Intriguing Travels – Vacation Trends & Ideas!

August 8th, 2016 by Tina Weiss | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Europe, Family Travel, Hawaiian Islands, Multigenerational Travel, Value of Vacations

Intriguing Travels

St. Lucia Honeymoon

St. Lucia Honeymoon

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share a picture of our daughter and new son-in-law on their honeymoon just after they got married in June.  The Wedding was beautiful and a surreal experience to say the least!

Our daughter and son-in-law did not have a Destination Wedding.   I did have the honor of planning their Honeymoon with her Fiance  as a surprise for Lindsey.  They both wanted sun, activities and the beach.   We surprised her with a trip to St. Lucia.  They both loved it which made me a very happy mom… who just happened to be their travel planner 🙂

I thought I would share some ideas for your next trip that might tweak your interest.

Whether you crave sun  & beach or immersing yourself in culture & history, we need to continue to seek out new destinations to explore, rejuvenate and marvel at what the world has to offer us.  Whatever your dream destination is, I would very much like to help make it come true.



It is an understatement to say that we are all different.  Your dream destination may not even be on my wish list.  If you are retired, then you probably have more time and resources to travel than someone building their career.  I hear from a lot of people that they wish that they had traveled more when they were younger.  No matter what age you are or how old your children are, there is a travel opportunity ready to unfold that will enhance your life forever.  Here are just a few trends amongst an endless supply of journeys that await you.

River Cruise on the Rhine

River Cruise on the Rhine

River Cruising

River Cruising has become an extremely popular travel experience.

Demographic –  Typically 50+ but edging downward.

Highlights –  Unpack & pack once.  Ability to see many destinations on one trip.  Cultural immersion. Tours, food, wine & beer with meals included with majority of cruises with upgraded amenities included on others.  Ease of getting on and off of the ship.  Ability to customize pre & post stays in nearby cities.

A Good Friend's Oasis

A Good Friend’s Oasis

Custom Tours, Individual or Group

Demographic – All ages

Highlights –  Control over entire itinerary.  Thoughtful planning with travel advisor to feature your own interests.  Intimate and very personal.  Ability to choose hotels and tours that match your travel style and budget.  Travel with companion or group of your choosing.  Custom arrangements can be as detailed as you need from having a private guide every day to incorporating some private tours and leaving some free time.

Viking WinnTomWineTastingGuided Tours, Individual or Group

Demographic  –  All ages

Highlights –  Ideal for the more social travelers who want to meet and travel with “new friends.”  Great for groups of  friends & families who don’t mind mixing with others.  Many escorted tours have a theme that tends to attract like minded people.  For example, adventure, wine, or culinary themes woven into a particular trip.   Structured itineraries.  Bus transportation is typically used to get from point A to B.  Quite a few meals are built into the program.

Girlfriend Getaways

Demographic –  All ages usually women 40+ celebrating a milestone birthday

Highlights –  4 or 5 day trip.  Typically involves wine 🙂  and a beach location.  Women are naturally good at bonding and this experience enhances their feeling of being connected with other women.  Yoga classes, cooking experiences and excursions round out these trips.


Demographic –  Couples expecting their first child

Highlights – a romantic getaway before the family dynamic completely changes.  The Caribbean was very popular.  The Zika Virus now makes that a challenge.  Hawaii has become a destination for babymooners.

England/Edinburgh/Paris Vacation

England/Edinburgh/Paris Vacation

Multi Generation

Demographic –  Every age group within the family

Highlights –  all inclusive resorts are popular for this type of group.  Villa Rentals are becoming very popular as well.  Most resorts have kid’s club options for all ages.  Families have the opportunity to bond and still have their own space.  The location is “neutral” so that no one has to physically host.  Many times this helps with the family dynamics.

To sum it up – there a many, many ways to travel!  What factors are important to you?  Are you needing some time with your extended family because you live all over the country?  Is it time to take that romantic river cruise to explore places you never knew existed?   Take some time to think about your next dream vacation.

I’m here to help you plan memories that you (& whomever you decide to travel with) will cherish for a lifetime.

To help plan your next vacation, please contact Tina at or 317-660-2080

Girl’s Getaways!

July 26th, 2014 by Tina Weiss | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Caribbean, Group Travel, Sandals, Wine Country

Intriguing Travels

Mexican Bday Cake 2014 Hello Everyone,

A group of friends got together to celebrate two birthdays.  My girlfriend and I were born two days apart the same year.  No – I’m not telling you which year!   This is a picture of the delicious cake that our other friend brought to our Mexican inspired dinner.

One of these days, we are going to go away on a girl’s trip.  They are so much fun to plan and will be even more fun to go on.   For now, we enjoyed the decorations Mexican food and music.



Girlfriend Getaways have been a growing trend for years now.  There is something special about being able to step off the hamster wheel and take time to connect with longtime or even newer girlfriends.  From stay at home moms to women in executive positions, we value and benefit from the emotional connections we share with other women.

Here are a few suggestions for quality girlfriend retreats:


This type of trip is a growing trend within a growing trend!  Healthier options are popping up all over the place.   Spa retreats have been around forever.  Now mainstream resorts are incorporating health & wellness into their menu items as well as their programming.   If you prefer to stay in the United States,  Canyon Ranch has had the wellness vision beginning in 1979.  They now have locations in Miami FL, Lenox MA, Tuscon AZ as well as a spa at the Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas.  If you prefer the sea,  Canyon Ranch has partnered with a few luxury cruise lines to offer Canyon Ranch SpaClub®  on Queen Mary 2, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises®. 

Other resorts offer events such a 5k run one day a week for guests.  Most quality resorts will about food allergies and make accommodations for guests.


Azul Fives Salmon LunchWe’ve all see the cartoons of women with a glass of wine in one hand and a vacuum cleaner in the other.  While I believe we are seeing less of the intense “liquid” lunches of the businessmen in the 80’s, we are seeing busy women appreciating the art of wine tasting after hours.

Resorts are initiating programs to incorporate wine tasting and Chef’s demonstrations for groups. Villa Rentals will include a Chef who will prepare meals and host demonstrations for guests.  Women can choose the menu and decide on the shopping list.  The best part is you can sit back, sip on wine and watch someone else prepare your meal!

We had a wonderful demonstration at the El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya sponsored by Canadian Beef in partnership with The Jackson Family of Wines.  The beef was tantalizing and the wines were divine.

If you are staying in the states, there are a variety of  Wine & Food Festivals to choose from like the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. These would be fun for groups of couples or just the girls!   Colorado is filled with festivals from June through September.


Books Clubs provide a wealth of ideas for girl getaway travel ideas.  Downtown Abbey is a popular theme.  The English Countryside is breathtaking.  Edinburgh, Scotland is home to the famed author JK Rowling of the Harry Potter series.   There is a cemetary in town where you can view many of the names on the tombstones that she chose for her characters.   Sue Monk Kidd writes remarkably about women and slavery in pre-civil war Charleston, S.C.  

The book selection may not fit an historic or appropriate destination for a girl’s trip.  In these cases, it is more important to choose a location for a trip that fits the personality of the book club.  This might be a resort where members can relax and enjoy each others company.   Perhaps the club will have assigned the group a novel to read before leaving for the trip.  The book discussion might happen on a beach at sunset or atop a majestic mountain after a long hike.


There are so many options in the United States alone!  Philadelphia has the Liberty Bell.  It even is home to the famed steps of the Philadelphia  Museum of Art that Sylvester Stallone trained on in the 1980’s film “Rocky.”   New York City speaks for itself.  Broadway Shows, walks in Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are all part of the culture.  New Orleans offers a French infused culture like to other American City.  San Francisco could be pared with a trip to Napa…

If your ladies group is adventurous, Europe has a plethora of opportunities.  London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Budapest are wonderfully seeped in history.  However, there are plenty of other cities and towns worth your time.  A River Cruise might be a way to enjoy your friends as well as immerse yourself in the local culture without the burden of packing and unpacking at each destination.


Sometimes, girls just wanna have fun 🙂  As I mentioned, resorts are catering to this market.  If your group of girlfriends just want to get away, enjoy the umbrella drinks and feel pampered, a sunny beach resort will be the perfect match!   Beaches Turks & Caicos runs a BFF Girl’s Getaway.  The program includes everything from a welcome cocktail party to yoga & meditation on the beach, a private catamaran party and a beach bonfire pajama party!

Wedding BeachOther resorts will customize programs for your girl’s getaway group.  We’ve arranged a private yoga instructor for a women’s group.  The possibilities are abundant.  We just need to get to know the style and personality of your BFF’s to determine what is a good fit and what wonderful activities we can dream up to make this the best getaway ever …. each and every year 🙂

If you would like help with ideas and the planning for your Girlfriend Getaway, feel free to contact Tina at 317-660-2080 or email her at