I just got back from a week-long conference in Thailand. I’m not going to lie… I was a wreck before I went. I’ve never been to Asia and it was never really on my list. Plus, I was doing it by myself… plus the 13 hour flight from Chicago to Seoul was the longest I’ve ever been on a plane.
Turns out that the flight was a piece of cake - by the time you eat, read a book, watch some movies and take a nap it’s time to touch down.
I flew business class on Korean Air. The seats along each side are staggered so they are pretty private. If you sit in the middle then you can be next to your companion, but there’s a window if you get tired of talking to them. Just press the button and they leave you alone.
The service level was beyond – they hover over you all the time and get you anything you need. The food was good… I decided to be Korean and order a Korean dish, which led them to ask “do you know what you’re doing?” It was odd - some meat thingamajig that was cold… well, what I didn’t know was that they’d bring the steamed rice about 15 minutes later, so it ended up being alright.
Anyway, I arrived at Seoul airport, which was amazing! Very easy to get through - I was on the other side in a matter of minutes. After a three hour layover I boarded my flight to Phuket. Upon arrival I was met by Destination Asia, who got me through security, airport control, got my luggage and took me to the hotel. I always encourage my clients to do a meet-and-greet like this – it costs extra money but it takes the stress out of it all.
The trip began with a conference at the Dream Beach Club in Phuket. The people running it come from luxury resorts, and all of our meetings included activities. For example, at one meeting we made Papaya Salad, and at another we did Thai boxing on the beach. I didn’t knock anyone out, but I stayed on my feet so I really didn’t lose either. It was amazing to try all these things that I never thought I’d do. Well, I never thought I’d go to Thailand… or Asia for that matter, or go on such a long flight.
Are you getting ready for luxury cruise? This trip combines all of the best elements of traveling and taking vacations for a unique and unforgettable experience. You can prepare for your luxury cruise by learning the best way to pack so that you can avoid stress and crowded luggage.
As you will see in this video, it is a good idea to use bags when packing for a cruise. Bags can help you organize your clothing and prevent wrinkling. Smaller bags can also organize your toiletries and prevent leaks from ruining your clothing or accessories.
Now that you know how to pack, it is time to find the perfect luxury cruise! Start planning your next trip and learn about the best cruise deals by contacting Brentwood Travel today at (314) 439-5700.
(Content originally published on TravelPulse.com on June 14, 2016)
For the second time, the annual Walker Stalker Cruise will take to the seven seas, scheduled Feb. 3-6, 2017 aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s theme cruise-friendly Norwegian Pearl. Along for the ride will be fan favorite actors and creators from “The Walking Dead” television show.
The lineup of special guests this year include Norman Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Tom Payne (Jesus), Michael Traynor (Nicholas), Greg Nicotero (special effects, director, producer and writer) and more of the cast. 2,600 guests will be treated to the Walker Stalker Con at sea including panels, photo ops, autograph sessions, cosplay contests, theme nights and even more to come.
“From impromptu bowling with Christian Serratos to a legendary late-night panel with Norman Reedus, last year’s cruisers had a trip they’ll never forget,” says Walker Stalker Founder, James Frazier. ”We can’t wait to show them what we have planned this year.”
The itinerary is set in the Caribbean roundtrip from Miami, Florida. The three-day sailing will make a stop at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas – Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island destination.
Are you getting ready for a summer trip to the beautiful city of Venice? This popular vacation spot is home to many amazing features that make it easy to plan a memorable, educational, and exciting getaway. The Grand Canal is just one of the amazing features that should be visited during any trip to Venice!
This canal has served as one of the city’s most widely used waterways for hundreds of years. Venice residents use a wide variety of public transport options to travel around the city on the Grand Canal, including water taxis and water buses. Visitors often enjoy exploring the Grand Canal while riding on one of the city’s famous gondolas. The Grand Canal offers amazing view and convenient transportation—no matter how you travel on it!
Let Brentwood Travel help you prepare for an unforgettable trip to Venice. Email us or call us at (314) 439-5700 to speak to a travel agent about planning a trip to Venice to see the Grand Canal and many other beautiful attractions.
Maybe you decided you weren't going to take a vacation this summer... Maybe you've been wanting to take a trip, but kept putting off the actual planning...
Whatever happened, you're now starting to see your social feed fill up with pictures of friends and family who are off to a resort, a cruise, or some other amazing destination, and it's making you think about your own summer plans.
Worry not, there's still time to plan your own getaway! Whether you want to be digging your toes in the sand or exploring a new country, we've got plenty of options for every type of traveler.
Choose an offer below for more details. Call (314) 439-5700 or email us today for more information about these and other last minute offers. Hurry before they disappear!
If you are looking to marry the love of your life in a beautiful location, you may want to consider a destination wedding. Popular locations include Mexico, Hawaii, and Jamaica, and you and your guests will love the excuse to plan an exciting vacation!
Watch this video to learn all about planning a destination wedding. You should give your guests about one year advance notice if you plan to have them celebrate your big day with you. One of the best benefits of having a destination wedding is the amount of money you can save by blending your wedding and honeymoon into one celebration!
To start planning your destination wedding, call the travel agents here at Brentwood Travel. Our St. Louis travel agency has been helping couples, families, and friends plan vacations for over 50 years. Give us a call today at (314) 439-5700 to get started.
As the third-largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is a popular tourist destination. If the warm sandy beaches, lively local culture, and exclusive resorts of the island of Jamaica are calling to you, there are a few tips to keep in mind for making the most of your Jamaican vacation. Here are some guidelines from Brentwood Travel to help you enjoy everything that Jamaica has to offer.
Enjoy local cuisine
The cuisine of Jamaica is a delightful fusion of traditional island ingredients and cooking techniques mixed with European, African, Chinese, and Indian influences. Popular dishes on the island include curry goat, jerk chicken, fish stews, and an assortment of breads and pastries infused with local favorite ingredients such as coconut. If you enjoy food on the spicy side, the heavily spiced sauces and marinades used to season freshly caught meats and fish are sure to satisfy your appetite.
Take an island road trip
While you will probably want to spend a good deal of your time lounging on the white beaches of the island, there are some inland attractions worth exploring. You might schedule a guided day trip to drive along the winding roads of the island and see the beautiful landscape. Using a local licensed taxi or tour company to explore the island will help you see the sights safely and navigate the somewhat challenging roads of the more excluded areas.
Participate in local culture
The music, art, and nightlife of Jamaica all represent the unique culture of the island that you will not find anywhere else. Even if you are staying at an all-inclusive resort for your trip, it is worth taking the time to explore some restaurants and shops where locals spend their time.
If you are ready to set off to Jamaica or you want to explore some other exciting vacation destinations for the summer, contact Brentwood Travel on our website or at (314) 439-5700. We can help you plan an unforgettable vacation without missing a single detail.
Dianna and Bill just returned from their FIFTH cruise to Alaska! This time, they brought a small group of friends along to experience the "Land of the Midnight Sun."
Take a peek into their scrapbook below! If you want to know more about Holland America, Alaska cruising, or just want to chat about this trip, give Dianna a shout!
After you’ve said “I do” and celebrated with your family and friends, it’s time to relax with your sweetheart on your honeymoon! The wedding and the planning beforehand can be exhausting, so your honeymoon is a chance to relax, catch up, and reconnect.
When selecting your honeymoon destination, you have several fantastic options. If you are looking to relax, consider a tropical destination, like the Caribbean or Hawaii. You may also want to choose a luxury cruise where you can wine and dine in style. If you want to explore a new destination together, think about heading to an exciting location like Europe or Australia. Rome and Venice, Italy are two of the most romantic and beautiful cities in all of Europe. You may also want to consider heading to New Zealand to explore the gorgeous landscapes.
No matter where you want to honeymoon, Brentwood Travel in St. Louis can help. Our travel agency can help you choose the perfect honeymoon trip to almost anywhere in the world. Call us at (314) 439-5700 to learn more today!
If you and your extended family or closest friends have been looking for the perfect way to spend some quality time together, speak with your travel agent about booking a group cruise. Cruising together is an excellent way to reunite and make memories. Here is a guide to planning a group cruise:
Choose a Destination
One of the hardest aspects of putting together a group cruise is selecting a location that everyone will enjoy. If you and your family or friends are having trouble deciding where you would like to set sail, consult with your travel agent about your activity and climate preferences. He or she can provide you with a list of possible cruise deals to exciting destinations that suit your requests.
Set a Date That Fits Everyone's Schedule
With the right amount of planning, you and your group can take advantage of excellent prices on a luxury cruise. Once you have decided to take a cruise, sit down as a group and determine what dates best suit everyone's busy schedules. As soon as you have a time frame in mind, meet with your travel agent to find out which lines are offering the best cruise deals.
Plan Excursions That Suit Various Interests
Another difficult aspect of planning a group vacation is accommodating each traveler's unique interests. Fortunately, cruises offer a wide variety of activities to suit the various personalities onboard. To make the most of your time together while vacationing, plan to partake in a couple of group excursions, but also feel free to enjoy several activities on your own.
For more tips on planning a group cruise, visit Brentwood Travel in St. Louis. Our travel agency specializes in arranging luxury cruises at unbeatable prices. To learn more about getting a great deal on any type of vacation, call us today at (314) 439-5700.
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