The Proof Is In The Pudding

"Hey mom, what's for dinner?", asks your precious child as soon as they walk in the door from vacation. The stress of real life begins before you’ve unpacked your bags.
 
Here’s how to answer that question with a smile on your face: meal prep before you go! I know what you’re thinking. “That’s just one more thing to add to my growing list of things to do before we hit the road.” But I’m telling you, it will be a blessing when you get back to reality.
 
One of the items on my checklist of things to do before we head out on a trip is ‘clean out the refrigerator.’  However, I like to leave a few non-perishable items for when we return home. That way, I don’t have to go to the grocery store right away. In your fridge have at least two days’ worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think of your family’s favorite quick-prep meals.
 
With just a little bit of prior planning, you can answer your child happily and all will be well with the world… at least for the next day or two. And if you have a growing list of 'travel itinerary to plan' items, let me take the planning off your hands. You’ll have more time to get your “to dos” done.
 
I’ve included one of our quick throw together meals below: Taco Soup! Let me know if you give it a try by replying directly to this email.
 
Taco Soup
 
2 lbs ground hamburger, turkey or chicken
1 yellow onion (chop and freeze it prior to vacation)
1 ½ cups of water or chicken broth
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 can black beans
1 can white shoe peg corn
1 can baked beans
1 can pinto or kidney beans
1 4oz can chopped green chilies
1 dry package Ranch dressing
1 package taco mix
1 clove garlic
 
(1) Brown meat with onion and drain.
(2) Add all the ingredients into a large (makes approximately 18 cups) crock pot. Stir to mix well. Cook on high 2 to 3 hours or low 4 to 6.
(3) Serve with tortilla chips and/or Fritos. Garnish with sour cream and grated cheddar cheese.

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Location, Location, Location

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What is the first thing you do when you start planning a vacation on your own?  Do you research resorts or begin looking for deals? 
 
After deciding on your budget, the very next thing you should consider are your “must do” activities. From there, you can determine what destination offers them. Yes, this takes a lot of research, but it will save you lots of time and energy.
 
Say your number one, must do activity is zip lining. Your next-door neighbor just got back from Aruba and raved about its colorful coral reefs and white sand beaches. This peaked your interest, so you begin to research resorts and find the perfect accommodations for your family. With excitement in the air, you book your flights and wait for your vacation to roll around.
 
But guess what? Aruba doesn’t have zip lining. WHAT? Yep…that’s right. You’re on an island that doesn’t even offer a zip lining experience. These are things a travel professional would catch so you could make an educated buying decision.
 
If you have a full schedule, feel tense at the mere consideration of research, or you’re struggling to find the drive to make a vacation happen, contact me!  I’ll help guide you to make sure you get a exceptional, personalized travel experience and get the best value for your money.

Why You Should Forget Travelocity

Not sure if you are ready to hire a travel consultant? Here are five reasons why I should help you plan your next trip!

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  • I protect your precious vacation dollars and hours. I take time to get to know my clients as well as possible, so I do a great job at matching them with the right experience.

  • I save you time and hassle. I am the one who sits on hold, checks fares, and researches prices, saving hours of stress and overwhelm.

  • I can provide special treatment you cannot get on your own. Thanks to my relationships with travel suppliers, I can often get amenities, upgrades and other special VIP touches you can't access on your own.

  • My job does not stop when you book your travel.  I go the extra mile to find great restaurants, special activities, golf tee times, shore excursions and I love adding my own distinct touches. I also prepare my clients for travel so there are no surprises. I check if their passports are current, give trustworthy packing advice, and provide tipping guides.

  • I am one phone call away. If my clients experience unexpected surprises during their travel like cancelled flights or missed connections, they know they can call me. I will take care of the rest.