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  • Reasons to Visit Bermuda!

    11/15/2019 3:36:11 PM Link |  | Add comment

    Plan a trip to Bermuda!

    Picture this, you’re walking hand in hand with your spouse along a shoreline of the beautiful blue ocean as the wet sand caresses each and every one of your toes like a blanket. You can feel the warm wind whip through your hair and the sound of happiness all around you. This moment takes your breath away, and all you want to do is stay in it forever. That is until you hear your boss nagging at you for falling asleep on the job and there is drool caked on the side of your face. Look, my friend, you need a vacation. And not just any vacation like taking the kids down to the theme parks, you need to chase your troubles away at the pink sandy beaches of Bermuda!

    Beautiful Beaches

    Now when you think of Bermuda, the first thing you can conjure up is the infamous “Bermuda Triangle” and shiver runs up your spine. But I am here to convince you that Bermuda is more than its own shipwreck cove but a diamond in the rough. Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay. With a population of only 60,000 people and on 20 square miles of rock, Bermuda offers a plethora of vacation activities such as water sports, horseback riding on the beach, golfing on multiple beautiful greenway golf courses, paddle boarding, sailing, sea glass scouting, whale watching, and fishing!

    Fishing in Bermuda

    In fact, Bermuda is known for its excellence in big game fishing! I mean the island is shaped like a hook for goodness sake! Rough it out on the rocky water with a few buddies, and with the strength of an ox, battle it out with the notorious big Blue Marlin as you try to reel that bad boy in! The waters of Bermuda are filled with other big game fish such as White Marlin, Elephant Tuna and Wahoo, and the world knows it because one of the biggest fishing championships are held here at Bermuda! But even if you aren’t game to take on the big boys, you can always sail inland and enjoy bonefishing or fishing for hogfish.

    Jet-skis and Boating

    Another amazing experience you could be having in Bermuda is renting out a jetski! Talk about the wind whipping through your hair! With ocean mist in your face, you and a jetski guide can brave it out to the tip of the infamous Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda Triangle starts from the most western point of the island of Bermuda, and goes to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and back. Therefore, creating a triangle shape of 500,000 square miles of ocean. This area is measured by the amount of plane and shipwrecks in the last 300 years. A lot of people don’t exactly know much about the Bermuda Triangle except for the mystery of it and the “paranormal activity” rumored to exist in the location. But that’s not exactly why ships “go missing” or shipwrecked. Due to a lot of research over the last century, the rumors are proven to be false with realistic factors such as violent weather, compass variations, and simple human error. But the real culprit is the legendary and historic Gibbs Hill Lighthouse.

    Sight-Seeing in Bermuda

    Standing on Gibb’s hill at 117 feet tall is the cast iron made lighthouse “Gibbs Hill Lighthouse”. Built on May 1st, 1846, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is responsible for about 100 shipwrecks on the coast of Bermuda. In the 18th century and during the long nights at sea, sailors would frantically see the lighthouse as it’s light beam stretched about 20 miles offshore. Excited to finally find land, the sailors would speed up their boats toward the lighthouse only to be greeted by 16 miles of reef around the island. Some would not only say the reef is a curse, but also a blessing as it protects the island from big storms. But can you imagine visiting the tip of Bermuda Triangle and finding 200 sunken ships in the watery ship graveyard? With a guide, you can snorkel around some of the shipwreck to and see them for yourselves!

    Historic Places

    Take a drive through Bermuda as brightly painted buildings zoom past you. Roll down the windows and enjoy the warm summer breeze against your skin. While you’re out on the road, you might as well stop by Bermuda’s Royal Navy Dockyard! This historical site packs all of the history of Bermuda at the Commissioner’s house. After the independence of English- American colonists in 1783, Bermuda was identified as a strategic location for a Naval base. Once home to the civilian commission of dockyard, Commissioner’s house was built in the 1920’s and is the world’s first pre-fabricated cast iron residential building. Left to derelict in the 1950’s, the house went through a 20-year award-winning restoration! If you love history and museums this is the perfect pitstop to make while you’re in Bermuda!

    Flavorful Cuisine

    Another reason to travel to Bermuda is to taste their flavorful cuisine! Their most popular dish is Fish Chowder, but don’t let the waiter serve you Fish Chowder without the condiments of Pepper Vinegar and Rum! Pour that into the Fish Chowder and experience the true Bermudian way of chow time. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your evening dinner, head over to Hog Penny in the city of Hamilton. Hog Penny is the original inspiration of the bar in sitcom Cheers. Here at Hog Penny they serve traditional british food and they are well known for their savory chicken pot pie! Wash all of this down with Bermuda’s national drink Dark and Stormy. Watching a bartender crafting this drink is an art. With Dark Rum and Ginger beer poured strategically over ice, this drink is worth the distance to travel!

    Now for the best part of Bermuda, the beaches! A lot of people wonder why are the beaches of Bermuda pink? Well its actually caused by tiny-shelled red organisms called “Red Foraminifera” that grow under the coral reefs around the south shore of Bermuda. When they die, their shells collapse into the continuous tide and are pounded by the waves into the very same grainy texture like sand. Bermuda’s pink sandy beaches are definitely worth seeing! Head over to Horseshoe Bay for some pink sand fun, and bring a couple of kites to fly along the beach! So what are you waiting for? Book a cruise, or a flight and make your way to Bermuda for a vacation of a lifetime!

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  • Five tips on what to bring to the beach!

    11/15/2019 3:19:12 PM Link |  | Add comment

    Five tips on what to bring to the beach

    Enjoying a Sunny day at the Beach!

    Take a moment and close your eyes. Now with your eyes closed, I want you to imagine you’re on a beach. The sun is out to play and you can feel its sunrays caress your skin. You can hear the waves of the ocean dance along the shore and the seagulls squawking just above you. The warm, and grainy sand massages the heels of your feet and seeps slowly in between your toes. You’re in paradise, and nothing can ruin this feeling…until you hear the sound of a child wailing. You open your eyes and find yourself in the middle of the beach with a bored and sunburnt child kicking the sand with tears streaming down their cheeks. There’s sand in the potato salad, no water, and your husband is googling on how to distill salt water with the last 5% of his cell phone’s battery. What happened to that peaceful beach day you just imagined? Just like the tide, it was swept away! We have gathered 10 tips on preparing for the perfect beach day!

    Tip 1: Check the weather before you go!

    Nothing ruins a beach day more than rainy weather! On most days in the summer, it rains in the afternoon every day and at the same time of each day. If rain is predicted for the afternoon, try to plan a morning trip to the beach! Now if a storm does happen to make its arrival mid-beach day, seek shelter immediately. Do you know how glass is made? Its made when lightning strikes the sand and well know the beach is full of it! Water is also a big conductor for lightning, so please take your family back to the car or to a beach pavilion whenever you notice dark and scary clouds rolling in. Safety first, please!

    Tip 2: Invest in sunscreen and beach umbrellas!

    I cannot stress this enough from experience, wear sunscreen, please! Wear waterproof SPF 50 sunblock! Make sure all of your children are covered head to toe in sunblock. You couldn’t even imagine how many weird places on the human body can be sunburned. The back of the knees is a great example! So, please make sure you slather sunscreen on the back of your neck, shoulders, chest, stomach, back, face, arms, and legs! Investing in a beach umbrella is a perfect way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. You will not only feel a lot cooler but you will prevent you and your family from heat exhaustion!

    Tip 3: Bring a cooler of water bottles and a trash bag to put them in!

    The human body needs at least 6-8 glasses of water a day to survive the high temperatures. Bring you and your family an ice cooler full of water bottles. Keep your family hydrated, and safe. Also to prevent any litter on the beach, bring a trash bag to place empty water bottles in. Keeping the environment healthy and safe should be a priority as well! If you see trash on the beach, pick it up and throw it away! With everyone’s help, we can keep the ocean clean!

    Tip 4: Keep your kids entertained!

    Keeping a watchful eye on your kids when they splash around in the ocean can be exhausting. So when its time to take a break from the water, entertain your kids with some fun sand toys such as buckets, and shovels. Building sandcastles and digging holes and moats can be so much fun for little ones. Encourage your kids to help you search for seashells, and bird feathers for their sandcastles. This gets them invested! You will have peace of mind while you relax in the beach chair as they dig away through the sand. A few more fun beach items I suggest to keep your kids entertained would be footballs, soccer balls, frisbees, and boogie boards!

    Tip 5: Bring food and snacks!

    Ever find yourself so hungry at the beach to the point where even seaweed looked appetizing? Well my friend, you probably should have packed some snacks for your beach day. I would suggest bringing bags of chips, sandwiches, and healthy fruit and veggies! Having food available throughout the day will keep everyone happy! Try to stay away from food items that need to be kept cool for long periods of time such as ice pops, pasta salad or potato salad! Your ice packs will melt over time, and potato salad isn’t tasty when there’s sand in every spoonful. Potato salad isn’t supposed to be crunchy! Don’t forget to bring paper towels, hand sanitizer and a trash bag for all of your trash!

    Tip 6: Bring a portable phone charger

    Hardly anyone brings a camera with them anymore, so we know you use your phone to take photos of your family enjoying the sun and sand. Your phone will experience a great loss of battery from all the photos and videos you take! Buy yourself a couple of portable phone charger packs to fuel those phones through social media cravings and most importantly for emergencies.

    Tip 7: Bring a Bluetooth speaker!

    I love the vibes I get at the beach when I bring a little Bob Marley into my day. Hook up your Bluetooth speaker up to your phone, and crank out the tunes! This will help you relax all of your troubles away!

    Tip 8: Bring extra clothes and towels!

    Cranky and soggy kids in the backseat after a long beach day isn’t the best thing to drive with. Bring an extra pair of clothes your kids can change into after a good rinse. Also, Having extra towels come in handy in case your damp towels get too sandy between swims!

    Tip 9: Wear sandals before you get to the beach

    The sand is hot! Protect your feet while wearing sandals! It’s helpful for when you arrive and leave as sneakers will only lock in sand and moisture. No one wants to pour a shoeful of sand all over the car!

    Tip 10: Bring respect!

    Respect fellow beach goers by keeping the beach clean, and by keeping the noise level down if other beach goers seem irritated. Also and most importantly, respect the wildlife! Please encourage your children to not pick up any wildlife or poke at any wildlife with sticks and such. The beach is their home, and we need to take care of marine life as we greet them. You can do that by simply leaving them alone. With a side note, watch out for jellyfish! They are often found washed up on the sand. Watch your step, and try to encourage your kids to do the same!

    Now that you have all of these tips, I can guarantee you that you will find happiness out in the sun and sand. Just prepare yourself and most importantly, have fun!

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  • Planning the Perfect Disney Vacation!

    11/15/2019 2:31:49 PM Link |  | Add comment

    Your Disney dream has finally come true!

    You’re finally ready to take the trip you dreamt of your entire life; you’re about to see the Mouse himself! It’s time to purchase those Mickey Mouse hats and Minnie Mouse ears, because you’re going to Walt Disney World! Here are 5 tips to plan an efficient and amazing Walt Disney World vacation!

    Tip 1: Pick a time in the off seasons

    Walt Disney World is notoriously busy during the few peak seasons throughout the year. To avoid crowds, longer wait times, and traffic, its best to come during the slow times of the year. February through early March, May and September through November are the best times of the year to come the parks! Please try to avoid Spring break, the Summer season, and Christmas. Those times are the busiest times of the year and the most expensive!

    Tip 2: Stay in an onsite Walt Disney World Resort or Hotel

    Walt Disney World has many selections for onsite resorts and hotels from The Grand Floridian to Disney’s Art of Animation. When you stay in a Walt Disney World resort or hotel you can reserve your fast passes up to 60 days! That gives you an extra 30 day head start compared to those who are not staying on property. For those of you out there who do not know what a “Fast Pass” is, it is actually 3 complimentary virtual tickets that cut your wait for 3 attractions of your choice. This gives you the opportunity to book Frozen Ever After, Avatar Flight of Passage, or even Slinky Dog Dash! In order to do this, you need to download the “My Disney Experience” app to make your fast pass reservations. The app is also good to check wait times, make dining reservations and mobile food ordering and to see showtimes!

    Also if you stay onsite, there will be transportation; charge free to any of the parks, hotels, and even Disney Springs! You will save about 25$ PER DAY on parking!

    Another good reason to stay in a Walt Disney World Resort or hotel simply comes down to the atmosphere and location. You will be close to all the action, you will not have to deal with horrendous Orlando traffic, and the kids will be fully submersed in Disney activities in your own hotel! The resorts and hotels offer so many family fun recreational activities for all ages! Its definitely worth it, and the water slides in pool areas are super fun!

    Tip 3: Really invest into this trip

    It is no surprise that Walt Disney World will be a drain on your funds. A bottle of water alone in any Walt Disney World theme park is 4$ To save money, bring filtered-refillable water bottles, and snacks. Also if there are souvenirs you are planning on purchasing, try to do some research online about their prices. And remember in any quick-queue restaurant in the theme parks, prepare to spend about 10-15$ on each meal and about 3$ per cup of soda. A tip to the parents, kids meals are also available to your little ones. Keep a budget!

    Tip 4: Don’t forget to pack the sunblock!

    Orlando, Florida is literally hot and humid almost all year around. It can be 90 degrees on Christmas Day, I kid you not! You need to wear a very strong and waterproof sunblock, comfortable tennis shoes, shorts and tank tops! Remember to pack a lot of water bottles, and purchase you and your family their own individual mini portable fans! They will thank you in the end!

    Tip 5: Be on the lookout for great vacation packages!

    Walt Disney World offers a lot of great offers on plane tickets, hotels and theme park tickets in packages.

    Visit our website today to learn more! We’d love to help you plan the perfect Disney Vacation!

    There you have it, 5 tips on planning the perfect Walt Disney World vacation! If you follow these simple tips, you will be one step closer to reaching your perfect Disney World Vacation stress free! Oh and one last tip, have fun!


  • 4 Underrated U.S. Cities You Should Visit

    11/13/2019 1:19:45 PM Link |  | Add comment

    Plan a trip to these amazing U.S. Cities!

    We’re all familiar with must-see American cities like Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Orlando, and many others. Thinking of taking a fun getaway, but don’t want to visit another tourist destination? Consider these five incredibly underrated cities that just might become your new favorite vacation spot!

    Burlington, Vermont

    You’ll find a lot more than you’d expect here. Home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Burlington is filled with incredible five-star foodie spots, sophisticated shopping districts, and some pretty awesome hiking trails, like the one full of quotes from the poetry of Robert Frost. Visiting in late September-early October gives you the added bonus of stunning fall foliage.

    San Antonio, Texas

    If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you’ll want to hit up San Antonio, Texas for some deliciously tasty grub. This locale is the seventh largest city in America, but it’s surprisingly chill and not overly fast-paced. Mexican cuisine lovers can’t miss Market Square, which is a huge outdoor fair with some must-try dishes you’ll rave about for ages.

    Asheville, North Carolina

    Asheville is set among the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, and is home to a lively craft-beer scene and vibrant food. Try visiting the beautiful North Carolina Arboretum, camping in the Pisgah National Forest, or hiking the scenic Pisgah mountain trails. After your adventures, delight in a five-star meal at any of the top-rated area restaurants, and end your day with a satisfying craft brew.

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    While Nashville or Gatlinburg are often the prized destinations of Tennessee-bound travelers, Knoxville is a hidden gem that can’t be missed. With a thriving music scene, close proximity to the Smokies, and a robust selection of restaurants and bars in Old City and Market Square, what more could you ask for?

    Contact Travel By Ginny Today!

    Planning your next weekend getaway? Just want a break from the 9-5? Travel By Ginny can help you book an incredible trip to any of these amazing cities. Contact us today and get started booking a visit that will give you a lifetime of memories in places you’d least expect!

  • Traveling Makes You Happier

    11/13/2019 1:19:45 PM Link |  | Add comment

    4 Ways Traveling Makes You Happier

    Today’s culture is fast, busy, and stressful. The more we pack into our schedules, the more accomplished we seem—but it’s at a cost. If your sanity is stretching too thin, and you could really use a break, stop hesitating and book that trip. Your ticket to a new city or country could be the ticket to increased happiness. Here are 4 ways traveling makes you happier.

    Travel to Escape

    Taking a trip or getaway, whether it’s halfway around the world or just one state over, gives you a chance to escape from your daily life and responsibilities. You won’t be checking your phone obsessively or thinking about that problem at work, because you’ll be too busy catching rides, exploring parks, and eating great food. Traveling will force you to forget about what you know for a while and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a new place.

    Gain A New Perspective while Traveling

    When you leave the familiarity of your town, state, or country, you experience how other people and other cultures live life. Traveling gets you right up close to a brand new culture, new lifestyles, and even new social standings that make you more open-minded and give you a brand new perspective on your own life.

    Travel Makes Lasting Memories

    Traveling is a guarantee that you’ll leave with lasting memories and stories to tell. You’ll go on adventures, try new experiences, and maybe even do a few things you’re afraid to do. Whether it’s snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Belize, or climbing to the top of Mount Rainier in Washington, unexpected things will happen during your travels—and even the inconveniences like wrong turns and flight delays will make for a great story to tell your family and friends.

    There’s no place like home...

    While traveling is an incredible experience, there is nothing like the feeling of coming home. Whether you’ve been gone for just a week, or traipsing around the world for six months—as you turn onto your familiar street and pull into your driveway, you’ll appreciate home all the more.

    Book Those Flights & Travel!

    Need some happiness in your life? Don’t wait—stop procrastinating and book those flights! For more travel inspiration, or if you need help planning the perfect getaway, contact Travel By Ginny today. We’d be thrilled to help you experience the world and build memories that will last a lifetime!

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  • What To Know About Travel Insurance

    11/13/2019 1:19:45 PM Link |  | Add comment

    Planning a getaway to the Bahamas, a Caribbean cruise, or just a trip to visit family in Colorado? If so, you’ve likely thought about flights, rental cars, where you’ll stay, restaurants at which you’d like to eat, and experiences you definitely don’t want to miss during your visit. But have you thought about travel insurance? Many people never consider this insurance, and it’s understandable – it can seem like just another thing you have to pay for. However, travel insurance might make or break a trip. Here are 5 things you should know.

    What Is Travel Insurance?

    Travel insurance is intended to cover the many different types of expenses you may incur, should your plans go awry. There are several types of travel insurance offered by most insurance companies, including:

    * Medical & Evacuation Insurance
    * Flight Insurance
    * Vacation Insurance – Trip Cancellation & Interruption

    If you are involved in a medical emergency during your travels, Medical & Evacuation insurance will cover most or all of the costs of your hospital stay and care, as well as any costs needed to evacuate you. It will ensure that you are able to access quality care while abroad, or able to be transported to a quality facility.

    Trip Cancellation & Interruption policies will typically cover non-refundable trip costs if you are unable to travel due to situations such as illness or other unforeseen circumstances. It will also cover you if you must return home earlier than expected due to illness.

    Flight insurance covers accidental death or dismemberment while on the aircraft, flight delays, and baggage reimbursement for lost or stolen luggage.

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    Who Should Get Travel Insurance?

    If you want to protect your personal belongings while traveling, your health, your access to quality medical care, and the finances you invested to take your trip, travel insurance may be for you. If you frequently travel for work, you may also want a standard Trip Cancellation & Interruption policy for unforeseen circumstances.

    What Does It Cost?

    Typically, you can purchase the above plans as single trip plans, but the Vacation Insurance and the Medical & Evacuation plans are also sold as annual multi-trip insurance plans, which will cover you throughout the year and up to 1 month per trip.

    Do you already have coverage?

    It’s important to know that your home or health insurance policy may not provide full coverage if you travel outside of a designated network area, or internationally. Speak with your insurance agent to review your policies and find out exactly what they cover. Then give Travel By Ginny a call to secure travel insurance if you find that they are not sufficient for your needs.

  • 5 Must See Destinations To Visit In 2019

    11/13/2019 1:19:45 PM Link |  | Add comment

    There are less than thirty days left in 2018. While most people are busy hitting the stores and looking for fun local holiday events, we can’t help thinking about what lay ahead for 2019. Where will we travel to? What will we see? When will our next adventure take place?

    Making New Year’s Resolutions that include Traveling more!

    Make sure that traveling more is one of your New Year’s Resolutions. Getting in shape, eating better and pursuing your dream of becoming a writer are wonderful goals. However, traveling and experiencing new places are once in a lifetime opportunities. Don’t put off seeing the world! There are so many amazing places to see.

    Here are 5 places you should consider visiting in 2019!

    1. Mexico City

    A really good way to figure out where the hottest places are, is to look at where more and more hotels are popping up. But look no further, because Mexico City has got you covered. Experience Mexico Cities ever-growing food scene and variety of choice hotels such as the Ritz Carlton and Park Hyatt. You’ll be feeling luxurious and chic in no time!

    2. Azores

    Forget jumping around between connecting flights, when you can fly nonstop to the Azores. Surrounded by natural beauty Azores is a must see destination. Take in all the sights while enjoying dozens of fun outdoor activities. From sigh seeing volcanoes to surfing the big waves, there is surely something to satisfy your need for adventure in Azores.

    3. Kenya

    Another new location to offer direct flights is Kenya. You can now fly, for the first time ever, straight into Nairobi! An exciting safari has never been easier.

    4. Poland

    If you’re looking for something a little bit more relaxed, then consider a vacation to Poland. The arts (of varying kinds) are booming. On top of all of the fascinating history of Poland, you can also check out the new Philharmonic building in Szczecin. No matter where you wander you are sure to leave inspired.

    5. Thailand

    Thailand has always been a dream destination of almost everyone. Thailand is known for its beautiful buildings, people and culture. You can even visit an Elephant shelter! Thailand also has some very secluded places like Krabi. This tropical paradise is beyond peaceful with its white sand beaches and bungalows. This totally crowd free island is sure to make you never want to return home.

    So whether you’re looking for an upbeat adventure or a chic cultural experience, we know a few places you should check out.

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  • HEART OF IRELAND SMALL GROUP TOUR – FIRE SALE

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    Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival.

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    Visits to: Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College**, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble and Celtic Crystal

    Scenic touring of Dingle Peninsula and a panoramic Dublin city tour.

    Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person.

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