Wheels Up!

by Marcy Lee

Are you considering embarking on a family vacation, a couples’ getaway or a honeymoon this summer? The Internet offers an abundance of information, reviews and photos, but sometimes just sifting through the websites and navigating the travel planning can be overwhelming and frustrating. And although photos on the Internet may look great, they can be deceiving. Here are some tips from Decatur veteran travel advisor Becky Lamb, founder of Becky Lamb Travel, to help you in your travel planning.

1. All-Inclusive Resorts
Whether you are traveling with just your immediate family or looking for a multigenerational experience, your choices are many. Here are some things to consider:

What does all-inclusive include?
When choosing an all-inclusive resort on a beach, you need to clarify what is actually included. Are the food and beverage offerings really important to you or are you just looking for fun on a beach? Is it a resort for families or just for adults?

Are there non-stop flights from Atlanta to this destination?
Atlanta has many non-stop flights to destinations all over the world. Select a convenient destination to avoid spending precious vacation time sitting in an airport.

Lamb says that she interviews her clients to determine their wants, needs and budget and then works with them to match those to their best vacation options. “One all-inclusive we love for families is Curtain Bluff Resort in Antigua. Perfect for all ages and fun for honeymooners as well as for multigenerational family groups, Curtain Bluff not only includes food and drinks, it also includes twice daily reef snorkeling trips, yoga and Pilates, tennis, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. There are two gorgeous beaches – one calm beach perfect for swimming, and another beach with a crashing surf,” says Lamb, a travel advisor for 24 years.

2. Cruises
Cruises are a wonderful way to vacation. Instead of packing and unpacking several times throughout a multi-destination vacation, you can unpack once and use the ship as your floating hotel. “One of the favorite ways to see the Mediterranean is on a ship, and our pick this summer is Silversea’s gorgeous Silver Cloud, doing a seven-night itinerary, Rome roundtrip, starting on July 1. You’ll visit some of the top spots in Italy, including Florence, Tuscany and Portofino, while also experiencing the beauty of Corsica and the history and glamour of Monte Carlo,” Lamb affirms. A Silversea Cruise offers wonderful dining, and the all-inclusive pricing allows you to relax and enjoy your cruise experience. Lamb advises her clients to take time on the front or back end of the Silversea cruise to enjoy the unique grandeur of Rome. “Is there a more beautiful city at night?”

3. Adventure
Patagonia is one of Lamb’s picks this summer for the adventure traveler. “There are amazing mountains, vistas, lakes and valleys that you can explore on foot and on horseback. And you can easily combine a stay in this fabulous wilderness with a city visit to Buenos Aires, one of South America’s most beautiful and affordable cities.”

4. Closer to Home
If you prefer to stay on the U.S. this summer, Lamb recommends a trip to the great American West. “We love the ranches out West. What a great bonding experience to horseback ride, fly fish and hike in the great American West with those you love. Don’t forget America’s National Parks. We can help you put together an itinerary to make the most of the National Parks while staying in the famous lodges about which you’ve heard so much.”

5. More Travel Tips
• Check your passports and make sure they are valid six months AFTER the return date of your trip.
• Think of some part of the world that is changing fast, and go there now.
• On your next trip, if you hear some local music that you like, buy it and bring it home. Those CDs are easy to pack, and listening to the music when you return instantly brings back great vacation memories.

If you would like to discuss your next trip with a professional travel advisor, call Becky Lamb Travel at 404.378.4452 or visit BeckyLambTravel.com for more information.