Thursday, 19 June 2014 04:03

The Magic of Children

Musings from a parent of two children under the age of 5: Pixie Dust is magical. All it takes is a small pinch and a child can do the most incredible things- like jump off the living room sofa! The most amazing thing about it is, when you are three years old, Pixie Dust doesn’t even have to be all glitter and sparkle. In our household at least, it has taken form as scrap bits of construction paper, a handful of cheerio crumbs, or our personal favorite to clean up after, grass clippings. Now, imagine a place where Pixie Dust exists, but instead of jumping off the sofa, (as thrilling as it is) you actually launch into Neverland in your very own pirate ship, soar among the stars, see Peter Pan save the day, AND you don’t have to get out the broom and dust pan when it’s done. Welcome to Walt Disney World. Any parent with a child under the age of five needs to experience the complete awe and wonderment that comes when make believe becomes true reality. Make sure that Peter Pan’s Flight is on your attraction itinerary. The ride takes three minutes of time and sets the stage for a lifetime of believing in the impossible.  No dust pan required.

Helpful hints for parents of children under the age of 5:

·         Bring a Stroller – or better yet, Rent One! You do not need to schlep your own stroller if you don’t want to. There are a number of full service stroller rental companies that can help you and your little one enjoy Disney World. Kingdom Strollers rental service is excellent, efficient and hassle free

·         You can bring your own snacks and water into the park! When hunger strikes, you do not want to be standing empty handed. All Disney theme parks allow parents to bring snacks and water into the park. Pack your treats in clear zip lock bags so that security can easily see what you are bringing in. It's that easy. All of our experiences with Security were pleasant and without issue. It was so nice to be in the parks and have our standby Goldfish crackers and applesauce pouches available for little tummy emergencies.

·         A FastPass+ for popular attractions go FAST – so sign up early.

·         Breakfast Character Dining Experiences are an excellent way to guarantee Meet and Greet photo opportunities with all the beloved characters, and provide an opportunity to enter the theme parks BEFORE they actually open. Character Dining is a total V.I.P. experience. Amazing, and totally worth every penny spent. I'm not sure who was more excited to see Tigger at the Crystal Cafe in Magic Kingdom, my kids or me. Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:57

Disney World Resort

The Must-Know “New-Techy-Stuff” At Walt DisneyWorld!

MagicBands: What an awesome concept! On these ‘watch type’ bands which you wear, everything is housed. This includes your park tickets, your credit card information, FastPass+ selections and your dining plan credits. Amazing enough, you need not worry about safety and security of this precious information, as you have to key in a pin# to be able to use the band – which keeps it safe in case of it being misplaced.

FastPass+: The new FastPass+ system at Disney is amazing. Once Time Travels Inc sets you up with an amazing experience at Walt Disney World, you can log into MyDisneyExperience and pick your FastPass+ options ahead of time! What is this ‘FastPass+’, you may be asking? It is an amazing opportunity Disney gives every guest, for no extra charge to be able to ‘skip the line’ on three rides, each day you go into the parks! When staying at the Resort, your FastPast+ sections are added onto your MagicBands and you go into a special line at that ride, during your assigned timeframe, and enjoy the convenience of a few-minute wait! You are even allowed to do different FastPass+ sections, for different members of your party. This means with Dad and 10year old want to ride Space Mountain, Mom and 5year old are able to go on Peter Pan’s Flight at the same time, using their FastPass+!

MyDisneyExperience, as mentioned above, is an all-inclusive portal to your Disney Experience. You and your Travel Agent at Time Travels Inc can help you navigate the awesomeness of it. From FastPass+ selections, to dining reservations, it allows you to have a hassle and stress-free vacation while at Walt Disneyworld.

Stay tuned for information on bringing children under the age of 5 to Disney, more about the various resorts, how to have an AMAZING destination wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal at Walt Disney World, and what rides and experiences truly ARE THE BEST?!

 

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Met my  Disney rep for coffee to talk about 2014 - 2015 Disney World updates & once again I am completely amazed by Walt Disney World Resorts offerings.

What’s New?! Some things such as MyMagic+, MyDisneyExperience, Fastpass+ and of course, the Magic Bands, all contribute to what is making your next vacation to Walt Disney World Resort even more magical.

Don’t Miss…. Dumbo the flying Elephant and the new interactive play place where your kids can play while they wait in line, the Dwarfs Mine Train, or the Enchanted Tales with Belle – all amazingly Magical.

Your Next Vacation: Book Now! When staying at select Walt Disney World Resorts this fall, during select time frames, you will receive a Dining Plan at no additional cost. This amounts in huge savings.

Want to learn more about why a Disney Vacation could be right for you? Give us a call today, and keep on reading – as we will have a Time Travels Inc. team member at the resort this week, and will be providing real-time blogs, updates, photos and more on Everything Disney!

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:31

Delta's NEW FF Program Causes Turbulence

 Delta Airlines decision to change their Sky miles frequent flyer program is causing turbulence among its members.  The new program rewards those who spend more $$$ on tickets not just for miles flown.

The distance between the business class traveler & the coach class leisure traveler widens further

I would imagine that the other airlines will follow suite shortly they always do.  Jet Blue & Virgin Air already have a similar program. FF miles earned on Delta’s AMEX credit cards will also increase with spending.  But those annual steep CC fees really hurt ...…OUCH!!!

 

 

 

Mexico Travel Puerto Vallarta has been THE gay friendly Latin America destination for over 50 years but Mexico City’s star is rising fast. Minus Puerto Vallarta’s spectacular beaches Mexico City has much to offer.

Mexico City’s cosmopolitan, affluent areas, architecture & the Historic Centro attract & welcome LGBT travelers. A milestone event in 2010 Mexico City became the 1st Latin American country to legalize same sex marriage & legal adoption by same sex couples.

The city’s Zona Rosa claims ground zero for the LGBT rights movement & hosts some of the best gay night life in the world.

For LGBT Mexico travel ideas in call Andre’ at Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666

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Monday, 06 January 2014 19:14

The Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

The Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa offers a casual yet elegant destination wedding

Couples need not venture to far-off lands for their fairytale destination wedding.The USA offers great destination wedding locations from secluded beaches for the ultimate beach wedding to spectacular mountain ranges as wedding back drop.The Jupiter Beach resort is one of such places.

Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean in the famed Palm Beach County the 168 room Jupiter Beach resort & Spa provides the picture perfect setting for Florida beach nuptials. With access to $1000 feet of secluded coastline the resort can accommodate wedding parties large & small.Couples can choose a Beachside ceremony (up to 300 guests) which takes place directly on the shore or for a more intimate wedding location ( up to 160 guests) the Sand Dune ceremonies can be arrange among the lush mangrove trees with views of the ocean.

Jupiter Beach Resorts’ simple wedding package includes complimentary deluxe 1 night accommodations for the bride & groom, as well as a wedding cake & other essentials.Rates for the ceremony start at $99 per guest. Rates per night start at $199.00 & group rates (10 rooms or more) start at $139 per night.

Let us help you plan the perfect destination wedding.

Call Time Travels Inc. today - 651-771-5666

 
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:30

Costa Rica: The Peace Lodge

Costa Rica is an amazing destination.  Yes, certain areas have become touristy & I would avoid them during high season.   Yet there are still many hidden gems. On my last trip I visited a few.

 Just 1 hour from San Jose International airport is one in the Peace Lodge.  Located on the grounds of the La Paz Waterfall Nature Park, the Peace Lodge celebrates the Poas Volcano, the rain forest & the creatures that thrive there.

The Peace Lodge was featured on the Travel Channel as a “honeymoon hot spot” but you need not be a newlywed to appreciate its elegant “rustic” type accommodations & amazing natural surroundings.

Hiking to the waters falls, visiting the butterfly gardens, bird watching, searching for the elusive jaguar & just being in awe of nature is what it’s all about.

If my client’s arrive early enough into San Jose, I transfer them to the Peace Lodge versus staying in San Jose’.  Most say that they wished they had stayed longer.

 

For great Costa Rica travel options call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666

 

Thursday, 17 October 2013 21:39

Group Getaways are an awesome way to travel.

Travel dealAre you worried that your children may get bored with too many days in your company? Or that you & your significant other will have more than enough time alone?  Why not invite friends or family & make a group vacation out of it.

Traveling as a group can actually be more fun.  You bring the party with you & the group trip is tailored to the wishes of your individual group. 

The old definition of a group vacation i.e. traveling with at least 20 people still applies as a group option but the idea of flexible group getaways has taken hold.  10 people traveling together are now considered a group.  Certain destinations like Costa Rica & Peru welcome groups of 6 – 8 people as a group.  This size group can fit into smaller vans & have their personal tour guide to accompany & advise them.  The cost of a tour guide divided between 4 couples is minimal & makes for a unique & educational experience.

 

For more information on group travel opportunities call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666.

 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:37

Sandals Newest; LaSource Grenada

If you are the couple who dreams of a romantic Caribbean vacation where your friends have not ventured, think Grenada. Take advantage of the pre-opening sale at Sandal’s newest resort LaSource Grenada.
“Known as the Island of Spice”, Grenada is a mesmerizing island with incredible natural wonders.
Its stunning beaches, waterfalls, lush rainforest & pristine mountain lakes offer options for the laid back or the adventurous traveler.

An exotic unspoiled hideaway, Sandals LaSource Grenadaoffers romantic, authentic Caribbean vacations while providing the luxury inclusive amenities that Sandals is famous for.

* 225 rooms and suites
* 3 Villages: Pink Gin, South Seas, & Italian Village
* Just minutes from the airport
* 9 restaurants, including a Sandals first - a steakhouse
* 3 pools plus 2 river pools
* State-of-the-art fitness center and spa
* Meeting facilities
* A total of 75 professional butlers suites
* Ultra luxurious Millionaire, Rondoval and Skypool suites
* Soaking tubs in all South Seas & Italian Village rooms
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Book your Caribbean honeymoon and the best destination wedding location at a discount.

Take advantage of the pre-opening sales by calling Time Travels Inc. today. 651-771-5666
Discounts apply to bookings made between Aug 6 & Oct 15 for travel Dec. 12, 2013 –Dec 26, 2014. Space is limited.

We are proud to announce that El Dorado Casitas Royale, by Karisma was named one of CNN Travel's Six Hot Resorts for Adults Only. The article calls the hotel "uber-luxury" and highlights our amenities like private Jacuzzis, beach beds, butler service, and the variety of dining options.

Just returned from my stay at the El Dorado Casitas Royale on the Riviera Maya where I was wowed!!!
The Casitas Royale houses the luxury accommodation of the El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa which is a phenomenal  5 Star gourmet adult’s only all-inclusive resort.  The Casitas suite is a great all-inclusive honeymoon choice for a couple that appreciates privacy, luxury, great service & a huge Jacuzzi tub.  The Casitas Royale section is quiet with several private pools and a perfect beach for the private Mexico beach wedding.  The main area of the El Dorado Royale is livelier but never feels crowded.
You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy this romantic getaway.  If you appreciate great ala carte dining there are exceptional restaurants throughout the resort.  One evening we dined at the dinner theatre.  A celebrity chef presented a food & wine paring that was entertaining & delicious. One reason why the food tastes so fresh is that the El Dorado Royale produces vegetables in a huge green house on premise.  Take the Green house tour it’s educational & enlightening.
During day there are yoga classes, kayaks, snorkeling, bicycles, dance lessons etc. & many beach beds to choose from.  In the evening visit the intimate bars that dot the resort or dance to the live band which I thought was great.
One of the best moments of my stay was sipping Glen Levit in the Martini Bar & watching a Queen concert on the big screen from the mid 80’s.  Now that's living!!
Call me for honeymoon ideas & the best destination wedding locations.

Andre Leavitt, Owner Time Travels Inc.  651-771-5666

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