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SUN (RE)SET 5 BLISSFUL BEACHES YOUR TRAVEL GUARDIAN ANGEL
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A Beaches Luxury Included® vacation promises unforgettable family fun beneath the Caribbean sun in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. Play on pristine, white-sand beaches. Stay in luxurious rooms and suites, some with exclusive Butler Elite service. Enjoy a whole array of incredibly exciting and fun activities for kids of every age. Beaches offers something for everyone, from unlimited land and water sports to gourmet dining choices for every palate in up to 20 specialty restaurants. Grown-ups can take advantage of up to 13 bars serving premium brand liquors and Robert Mondavi wines. Kids and teens get an endless variety of fun activities, with sprawling water parks, Xbox Play Lounge and the Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®, with parades, nightly stage shows and more. Best of all, everything is included.
LITTLE SMILES BIG DREAMS Kids get extra attention with tailor-made fun. Beaches includes supervised Kids Camp programs for infants through age 12 run by child-care experts so parents will know their little ones are in good hands. TWEENS RULES! Tweens make cool friends, go sailing and snorkeling or even learn to scuba dive. There’s beach volleyball, sand soccer, all the Xbox games they can handle, non-stop waterpark excitement and nighttime talent and fashion shows. TEENS DO WHATEVER THEY WANT With everything included in their stay, teens can do what they want – sail, windsurf, and snorkel or just chill in the teens-only Beach Shack or hang at Trench Town with everything from hoops to foosball. FOR PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS TOO Feast on a candlelight dinner in one of several romantic, ﬁne-dining restaurants. Pamper yourself at the heavenly Red Lane® Spa. Relax beside the Caribbean Sea or splash, swim and sip the day away at a sparkling swim-up pool bar. Beaches is your very own adult tropical playground.
ISSUE 3 / FALL & WINTER 2016
02 Come together and unwind
Feel the Rush of Relaxation Sit back, relax and recharge with this issue of Possibilities magazine. Put the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you and dream of where your travels will take you next. We must remember to give ourselves the gift of ‘me time’, which can be different for each of us. From sitting back in a beach chair with a cold beverage to hiking the side of a mountain to soak in a vista you’ve only seen in pictures. Our busy lives create an even greater need to disconnect and find ways to re-energize. For many, as the days are shorter and temperatures are cooler, dreams of the warmth of one of the top 5 sun (re)set beaches fill our heads. Or maybe a cruise, floating along a river or an ocean, is how you re-energize. From river cruising in Europe and Asia to fun-in-the-sun
cruises to Bahamas and the islands of the West Indies, there is a cruise and a ship for all tastes and styles. Everyone needs to recharge, and the winners of the Amazing Race, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, know this oh so well. The pair behind the highly successful company Beekman 1802 and season 21 winners of the Amazing Race know how vital re-energizing is to the mind, body and soul. That’s why they invite people to experience it with them on their Trip of a Lifetime to India. And remember, relaxing and recharging doesn’t just start when you arrive at your destination. It can start at the trip planning stage when you work with one of our travel advisors. These travel guardian angels make magic happen and replace stress with joy when travel planning.
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09 15 17 Sun (re)set: 5 blissful beaches
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by HELEN ROSE
ast week I reached my breaking point. It’s that time of year between fall and winter when I need to re-organize the clothes closet, switching over from summer to winter. Same goes for the outdoor and garden furniture. All of this in addition to our busy work schedules, the kids' sports schedule, homework, daily chores, cooking, cleaning, laundry, thoughts of Christmas baking beginning to worm their way into my brain and worse Christmas shopping! Ugh. My list of things to do is long, long, long. I’m ramped up, I’m stressed and I’m exhausted. I need rest and relaxation. I begin to smile. I know what I have to do. The anticipation is easing the tension as I can already feel my toes sinking into warm silky, soft, lovely sand as I scan the beach for the perfect Palapa. What a a holiday for just myself and my husband, I wonderful way to soothe my soul. might choose Tahiti for romantic dinners, long walks along the beach, and a massage in the day spa. Or a fantastic trip to Costa Rica to immerse ourselves in the enchantment of a rainforest. Wonderful! But this trip is a family getaway. A time to spend with our kids getting reacquainted. It’s easy to become carefree and see the world through their eyes without the daily pressures. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good life we have but time off is important too. Time to relieve stress of work and general pressures of life. Each of them is stunning and unique - Mexico, The kids need a break from their daily routine Diving in the the Bahamas, thereef. Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa of homework, music practice and sports. It’s Rica. Wow, how do I pick just one? If this were time to regroup with my little family.
The choice of vacation destinations is tremendous.
The dates are set. We are heading to Mexico. The suitcases are on the spare bed. Bathing suits, shorts, sundresses, t-shirts, flip-flops, sun screen, beach bag, passports and camera are laid out. As I sort through the essentials for our getaway I load my iPad with magazines and books. I’m hoping to catch up on my reading. I’m practicing my Spanish as I walk around my house yelling Hola! to the cat, my kids, my husband. They yell hola! back. As we chat excitedly over dinner about our upcoming holiday, my family’s enthusiasm is infectious. My idea for a vacation is to sit every day watching the waves, reading, napping, and deciding which restaurant I shall pick for my
I can Christmas shop for different and unique gifts while on vacation. What a smart idea! Check one thing off my to-do list. Each night, after enjoying the shows performed by hotel staff, we recharge with a deep sleep, without a care or a thought of the worries we have left behind.
next meal. How wonderful to have someone else cook for me! But for my family, they want to experience all there is to do. Soon we reminisce about past trips where an afternoon burying each other in the sand was so much fun for all of us. Or walking along the water’s edge to collect sea shells – there are many to
paddleboards, and paragliding. What a blast! Oh, and I almost forgot about the snorkelling. A day trip to our own remote island to look at the beautiful, exotic sea life, the colours vibrant and surreal. Maybe one of the days we will rent a vehicle and spend the day exploring different beaches and restaurants to
choose from. We stop to watch the stingrays play in the waves. Funny, we don’t think about those beautiful creatures of the ocean as we wade into the water with our boogie boards. We simply shuffle our feet so we don’t step on them. We’ve arrived in paradise. The warm air with the aroma of the seas is intoxicating. I soon discover that I too want to try all the activities offered to us. The water sports: a Sea-Doo, banana boats, sea kayaking,
It’s a magical time, this vacation thing. With a new outlook, we return to our lives fully relaxed, with big smiles, healthy tans, and great memories of our quality time together as a family. We cherish the time spent experience the local cuisine and get to know with each other and making new friends. the people. Everyone is very friendly. A trip into town is a must. What’s a vacation We are re-energized and ready to tackle life’s without a day of shopping for souvenirs? Local challenges again. With a fresh perspective. pottery, linens, hammocks, vanilla, chocolate, handcrafted children’s toys and trinkets, blankets, china, crystal, jewellery and t-shirts.
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S Y A W R E T A W to travel by Vanessa Lee
Are you keen to live life like a local on your cruise vacation and stop in a different and charming port every day? Well then, a river cruise might be just the thing. Perhaps you’re more interested in the array of activities found onboard some of the fabulous ocean cruising ships and want a Resort at Sea experience. Cruising can provide pretty much the kind of vacation you’d like, and for practically any length of time. If you’re only able to take a short break, there’s a ship for you. And if you want to travel for two weeks or more, there’s likely even more to choose from. Whatever cruise you choose, you will certainly make new friends, wonderful memories and have a lot of stories to tell. And even better, a cruise can be a lovely way to travel with family – multi-generational cruises are becoming more and more popular all the time and virtually every cruise company is catering to families with suitable accommodations and activities. When it’s time to get away for that elusive vacation where you can truly relax and recharge those batteries, then perhaps you’ll consider a Caribbean or European cruise?
Imagine floating down a peaceful river amidst the gorgeous scenery of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary. Where castles, vineyards and medieval villages are at virtually every bend of the river and you’ll never tire of the view.
If it’s totally relaxing fun in the sun you desire, select a 3-, 4- or 7-day cruise to the Bahamas, Key West or some of those gorgeous West Indies islands − a wonderful tropical escape. If you have more time to spare, then we suggest a European sojourn to the Mediterranean or perhaps the Baltic, where you can immerse yourself for up to 2 weeks in all things Old World, with castles, ancient squares and piazzas, cathedrals and famous monuments at your doorstep – never mind some of the world’s best cuisine! A cruise, whether by river or on the oceans, can offer you such a wide variety of choices and experiences, so there’s always a style of ship for you, from small and luxurious to large and contemporary, and lots in between. There’s a cruise for everyone, and making the right choice is a breeze when you ask your Carlson Wagonlit Travel Advisor to assist. We know there are a myriad of ships and cruise lines out there, all offering fantastic onboard accommodations, inclusions and a wide selection of dining and entertainment choices – so it may seem a little confusing to try and find the right one. Perhaps you want to be busy and energetic with lots of sightseeing and many people to meet and engage with. Are you a foodie? A fitness nut? Or would you rather just do the real get-away-from-it-all routine and sun on deck
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or at a beach almost every day? Does exploring new destinations and ports every day appeal to you? Or would you rather stroll along a medieval cobblestone street anticipating some local wine tasting. If this is a family vacation with two or three generations involved, there are great family suites and connecting staterooms designed just for your comfort and enjoyment. You can do and see so much on any cruise you choose – there’s so much going on these days, with many enriching cultural programs offered as well. Most ships have a variety of great restaurants for your dining pleasure and superb entertainment of all types
performance or at a sing-along in the piano bar. Maybe a wager in the casino or a movie under the stars – complete with popcorn. If you’ve been considering a river cruise and want a more relaxed vacation, then there’s a great deal of choice available. River ships are more intimate than ocean ships, mainly due to their size and length and the need to fit along the European or Asian rivers, sailing under the many bridges along each route. If you really want an immersive and cultural experience on your cruise and prefer a ship with about 130 to 160 other guests, then a river cruise is ideal. Nowadays there are several dining options offered on most river cruises, but on most nights you’ll dine in the main restaurant with like-minded guests. You’ll enjoy coming together in the early evening to share stories of your day, listen to your cruise director explain the next port of call and then, perhaps after dinner, listen to a guest lecturer, enjoy some classical violin music or simply retire to your room to watch a good movie or documentary. Life is certainly slower on the rivers, but it’s also tremendously charming and a great way to see famous cities such as Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Cologne,
"River ships are more intimate than ocean ships"
on the ocean-going vessels – from classical to jazz, to rock and dance and late-night disco, if that’s your thing! And there are extensive kids programs too. If you’re time-challenged, then a quick long weekend getaway may be ideal, with a variety of ships sailing from Florida to the Bahamas. We would recommend a 7-night cruise at a minimum, as the whole point is to recharge and relax, as well as reconnect. And that’s where a cruise is more than ideal – everyone can do their thing during the day, whatever that may be, and come together in the evening with a choice of cocktail venues, then dine together and end the evening at a show, concert, comedy
Nuremberg, Amsterdam, Basel and more. France is now welcoming more and more river ships for a variety of itineraries, many including opportunities for food and wine tasting, and the rivers of Asia are also becoming popular – the Irrawaddy in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam offer insight into a whole different way of life. Whatever kind of cruise you choose or whichever ocean, sea or river you long to explore – there’s a vacation ready and waiting for you, along with the opportunity to make some wonderful memories and also to truly relax and recharge.
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By C at h e r i n e D u n wo o dy A beach vacation is one of the most restorative, restful and rejuvenating ways to reset your stressed-out system. There’s nothing quite like it. Think of it as being rewarded for all your hard work by sinking your toes into the sand, soaking up some sunny vitamin D, breathing in that salty air and bobbing along in warm turquoise waves. A glorious getaway, even if you’re not the sun-worshipping type, can be had by pretty much anyone, no matter where you live in
North America, and within a variety of budgets and tastes. The spectacular setting, the variety of fun-fuelled activities, encountering abundant marine life, the opportunity to explore and discover your own little slice of heaven – it all adds up to creating a very personal experience. Sun and surf are just plain good for the soul. Here are five tropical hotspots that are easy to travel to, but not easy to forget. And that’s a good thing…
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by Anne-Marie Marais ears ago, travel advisors were the only way you would book travel. But with the birth of the Internet and booking travel online, many people turned to self-serve. However, as life gets busier, with work, family and other commitments, we feel more starved for time. And even though we may have felt like booking our own travel online was quicker, it just isn’t anymore. When we look at our lives, we do what we can to make them more efficient and easier by finding those who can more effectively manage tasks for us. Why wouldn’t we look to the expertise of a travel advisor to help us create memorable travel experiences for our families, friends and ourselves? We can see the increased usage of travel advisors in new research from the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), mentioned on Skift.com*: ‘In the last year, 22 percent of Americans from households earning more than $50,000 booked travel through a travel agent, an increase from 14 percent just three years ago. Millennials are more likely to use an agent than any demographic group of older travellers, surprisingly.’ In Canada, the data also supports the millennial usage of travel advisors. According to the National Post**, ‘The millennials want someone who knows better than they do to book their trip for them, and like the Boomers and matures, want to see some pretty bucket list-y type trips.’ They want everything from airport transfers to restaurant bookings to experiences and activities booked. This is so true, as travel for pleasure is not just the booking of a flight. There are hotels, activities, restaurants and experiences, plus the paperwork, like visas, that must be considered and managed.
When I was embarking on the trip of a lifetime to Australia and New Zealand, I looked to the expertise of a travel advisor to find me the best deals and organize all the various parts of my journey. With the international and domestic flights,
ground travel, accommodations, experiences, activities and paperwork necessary for such an important journey, I knew that a travel advisor was the way to go. I didn’t want to try and keep all of this organized while I was busy working to make the money to afford such a trip, nor did I have the expertise to make this trip all that it could be. My travel advisor made me feel important and I was glad that they were joining me on the planning of this travel journey. Throughout the process, her excitement grew, as did mine. And it was good. to know that she was there managing the planning and bookings, while working with me
able to tell someone what you’re looking for in a travel experience and they take care of it all. Maybe it’s a cruise you want to take. An advisor will take the time to listen to what you’re looking for and provide you with the options that will fit your taste and style. Travel advisors know how to provide the service that creates hassle-free travel planning.
Ensuring you’re covered & giving you peace of mind – before, during and after to ensure all my needs were being met. From first-time travellers to experienced travellers like me, using a travel advisor gives you peace of mind and opens you up to a world of destinations that you might not have previously considered. We have become accustomed to booking our travel online, but as mentioned, many are returning to working with a travel advisor and this is why.
Travel and destination knowledge
When it comes to travel, the advice of a travel advisor is worth its weight in gold. Sure, your friends and networks may have suggestions and stories of their experiences, but travel advisors don’t just have stories, they have solutions. They have the time and knowledge to listen to your needs and then find and build the right experience for you. They have travelled the world and work closely with hotels, airlines, package providers and destinations so that they can provide you with a complete picture as they pinpoint the right vacation for you.
Access to the best value and deals
Travel advisors have relationships in every sector of travel. It’s these connections that they use to help find the best deals and trips to meet your needs. These advisors are on
your side and want to create the perfect vacation for you, at the best price to fit your budget. Different from when you book your travel online, travel advisors take care of all the legwork and they save you time and money. With your requests in mind, they hit the ground running to find and provide you with a variety of options. By working with a travel advisor you don’t have to spend hours online putting together what you think will be a perfect vacation. They have the insider tips that can help you with things like picking the right time of year to travel, telling you about the perks and benefits of one location over another plus they usually have other tricks up their sleeve. From something as simple, yet beneficial, as free room upgrades, to shipboard credits, they can give you what faceless online travel booking can’t.
We all like to be treated well and feel special. When you book online, you’re just a credit card number. However, when you work with a travel advisor, they provide a service that can make your life and travel so much simpler and less stressful. They have travel knowledge like no other and they can find you the best deals while making sure that all is covered throughout the travel booking and enjoyment phases. Just imagine being
Unlike booking online and hoping for the best, travel advisors only have you and your best vacation in mind. They understand all the fine print in those terms and conditions and know what visas and other documents you’ll need. And most importantly, they can work with you to find the right insurance to ensure coverage while travelling. When you book your travel with a travel advisor, ensure that they are associated with TICO/ACTA. As with these certifications you can know that your travel advisor is working within a fair and informed marketplace so that you can be confident and protected with your travel purchases. Additionally, you as a consumer will receive professional and meaningful travel counsel from your advisor. As customer service is job one for travel advisors, they are just a phone call away for any of your questions or concerns. From A to Z, your travel advisor is with you and ready to support you through this vacation experience. It’s like having a travel guardian angel in your corner that’s watching out for you and only wants you to have the best vacation possible. *https://skift.com/2016/06/13/millennials-are-more-likelyto-use-travel-agent-than-any-other-u-s-demographic/ **http://news.nationalpost.com/life/travel-agents-haventbeen-replaced-by-the-internet-in-fact-theyre-more-indemand-than-ever?__lsa=519e-ae5d
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by Anne-Marie Marais
had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat with Brent Ridge who, along with his partner Josh Kilmer-Purcell, won the Amazing Race in 2012. This duo have also created and own the company Beekman 1802, which includes a TV show, a mercantile, bestselling cookbooks and much more. And their accomplishments
don’t stop there. They’re also goat farmers, world travellers and have a long list of other achievements so far in their lives. These world travellers are true believers and have experienced firsthand the change that can come from travel and that’s what I wanted to chat with Brent about. To begin, I wanted to know more about their love of travel and what has led them to
this point in their life where they’re inviting fellow travellers to enjoy a Trip of a Lifetime with them. Back in 2012, Brent and Josh won the Amazing Race, but that wasn’t where their love of travel began. Like many, they began travelling in their college years. Brent took advantage of those great ‘courier tickets’, which opened up the world to travellers on 17
a budget who knew how to travel light. And Josh enjoyed what many of us have: touring around Europe during college summers. As they look at the journeys and experiences they’ve embarked on, I wondered, other than
the obvious, why are they travellers? Their reason is a beautiful one: ‘We learned at a young age, and have seen others learn at all ages, that when you experience people and cultures different than your own, you always return home with a deeper understanding of humanity's similarities.’ When the Amazing Race experience presented itself, they knew that they needed to take advantage of it. Josh and Brent are strong believers in saying yes to opportunities that will help them grow. As Brent said, you ‘only grow when you go.’ As they travelled the world with the Amazing Race, they were able to interact with the world in a different way. The brand of the show is known around the world, plus running around with a camera guy and a sound person makes you a bit more conspicuous. This experience gave them a new perspective and opened their eyes to how we take so much for granted. As Brent said, ‘It is when we travel and visit other countries that we become more patriotic and truly appreciate what you have.’ I wondered, what their passion for travelling is. Brent told me, "Our desire has never been about accumulating money or things. Instead, we desire to accumulate experiences.” And where does Brent think this passion for travel has come from? ‘Our passion for travel probably comes from the fact that we both grew up in very rural places where all you could do was read through the encyclopedia in the library and dream of far off places. You can say that we are dreamers, then. And our dreams are coming true.’ We hear terms like ‘Bucket List’ or ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ more and more these days. They are dreams or hopes that we will someday enjoy a unique trip after having saved and fantasized for years. It was a trip like that which Josh’s parents embarked on that influenced Brent and Josh to start their ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ initiative. They saw that for many people, trying to plan and make a dream, like travel, come true can be a challenge and they wanted to help. What if they created an amazing trip
and invited others to come along with them? Travelling together in small groups with likeminded people is an amazing chance for community building, while providing people with the service to help them reach their travel goals and dreams. For 2017, the Trip of a Lifetime is to India. But why India? Brent mentioned that India can be a challenging destination for people to plan and book on their own. Additionally, by travelling within a small group, people may feel safer and more at ease. Plus, there is no question that India is a country of great history, culture, colour and tastes. And by planning this trip around Holi, the festival of colours, travellers will have an experience like no other. Through Brent and Josh’s travels, they’ve seen and experienced so many different aspects of the world, so when they go about planning travel, like this Trip of a Lifetime, they include what they call the ‘Six Pillars’. It’s with these pillars that travellers who join this trip to India will get a true local experience that will change and recharge them.
A journey as unique as the destination Traditional yet modern. Secular yet spiritual. Rustic yet regal. India is perhaps best defined as a collection of contradictions, a land sure to touch your heart and challenge your perceptions with its beauty, cultural diversity and history. This Trip of a Lifetime, like all Beekman adventures, is meant to help a small group of travelers explore this incredible part of the world together. Over 10 days, you will journey through the Golden Triangle. You will visit Delhi, India’s bustling capital; Agra, home to the incomparable Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, land of kings. To book your Trip of a Lifetime, contact Anna Kamrow: Direct: 763 852 8119 | Toll-free: 800 533 0324 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Within this pillar, travellers will hear and learn firsthand from local people about the country, the cities and the culture.
To truly embrace a destination, one must get off the bus or out of the car and just walk. You canâ€™t really feel a place by looking through a bus window, so on this trip there will be walking, or meandering, to truly experience the culture.
As goat farmers, it is very important for Brent and Josh to see and experience the agricultural side of a country. And itâ€™s through this pillar that people can better understand a country, its people, its food and more.
Within each trip there is an element, or pillar, of philanthropy. We want to, and should want to, give back to the countries we visit.
Absolutely no trip would be complete without enjoying all the tastes that the country has to offer. Partaking in the Indian traditions and tastes through a culinary journey is a strong and important pillar of this Trip of a Lifetime.
We travel to experience, grow and relax. So at the end of this Trip of Lifetime, a treat is included, one of luxury and comfort. It helps round out the experience of a trip, as you go home with the feeling that you had a great vacation and are now well rested and relaxed. These are the six pillars that make an experience like this Trip of Lifetime to India an enriching and relaxing one. It is, and should be, the goal of all travel to return not just relaxed, but changed.
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