Travel is the only thing….

So travel is the only thing that … makes you richer? Shifts your paradigm? Determines if you are right for each other?

I’ve heard all the quips and quotes about travel. Since entering the travel business, I hear them all the time. Here is the real story. Travel changes everything.  When I say everything , I mean everything. If you have never traveled out of your home town, you don’t understand what it means to be the “Other”. To walk in someone else shoes, boots, bare feet, etc. So when you travel, to the state over or around the world, you change. Bit by bit we start to understand the world and ourselves just a little bit better.

Every time I go to a different place, I bring home three things. First, I am reminded that all people everywhere are so similar. They have families, go to work and find time to have fun.  Even tho the scenery is different and the language and food are different, we all breath and love and feel. Two, there is always something to learn. Even when I’m visiting a destination I’ve been to multiple times, I always bring home some new tip for a customer or lesson learned for myself. You can’t step into the same river twice kind of thing. We have customers who call and say I’ve already been to that “Country” once and only want to go somewhere different. My response is to say that , I’m always open to new places, but are you sure you got to see everything that country had to offer? Italy, Mexico, China, Africa, the US. There are so many nuances to every country and it is hard to experience it all in one trip. Three, travel is possible for every budget. If you are backpacking and staying in hostels or flying first class and staying at the most exclusive properties, you still have choices and options at all levels. That is how a travel professional benefits you. By understanding your desires and preferences, being realistic about what is available to you within your budget, and helping you get the most out of your trip to each destination.

We each love what we do and that shows in the care and effort we put into each client booking. If you are looking for someone to help you plan your next weekend getaway, 45 day tour around the world, luxury cruise, or bucket list trip, we at About Going Places are your experts to get you there.

Traveling mercies on your next adventure!

call: 404-256-1131

email: travel@aboutgoingplaces.com


Spa for Health and Wellness – Canyon Ranch

Bettye Allis from Canyon Ranch stopped by today to share all the amazing workshops and focus weeks happening at the Canyon Ranch resorts in the coming months. Canyon Ranch is for everyone!

Health and Wellness Retreat in Arizona

Canyon Ranch Tucson

Did you know that if you are a Medical Professional, you can earn CME credits from your stay at a Canyon Ranch? Up to 46 CME credits depending on the Canyon Ranch Resort you visit.

Massage Therapy and Body Spa Treatments

Canyon Ranch Lenox Mass.

Did you also know that they have  focus weeks ranging from Cooking, Dancing, Beauty, Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Brain Fitness, Cycling and much more.

Canyon Ranch Tucson Resort

Canyon Ranch Tucson Resort

 

Call us today at 404-256-1131 to learn more about Canyon Ranch All Inclusive resorts. We are able to get the best rates, extra treatments and VIP upgrades if you book through About Going Places.

Canyon Ranch Miami

 


Moon Palace Jamaica and Sandals Grenada

Moon Palace in Jamaica is finishing its complete renovation! Here are just a few of the sneak-peak pictures of all the changes.

Moon Palace Jamaica has beautiful beaches, a brand new spa, and so much more. The Grand Opening is February 2015. Call to book today!

They have updated so much it is impossible to share it all.

Call 404-256-1131 today to find out all the changes and book Moon Palace Jamaica!

This is the newer Sandals La Source Grenada for those interested in an off the beaten path Sandals resort option. Learn more at https://www.aboutgoingplaces.com/sandals-beaches/ This Sandals Resort is located on the exclusive Pink Gin Beach and surrounded by the azure waters of the Caribbean on three sides. We’re excited that the Sandals brand will allow more people to experience one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean, Grenada, The Isle of Spice. This new Sandals Resort takes luxury to an all new level. Highlights of the resort are…

  • 225 rooms and suites
  • 17 acres
  • Great beach
  • 3 Villages, Pink Gin, South Seas, Italian
  • Minutes from the airport
  • 9 dining options including a steakhouse
  • 3 pools, 2 river pools
  • Millionaire suites,skypool suites and infinity pool suites
  • Soaking tubs in all South Seas and Italian Village rooms
  • The island of Grenada, unique and spicy

There are so many options in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Call us today so we can customize a vacation or honeymoon that meets your every need. 404-256-1131


Considering a Destination Wedding?

So many of our brides are now requesting destination weddings! See the ten reasons to consider a Destination Wedding (or convince others of your choice!) below.  If you want to learn more about Destination Wedding options, just give us a call at 404-256-1131 or email us at travel@aboutgoingplaces.com to find out if it is right for you!

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Every engaged couple entertains the idea of having a destination wedding. If you find yourselves debating “should we or shouldn’t we?” or needing to convince some guests to embrace your decision, About Going Places is here to help. Here are 10 fantastic reasons to take your big day on the road.

1. You can say “I do” anywhere! The world really is your playground.

2. You’ll stand out from the pack. Wed away, and you won’t have to choose from the same old hometown spots all your friends have booked.

3. It’s easier. Many wedding-worthy resorts offer free planning help to couples and an abundance of packages keep things simple while still giving options to customize.

4. You can save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from castle fairytale, to sea-inspired soiree. And when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn’t take much to dress it up.

5. Enjoy quality time with loved ones. The standard wedding lasts for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table, trying to say hello to everyone. A destination do spans a minimum of three days — which means, now that you’ve finally gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them! Hooray!

6. It’s a great excuse to limit the guest list. The very nature of destination weddings — they require travel, a longer time commitment and hotel stays — gives you the perfect excuse to cut down on an often unmanageable number of invitees. Think the second cousins and office mates will be miffed? You can always throw a postwedding party — complete with plenty of photos — when you get back home.

7. Guests can save on a vacation. Ask your host hotel about discounted room rates for your guests; most resorts are more than willing to bargain in exchange for group business. Some airlines, such as United and American, offer discounted airfares for groups of 10 of more — on the latter, this is true even if your guests are departing from different gateways. And ultimately, your friends will have a blast!

8. You’ll share a locale you love. Part of the joy of a destination wedding is showing off a place that has special meaning to you, be it bringing friends and family back to a beloved college campus, sharing where you took your first vacation as a couple or finally going to a locale you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

9. Flexible timing helps with budgeting. You’ll be at your destination for a few days, so work with your vendors to see how timing can trim costs. After all, if everyone is already there, you can wed on a Friday, a Sunday or even a Tuesday — what does the day of the week matter in paradise? Look at seasonality too. Many Caribbean hotels drop their prices dramatically in mid-April; by planning your wedding for May, you can get the same great digs for a fraction of the price paid by visitors a few weeks earlier. Likewise, mountain resort towns offer big savings in spring and fall.

10. You can start the honeymoon early. Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as the pre-wedding festivities begin. Many hotels offer automatic upgrades to the bride and groom on their wedding night, and you may be able to negotiate an extended stay at a reduced rate after the guests have gone home.


New Hard Rock Resort

Hard Rock International Announces new Hotel in Los Cabos! Call today to learn more about this resort or any of the Hard Rock Resort Options you can book now! Call us at 404-256-1131 or email us at travel@aboutgoingplaces.com.

Photo of Hard Rock Cancun

Hard Rock International announces Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, located on the shores of the famed vacation hot spot – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – to be completed in 2016. The 600-room property marks the brand’s fourth Mexican destination and aligns with the company’s aggressive international growth strategy. Catering to the diverse needs of modern travelers, the property will offer both family-friendly and adult-only sections.

“Hard Rock International is pleased to open a fifth resort with the All Inclusive Collection at a time when increasing numbers of travelers are seeking all-inclusive experiences,” said Marco Roca, executive vice president/chief development officer, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “Our collaboration has proven to be a massive success so far, and we look forward to delivering fantastic experiences that rock to guests in yet another beautiful vacation destination.”

“Amplifying All Inclusive Collection’s strong presence in Mexico and the Caribbean, we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Hard Rock International and launch the new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos,” said Frank Maduro, vice president of Marketing for All Inclusive Collection. “With unmatched guest services, luxurious all-inclusive amenities and an exotic backdrop, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos will extend diverse offerings to guests of all ages.”

The all-inclusive resort will feature a timeless, yet modern interpretation of Spanish architecture throughout its six restaurants and multiple pool sites, in addition to the undisputable Hard Rock vibe suiting the area’s vibrant and lively culture revered as a star-studded destination. The resort will also roll out the red carpet for guests with unparalleled live music performances and vast amenities, such as the Rock Spa® and its newly unveiled Rhythm & Motion spa menu and Body Rock® workout facility. Additionally, the property will offer 54,000 square feet of meeting space, legendary music memorabilia, a world famous Rock Shop® featuring Hard Rock’s iconic merchandise and The Sound of Your Stay – the brand’s all-encompassing music amenity program exclusive to guests of the hotel.

Photo of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Punta Cana


Holiday Travel Plans?

So it is still hot here during the Atlanta summer. We haven’t even started back to school yet, but now is the time to start thinking about your holiday travel.

We have already gotten requests for Spring Break 2015 and many of you are thinking about a get away for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. Some of the top destinations are Caribbean getaways, ski resorts, or even a European escape to see the lights of Paris, London, Barcelona, or Rome.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Call us at 404-256-1131 or email us at travel@aboutgoingplaces.com with your travel dates and where you want to go celebrate. We will get you there in style!


River Cruise Experts

We get requests on a daily basis for River Cruises in all parts the world. If you are looking to explore destinations in Europe, Asia, Russia, Egypt or anywhere else,  we can get you there.

River Cruising is a great way to see each city more closely without having to pack and unpack in each destination. We have packages that range from economy to luxury and everywhere in between.

Call 404-256-1131 or email us at travel@aboutgoingplaces.com to start your dream River Cruise vacation.

 


Sandals Quality Inclusions

At Sandals you will enjoy an all inclusive luxury vacation. Sandals offers the most romantic getaways with more quality inclusions than any other luxury beach resort. With gorgeous white sand beaches, savory dining experiences, opulent accommodations, unlimited refreshing beverages, exciting watersports and more, it’s no wonder why so many choose Sandals as their tropical escape.

Right now About Going Places is offering amazing deals on Sandals resorts. Call or email us at travel@aboutgoingplaces.com today with your dates and preferred destinations and we can send you a quote for your next Sandals Adventure!


What is it about Tuscany?

What is it about Tuscany that makes my heart skip a beat? Tuscany is home to the scenery and the magical light that captivated artists for centuries. The tranquility of the soft-edged countryside lined with slender cypress trees, rolling hills, Etruscan walls, medieval villages and small patches of farms. Tuscan cuisine, its olives, cheeses and wines sipped on verandas overlooking breathtaking scenery make me long for a flight to Italy.

Castello del Nero Estate at dawn

Call us today at 404-256-1131 to plan your getaway to Italy. We can take you to a five star hotel and spa, on a walking tour through vineyards, or nestle you in to a rustic getaway to forget the outside world!

Mary Michael

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Spa Retreat

We always get requests for Spa Retreats and thought we would share just one of our favorite getaways in the US.  If you are looking for rigorous workouts and specific diet plans or just a place to go and be pampered, we can get you there! Call 404-256-1131 or email at travel@aboutgoingplaces.com to find out the perfect getaway for you!

Rancho La Puerta – San Diego, CA

The Ranch encourages integrative wellness for women and men of all ages and fitness levels through exciting, energetic fitness options, delicious organic cuisine, and pure fun and relaxation.

Founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta started the modern Fitness Revolution…and we’re still on the cutting edge of fitness vacations today.

Call us at About Going Places to learn more about their services and special experiences just for you.