely love.
While Traveling have you ever had a wow moment?
My travel have given me so many wow moments but one that comes to mind is snorkeling and seeing a Sea turtle swimming below my group. Sea turtles are my favorite sea creature and time stopped completely for me as I watched it gracefully float through the water.
What is your most memorable vacation?
Most recently, I traveled for 7 months around the world. I started in Chicago and worked my way east, eventually flying from Las Vagas back into Chicago and driving home to Indianapolis. I visited 15 countries through North America, Europe, and Asia. About half of the journey was solo, and the other half was dotted with friends who joined me from anywhere from a weekend to several weeks. I know the details of those seven months will fade, but I will never forget the experience!
Best Hotel or Resort you ever stood at and why?
In Costa Rica, I spent two nights in the rainforest in a beautiful treehouse with balcony, where you could drink coffee left in a thermos on your doorstep each morning. The environment was stunning, the room was unique and made of all beautiful wood, and the host and other guest were all so very friendly. I’d love to spend more nights in luxury places but right now, I tend to use mostly budget accommodations so I can afford to travel longer.
How do you stay fit while traveling?
I try to incorporate hikes into my travel plans to get some serious workouts in, or catch a yoga class if they’re offered at the hostel or my host’s favorite local studio. Otherwise, I try to walk whenever possible, even if it’s a couple of miles with my heavy backpack on. The exercise is great but it also saves money and allows you to see the city in a way you wouldn’t if you were in a car or subway.
Best and worst travel experiences?
My best travel experience is impossible to choose. A highlight from my recent trip was staying up all night in Denmark with some new friends, we met out on the town and watching the sun come up was we were talking. It always amazes me how easily you can hit it off with a group of people. Sometimes it can be much more difficult at home!
One of my worst experiences would be getting bedbugs from a loud dirty hostel in Munich, Germany. I spent the entire next day and about $200 when it was all said and done to clean everything and switched hotels.
Most unique experience while traveling?
In Mongolia, we got to climb up the dunes of the Gobi Desert to watch the sunset. We got caught in a mini sand storm for about a half hour trying to hold out for the sunset. I almost ruined my camera with copious amounts of sand that blew into my open backpack, getting stuck in the lens. It was an experience both uncomfortable and magical at the same time.
On another note:
On February 1st, 2019 Sarah and her team at Liberated Ladies, just launched their website and it looks amazing! Sarah designed it with ideas from the other ladies. We want to Congratulate the Team!
The difference with booking online or booking with an agent, can mean 2 very different types of Vacations.
When booking online you are left to connect the dots yourself. With an agent we connect the dots for you.
With booking online, you hope you get an amazing hotel and room, but may end up with something quite different.
With an agent, we compare various suppliers, read reviews, check the rooms and ratings and make sure you get the most for your money, with credits and insider benefits.
While on vacation should anything go wrong with booking online, you are left to fend for yourself. With an agent, you can call or text us to fight for you. We as agents are here for you, that means, before, during and after your vacation.
When booking online, you don’t get those extra special attention to details, with an agent we can set up a romantic dinner on the beach, spa, tours and any other special request you may have.
With online booking you have to print everything and make sure you didn’t miss a thing. With a travel ageny such as ours. We provide you with an app that has every detail of your vacation, from flight status to passport info to the nearest embassy and so much more.
With online booking, you see what’s there to do and book it. With an agent you can get inspired with ideas and be able to travel a different way or do things you may not have known about.
When you book with a Travel advisor, you get inside benefits, VIP Access and hosted sailings that come with extra perks such as private car and driver!
So when planning a vacation think to yourself, just because it’s cheap am I really getting the most for my money? The answer may be probably not.
By Clarice Diaz -Travel Advisor
Jet Set for Less,LLc
Oh the ways to do Europe! Typically people fly into Europe, but did you ever think about Cruising to Europe? And seeing different ports such as Italy, Spain, France and Portugal?
Or how about a River Cruise through Europe? With pre and post package stays in your city of departure? Tour Castles and shops, eat the local dishes, and do some wine tasting at some of the oldest vineyards in various regions.
Most hosted river cruises include a Private Car and driver for a private tour or shopping, cafes etc… River cruising is such a treat as you get pampered in Luxury; some River cruise lines even provide butler service for every room.
The vessels are smaller than a large ship so it’s easy to get on and off quickly with much fewer crowds. There is a higher staff to guest ratio so everyone is always comfortable and needs are always met. The staff on these River Cruises usually speak English.
Another great way to see Europe is by Train!
Once you fly into the city of your choice jump on the Europe express and you are on your way! You can go from one city to another in no time! Take in the beautiful views while having a conversation with a glass of wine in hand.
There are options for coach or first class and meals are provided for first class passengers. You can take time and stay a night or so at each stop you choose; explore them, get back on the train to see the next region or city.
Stay at a hotel, apartment, bed and Breakfast or stay in a fully staffed villa!
So walk, backpack, bike, rent a moped or drive a car through Europe! Eat with the locals at their home for authentic experience! If you can, get VIP Access! For private behind the scene tours! For places such as the Vatican, Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame de Paris and many other landmarks and historical sites.
What ever you do, you are sure to have a fabulous time in the old world.😃
Jet Set for Less, LLc
See below for 2 extra pics! 🤗
Maybe you don’t want to travel out of the States for whatever reason, but still want both fun and relaxation in what feels like an Island.
Even if you already live in Florida and really love it, when you arrive in Key west, you will feel as if you’re on the smallest, cutest, and happening Tropical Island! Key West has a lay back feel with colorful up beat fun!
There’s plenty of great food and watering holes with plenty to do. Check out Molloy Square with food stands, restaurants and Tours. Check out the Aquarium, pick up some perfume or Key lime ice cream!
Have some Cuban Cuisine! You can get around on a scooter or mini buggy! Don’t forget to catch the sunset! After the night comes alive with music and great vibes!
You can stay at several great locations, from a bed & breakfast, rent a house, Southern most on the beach, however Ocean’s edge with a view of the marina, boats and the open waters is just amazing. The rooms are set up like small apartments with a separate living room and mini bar. The housekeeper went the extra mile. It was such a peaceful place to catch up on rest and relaxation, it was perfect for our babymoon.
You can always find a quiet spot at the pool. The Property has several pools .
Get on what I call an all in 1 fun boat with water slides, and plenty to do on the water. On this vacation we opted to stay on land due to my condition and it was not a disappointment.
Take a Trolley or haunted tour, rent a boat, go fishing or party on a party boat.
Check out our friends at La Trattoria Restaurant for the best in Italian Cuisine, everyone there goes the extra mile; it was such a wonderful experience, we went back a second time during our stay, they are constant. Meet the locals! You’ll find Iguanas and Roosters all about the town and human locals called Conchs! See the home of the late Ernest Hemingway and the way he lived, see all the colorful and unique homes. Enjoy the fresh catch of the day and meet the fishermen at “The Stoned Crab”; another of my hubby’s favorite places to eat. Make it a Virgin Pina Colada for me.
And who can forget a pic at the end at the Southernmost point. Unfortunately I didn’t get my picture, I brought it home instead. Long lines, July heat and a belly do not mix.
No matter what you decide to do, you can’t go wrong with Key West.
See more pics below. 😃
Jet Set for Less, LLC
The view of the boats and Marina from our Balcony.
Regardless if you go by plane or take a Cruise there with an overnight stay or check out longer cruises to see more than Havana, one thing is guaranteed; You will feel as if you stepped back in time. Cuba has beautiful Spanish architecture, beaches and the best mojito drinks around as they originated there. Dance the the night away at the Tropicana night club, a night club that has been there since about the late 1930’s. Rent a classic car! You can either have someone drive you around or go alone and explore! You won’t regret a Cuba vacation. For travel questions to Cuba, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.