Category Archives: Memory Keeping

Golfers Paradise

Do you have other couples that you and your significant other enjoy hanging out with and say, “We really should travel together!”…??? Well, here’s your chance! Travel to any Sandals all-inclusive resort between September 1 -December 25 2017 or September 1 – December 25, 2018, and with 5 paid rooms, the 6th room is FREE! ūüôā Yes, a free vacation for the “hub” person who organizes the adult getaway! *You can also share/split the free room value between the 6 couples.

Visit my Golfers Paradise page for more information.

 

 

Whirlwind Sandals Resorts Fam Trip

I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend a 4 night exclusive FAM (familiarization trip ) with my agency to Jamaica. We were invited by Sandals Resorts to learn about their fabulous product and become Certified Sandals Specialist.

Sandals Whitehouse

Over the next few weeks, I will review and recap the Sandals and Beaches Resorts that we visited while on our trip.

  1.  Sandals Whitehouse European Village (stayed 2 nights here)
  2.  Sandals Negril Resort and Spa
  3. Beaches Negril Resort and Spa
  4. Sandals Montego Bay (just a rest stop)
  5. Sandals OCHI (formerly Grande Riviera)(stayed 2 night here)
  6. Sandals Royal Plantation
  7. Beaches Ocho Rios Resort and Spa
  8. Sandals Golf & Country Club (not a resort )

Yes! That is a lot of touring…this was definitely a working trip, including a 4 hour workshop to become a Certified Sandals Specialist, lead by the incredible (seriously, didn’t feel like 4 hours, went by very quickly) Iesha Hibbert.

I absolutely fell in love with Jamaica. The people are so welcoming and friendly everywhere and Sandals Resorts are unparalleled. Luxury Included is the truth. Each Sandals Resort has it’s own unique vibe and there is a perfect resort for everyone.

I cannot wait to go back with my own family to Beaches, it’s moved to the top of our travel bucket list. And I cannot wait to help my clients plan their wonderful memory making trips, whether they be family trips to Beaches, a nice change from the theme parks. Or a romantic getaway for mom and dad for a complete change of pace.

Stay tuned for the reviews and see photo tours on my Facebook Page.

Contact me if you would like more information on planning your own visit to paradise. ūüôā¬† barbara@atimetotreasuretravel.com

 

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Get a Caricature

The parks and even some resorts usually have a caricature stand where you can have a fun picture made.

Magical Travel with Barb
My son getting his caricature done at the Wilderness Lodge

Pricing is reasonable and it only takes about 20 minutes total. There is a book of choices and ideas, but the artist can make adjustments on the fly.

Magical Travels with Barb

The artists are incredible and the result so amusing! My kids both wanted one on our last trip, themed after their chosen sports. They are now both hanging in their rooms.

Magical Travels with Barb
Swimming
Magical Travels with Barb
Hockey

 

Magical Moment

There is something about Disney World. It’s hard to explain or put into words what it is. More than one person has told me about “that feeling when you walk down Main Street and see the castle” , that feeling when you are there, the entire world goes away. I know it well, I feel it too and it’s why I love the place so much.

As much as I already loved it, there was a specific event that amplified the love of Disney for me. It was a chain of events that led to a very short 2 second moment. But that 2 second moment was so exciting and special, I knew I was hooked for life.

It started on our family trip in August of 2010. I took a video, a short little 6 second video with my Flip Camera. I took lots of videos. But this one was really cute.

This was the year Disney was prepping for their Share the Memories theme for the following year. In September they started a website where people could share their memories, pictures and videos of their magical moments. I shared this video and another cute one from our trip. And life went on.

In December I was contacted by Disney marketing. They wanted me to sign release forms because they may want to use my video for something or other. I did. They sent me some lovely character lithograph prints as a thank you and told me if it was used in a commercial they would sent me a copy on DVD. Commercials started popping up on tv where Disney used people’s actual home videos, some shared from that site to promote their Share the Memories theme. These were mainly people surprising their kids with trips, they all made me cry. In January, on my internet travels one day I saw that this new show would be debuting soon. The Magic, the Memories and You. A 10 minute lights and special effects show projected onto the castle each night before Wishes.

A few days later, was the debut for the media. One of the big blogs posted the video online the next day. I sat and watched it, teary eyed the whole time. Then it happened, almost at the end, the last possible moment, the last little face on the screen before it goes dark and Walt says, “to all who come to this Happy place…” there he was. My little guy’s face up on the castle at Magic Kingdom. I jumped, I screamed. I called my husband right away and¬† told him that we are going to Disney again this summer. We HAVE GOT to see this in person! That little moment from riding Dumbo made it into the show.

We did go that August. We sat right in front of the castle and got to see it in person. It was an incredibly magical moment. Fan for life now. And so is my little guy. He is my Disney nut.

We’ve had other pixie dust moments on trips, but that moment was the BIG one. The one that sealed the deal for me and my love of Disney.

I’d love to hear from you, what are some of your magical moments from your trips?

Top 3 Memory Keeping Methods

How do you preserve your treasured vacation memories? My tried and true top 3 methods make it super easy to relive the memories quickly and easily whenever I want to.

1. Make a video

This is our last Disney vacation video, I make one for every trip, so much fun to watch and relive the trip.

2. Make a Photobook

There are plenty of photo printing sites and always deals available to make it an affordable option. A “coffee table” photobook makes it easy to view the fun photos anytime.

3. Photo Collage

This is my favorite way to get a bunch of my best most meaningful moments on display. I can’t display 20 pictures from each trip around the house, but I can blend them together into one photo. I usually have this printed on a Desktop Plaque and they look fabulous!