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Beach Bum Round Up: Motivation for a Vacation

October 13th, 2012 | By rachel | Posted in Adventures, Beach Bum Vacation, Beach Bums | 1 Comment

 By: Beach Bum Rachel

We all have our reasons for needing to get away and most often, it’s not just one factor that has us counting down the days until we’re exploring a different corner of the world.  Just for fun, we asked the Beach Bum team ‘why do you go on vacation?’  It’s clear to see that finding your own personal paradise is one of the best ‘cure all’ solutions for many of life’s stresses.  So here it is…our vacation motivation.

EXCITING EXPERIENCES

Beach Bum Kristin thinks “…it’s exciting to go on new adventures, try new foods I’ve never tasted before, see things I’ve never seen before, and learn about things I never even knew existed!”  And, a lot of times the exclusivity of it all makes the excitement go way up.  Beach Bum Justin said, “I like exploring and having that feeling I have experienced something new, and I had the chance to see something few people get the opportunity to see.”  And excitement builds upon itself.  Justin went on to say,  “When I am on vacation, I am more spontaneous, I don’t live for the future or the past…just in the moment.”

Beach Bum’s Becky, Joanne, Lisa & Rachel agree that their desire to have exciting experiences fuels their travel!

QUALITY TIME

When it comes to vacation, it is always quality over quantity.  When it comes to a Beach Bum Vacation , you’ll get both!  Beach Bum Amy says, “I go on vacation to create memories! It is wonderful to think back about a sunset catamaran cruise, a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach or a massage we shared together over the ocean with a nice gentle breeze.”  Nanda also loves “to spend quality time with family, enjoy good food, wine and company, to reload and to give my mind and body a new energy boost!!”

Karoline couldn’t agree more!

INSPIRATION

Being in a new setting can bring out the best in you and refresh your outlook.  Beach Bum Jaimi put it like this, “I go on vacation to take the time to stop and take in the beauty of the world.   It’s funny but after being on vacation for a few days I start noticing things that I normally don’t pay much attention to… It really puts everything back in prospective for me.”

Beach Bum Hayley travels “to rejeuvenate my mind, soul and body. I need to be inspired, going on a Beach Bum Vacation always does just that!”

RELAXATION

Sometimes stepping off the plane and onto a resort that perfectly matches you seems unreal.  You get that ‘I can’t believe I’m actually here’ feeling and you start unwinding.  Like Beach Bum Marcie says, “I go on vacation to relax, cut loose and escape reality.”  It’s really easy to turn your mind off on vacation because it’s so different.  Beach Bum Robert also takes off to “unwind, relax and disconnect from the everyday stresses in life.”

Nanda & Danialle also place relaxation as a priority in their travels.

GREAT WEATHER & SCENERY

Depending on where you call home, the wintertime blues can really set in.  Beach Bum Robert says, “I go on vacation to enjoy the sand, surf and sun…Love that vitamin D!  Sarah adds that “the sand, water and sun rejuvenate my soul.”  Danialle loves feeling “the sun on my skin and sand between my toes.”

Marcie agrees!

CULTURE

Beach Bum Christine says, “I go on vacation to experience new cultures, their history and their local cuisine.  In St Vincent I’ve picked spices off the plants and drank the juice from a freshly cut coconut;  I’ve tasted hearty callalloo soup in Jamaica and learned how rum is made. I’ve visited forts where battles for the Caribbean islands were won and lost.  Where else but the Bahamas can you join in with the colorful Junkanoo festivities?  I love to run on the beach with the sunrise, sail the sea under a setting sun and be pampered at the spa.  To come home refreshed, renewed and grateful.”  As we’ve noticed, rejuvenating is not synonymous being idle.  Going out and exploring an area’s culture can do wonders.

 Lisa, Joanne, Danialle & Kristin also highly ranked experiencing new cultures as one of their reasons to travel.

BREAKING THE EVERYDAY ROUTINE

The daily grind can leave you feeling a little like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.”  Getting away can break the cycle.  Beach Bum Carey thinks, “I go on vacation to escape the piles of laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, bill paying and everyday stresses of life! I love escaping to an all inclusive paradise where I don’t have to lift a finger or worry about taking out my wallet. I can just float on over to the swim up bar, relax with a cocktail and enjoy the good life…”  And Beach Bum Rachel says, “Visiting a destination I’ve never traveled to before, swimming in underground caves, climbing an ancient temple and exploring a new city is such a change from my normal routine that it really re-energizes and inspires me.”

Beach Bums Kathy & Sarah can also relate.

So, what is it that motivates you?  Do you need to be inspired, to relax, have an exciting experience or set aside some quality time with family?  Tell us your reason for needing to getaway and we’ll treat one lucky commenter to a Cheeseburger in Paradise gift card!!

Wedding Talk: Stay Focused

October 3rd, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Beach Bum Vacation, Destination Weddings | 1 Comment

By: Beach Bum Marcie

We often think the number one thing that tends to warp our Destination Wedding Couples’ minds is choosing a property and narrowing down all the 1,000,000+ options available to them.  From islands to resorts, along with wedding requirements of other countries, hurricane season, un-traveled guests and a number of other factors, it can really boggle the mind finding perfection among the choices.  We would like to just say that this is where your Beach Bum Destination Wedding Specialist will come in, but many brides find themselves consumed with reading reviews, comparing properties based on TripAdvisor, studying pictures off the internet and not always trusting their gut (or our professional guidance!).  That being said, it’s extremely important to stay focused on what your top three MUST HAVES are for your wedding in the sun.  This is something that might be difficult when there are so many things to think about, but we have found that if the top three requirements are met, the rest really is “downhill from there.”

Staying focused on those items is the hard part, because doing too much research will make you think that you aren’t worrying about the RIGHT things.  That is not true. What is important to one bride and groom may not be the SAME things that are important to you and your fiancé.  Every couples’ needs are different and it’s important to know that when there are bad reviews online, typically it is because they chose the resort for all the wrong reasons and didn’t stay focused on what is really important to them.  Compromise is important but we encourage our couples to not choose based on anything other than their own personal wants/needs and not anyone else’s (including an aunt that certainly won’t be there, your best friend’s boyfriend or your 2nd cousin, Joey).  Being qualified and matching up to a property is our number one goal and the only way we can ensure that your destination wedding is truly customized to fit your vision and unique style.  If it’s not right for the couple, it is NOT going to be a happy ending!

So…if having a barefoot beach wedding (on a long wide white sand beach) with 20 guests (only your parents and best friends) under $10,000 (for the private event and your room and airfare) is the most important three items to you, then narrowing down your options is already taking place!  Focusing on that will allow us as your Destination Wedding Specialist to really get a much better feel for the wedding you envision.  In other words, we will not recommend a cliffside resort with no all-inclusive plan for over $15,000 just for the reception, no matter how beautiful and incredible it might sound to someone on a chat board!  A property with zero beach would make your vision null and void and we are not looking to blow your budget!

It is an adventure in planning a destination wedding and should be fun and as stress-free as possible.   Keeping your dream wedding in CLEAR FOCUS and not allowing the pictures online, the special “sale” or The Knot to make your decision for you is the best way to ensure that you are thrilled on your wedding day.  Other people’s opinions (even people who have NEVER been anywhere) sometimes can bog down your dreams, and it is just SILLY!  You know what you want…and if you don’t, come talk to us, and we can help you figure it out! There is a perfect resort out there for everyone!  Our simple, painless, easy and free consultation will allow us to recommend and match you up, focusing on your special tastes to choose the right destination and resort.

As our President and CEO Hayley Whorrall says, “It is our job to facilitate your destination wedding with complete ease, no stress and lots of fun! We will match you up with the resort that caters to your needs, offers the best value for money, service, rooms, food and wedding coordinators. Our experience facilitating destination weddings puts us in the know, so we can recommend what works and what does not, which resorts are the best and which ones to steer clear of.”

Check out our story:

Hook up with us on our new fan page dedicated solely to brides and grooms planning their special day on the beach! Destination Weddings by Beach Bum Vacation

Travel’s Best Kept Secret

September 27th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Adventures, Beach Bum Vacation, Excursions | Leave a comment

It’s Friday, your mind deserves a mini-vacation…

Tip: view it in full screen for the full effect.

Reach out to your favorite Beach Bum Vacation Travel Concierge to plan your experience of a lifetime and be sure to subscribe to Beach Bum Vacation’s You Tube channel for many more awe-inspiring videos.

Beach Bum Cares visits the Bahamas AIDS Foundation

By: Beach Bum Nanda

Agents of Beach Bum Vacation and philanthropic volunteers launched Beach Bum Cares about two years ago in a mission to provide children & their families aid, relief, & educational supplies.  While traveling, we always make an effort to visit a school, orphanage or other institution in need. During our latest trip to the Bahamas at the beginning of September we had the opportunity to team up with the Sandals Foundation and visit the Bahamas AIDS Foundation in Nassau.

For two and a half years the Bahamas AIDS Foundation has been offering a program which provides assistance to pre-teens, adolescents and their families whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Currently, they are working with 30 students and by extension their families for a reach of over 100 people.  Their program ensures medical adherence, improvement in school attendance and GPA and a better quality of life inclusive of goal setting and attainment.

The outreach program does not have a graduation period, however as students progress from one grade level to the next, the dynamics of support they receive from the program may change.  For example, students begin receiving help with grade level subjects and progress to assistance with national examinations, work skills and training inclusive of interviewing techniques, completing job applications and adhering to dress codes.

On September 4th we arranged a back to school party where we served lunch, donated supplies and played fun games 🙂  We donated school and teaching supplies including a laptop which came just in time as the one they were using had just broken, medical supplies (this is always important as it’s so expensive on the islands) and of course we brought candy!  The kids were so excited for the gum and would playfully fight over it.  We know to bring more next time!

With 24 agents contributing, the amount of supplies we were able to donate was quite overwhelming, totaling over $700.00 in value!

It’s a blessing to be able to give back and make these visits a part of our travels. With combined efforts we know we can make a tremendous difference in so many lives. Seeing the joy that such simple gifts brought to those children is something we won’t soon forget.

We’d love your help in raising funds to provide aid, relief and educational supplies to our partner schools or organizations!  If you are interested in participating in a donation trip while you are traveling please let us know and we can help you set it up!

It is a unique and fantastic opportunity for Beach Bum Vacation to give back to the communities that provide our clients and us amazing destinations to visit.

 

The Royal Treatment at Sandals Royal Bahamian

By: Beach Bum Rachel

It’s that time of year.  The weather is dipping into cooler temps, the summer routines have faded away and Starbucks has brought back their benchmark fall drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  While many welcome the crisp, crunchy, cold joy of fall I slip into a tropical depression longing for another warm day at one of the Caribbean’s best all-inclusive resorts, Sandals Royal Bahamian.

It’s hard to believe that the tropical paradise of Nassau’s Cable Beach is so close.  Located less than 200 miles off the coast of Florida, getting there is a breeze.  And, once you arrive it’s just a short 10 minute ride from the airport to the resort!  It’s incredibly convenient and perfect for a quick (or long) getaway.

From the moment you arrive under the porte cochere at Sandals Royal Bahamian you know you’re in a different world.  Flowing fountains and friendly faces welcome you to your new home and haven to relax, revive and rejuvenate.  With ten restaurants, eight bars, six pristine pools, two white sand beaches with amazingly turquoise waters and a private island with it’s own pool, swim up bar, restaurant, spa and beach it’s the perfect retreat.  When you’re in the mood to socialize, the Windsor pool is the place to be but if you’re just looking to float around in a quiet atmosphere, the Balmoral pool is the spot for you.  It’s the perfect mix of unwinding and lively ambiances.

Sandals Royal Bahamian has perfected their selection of restaurants – from traditional Bahamian favorites at Café Goombay to Japanese Teppanyaki at Kimono’s there is delectable cuisine for every taste.  For breakfast, Baccarat Restaurant is not to be missed and I highly recommend the citrus French toast and vanilla waffles!  When I say highly recommend, I mean eat them more than once during your stay.  You won’t regret it.

For lunch or dinner, another favorite place to take a break from the sun and grab a bite to eat at is Café Goombay.  Just a 3 minute boat ride to the private island, Sandals Cay, you can enjoy island specialties such as conch fritters and canjun, creole and jerk dishes while looking out onto the captivating turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and sipping a Kalik.  It’s island living at it’s best.

At Sandals Cay, you’ll find more than a great meal.  On the backside of the island sits a peaceful beach with beautiful cabana beds, beach lounge chairs and thatched roof umbrellas allowing guests to spread out and enjoy their exclusive view.  If you’re into seeing what’s beneath the surface, grab a mask and snorkel at the watersports hut before you head over because it’s an excellent spot to see tropical wildlife.

The View of Sandals Cay from Sandals Royal Bahamian

Possibly the most amazing aspect of Sandals Cay is the opportunity to have a beachfront massage under the palms in the remote Red Lane Spa on the island.  The natural landscape, secluded location and spa treatments are the perfect way to reenergize.

Sandals Royal Bahamian takes pride in the royal treatment it provides each guest.  As the Balmoral Club in the 1940’s, the resort hosted many European dignitaries such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  The Manor Bar and Piano Lounge are adorned with photos, newspaper articles and personal letters from the royals who’ve visited in the past.  For anyone looking for the same royal treatment, Sandals Royal Bahamian offers Butler rooms complete with a personal butler trained by the Guild of English Butlers, complimentary VIP airport transportation in a Rolls Royce or Mercedes Benz, 24-hour room service and reservations at the exclusive Gordon’s on the Pier restaurant.  As our clients can attest to, once you go butler, you never go back!

As the fall and winter months approach, there’s no better time to plan and save on an end of the year getaway.  Contact your Beach Bum about an amazing Beach Bum Vacation to Sandals Royal Bahamian!  Also, don’t forget to like the Beach Bum Vacation Facebook page and keep a lookout for our Starbucks giveaways for the ultimate Pumpkin Spice Latte hookup.

Your Royal Seat in the Misting Pool

Visit Beach Bum Vacation on YouTube for a tour of Sandals Royal Bahamian at

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2eOS6pbxLY&feature=plcp

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