I have been thinking of some places to visit during the summer. I wanted to put together a list of places where I can go to one area and check off about three or four locations at once. here is one of my lists, not in any particular order, although I have already been to a few of these places.
20 Places to Consider Visiting This Summer:
4. San Juan
7. Dominican Republic
8. New York City
11. Las Vegas
14. Cape Cod
15. Canary Islands
Hmm, I now realize I left off a few places that I want to add like Brazil and Costa Rica. Oh well, guess I am going to have to add them to my next list O’ Places!
Hello, recently I was reading an article at Forbes.com titled, “3 Hacks To A Faster Work Pace.” I am always looking for ways to be more productive and stay on track with my tasks and duties because I am more of a people person and I like to know how you are doing and what your life is like and therefore tend to quickly get sidetracked. The story is written by Alex Schiff, founder and CEO of Fecthnotes (I have never heard of him or this but thought it would be interesting to mention it). His hack tips are to: Keep A Quick List, Always Push For Sooner and Hack Your Schedule. The first two, okay yea I’ll try maybe, but the third one, totally applies.
He, Alex, states that, ‘the most productive hours of their day at Fetchnotes is from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and that the first 30 minutes of the workday is schedule for non-work related tasks (email, articles, internet and so on).’ I can agree that I tend to be more productive and focused in the evening as well. I am not sure exactly why that is but it could be due to the fact that I start my day later in the morning, usually around 11AM or so, one of the many benefits of being self-employed.
He also goes on to say that, “Sometimes, you can increase your pace by hacking your workflow, rather than the tools that make it up.” I thought this was very interesting, a new spin on an old situation. Use the very same tools, just alter the way you use the tools for a different outcome. What’s that saying, ‘keep doing the same thing expecting different results or something to that effect.’ Makes perfect sense and very efficient and cost-friendly as well.
For more information or to read the entire article click here
Weddings are a special occasion in a person’s life. Everyone aims to do it once and make it the best day of their lives. For some, the sky isn’t even the limit. For others, everything needs to be budgeted and accounted for. Most individuals do not realize that a destination wedding can be less expensive than having a traditional wedding.
You can still have a church or chapel wedding with the officiant at a destination location. You can use the beach or other designated area for your wonderful event. There are some resorts that offer free wedding packages as a part of your hotel stay. For example, if you booked a 6 night stay or longer you will be able to get the basic wedding package for free at most locations. There is also the option to upgrade your package too.
Weddings at Sea is another popular location for weddings. You are able to get married on the cruise ship (that will be docked at the port) and your guests will board the ship and once it is finished, you will be able to stay and sail away on your honeymoon. You also have the option of inviting guests to sail with you.
There are a number of options and budgets that make both Destination Weddings, Destination Honeymoons and Weddings At Sea very cost efficient and extremely friendly and simple, yet still being elegant and fabulous.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Olive Roberts who is a Hospitality Sales, Marketing and PR Consultant at Olive Tree Consulting. Currently she is working with sister properties, Liss Ard Estate in Ireland and Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel in Portugal, Best Loved Hotels (which has a listing of the best hotels in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Kilmallock Tourism Group and Flemings Restaurant. She has also worked with a number of upscale luxury properties in Ireland and London, such as Lismore Castle, Gore Hotel and the Pelham Hotel among others.
Earlier this week, she sent out a press release about the very progressive Martinhal’s “In-Room Folder” going digital. You are now able to download your information via free wifi on your mobile device. This not only saves paper and time by eliminating the need to re-print when services change making it costly and outdated, but it also enables guests to be able to download the app for the forecast, determine what clubs there are, what time the spa opens, when lunch is served, what’s for sale on the estate. and have have everything you need. It is like having a personal assistant on your phone.
Martinhal is a family beach resort in the western Algarve of Portugal in the Town of Sagres. Only 3 years old, Martinhal is an amazing 5 star luxury location with a huge national park that flows with the territory. They used British interior designers for the decor. There is a 38 bedroom hotel on the property and a big resort with different types of villa accommodations from 2 bedrooms up to 5 bedrooms.
Entertainment is well planned and every option imaginable is covered. For example, the new bar “M Bar” is a Family Surf Bar, which was launched earlier this year – that has a stage for live entertainment, a sofa and is perfect for everywhere. There is a spa that uses an Irish product called Voya that is Seaweed based. Many special events take place round the year that guests can come and take part in, others just come to have quality family time in their idyllic location in The Algarve, Portugal.
Activities such as a basic facility, to riding a bike, tennis, football academy, surf, swimming, exploring the area, and a list of other fun explorations is available for children ages 3 months to 18 years old. This will ensure that they will be busy all the time.
If you want that once in a lifetime vacation then this is your place.
Olive Tree Consulting Current and Past Clients
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
Martinhal’s GPS coordinates are: Latitude: 37° 1.16375’ N Longitude: 8° 55.53457’ W
Liss Ard Estate
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
Best Loved Hotels – England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Kilmallock Tourism Group
Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland
Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
The Gore Hotel
The Pelham Hotel
I wasn’t sure what to write for this week, so I decided to take a short cut and just post a quick FYI promo. Hope you like it.
Have the best destination wedding ever! Now, make sure your friends and family can join you and save money. When you (the wedding couple) purchases a destination wedding package to Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, or Las Vegas with Delta Vacations Romance, you’ll receive a promotional code to forward to your friends and family. This code is valid for up to $200 in savings for each flight and hotel vacation, or hotel and ground transportation vacation, that they purchase to attend the wedding.
Plus, you (the bride and groom) will receive up to $50 back for each qualifying vacation package their family and friends purchase, up to the total cost of the wedding package. And for a limited time, you can double your rebate up to $100 per booking, when staying at select resorts.
How your’ friends and family will save per booking:
When you (the bride and groom) purchase your destination wedding and forward on the promotional code to your wedding guests who will be flying in to attend the wedding, the savings per booking for guests will be:
* $25 on vacations of $699 – $999
* $50 on vacations of $1,000 – $2,499
* $100 on vacations of $2,500 – $4,999
* $200 on vacations of $5,000 or more
Departure dates must be set within 7 days of the bride and groom’s wedding date; guests can return home any time they want.
Qualifying reservations include flight and a minimum of 3 nights hotel, or a minimum of 3 nights hotel and ground transportation. Travel can be from any Delta Vacations origin city to the Delta Vacations destination where the wedding is taking place.
How you (the bride and groom) will save:
For every qualifying vacation package your guests purchase to attend the destination wedding using the offer above, you will receive the following rebate, up to the total cost of your wedding package:
* $25 if you get married in Las Vegas
* $50 if you get married in Mexico, the Caribbean, or Hawaii
* $100 back when staying at select resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean (see link above for a list of resorts)
The rebate will be sent to you, in the form of a check, once travel is complete
The more friends and family who attend, the more you’ll save!!