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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Supporting the Fight Against MS!

As you may know, my younger sister Jessica fights a daily battle against Multiple Scerlosis (MS).  On the outside, you would never know the struggles she faces each day – she endures the pain and challenges with both courage and strength. 

Each year, she forms a team, The LeClaire Lions, to raise money for the MS Society. This year, My Traveling Panda is a proud sponsor of the team shirts! My adorable nephew Benjamin models the 2015 shirts 🙂

If you would like to learn more about MS, or to make a donation, here is the team link. 

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/GAAWalkEvents?px=10455323&pg=personal&fr_id=25189





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Athens, Greece: Worth a Visit!

I wasn’t sure to expect upon visiting Athens. I’ve had friends who visited here with mixed reviews and many of my clients who want to visit Greece say they don’t really consider Athens as a priority. So I wanted to answer the question I get asked by my clients, “is it worth a visit?”

I arrived Athens after I’d been to Santorini and Mykonos, which are absolute gems of the Greek Isles. I’m very pleased that I spent a few days discovering this Ancient city so I can share with my clients what they can expect WHEN they decide to visit, because YES, it’s worth it!

I took an Athens free guided walking tour, I visited the Parthenon, did some shopping and of course ate delicious Greek food!

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Swiss National Day

This summer I took a guided tour through the Italian Lakes which also stopped in Lugano, Switzerland.

The day we there was Swiss National Day. It was also a cold rainy summer day. So, what does one do on a national holiday where all the stores and restaurants are closed and the weather is not very corporative? Get creative!

here’s a photographic journal of what I did that day.

Took part in a parade

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Went paddle boating on the lake

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Enjoyed a McCafe Espresso, with a view

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Listened to traditional music

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Admired the view

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Jamaica: One Love Honeymoon Destination

My friend Heather, who is a small business owner and personal organizer (Simply Organized) inspired me to start writing more blogs. So here I am, finally posting my article published in the Fall/Winter 2014 Beautiful Bride magazine. As the article states (and as you may note from some of my earlier posts), I spent a couple of weeks in Jamaica this summer. While there I visited 15 resorts! I really like seeing and experiencing the resorts where I send my clients. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and wisdom with my brides, grooms, families, etc.

Here is a nice write-up recapping some of my insight from my summer.

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Support MS & look cute during your next vacation!

Want to look stylish on your next vacation and support a good cause at the same time? My nieces and nephew are making these adorable handmade bracelets to raise money to Fight MS. My sister bravely battles MS each and every day if her life. Her amazing kids do their best to raise money in support if the cause!

The bracelets are $10. Here is the link. Please message me with any questions. THANK YOU!

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/GAAWalkEvents?px=10455323&pg=personal&fr_id=25189

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Couples Choice Award for 2015!

A Big thank you to all of my happy clients who have taken the time to not only submit such glowing reviews, but who have given me the opportunity to help them with their travels in 2014! THANK YOU!!!

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Riding the Roads of Jamaica

I have many clients who stress concern about the road conditions in Jamaica.

I just returned from a two week trip to Jamaica and I rode nearly every road from Montego Bay to go Ocho Rios, back to Montego Bay, onto Negril and then back to Montego Bay again. I found the roads to be well-paved and much of the scenery to be very pleasant as you can see in the pictures below.

You pass many scenic vistas, pass by local Schools and churches, as well as small Parrish centres.

Many resorts include complimentary transportation and often the driver will stop midway to your destination so you can grab a cold beer and try some local jerk chicken. Or if you prefer to be a VIP, you can get a private transfer in a luxury sedan equipped with cold beverages and snacks. I had the privilege of enjoying this on my arrival into Jamaica on the drive from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.

If you are staying in Whitehouse, the roads are a bit precarious, but the drivers are very skilled and knowledgeable.

Overall I believe the roads in Jamaica are very well suited for tourists and the shuttle and private drivers are very skilled at getting you to your destination.

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