Understanding the STEP Program - Enrollment Information and Why You Need It Before Your Next International Trip
When traveling, an added sense of security never hurt anyone. It’s one of the reasons we sell travel insurance. Peace of mind just helps one get into vacation mode that much more easily.
We want less to worry about. The STEP program is one more way to have added peace of mind. But, what is STEP and why and how should you enroll in it?
After my most recent trip to the beautiful Mexican Caribbean, I wanted to provide some travel tips to everyone en masse about things that I noticed during my recent trip, so that we can all start traveling again and maximize our experiences going forward.
Traveling is definitely a little different right now and you all know that I like to ensure that you are as informed and prepared as possible in order for a smooth travel and vacation experience.
I want to not only provide some travel tips to make your trip as seamless as possible, but also offer a few resort etiquette tips that I felt so many travelers had forgotten during my trip and felt that we should all revisit before jetting off again...
Food is perhaps the biggest element of traveling and one of my favorites! It’s the one component that you can revisit when you are at home that almost instantly brings you right back to the place you were when you tried a dish.
That authentic bruschetta that transports you back to Italy, the Paella that teleports you to Spain, and the banana and Nutella crepe that has you daydreaming of your trip around Paris. There’s nothing quite like indulging in the cuisines of the world. Are you drooling thinking about it, or is that just me?!
If you haven't vacationed in some time, and are a foodie too, you may also be craving the dishes that you'd normally enjoy on vacation. The good news is, you can spice up your home life by attempting to make new recipes until you are ready (or until borders reopen) to visit your dream destination again.
While it may not ever be as authentic at the real thing, and we have to make it ourselves instead of being served, we can at least try our hands at the culinary arts and relive our past travel experiences while we wait.
With that in mind, I've provided several links below that I recommend perusing with some popular dishes you can try. Pick a few recipes and make a menu themed for the destinations you want to visit.
Add to the spirit of authenticity by hitting up your local international grocery stores to get as close to the actual spices, seasonings, and even meats they use in other parts of the world!
I hope you enjoy our food picks and share which recipes you try!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been deeply saddened by the fact that you haven't traveled in nearly a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Birthday celebrations have been canceled. Family reunions have gone virtual. And those sweet romantic getaways have all but been obliterated.
As you may be anxiously awaiting a more stable travel experience, there are still some ways you can enjoy the world with your significant other. The secret is bringing travel to you in the comfort of your own home.
The number one reason travel is so important for our mental health is that it gives us an escape from our day-to-day lives. We can completely disconnect and unwind while recharging our batteries and immersing ourselves into a new culture.
If you have vacation days to burn, but don't feel safe going anywhere yet, it's still important to take time off work for your sanity (and for your partner or families). So, what better timing than to discuss some ideas for Valentine's Day! You can plan something special for this coming lovers weekend. However, if it's too soon for you to prepare... you can start planning something special for you and your sweetie to enjoy some time off work together in the near future.
Here are three fun ways to enjoy a staycation that can help you feel as though you and your partner are on vacation. Create some travel memories from home until you can experience the real thing!
Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I’m personally happy to put 2020 behind me and forge forward into this new year!
With that being said – I know that a lot of you are looking forward to the next time that you can travel again! Worldwide travel that is. There are some destinations already open for American tourists, but each country has their own entry requirements to consider before you venture out.
I’m so ready for the vaccine release to continue circulation so we can see more countries open up for travel, in addition to, providing us all a better idea on expectations for any new travel requirements. I will keep you updated on this news as soon as there are definite answers released.
As we start this new, and hopefully improved year – I wanted to make an official announcement about a new and EXCITING destination that I’ve added to my travel planning services as a new specialty...
It’s no secret that this year has been a weird one for traveling due to COVID-19. As the country and the world has slowly started to open back up, you might be wondering if it’s okay to start adding stamps to your passport again.
I’ve had many travelers and wedding groups head to resorts since July, and I have prepared them all for the new expectations they may experience while vacationing during a pandemic. Things feel a little different than before and you may see some amenities or activities not available as they adhere to local laws and safety guidelines.
As many of us head into chilly temperatures and the early darkness blues as the sun is setting too quickly these days, I’m getting more calls for last minute winter vacations. Resort vacations have increased lately as a last ditch effort to enjoy a vacation before the years over… and what better way to end a shitty year, then a beach all-inclusive vacay where you don’t have to worry about reality for a few days!?!
If you are busting at your wits end from not having a vacation this year, and done dealing with all the negativity this year has thrown at us – but you may have questions on safety of travel - let’s chat to discuss all the new protocols and requirements to ease your mind. You'll be surprised at how much more other destinations and resorts are doing than many of our own cities. Of course, if you are in a high-risk group with underlying medical conditions – you should still stay quarantined at home and follow your doctor’s advice.
If you are daydreaming about a white Christmas... a sandy white one that is – now is the time to get your vacation locked in. Imagine playing in the sand at an all-inclusive beach resort, instead of shoveling snow this winter!
There are a few resorts that extended their “Work & Learn” programs for families that are doing remote school and working from home – so you can feel comfortable departing and still be able to participate in your online environment. Who wouldn’t want an office with a view while working/learning and then heading down to the pool for some play between breaks?! When are you ever going to get a chance like this again?! Hopefully never!
Embrace the dream of a warm white winter...
When 2020 began, I’m betting you had no idea things would turn out the way that they have. I sure didn't!! It feels like a lifetime ago, but I started out the year on a mind-blowing safari in Africa and just a few days after my return, the "world blew up", as I like to say.
This pandemic has certainly been an educational experience, to say the least. For many of us, it’s brought with it extreme stress and that is just one of the things that prompted this post today.
If you’re anything like me, you might be in serious need of a massage to relieve some of that stress. After all, massage is more than just rubbing and pressing the skin. It’s actually “considered part of complementary and integrative medicine” due to the benefits the body can enjoy from it. (1)
I had to learn the hard, and expensive way, when I didn't listen to my body and start treatments before it got too bad, and now I struggle to reverse the damage. I have a routine of massage that combines some physical therapy techniques to keep my pain at bay which could have been avoided.
I wanted to share 7 reasons you need a massage for your health AND one of my favorite all-inclusive resorts that is a dream for spa treatments, relaxation and rejuvenation!
In these uncertain times, it’s critical now more than ever working with a travel agent for booking your transportation and lodging accommodations both domestically and abroad. One of the most important lessons people have learned during the Coronavirus Pandemic is that in any kind of emergency, no one will advocate for your best interests quite like a travel advisor will.
The reality is when the pandemic first started disrupting travel, causing resorts to close, and leading to flight cancellations in early 2020, many tourists were left out in the cold. In the worst cases, people were stranded in vacation destinations unsure of how to get home. Some even had to spend obscene amounts of money to change transportation plans at the last minute.
Now that you’ve chosen your destination there’s no stopping you from day-dreaming your way through the work week about the imminent vacation bliss that is to be yours in just a few short months.
But take note, before you go packing three bathing suits because you can’t pick just one, now is the time to talk about the not-so-fun stuff that could ruin your entire vacation – or stop it from happening altogether.
In this article, I'll walk you through some passport requirements for international travel that you may not be aware of...