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5 Tropical Hard Rock Hotels Your Family Will Love

Thinking about planning your family one rockin’ vacation? Then, look no further than one of Hard Rock’s most famous and beachy properties. Check ‘em out…

Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Generous resort credits and luxurious amenities are just a few of our favorite things about Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana! Here, you’ll have access to dozens of fun activities, a vibrant nightclub and casino, plus the legendary Hard Rock entertainment everyone raves about. This 1,775 room property will greet you with stunning tropical views, a breathtaking white-sand beach, and breathtaking state-of-the-art facilities. Come on over and join in on the fun, won’t you?

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Kids are bound to have a rockin’ time at this family-favorite, home away from home! Fully-equipped with all the perks, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya does it right with its kid and teen clubs, complimentary daycare, live performance opportunities, and nearby skatepark. The adults? Well, you’ll have some fun of your own at Heaven—an adults-only retreat for a bit of added luxury. So, kick up your feet, order that mai tai, and gaze out into the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Gather on the ultimate beachfront playground at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. Live like a Rockstar in one of their lavish suites, designed with artful details in mind –or indulge in some of the tastiest cuisine available in the region. Located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, it’s no wonder why families come back here year-after-year. Better get packing those bags!

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Live a life of excess with the ultimate first-class treatment at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. Located on the beautiful beaches of Bahia de Banderas, this wonderful property takes vacationing to a whole new level. Think modern amenities and exceptional service, infused with the magic of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy everything from memorabilia-filled walls and water activities by day, to live performances and cocktail bars by night. Whatever you choose, there’s no disappointment to be found at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta.

Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos

Coming to you this fall, this highly-anticipated family getaway will offer guests the perfect combination of energy and downtime –not to mention breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean you’ll have to see to believe! Expect warm hospitality and modern amenities at this up-and-coming resort. This is Hard Rock, after all. So, round up your friends and family, pack your bags, and get ready for some Hard Rock fun!


So, which of these Hard Rock hotels gets your vote? We’re having trouble deciding! For more information on these award-winning properties, click here today to get in touch.


5 Unique Souvenirs You Could Actually Use

It’s time to pass on the magnets and postcards and bring home a souvenir that lives up to its name. Here are 5 ideas you’re guaranteed to use:

Unique Souvenirs You Can Actually Use

Local Flavors

You’ve savored in some of the local flavors during your travels, and know you’ll miss them back at home. So, why not stop by the nearby market or gift shop and pick up those flavors to enjoy in your very own kitchen? Most touristy spots have a large variety of freshly ground spices, olive oils, vinegars, spreads, and more. Not much of a cook? Then consider bringing home a local brew or bottle of wine. You’ll want something when those cravings arise.

Memorable Scent

Whether you lived in Italy for a semester, or a just week in Mexico –there’s just something about the smell of an espresso brewing, or the ocean breeze through your hair, that brings you back down memory lane. Try picking up familiar scents like handmade lotions and soaps, or candles and perfumes to prologue those fond moments from your trip.

Home Furnishings

Love re-decorating? Consider purchasing a Moroccan rug or blanket from a local artisan as you make your way around the area. You might even find some beautiful hand-painted portraits, ceramics, or glassware that would make the perfect addition to your home. These types of souvenirs add a lot of character and authenticity to a room…no matter where you are –just be sure to wrap things carefully so they don’t break during your travels!


What better souvenir from your journeys, than a travel-inspired tattoo? That is…if you’re 100% positive you want to remember it forever 😉. Commemorate your experiences abroad by getting a cultural symbol or meaningful word in the area’s native language. You may even feel compelled to get inked with a symbol that represents a personal experience or favorite memory from your trip. Whatever you decide, just remember to do your research ahead of time. You’ll want to make sure the tattoo shop is legitimate and sanitary. Forever is forever, after all. 

A Skill

A new skill to bring home with you is the souvenir that lasts a lifetime! Try a cooking or language class to brush up on your skills (or lack thereof!). Maybe you’d like to learn how to hula or salsa dance from the local pros? Or perhaps, you’re dying to put your surfing skills to test in Australia? Whatever it is, be sure to try it. It’s so fun to learn new things –especially when you’re in the best places to learn them. These types of souvenirs are something you’ll cherish forever!


To relish your travel memories for years to come, we think these souvenirs are your best bet. For more travel tips like these, be sure to check out our latest posts, here. For more info on booking your next adventure, contact us today!


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The Most Romantic Destinations Around the World

Looking for some ideas for your next romantic getaway? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of our favorite romantic destinations from around the world:

 The most romantic cities in the world


Not only will Maui’s sparkling waters and famous exotic beaches dazzle you, but its towering volcanoes and lush vegetation make this destination a popular bucket list item for most. From the sunrises at the top of Haleakala Crater, to the gorgeous Kihei Coastline, all the way to East Maui’s breathtaking waterfalls –this getaway checks off all the boxes in the romance department. 


You have to visit the “City of Lights” at least once in your life, right? Paris boasts a sophisticated shopping and dining scene and is home to some of the most exquisite and historical landmarks in the world. It’s also known for its influential fashion trends, delectable cuisine, and iconic museums, to name a few. This vibrant and romantic city is great for honeymoons and anniversaries!

St. Lucia

The “World’s Leading Honeymoon” destination is visited by millions of couples each year. And it’s no surprise –St. Lucia is home to some of the most majestic volcanic beaches, reef diving sites, fishing villages, and luxury resorts in the world. The Pitons are also among the most popular sights, here –offering travelers views of tapered mountains on the West Coast with spectacular waterfalls. A beautiful sight not to be missed!


If you and your sweetie are looking for another European option, Santorini gets our vote for romance! Visited by nearly 1.5 million tourists per year, these Greek Islands are a must-see for many couples. In fact, Santorini is known for being one of the most popular islands in the world because of its combination of white sand beaches, ancient cities, authentic cuisine, and active volcano! Now, who’s in?


Fiji is quite possibly the most romantic destination in the South Pacific because of its breathtaking gorges, forests, waterfalls, and natural pools. With over 200 islands in the archipelago offering some of the world’s best soft coral diving and exotic wildlife, it’s no wonder this romantic getaway is so popular!


Explore Italy’s roots by wandering its most notable villages in Tuscany. Tuscany is the picture-perfect getaway for couples looking for a true and authentic Italian experience. Visit the vineyards of Chianti for a wine tasting –or take a walk off the beaten path with views of the rolling Tuscan hills in the background. Tuscany is a beautiful place to visit Italy’s most colorful towns…not to mention the best cafés around!


Craving a little romance and adventure? Then, we recommend a getaway to the Maldives. The Maldives is a uniquely gorgeous island country situated in the Arabian Sea. Boasting “the sand is as white as the smiles” and the weather is “a dream come true,” the Maldives will instantly make you feel at home. Experience everything from jet skiing and boating, to snorkeling and beach yoga. You’ll also leave with a nice tan, which we can’t say is a bad thing!


Aruba is known for its great weather year-round, which is a great option for those looking to travel around hurricane season. Its tropical trade winds, cool breezes, and powdery-white sand have a huge draw here, while and pastel facades and flamingo sightings keep couples coming back. So, come and stay a while, won’t you?


Croatia’s beautiful island-speckled coastline is enough reason for couples to visit year after year. In addition, the clarity of the jewel-like water and white-pebbled beaches make it a huge draw for those looking for a beachy European getaway. This Mediterranean destination is also best known for its incredible, fresh cuisine and locally-sourced seafood. It’s also a breathtaking spot to get your snorkel on –better pack those goggles!


So, whether you choose to feed the flamingos in Aruba, or indulge in Montepulciano’s most delectable wines –we guarantee you’ll find romance at one of these beautiful spots! For more information, feel free to contact us for consultation with one of our specialists! Oh, and be sure to share this article below for others to enjoy!


10 Reasons Virgin Voyages Redefines the Cruising Industry

Cultivating curiosity and adventure –Richard Branson’s concept for Virgin Voyages takes adult-only vacations to the next level.

Virgin Voyages to set sail Spring 2020


Sure, cruises say they’re “all-inclusive.” But most times, travelers will need to factor in gratuities, drink packages, internet charges, and more. Well not this voyage. This newly introduced vacation experience (expected to set sail in Spring 2020) takes all-inclusion seriously. So… about those cocktails, fitness classes, and Wi-Fi, you ask? Yep, they’re included.


Finally, a cruise voyage with your name on it. And by your name, we mean the adults. Leave the kids at home this time, folks –Virgin Voyages was designed exclusively for you. Think deck parties, DJs, a poolside oasis, numerous bars –and an onboard nightclub, to name a few.

Built-In Tips

We’re so excited about this all-inclusive voyage –we just had to mention it twice. Don’t worry about budgeting for gratuity costs you’ll have to pay at the end of your trip. Virgin Voyages understands its just another pesky thing to remember –that’s why they’ve everything in so you can ensure it’s taken care of before you set sail.

Rebellious-Luxe Design

This gorgeous voyage’s sleek design, modern amenities, and glamourous suites will make you feel like you’re not just staying on a ship –you’re living there. Virgin Voyages pushes the envelope with its edgy and fun sailing experience –so guests feel like they’re getting the most unique vacation possible.

Virgin Voyages will have modern technologies equipped in every luxury suite


To ensure its “sailors” (that’s you!) are indulging without feeling the guilt, Virgin Voyages has embedded innovative and sustainable technologies by banning unnecessary single-use plastics. They’ll also be sourcing food and retail merchandise with the earth in mind, to make the experience as “green” as they can.

24/7 Dining

Got a 2am pizza craving? Looking for something specific? Well, whatever it is –chances are, Virgin Voyages will have it. With 20+ eateries (with bars!) all over the ship, we have no doubt this ship can deliver. The best part? Everything on this voyage is made to order –no buffets. So take that, ocean cruise.

Unique Performances

Suggesting not to “assume anything about anyone,” expect (or don’t) Virgin Voyages to have a few tricks up their sleeves when the sun goes down. With music practically a part of Virgin’s DNA, they’re bringing the concept aboard. From “off-off-off” Broadway, to Scarlet Night –your entertainment will be taken care of.

Virgin Voyages to have unique live performances and activities for their sailors

Re-imagined Wellness Center

Virgin Voyages understands the importance of self-care. That’s why they’ve brought a state-of-the-art wellness center (and a tattoo parlor) to the open sea –so you can keep doing you. Be sure to check out the group fitness classes, relax over a hot stone massage, or cool off at any of the ship’s fresh-pressed juice bars.

Beach Club in Bimini

And what’s a voyage without a pitstop to a private beach club to Bimini? In partnership with Resorts World Bimini, Virgin Voyages will run a beach club on the Bahamian island where the ship will stop there for a daylong pool party. Sailors will have exclusive access to the island where food, entertainment, and 6 bars will greet them.

Cultural Experiences

Aside from everything aboard, Branson has made numerous partnerships from across the globe to create the most authentic and cultural experience for everyone. Be sure to look out for some of your favorite places on land, as they contribute to a majority of the ship’s inspiration.

Made to order 24/7 dining at 20+ eateries is one of the many perks of Virgin Voyages

Packing your bags yet? We thought so. Virgin Voyages is expected to set sail in Spring 2020. For more information, or to book your voyage with us, contact us today. Oh, and be sure to share this article below for others to enjoy!

5 Occasions to Celebrate with Travel!

There’s always a reason for a Celebra-cation™ –but here’s 5 of our favorites:

Your Celebra-cation™ Starts with Travel Concepts! Celebrate your next occasion with travel.

1. Milestone Birthdays

Did someone just hit the big 5-0? Then, let’s celebrate! Milestone birthdays are a popular excuse for travelers to get away from the ordinary and do something fun with their friends and family.  We help numerous groups plan the ultimate birthday getaway each year and can arrange everything from balloons and a cake, to private bottle service –or a late night in-room party at one of our exclusive resorts. Because another year in the books deserves a celebration!

2. Honeymoons

Another common occasion to celebrate with travel –your honeymoon! Nothing says romance like a sky massage on the beach, room service at 2am, or a private candlelit dinner on the beach. Our partners will be sure to treat the newlyweds like royalty –after all, planning a wedding can be exhausting! The only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether you should order the Mai Tai or the Long Island. *Clink*

3. Anniversaries

What better way to celebrate years of marital bliss, than in paradise with your better half? Anniversaries are another popular reason travelers like to get away. Not only do most properties offer a variety of unique anniversary packages, but they typically throw in additional perks like chilled champagne in your room, spa credits, private dinners, and more –guaranteed to make this trip as special as the day you said “I do!

4. Retirements

Your retirement is a long-awaited accomplishment you should be proud to celebrate! So, why not kick it off the right way, in paradise? We can hook you up with a variety of fun activities and entertainment for your entire group –though you’ll probably have plenty of that in your new life ahead! 😉

5. Ancestry Travel

A unique –and quite possibly one of our favorite reasons to travel, is designed around the history in your DNA! Ancestry travel has become increasingly popular over the years due to platforms like, which encourages users to discover their family roots well before their time. This Celebra-cation™ invites you to travel to the places that represent the stories of the people and events from the past and present. We’ll even create a customized itinerary based on the notes and memories from your ancestors!


Will you be celebrating any of these special occasions in the near future? Then make it an event to remember –with travel! For more information, please contact us to speak with a travel specialist!

Pretty Color Palettes for Your Beach Wedding

Curious what color themes are trending this year with our beach brides? Then, scroll below for some swatches of our favorites!

Contemporary and Exotic


Inspired by the coast, this color palette pairs beautifully with the natural elements that surround you. The ivory and blush add a touch of romance and sophistication to your beachy ceremony, while the pops of coral and teal pull it all together. Try incorporating sea shells, tropical floral arrangements, and ocean décor to bring this wedding theme to life!

Girly and Glamorous


For all our girly-girl brides, this color palette is for you! Shimmering, elegant –and super chic, this beachy theme pulls in shades of mauve and blush, with soft teals and gold details. Want to get really fancy? Then, consider sprucing up the napkin rings, plate chargers, and seat covers with pretty fabrics, ribbons, or pearls.  

Rich and Majestic


These rich and vibrant colors are a gorgeous backdrop for any beachside wedding. Incorporate deep plums, orange, and lavender to match the liveliness of the wonderful place you’re in. Select details like candle holders, vases, chivari chairs, or beading in gold or copper tones. If you’re really trying to go all out –don’t skimp on the bling bling!

Vintage and Whimsical


For those of you with an appreciation for vintage décor, you’ll love this beachy wedding theme! Pull in dusty pinks and blues into your table linens, florals, and aisle decorations. We’ve even seen brides incorporate vintage-inspired tables, chairs and antique cutlery or glassware. Mercury, lace, and pearls are other textures we love for this look!


If you’ve fallen for one of these gorgeous themes, Karisma Hotels and Resorts has an entire collection of signature beach wedding packages just like ‘em! Be sure to contact us today for more information, or visit us here to start planning your destination wedding!

5 Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding

What’s all the hype with destination weddings, you ask? The list goes on –but here’s 5 of our favorite reasons you should have one:

Reasons to have a destination wedding

It’s Unconventional

Who says your special day has to be just like everyone else’s? Maybe you and your partner have a more casual and untraditional lifestyle? Or perhaps the two of you prefer a more intimate setting surrounded by your closest friends and family? Whatever the reason is, the location of your destination wedding offers a unique experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. After all, isn’t that the point?

It’s Convenient

What’s more convenient, than having your ceremony, reception, and accommodations right there for everyone in one place? So, say goodbye to back-and-forth travels and stress and say hello to all-inclusiveness and relaxation. In addition, most resorts will happily arrange your special events within walking distance from each other, so finding transportation is never an issue –phew!

It’s Romantic

And, what’s more romantic than saying “I do” in paradise?  On top of the white-sand beaches, sparkling waters, and breathtaking views –it doesn’t get much more romantic than that! Oh, and did we mention most resorts will customize a wedding package to fit your taste and preferences? That’s right –our partners love spoiling brides and grooms!

It’s Surprisingly Affordable

Considering the average American wedding can cost over $30,000 –destination weddings have become increasingly popular! Why, you ask? Well, most destination weddings cost about a third of traditional weddings –making it a cost-conscious and high-value option for couples. Don’t believe us? Then just ask us for a quote, today!

It’s Easy to Plan

With us, of course! Our passion and knowledge for travel and destination wedding planning will provide you with a stress-free and exciting wedding experience. It’s our job to work with brides and grooms just like you and make everything on your wish list possible. The best part? We work with dozens of brides each year and have the experience to guide you every step of the way! Now, who’s in?


Convinced a destination wedding is right for your special day? Then get in touch with us today to get started!


Exploring Your Ancestry

Ancestry Travel Is a Thing — You Should Try It

By Denise Canon, August 19, 2019

Dig into your roots, then connect more deeply to the people in your past and make the journey to where your ancestors called home.

If you have dabbled into researching your roots, or maybe felt the urge to answer the calling on to discover your heritage, you are the perfect candidate for Ancestry Travel. It’s more than a dream, a curiosity — it’s a thing, and there are numerous ways to go about it.  You may want to stay local and simply know more about your ancestors, or travel abroad with a group or on your own. Turn your dreams into your reality.  Here are five ways to get started with Ancestry Travel and Travel Concepts KC!

  1. Begin With Public Genealogy Records.

Reach out to your county courthouse or contact a genealogy library, and you are likely to discover insights into your family tree. There are numerous resources locally and abroad to assist in beginning your research. You might consider a historical society to provide options to consider. With some basic information (family names, dates of birth, death or wedding dates), the data will begin to flow and your journey begins.

  1. Dig Deeper With Likely and Unlikely Genealogy Resources.

Online genealogy resources like have grown in popularity.  AncestryDNA is an easy-to-use, at-home DNA test that will offer greater information into your ethnicity. Travel is a natural partner for family heritage discovery. My own desire of knowing more about my family tree began with this simple test, providing amazing results within 4 – 6 weeks. It not only confirmed my knowledge of my heritage, but it also provided a broader understanding or other countries that contributed to my ancestry mix. Croatia became my ‘bucket list’ destination, and with the help of the Travel Concepts genealogy expert, Kersti Canon, that dream became my reality. A meeting is arranged with our genealogy expert to dig deeper into the roots of your family tree.

  1. Work With a Travel Agency Partner to Further Your Ancestral Journey.

In today’s fast-paced world you can, without question, go online to research almost anything. However, combining your desire to know your past ~ tracing your roots ~ with the intricacies of mapping your global journey, can be daunting. Let the experts at Travel Concepts navigate this passage into your past with you!  We have combined two passions in a journey that will exceed your every expectation. We help our clients with a customized itinerary into your family history based on the notes and memories from your grandparents and ancestors of the past. Visit and experience the places you only heard about.

  1. Consider a Uniquely Designed Heritage Experience

Your Celebra-cation™ is designed around the history that represents your DNA. For those with deeply personal religious experiences during World War II (for example), Travel Concepts will work with destination partners to create a highly customized heritage itinerary. Maybe you are searching for relatives of a family who helped to hide great grandparents during the war or aided in the escape from the ‘Old World’ to find a better life in America.  By working with a team of private Celebra-cation™ specialists, travelers can expect handcrafted itineraries that enable them to connect with their family roots.

  1. Next Steps to Discovering Your Past and Reinventing Your Future

I have spent 35+ years in this travel industry planning incredible ‘bucket list’ journeys for numerous clients. Now, with the one-stop shop approach of combining genealogy research and travel, the heart-felt passion provided by Travel Concepts will open up the storybook of generations past, and create an once-in-a-lifetime Celebra-cation™.  We can additionally assist with guides, translators or drivers to your place of origin which often lead to many happy reunions. If you can dream it, we can take you there!


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