Versailles, The Sun King, and All Things Golden

Versailles, The Sun King, and All Things Golden

Last fall, my mom and I spent a glorious day exploring all things Louis. It was Mama's first time in France (really the first time anywhere in Europe) and I was looking forward to delighting in the grandeur of Versailles. The Chateau Versailles is a delightful...

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Cruising 201 – Luxury Cruising

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

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

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?

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

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...

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Summer Beach Reads!

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

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

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

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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