Dreaming of Your Next Celebra-cation™?

To our many amazing customers ~ Greetings!

We hope you and your family are well.
We have heard from many of you in the past few weeks and know you’re eager to return to travel — especially around the holidays. Many of you have asked if you can book with confidence during this holiday season and beyond. And the short answer is, yes you can!

That’s because we’ve taken a unique approach to the complexity of rebuilding travel in the midst of a pandemic: We saw the pandemic as an opportunity to change for the better and our team is working hard to make that happen. Navigating the daily changes of travel, combined with winter weather – if anything happens to impact your travel plans – no worries, we have your back!! The bottom line is that our team is ready and eager to welcome you back this holiday season and beyond. We are ramped up with excitement and enthusiasm!

If the last year has shined the spotlight on anything, it’s that the smallest moments make the biggest memories, that time with family is precious and fleeting, and that practicing daily gratitude can become a welcome tradition.

Demand for 2022/2023 is unprecedented with a mixture of re-bookings from 2020/21 moved into 2022 and an enormous amount of pent-up demand from those seeking a a unique Celebra-cation™ experience!

It is our pleasure to share a few recent experiences ~ options to consider as you move forward to capture your travel dreams with family and/or friends!


NICKELODEON HOTELS & RESORTS has recently made its debut in the Riviera Maya destination of Mexico – and let me just say – COWABUNGA! Everything about it truly exceeded every expectation and blew through each of my senses!  This is a Laid-Back, Luxury Escape – and allows each of us to stroll down memory lane with all of those FUN, FABULOUS Nick characters too (Sponge Bob Square Pants, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and SO MANY MORE of the Nickelodeon friends)!!

If you are ready to LEVEL UP your Family Celebra-cation™ – look no further!  There is something at this amazing, Gourmet-inclusive resort for everyone.  An intimate, beachfront resort with 280 oceanfront, swim-up suites (accommodate up to 5 family members with 2 separate bathrooms), 6 restaurants delivering a wide array of delish culinary experiences, 3 bars (adult entertainment), 1 oceanfront pool, 1 spa and (drumroll) … AQUA NICK ® ~ a 6-acre water park with over 20 slides – WOWZA!

Been there, done that & cannot wait to return!  Five-star Luxury, All-inclusive features … it’s your time to experience the playfulness & warm hospitality that makes MEXICO a safe & beloved destination!!  We look forward to assisting you to CONFIRM your ULTIMATE FAMILY GETAWAY!!



EL CIELO WINERY & RESORT ~ A sanctuary in Mexico’s most important Wine Region, A unique expression of the vineyard through wines made with passion. Sommelier-led tours. Glorious delights from field to table. Elegant suites enhanced by sweeping mountain views. A fusion of Old-World traditions and refined new architecture, all shaped by nature. Set on 71 acres of rolling Baja California vineyards, El Cielo Winery & Resort is an innovative and exclusive wine experience right in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s coveted wine region.
Everyone has their own version of HEAVEN, last week – this was mine! CIELO translated to English = HEAVEN. During our 4-night stay, the meaning was spiritually clear. I have had the pleasure and privilege to travel extensively throughout the globe – but literally had no clue that Valley de Guadalupe was such a prestigious wine region.  This luxurious resort has been designed with couples and groups in mind, situated in the heart of the Baha wine regions, boutique-style facilities, within a stunning array of villas.

This time of the year the days are warm (dry, desert climate), and the evenings’ temperatures drop to justify an evening bonfire, sipping wine and sharing s’mores. And the evening SKY – oh my!  The Heavenly sky is illuminated with stars – so brilliant and seemingly near, feeling as though I could reach and pluck them from the sky.  Each day / evening was more gorgeous than the last.

We visited other wineries in the region, enjoyed local/authentic dining experiences And, for those who know me, WINE / VINO is my vibe.  Being amidst acres of vineyards, over 15 varieties of grapes – sensory overload!  The following are samples of the many varieties and styles our palates enjoyed … Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Grenache – including new varietals that allow for modern blends – Malbec, Syrah, Nebbiolo & Sangiovese.

The Resort – The Winery – The Vineyard – The Organic Gardens – The Tanks – The Barricas ~ Terrace Tastings ~ Cava Tastings ~ 3-7 Course Dinners & Pairings ~ Cooking Classes ~ Team Building Experiences ~ ENJOY A VARIETY OF SENSORY EXPERIENCES!
Conveniently located 2 hours south of San Diego, this is a MUST-SEE / DO experience!!  Our exclusive land partnerships will safety escort you across the border in style. Whether it’s just the 2 of you, multiple couples, girlfriend getaways, wellness retreat, destination wedding or maybe a corporate / incentive … who is ready for BAJA-AVANTGARDE CUISINE … BAJA-YUCATAN FUSION … AND, OF COURSE, WINE ???    Cheers! Denise

Remember, there is always something to celebrate – and we remain grateful to have served clients globally for over 25 years!

Cheers & sending our warmest regards ~ Denise & Ashley

PATHWAY TO YOU

We live in an age of information overload and internet rabbit holes on the history of the pillow and dancing fish. That’s on top of work, family, and a busy schedule – so it’s tough to focus on one thing that matters. What is YOUR Pathway to wellness?  Maybe it’s a long walk, a gym workout, journaling, Eastern medicine practices, Yoga, Pickle Ball?  Are Affirmations / Setting Intentions for you?  Try one new thing ~ it’s likely to make a huge difference for you!  Be inspired, welcome tranquility, focus on life/work balance!!




Happy American Football Day –
No Better Way to Celebrate Than With Queso!!

INGREDIENTS

32 ounces Velveeta cut into cubes
1 10- ounce can Rotel
1 lb ground beef browned
1 cup black beans
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbs milk/cream
Pico or Guac for garnish

Instructions

Brown ground beef, cut Velveeta into cubes. Put all ingredients into crockpot except sour cream. Let cook on low heat for a couple of hours, stir it all together, add sour cream and stir again. Serve with Fritos or Tortilla chips!


Today, we are coming to you with a few Travel hints on flying.✈️
Anyone who has had a bad flight before knows that it can leave you tired, stressed, and irritated. This is never a good way to start or end your vacation. So today we are coming to you with a few flying tips to help you stay organized and prepared!!
1️⃣ Pack healthy snacks! Focus on proteins and healthy fats. That will keep you feeling full and satisfied! Some examples of good snacks to pack in your carry on are: almonds, dried fruit, protein bars, trail mix, and carrot sticks.🥕
2️⃣ Bring some sleep gear! There’s nothing better than arriving at your destination well rested and ready to go. Whether you’re in the middle seat, against the window, or winging it on the aisle, here’s a few things you can pack to help you catch some zzz’s: travel pillow or neck pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, and a small, lightweight blanket.😴
3️⃣ Be cautious and safe! You are about to get on a plane with a lot of people. It might be a good idea, especially in our world today, to take an immune supplement. Give your body an extra hand and boost your immune system. And you might want to throw in some hand sanitizer while your at it!😷

Hopefully you found this Travel Tip helpful!! We have one more bit of information for you today!📝

**Important Info: International Travel Rules are Changing for U.S. Citizens: Effective November 8, 2021 the rules for returning to the US are changing (this applies to US citizens only).
If you’re fully vaccinated, not much is changing. You’ll still need to take a COVID-19 test within 3 days of your return to the US. The big change is that you’ll need to show proof of vaccination.
If you are NOT fully vaccinated, then your test needs to be conducted no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure back to the US.
No changes for those that have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days of travel. You’ll still need documentation of recovery and a copy of your positive COVID-19 test.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us!!

HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY!!




SHOUT OUT’S FROM OUR AMAZING CUSTOMERS ~

We loved working with Ashley and Denise from Travel Concepts for our honeymoon! We got married in October 2020, but knew traveling wouldn’t be a great opinion until summer 2021. We just got back from our honeymoon in Cancun and couldn’t have been happier! I called Ashley in February 2021 with concerns about traveling and shared my worries with her; she listened and answered all of my questions…again 🙂 When we arrived in Cancun this past June, everything was in order and exceeded our expectations! If you’re looking for a travel agent, Ashley and Denise will take WONDERFUL care of you! ~ Kara

We booked our spring break trip with our high school senior with Travel Concepts and everything was wonderful. In a crazy Covid year, it was so nice to vacation worry-free. Denise made sure all arrangements were made and left nothing to chance. We loved the Moon Palace in Cancun and can’t wait to return! ~Christina

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