Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Travel Insurance…? My clients often ponder the question about whether or not to purchase travel insurance. I ALWAYS recommend it (and NOT just during hurricane season).

You may be familiar with insurance protecting your travel investment against things like cancellation or if a hurricane disrupts your trip. But did you know the travel insurance can also protect you against trip delay such as a late flight preventing you from making your connecting flight or if Mother Nature prevents you from getting home and you have additional out-of-pocket expenses), lost or delayed baggage, as well as medical assistance needed while traveling. 

These are all things that I’ve needed while traveling. And trust me, visiting a hospital outside of your home country is not the type of excursion you’d like to experience during your vacation. 

I’ve had clients use insurance for various reasons including emergency surgery days before their departure, death of a family member, accidents that prevented them from traveling, changes in employment that didn’t grant them ample vacation days, developing hurricanes that prevented them from traveling back home because of airport closures, engagements that ended before the honeymoon…And these are just to name a few. 

The fact of the matter is you never know what life has in store and traveling is a big investment in time and money, so it’s best to spend a little bit more and protect your investment and have a piece of mind.  

    
 

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Sandals Royal Bahamian 

I work hard educating myself about Sandals Resorts. One of the perks of my job is having the good fortune to visit the results as well. My hard work pays off when I am able to enjoy a resort for personal travel; today we arrived to Sandals Royal Bahamian.  So far, so good! I’d love for you to ask me about the resort!       

    
    
   

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Honeymooning in Mexican Paradise

I can’t believe I have not published this yet- I guess I’m a bit of a blog slacker…!

This article is from the Fall/Winter issue of Beautiful Bride; it features one of the most popular destinations for my honeymooners, destination weddings and family vacations- MEXICO!

Over the summer I had the good fortune of spending nearly two weeks in the Riviera Maya region (I know, tough job, but someone has to do it!). I truly love this region of Mexico.  The resorts are top notch, the food is to die for and the people are so friendly.

I am based in the ATL, so many of my clients are based in the Southeast.  Traveling to Mexico is not only a short and easy flight, it is also an affordable getaway. This article features some of my favorite resorts and activities in this region of Mexico.

Thank you for reading and HAPPY TRAVELS!

Bride Fall pages 74-75

 

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Reason #1 to Use a Travel Agent Save Time & Stress!

Reason #1 to use a Travel Agent Save Time & Stress!

Sometimes I get questions from people I meet expressing curiosity about why people use a travel agent. Well, I have a perfect example of something that just happened to explain one reason. 

I have honeymoon clients getting married on Friday. Yesterday we received notification that the flights changed dramatically- as in multiple connections and  they would arrive to their destination a day late!

Since we are so close to their departure date the number of available flights from their departure city to their destination were slim to none. I was on the phone literally the entire day with the airline, the tour operator, and my resort contacts to figure out the best options to get them to their destination as planned. 

Imagine if your wedding or your big departure date was only days away and you had to spend one whole day stressing about a change in your itinerary and how to resolve it. This is where my role as Travel Agent comes into play. I use my experience and contacts within the industry to find the best solution for my clients so they don’t waste time, don’t have additional stress and can enjoy their celebration.
Keep Calm and use a Travel Agent! #callatravelagent

  

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Ocean Safari in Exuma

I feel so lucky, I’m checking off lots of Bucket List items over the next couple of weeks, including swimming with the pigs in Exuma. 

I took the Island Routes Ocean Safari from Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas. This four hour excursion is the perfect island adventure. Not only do you ride is a 007 style speed boats, you visit many of the private Cays of the Exumas. Each Cay offers something unique- from swimming pigs, hungry iguanas, reefs for snorkeling, water as calm and blue and a swimming pool and small hikes to stunning vistas!

I highly recommend this for anyone visiting the Exumas. I’d love to help you plan your trip😉

Melissa@MyTravelingPanda.com     

               

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Greg Norman Course in Exuma

So, are you or your partner an avid golfer? Even if you’re not a golfer do you enjoy scenic views?

Imagine this – you travel to paradise with some of your closest friends, the guys go off golfing in the morning while the ladies go to the spa. You love to golf too? Then enjoy a foursome on a gorgeous Greg Norman course with views on the back nine that are second to none.  Then, after your complimentary round of golf, enjoy afternoon cocktails with a few of the sea! 

I can make this happen! Contact me at Melissa@MyTravelingPanda.com I can help you book your (golf) trip to paradise!

  
  
  
  

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Not a Bad Start to My Two Week Business Trip

Business trips for a travel agent are a little bit different than your average business trip. I have the privilege of visiting beautiful destinations and staying at magnificent resorts. And often, the red carpet is rolled out. These trips can be exhausting too- visiting countless resorts in a couple of days. But, I find them informative and I love seeing resorts firsthand, so I can speak intelligently about a property with my client. 

Today, I embarked on a two week long business trip. First stop, Sandals Emerald Bay in the greater Exumas of the Bahamas. I’m so excited to spend a few days enjoying this glorious resort!!

  
  

   
       

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I ❤️ Travel

My sister knows me so well- she always find the cutest travel themed gifts for me, this is the latest one. 

I love these notecards! I may have to save one and put it in a frame:-)

My sister said, “I bet you’ve visited all the places on the notecard” and well, she’s right, I have. If there’s a place you see on this notecard you want to go, let me know and I can help make your travel dreams come true!

  

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The Caribbean is Calling

In just a few short days I embark upon a two week journey to the Caribbean… I know tough work, but somebody has to do it!

My travel starts in the outer islands of the Bahamas at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas. 

From there I’ll travel to Turks and Caicos where I’ll spend a few days at my friend’s seaside villa. 

Finally, I’ll spend just over a week in Mexico. For part of my trip I’ll join a group of travel agents where we will tour and visit several resorts in Riviera Maya and Cancun. Finally, end my trip with a few days and Playa Mujeres. 

I love my job as a travel agent and I am beyond excited to lay my eyes on these glorious locations and share my knowledge and experience with you. 

Happy Travels! 

Contact me for complimentary travel planning:)

 Melissa@mytravelingpanda.com 

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No Passport? No Problem! A Tropical Vacation without a Passport is Possible!

photo 4When Beautiful Bride asks me to write an article for their publication, I tend to focus on some of my honeymoon hotspots such as Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, Hawaii, etc.  This time, they asked if I could focus on a new destination that didn’t require a passport.  The US Virgin Islands is the perfect fit!  Here is the article I wrote for the Winter/Spring 2015 issue.  Enjoy:) and be sure to let me know how I can help you with your next vacation! Here is the link:) Pages from BB Winter Spring 2014-15

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