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I have a passion for travel. You could say it even runs in the family! My sister worked in the travel industry and loved it and I enjoyed many of her great perks, traveling to popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. So many people started asking me for travel advice that I started my own travel agency and never looked back. I'm so passionate about sharing my adventures and tips with my clients that I figured I should start a blog to share my favorite tips, pictures and more with even more people.

Great Vacation Expectations…

June 1st, 2015

“Disappointment is only for those who expect too much.”  Now, why would I open a blog post with this quote when I’m in the business of making your vacation dreams come true?  Because expectations can sometimes get the better (not the best) of us.

Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation – no flight delays, great service on board, quick lines in customs, pristine beach, top of the line food and beverages, no rain and the list goes on and on.  The truth of the matter is, there are some things we can control and others we can’t.  If you have your expectations in check, your vacation truly can be amazing!

I have recently been on trips to Cancun & Jamaica and stayed at some amazing resorts and enjoyed some incredible experiences.  One of my trips was delayed in Atlanta for over 6 hours leaving me to scramble to make arrangements for the kids, the dog and get a ride home from the airport at 3:00 a.m.  Definitely not my ideal day of travel, but it can happen.

Cancun All-Inclusive

Personal farewell at the all-inclusive Live Aqua exceeded my expectations.

Here are some of the things that you may not expect on vacation, but should:

  • You get what you pay for.  Whether your budget is $1,000 per person or $3,000 per person, you want a nice vacation.  I understand that and will work to find the right vacation for you. However, those 2 price points give you a very different vacation experience. Air is typically anywhere from $500 -$700 each, leaving the rest towards your hotel stay.  Sometimes, if you want a budget vacation you need to understand that is what you are going to get.
  • If you are locked into dates, you are locked into pricing.  There are often great last-minute deals as well as deals to travel during an off-peak period, but you have to have the flexibility to make it work.
  • Expect a 12 hour day.  Let’s face it… from the moment you leave your house until the minute you step foot on your resort will likely be a 12 hour day.  Plan for it.
  • Customs may have long lines… especially during peak season.
  • WiFi may be available… but it might be limited and it may cost you extra.
  • Red flags happen… there may be dangerous days to swim and on those days, you may also find seaweed on the beautiful white sand beach.
  • Weather happens.

Once you realize those things, your vacation can truly be everything you want it to be and more.  When you book through In Any Event Travel, I invest a lot of time up front asking the questions to help make sure your expectations are met.  Is this a big anniversary trip?  Are you just looking for a quick, budget- friendly getaway?

We all go through life expecting things, especially when we pay for them.  However, sometimes those expectations need to be adjusted.  Did you just pay $900.00/person for a week at an all-inclusive resort in a different country including your air? Think about that. You can barely go to Chicago for the weekend for $900.00. So your restaurant options may be limited. The rooms may be a bit small. But, you are on vacation! Just a getaway to relax and connect – that should be the expectation.

Regardless of it all, I will do my best to exceed your expectations and am always at your service before, during and after your trip!

Life is short. Pack your suitcase… but keep your expectations in check!

Chris

The Early Bird Gets More than a Worm

September 17th, 2014

So fall really snuck up on me quick.  Yes, I was ready for my kids to go back to school, but I wasn’t quite ready for the cold temperatures that accompanied their return.  I also procrastinated and found myself paying more for school supplies than most of my friends.  UGH.. I really need to find more hours in a day and plan a little better to save some money!

So, since my friend Farmer Mike and the Farmer’s Almanac have both predicted “Another Nasty Winter“,  I figured I better start planning ahead and find some things to get ahead of the stir craziness that’s bound to happen.  Here is a list of activities to do indoors with kids on the first snow day.  I’m sure there are many others you would add to this list (and let’s be honest – we’re not past letting the TV babysit for a little bit, are we?).

Family Vacation MexicoHere’s another idea… screw winter (or at least for a few days) and head to the beach!  After shoveling what felt like 100 times and having my kids’ school canceled for what felt like weeks, we finally planned a last-minute trip to Puerto Vallarta thanks to the help of some of my travel friends.  You can bet this year a winter vacation (perhaps one with kids and one without kids) has already crossed my mind multiple times and this year I won’t wait to pull the trigger.

And speaking of pulling the trigger, there are lots of advantages to booking your winter vacation early.  For one, many of the popular times to travel (Christmas, Spring Break and long holiday weekends) are already starting to sell out.  And if you’re like most of my clients and hoping the prices will come down a bit and keep holding out, you may find yourself stuck in Wisconsin going stir crazy again.

If that’s not incentive enough, Funjet Vacations is now offering up to 60% off when you book by September 25.  Plus, they’ve introduced a best price guarantee where just $10 more per person will guarantee you the lowest price on your vacation.  They also offer some pretty rockin’ travel protection that allows you to cancel for any reason and get your money back – and by money, I mean money – not travel credits!

Best part of all, with nothing more than a simple phone call I can do all of the work for you (so you can turn your attention to remaining sane the other 358 days a year).

Life is short. Pack your suitcase!   Chris

Life is Short. Pack Your Suitcase.

April 15th, 2014

This has a been a very long winter in Wisconsin. Even though the first day of spring came and went, the temperatures have yet to cooperate. Not helping the winter blues in the Terry household is that due to unforeseen circumstances this was the first winter of many that we didn’t head to a warm weather destination (sigh). Cabin fever finally got the best of me, so I packed up our suitcase and made the most of a couple staycations.

Over St. Patrick’s Day, we set off on an Irish journey… to Green Bay, Wisconsin. OK, we didn’t head to the Emerald Isle, but we did end up at St. Brennan’s Inn in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin – a quaint little Inn with a pub that served up great brew and traditional Irish fare. Just one week later, we packed our suitcase and headed off for a fun-filled family staycation in Madison, Wisconsin. Our first stop was Cheeseburger in Paradise (maybe a margarita and some Jimmy Buffet tunes were just what I needed), a new family favorite. We then spent the afternoon at Cave of the Mounds in Southwestern Wisconsin, the premier cave of the Midwest. Pretty cool, though the kids favorite part of the trip was probably the nice pool area at the Holiday Inn West.TakeVacations_PQ

As a travel agent, I always encourage people to get out and travel. As a mom, I can see how that is not always a possibility (or at least not the beautiful beaches, ocean breezes and margaritas). Whether a tropical vacation or staycation, I encourage you to find a way to get out and explore a new destination… make new memories. And of course, find time for a margarita somewhere along the way!