Greetings Savvy Travelers!

Doesn’t it seem like Autumn is just flying by?  Halloween is just around the corner and before you know it, it will be Christmas.  

For you last minute planners, there is still space available for some fabulous Christmas vacations.  You can warm your toes by dipping them in the ocean on your vacation to a tropical paradise.  Or perhaps you prefer to warm them by the fireplace after an amazing day skiing or snowboarding.    

Whatever your pleasure, I am happy to help make your dream come true.   Give me a call, so we can discuss! 
"This has been so wonderfully easy to plan our Belize vacation with you -- we'll be sure to recommend you! We're also planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands for our next big trip and will be sure to work with you on that trip too!" - G.L.
 

GOOD TRAVEL CENT$ FOR SAVVY TRAVELERS

Looking to add some adventure and culture on your next vacation but not sure how to figure out what to do? One of my favorite websites to view fun activities around the world is www.viator.com.



From Paris to Tahiti to Perth, from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Viator has something for every kind of traveler.  With 17 years of experience, they are the world leader in finding and pre-vetting the best local tour and activity providers.  

Once you pick your favorite excursions, be sure to let me know so I can book them and coordinate them with your travel plans! 
"We just returned from our awesome honeymoon in Bora Bora & Australia and as you said Margi, these two locales were the perfect locations for us at the perfect time of the year. There’s no way we could have done this without you. Thank you Margi! " - Ryan T.


THIS MONTH’S TRAVEL TIP

With the New Year quickly approaching, a lot of travelers are planning for Spring Break 2016. After a long winter of snow, cold weather and long days of work, everyone is anxious to flee the cold for the warm weather destinations. Because the demand for these warm destinations is so high during this time, it becomes harder to find great deals. 

If you want to save money on your 2016 vacation it is best to travel after Easter Sunday, March 27th. If you are open, a good time would typically be mid-April or later to obtain lower rates on resorts.
 

ON LOCATION AT CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY 

I just returned home from my two week visit in Turkey and one of my favorite places was Cappadocia. My two day vacation there was full of adventure and beauty!. 

The first night I stayed at a Turkish homestay in a "cave" and woke up early the next morning with dozens of beautiful hot air balloons overhead. This is truly one of the most unique accommodations and picturesque surroundings I have ever experienced.



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For those who don’t know, a homestay is a form of tourism that allows you to rent rooms from local families. It is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the local culture and improve your language skills! 
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The terrain around Cappadocia consists of very unusual rock formations that resemble a lunar landscape. I enjoyed a 3 hour hike throughout the amazing rocks to our next hotel.  Later that day, I enjoyed horseback riding and experienced a Turkish Bath, which is quite a story in itself. 



The following morning I arose to take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia!  What a fabulous two day trip! I highly recommend Cappadocia to anyone who is traveling in Turkey and wants to experience adventure.

 

"Margi, thank you for everything you've done to help. My wedding could not have come together without you playing a big part of helping my guests get booked and helping to be the communicator between the Playacar Palace Resort in Mexico and myself." - E.H.


MESSAGE FROM MARGI

 

“Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need."
~Author Unknown


This month's travel quote is a bit of joke, but in all honestly, packing for a vacation can be a little daunting! You want to bring so much, but how do you make it fit and keep everything organized?   I recently came across this video with 12 great packing tips and thought I should share it with you.  It is full of great ideas that will make packing for your next vacation just a little easier.  Do you have any tips for packing? Share them with me! 

 

Happy Travels! 
Margi Arnold, CTC, Luxury Travel Advisor, President
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