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Protect Your Beach Bum Vacation

July 27th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Beach Bum Vacation, Travel Insurance | Leave a comment

By: Beach Bum Hayley

“Why do I need travel insurance anyway?” Well, here’s the deal my fellow travel lovers; whether you’re planning a family vacation, honeymoon, group getaway, or destination wedding it’s bound to happen! What’s bound to happen you ask? We’re all guilty; we plan, we save, we dream… we drift off into a euphoric trance with visions of how perfectly blissful our upcoming getaway will be. Palm trees swaying to & fro in a gentle sea breeze, reggae tunes tantalizing your soul with calming beats, turquoise waters whispering harmonious lyrics, silky white sand beaches paving your leisurely stroll, coconut scented sun tan lotion glistening on your skin, & of course, a frothy, ice cold Pineapple Pina Colada soothing your cares away… awwwh, we’re heading for tranquility. We feel so incredibly accomplished and happy to have finally booked this trip. We believe nothing & no one will get in our way. “I’ve worked toooo hard for this once in a lifetime family vacation to allow anything to ruin this trip!” “I planned my honeymoon over a year ago, there’s no way I’m not going!” “I’ve dreamt of my beach wedding since I was a little girl, nothing will stop me!” Ok, so you’re saying this trip is pretty important to you? You have saved long and hard, & you are well overdue for this much needed rest. The countdown begins…

Little do you realize the evil lurking; Hurricane Ernesto is ready to creep upon your harmonious break from reality with its dark, ugly swirls. Hurricanes are just one of many reasons why you should ALWAYS purchase travel insurance. You say you’re not traveling during hurricane season, fair enough, but what will you do if (Heaven forbid) someone near & dear to you suffers a serious life threatening situation? How can you travel if you’re ill & in the hospital on your scheduled day of departure? We don’t think that our airline could cancel our flight at will, do we? Did you know your airline could go bankrupt & they are not entitled to re protect you on another flight? What about that brand new suitcase with your nice new duds neatly packed away inside, it won’t get damaged, lost, or stolen, will it?  Would you ever think you’d break your arm learning how to surf while on your vacation? Is it possible you could find out you are allergic to shellfish while enjoying that beach front, candlelight, romantic lobster dinner on your honeymoon? Did you realize your medical insurance doesn’t provide coverage outside of the US? Nawwwh, “none of these things will ever happen to me.” “Aren’t these just scare tactics to make me spend more money?” “Insurance is a rip off, I never get it.” “I’m an optimist, none of these things are going to ruin MY vacation.” “I’m going no matter what!” There’s those famous last words, how many times do I hear that per week? Too many to count, but sadly reality bites & life has it’s challenges every single day, always at the most inopportune moment.

Folks, you must protect yourself, and your investment. If you don’t, you’ll wish you did for one reason or another, mark my words. Who would have thought 9/11 would have ever, in our wildest nightmares, occurred? Swine Flu, earthquakes, volcanoes, sickness, death, broken bones, lost luggage, flight cancellations, stolen personal effects, job loss, break ups… oh, the list goes on and on, and on, you simply can’t leave your money & dream on the table to chance.

You want to be prepared for all cases so your precious time away isn’t ruined. Beach Bum Vacation’s insurance includes coverage for trip cancellation (for any reason, up to morning of departure), trip delays caused by bad weather or mechanical issues, medical expenses, lost, delayed, or stolen luggage. The price of an insurance policy is a very small price to pay for peace of mind & protection from unforeseen circumstances. You will feel much safer when you are insured and enjoying the trip will be much easier when you know that you & your family is taken care of, what a relief. So make sure before you go on another trip in another country, or wherever you may be going, to inquire about & purchase travel insurance. The Beach Bums have your back and want to help protect your hard earned vacation. Travel insurance can be a real lifesaver!

Don’t Leave Out the Honeymoon

July 20th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Beach Bum Vacation, Honeymoons | Leave a comment

By: Beach Bum Sarah

You are planning the wedding of your dreams and your reward at the end is an incredible honeymoon in paradise with the love of your life. If planned well, it will be relaxing and well worth the wait! Often times though the honeymoon gets overshadowed by all of the wedding plans and gets bumped to the bottom of the list. It’s a shame, because the honeymoon is the icing on the cake. The time you get to first spend together as a couple, relaxing, celebrating, creating memories and sharing an experience to last a lifetime!  Beach Bum Vacation is sharing the keys to honeymoon success!

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Start Planning Early
Reach out to your favorite Beach Bum Travel Concierge to start the laid back honeymoon planning process! We have years of knowledge and firsthand travel experience under our belt and will be able to guide you all the way to the beach (or down the sandy aisle if you decide a destination wedding is for you). We have a tried and true process that we walk brides and grooms through to ensure we are matching you up with the best destination & resort for your personality and what you hope to experience. Your Beach Bum will help you uncover what type of activities (or none at all- whatever your heart desires) you would like to experience on your dream honeymoon. One simple step and you’ll be well on your way to honeymooning in paradise! By starting early you will ensure you get the best value, first pick on flights, and room availability. Waiting until the last minute does not mean you will get a “deal” and your honeymoon is not something you want to leave to chance. Make it a priority and connect with your favorite Beach Bum early. Doesn’t every bride enjoy checking things off her wedding to-do list?

Don’t Skimp on Accommodations
“The room doesn’t really matter to us, we don’t plan to be in there much.” We hear this from brides and grooms on a regular basis. The Beach Bums beg to differ. You will indeed spend time in your room. You just pulled off the wedding of your dreams and will be exhausted and ready for some rest and relaxation. This is your time to enjoy one another and not lift a finger for a week before you have to return to the daily grind. Room service offering you breakfast in bed, a swim up suite, a jacuzzi tub, nice balcony, stunning view of the ocean, maybe even your own personal Butler are all things that you may not think make a big difference but they do. You want to have are room that feels like a true escape, a retreat where you will enjoy being pampered. Trust your Beach Bum Travel Concierge and listen to his or her recommendations, the room matters.

Don’t Compromise
Your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience. It truly sets the stage for what’s to come. Make it a priority to budget $4k and up from there depending on the experience you want to create. Often times the difference of a mere $500 can make a world of difference in your overall experience. Don’t sacrifice your honeymoon and definitely don’t skip the honeymoon in the wedding budget. It’s a crucial part that needs to be accounted for from the beginning. This is your time to really relax and rejuvenate after all of the stress and planning that goes into a wedding. It’s your first time to be husband and wife before returning to reality. Let’s put it this way, will you remember your wedding flowers or rather the lasting memories you create on your honeymoon? I’m going with the memories and trust me, they will be special and unique memories to hold near and dear to your heart forever.

Enhance Your Experience
Take your honeymoon to the next level by enhancing it with special features such as a personal Butler to tend to your needs and wait on you hand and foot. Book an amazing excursion such as a Zipline Canopy Tour through the jungle for the adventurous at heart. Turn up the romance with a private beachfront candlelight dinner for two. Add in a helicopter transfer (and better yet, surprise your new bride) and experience the island from the sky upon arrival. Truly majestic! Pre-book a couples Beachfront Sky Massage overlooking the water under a thatched roof bungalow. It’s the little things that enhance your experience and make it special. Do you want an average honeymoon experience or a unique one that stands out from the rest making it a truly unique honeymoon experience from start to finish?

It’s important that your honeymoon experience is what you really want it to be. Life is short, don’t compromise. Let us help guide and support you all the way to the beach! Congrats and here’s to successful honeymoon planning with your favorite Beach Bum on your side!