Some people love spending their spring break laying on the beach. Others like to explore new places and try new things. You and your adventurous spirit belong to the latter. It's time to discover some amazing cities throughout the United States you should consider visiting for spring break that are just a short flight (or even car ride) away! Here are 6 fun places that should be on your spring break bucket list!
New Orleans, LA
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We're in the middle of what feels like a never-ending winter and dreaming of a warm getaway for spring break. Nothing beats a week of sun, fun and well-deserved relaxation! There are so many beautiful places to visit, so it can be hard to narrow it down to one destination. Here is some inspiration for your spring break trip this year!
SPRING BREAK TRAVEL TIPS
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When you work in the travel industry your resolution list doesn't always include just diet and exercise; instead, it's where to travel next! Some of our staff members have shared where they hope to travel in 2019 that they have not visited before. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and we hope you complete your travel resolutions, too!
Ann Fendleman- Africa with TAUCK Tours
Ashley Curry- Dallas, TX
Brenna Shea- Seattle & Las Vegas “I’m taking a trip to Seattle in April and will hopefully be taking a girls’ trip to Vegas this summer!”
Carla Delanoix- Panama Canal & Costa Rica “I am planning to take a Princess cruise to the Panama Canal & Costa Rica!”
Carrie Fry- Egypt & New Orleans “We’ll be in Egypt in February and New Orleans in March.”
Cathy Robinson- France, Costa Rica, Spain, or Portugal "I don't have any firm travel plans for 2020 yet, but I'm hoping to either take a river cruise in France or take a trip to Costa Rica, Spain, or Portugal!"
Christine Hakenjos- Ireland, Destin, AmaWaterways River Cruise "The places I am going in 2020 are my 2-week Ireland honeymoon, Destin, and an AmaWaterways river cruise in April to visit Prague, Germany, Austria, and Budapest!"
Dagmar Morrison- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Diana Lerman- Mexico
Dianna Paridon- Paris
Leigh Cardwell- Italy "I want to take my sister to Italy for her 60th birthday in June!"
Lynne Meyer- Mexico & Disney "We're going back to Cancun and might try to go to Disney this year."
Maggie Groene- Ireland & London “In 2020, I’m looking forward to visiting Ireland and watching the Cardinals play the Cubs in London!”
Missi Wilson- Costa Rica
Stacey Hoehne- Europe “For 2020 I’m hoping to make it back to Europe and check a new country off of my bucket list!”
Stacey Acree- Sailing on the new Celebrity Apex
Stephanie Turner- Mediterranean Cruise
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Clients of Travel Consultant Christine Wolff recently returned home from their 4-night honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico. They had an amazing time staying at Secrets Maroma Beach. Check out their wonderful review of their time in Mexico and see their gorgeous beach pictures down below!
"Thank you so much [Christine] for the lovely card - it was such a nice surprise to come home to! The trip and resort wildly surpassed my expectations - it was truly the best trip my husband and I have ever had, and it has been difficult adjusting back to normal life...even 2.5 weeks later haha. Thank you so much for making this happen for us! There wasn't a single thing about the trip I would change (except for staying longer, of course). The resort was immaculate, the food was great, and every single staff member we interacted with was so nice and helpful. I would highly recommend this resort to friends and family. Thanks again for everything, Christine. I can't express how happy this trip made us." - Kayla W.
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In 2019 our staff, along with their friends and family, traveled all over to some of the most beautiful places in the world! Our journeys have left us with a lifetime of memories and a million stories to tell. Nothing fills our hearts quite like travel does!
Check out some of our favorite photos from our 2019 travels. We cannot wait to see where 2020 will take us next!
Stephanie Turner, President & CEO
Stacey Acree, Executive Vice-President
Ann Fendelman, Senior Travel Consultant
Carla Delanoix, Travel Consultant
Cathy Robinson, Group Travel Director
Cheryl Hegger, Travel Consultant
Christine Hakenjos, Travel Consultant
Dagmar Morrison, Senior Travel Consultant
Diana Lerman, Travel Consultant
Dianna Paridon, Senior Travel Consultant
Leigh Cardwell, Senior Travel Consultant
Maggie Groene, Travel Consultant
Michelle Busse, Senior Travel Consultant
Mickey Gaona, Travel Consultant
Missi Wilson, Supervisor of Marketing
Stacey Hoehne, Supervisor of Leisure Travel
Stevie Goeke, Corporate Travel Consultant
Are you passionate about the environment and interested in visiting places with the same passion? Many cities across the United States have been increasing their "green" efforts to preserve the environment around them. Check out some of the most
eco-friendly cities in the US that you should definitely visit soon!
San Francisco, California
WalletHub's "Greenest Cities in America" Ranking
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“Bleisure travel” is a travel trend that is quickly gaining more and more popularity. Employees are tacking extra days onto a business trip to make it a vacation. This is allowing people to save money on travel expenses and look forward to taking their next business trip. Bleisure travel is becoming very popular among millennial employees, but the trend has been seen across various generations.
According to the second annual State of Business Travel Survey by National Car Rental, 90 percent of Millennials have engaged in bleisure travel in the past year. Nearly half (49 percent) of Millennials say they’ve extended business travel into a leisure trip or scheduled a vacation around business travel to save on vacation costs.
The umbrella term "bleisure" means more than just additional days spent in a destination. Many employees will bring along their spouse, significant other and/or children when traveling for business. This gives them more time together, especially if they travel heavily for business throughout the year. Even taking some time to explore the city you're in can be considered bleisure travel. Next time you're on a business trip, try out a local restaurant or explore an area or attraction the city is known for!
The most important thing to remember before planning your next bleisure trip is discussing these plans with your boss and knowing your company's policies on business travel. Every company will have different policies, so make sure you are aware of all the do's and don'ts for your company!
The Top 7 U.S. Cities for Bleisure Travel (from TravelBank Rank)
Millennials & Bleisure Travel
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The holiday season is quickly approaching, so that means searching high and low for the perfect gifts for your friends and family. If you have a travel lover in your life, look no further! We have found gifts that any travel lover will use and enjoy.
10. Portable Luggage Scale $10.99
PERFECT FOR: The person whose luggage is ALWAYS over the weight limit
With this device, there's no need to anxiously wait in line at the airport wondering if your bag will be overweight or not. After you finish packing, use the scale to see if you're in the clear or need to reorganize.
9. Travel Adapter $21.59
PERFECT FOR: The person who brings ALL THE CORDS on vacation
Different countries' power outlets vary by prong style. You don't want to get to your hotel and realize that you can't plug any of your devices in the wall. Be ready for any country with this universal travel adapter!
8 Travel Journal $22.95
PERFECT FOR: The person who wants to document their trip the old fashioned way
This travel journal from Moleskine is perfect for anyone who wants to start a detailed travel journal. Aside from the sleek look, this journal has a daily planner section, detachable packing and to-do lists, budgeting pages and an inner storage pocket.
7 Scratch-off Map Poster $26.99
PERFECT FOR: The person who wants to show off everywhere they've traveled
This is a great gift for a well-traveled loved one. They can proudly display the map and as they visit new destinations, they can scratch it off with a coin, revealing a colorful map underneath.
6. Slip Silk Sleep Mask $50
PERFECT FOR: The person who falls asleep as soon as the plane takes off
Sleeping masks are great for airplanes or hotel rooms with bright lights outside. To add a bit of luxury to this useful sleeping tool, and opt for a silk sleeping mask that will feel amazing when you put it on!
5 City Map Glasses $16 each
PERFECT FOR: The person who loves traveling and a nice whisky
These glasses look beautiful and are a great conversation starter! Getting someone a pair of these glasses and a bottle of whisky is a great gift idea.
4 Metal Straws $3.99
PERFECT FOR: The person who wants to be a more sustainable traveler
These reusable metal straws are the perfect stocking stuffer for your eco-friendly friends and family. These straws come with a brush cleaner and carrying pouch, perfect for travel!
3 GoPro $199.99-$499.99
PERFECT FOR: The person who wants to capture every moment of their trip
GoPros are perfect for lovers of travel and tech. The small size and durability makes it the ideal camera for traveling. They can use this camera to document their entire trip, no matter the weather condition.
2. Homesick Candle $29.95
PERFECT FOR: The person who misses their favorite destination
Certain scents can correlate to specific memories in our minds. Reminisce on the amazing memories that are made while traveling with these candles that are inspired by your favorite places.
1. Brentwood Travel Gift Certificate ANY AMOUNT
PERFECT FOR: The person who needs a vacation (which is ALL OF US!)
The ultimate gift for a travel lover is giving the gift of travel! Give your loved ones a jump start to their next adventure with a gift certificate to Brentwood Travel. They can redeem these certificates and get expert advice from our knowledgeable staff.
Interested in giving the gift of travel this year? Contact Brentwood Travel for a travel certificate today.
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There is nothing worse than planning an amazing trip, only to get sick during it or immediately after returning home. Traveling to new places can mean new germs, close quarters in places like airplanes and a different routine than what your body is used to. Here are a few things you can do to combat sickness while traveling, especially during cold and flu season!
1. Get plenty of sleep before and during your trip
There is nothing better for your body than getting a good night of sleep! Being well-rested before you travel is important so that you are prepared for your adventures ahead. Once you get to your destination, sleep is still SO necessary! You want to get the most out of the amazing destinations you visit. Getting 8 hours of sleep at night will help you do that by giving you a clear mind and rested body to fully enjoy the places travel to. Did you know that our white blood cells increase in number while we sleep? So when you are sleep deprived, your body's defense mechanism weakens, making you more vulnerable to sickness. Make sure you are getting proper sleep!
2. Stay hydrated
HYDRATION! HYDRATION! HYDRATION! Remembering to drink enough water is very important, especially while traveling. Long flights and days packed with adventure can leave you more dehydrated than normal. Remember to drink at least the equivalent of eight 8oz. glasses of water a day! Opt for water instead of sugary drinks during your trip to stay properly hydrated. You can invest in a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter, so wherever you go, you will have clean, filtered water ready to drink.
3. Slow down
When traveling it always feels like there is so much to do, but so little time. People tend to pack as much as they can into every waking moment of their trip. Have you ever come back from traveling and thought, "I need a vacation from my vacation"? Avoid the burnout feeling by making a manageable itinerary where you can see everything you want to see while still having room to relax and enjoy. Planning your trip with a Travel Consultant can help you with that! They have the knowledge and resources to help plan your perfect trip.
4. Eat a balanced diet
One of the best things about traveling is trying new food! Many people use vacation as a time to indulge and eat much more food or less healthy food than their body is used to. This can cause stomach issues that you do not want to deal with while on vacation. To combat this, try sticking to a balanced diet while traveling. Be adventurous, but also cautious, when trying new foods in a new area. The CDC also suggests avoiding raw food, street food and bushmeat when traveling.
5. Wash your hands
This one should be a given, but is also important remember! Be diligent with hand washing while traveling. Remember to bring hand sanitizer when you aren't near a sink and sanitizing wipes to disinfect the surfaces around you, especially when flying.
6. Give yourself time to recover after trip
When most people come back from a trip they jump right back into work and their regular daily routine. Allow yourself an extra day or two after you get back to readjust and unwind. This can also be a great time to get some extra sleep and fully unpack before jumping back into things.
Travel Consultant Christine Hakenjos recently traveled to New Orleans with 9 of her closest girlfriends to celebrate her bachelorette weekend! Bachelorette trips (or long weekend getaways to celebrate the bride’s “last fling before the ring”) are becoming more and more popular with millennials. Christine and her Maid of Honor, Lindsay, planned the most perfect weekend getaway, and we thought it would be fun to share their travels along with giving tips for planning the perfect bachelorette weekend that you can do WHEREVER you may travel!
Create A Fun Itinerary Graphic
When planning a bachelorette weekend getaway, it is always a good idea to create SOME sort of itinerary for your guests so that everyone has something to refer to when packing/preparing for their travels. Creating a cute graphic always makes things more fun and adds even more excitement to the upcoming trip!
Plan a Themed Photoshoot
We traveled to New Orleans for my bachelorette on Halloween weekend, which also meant it was VooDoo Festival that weekend. For our photoshoot theme, we decided to match the rest of the city this time of year and go with a “witches coven” theme. We started our day with the shoot and it was a fun way to begin our day in NOLA! The photos all turned out AMAZING, and I love that I have such great photos to look back on as a reminder of such an amazing weekend. We then went out on the town from there and received SO many compliments about our theme and how coordinated we all looked. It was so fun!
Plan Ahead and Make Reservations!
When planning an out of town bachelorette trip (especially with a big group), do your research to find out the best places to eat and drink and make reservations at the restaurants ahead of time! You don’t want to have to wait an hour (or sometimes longer!) for a table big enough for your group because that is only taking time away from your weekend, or even WORSE you may not even get a table to begin with! So planning ahead for the places you KNOW you want to eat and drink at is always a good idea…. ESPECIALLY in New Orleans where eating and drinking is one of the reasons for traveling to such an amazing city!
Dress Up Like Iconic Celebrities
Having outfits planned makes packing easy, right?! So one of the days in New Orleans, we all picked an iconic celebrity to dress up as. It was so fun to be out and about in NOLA dressed as people that MOST of the general public knew who we were.
Be a Real “Tourist” & Book a Tour!
Sometimes drinking all day every day on a Bachelorette trip can be quite exhausting, and expensive! Acting as real tourists and booking an exciting tour can be a really good change of pace for your group and will also allow them to learn and see more of the city you are traveling to! Before departing for our weekend in New Orleans, we booked a “Louisiana Airboat Ride & Oak Valley Plantation Home” tour and it was truly one of the best things we did all weekend! It was so fun to do something so unique and different as a group. Getting to experience such beauty and learning about these destinations together was so special!
Have Matching T-Shirts Made
In addition to the “being a tourist and booking a tour”, you can also have fun matching t-shirts made ahead of time for your group to wear on the tour or any day throughout your weekend! For New Orleans, I had t-shirts made for the girls from a shop on Etsy that matched the entire theme of the weekend: “Till Death Do Us Party”, and gave it to them as a thank you for their travels. We wore them with jeans the day of the tour and the photos of us as a group were great!
Have a Psychic Join the Fun
There is nothing like having a psychic read your tarot cards, especially with your BFFs! This was yet another fun activity we did while in New Orleans. Originally, we had planned for a psychic to come to our house to do our readings, but a tropical storm hit that evening so we ended up going to the French Quarter for ours. We landed at “Voodoo Authentica” after a few insider tips from my family, who are locals to the area. Voodoo Authentica happens to be a true Voodoo shop located in the French Quarter and that is where we had a group reading done by a true Voodoo Priest! The group reading was very insightful and was just another unique activity to do together that you don’t get to do every day.
Go See/Listen to Live Music
Going to listen to live music anywhere is always fun, especially when you are in a city where live music is at the center of the culture. To end our amazing weekend in New Orleans, we thought it would be fun to hop around on Frenchmen Street and listen to live jazz at a local bar. We ended up grabbing drinks and small apps at Bamboula’s where they have live music all day and all night. Frenchmen Street is just a short walk from the French Quarter and totally worth the visit!
Create “Goodie Bags” for Your Guests
Something fun to do as a thank you to everyone that traveled is to make them little goodie bags. In the bags that I gave my friends, I included the matching t-shirts that I gave everyone, but I also gave them each a little reusable skull mug, and a homemade “hangover kit” with makeup wipes, Advil, and gum. To top it off, I hand wrote each of them a thank you card, as I was so appreciative of everyone taking time off work and spending their hard earned $$ to travel and celebrate with me!
Top U.S. Bachelorette Party Destinations
The most important part about your bachelorette weekend is having fun with your friends. Tailor your weekend to what YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS enjoy doing, and it will make some of your best memories together. To take the stress off of yourself, work with a travel consultant to plan the PERFECT weekend getaway!
Ready to plan your dream bachelorette weekend? Contact Christine Hakenjos today!
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