Top 5 Reasons to Use a Travel Advisor

Why use a travel advisor?

Yes, we’ve heard it all and we know it is possible to book your own travel. Consider this – how much time and effort does it take to put together an amazing vacation?!

Many people end up not taking (a much needed and well-deserved) vacation because they simply do not have the extra time to plan one. Especially in this post-pandemic world, planning a trip can be confusing, time-consuming, and quite a hassle.

That is where our travel advisors come in! Our teams arrange transportation, provide early booking discounts, special fares, hotel deals. Plus, they guide you through the complexities of travel advisories.

Let our advisors ease any uncertainty you may have with up-to-the-minute information and expert advice.  It is all in a day’s work in the exciting world of travel planning and building relationships!

Here are the top five reasons you should plan your next vacation with a travel advisor!

Save time!

Sure – of course you can book your own travel. Just like you can go to the store to shop. In all honestly – it’s incredibly time consuming. Shopping the best deals, researching resorts, adjusting flights, checking COVID protocols – it takes a lot of time and energy. Make the call so we can take on the confusion and stress of planning. The last thing you want to think about is whether you have a transfer included or arranged or if your lost luggage is covered.  You can sit back and enjoy a memorable experience. Let us sweat the details while you do nothing but relax!

Save money!

When most people think of using a travel advisor their first thought may not be of saving money, but this is often the case. Our vacation professionals have cultivated strong relationships and premium partnerships with countless travel suppliers giving them access to a network of lower pricing and exclusive travel packages. With the latest in computer reservations technology, our travel advisors have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips to get you the best value possible.

Travel Advocate!

Fox recognizes no two travelers are alike. We personalize your vacation by taking the time to understand your unique travel needs, interests and concerns and plan to address all of them. Ensuring you take meaningful vacations that inspire lifelong memories is our top priority. Fox has a long-standing record—more than 60 years—helping customers create that ultimate experience while being by their side before, during and after a vacation in case of the unexpected.  Whether that’s a delayed flight, natural disaster, or pandemic, we go the extra mile to make sure your trip isn’t disrupted!

One Stop Shop!

Fox is proud to offer a one-stop shopping experience for all your travel arrangements. Vacations can take on many different forms, and we can help with the details of booking that cruise, train ride, flight, or car. We take the time to learn what is important to you and create customized itineraries that can bring your bucket-list items to life.

Expertise!

Our travel advisors are knowledgeable and active in the industry. We specialize in all-inclusive vacations, destination weddings and cruises—just to name a few. Many of our advisors are certified experts to destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, and Europe. Want to take a romantic trip through Italy? We have advisors who can key you into the perfect spot to see a Tuscan sunset. Want to plan a memorable family vacation to Disney? We have Disney certified advisors Dream Team who can make your dreams come true. Or do you want to sit back and relax as you cruise crystal blue waters? We have a team of cruise specialists who will find the best unique itinerary that caters to everything you dream about.

 

Many of our travel advisors have developed long-standing friendships with clients who now trust them to make recommendations without even having to ask! Those relationships have been critical in helping our customers navigate unprecedented travel restrictions due to the pandemic. It is all in a day’s work in the exciting world of travel planning and building relationships! Contact one of our advisors today!

Celebrating National Beer Day with the Best European Beer Cities

National Beer Day is April 7th in the United States. It is time to raise a glass and toast to the oldest and most revered of all beverages. People have been making beer around the world for over 5,000 years. According to BBC, the oldest recipe ever recorded that we know of is for beer!

As we round out featuring European experiences and traveling On Holiday, we just had to share some of the Best Beer Cities in Europe. What’s our criteria for being named the best beer city Europe? Well, it isn’t exactly scientific. We are looking for beer quality, cool history, and just an overall enjoyable beer-drinking vibe.

Here’s our top 5 best beer cities in Europe.

 

Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany. Waiter with traditional costume holding beers, crowded tent interior background

With a long history of brewing beer and hosting the world’s largest infamous beer festival, Oktoberfest, it is not surprising Munich is a top beer-lover destination.  In Germany, beer is not only a national delicacy, but it’s a huge part of Germany’s culture and traditions. Munich is home to six major breweries – Pauaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten-Franzikaner, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu and Augustiner.  Plus, there are over 200 beer gardens around Munich – a tradition dating back over 200 years. Próst!

 

Dublin, Ireland

Not surprising at all, Dublin tops our list. Irish pubs are known globally for their great character and drinking beer is simply a way of life. The Irish pubs – warm culture, humble atmosphere, traditional music – it’s so much more than Guinness – it’s the “craic.” The basic translation is simply fun, but the true Irish meaning embraces everything amazing, warm, and enjoyable about a good Irish pub. Famously quoted Irish poet William Butler Yeats perfectly explains, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.” Without a doubt, visiting Ireland is an amazing adventure for beer-lovers.

 

Brussels, Belgium

Beer bar pub tap in Brussel Belgium.

There are many specialties that lure people to Belgium, and their quality beer crafts are certainly one. With an estimated 400 varieties of beer, there is an immense sense of pride in the history and quality of Belgium beer. When it comes to the craftsmanship to develop a quality brew, you would be hard pressed to find a culture that rivals Belgium anywhere in the world.

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

girls drinking cold light beer in a street cafe in Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam is known for the relaxing, laid-back atmosphere. While neighbor Belgium boasts quality beer brands, Amsterdam equally shares its own distinguished beer. Amstel or Heineken anyone? In fact, the most popular alcoholic drink in the Netherlands is beer. Amsterdam is home to some amazing tours, breweries, and history. Sit back, soak in the vibe and enjoy a few pale lagers along the way.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

A woman and her friends try freshly brewed authentic Czech beer in a tavern in Prague

Prague has arguably the best beer culture in the world. Why? According to USA Today, Czechs consume more beer per capita than any other country in the world. Equally, Prague is considered the hub of the beer revolution. Even better? Beer in Prague is literally cheaper than bottled water. The lager (pilsner-style light lager) is considered better than just about any other place on Earth. Yes, that’s a hefty statement. Well pilsner was born in the Czech Republic and their brewing can be traced back to the 6th century! Plus, Czechs still practice the tedious brewing process of ‘decoction mashing’ resulting in a richer flavor and creamier foam. It is safe to say – Prague is an impressive beer city.

 

BONUS! Reykjavik, Iceland

bar in Iceland Reykavik with different kind of viking beer

You may be asking yourself, why is Reykjavik on this list? Well, for more than half of the 20th century, beer was illegal in Iceland. It was finally legalized in 1989, and Icelanders have been celebrating ever since! Of course, being of Viking descent, this should not come as a huge surprise. Icelandic brewers take inspiration from their natural surroundings and use a lot of herbs found in the mountains and even blueberries to give their beers that fresh Icelandic taste.

If these cities have you craving an authentic European brew, we are right there with you! Reach out to one of our expert travel advisors today and start planning you On Holiday vacation. Cheers and happy exploring!

Planning a destination wedding: Etiquette & tips from our wedding experts

If you are looking to host a destination wedding miles away from your home, there is a lot of planning involved and details to consider. Lucky for you, we have an expert destination wedding team ready to help! We sat down with our team to discuss destination wedding etiquette and tips for making it the wedding of your dreams!

ETIQUETTE

When to have a destination wedding?

Consider the time of year you are traveling. If it is a warm-weather wedding destination, the peak season may be January-March. Consider a wedding in a shoulder season or off-season. Also, tourism fluctuations can impact travel prices and make bookings rather expensive. Equally, a low tourism season could mean closed amenities.  Use a travel advisor to help you select the best time of year for your destination.

Who should we invite?

Do you invite everyone or keep it intimate? Typically, a destination wedding is an intimate affair since the guests will be staying at the same resort as the wedding couple. In many cases, the wedding also doubles as the honeymoon. Whether you invite immediate family only or extending the invitation to a larger group. Have your guest list ready so you understand your budget and necessary guest accommodations — wheelchair accessible, kid-friendly, adults-only, etc.

How should we notify our guests?

Save-the-dates should go out eight to 12 months before your wedding because your guests will need to request time off work, save up money, and take care of other details. Official invites should be sent no later than three months before your wedding dates. Include all important travel details. When you plan a wedding with Fox, we have a wedding website created especially for you to keep everyone up-to-date with all travel updates and accommodations.

Who pays for accommodations?

Guests are traditionally expected to cover their personal lodging and transportation. Tactfully outline your expectations by directing guests to your wedding website with all recommendations and accommodations.

 

PLANNING TIPS

Wooden tables for wedding dinner decorated with tropical flowers, pineapples, coconuts and glass lamps. View of the ocean. Concept of a tropical destination wedding. in front of the ocean

Choosing a destination

When selecting a destination, keep in mind the location should be safe and accommodating for you and your guests. An exotic wedding in a remote location may be your dream; however, consider everyone attending your special day. Choose a destination that will fit your style and budget as well as the guests you are inviting. Consider your least travel-savvy guest and consider their comfort while planning.

Learning the marriage laws

Marriage licenses in some countries may take much longer than expected or may require you to arrive early for information processing. Our wedding experts can help you determine what rules and regulations apply to your preferred destination.

Avoid shipping items

Shipping items to and from your destination can be quite expensive. Resorts will have decorations on-hand and items such as bridesmaid gifts can often be purchased in-destination. Great tip! Try to distribute must-bring items in the suitcases of family members attending your wedding.

Arriving early

If time and budgets allow, arrive at your destination early. You will have more time to finalize last-minute details with the venue and check out the ceremony site. Typically, you will have an on-site wedding coordinator. Connect with them upon your arrival. Finalize your details with them. Hair, make up, photography, ceremony set up, etc.  Most resorts prefer couples to arrive at least 48 hours before the wedding.

Discover resort wedding packages

Take advantage of the “preview” packages available at the resorts. Most destination wedding resorts will offer a package for the bride and groom to come and stay 2-3 nights at the destination. Visit with the wedding team and pick firsthand the locations for the wedding! Plus, if you book your wedding at this location within a specific time frame, you will get a credit towards your wedding!  Win-Win!

Select a destination wedding planner

If there is a special date you really want, book early!  Destination weddings are very popular and many popular wedding dates book up early, so plan accordingly and use a destination wedding planner!  Our destination wedding team works with many resorts and wedding teams throughout the all-inclusive markets. We can recommend the best option for your requests!

Happy newlyweds stand holding hands on the background of the blue sea and coconut palm trees Wedding walk on a sand beach

If a destination wedding sounds like a great way to say “I DO,” schedule a virtual appointment with one of our talented advisors today! If you are unsure whether a destination wedding is your best option, join us on March 2nd at 7pm (CT) for a live virtual event. We will discuss the latest destination wedding trends and talk with newlyweds about their recent wedding planning experience.

The World’s Most Romantic Resorts

Your personal guide to the world’s ultimate resorts for a romantic retreat

If you need to press “pause” on the daily chaos of life, and perhaps rekindle the romance that is starting to flicker you have come to the right place! There are few vacations as rewarding as a relaxing couple’s retreat. With endless resorts to choose from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond – it takes time and research to find the perfect destination to get away from it all. Luckily for you, our travel experts have narrowed the search with some top choices for romantic getaways this year.

One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico

Looking to splurge this year? Set amongst the stunning natural scenery of the Baja Peninsula, alongside the Sea of Cortez, the One & Only Palmilla has extraordinary views of picturesque landscape with beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the entire region. You’ll find luxurious suites, deep soaking tubs, patio daybeds and designated butler at your service upon check-in.

 

Ladera in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a reputation for an island of romance, and Ladera is the resort for couples seeking breathtaking landscape in an intimate setting. With just 37 rooms and suites, this resort offers the perfect setting for forging a connection to the beauty, romance, and lifestyle of St. Lucia. Each suite is uniquely constructed from locally harvested hardwoods, stone, and tile, with the resort’s eco-friendly philosophy in mind. An ‘open wall’ design dramatically opens to private plunge pools and magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean.

 

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada

Looking for tropical seclusion? Grenada is known as “Island of Spice” in the Caribbean because of its fertile soil. Spice Island Beach Resort is family-owned and oozes charm on a picture-perfect beach setting along Grand Anse Beach. With exceptional accommodations, private pool options, secluded gardens, and breezy private terraces – this resort is sure to amaze. Enjoy unlimited golf and tennis by day and Caribbean meals with steel drum serenade by night.

 

Tabacón Grand Resort in Costa Rica

Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern region of Costa Rica lies Tabacón Grand Spa & Resort. This stunning property features the ultimate combination of a nature-centric wellness spa and world-class hospitality services. The resort boasts 18 natural hot springs –pristine thermal waters flowing into waterfalls and hidden bathing spots that meander through one of the lushest and exotic gardens in the world. This resort is also a part of the Sustainable Tourism Program and has received Carbon Neutral certification.

 

Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora

Bora Bora has always been considered the ultimate romantic destination, which is why it’s a go-to for so many honeymooners. Perhaps Tahiti sounds a bit cliché, but it is absolutely deserved! Our travel experts have traveled the globe, and Bora Bora always remains top of the list for the romance capital of the world. Superb beaches, crystal clear blue water, coral reefs and of course, the much talked about, over-the-water bungalows. If you’ve always dreamed of staying in an over-water bungalow, the Four Seasons Resort is hands down the place for you. Tahiti requires extra travel time; however, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you are ready to book your next romantic vacation destination or need help selecting the perfect location, contact one of our travel advisors today!

“Off the beaten path” beach destinations to book this winter

If the January cold is getting you down, you are certainly not alone. Beach destinations are incredibly popular this time of year and for good reason. Whether you are a regular sunseeker looking for a new beach to explore or simply looking for a vacation off the beaten path, these beautiful beaches are sure to satisfy your quest for sunshine, relaxation and fun!

Camp Bay Beach – Roatan, Honduras

Roatan is an island in the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras. This beach escape attracts divers with the world’s second largest coral reef, perfect for snorkeling. Located on the east end of the island is the less traveled, Camp Bay Beach. Because this beach is far from some of the major tourist locations on the island, it makes for the perfect day trip for rest and relaxation under the sun…aside from Mondays when expat locals throw weekly beach celebrations.

Anapai Bay – New Zealand

This beach we love for those who have a little bit of adventure in their heart. Located along the northern coast of Abel Tasman National Park is Anapai Bay. Made up of two beaches, Anapai Bay is lush with golden sand and clear, beautiful blue waters, and the beach is split by fascinating rock formations. Known as one of the best beaches in the park, people are also welcome to explore the nearby Mutton Cove after a day of soaking up some sun.

 

Pirate Beach – Staniel Cay, Bahamas

Located in the Exuma Cays, Staniel Cay is a small island village about 120km south of Nassau. One of the most popular destinations on Staniel Cay is the Staniel Cay Yacht Club that is family friendly and full activities. While the yacht club is considered to be a ‘hidden gem,’ if you’re looking for something that’s even more off the beaten path, head north in search of Pirate Beach. The best way to traverse the island is by golf cart but be prepared for a little walking to access the beach, since it is only accessible by foot. Don’t be surprised if you have the beach all to yourself!

Of course, there are SO MANY breathtaking beaches on this planet just waiting to be discovered. Contact one of our travel advisors today to book your next beach vacation! Do you have a favorite beach destination? Drop us a note below and let us know!