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Studies Reveal Health Benefits of Vacations

Take that vacation to lower risk of heart attack and depression, or move near a park for better mental health.

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Traveling with my family on the beautiful beaches of Negril, Jamaica.

I have been saying this for years!

Underground of the Rose Hall in Jamaica

Wendi, Connor and Payton at the Rose Hall Plantation in Montego Bay Jamaica.

Recharging our battery!

Martin and Wendi enjoying a beautiful day in Jamaica. Kids are snorkeling and having fun while we relax. Everyone is happy!

We are all built with an “internal battery.” It drives us, excites us and inspires us.  When we live our day to day lives sometimes that passion needs a little recharge.  That is what vacation does for you.  Also, gives you insight and many learning experiences that you can’t find in a book.  Get out and see the world around you.  –Wendi

“If you want to be healthier, take more vacations and live near a large park, according to two separate studies. Vacations are linked to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even promote brain health, says a study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies with the Global Commission on Aging and U.S. Travel Association. Moving closer to green space improves mental health immediately and is sustained over long periods of time, according to a University of Exeter Medical School study in Britain. “These findings are important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to towns and cities, suggesting they could provide long-term and sustained benefits for local communities,” the study said.”

This story originally appeared on Fortune

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The Passport Meltdown is Coming & How to Save Yourself

11846621_603834069756538_1223411357202161072_nRemember The Passport Crisis of 2006 & 2007?

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Almost 10 years ago it became a requirement to have a passport.  Which lead to a long processing times for passports.

Guess what? 

All of the passports from the crisis of 2007 will now be expiring in the next 18 months!  And to confound the situation there are some changes with the ability to add visa pages that will force people to apply for passports.

Did you know that 125 million US citizens have passports?

Go find your passports NOW and check the expiration dates.

WHY? Because some countries require passports to be valid for 6 MONTHS beyond their arrival back into the US.

What you need to know:

  1. Two options will be available: Passports will come with either 28 or 52 pages with no difference in cost. Get the 52 pages. You never know when you will come into some money and fill that passport up!
  2. The travel industry is back! That means more people are traveling. Hence longer processing times
  3. Passport cards are wallet-sized passports can only be used for land and sea (NO FLIGHTS!) travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Passport cards are smaller and less expensive.  I advise a passport book!
  4. Passports ages are:
    1. 16 yrs and older are adults – passport is valid for 10 years
    2.  15 and under are children – passport is valid for 5 years (yes that includes newborns. If they are breathing they have to be packing a passport!)

Let’s talk money!

  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport book: $110 if age 16 and older; $80 if under the age of 16.
  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport card: $30 if age 16 and older; $15 if under the age of 16.
  • Expedited service (optional): an additional $60.00 per application.
  • The acceptance or execution fee of $25 is paid to any U.S. Passport Acceptance Agency

******* This is Government stuff y’all- It can & will change  ***************

How to save yourself?

Go & renew or apply for passports now.  

Don’t wait until you feel a vacation “itch” coming

The Passport process is not hard. May take a little preparation but it is so worth it!

Do not miss out on your opportunities to see beautiful places because you are afraid of a passport process!

Wishing you 80° & Palm Trees! — Wendi

What are some of your favorite passport stamps? Share them with us!

Jamaica Mon!

Had to have some Bob Marley and Jerk Chicken

Grenada

Grenada! Who has been there?

The Houston Bridal Extravaganza

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WOW! What a wonderful show.

We met so many neat brides. It is always interesting to hear a wish list for honeymooners and Destination Weddings.

We are offering many specials and invite you to call for the details. Don’t forget we have the $100 Gift Certificate offer going on till 8/15/2014.

The show was hard work to get set up seeing Launa and I were both out of town with in the 2 weeks before the show. The booth came out great and we are excited to be working with brides and grooms for the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding.

One of my favorite things that happened at the show was this. I was talking to a bride and groom about a Destination Wedding. One of the first and most important questions is, “will you have kids attending your wedding?” I don’t know what he was thinking but he responded with, “well they won’t be born yet? We are going to have kids but in a couple of years.” Judging from the look on my face he said, “ok, I don’t think I understood your question?” We had a good laugh and I am now working to get the Destination Wedding of their dreams in motion.

We had Valeria from the Karisma Resorts come and help us out a couple of minutes. Brides were instantly amazed at the tropical setting they offer.

Thanks to everyone that came by our booth. It was nice to meet so many nice people and to say hi to all the brides, grooms and moms!

 

Why Book the El Dorado and Azul Resorts Thru a GIVC (Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant)

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Wanting true luxury? The El Dorado Resorts is a fabulous adult only resort. They have a sister property that offers a family friendly vacation called the Azul Resorts. So whether you are planning an adult or family vacation they have something wonderful in store for everyone.

A GI Vacation Consultant is a travel professional who is well versed, educated and prepared to provide exceptional service offering a tailor made vacation experience according to their client’s needs and expectations at El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels, by Karisma. A GI Vacation Consultant is a specialist in one or more of the following niche markets; destination weddings, honeymoons, adults only, romance, anniversaries, families and group travel.

A GI Vacation Consultant provides customers with confidence based on their first hand experience and knowledge after going through rigorous training and property site inspections at our hotels.

They also can offer you certain things that other agents can’t offer. Some of these include an upgrade and a double upgrade! Their upgraded rooms consist of Swim up suites, Infinity Swim up suites and Individual Casita suites. These upgrades can save you several hundred dollars on your vacations. Also, just as important as getting you great pricing and upgrades the GIVC has an ongoing great relationship with the owner and the many resort employees. We know who to call when you need the little extras.

Are you thinking about a Destination Wedding?  Your GIVC can offer you a “Brides Dress Rehersal.”  The Bride and Groom can spend 3 nights at a property and visit all the resorts, taste the cakes, see the table and place settings, taste the foods and see the wedding locations at each resort.  All of this for $399 per couple.  Airfare additional.  Please call for further details on this great offer.

If you are thinking about a fabulous getaway with or without the kids call me to talk about your options and see what is available.  And yes this is not your regular all inclusive resort, this is a gourmet inclusive resort!

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