Our profession is to build experiences, if you want to step outside of the cookie cutter trip, even for a moment; we have a whole world of options.
So, you’re getting married and weeding through the nearly endless possibilities of locations to tie the knot? We’re familiar with that. When it comes to your big day, the location and atmosphere of the resorts you stay in can really make your wedding all the more special. Take a look at our top five picks for destination weddings!
If white sand beaches and turquoise water are your style…
Mexico has long been a classic destination wedding spot, particularly Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. The shear proximity of Mexico to the United States may have something to do with this as well as the increasingly convenient flight schedules that’ll have you in vacation mode as soon as possible. But, let’s be clear, this is not a top destination wedding location simply because of how close it is. The soft white beaches and deep, turquoise Caribbean waters is enough to make you swoon. And this is just your backdrop. Add into this your delicate wedding flowers, picturesque wedding altar and ceremony and you’ll be certain to fall in love with this location. Cancun features an entire zone of hotels, literally called ‘Zona Hotelera.’ Essentially, enough hotels and resorts to make your head spin. When you’re looking for the perfect location to get married and the perfect resort to fit your guest list, we have you covered.
If you want to exchange wedding vows in a dreamy tropical destination and still remain in the States…
Hawaii is for you! Mind the fact that little to none of your guests will need passports and there will be no foreign marriage laws to consider. Perhaps the only tricky aspect to navigate is that there are no all-inclusive resorts on the island, but luckily that’s something that we are well-adept at navigating. Unlike other popular tropical destination wedding locations, Hawaii has the beautiful beaches, and the rugged and unique topography that can only be formed by volcanoes. Few other places in the world can you see such a color palette of beaches — from white sand to volcanic black. Hawaii offers such diverse landscapes that if you’re looking for a relaxing wedding with the opportunity for plenty of adventures, consider Hawaii for your special day!
How about the genuine friendliness and gorgeous beaches of Jamaica?
While Jamaica makes our top pick often — wedding season or not — it’s a fantastic location to exchange vows. Whether the 7 miles of white sand beach in Negril or the port town of Ocho Rios appeals to you, each of these locations offers something different. A destination wedding in Jamaica will place you right in the thick of Island Life. Here, you will slow down, relax, and meet some of the most genuinely kind people. Now, while there are many, many places to stay and have your destination wedding in Jamaica, our travel experts have been to the majority of them. With a seemingly overwhelming amount of choices, that’s where our travel agents come in handy. Each resort has a unique feel. When it comes to your special day, trust an expert to book the resort with the perfect venue and atmosphere. If you’re dreaming of white sand beaches, turquoise water, and a friendly, relaxed island vibe, Jamaica may be just the place for you to tie the knot.
If you’re looking for a great mix of nature and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea?
The Dominican Republic is unique for several reasons. First, the island has one side that faces the Atlantic Ocean and another that is the Caribbean Sea. Looking for activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling or relaxing in front of a calm sea? Then the south side of the island is the ticket. The Northern end of the Dominican Republic is full of fishing towns, good surfing and home to lush rain forests. Naturally, there are different atmospheres on these ends of the island. This is certainly something to factor in as you decide where to have your destination wedding. Typically, the most popular location for weddings in Punta Cana on the easternmost tip of the island. This spot on the island is settled right in the middle of these two converging oceans. Punta Cana is home to seemingly endless picturesque wedding locations and dreamy resorts. Punta Cana is consistently ranked in the most beautiful beaches in the world! Your wedding photos essentially take themselves with the stunning white sand beaches as a backdrop. All-inclusive resorts are king on the island, and of course there are the good, the great, and those to avoid. And trust us, that Pina Colada tastes a heck of lot better at a swim-up infinity pool bar.
If you’re in search of a real show-stopper — a full blown European Wedding is for you!
Let’s talk Greece. For those who don’t mind going farther from home, there is no place like Greece. To start, there is unbelievable, never-ending stretches of Mediterranean coastline. Do we need to go on? For arguments sake, the sheer history of Greece is enough to thrill those that aren’t particularly history lovers. Not to mention all you foodies out there will be sustained by life giving, fresh and authentic Greek food. There are several stunning picturesque wedding locations and Santorini is perhaps the most iconic. The white washed villages with beautiful blue domes all set into dramatic cliffs are beyond dreamy. A wedding in Greece will provide an unbelievable location to tie the knot. And, you and your closest family and friends will be able to experience this beautiful European destination together!
No matter what kind of destination wedding you’re looking for, we can help you choose the right fit and atmosphere for you! Be sure to contact us so we can start planning!
London is always a good idea.
Usually that phrase is intended for Paris, but we think London is worthy as well. A trip to London has the potential to be something new every time you visit. As one of the most lively, historic and well-known cities in the world — London hardly needs an introduction. And while visiting London is certainly always a good idea, going in autumn is an even better idea.
Christmas decorations, mulled wine and brisk weather are the perfect addition to the crisp autumn air.
London, and England in general really know how to do their holiday decorations. Visiting as early as the beginning of November gives you a glimpse into the full charm of the holidays in London. By the time Christmas rolls around, every street has transformed into a winter wonderland. After bundling up, spend your days walking through the quaint streets and visiting the Christmas fairs. Pop into one of the seemingly endless picturesque pubs to warm back up and soon you’ll find you can spend an eternity exploring this amazing city.
While there are several Christmas markets in London, here’s two of the top ones:
1. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
This Christmas market is one of the largest and is set in one of the biggest and most iconic parks in the city. This sprawling market features a couple hundred stalls featuring more modern gifts as well as traditional German markets. Whether you’re catching up on holidays gifts for friends and family or looking for gift for yourself, there’s more than enough unique Christmas stalls to stock up!
2. Christmas by the River
There is no prettier stroll along the River Thames than this one — and lit up with picturesque Christmas stalls, lights and mulled wines shops — you’ll be overflowing with cheer. Even better than the market is the view, the sparkling river with a backdrop of Tower Bridge is hard to beat!
But, there’s more than just London!
Once you’ve had your fill of the city, take a drive through the quintessential English countryside to explore the breathtaking Cotswolds. An area made up of tiny villages nestled in the fall foliage made of the trademark yellow stone, a few days out here and you may never want to come home!
Whether you’re wanting to experience just London or want to explore more of the United Kingdom, we can put together the perfect itinerary to make your next vacation amazing!
Here’s a few sample itineraries to inspire you:
If these itineraries have inspired you to hop over the pond, contact us to set up an appointment!
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Where do I want to go next?
Sound familiar? This is not a cut and dry question for many travelers. And this is an excruciating question for others. Deciding where to go can certainly pull you in a variety of directions — but we can help!
Trust us, we know how it feels to have a seemingly endless bucket list — too many places to see, endless adventures to go on and a confusion of where to check off next. This has an interesting way of causing anxiety among many potential travelers. The sheer amount of possibilities can, of course, often times create a stagnation in our plans. There are many factors to consider to weed out the majority of those locations to fit your needs.
Below, you will find a myriad of factors to mull over as you place your finger on the part of the world you want to see next.
Quick getaway? A few weeks to really explore an area or do you want while away the days feeling languid on a beach? These are keys factors that will determine many facets of your vacation. For example, having only a few days to get away may influence you to only want to take a short flight somewhere instead of spending one of your few precious days traveling to the location. This is a big one and often times is rather set — many people have a very fixed amount of time that they can step away from their daily lives for.
First and foremost, your budget can also affect how long you can get away for. Think realistically about how much you want to spend on your trip and the activities that interest you. This factor also has the tendency to have trickle down effects on the nature of your vacation. Keeping your budget in mind helps to determine the sites you can see, your accommodations, and the forms of transportation you can take. In addition, if you are traveling with a bit of a larger group you will multiple budgets to think about.
Must-sees, activities, special events.
For some travelers, a particular destination is desirable because of a special event, such as Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
Not only will the dates of your trip have to coincide with the dates of the event, but your trip may have to revolve around this event in many other ways. As your travel agent, we can arrange accommodations near the event site, consider additional budget allocated for the event, and transportation to and from the event.
In this instance, you may want to book a guided tour months in advance and determine your itinerary around that hiking adventure. Definitely consider these components of your future vacation as you think about the possible location that you may want to go to.
Sources of inspiration.
Now, this can actually be the very first step as you start to really consider certain locations over others. Photos and stories have a special way of evoking emotions and can let us live vicariously through others. This is why checking out various forms of inspiration can be key as you think about your next vacation. Consume information from a variety of sources.
Check out our Pinterest for Inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/RSVLTravel/
Allowing yourself to browse through a plethora of destinations often has a way of elevating certain ones above others. Find photos that stir your soul and give you the travel butterflies — what do you need to see, now?!
Environment, culture, weather, food.
Are you drawn to sunny beaches, gloomy overcast days, or alpine lakes set in a vast mountain landscape? Every traveler is unique in their destination preferences, so, really think about where you will be happy.
Furthermore, think about the time of year that you will be traveling and the various climates that your potential locations may put you in. Traveling in January? Perhaps you don’t want to experience a deep Scandinavian winter!
If you’ve been yearning for tapas and sangria, the perfect place to experience that could be San Sebastian, Spain!
Additionally, as Roseville Travel has over 40 years of experience — we can help you decide what location is the best fit as well as the perfect time to visit!
Opt for locations that will have your own personal desired weather. Additionally, you may come across cultures and different types of food that interest you — hold on to that! These are all important as we consider the location you may want to visit.
Who will be traveling?
Whether you’re traveling with a group or going solo, this will determine the nature of your vacation. For example, traveling with a family will open up a whole different itinerary from those traveling in their later years looking for something such as a relaxing cruise.
So, where does this leave you?
Hopefully, after the consideration of all of these factors, your choices have been narrowed down and become manageable. With such a vast expanse to explore, we don’t want you to be overwhelmed with locations.
Consider your options, time constraints, budget, special events, and more as you think about where to go next!
When you’re ready, or need help deciding your location and want to learn more — we’re here!
While direct flights are typically sought after, they can be especially life-saving for those traveling with children. This simple tip can save hours of travel time — not to mention less time lugging bags around and navigating your way through terminals will keep the whole family a little bit more content. A straight shot to your destination will help the everyone arrive more eager for vacation mode then spending an entire day just getting there.
Bring snacks and treats.
Airports jack up the cost for everything, especially meals — don’t be caught without snacks throughout the day and end up spending far too much money on them. This especially comes in handy if you, or the kids have dietary restrictions. While there are certainly dining and snack options in many airports, it may be better to bring what you and like as well as the kids favorites! Even water will cost you an arm and a leg. Bring your own refillable bottles — many airports now have bottle filling stations — and save yourself the money and plastic!
Stock up a tablet. Travel days will leave you with seemingly endless empty hours and restless children. Books, movies, and games on a tablet game while away a chunk of that time when there are limited options for entertainment. But, don’t place all you eggs in the electronic basket — keep some non-battery entertainment handy — coloring books, cards and other toys that don’t need a charge. Another great way to keep children entertained is to encourage them to keep a travel journal — involve them in the trip as much as possible! They can draw pictures of their favorite parts of the trip or journal about the experience getting there.
Get the insurance.
Do it. While travel insurance is certainly recommended for all travelers, don’t take your chances with children that are more susceptible to foreign places and germs. Getting travel insurance will help you keep your peace of mind throughout the trip. Consider the peace of mind and confidence of having insurance should something arise.
Choose your destination wisely.
Depending on your needs as a family when traveling, think about the particulars of a destination as you think about where you would like to go. Consider an all-inclusive resort with plenty of activities for all ages and a wide variety of food for picky eaters. Another great option is a family cruise that keeps children and adults busy and entertained. While a lovely stay in Bora Bora sitting on the beach may initially sound wonderful, younger kids could be bored with the lack of activities.
We can help with this — knowing the ins and outs of different countries, resorts, and destinations allows us to make recommendations based on family travel.
Cut down on luggage and rent!
It’s already difficult enough toting around your own luggage and managing to remember everything. There are many popular destinations that have rentals — playpens, strollers, cribs and more that are available to rent. Try and keep your travels as stress-free as possible. In doing so, you and the whole family will have a much more enjoyable time. Lugging around your own personal luggage as well as the kids and then the strollers and other equipment can be a real hassle!
Don’t over plan.
Slow down! There are few things that can bring the mood of a vacation down than tired, grumpy kids. This tip can be a trip-saver. While it’s tempting to cram many activities and attractions into your short vacation time, your trip as a whole will be more enjoyable if you slow down. Make a clear list of your absolutely “must-see’s” and we’ll help to plan a trip around those. Cram a plethora of activities into a short period and everyone may find themselves worn out and unhappy.
If you’re traveling with family and looking for a truly stress free vacation, contact us to help plan your entire vacation!
There is something ethereal about Sweden.
Walking across the bridges that connect the 14 island archipelago of Stockholm, your mind can begin to place a tab on some of the things that make this country and its people so unique. Maybe it’s the immaculate streets void of any litter or the cheery bright-eyed Swedes that you come into contact with. The essence of Stockholm extends far beyond these simple matters — as you cross each bridge into a different part of the city, there is an entirely different feel.
The heart of the city, Gamla Stan — or Old Town, is full of towering medieval structures washed in burnt oranges and creamy marigolds. As your feet conquer the uneven cobblestone streets, the sweet smells of breads and ice cream shops making fresh waffle cones putters you along. There are seemingly endless narrow streets throughout Gamla Stan and when you hop off the main street of Kopmangatan, you’ll find some of the most picturesque narrow alleyways all to yourself.
Pop out to the outskirts of the streets and it will seem like a completely different world, full of pointy building and endless water.
Other areas of Stockholm offer shops full of traditional nicnacs, trendy restaurants, or cafes to sit and people watch.
One of the most cherished traditions in Swedish culture is that of fika, a simple aspect of daily life. Outsiders may find fika to be just a coffee break. But, to sit down and enjoy fika will have you wondering why this isn’t a part of daily life, everywhere. The essence of fika is to slow down. Furthermore, what makes this unique from a regular coffee break is that it is generally enjoyed with a tasty baked good to pair it with. Within virtually no time at all, you will find yourself at cafes throughout the city, taking an easy fika break as if you’ve been doing it your entire existence. It’s a truly pleasurable way to pass time, catching glimpses of the daily lives of Swedish city dwellers and staying up to date on the undeniable stylish garb of nearly everyone.
The countryside of Sweden is altogether perfect, in every way.
An eight hour train ride from Stockholm through the countryside to Oslo, Norway is endlessly breathtaking. To start, the impossibly blue sky and rich velvety green empty fields scattering the landscape are astonishing. The only thing to see are clear lakes reflecting the crisp clouds, vibrant yellow flower fields and little red farm houses.
If you want to experience a sweet fika break in a sidewalk cafe or take a dip in the crystal clear lakes of the Swedish countryside, we’d love to help you find your way there!
Check out this Scandinavian itinerary: The Scandinavian 2017
If you’re loving this itinerary that includes Stockholm with other stops all over Scandinavia, contact us below to start planning!
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