Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

Are you looking for something unique to do with your family this Halloween season? Well, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a magical event that is not to be missed! 

This ticketed event is perfect for all ages! (It’s not too spooky, but just spooky enough!) It only happens on select nights, August-November, at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park.

Just imagine…a unique Halloween party right in Disney World with your favorite characters!

The entirety of Magic Kingdom is taken over for ticketed guests from 7 pm to 12 am with Halloween-themed events, decorations, character greetings, food items, a Halloween parade, special fireworks, and more. 

First, let’s take a look at prices, dates, and purchasing info: 

2023 Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Dates:

August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29

October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 November: 1

Time: 

7 pm - 12 am

*Party guests can arrive at 4 pm to enjoy the park. The last show is at 12 am, but guests are welcome to stay, shop and wonder for a little while after that.

Ticket Prices and Availability

Prices: 

Prices vary by date. They range from $109 to $199 

Availability: 

Guests staying in select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting April 27.

Tickets will be available to all guests starting May 2.

*Genie+ is NOT available during the party.

DiscountsAnnual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can save $10 per ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, on select nights.

What is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party like?

This spirited evening is filled with your favorite Disney Characters in a dressed up for Halloween Disney World!  Wear your own costume and trick-or-treat throughout the evening in Magic Kingdom, as you experience surprises on popular rides, unique Halloween-themed food, eerie entertainment, a special fireworks show, and so much more.

Some Highlights:

  • The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: The mischievous Sanderson Sisters (Winifred, Mary, and Sarah) from the Hocus Pocus Returns film host a wicked party, along with popular Disney villains, Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, and Maleficent. Sinister shadows, terrifying nightmares, and villain powers conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion as they cast a spell on everyone! Incredible dancers, projections, and special effects make this an incredible Halloween treat!

  • Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade: This Spooktacular Procession is so much fun! You and your guests will see all of the popular Disney villains, ghastly ghouls, and iconic Disney characters (like Mickey and Minnie!) as they stroll and float by during this Halloween-themed parade down Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks: Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas hosts an incredible fireworks show as Disney favs Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy are “spirited away to a mysterious haunted house where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a sinister gathering of Disney villains!” The show features amazing projections and effects, stunning lights and lasers, and of course, incredible fireworks! 

  • The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet: Enjoy Halloween-inspired harm-onies from this, funny and ghostly Dapper Dans-style quartet. 

  • Trick-or-Treat Throughout the Park: Be sure to trick-or-treat your way around Magic Kingdom! Collect all kinds of sweets and snacks as you enjoy attractions from land to land. *Allergy-Friendly funis available, too! A cast member will give you a teal-colored treat bag so that you can receive teal tokens to redeem for allergy-free treats at the Allergy-Friendly centers. 

  • Disney Junior Jam: There are several dance parties in the park where you and your kids can dance the night away with their favorite Disney show characters! 

  • Dressing-up!: Wear your favorite Halloween costume (*following Disney guidelines.) Your favorite characters will also be all dressed up in their own Halloween costumes. Be sure to take pics! 

  • Not-So-Scary Memories: Disney PhotoPass photographers will help you capture some Halloween moments in the perfect spooky setting at select attractions! Some tips: download and sign in to the My Disney Experience app to view photos and have them linked to your accounts with Bluetooth technology enabled for the My Disney Experience app. Purchase “Memory Maker” for unlimited downloads.

  • Magic Shots: These special pics are a real hit at Halloween! These pics have a fun, Halloween-themed touch, with supernatural surprises that magically appear in your photos! Great memories for your family to share!

  • TRON Lightcycle / Run:  **NEW FOR 2023** Have your own high-speed Halloween adventure on this new attraction that mixes live action with computer-generated visuals and backlit animation! *Virtual queue access only. You may join the virtual queue at 6 pm on the My Disney Experience app. *Standby queue for this attraction will not be available during this event.

What a way to celebrate Halloween!

With party-exclusive treats to eat, spooky entertainment, the Boo-to-you parade, Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks, and more, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is well worth the price of admission, and not to be missed! 

Reach out today and LIFE IS BETTER TRAVELING can set up the perfect Halloween getaway for you and your loved ones!

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Walt Disney World Tips & Tricks From The Pros


Walt Disney World is truly the most *magical* place on earth, and visiting there is an incredible experience that you and your family won’t soon forget.

However, this lifetime experience requires some careful planning to make the most out of it - you don’t want to miss out on any of the magic!

Life Is Better Traveling has put together some TIPS & TRICKS to help you navigate through your Disney World vacation, using our knowledge from many years of Disney travel.

Walt Disney World is incredible. There are popular rides, characters, shows, fireworks, food, and more! To make it even more special, we have some tricks to share for saving money, avoiding lines, securing restaurant reservations, and more.  


Take a look, and get started on your way toward making your Disney vacation magical!

25 Tips & Tricks:

  1. Best Time To Visit: Disney World is always quieter when schools are in session, so planning to visit WDW during the times of the year that school is in session is a great start! Other times that are lighter: January, February, the last two weeks of August, September, October week-days, and early November week-days. Check-in on a Friday if you can, since most people arrive on Saturdays. 

  2. Make Pass Reservations: Purchase your Disney Park Passes ahead of time. (necessary for set date passes up until January 2024) Many Disney hotels offer these as a package deal - and of course, your travel planner can arrange all of this for you. 

  3. Set up My Disney Experience App and Genie+: Highly recommend this! This app is really easy to use and will allow you to plan each day with activity and ride reservations, dining reservations, order-to-go, mobile checkout, and more. It’s also easy to edit your plans and ask questions directly with a chat with a Cast Member. Genie+ allows you access to Lightening Lane (skip the long lines!), and much more. It’s a $15 add-on to have “Genie+” and well worth every penny!

  4. Genie+ Extras: Get free photo downloads of attraction pics! There are also fun and free “photo lenses” to try out and audio experiences within the app. 

  5. My Experience App Musts: Use your app to locate bathrooms, see ride wait times, PhotoPass spots, and character greeting locations!

  6. Disney Merch: You’ll save some money if you purchase your Disney shirts, ponchos, extra phone batteries, and souvenirs beforehand. If not, there are great stores you’ll run across, and Main Street stores to check out as you exit at the end of the day. 

  7. Strollers and ACVs: Strollers are cheaper off-property. Arrange ahead of time to rent through nearby locations. (we can help you with this) If renting in parks (this is true for ACVs also), arrive extra early. Tip: Place a ribbon or bright bow on it to easily find it after rides. 

  8. Hotel-ready: Arrange for Amazon to send drinks, water, snacks, sunblock, and extra fun Disney things directly to your hotel room. This will save you money and time. 

  9. Day Of: Arrive 45 minutes early to park and get started. Disney hotel guests are given a 30-minute earlier entry at many resorts.

  10. Comfort: Wear comfortable shoes - a must! You’ll be walking for hours. 

  11. Disney Dining plans: These plans can be great for many families! Drinks and snacks and set meals are included, simplifying your trip - and great for setting a budget. 

  12. Disney Dining reservations: These can be made 180 days prior to your visit! Online reservations are simplest and open at 6 am, 180 days ahead of time. (of course, your vacation planner can arrange dining for you, along with great recommendations). If you are a large group, consider booking as two smaller groups, etc. 

  13. Food and drink savings: Ask for free water at any quick-service station. Share meals and order kid meals - even if you are an adult. Disney moderate resorts offer free dining.

  14. Lunch Time: Mid-day is busy for rides, so plan your lunch reservations for then. 

  15. Waitlists Are Your Friend: Use the virtual waitlist early in the day to snag last-minute restaurant reservations - it works! 

  16. Open Table: shhh! This is a little know secret. Some restaurants in the Disney Springs area are also listed on open table for making reservations. Give it a try.

  17. Festival Fun: Don’t miss out on Disney’s different festivals, such as the Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Holiday Festivals, Festival of the Arts, etc. (opening days are very crowded). They are incredible!

  18. Shopping: Disney delivery will deliver your purchases straight to your hotel for you so that you don’t have to carry things around in the park all day. 

  19. Ride Waits: Be sure to watch wait times in your My Experience app. They even have “forecasted” times. Some rides require virtual passes (Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot and Tron LIghtcycle, for example)

  20. Play: Also add the fun Disney app called “Play”. It’s great entertainment with fun facts to read about while waiting in lines. 

  21. Fireworks: You don’t want to miss the Fantasmic Show or Happily Ever After Fireworks! Some restaurants offer packages with perfect views. 

  22. End Of Day Line-up: Get in line for one last ride just before the park is about to “close”. You’ll end up squeezing in one more ride, as the park’s official closing times take about an hour. 

  23. Monorail: The monorail is a blast - kids love it! At the end of the day, beat the lines and use the resort monorail. The express has long lines.

  24. Disney Springs: Be sure to visit Disney Springs for after-hour drinks and daytime shopping and eating. 

  25. Let LIFE IS BETTER TRAVELING help you arrange your Disney trip: We know it’s a lot! We have the experience needed to make your trip a breeze so that you won’t miss anything, and you can just relax and enjoy!


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 “Mary is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we went to and different excursions we were able to try. She gave us wonderful recommendations of what to do and what is not worth the time and/or money. She was very organized and sent us a binder of our itinerary as well as all of the vouchers we would need for our trip. She set up personal transfers from the airports/train stations/hotels/etc. which was wonderful! We did not have to worry about what time we needed to leave or how we were going to get there. This allowed us to enjoy our trip and not stress about the details. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking for an amazing and stress-free trip! She thinks of every little thing and is there to guide you every step of the way! I will definitely be using her anytime we need a vacation and recommending her to all of our friends and family!!

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Spotlight Destination: London

London has a very special place in my heart. 

The vibrant city of London has something for everyone! It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of visitors every year. Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, the city has something to offer everyone. 

There is no shortage of things to see and do in London. 

In addition to its iconic historical and cultural attractions, London is also known for its beautiful parks and gardens, which offer a beautiful and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

In this article, I will share the top 5 sightseeing things to do, 5 hidden gems of London, and 5 must-try shopping and food destinations for you to explore. 

*As a bonus, check out 3 fun day trip excursions I recommend to round out your trip!

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Top 5 Sightseeing Things To Do

London is home to some of the world's most famous historical landmarks, each with its own unique story and significance.

  1. Tower of London: The Tower of London has stood guard over the city for almost 1,000 years. The tower has served as a royal palace, a fortress, and a prison, and is now home to the Crown Jewels, (gasp!) one of the most valuable collections of jewelry in the world.

  2. Buckingham Palace: Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch. Built in 1703, the palace has been the home of the royal family since the reign of Queen Victoria. Visitors can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the palace, which takes place daily during the summer months and on alternate days during the winter.

  3. The London Eye: The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel right in London! It offers breathtaking views of the city. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes, and visitors can see landmarks while riding, like the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Shard, from the top. 

  4. The Tower Bridge: The Tower Bridge is often mistaken for London Bridge. The bridge is actually one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, and visitors can walk across the high-level walkways for incredible views of the River Thames. Get your cameras out - this is truly Instagram-worthy!

  5. The British Museum and The National Gallery: I love The British Museum. It is located in Bloomsbury, and it is one of the most famous museums in the world! There you will find an incredible collection of artifacts from around the globe, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. Also, check out the National Gallery. It is located in Trafalgar Square. The gallery is home to one of the world's greatest collections of European paintings, by artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt. Imagine seeing that up close! Other museums and galleries worth exploring are the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

Top 5 Hidden Gems Of London

There are too many hidden gems in London to mention them all, but here are my favorites:

  1. Hyde Park: One of the most famous parks in London is Hyde Park, which covers 350 acres and is home to a lake, a rose garden, and several fountains and statues. While enjoying the beauty, you can also rent boats or bicycles to explore the park further. Every corner seems to have unique gems to find! 

  2. Kensington Gardens: While at Hyde Park, visit the nearby Kensington Gardens. This beautiful park in London is home to several beautiful gardens, including the Italian Garden and the Sunken Garden, as well as Kensington Palace, the former residence of Princess Diana. While in the area, walk around Kensington and see if you can find Freddie Mercury’s house. 

  3. Harry Potter Studio Tour: Any HP fans? One of the most unique experiences in London is visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Harry Potter films. You’ll be able to see the actual sets, costumes, and props used in the films, and even try on a Hogwarts robe, yourself! 

  4. Street Art Tour: Another unique activity in London is taking a street art tour. This will take you on a journey through some of the city's most colorful neighborhoods to see some of the world's best street art. The tours usually include some stops at famous street art locations like Brick Lane and Shoreditch - incredible! 

  5. The Churchill War Rooms: The Churchill War Rooms is another unique attraction in London, especially great for history buffs! It offers a unique glimpse into the life of Winston Churchill and the Cabinet War Rooms during World War II. You’ll be able to explore the underground bunker while there!

Top 5 Must-Try Shopping and Food Spots

London is a foodie’s and shopper's paradise, with everything from luxury department stores - to sweet tea shops  - to quirky vintage shops.

  1. Oxford Street: One of the most famous shopping destinations in London is Oxford Street, which is home to over 300 shops and department stores, including the world-famous Selfridges and John Lewis.

  2. Borough Market: Borough Market is one of the oldest and largest food markets in the city. For foodies, the Borough Market is a must-visit attraction that offers a variety of food stalls, restaurants, and bars. The market is known for its fresh produce, artisanal cheese, and locally brewed beer. Yum!

  3. Brick Lane: Brick Lane is a must-visit destination that offers a variety of Asian and Indian cuisine, including curry houses, street food stalls, and sweet shops. The area is also known for its vintage shops and hip street art.

  4. Covent Garden: Covent Garden is another famous shopping and dining destination that offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Visitors can enjoy street performances, live music, and theater shows while exploring the area.

  5. The Candlelight Club: Looking for something truly unique? Then head on over to central London’s The Candlelight Club for a drink and some dancing. It is a 1920s Prohibition style night club that has an actual secret location! With a little digging on Google, you’ll find out where it is when you book. Be sure to dress your flapper best to impress! 

Bonus: 3 Day Trips from London not to miss!

While there is plenty to see and do in London, there are also many cool day trips to enjoy! 

  1. Stonehenge: One of the most popular day trips from London is to Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. Visitors can explore the site and learn about its fascinating history.

  2. The City of Bath: Another popular day trip from London is to the city of Bath, which is known for its Roman Baths and elegant Georgian architecture. You can explore the historic city and relax in the natural hot springs. 

  3. The Cotswolds: Dreaming of the English Countryside? The Cotswolds is a famous area that is located 100 miles west of London and is known for its picturesque villages, rolling hills, and scenic countryside. While there, enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and horse riding. 

Other day trips from London worth considering include Windsor Castle and the seaside town of Brighton. Just stunning in the summer months! Enjoy! 


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Spotlight Destination: Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic in the Caribbean occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. The country has a population of approximately 10.7 million people, and the official language is Spanish.

The Dominican Republic has a rich and diverse culture that includes music, dance, art, and cuisine. The country's culture is a fusion of its various influences, including European, African, and indigenous Taíno cultures.

Filled with beautiful beaches, the Dominican Republic is a breathtaking country that offers something for everyone. Whether you're interested in relaxing on the beach, exploring historic landmarks, or enjoying outdoor activities, the Dominican Republic has something for you!

5 Things to See and Do in the Dominican Republic

  1. Punta Cana: This popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic is known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. It's the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun, or to enjoy a variety of water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and windsurfing.

  2. Santo Domingo: See the capital city of the Dominican Republic! The city is home to a variety of historic landmarks, including the Alcazar de Colón, a 16th-century palace that was once the home of Christopher Columbus's son. The city also has a variety of museums, galleries, and performance spaces that showcase the country's vibrant arts scene.

  3. Samaná Peninsula: The Samaná Peninsula is a beautiful and secluded area of the Dominican Republic that is known for its stunning natural beauty. The peninsula is home to a variety of beaches, waterfalls, and hiking trails. See incredible wildlife, such as humpback whales and sea turtles.

  4. Jarabacoa: Jarabacoa is a mountain town located in the central region of the Dominican Republic. It's known for its stunning natural beauty, including its waterfalls, rivers, and mountains. It's the perfect place to go hiking, camping, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

  5. La Romana: This pretty coastal town located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches, as well as its historical landmarks such as the Altos de Chavón, a replica of a medieval Mediterranean village that is now home to a variety of galleries, shops, and restaurants.

5 Hidden Gems in the Dominican Republic

  1. Cabarete: Cabarete is a small town located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, with beautiful beaches that are perfect for surfers and kiteboarders. The town is also home to a variety of restaurants and bars that offer a vibrant nightlife scene.

  2. Los Haitises National Park: Los Haitises National Park is a protected area known for its stunning natural beauty, including its mangrove forests, caves, and rock formations. It's also home to a variety of wildlife, like manatees and sea turtles.

  3. Los Tres Ojos: A trio of cave lakes located in Santo Domingo, Los Tres Ojos is a beautiful natural attraction that is often overlooked by tourists. The lakes are surrounded by lush greenery and offer a unique glimpse into the country's natural beauty.

  4. El Limon Waterfall: Near the town of Las Terrenas, El Limon Waterfall is a stunning natural attraction that is accessible by a short hike. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place to cool off on a hot day

  5. Playa Rincon: Enjoy a truly secluded beach! It is located on the Samana Peninsula and is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by tourists. The beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand and is a great place to relax and unwind.

5 Foods To Try in The Dominican Republic

  1. Tostones: Tostones are a perfect snack or side dish. They are crispy treats made up of mashed and then fried green plantains. You’ll find them everywhere - from beach stands to sit-down restaurants.

  2. Bandera Dominicana: This dish is a filling delicious meal consisting of nice rice with red beans, chicken or stewed meat, green salad, and a side of tostones. 

  3. Pescado con Coco: Islands have the freshest seafood, and this dish celebrates that. Pescado con coco is a coconut fish dish that is Afro-Caribbean inspired.

  4. Chinola: Chinola is a sweet drink made from passion fruit - fresh on the island. Drink it alone or add some Dominic Republic rum for a festive holiday drink. 

  5. Sancocho Stew: This stew is steeped with rich DR flavor. It is a combination of several types of meat: chicken, beef, sausage, pork, and goat, along with cassava, green plantains, pumpkin, yam, and potatoes. Usually, it is served with white rice and fresh avocado.

Enjoy exploring the beautiful wonder of the Dominican Republic! 


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Quick Travel Tid-bits from our other articles...

Curious about the best airport lounges? Want to get in? Tips on how to get you in!....

Did you know that there are places in the airport you can go to escape the manic nature of the terminal? They’re called airport lounges. Airport lounges are some of the best places to spend time before your flight as they are their own getaway. They often offer free food and drinks, spacious seating, free Wi-Fi, and even some provide amenities like showers and nap pods. If you are in a larger airport some lounges offer spas, barbershops and workout equipment.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Why are passports taking so long?

It all boils down to health being tantamount. The offices were closed during COVID and are still not operating at 100%. This led to a backlog in requests. Labor in every field has been impacted from the pandemic, and the Department of State is no exception. There’s only so much each person can do, which leads to a ripple effect of consequential delays.

I need to renew or get my passport, NOW!!

RAVE REVIEWS

Real stories on how Life is Better Traveling travel advisors aided their clients during the outbreak and disruption of COVID-19.

"I wanted to also say what a pleasure it’s been planning our trip with you. We really think your ideas would have made our trip to Italy a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to re-booking this vacation when the virus situation is no longer an issue. I also can’t thank you enough for all your help. Reg and I are so looking forward to calling you with new dates someday hopefully soon."

Regis Family
Philadelphia, PA

 “Mary is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we went to and different excursions we were able to try. She gave us wonderful recommendations of what to do and what is not worth the time and/or money. She was very organized and sent us a binder of our itinerary as well as all of the vouchers we would need for our trip. She set up personal transfers from the airports/train stations/hotels/etc. which was wonderful! We did not have to worry about what time we needed to leave or how we were going to get there. This allowed us to enjoy our trip and not stress about the details. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking for an amazing and stress-free trip! She thinks of every little thing and is there to guide you every step of the way! I will definitely be using her anytime we need a vacation and recommending her to all of our friends and family!!

Stephanie
Ohio


LIBTGreecemktgphoto

We have changed the Greece dates to 2023.  We had so many people interested in traveling with us, but still wanted to wait another year.  We want everyone to feel comfortable, so we have decided to move the dates to 2023.    

YES, sign me up to come with you!

Destination Spotlight: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most vibrant cities I’ve ever visited! It offers a unique blend of history, rich culture, and modernity. With its charming canals, picturesque streets, vibrant nightlife, and world-renowned museums, Amsterdam is a must-visit destination for travelers from all over the world.

Amsterdam has something for everyone. There is always something to see and do in this amazing city.

Whether you're interested in art, food, history, or just having a good time, Amsterdam is sure to provide a memorable experience. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this incredible city!

Top 5 Things To Do

  1. Explore the Van Gogh Museum: The Van Gogh Museum is home to the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world. The museum is located in the heart of Amsterdam and is a must-visit for any art lover. You can admire the famous Sunflowers painting, explore Van Gogh's life and art through interactive displays, and learn about the artist's impact on the art world.

  2. Bike tour of the city: Amsterdam is known as the cycling capital of the world! The city is flat and easy to navigate, making it the perfect place to explore on two wheels. Rent a bike or join a bike tour to discover the city's hidden gems, such as the beautiful Vondelpark, the charming Jordaan neighborhood, and the historic Red Light District.

  3. Explore the canals: Amsterdam's canals are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are a defining feature of the city. Take a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective, or rent a boat or paddleboard to explore the canals on your own. The canals are especially beautiful at night when the city is lit up.

  4. Visit the Anne Frank House: The Anne Frank House is where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II and is now a museum dedicated to her life and legacy. The museum is a very moving experience that takes you through the secret annex where the Frank family lived in hiding for two years. It's recommended to book your tickets in advance as the museum is very popular.

  5. Visit the Rijksmuseum: The Rijksmuseum is one of the most famous museums in the world and is home to an extensive collection of Dutch art and history. The museum's most famous works include Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's The Milkmaid. The museum is located in a beautiful building and is a must-visit for any art lover.

Top 5 Hidden Gems

  1. Experience the nightlife: Amsterdam has a unique and vibrant nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs, and live music venues to explore. The city's famous “Red Light District” is also a popular destination, with its many bars, restaurants, and adult entertainment options.

  2. Vondelpark: Vondelpark is the largest park in Amsterdam and a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It's a great place to relax, have a picnic, or go for a bike ride. The park also hosts concerts and other events throughout the year.

  3. Begijnhof: This hidden courtyard, which dates back to the 14th century, is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Amsterdam. It features historic houses, a chapel, and a beautiful garden.

  4. De Pijp: This trendy neighborhood is often overshadowed by the more popular areas like the Jordaan and the Red Light District, but it's a true hidden gem. De Pijp is known for its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as its lively street market, the Albert Cuypmarkt. It's a great place to explore and experience Amsterdam like a local. 

  5. Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder: This hidden church dates back to the 17th century and is located in the attic of a typical Amsterdam canal house. It's a unique and fascinating glimpse into the religious history of Amsterdam.

Top 5 Foods To Try

  1. Stroopwafels: These delicious thin waffle-like cookies filled with caramel are a must-try in Amsterdam. You can find them in many markets and bakeries throughout the city.

  2. Bitterballen: This is a traditional Dutch snack that is basically deep-fried meatballs. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and are usually served with a side of mustard.

  3. Dutch Cheese: Amsterdam is famous for its cheese! So, be sure to try some of the local varieties like Gouda, Edam, and Maasdam. You can find them in many cheese shops throughout the city.

  4. Poffertjes: These are small, fluffy pancakes that are typically served with butter and powdered sugar. They are a popular snack in Amsterdam and can be found at many street markets and food stands.

  5. Raw Herring: Feeling adventurous? This may not be for everyone, but raw herring is a staple in Dutch cuisine and definitely worth trying. It's typically served with onions and pickles, and eaten with the fish held up by its tail. You can find it at many fish stands throughout the city, especially during the summer months.

2 Bonus Things To Discover

  1. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam: This botanical garden is one of the oldest in the world and features a wide variety of plants from around the globe. It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

  2. NDSM Wharf: This former shipyard has been transformed into a vibrant arts and culture center. It features street art, restaurants, bars, and even a beach club.


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CLICK HERE to read more.

Why are passports taking so long?

It all boils down to health being tantamount. The offices were closed during COVID and are still not operating at 100%. This led to a backlog in requests. Labor in every field has been impacted from the pandemic, and the Department of State is no exception. There’s only so much each person can do, which leads to a ripple effect of consequential delays.

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Real stories on how Life is Better Traveling travel advisors aided their clients during the outbreak and disruption of COVID-19.

"I wanted to also say what a pleasure it’s been planning our trip with you. We really think your ideas would have made our trip to Italy a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to re-booking this vacation when the virus situation is no longer an issue. I also can’t thank you enough for all your help. Reg and I are so looking forward to calling you with new dates someday hopefully soon."

Regis Family
Philadelphia, PA

 “Mary is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we went to and different excursions we were able to try. She gave us wonderful recommendations of what to do and what is not worth the time and/or money. She was very organized and sent us a binder of our itinerary as well as all of the vouchers we would need for our trip. She set up personal transfers from the airports/train stations/hotels/etc. which was wonderful! We did not have to worry about what time we needed to leave or how we were going to get there. This allowed us to enjoy our trip and not stress about the details. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking for an amazing and stress-free trip! She thinks of every little thing and is there to guide you every step of the way! I will definitely be using her anytime we need a vacation and recommending her to all of our friends and family!!

Stephanie
Ohio


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We have changed the Greece dates to 2023.  We had so many people interested in traveling with us, but still wanted to wait another year.  We want everyone to feel comfortable, so we have decided to move the dates to 2023.    

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Destination Spotlight: Belfast


Belfast is a fascinating city to visit! It is the largest city in Northern Ireland, sitting right on the River Lagan. It has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century when Sir Arthur Chichester built a castle there.

The capital of Ireland became a major commercial and industrial center, particularly in linen 

production and shipbuilding, during the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, the city experienced great political and social unrest during the late 20th century during the period known as "The Troubles".

Today, Belfast is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is home to a variety of cultural attractions, including the Titanic Belfast Museum, a thriving arts and music scene in the Cathedral Quarter, beautiful parks and natural scenery, delicious food, and a variety of galleries.

Belfast has something for everyone to explore.

5 Things to Do and Explore in Belfast

  1. Titanic Belfast: Fascinated with the Titanic? The Titanic Belfast is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the history of the Titanic. The museum is located on the site where the Titanic was built and tells the story of the ship from its conception to its sinking.

  2. St. George's Market: St. George's Market is one of Belfast's oldest attractions and is home to a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. The market is a great place to grab a bite to eat and soak up the local atmosphere. Open on weekends.

  3. Belfast Castle: Belfast Castle is a stunning 19th-century castle located on the slopes of Cave Hill. The castle offers stunning views of the city and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland.

  4. Giant's Causeway: The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about an hour's drive from Belfast. The site is famous for its unique hexagonal basalt columns that were formed by a volcanic eruption over 60 million years ago.

  5. The Peace Wall: a series of murals and barriers that separate Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods and are a poignant reminder of the city's troubled past.

5 Hidden Gems To Explore in Belfast

  1. Black Cab Tour: A Black Cab Tour is a great way to explore the city and learn about its history and culture. The tours are led by local cab drivers who are knowledgeable about the city's past and present.

  2. Cathedral Quarter: The Cathedral Quarter is a vibrant and trendy area of the city, full of bars, restaurants, and galleries. The area is known for its street art and is a great place to soak up the local culture.

  3. Botanic Gardens: The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful park located in the heart of the city. The park is home to a variety of exotic plants and trees, as well as the Palm House, a stunning Victorian glasshouse.

  4. Ulster Museum: The Ulster Museum is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the history and culture of Northern Ireland. The museum has a vast collection of art, history, and natural science exhibits, including the mummy of Takabuti, an ancient Egyptian woman who lived over 2,500 years ago.

  5. The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: a fascinating open-air museum that showcases life in Northern Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries.

5 Foods To Try In Belfast

  1. Ulster Fry: Everyone loves a typical “Irish breakfast”. Well, the Ulster Fry takes this on a new twist. It combines classic Irish breakfast ingredients (eggs, bacon, black pudding, sausages) and includes soda bread, potato bread, white pudding (sometimes), and tomatoes.

  2. Belfast Chowder: Belfast Chowder is delicious and as fresh as can be. It combines potatoes with cream, Irish bacon, salmon, smoked haddock, cod, mussels, and clams—a true sea-worthy feast in a bowl.

  3. Irish Stew: Irish stew in Belfast will surely warm you up after a  day of travel. The stew combines beef or lamb with carrots, potatoes, and onions, and is slowly baked to perfection over many hours. Sometimes Guinness is added, and it’s usually served with nice crusty bread. 

  4. Belfast Pasties: Belfast Pasties are a real treat! Minced meat, onion, and potatoes are mixed into a perfect battered and deep-fried patty. Locals love their pasties, and you’ll find them at Chip Shops all over Belfast.

  5. Northern Ireland Oysters: The oysters in Belfast are as fresh as can be. They are a staple and taste delicious with a rich and dark Guinness. 

Bonus Sites To See

  1. Cave Hill: a stunning hillside park with breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside.

  2. The Crown Liquor Saloon: This historic pub is a stunning example of Victorian architecture and is a must-visit for lovers of traditional pubs and cozy atmospheres.


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Did you know that there are places in the airport you can go to escape the manic nature of the terminal? They’re called airport lounges. Airport lounges are some of the best places to spend time before your flight as they are their own getaway. They often offer free food and drinks, spacious seating, free Wi-Fi, and even some provide amenities like showers and nap pods. If you are in a larger airport some lounges offer spas, barbershops and workout equipment.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Why are passports taking so long?

It all boils down to health being tantamount. The offices were closed during COVID and are still not operating at 100%. This led to a backlog in requests. Labor in every field has been impacted from the pandemic, and the Department of State is no exception. There’s only so much each person can do, which leads to a ripple effect of consequential delays.

I need to renew or get my passport, NOW!!

RAVE REVIEWS

Real stories on how Life is Better Traveling travel advisors aided their clients during the outbreak and disruption of COVID-19.

"I wanted to also say what a pleasure it’s been planning our trip with you. We really think your ideas would have made our trip to Italy a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to re-booking this vacation when the virus situation is no longer an issue. I also can’t thank you enough for all your help. Reg and I are so looking forward to calling you with new dates someday hopefully soon."

Regis Family
Philadelphia, PA

 “Mary is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we went to and different excursions we were able to try. She gave us wonderful recommendations of what to do and what is not worth the time and/or money. She was very organized and sent us a binder of our itinerary as well as all of the vouchers we would need for our trip. She set up personal transfers from the airports/train stations/hotels/etc. which was wonderful! We did not have to worry about what time we needed to leave or how we were going to get there. This allowed us to enjoy our trip and not stress about the details. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking for an amazing and stress-free trip! She thinks of every little thing and is there to guide you every step of the way! I will definitely be using her anytime we need a vacation and recommending her to all of our friends and family!!

Stephanie
Ohio


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We have changed the Greece dates to 2023.  We had so many people interested in traveling with us, but still wanted to wait another year.  We want everyone to feel comfortable, so we have decided to move the dates to 2023.    

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Destination Spotlight: Paris

The City of Love and the City of Lights lives up to its reputation as one of the most romantic cities - and one of the most highly visited destinations in the world. 

Paris is a must-see, with over 30 million tourists visiting each year! It is filled with beautiful landmarks and monuments, picturesque gardens, high fashion, charming boulevards for strolling that are lined with romantic cafés - the French cuisine in Paris is to die for! 

Over 50,000 street lights shine a beautiful glow on Paris, creating a truly magical setting. 

So, cross Paris off your bucket-list. You won’t want to miss a thing!

Top 5 Sightseeing Things To Do

  1. River Seine Cruise: A round trip river cruise along the Seine is relaxing and romantic - something you won’t soon forget. Sail under bridges and see iconic Parisian sights from a unique perspective with panoramic views. The audio guided tours (through your smartphone) allow you to discover things about the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, Musée d'Orsay, Louvre Museum, Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, and more. For a romantic spin, take the river cruise at night! The City of Light will shine, illuminating iconic sights as you leisurely pass by. There are many available (and relatively affordable!) cruise times, but be sure to reserve ahead of time. 

  1. Arc de Triomphe and Rooftop: Cast your eyes on all of Paris! The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned in 1806 to remember the soldiers whose lives were lost during the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. The treasured names are inscribed, and a vault underneath commemorates a soldier from WW1 - the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is a significant site, annually celebrated by the Bastille Day military parade and the Tour de France race. While showing respect, observe stunning views from the roof. It is fantastic, and worth the climb! You will see all of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, Champs-Élysées, etc. 

  1. Palace of Versailles & Gardens: Take a day trip and view incredible opulence and stunning gardens at Versailles. It is truly majestic - the greatest achievement in French 17th century art. A World Heritage sight, Louis XIII's home is something you can not miss! Several reigns of kings embellished the Palace through the French Revolution. There are over 2k rooms in the palace, and the vast gardens are simply breathtaking, with hundreds of statues, fountains and water features. Thousands of plants and trees have been beautifully maintained over the years for your viewing pleasure. It’s a day not to miss! 

  1. Louvre Museum: Did you know that the Louvre is the most visited museum in the entire world? View a myriad of incredible artifacts and true artistic masterpieces, from prehistory to modern-day. The Louvre itself used to be a palace, and is now home to the world's most famous and recognizable masterpieces, like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David, and the Vénus de Milo. Create a plan of what you’d like to see. There are tours available and visitor trails. Be sure to also take a moment to rest in the lovely gardens on site.

  2. Musée d’Orsay: Paris is art! This special museum contains the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the entire world! See masterpieces you probably studied in school, by the likes of Monet, Seurat, Manet and more. You will also see stunning art by Degas, Gauguin, and Renoir. Can you imagine seeing these up close? And all in the beautiful, relaxing Orsay. Restaurants and cafés on site.Truly a lovely day. 

Top 5 Hidden Gems Of Paris

  1. Secret Covered Passages of Paris: These hidden passages are a bit less touristy, and perfect exploration spots in Paris - and a perfect rainy day activity! They date way back to the 18th and 19th centuries, but today you will find unique restaurants, book shops and shopping arcades there. Some favs: The Passage du Grand Cerf in rue Saint Denis boasts a stunning glass roof. The famous Galerie Vivienne has glittery lights and a stunning mosaic flooring, with upscale shops. The Passage des Panoramas is the oldest, with shops selling postcards, beautiful stamps, and more. The Galerie Vero-Dodat, was the first to witness gas lighting! It is filled with lovely antique shops. The Passage des Princes by the Opera Palais Garnier Opera House is filled with video games and toys, and is part of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Celebrate the night away at the Andy Wahloo on rue des Gravilliers to enjoy creative cocktails & champagne in a cobbled outdoor courtyard.

  1. Paris Catacombs: Looking for something a bit different and a touch spooky to do? Underground Paris is home to a veritable labyrinth of tunnels that house the Catacombs in what were once quarries. This amazing underground gravesite was created in the late 17th century when Paris' cemeteries were too overcrowded. It is something unique to be experienced during your visit to Paris. Keep in mind that you will be underground in somewhat dark, cave-like tunnels, and up close to hundreds of skeletons. There are approximately six million skeletons throughout the tunnels. 

  1. Le Marais Gardens and Mansion Houses: For something historically Parisian, spend time at the Marais. The area is rich in history, filled with 17th century private mansions that were built with white freestone, with large entrances for the old horse-drawn carriages to pass through. They were once the homes of powerful nobles, bankers, lawyers, and more. Walk through the vaults of the Place des Vosges - the oldest planned square in Paris. It was built in 1605 by Henry IV. Venture off the square to less-traveled side streets, too. There, you will find quirky galleries and charming restaurants throughout the area. A perfect place to explore, dine and shop. 

  1. Rue Cremieux: For even more Parisian charm, visit the most colorful and picture-worthy street in Paris! This warm street is lined with pretty brightly colored homes along cobble stones. It's “Instagrammable”, they say. You can find it in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. These were once the homes of construction workers, and are now very desirable properties. The quaint painted house fronts have made the street a hugely popular spot for filming, too. 

  1. Promenade Plantee: This beautiful walkway was built on an unused viaduct, and is the inspiration behind the Highline in New York! Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the first elevated park in the world. The promenade is about 3 miles long, and travels from the Opéra Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, passing above the avenue Daumesnil to the Jardin de Reuilly and finishes at Porte Dorée near the Bois de Vincennes. This scenic walk is a bit of a secret that even many Parisians are unaware of. The walk is also completely free to enjoy, and a perfect escape from busy Paris - right in the heart of the city.

Top 5 Must-Try Foods

  1. Croissants: When in Paris, do as the Parisians do! Enjoy delicious, cheap, unforgettable croissants! Start your day off French style, with an all-butter croissant for breakfast. In Paris, these perfectly flaky pastries are baked to sheer perfection. Enjoy with a nice hot coffee, sweet orange juice, or rich tea at a cafe. Croissants are a quick on-the-go meal, too. Be sure to visit a fresh boulangerie.

  1. Cheese: Cheese, please! France is known for their fine cheeses paired with delicious wines. Offering more than 300 varieties of cheese, you can find everything from a creamy brie to munster to blue in Paris. Cheese is traditionally served as its own course, right  between the main dish and the dessert. Paris truly is a cheese lover’s dream!

  1. Escargots: Another delicious treat that is not to be missed while in Paris is escargots. They say they are the national symbol, and they are not kidding around. These delicious snails are cooked in a wide variety of styles in Paris. They are often prepared in butter with white wine, or even a roquefort or truffle sauce. In Paris, escargots à la Bourguignonne is a real favorite. For this dish, a dozen are oven-roasted in their shells and served stuffed with delicious, creamy garlic herb butter. Escargots are delicious, and good for you! 

  1. Jambon-beurre: Sandwiches are always a great idea, but in Paris they are magical. They are on-the-go street food at its finest, and perfect for busy tourists, too. The Parisians keep this snack high quality, affordable, and simple. There are three key parts: fine Parisian ham, French butter, and perfectly crispy baguette. The quality of these three ingredients is always devine - the ham is just not like your standard ham elsewhere. The Parisians do this to perfection. While you are sightseeing, be sure to grab one to go, or if you have time, enjoy this perfect snack/lunch at an open air cafe with a crispy green salad and glass of wine.

  1. Macarons: Have a sweet tooth? Well, French sweets are quite possibly the finest in the world. Macarons are the most popular food in Paris. Some say they were originally created in the 18th century at a convent in France. They have just the right touch of sweetness and richness. They are delicate rounds filled with a creamy and rich interior jam-type filling. Flavors include chocolate, pistachio, carmel, vanilla and strawberry. Within Paris, you will find shops that specialize in making macarons of the highest -  most delicious - quality!


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Curious about the best airport lounges? Want to get in? Tips on how to get you in!....

Did you know that there are places in the airport you can go to escape the manic nature of the terminal? They’re called airport lounges. Airport lounges are some of the best places to spend time before your flight as they are their own getaway. They often offer free food and drinks, spacious seating, free Wi-Fi, and even some provide amenities like showers and nap pods. If you are in a larger airport some lounges offer spas, barbershops and workout equipment.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Why are passports taking so long?

It all boils down to health being tantamount. The offices were closed during COVID and are still not operating at 100%. This led to a backlog in requests. Labor in every field has been impacted from the pandemic, and the Department of State is no exception. There’s only so much each person can do, which leads to a ripple effect of consequential delays.

I need to renew or get my passport, NOW!!

RAVE REVIEWS

Real stories on how Life is Better Traveling travel advisors aided their clients during the outbreak and disruption of COVID-19.

"I wanted to also say what a pleasure it’s been planning our trip with you. We really think your ideas would have made our trip to Italy a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to re-booking this vacation when the virus situation is no longer an issue. I also can’t thank you enough for all your help. Reg and I are so looking forward to calling you with new dates someday hopefully soon."

Regis Family
Philadelphia, PA

 “Mary is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we went to and different excursions we were able to try. She gave us wonderful recommendations of what to do and what is not worth the time and/or money. She was very organized and sent us a binder of our itinerary as well as all of the vouchers we would need for our trip. She set up personal transfers from the airports/train stations/hotels/etc. which was wonderful! We did not have to worry about what time we needed to leave or how we were going to get there. This allowed us to enjoy our trip and not stress about the details. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking for an amazing and stress-free trip! She thinks of every little thing and is there to guide you every step of the way! I will definitely be using her anytime we need a vacation and recommending her to all of our friends and family!!

Stephanie
Ohio


LIBTGreecemktgphoto

We have changed the Greece dates to 2023.  We had so many people interested in traveling with us, but still wanted to wait another year.  We want everyone to feel comfortable, so we have decided to move the dates to 2023.    

YES, sign me up to come with you!

The Birth of the All-Inclusive Resort

luxury all inclusive

With the winter months just around the corner, we have been getting a lot of requests for getaways to the Caribbean and Mexico. The birthplace of the “all-inclusive” resort.  Ahhhh, the place where you can eat and drink as much as you want, and be as lazy as you want with no judgment except from your inner self. 

So why are there no all-inclusives in the United States?  

The initial purpose of the all-inclusive was to get people to destinations that may not have been safe to go but had beautiful beaches.  Why let a beautiful beach go to waste!  So countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic built beautiful resorts that provided everything you needed so you wouldn’t have to off property, even private transfers to and from the airport.  Initially a lot of these resorts had armed guards to keep you safe.  

Over the years however, many of these countries have become more safe.  People have started to venture off property to do various excursions such as seeing waterfalls, cooking with the locals, and even Travelanthropy (travel + philanthropy).   These resorts have brought many jobs to the various communities within these countries.  However, many of these communities are still financially hurting.  There are many things you can do to help the community if you’re interested.  You can bring stuff for the local schools, take some food to shelters, or help paint some local community buildings where many people gather.  The help is much appreciated.  If you are looking for more information on helping out on your next trip, let me know as I can help set it up for you.    

So back to the original question “why aren’t there all-inclusives in the United States?”  We get asked this question all the time.  The US is fairly safe to venture out and go to a local restaurant or do some sight-seeing.  If hotels start to become all-inclusive, then the local community starts to suffer.  No one is going to restaurants, no one is shopping, and no one is enjoying excursions.  If you are traveling within the US and are looking for a food plan, then ask your travel agent if the hotel or resorts provides a food plan such as breakfast, or a combination of breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.  Food allows more flexibility to eat at the local restaurants.  

Happy Holidays! 


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Curious about the best airport lounges? Want to get in? Tips on how to get you in!....

Did you know that there are places in the airport you can go to escape the manic nature of the terminal? They’re called airport lounges. Airport lounges are some of the best places to spend time before your flight as they are their own getaway. They often offer free food and drinks, spacious seating, free Wi-Fi, and even some provide amenities like showers and nap pods. If you are in a larger airport some lounges offer spas, barbershops and workout equipment.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Why are passports taking so long?

It all boils down to health being tantamount. The offices were closed during COVID and are still not operating at 100%. This led to a backlog in requests. Labor in every field has been impacted from the pandemic, and the Department of State is no exception. There’s only so much each person can do, which leads to a ripple effect of consequential delays.

I need to renew or get my passport, NOW!!

RAVE REVIEWS

Real stories on how Life is Better Traveling travel advisors aided their clients during the outbreak and disruption of COVID-19.

"I wanted to also say what a pleasure it’s been planning our trip with you. We really think your ideas would have made our trip to Italy a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to re-booking this vacation when the virus situation is no longer an issue. I also can’t thank you enough for all your help. Reg and I are so looking forward to calling you with new dates someday hopefully soon."

Regis Family
Philadelphia, PA

 “Mary is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! She was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we went to and different excursions we were able to try. She gave us wonderful recommendations of what to do and what is not worth the time and/or money. She was very organized and sent us a binder of our itinerary as well as all of the vouchers we would need for our trip. She set up personal transfers from the airports/train stations/hotels/etc. which was wonderful! We did not have to worry about what time we needed to leave or how we were going to get there. This allowed us to enjoy our trip and not stress about the details. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking for an amazing and stress-free trip! She thinks of every little thing and is there to guide you every step of the way! I will definitely be using her anytime we need a vacation and recommending her to all of our friends and family!!

Stephanie
Ohio


LIBTGreecemktgphoto

We have changed the Greece dates to 2023.  We had so many people interested in traveling with us, but still wanted to wait another year.  We want everyone to feel comfortable, so we have decided to move the dates to 2023.    

YES, sign me up to come with you!

Why are there no🌴 all-inclusives in the US?

With the winter months just around the corner, we have been getting a lot of requests for getaways to the Caribbean and Mexico. The birthplace of the “all-inclusive” resort. Ahhhh, the place where you can eat and drink as much as you want, and be as lazy as you want with no judgment except your inner self.  ​​​

So why are there no all-inclusives in the United States? The initial purpose of the all-inclusive was to get people to destinations that may not have been safe to go to but had beautiful beaches. Why let a beautiful beach go to waste? So countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic built beautiful resort​​s that provided everything you need so you wouldn’t have to off property, even private transfers to and from the airport. Initially, a lot of these resorts had armed guards to keep you safe. 

Over the years, however, many of these countries have become safer. People have started to venture off property to do various excursions such as seeing waterfalls, cooking with the locals, and even Travelanthropy (travel + philanthropy). These resorts have brought many jobs to the various communities within these countries. However, many of these communities are still financially hurting. There are many things you can do to help the community if you’re interested. You can bring stuff for the local schools, take some food to shelters, or help paint some local community buildings where many people gather. The help is much appreciated. If you are looking for more information on helping out on your next trip, let me know as I can help set it up for you.    

So back to the original question “why aren’t there all-inclusives in the United States?” We get asked this question all the time. The US is fairly safe to venture out and go to a local restaurant or do some sightseeing. If hotels start to become all-inclusive, then the local community starts to suffer. No one is going to restaurants, no one is shopping, and no one is enjoying excursions. If you are traveling within the US and are looking for a food plan, then ask your travel agent if the hotel or resort provides a food plan such as breakfast, or a combination of breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Food allows more flexible to eat at local restaurants.


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