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Book Your Ski Vacation Now

Summer is past, autumn is in the air, cold weather will soon be rolling in, and snow will start to fall before too long. The winter months are popular travel times, especially in Colorado, as we have beautiful mountains and towns filled with cold-weather activities, particularly skiing and snowboarding. Individuals, couples, and families will travel from all over the state (and the country) to enjoy our snowy mountains as they hit the slopes bright and early before hitting the lodge and then the local restaurants in the evening to enjoy rib-sticking-good warm meals to prepare them for the next morning’s session.

As such, prices can quickly rise for ski passes and accommodations, meaning your dream ski trip may cost you much more than you had planned for — you may even need to postpone the trip for a few months, or until the next year. Rather than worrying about all of the moving pieces and components of booking a ski trip, you should consider contacting our Colorado travel agency and asking about our all-inclusive ski packages and how they can save time and money (not to mention reduce stress).

In a previous blog, we discussed the benefits of booking an all-inclusive vacation for you and your family and those same benefits apply to a ski trip. Packages often include travel, accommodations at a resort, rental gear if you need it, and lift passes. Options also include car rental, lessons, insurance, and more.

As a quick rundown, booking a ski package, rather than booking the travel, lodging, etc. piecemeal, means you’ll save yourself quite a bit of stress, time, and money. You won’t need to hunt for the best flights, the best hotels with the best rates closest to your preferred mountain, equipment, a car, and all of those other bits — you can select the comprehensive package that is right for you, your family, and your budget. Lodging and travel prices can increase in mere hours, so even if you find a good rate, if you don’t book it then and there, it could be gone by the time you’re ready. Ski packages are much more consistent and take the worrying out of the equation.

Ski travel specialists, like the ones in our Colorado travel agency, know how to bundle the pieces of the perfect ski trip so you have a stress-free, fun-filled, and exhilarating trip without any bumps in the road, or snow, so to speak. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about any additional costs down the line as you see upfront what the final price will be. If you’re a fan of group vacations (another subject we’ve written about and are happy to help you explore), you can add even more savings onto the top and have the added benefit of enjoying the trip with those you enjoy being around.

Things are really starting to get into full swing, so it’s best to book now before prices get driven up anymore. As a pro tip, look into the end of the season for your next trip if you aren’t ready to go just yet — the prices are often lower and it’s easier to lock in a great rate. Just ask our knowledgeable and helpful travel agents their opinion and we’ll be happy to walk you through your options. Contact us today for more information, or to start booking your ski trip now!

The Benefits of an All-Inclusive Vacation

Are you tired of the day to day monotony, waking up, working, watching tv, and doing it all over again the next day, and the next? Have you been dreaming of your next big vacation in some exotic and exciting land, but have been worrying about searching, planning, paying, and traveling? There are a number of stresses that come along with planning your vacation, which is why it’s often better to consult a Denver travel agency to handle it for you, but plenty of people worry about finances at their destination.

How much should you set aside for food and drinks? How much will the activities you want to partake in cost you? Accommodations can quickly drive up your vacation budget and drain your wallet. But, there is good news for those in the market for a vacation who want to minimize stress and avoid going over budget: all-inclusive vacations.

You’ve probably heard of all-inclusive vacations before, but for a quick recap, it basically means that every part of the vacation (travel, lodging, food, activities) are all compiled into one affordable bundle, meaning you don’t need to worry about any piece of planning. Let’s take a look at the benefits of an all-inclusive vacation to see if it’s right for you.

Save time and money

As we mentioned, all-inclusive vacations take all of the confusing and irritating parts of booking a vacation and simplify it into choosing the right package for you and/or your family. No more hunting through flights, hotels, restaurants, meals, and more. You simply pick the right package and book. Since all of these pieces are bundled, you’ll save money overall and can likely take advantage of deals and specials either a Denver travel agency or the resort is offering.

Safe

Just like any city, there may be some dangerous areas where you’re headed. By booking an all-inclusive package, you can rest and relax without a worry in the resort and can roam freely knowing you’ll be safe. Need to grab a meal? It’s in the resort. Want to hit the shops? Take a nice walk through the resort. Your family will thank you!

Entertainment galore

Resorts and cruises are homes to tons of attractions and actives for you and your family to enjoy. Lounge by the pool, catch a show, go dancing – whatever it is you like to do, you can almost guarantee that a resort or cruise will have what you’re looking for.

You can actually enjoy your vacation

When you aren’t on an all-inclusive vacation, you have to worry about every decision before and while you make it. How are you getting to the next activity? What activity will you do after that? When should you eat? Where should you eat? How are you getting there? How much does all of this cost.

Breathe.

All-inclusive vacations have you pay upfront so every decision thereafter has already been taken care of. You only need to worry about the next bit of fun you have scheduled. Or, you can wing it and take it minute-by-minute and enjoy yourself that way. There’s something for everyone, but everyone enjoys zero-stress.

If you’re interested in learning more about all-inclusive vacations, or want to book one for you and your loved one(s), call our Denver travel agency to speak with a knowledgeable representative. We’re happy to go over all available packages to find the one that is right for you. Contact us today!

Tips for Saving Money Before & During Vacation

When it comes to traveling, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, concern that individuals, couples, and families have about their trip is the budget and how much the getaway, vacation, or honeymoon is going to cost them. And that’s a very fair and real concern to have. We understand that it can be stressful to plan and fund a memorable vacation and not need to eat cup noodles for months to financially recover from the trip. If you’re in the planning stages of your next getaway and want to find some cost-cutting measures to enjoy your stay without breaking the bank, we’ve got you covered with these simple tips.

Be your own chef

One of the easiest ways to blow through your travel budget is to eat out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Worse yet, some people take the opportunity to go off the rails of whatever diet or meal plan they’ve been following prior to the trip, opting to eat like a hobbit. Have you caught yourself asking your partner if you could get second breakfast? Elevensies? Lunch, supper, dinner? A simple way to open up your budget for better accommodations, or fewer but more luxurious meals, is to make most of your food and meals at your rental condo or hotel.

This can be extended to before your vacation as well. Rather than buying lunch during your shift and heading out to your favorite eatery in the evening, start meal prepping on the weekends so you can cover all of your lunches in one cooking session. Is it the most exciting thing for the week? Not really. Will it help you budget for that incredible dream vacation? Undoubtedly.

Cash out

If you aren’t dead set on any particular location, you can always look for ones that have an exchange rate that will benefit your wallet. Plenty of destinations will pay you more per dollar, meaning you’ll have more money to spend once you get there. Now that’s making your money work for you.

Anywhere, anytime

In addition to not having any one destination in mind, if you don’t have any particular time of the year that you need to travel, take a look into heading to your desired destination during the offseason. You’ll get the entire place to yourself! Say goodbye to wait times, traffic, and standing around. If you choose warmer locations, you likely won’t mind the “cooler” season either as it still gets hot.

Celebrate

Keep an eye on the calendar, both domestic and local to where you’re traveling. You’ll likely be able to score a great travel rate and cheaper accommodations since no one will want to be traveling at that time anyway. Additionally, there may be local events happening that you can attend to fill up your schedule while you’re on your tip.

Consult a professional Denver travel agent

The easiest way to learn more about cost saving measures before and during your next vacation is to talk to the professionals who know the ins and outs of travel, booking, and making the most of your vacation. Contact our Denver travel agency today to speak with a representative who can go over all of our destination and travel packages and help you plan the perfect trip for your timeline and budget.

The Best Vacations Post-Quarantine

We know you’re tired of reading news about COVID-19, sheltering in place, social distancing, and everything else that goes with it. While it’s obviously in the best interest of people across the US and the globe, many people are bitter about needing to cancel their vacations and trips to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, or just an excuse to get away for a bit. Travel restrictions won’t exist forever and even now, cities across the world are beginning their reopening strategies to work towards a return to normalcy. Some restaurants and shops are open and soon, things will be like they were before COVID-19 hit.

When the reopening is in full swing, you’ll likely want to capitalize on the vacation you had to defer – and we understand that. We want to help you plan the perfect getaway for every occasion. Once restrictions are lifted, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the virus will be completely gone and some people may want to continue to the social distance to avoid possibly contracting the virus. The good news is there are a few vacations and destinations to choose from to get away from the stresses of everyday life without being thrust into densely populated areas, shopping centers, and crowds.

Tropical getaway

Picture yourself on the beaches with no one else around, soaking up the sun as the waves lap at the shore mere feet away from you, or meters if you’re outside of the US. There are plenty of resorts that have private bungalows to stay in that keep you far away from other guests, or residents of the town/island so that you can escape and have isolated peace and quiet. If you’re a fan of beaches, snorkeling, grilled foods, tropical drinks, and fun in the hot sun, consider booking a tropical getaway. We’ll be happy to help you pick the right destination for your budget and timeframe.

Mountain resorts

Do you love to ski and snowboard, or do you just enjoy being in a frozen wonderland where you can bundle up and get cozy in front of a roaring fireplace? You should consider a mountain getaway. There are plenty of hiking, climbing, and outdoor adventure opportunities in the colder climates where populations are limited and other guests don’t often go. If you love the cold, snow, cozy inns and cottages, and slow cooked comfort food, you should choose a mountain and chilly getaway for your next vacation.

Countryside cottage

Do you just want peace and quiet in a little village where you can forget about the business of day to day life? Book a trip the the countryside; Europe has plenty of small little towns where you can cozy up and rest to get away from it all. Take in local sights, scenery, cuisine, and more without feeling crowded, or claustrophobic. No need to worry about social distancing when there aren’t enough people to make it a concern!

We hope these three destinations have inspired you to think about your next vacation and have helped you envision yourself there. We’re happy to help go over the benefits of each location, what you can expect when you get there, and how to keep yourself and others safe while on your trip as the world recovers from the pandemic. Contact our offices today to learn more about our vacation package offers and how we can make your next dream vacation a reality.

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Best Ways to Enjoy Your Beach Vacation

Ah the beach! When packing one’s bags for an amazing vacation is there any better place to go than to the beach?! Offering a relaxing respite from the challenges of today’s world the beach would appear to be the ideal spot to kick off your shoes and truly Travel N Relax!

But then like an unwelcome wave, the world crashes in and the headline arrives telling of the thousands of buried glass shards that were found spread across hundreds of yards of coastline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Suddenly such news makes one aware that perhaps a beach vacation also requires thought and attention to the details that will allow your vacation to be ideal.

So what are the critical items to be aware of when heading off the to beach?

First, as the headline above would convey, be sure to take a long a good pair of sandals or beach shoes. Protecting your feet in this way will allow you to stay safe from the hidden hazards and dangers some may attempt to cause.

Also, sunscreen is of course critical to protect you from the hidden dangers of the sun. Along with this would be a tanktop for men and a good sun hat that protects your neck and face. However you prepare be sure to lather up so that you do not get burned – the number one reason peoples beach vacations get destroyed. Also remember the closer you are to the equator the more important it is to wear sunscreen. Don’t forget also to lather up the often forgotten spots like your ears and nose.

For relaxing a good book is must along with a beach towel or sand free mat if beach chairs are unavailable. Also don’t forget your sunglasses so your not left squinting at the pages!

For those who are more active you may want to bring along a frisbee or kite to play with on the beach and beach tubes and toys to take into the water. All of these can be packed into a mesh bag that will prevent a car full of sand on the way home!

A water cooler filled with water bottles and your favorite snacks and drinks is a must to stave off your hunger and thirst pains.

When it comes time to hit the surf don’t forget to stay surf safe.

This would involve such things as checking the local tide conditions and times and looking into any dangers like rip tides that may be in the area. Possible sealife like jellyfish and the like should also be determined. These can often be determined by lifeguard flags or personnel or nearby signs posting possible dangers. Beachside hotel staff may also be able to direct.

A must for children is a good life jacket to keep your little one afloat when they run into the surf. Beach goggles or a snorkel and mask can also be useful.

Finally, while it may seem like a no brainer don’t forget to pack your bathing suit! Often in the rush to prepare to leave this is an item many forget.

For other packing and travel ideas, Travel N Relax can help you take care of all the details so you can truly enjoy your vacation to the beach or elsewhere. By being prepared your vacation will truly be exceptional no matter how others may plan to interrupt it!

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