You're engaged, now what? Time to plan your dream wedding! Don't forget about your honeymoon to celebrate this next chapter with your new spouse. You may not even know where to start, so let us help you! Today we're discussing a few unique destinations you can visit for your 2021 honeymoon. We will also be sharing the current COVID-19 requirements and guidelines for entering each of these destinations as of April 1, 2021. The requirements are subject to change according to local governments. If you choose to travel, remember to wear a mask and social distance. If you are traveling outside of the United States, a negative COVID-19 test is required within 72 hours before returning to the US. Contact your Brentwood Travel Consultant to stay up-to-date with the current COVID-19 guidelines regarding travel.
Motor coach tours are a great option when you want an easy-going, yet exciting, sightseeing vacation. You may think, “What even is motor coaching?” or have questions before you want to book a motor coach tour. Today Brentwood Travel’s President & CEO, Stephanie Turner, and Executive Vice-President, Stacey Acree, are here to discuss why they love guided motor coach tours and answer some frequently asked questions about motor coach tours!
A Travel Agent is always a great resource to utilize when planning a trip, and now they are even more essential with all of the changes that have happened in the travel industry. Keep reading to hear just a few of the reasons why you should be using a Travel Agent in 2021!
You're engaged, and now what? Time to start planning the wedding of your dreams, but don't forget about the honeymoon! Take the stress out of planning your honeymoon by letting the Travel Consultants at Brentwood Travel plan the perfect honeymoon for you. And what's better than the perfect honeymoon? The perfect honeymoon, courtesy of your friends and family! Keep reading to find out more about registering for your honeymoon with Brentwood Travel.
Sustainability is important in all aspects of our lives. People are making more conscious choices that will have a better impact on our communities and the environment. We are realizing that there is only one planet earth and we need to take proper care of it. Many people have made sustainable changes in their daily lives, but have you thought about how you can make your traveling experience more sustainable?
So what exactly is it?
The World Tourism Organization defines the term 'sustainable travel' as "tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities." It goes far beyond refusing plastic straws and bringing a canvas tote to the grocery store, it is striving to leave the areas and communities you visit better off than when you arrived.
The Three Pillars of Sustainability (via Landlopers)
Environmental Sustainability: The environment is obviously important to tourism. Both the natural environment (such as beaches, forests, waterways) and the built environment (such as historic buildings and ruins) must be preserved for an area to be environmentally sustainable. Environmental sustainability means making sure resources in an area (whatever they may be) can be preserved for use by future generations. It’s much more than just being “green.”
Socio-cultural Sustainability: When an area starts being visited by tourists, there are bound to be some social and cultural impacts of those tourists on the host community. Locals may see increased congestion and overcrowding in towns and cities, perhaps an increase in crime, the introduction of new languages and values, and perhaps even an influx of migrant workers to be employed in the tourist industry. Socio-cultural sustainability, then, means minimizing these negative impacts and focusing on more positive ones, such as promoting cultural exchange and preserving local traditions. This can usually be achieved by getting the locals involved in the tourism industry. Having the community involved will not only offer visitors a more genuine experience, but the locals will be more likely to see tourism in a positive light because they will be proud of it.
Economic Sustainability: The last pillar of sustainability revolves around perhaps the most important part – the money. Many people don’t take into account economics when thinking about sustainability, but it’s really the key to making a tourism venture sustainable. Economic sustainability means building linkages and reducing leakages – essentially, keeping the money local. A hotel or company owned and operated by a foreigner is not likely to contribute much to the local economy – the money will likely leak overseas instead. This is not sustainable. Not only should the community be involved in tourism, but they should also all share in the financial benefits gleaned from it.
Ensemble's Sustainability Efforts
As a proud member of Ensemble, we support the recent sustainability initiatives being taken on by the travel consortia. David Harris, Ensemble CEO, announced at the annual travel conference in October 2019 that Ensemble has partnered with nonprofit Cool Effect. This "enables Ensemble members to offset their clients’ flights quickly and easily using its Offset Tool" (afar.com).
We are looking forward this partnership, as well as eagerly awaiting even more sustainable travel initiatives.
Things You Can Do to Become a More Sustainable Traveler
This Mexican resort town is one of the best spots for your spring break getaway! Whether you want to spend your trip laying on the beach or experiencing a new adventure every day, Puerto Vallarta is the place for you. Make sure you take some time to discover the thriving downtown area and explore like a local. For a truly unique experience, visit Choco Museo. Take a free tour of this chocolate museum or enhance your time with a Bean to Bar or Truffle Workshop where you can learn about cacao and chocolate. You also get to make your own chocolate to take home!
Playa del Carmen
Spend your spring break in this top Mexican destination. If you plan on traveling with a group, many resorts in Playa del Carmen are very accommodating. We recommend booking your trip earlier to guarantee there will be enough space for your group at your desired hotel or resort. Spend a day relaxing on a catamaran or take a Chichen Itza tour to explore ancient Mayan ruins, which has recently been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Unleash your inner foodie with a food and drink tour to discover the area's local delicacies. There is truly something for everyone!
Cabo san Lucas
Can you tell that Mexico is a great spring break spot? With the breathtaking sunsets, stunning beaches and fun atmosphere, a great time is in store for you! Cabo san Lucas is known for its beaches, water-based activities and nightlife. Make sure you stop and see the famous 'El Arco' rock formation, you may even see sea lions while you're there! Cabo is also perfect for golf lovers, as it is home to some of the top golf courses in Mexico.
If you are looking for an Instagram-worthy vacation, the Bahamas is the perfect destination for you! The top three things you MUST do in the Bahamas are (1) swim with the pigs at Big Major Cay, (2) walk the Pink Sands Beach on the eastern Atlantic Ocean side of Harbour Island and (3) explore Dean's Blue Hole. These spots will not only make for the perfect Instagram, but also will give you once-in-a-lifetime memories you will only be able to make in the Bahamas!
Punta Cana is a great destination for families! There are numerous kid-friendly resorts that give the kids an awesome adventure while still giving the parents a relaxing getaway. Many of these resorts have kids' and teens' clubs with activities and entertainment perfect for any age group. If your children are animal lovers, take a half-day excursion to Dolphin Island, an open-ocean dolphin habitat. Here you can swim with dolphins, manta rays and nurse sharks! Or hike and horseback ride through Fun Fun Cave, one of Punta Cana's largest natural caves. This is a great activity if you are traveling with teenagers looking for an adventure.
Looking for a romantic spring break getaway? Jamaica is the perfect backdrop for couples to enjoy some "us time" with numerous adults-only resorts and endless amounts of beautiful views. While you're there be sure to enjoy a couples massage or a candle-lit dinner on the beach at sunset. You can spend your stay relaxing, or channel your inner wild child with adventurous zip lining or rafting excursions. Jamaica is popular spot for destination weddings and honeymoons, so you can expect to find yourself in company with other couples just like you!
SPRING BREAK TRAVEL TIPS
- Stay hydrated
- Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, hats and sunglasses
- Try something new
- Attempt to not over pack (we're guilty of this one sometimes!)
- Use a Travel Consultant to plan your trip
Call 314.439.5700 or email us!
1. Get plenty of sleep before and during your trip
2. Stay hydrated
3. Slow down
4. Eat a balanced diet
5. Wash your hands
6. Give yourself time to recover after trip
Create A Fun Itinerary Graphic
Plan a Themed Photoshoot
Plan Ahead and Make Reservations!
Dress Up Like Iconic Celebrities
Be a Real “Tourist” & Book a Tour!
Have Matching T-Shirts Made
Have a Psychic Join the Fun
Go See/Listen to Live Music
Create “Goodie Bags” for Your Guests
Top U.S. Bachelorette Party Destinations
Call 314-439-5700 ext. 134 or email her.
Keep reading to find out their top picks!
Reusable Water Bottle and Snacks
My husband and I have always been huge Disney fans which means we absolutely love to vacation at Walt Disney World. My entire pregnancy people told me "you know you have to wait years before you go back to Disney World?" because people knew I would be dying to go back there and to most people it sounds like a miserable idea to take a baby to Disney. Well, when I announced I was planning to take my baby to Walt Disney World I got tons of push back! Of course I was a little nervous, but guess what - taking my 10-month-old to Disney was the best decision I ever made and I can't wait to go back with him! I will say it definitely was a different type of Disney vacation than what I've been used to, but it was completely worth it and here are some of my tips for taking your baby to Disney:
1. Be on your baby's schedule
On previous Disney vacations my husband and I would be the first ones in the park and the last to leave each day. We had to ride every ride, see every show and close out the night with fireworks. Unfortunately, this plan doesn't work too well with a baby. Nap time, feedings and bedtime all have to be taken into consideration. But this doesn't mean you can't still have fun! Be sure to have a stroller that you can recline back so baby can nap during the day and you can walk around the Park or get a yummy snack. Also, slowing down your pace will actually allow you to enjoy more of the Parks than constantly being on the go, which we definitely learned on this trip. Don't expect your baby will be awake for every photo opportunity. You have to learn to just go with the flow.
2. Ship baby necessities to your resort
If you plan to fly to Walt Disney World it's not practical to pack diapers, formula and food in your suitcase. You'll lose valuable space and you'll probably get stuck paying for heavy luggage fees at the airport. Instead, go on Amazon before your trip and select the items that your baby needs the most and have them shipped to the resort you're staying at. This was a lifesaver for us! I chose everything I needed and changed the shipping address to the resort. Be sure to include "Guest" with your name and check-in date on the shipping label so they can easily find the package when you check in.
3. Pack a change of clothes each day
Accidents and babies go hand in hand. You just never know when something will happen to a baby's clothes. Be sure that before you head out to the Parks each day that you have a spare change of clothes in your diaper bag. To quickly locate everything I recommend putting the change of clothes in a Ziplock bag, and this will also help keep the soiled clothes separate from everything else in your bag. Trust me, accidents WILL happen.
4. Mark your stroller
Any time you want to hop on a ride you have to leave your stroller in the sea of stroller parking. It can be difficult to quickly identify which stroller is yours, so to help out be sure to have a sign that you can attach to the back of your stroller. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, you could use a brightly colored ribbon. However I like to be a little extra and full of Disney flair, so I had a custom sign made that I found here on Etsy. Remember, don't leave valuables in your stroller!
5. Get a stroller fan
I can't emphasize this enough, you have to get a fan to clip on your stroller! There is almost nothing hotter than the Florida sun and you have to have something to keep your baby cool. I purchased this rechargeable fan on Amazon and it worked wonders. We clipped it to the top of the stroller so our son couldn't mess with it but it was securely aimed on him at all times.
6. Utilize Fastpasses for baby-friendly rides
Fastpasses are free with your park admission and they're a great way to make your ride-planning much easier. You get three Fastpasses that you can book in advance, and once you've used all your Fastpasses at one park you can request additional passes. To avoid waiting in lines and causing our son to get restless, we only went on rides if we had a Fastpass (or if there wasn't a long wait time). They made our day so laid back and our son thoroughly enjoyed every ride he went on! Our son got to experience The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Frozen Ever After, "it's a small world", Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan's Flight, The Voyage of The Little Mermaid, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and Kilimanjaro Safari. I loved how his face would light up with curiosity, he would let out happy squeals and clap his hands to songs!
7. Book Character Dining experiences
My son is obsessed with watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I knew I wanted him to have the chance to meet all of the characters. The best place to do this is at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort. I booked this during breakfast when I knew it wouldn't interfere with nap time and he would be in good spirits. It was the best way for us to have one-on-one time with each character without having to wait in long lines to meet them. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy all came to meet our son and he just couldn't get enough of them! It even brought a few tears to this Disney momma's eye.
8. Document as much as you can
Since Disney is so dear to my heart I wanted to document as many moments as I could with my son. Before the trip I made "first" signs for different experiences I knew my son would have throughout Walt Disney World. It made us pause during the day to appreciate little moments and take in different experiences in a new way. Not to mention I have so many more pictures for our photo album because I captured the moment!
Bottom line, just go with the flow and you'll have a fantastic time! To book your Walt Disney World vacation, contact Brentwood Travel at 314-439-5700 or send us an email!
Brentwood Travel Vacation Experts
In the 64 years since Brentwood Travel was founded in 1957, we've grown into the largest, full-service travel agency in the Greater St. Louis area. No matter what your travel needs may be, our consultants will be able to assist you.
Dreaming About Travel
Just For Fun