Traveling with a group can make amazing memories.  Our specialty is to help you with group travel and destination weddings.  Here is a list of the benefits of traveling with a group:

  • SAVE MONEY! This might be one of the best reasons.  When traveling with groups of people you can normally get group rates which can nearly be half of what the hotel is priced at normally. 
  • Safety: It is safer to travel with a group.  It makes you less vulnerable to criminals and gives a much safer experience.
  • Socialize:  This is the best reason.  There is nothing better then sharing memories with people you love.  It can bring friendships closer and change acquaintances to friends. 
  • Perks:  Some places offer special tours or priority service.  Some countries even move groups through customs faster!



If you are looking at spending some QT with a few people email us to help you plan an unforgettable vacation!
 
 
If you haven't been to Playa Del Carmen I would strongly suggest it.  The water here is the most beautiful blue you have ever seen.  It is clear for nearly 50 yards and waist high.  It is a must see if you love the beach!  
 
 
 10 reasons why you still need a travel agentBy Mark Murphy

Published July 28, 2014 FoxNews.com Facebook169 Twitter4 livefyre0 Email Print Travel agents can use their relationship to get you prices and services you can't get just booking online. (iStock )

In the age of online booking sites, using a travel agent may feel like going the way of the dinosaur.  But agents are more useful than simply selling trips to Disney World and cruises. Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just can’t get online –and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior.

Here are 10 reasons why they're still useful:

1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience

Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in a way that provides you with the best vacation possible for you and your hard-earned investment.  They have access to the personal feedback from hundreds of clients, and their own personal travel agent network, to provide insights you can’t get on TripAdvisor or other social media sites. 

2) They Have Clout

Many travel agents develop personal relationships with individuals at the companies they sell.  They leverage these relationships to get you things you can’t get on your own.   That “sold out” room or the connecting rooms you want for your extended family trip when the online sites say they aren’t available.  They also have exclusive entrée to experiences you might not know are available to you.

3) The Fixer

In addition to getting you more on any particular trip, they can step in and fix things when your trip goes awry.  The average consumer books one or two trips per year, typically with different travel suppliers, so they have little or no leverage when things go wrong. The travel agent is constantly selling a particular supplier and has the leverage to fix things, even when the supplier isn’t directly at fault.  Travel suppliers value the travel agent’s business much more than any individual traveler.  They will step up to make things right or simply to make sure that traveler, and their travel agent, are happy. 

4) Cost-Savings

The best travel agents have unique access to benefits that can save you a lot of money and provide you with a better experience:  free room upgrades, spa credits, food and beverage credits are just a few of the things that agents can get, that you can’t.  Add in hard-to-get restaurant reservations, exclusive or priority access to attractions, added amenities, and you will have a lot more value for your travel dollar. (Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin next to yours got champagne and you didn't? They probably used a travel agent)

5) Time-Savings

Instead of searching blindly on the Internet for hours, days, or even weeks – depending on the complexity of the travel plans – you can have an expert do the research for you, with your personal needs in mind.  They do it for every component of the trip and very often do it at no cost to you.

6) Safety Net

If anything should go wrong during your trip, you can rely on them to assist you.  A travel agent will suggest and arrange alternate travel arrangements, help you to deal with any travel emergency you may have, and put you in touch with the right local people to answer your needs.

7) On the Cutting Edge

They are on the cutting edge of what's new: Travel agents are the first to know about a new resort, cruise ship or tour.  They have relationships with their best travel partners who keep them informed as to the latest and greatest offerings they have. So if you want to travel on the latest and greatest, agents are the way to go!

8) You Pay the Same Anyway!  

More than 98 percent of hotels are parity priced. That means the cost is the same whether you book it yourself or have the travel agent do the work. Some travel agents even have websites that feature the same inventory, bookable in real time, as Expedia and Orbitz. The customer gets the best of the high tech world, in a high touch, environment. This parity pricing applies to virtually every travel product. 

9) You Get Matched Right

If you call a cruise line directly, they won’t tell you that their competitor is a better fit for you and your travel needs.  Since travel agents sell everything, they focus on you’re your particular needs, making sure you are matched up with the right.

10) An Ongoing Mutually Beneficial Relationship

A good agent is like a good mechanic. Once you find them, you’ll never want to give them up. Travel could be your biggest discretionary spend in any given year, along with your limited time, so you want to make sure it’s done right.  When they make that happen, you’ll want them in your inner circle moving forward.

 
 

So after the room fiasco everything with the hotel went smoothly.  The beach was full of life with every day being a different theme.  Jamaica, Copacabana, Thai, Malibu, and Daytona were some of the themes and the entertainment staff would dress according to the day.  There were always different events like a giant hamster ball, bubble soccer, volleyball, and even beer pong!  The buffet food at the hotel was mediocre but the nicer restaurants - which you do not have to make reservations! - had very good food.  The French restaurant was our favorite.  The rooms were sufficient, nothing fancy but nice.  The bed was comfortable and the shower was big enough for two :).  The main complaints we had were the following:

-manager was supposed to be in touch with me and never did

-better buffet food

-there was no swim up bar in the regular sections (only one was in the adult side)

-the only bar you could sit at was the lobby bar

-the beach bar was on the adult side of the beach..not convenient

-no waiters on the beach

-very segregated

The last day we were there we did the Give me All Challenge at Selvatica.  This was $200 which is pricey but well worth it.  We started the day with a swim in a cenote followed by driving a Polaris through the jungle.  Then we went on to do the tarzan which is an extremely high roller coaster that you hang from by a harness and hold on to handle bars over head.  Then we went on to do the bungee jump and the sky walk followed by the super man and a short break.  After that,  all zip lines!! This is a must for anyone who is an adrenaline junky!!

All in all, it was a good trip.  The water We love Riviera Maya and will definitely continue to visit. 

 
 
We are here in Playa Del Carmen which has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.  This city is a must see if you like sun and fun.  Our stay here at Sandos has been a rocky one.  We booked a king bed in the beach section and when we arrived there was only double beds.  Another couple in our party received the same thing.  Then to make things worse, another couple in our group arrived without a room for 2 days.  I had to let them stay in my room which was not a pleasant experience.  The supervisor was very detached and had no sympathy for our situation.  Finally on my 4th day of being in Mexico we received separate rooms, which mine has beautiful views of the turquoise waters.  
 
 
 
 
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."  Robert Louis Stevenson