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Anniversary Trips For Picky Eaters

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Anniversary Trips for Picky Eaters

Champagne, caviar and the finer things in life describe your tastes to perfection. Your spouse, however, prefers meat and potatoes with a side of bread and butter. With that big anniversary just around the corner, your heart’s probably set on foodie travel, but your honey just isn’t having any of it.

What can you do?

Fortunately, you can have your cake and eat it, too, when it comes to culinary travel. There are some great ideas for anniversary trips that will delight your taste buds while ensuring your spouse gets those daily servings of plain meat and potatoes. Here are just a few of the best ways to comprise without really having to:

  • Consider an all-inclusive resort – The world truly is your oyster if you decide to celebrate that anniversary with a trip to an all-inclusive resort. The best locations around the world offer menus that delight those who love foodie travel while also having plenty of items the picky among us prefer. The best part is you might even be able to get that picky-eating spouse to try something new. If it’s not done to taste, you can order something else without having to pay extra. With resort locations that offer all-inclusive food options available in some of the world’s top anniversary travel destinations, you can go just about anywhere your taste buds take you and ensure your spouse won’t starve in the process. From the islands of the South Pacific to Europe, the Caribbean and beyond, this is a great way to have your cake and eat it, too.
  • Book a cruise – Cruise lines are famed for their buffets and restaurants that offer something for everyone without skimping on flavors meant to please the most discriminating of gourmets. With their all-inclusive meal pricing and 24-hour food availability, both your tastes will be pleased. Plus, cruises tend to have a wonderfully romantic side, making them perfect for anniversary celebrations.
  • Consult with your anniversary travel advisor – If you prefer checking out local restaurants when you travel, consult with your travel advisor for destinations that offer the best options for foodie travel with a picky eater along for the ride. Chances are your advisor will have some great ideas in mind on where to go, what to see and where to eat to make both of you happy.

Celebrating that big anniversary doesn’t have to turn into a battle of the taste buds. Just work with our travel experts to find the best options to please both your tastes.

Destination Wedding Gift Bags: Tips for Making them Easy and Special

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination Wedding Gift Bags: Tips for Making them Easy and Special

Saying your “I do’s” in an exotic location in front of friends and family who have decided to make the trip with you is an incredibly special time. You want everything to be just perfect: from the dress right down to the wedding guest gift bags.

And, therein lies the problem.

While it’s fairly easy to make sure that dress gets to your destination in pristine condition courtesy of special packaging and airline crew assistance, those gift bags aren’t always so simple to plan for. With TSA rules being what they are, it’s hard to determine just what you can bring along to make sure your guests get a little something to bring home to remember the occasion by.

Since there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to want to pack smart, pack light and ensure none of your wedding guest gift bag items get snatched up by TSA officials just doing their jobs, here are some tips for items you can bring on a plane with you or have waiting at your hotel for your arrival. Keep in mind, you might have to check some gift bag items so do be sure to consult your airline’s regulations, as well.

Here are just a few ideas to consider for your wedding guest gift bags that can make it through TSA screening if you pack right:

  • Must-Have Travel Items – It’s the little things that guests at destination weddings often find the most considerate. If you’re going someplace sunny, consider including travel-size sunscreen, hand lotion, lip balm and other personal care items that can make your guests more comfortable during their stay. Consider shopping local artisan outlets for great buys on organic items that add an extra special touch, too.
  • Handmade Artisan Items – Consider visiting Etsy to find handcrafted small items to include in gift bags. From candy “love pills” to personalized tea candles, the cottage industry is alive with great ideas for gift bags. If you want to get really personal with your gift bag items, consider shopping online in advance to buy handcrafted items from your destination to include in the gift bags. Make the arrangements just right and your items could be delivered to your hotel in time for your arrival to avoid having to bring them on the plane.
  • Tourist Information – Since your wedding is taking place in a destination, a thoughtful touch is to include information on local tourist hotspots your guests can visit. You can collect these when you arrive or work with your hotel to have them shipped to you before you leave so you can assemble gift bags before you depart for the wedding.
  • Children’s items – If children are included in your event, consider including special items just for them in gift bags. Sunscreen, toys, crayons and coloring books can be big hits with moms, dads and the little ones.

When planning for a destination wedding, it’s important not to forget the little things that show guests how happy you are they’re along for the fun. For more information on destination weddings and planning out those gift bags, be sure to consult with our destination wedding pros.

Photo note: You can find the awesome gift bags featured in the photo on Etsy at Jankun Creative Studio.

 

Hotel Corallo Review

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Hotel Corallo
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  The mini cruise from Sorrento to Capri was amazing!
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  None, everything was great
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Lindsay
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  The security of knowing that I didn’t have to worry was amazing. The trips planned were spectacular.
Your Name
  Lynzie Nebel
May we post your review on our website?
  Yes

El Dorado Casitas Review

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  El Dorado Casitas Royale
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  10
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  We absolutely loved the El Dorado Casitas Royale- our room, beach, pool, restaurants, and nightly entertainment options were all excellent. We thought the food and drinks were a higher quality and more memorable than the restaurants we have experienced at other all-inclusive resorts. We were also thrilled with our three excursions- exploring the Mayan Ruins (Chichen Itza), scuba diving, and swimming with whale sharks. Swimming with whale sharks was an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of our trip! We would definitely visit Mexico again!
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  No
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  This is the second trip that Laura has helped us plan (she also organized our honeymoon) and both trips were fantastic! She recommended our hotel and we were so happy with her suggestion. Laura was always available to answer any questions which was very helpful. It was also nice to have all of our transportation and excursions arranged before we even left for our anniversary trip. Thanks Laura!!
Your Name
  Michelle and Andrew Leininger

Review-Westin Playa Conchal-Costa Rica

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Westin Playa Conchal
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  Costa Rica is a beautiful country with so many things to do. We enjoyed every single part of it! The service at the Westin is amazing, everyone is so welcoming and nice.
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  rainy season in Costa Rica while we were at Arenal but the beach was perfect!
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Kyle
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  9
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  Absolutely – we have already recommended 3 couples to use Bliss honeymoons and Kyle
Your Name
  Kelly Lynch
May we post your review on our website?
  Yes

What’s Included At An All-Inclusive Resort?

| July 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Our Top All-Inclusive Resort Questions: Over the years we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what is and what isn’t included in an all-inclusive resort. So we’ve put together a great list of our most frequently asked questions and answers!

  1. What’s included in the all-inclusive plan?

All inclusive typically means all your meals, drinks, taxes and tips. Cocktails, beer, and glasses of house wines are included. Bottles of premium wines are usually extra. Most of your better all-inclusive resorts have a lobster night, but may charge for lobster on other nights. Non-motorized water sports are usually also included. So, a kayak would be included, while using a jet ski would carry and additional fee.

  1. How much cash should I bring with me?

You won’t need much cash while staying at an all-inclusive resort. The resort will ask for a credit card upon check-in for incidentals, such as spa treatments. But otherwise you won’t need much cash. We usually recommend about $100.00 for most Caribbean and Mexico resorts. Most destinations do accept US Currency. But if you want local currency you can either order foreign currency from your bank before you go, or find a currency exchange desk at the airport upon arrival.

  1. What is the dress code?

It varies by resort, but most do have a dress code! You can find a great article about it here!

  1. When can I make my spa & restaurant reservations?

Most resorts will not allow you to make restaurant reservations prior to arrival. While we prefer resorts that don’t require restaurant reservations, some resorts will allow you to make all of your restaurant reservations for the week upon arrival. Some resorts will allow you to make spa reservations before you arrive. Check with your travel agent for more info.

  1. Do I need to bring my own beach towels?

We get this question a lot! We have yet to find a resort that doesn’t provide beach towels.

  1. Do I need to bring an electrical converter?

This varies by destination. For most resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you don’t need one. But we did discover some older resorts in St Lucia that do require a converter. You will definitely need one for Tahiti! We found this great universal converter on Amazon.

  1. How will I get to and from the airport?

You wouldn’t get in a car with a stranger at home, so why would you do it in another country? We almost never recommend cabbing it. Your travel agent should be able to include transfers to and from the hotel in your package. Some transfers will stop at several other hotels on the way to your hotel, which can be a huge drag after being on a plane for the better part of the day. For a little extra, you can enjoy a non-stop transfer to and from your hotel.

  1. Do I need to tip?

This is probably the question we get asked the most! While tips are included at most all-inclusive resorts, we usually recommend that you bring along some cash for tips. The people at the resorts work a lot of long, hot hours. And with the exchange rates, a little US currency goes a long way in some other destinations. So we always recommend that you bring a little bit to tip the housekeeping staff, room service, bellhop, etc.

  1. Do I have to reserve the beach beds?

This varies greatly by resort. Some resorts do allow you to reserve a beach bed, while others do not. Some resorts charge for beach beds, but most are free.  We’ve even stayed in resorts where the beach beds were on a lottery system. So if a beach bed is important to you ask your travel agent to check with the concierge at the resort.

  1. Are there any upgrades or specials for honeymoon couples?

Yes! However most resorts are going to require some kind of proof that it really is your honeymoon, such as a marriage certificate. Most hotels will extend the honeymoon upgrades or amenities as long as you check in within 90 days of your wedding date. But again, this varies by resort. Some resorts do require that you’re registered as a honeymoon couple either at the time the reservation is made or 30 days before arrival. So check with your travel agent for more info.   Do you have other questions about all-inclusive resorts that we didn’t cover? Ask them here!

Capstory – Crowdsourced Wedding Photography Made Possible

| July 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

By Claire Paniccia

Everyone knows the drill: photographer takes pictures during the wedding and the reception, candid and staged, clicking away while remaining as inconspicuous as possible. Meanwhile, your aunt and cousins and your friends from college are holding up their smart phones, snapping quick photos of their own and you never get to see them, at least not have your own copies.

 

Capstory, a local Columbus business, has found a way to catch all those quickly snapped photos from your friends and family’s phones and put them all in an online capsule just for you, the bride and groom. All they have to do is text them in!

Capstory allows you to add that personal touch to your wedding photos, capturing those personal moments all on your own. You can even include all your pre-wedding events in your capsule! Want to remember the adorable cupcakes at your bridal shower? Snap and text! Have a great picture of you and your Maid of Honor at your bachelorette celebration? Send it to the capsule! And at the reception, you can set up a live slide show – then the whole place becomes a giant photo booth projected onto the big screen! Imagine that at your beach-side wedding, with the sunset just behind it and tiki torches illuminating everyone’s smiles.

Capstory even chooses the best of your self-captured moments and professionally edits them. Then they put them all together in a photo book to keep, as well as in a beautiful slide show you can share on social media. Don’t believe us? Check out their website – http://www.capstory.me/

I’m Getting Married! What name should I put on my airline ticket?

| July 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Here’s our honeymoon question of the week:

“This may be a stupid question…

But I’ve never traveled out of the country and so for our Honeymoon, will I put my new married name or my maiden name on the travel documents? I’m thinking married name since we plan on leaving the day after. Maybe I’m just totally over thinking this!”

 

Whether you’re getting married, divorced, or angry at your record company and want to change your name to a random symbol a la Prince. changing your name is a legal process.

All the friendly folks at the TSA care about is that the name on your passport and your name on your airline ticket match. Your passport most likely has your first name, your middle name, ( spelled out rather than just an initial) and your maiden name. So, your airline ticket should be booked in your maiden name as well.

It also doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 5 months, or 5 years. If you’re like Bernie, one of our agents, who never got around to changing her passport after she was married, you can continue to travel under your maiden name until your passport expires. Even if your driver’s license has your new name, again, all that matters is that your passport and your airline ticket match.

So remember- your last name doesn’t magically change the minute you get married! So make sure you list your name on your airline ticket the same way it’s listed on your passport.

 

Do you have honeymoon planning questions? Email one of our honeymoon experts today!

Honeymoon Attire-What Not To Wear!

| June 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

One of the questions we get asked rather frequently here at Bliss Honeymoons, is “what should I wear on my honeymoon?” Many of the resorts have dress codes that aren’t always easy to understand. Here’s a couple of packing tips that may make your trip more enjoyable.

If you’re heading for a beach destination, be prepared for some humidity. Clothing that is tight or heavy will become uncomfortable very quickly. Loose fitting, lighter weight fabrics will make your stay in the tropics more enjoyable.

Even in a beach destination, the evenings can be downright cool. So bring things that you can layer easily. You’ll find that many of the restaurants are down-right frigid at dinner time from the air conditioning going full blast all day long. So bringing a sweater or wrap along will help keep you more comfortable.

Pack some dress clothes! While it may seem odd to pack dress clothes to hang out on the beach all week, many of the resort’s better restaurants require men to wear pants, ties, jackets, etc at dinner. We recently had a groom who went to a 5 star resort for the week without a single pair of pants! He and his new bride missed out on being able to enjoy the resort’s better restaurants because the hotel wouldn’t make an exception to the dress code. They had to dine alfresco by the beach all week long.

While checked luggage fees continue to increase, having a few extra options in your suitcase, from casual to dressy, will allow you to explore everything that your honeymoon destination has to offer.

Get more great tips in our Honeymoon Planning Guide! Just click here!

Review- Secrets Maroma Beach

| June 16th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Secrets Maroma Beach
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  Our favorite thing about our trip was hanging out by the beach and our excursions! The beach is simply breathtaking and the best beach we have been to. Clear waters and powder white sand! The staff were very attentive and very professional. We had the chance to use the Spa as part of our honeymoon package and we both loved our massages, and trying out the hydrotherapy pool. We liked being able to dine at different restaurants and looking at all our different meal options. We also booked a Chichen Itza tour, Xel-Ha, and Catamaran Snorkeling tour through Bliss and had a memorable time. They were highlights of our trip.

The only downside was some of the restaurants were not as delicious as others and the room service was hit or miss. We just made sure to visit our favorites multiple times and still had a great time dining out. The weather was also a minor issue but thankfully we were never rained out of excursions and we had a couple great days of no rain for the beach and pool experience, it was just overcast.

Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  All pre-arranged transportation was on time and we had no issues. Check in was a breeze!
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  Laura was great to work with and was very patient with us.
Your Name
  Lauren and Alex
May we post your review on our website?
  Yes