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Turkey Time In Los Cabos

Turkey Time In Los Cabos

My husband and I spent Thanksgiving week in Los Cabos (about a 30 minute ride from Cabo San Lucas) and had a great time in the November sun south of the border!  All it took was a call to Heidi Nanigian, our great travel agent, who made the suggestion that we stay at the all-inclusive resort of the Hyatt Ziva.

It was the perfect choice as it was on the beach, has nine restaurants and seven bars (my favorite restaurant was the French one, Bon Vivant) plus daily yoga on the beach as well as daily water aerobics and also a fully equipped gym, which my husband used almost daily.  There’s an adult only pool area with a bar plus a children’s area complete with their own water slides, pool and activity center.  Two other very large pools are on the property for everyone’s use, one of which has a swim-up bar.  There was live entertainment nightly while we were there plus a day when the local vendors set up shop at the hotel so you could shop in peace without anyone pressuring you.  Horse back riding is available on the beach from the locals but that’s not included in the price as they are independent vendors.  We took a taxi to Cabo San Lucas one evening so we could experience the sunset jazz cocktail cruise; what a great evening!  That was extra but well worth it.  Our room was great, overlooking the ocean and more of a suite than a regular room.  We rented a private cabana on the sand overlooking the ocean for two days-what a perfect way to spend the day especially when waiters brought us drinks and appetizers!

We’d definitely return to this resort!  Thanks again, Heidi, for the excellent suggestion!

There are so many types of experiences to take on your travels. Whether you’re hanging in Los Cabos during Thanksgiving or an another travel adventure Heidi Nanigian will help you explore all the possibilities available for an amazing experience during your travel adventures.

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Bahamas Carnival Cruise

Bahamas Carnival Cruise

 

Recently Melinda Frank and her daughter enjoyed a wonderful Bahamas Carnival Cruise adventure to celebrate her daughter’s birthday.

It began with us flying to Florida from California for my Daughter’s 18th birthday, so that we could do a short Bahamas cruise. We cruised on the Carnival Valor. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas with garlands on the staircases and Christmas trees all over the ship. I am so glad we decided to do a cruise in December. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cool. There were a lot of choices for activities every night. We loved the comedians and the Broadway style shows. Our favorite was the 80’s themed show. My daughter and her friend really enjoyed the dancing on the deck they did at night. Dinner was great, and they even allowed us to order 2 desserts each. The only thing I wish they had more of is Karaoke. The hours available to do that always conflicted with our later dinner.

I’m very grateful at how accommodating our Bahamas Carnival Cruise was. On a prior cruise planned for June, we had missed our connecting flight to our cruise, and the Carnival agents were so helpful, they even offered to fly us straight to the Bahamas (but we didn’t all have a passport) and they put us up in a hotel for the night, where we were stuck in Texas. They credited back all of our money spent so that we could book for a future date. I’m actually glad it turned out the way it did, because booking our replacement cruise for my daughter’s 18th birthday was perfect and the decor made the ship look that much more beautiful. We would definitely cruise with Carnival again and have World Travel handle our travel planning.  

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There are so many types of experiences to take on your travels. Whether you’re on a Bahamas Carnival Cruise or an another travel adventure Heidi Nanigian will help you explore all the possibilities available for an amazing experience during your travel adventures.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand a beautiful and exotic destination

Chiang Mai, Thailand a beautiful and exotic destination

The beautiful and exotic destination of Chiang Mai, Thailand is filled with culture, architecture, history and amazing people.

Katie recently went to Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to.  I had an incredible opportunity to travel there one summer. Summer can be a difficult time to truly enjoy Thailand because of the extreme heat and humidity.  I did not know this prior and did not pack weather appropriate clothes, so I was hot everywhere I went. However, I would still highly recommend traveling there. The city has so much history and character. Everywhere you turn, there are ancient, elaborate temples. In every country I’ve traveled to, I am always drawn to the incredible architecture. By far Thailand has the most majestic architecture. I took more pictures of temples and buildings then anything else. Even local coffee shops downtown, were unique and interesting.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Another wonderful part of Chaing Mai was the open market downtown. This is similar to an enormous swap meet. I love a good bargain so this was one of my favorite memories. I was able to find gifts for all my family and friends. I found silk scarfs, purses, shoes and clothing all for amazing prices. Also at the open market, I met lots of people. Thai people are extremely friendly and welcoming. I loved learning more about their culture. If your searching for an exotic, international adventure chose Chiang Mai, Thailand!

There are so many types of experiences to take on your travels. Whether you’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand or an another travel adventure Heidi Nanigian will help you explore all the possibilities available for an amazing experience during your travel adventures.

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London and Paris Vacation

London and Paris Vacation

The Valenzuela’s blog about their first overseas vacation to London and Paris.

It all began, when I was first looking to travel to London and Paris, I had no idea what to look for or if it was even something I could afford. All I knew is I wanted to take my wife to London and Paris for our first vacation since having our son to have an experience of a lifetime. We decided to go to London for our first trip overseas together and had the most memorable vacation. Heidi helped me so much with our travel related needs by finding the most affordable time to go, a wonderful hotel in a great location along with locations and activities to ensure I experienced Europe the right way. We saw everything that London had to offer. Heidi knew some of my interests and recommended several activities that I wasn’t even aware of. We saw the Tower of London, Big Ben, The Changing of the guards,  had high tea, and went on The Harry Potter tour. I highly recommend this tour to any Harry Potter fan. She was also able to find a way to schedule us a day in Paris which was magnificent. We took a high speed train over and saw the Eiffel tower and went up to the 2nd floor. We also ate in a little café and met up with my cousin who was in Europe at the same time. I honestly would have been lost without Heidi and all her help. I will be sure to tell all my friends about her service. Anytime I think of travel my first and only stop will be with her. Thank you so much Heidi you are the best.

There are so many types of experiences to take on your travel adventures. Whether you’re traveling to London and Paris or to another travel destination Heidi Nanigian will help you explore all the possibilities available for an amazing experience during your travel adventures.

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Swim with the Dolphins

Swim with the Dolphins

We had an excursion on our trip called “Swim with the Dolphins”. It started with pictures taken of us with the dolphins giving each of us a kiss on the cheek, and also a kiss on the lips. I have never been up close with a dolphin like this before, so it was a great experience. This has been on my bucket list for a long time. After the pictures we swam out farther where there were more dolphins and we got to do a little dance with them and watch them do their tricks, such as flipping, spinning etc.

The island that the excursion was on was beautiful and very private. It wasn’t crowded at all. The water was a clear turquoise blue, and the sand was almost white. The water was warm enough to swim in and the food on the island was expensive but no more expensive than restaurant food.

I would give the experience two thumbs up. it was one of the highlights of the cruise and a memory we will all keep always. We warn you that cost of the pictures is crazy high. The disk cost $75 for all the pictures and the disk and video cost me $120. So if you’re planning to do this and want pictures….save ahead of time. You cannot take your own pictures.

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There are so many types of experiences to take on your travel adventures. Whether you are looking for a a chance to swim with the dolphins, zip line over a rain forest, fish in tropical waters,  or hike the Great Wall in China. No matter where you are traveling  Heidi Nanigian will help you explore all the possibilities available for an awesome experience during your travel adventures.

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Cruise – More Affordable Than You’d Think!

Cruise – More Affordable Than You’d Think!

Betty Starr provides us an informative blog as a travelers point-of-view about how a cruise is more affordable than you think.

I can imagine that most people associate taking a cruise as one of extreme indulgence and expense – this is certainly what I thought. The indulgent part is certainly correct but once you break down what you get, you’ll see that compared to other trips, cruises are a very affordable way to take a memorable vacation.

Let’s compare a car trip to a cruise. You have to spend a good part of your time travelling from place to place. On a cruise, you get to relax on board while the ship does all the work. On a regular trip, you have to pay for each night in a hotel, plus all your meals on a daily basis, as well as the time and trouble finding a decent place to eat. Cruising, it’s all taken care of, and you can eat whenever you want (I do advise avoiding the elevators and walking as much as possible – I’ve managed to not gain weight and I love to eat!) Let’s not forget, too, that the entire ship’s worth of crew members are there to serve you (I have never been so indulged as when having dinner!), there are nightly shows and a wide variety of daytime activities.

If that’s still not enough, there are always plenty of excursions to chose from, offering tours of the local sights, to sport-related jaunts (I’ve taken rafting and canoeing excursions on an Alaska cruise). All in all, it is one of the best ways to have a great vacation.

There are so many types of cruises on the market today. Whether you are looking for a local cruise or one in a far away destination Heidi Nanigian will help you explore all the possibilities for an adventure to remember.

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Morocco – Experiencing the Culture and Beauty

Morocco – Experiencing the Culture and Beauty

Morocco was calling to Tom Jackson. He recently returned from a two week trip to the beautiful country using Heritage Private Tours for his land portion. The trip was nine months in the planning and resulted in a successful adventure.  This blog will give you a brief overview about his experience.

The time of year that we were in Morocco was excellent weather wise (late March to Early April).  Many people have asked me about my feelings on safety and about food.  First of all, we were totally safe in all respects.  Remember that Morocco is on the North West corner of the African continent. Secondly, the food could not have been better.  The cuisine was either Moroccan or European style meals. I must say the fish was wonderful and plentiful as Morocco has two shore lines one on the Atlantic to the west and the other the Mediterranean to the north. Morocco has unique names of cities which include: Rabat, Meknes, Volubulis, Fes (Fez), Marrakesh, Essaouira, Asni, and Casa Blanca.

Morocco, to me is an exotic destination with many faces. You are immersed in a country of 34 million people, much the same as the state of California. The people are a mix of Arab lineage to the north and Berber lineage to the south and west. The Moroccan people are friendly, helpful and kind.  I think my biggest wake-up was the time we spent in the high Atlas Mountains, about an hour outside Marrakesh, while staying at the Richard Branson Virtuoso property called the Kasbah Tamadot. The Kasbah Tamadot boasts 28 rooms and suites which have been individually decorated to reflect the essence of Morocco. There are beautiful antiques and gardens throughout the property. It truly is a magical place that created a sense of relaxation and peace for all of us on the trip.

Our travel was accommodated by a driver and full time guide during our time in Morocco.  Mohammad and Aziz were the team that took care of all of our needs, wants and desires.  They have been working for Heritage Tours for more than a decade.  They were terrific and made sure our experience in Morocco was a successful one.

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moroccoWho is Tom Jackson?

Tom Jackson, CTIE is President of World Travel Bureau, Inc., a California–based family owned travel advisory with offices located in Camarillo, Carmel, Chino, Santa Ana and Yorba Linda.

Tom Jackson has been involved with World Travel Bureau beginning in 1951 at the age of 12. He is still very involved, consulting and advising clients and staff as well, from his rich background of travel experiences.

Tom Jackson has been traveling the world for decades and has visited more than 151 countries around the world. He feels traveling near and far is a nutrient to a better appreciation of life.

Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort

Here’s a staycation destination – Terranea Resort, a 5 Star, Mediterranean style resort. It is situated on the Palos Verdes peninsula, close to Long Beach and Los Angeles, but it feels like a world away.

For those of us who remember Marineland from 1950 to 1987, Terranea was built and developed at that site beginning in 1998 as a 10 year project.  It is fully developed now.

There is a restaurant and bar on the cliff that is called Nelson’s in honor of the character played by Lloyd Bridges in the TV series called Sea Hunt, with various memorabilia of that show.  The series was filmed at this location.

It is so much fun to make the drive to Terranea.  When you reach the Palos Verdes peninsula, you will find yourself on a very curvy, up and down road, that is still geologically active.  A sign warns you of “constant land movement” (see my photos).  As you go up some of the small hills, you are looking up into the sky, not knowing what’s going to be on the other side. It is very thrilling!

Our management team at World Travel Bureau has visited Terranea on two separate occasions, first in October 2011 for a Manager retreat, in February of 2016 when we attended the Virtuoso Forum meeting for Owners and Managers and most recently, my husband and I stayed 2 days at the resort to celebrate our June anniversary.  I’ve included several photos of the property and of our management teams who shared this experience.

Terranea is great as a meeting venue, but it is also good for families and vacationers as a getaway. There are swimming pools for families, and for adults. As you can see from my photos, each pool has a great ocean view.  My favorite is the family pool which is very warm, ranging from 3 to 5 feet deep and has a terrific slide for kids and kids at heart!  There’s even a little section by the pool with ping pong, foos ball, and some kind of bean bag toss. The Vista pool invites teenagers 13 and older to enjoy the view and the music.  The Cielo pool is closest to the ocean and caters to adults 18 and over with a cool vibe.  The Spa pool provides the most exclusive atmosphere and a different ocean and Catalina view. One guest told me she saw dolphins jumping in the ocean while she was getting her massage.

There is a variety of activities at Terranea including guided coastal and nature preserve hiking trails with gorgeous views of the entire area. I enjoyed a complimentary nature hike around the property and our guide was very knowledgeable about the property and the plants.  Another complimentary activity was a talk by the local Falconist who had an owl on his arm and allowed each of us to pet his feathers.  Terranea offers “Aqua Adventures” including surfing lessons at Redondo Beach, Tide pooling, Painting by the Sea art class, whale watching tours, helicopter tours, Falconry on property, Segway in Long Beach along the strand, guided biking tours, horseback riding in the nature preserve, as well as Tennis and Golf.   One more thing that would have been fun was that for the days we were there, Terranea was allowing guests to test drive some Lexus vehicles that were parked nearby.  We were a little too lazy to take advantage of this opportunity, but it could have been fun to explore the Palos Verdes hills and views.

The food is excellent with several options, the atmosphere is really nice and the views are amazing. The meal service was unique as each employee who passed by our table made eye contact and asked if we needed anything.  We did not have to wait to find our waitress in order to get another napkin.  In fact, all throughout the property, all levels of staff made eye contact and greeted us no matter where we were.

When we first arrived, settled in our room and then went downstairs to find out where the restaurant, Nelsons, was located, we went to the Valet Desk for instructions, and immediately we were invited to ride there in the Terranea Mercedes SUV.   What a treat!

If you book with World Travel we are currently offering a “Celebrate with Us” promotion which includes a 3rd night free, breakfast daily for 2 and $100 resort or hotel credit, and room upgrade if available.

If you like to book it yourself and enjoy these special amenities, you can go to our website www.wtbinc.com, scroll down to our new hotel booking tool, enter Terranea for your hotel and make your reservations. Here is the Direct Link to the Hotel Booking Tool.

Or please allow us to book it for you by calling one of our offices today!

Disney World Adventures

Disney World Adventures

Disney World adventures planned in detail by our awesome Travel Advisor Heidi Nanigian of World Travel in Santa Ana, California.

My journey with Heidi started five years ago, when my brother walked into another travel office to purchase airline tickets for our Caribbean cruise. He hands me my ticket and tells me, you know this new travel agent is very good -make sure you stay in touch with her. I have kept in touch and used Heidi’s expertise on serval vacations since our initial booking.

I often brain storm with Heidi prior to deciding as to where I am staying and what I would like to do once I am there. Her expertise in every aspect of travel is always eye opening. I wanted to share my last two vacations that were booked with Heidi, taking place in 2015 and 2016.

My preferred method of correspondence is email, it’s easier for me due to time limitations. I email Heidi my initial thoughts and I before I know it, in my inbox is a response with every question answered. Information provided is always exceptional and explained in detail! I am a tough customer (my words, not Heidi’s) I change my mind often and require exceptional accommodations for my trips. The customer service I receive has been and I am certain will remain A+++.

Let me start with last year’s vacation, my sister and I decided we wanted to visit Disney World for a week, I had NO idea how to start planning. I emailed Heidi and without hesitation the planning was underway, with emails exchanged daily. I gave Heidi direction as to what we wanted accomplished and the rest is history! Heidi, mention she had worked for the resort and had intimate knowledge of the property, this thrilled me beyond words that I would have a “concierge” planner. A budget was established and before I knew it my magic bands arrived, Disney World here we come. I was concerned with a few issues along the way, value resort, what does that mean – once again Heidi talked me off the ledge and explained in detail. I was given the rundown of all parks, how to utilize the transportation along with the Magic Express from Orlando airport. I owe seven wonderful days at the park to Heidi and her experience, knowledge and excellent customer service.

Successful and wonderful vacation at Disney World completed we decided, lets visit all parks globally. All the hype with Shanghai Disneyland was enticing me, so we decided to go to China in 2016. I emailed Heidi give her our travel dates and airline info, next thing I knew all accommodations were set! Since China was a new country to both of us I asked questions and was constantly exchanging emails regarding hotels and excursions. Ten days in China sounded like a good idea, until we decided to visit three locations, first stop was Macau. I had asked for 4 + star accommodations in all cities, I was not disappointed with the Harborview hotel, great location, customer service and close to both waterfront and downtown.  Hong Kong was our second stop for five days, including Disneyland HK. Rosedale Hotel was certainly an experience, great location and very accommodating. We saw and enjoyed as much of HK, certainly will return to visit soon.

Last two stop were in Shanghai, I wanted to visit Pudong prior to staying at the Disney resort. We arrived at the Park hotel in Pudong and realized this was not for us, the room were more like two stars. I emailed Heidi and explained to her what was wrong, she assured me it was okay and commenced to work on my exit plan. I called it a wash in Pudong and moved over to resort, we stayed at the Toy Story hotel on property for three days, this allowed two days to visit the park and one to visit Disney town and Wishing Star park. Our Disney World trip was a total success due to Heidi’s expertise and excellent customer service. I checked out of the Park hotel one night early and was told I was not getting a refund and too bad you’re leaving, it has been less than two weeks since the incident occurred and my refund has been received for the night we didn’t stay!

Thank you, Heidi, for your dedication, friendship and understanding – you truly are a five-star travel agent! Andrade family will continue to exclusively work with you for all future vacations!

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Mediterranean Vacation to Spain and Italy

Mediterranean Vacation to Spain and Italy

Exciting Mediterranean vacation detailed by World Travel customer Yajaira Casillas.

Yajaira Casillas and James Rodriguez  went on a 2 week vacation to Spain and Italy in September 2016. It was her first time out of the country so she was a bit nervous. Read on to hear Yajaira’s details of their fun Mediterranean vacation.

We started our trip in Spain.
Our Madrid hotel was beautiful. The location was central to everything and we were able to walk to all the main attractions. I would stay there again for sure. Everyone was very nice & helpful.

Our Barcelona hotel was walking distance of the beach! I was so excited to see an international beach. It was also close to Gothic Quarter which was nice because there is so much food there. Again, everything was in walking distance. The breakfast was decent and the staff was nice. The breakfast and bar were pretty busy so service was a bit slow. There was a beautiful church behind our hotel that I loved walking by every day.

I  LOVED Spain! I would love to go back and see some other areas. The tapas and wine tour in Madrid was amazing. I had the best meal on that tour. I would definitely recommend it. The city tour was fun, too.

We then flew to Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia Church was amazing! It is a must see attraction. Park Güell was beautiful with unique architecture. We went to a Gaudi House called Casa Battlo for a concert on the roof. It was fun. Seeing all the work of Gaudí was epic & I would highly recommend it.

We then flew to Florence. The rooftop garden on our hotel was perfect to get a great view of the Duomo.  We walked everywhere, so that was nice. We ate the most delicious food & saw some beautiful sights. The Tuscany tour was the highlight of my entire trip. I would do it again if I ever go back. The food was delicious and there were so many cool things to see.

In Rome, we found ourselves taking cabs everywhere which cost us a bit. The Pope Mass was awesome! It was packed but something I think everyone should do. The Vatican tour was also great.

The Pompeii tour was amazing!  We climbed Mt. Vesuvius. This may have been the best part of the whole trip. It’s pretty amazing to look into an active Volcano. For anyone who is active I would definitely recommend this tour. City Wonders Tours are the best.

Our Milan hotel had a subway stop literally outside the door and it was one stop to the train station and 5 from the Duomo.  The Duomo is beautiful and a must see. Seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was sweet.

Overall, our Mediterranean vacation was a truly memorable adventure. I would highly recommend our Travel Advisor Heidi Nanigian, because she made everything 100% easy and stress free.  Heidi is super sweet and thoughtful because she left me a birthday present at one of our hotels.

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