Cruising 201 – Luxury Cruising

Ya know - I love it when my travel tips garner further discussion and more suggestions of how to navigate the ever-changing world of cruising. When I posted my Cruising 101 tips a few days ago, my fabulous client (and friend), Renee Wilmeth of Connector Creator chimed...

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Cruising 101 – Bella’s Cruise Tips

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about cruising and those little nuggets of advice that makes your cruise adventure go more smoothly. I’ve been asking my colleagues for their best cruise tips, looking in my Bella archives of document handouts, and checking out...

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The Best of 2018

Wow 2018 just flew by—like at warp speed!!! Here at Bella, we are already in full planning mode for 2019 travels and beyond—but I wanted to take a moment this morning, sit by the fire, sip some amber-colored hot tea from Paris (sigh), and reflect on how fabulous this...

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What does Luxury travel mean to you?

At Bella Travel Planning, we create custom, luxury travel experiences. When you hear the word "Luxury," what comes to mind?  What picture do you see?  What does luxury mean? More importantly, what does luxury mean to you? For some of our travelers, luxury means Smart....

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Travel Insurance and Summer Travel

June first marks the start of hurricane season.   No one wants to experience a hurricane season like that of last summer and fall.  And no one wants to think that possibly it could happen again or to them.  The scientists at Colorado State University recently advised...

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Summer Beach Reads!

Is there anything better than a day at the beach with a great book?  We love a good beach read!  Thick, thin, heavy subjects, light-hearted reads--a great beach read just has to take us away and give us those moments when we go---Whaaaat???  Our happy place is under a...

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Two Days in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa has long been lauded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  The waterfront, Table Mountain, and the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean create a stunning setting for a cosmopolitan city.  Sir Frances Drake remarked “this cape is the most...

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Halfway Around the Globe and Back, 2017

We had a busy (and fun!) year traveling halfway around the globe in 2017.   We like to travel independently, and our first trip was to Mexico.  In the Spring, we flew to Japan where we spent five days in Tokyo before boarding a ship for a transpacific voyage to...

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Your Punta Cana Honeymoon

Recently, I was invited to attend the Romance Travel Forum in Punta Cana.  The Forum is a by invitation only conference of high producing travel professionals specializing in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons.  The Romance Travel Forum was held at the Paradisus...

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Toes in the Sand at Ritz Carlton Cancun

Like you, sometimes The Man and I need to get out of dodge…to have a frosty cocktail delivered to us in our private cabana…to wake up to the azure ocean water….and have some sand decorate our flip flops.  We chose the Ritz Carlton Cancun for our quickie beach getaway...

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Ritz Carlton’s Avocado Margarita

I love a good Margarita!!  If you watched our Facebook Live post this morning, you would have seen our morning cocktail shenanigans involving a blender, an avocado, and tequila.  It was a cold, January morning in The ATL and a beach hat and a Margarita hit the spot!...

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Sabi Sabi South African Safari

I spent two glorious nights at the Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge for safari.  It was my first safari and I could not have asked for a better experience!!!!  The small, thirteen suite property is situated right in the bush with animal friends visiting us throughout our stay. ...

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From My Terrace along the Indian Ocean

Good morning Seychelles and Indian Ocean!! As I sit here on my private terrace this morning in front of the Indian Ocean hearing the resort wake up and the rich sounds of nature surrounds me, my heart is full of gratitude. I wish you could hear the sounds in this...

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