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January 25th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Bahamas, Beach Bum Vacation | 2 Comments

Value For Your Money

By: Beach Bum Hayley

Value (val yoo); the worth, importance, or usefulness of something to somebody.

How valuable is your time away? You work so hard, often receiving as few as 7 to 10 vacation days all year! Using your vacation time wisely is hardly an understatement! You look forward to, expect, hope for, and deserve maximum satisfaction during your precious time off.

A Real Beach Bum photo at Le Taha'a in Tahitian Islands

Beach Bum Vacation receives many trip requests that ask for a vacation or honeymoon… that is “as inexpensive as possible” or “somewhere warm, as long as it’s cheap.” Hey, we get what you’re trying to say but what you need to be seeking and asking for is “the best value for my money.”

Cheap (cheep); of little account; of small value; shoddy. Who wants to spend $100 for that, let alone $2,000 or more?! Cheap trips typically result in the traveler wishing they never went away at all due to poor food quality, lack of service, unclean environment, rundown accommodations,  overall disappointing, unsatisfactory experience. What a waste of valuable time and money!

As a Beach Bum Travel Concierge it’s our duty to ensure you understand the difference between a seemingly attractive, inexpensive package and a terrific value for money. Let’s face it, there are so many options out there these days. The internet is so overwhelming and can make your travel planning an extremely daunting task. How can you possibly know what’s what when they all appear so enticing, inviting and attractive?

Beach Bums in Action

Top Five: BEST Value For Money Tips!

Tip #1: Seek the guidance of a Beach Bum Vacation Travel Concierge! Our knowledge and expert advice is at absolutely NO cost to you!

We’re friendly and fun, we enjoy what we do, we definitely know what we’re talking about, and we love being a part of planning the perfect travel experience for you and your travel companion(s) so you will enjoy sharing the Beach Bum travel experience with your friends and family!

Tip #2: Look for resorts that are consistently reviewed at least 4 (out of 5) star by past guests. We will share past guest reviews and feedback with you as well as provide you with our personal tried and true experiences.

Tip #3: Look for resorts that include added values such as golf green fees, room service, water sports, tours, excursions, spa credits, complimentary room upgrades, candlelight dinner on the beach, catamaran cruises etc. These items truly add to your vacation/travel experience. When not included these features can amount to BIG $ so to have them included is a tremendous value for your money!

Beach Bums on a Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Tip #4: Look for packages vs. trying to piece your trip together. You’ll get more for your money and it’ll be more convenient. You’ll also have the option to make payments instead of paying in full at time of reserving.

Tip #5: Go All Inclusive! You will inevitably save exponentially. There are so many necessary elements of a vacation that you may not be considering when reserving your room and airline tickets (i.e. alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages, bottled water, gratuities, airport transportation, water sports, entertainment, activities, tours, excursions, food, snacks, room service, mini bar purchases…) All of these items add up more than you would imagine. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll save money by traveling non-inclusive because you “don’t drink alcohol” or are “not a big eater.” $5-$10 for a bottle of water is par for the course ladies and gentleman. Stress-free planning is knowing how much your vacation is costing upfront, without any hidden surprises. Not having to bring your purse or wallet to the swim up pool bar or constantly sign off on a credit card “tab” whilst on your honeymoon is a priceless experience.

Beach Bums Ziplining

All Inclusive is truly the best value for your money when considering where you want to spend your vacation, honeymoon, family reunion, destination wedding OR corporate group incentive trip. All Inclusive is often misinterpreted or unappreciated; negative stigma from the days of old portrait ideas that you’ll only receive domestic, watered-down drinks, reheated leftovers at the daily buffet… Sure these places (who will remain nameless) still exist! We will tell you if you’ve got one of these culprits in your realm of consideration; trust your Beach Bum, they won’t steer you wrong! Over the years the All Inclusive package has been perfected by select brands that combine luxury, top notch accommodations, excellence in service, & gourmet a la carte fine dining. These are the best in their class offering YOU the VERY BEST in quality, value for money and overall experience! These outstanding brands include; El Dorado Resorts, Azul Resorts, Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Couples Resorts, Royal Resorts, Gran Caribe Resorts, & Palace Resorts.

We very much look forward to helping match you with the very best valued Beach Bum Vacation for YOUR money!

With Truth, Honesty & Sincerity,

Beach Bum Hayley & Co.

Tried, tested and true: Our Preferred Partners

January 18th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Beach Bum Vacation, Preferred Partners | Leave a comment

By: Beach Bum Carey

When I tell people I am a certified travel concierge with Beach Bum Vacation, I often get a puzzled look followed by the question, “why would anyone want to work with a travel agent when it’s so easy to book your own vacation online?” I could go on and on with a laundry list of reasons why it’s a great idea to work with a Beach Bum, but we’ll save that for another post.

Instead, I would like to focus on one main reason: we know the best all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Yes, anyone can easily book their own vacation online. You’ll end up having a headache trying to weed through all the different promotional offers, trying to understand what exactly is included and seeking out trustworthy, firsthand reviews. You’re not going to end up saving yourself any money going this route (we don’t charge any fees for our services) and you run a huge risk that you have just spent your hard-earned money booking a mediocre vacation instead of an amazing one. A Beach Bum will interview you, find out what’s important to you and your travel companions and recommend resorts based on your personalities and travel interests. You don’t get that booking online and you don’t have any assurance that the resort you just booked is going to be the resort of YOUR dreams. Working with the best travel agency eliminates the guesswork.

Beach Bum Jenny in St. Lucia

Over the years, we have visited hundreds of resorts throughout many tropical destinations. We’ve swam in the ocean, slept in the beds, relaxed in the Jacuzzis, sipped one too many frozen drinks at the swim-up bar and dined in all the restaurants. Yes, it is a rough life we lead! 😉 Throughout the years, we have learned which resort lines offer guests an exceptional vacation experience, which ones are mediocre and which ones are just plain horrendous. Guess what? Our trials and errors benefit YOU. We aren’t ever going to recommend that you vacation at a mediocre or horrendous resort. Instead, we have partnered with resorts that we consider to be “the best of the best.” We consider these resorts to be our “preferred partners.”

Beach Bums Melissa, Nanda, Hayley and Lisa enjoying a Sunset Cruise

Our preferred partners offer more than just an exceptional vacation experience. We have developed relationships with the management at these resorts and consider them friends; we are on a first name basis with these trusted partners. Each and every time our valued clients travel to one of these resorts, we get in touch with the management ahead of time to ensure that they have all special requests noted, they know of any celebrations such as a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday, and that they know that these aren’t just any guests – they are on a Beach Bum Vacation! Our proactive approach is designed to ensure that you have a “no worries mon,” time-of-your-life vacation

Beach Bum Steve in Bora Bora

Of course, minor issues are bound to happen on vacations. The preferred partners that we have carefully selected are there not only for the exceptional vacations they offer & our personal relationship with them, but also because we know that it is unlikely that our clients will encounter any issues, big or small, while on vacation. Sometimes issues happen when our clients are at preferred resorts; we can ensure that these are few and far between, and our partner resorts are known for correcting any snafus very quickly to ensure that your vacation is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. But if you are on vacation and run into a snag that isn’t resolved immediately, please reach out to your Beach Bum. Since we are on a first name basis with the resort management, we can easily get in touch with upper level management right away to smooth out the situation so you can get back to enjoying your Beach Bum Vacation!

Our preferred partnerships are tried, tested and true! Get in touch with one of our certified travel concierges today to plan your very own Beach Bum Vacation! No worries mon, just pack your bags- it’s time to travel the world with us!

Beach Bums Hayley and Robert horseback riding on the beach in Jamaica

Getting Real About Destination Weddings

By: Beach Bum Marcie

Let’s be honest!  Having a destination wedding and getting outside the traditional norm for weddings is hard!  It takes a special breed of bride and groom and sometimes a lot of nerve to tell your friends and family that they have to travel to a foreign land to see you walk down the aisle.  These couples run the risk of alienating the people who they love the most, ticking off their religious leader and/or being caught in a hurricane!  But you know what we love is that they throw their veil in the air and go for it! Beach Bum Vacation’s team of certified travel concierges are among the best professional destination wedding planners and have helped over 300 couples get married in the Caribbean and Mexico!  We are back to back The Wedding Channel’s top vendor for destination weddings and we are so blessed that this special group of the wedding market exists!

Destination wedding couples are laid back, 100% in love, and can be caught playing touch football (together) two hours before they say their vows at sunset.  They don’t stress about the exact color of ribbon on the invites (because they might not send out traditional invitations) or what shoes will work (so many beach brides decide to go barefoot) or which music they walk down the aisle to (for many couples, nothing beats the soothing sound of ocean waves crashing). Eliminating these detail decisions really does take out so much stress (and money) from their lives. Easy, lovely, romantic.  The destination wedding couple gets it right every time no matter how big or small their group, because there is just something so genuinely sweet about an intimate moment in the sun, holding hands, saying “I do.”

Beach Bum Marcie and husband Erich

Destination weddings can be as over-the-top elaborate as you’d like or as carefree, easy breezy as you are. You have the option to custom tailor every detail or pick a standard package – whatever your style may be!

I was a destination wedding bride myself with Beach Bum Vacation before I became a Beach Bum, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that this is not an event I would want to plan on my own, but Beach Bum Hayley showed me how to easily plan a destination wedding.  From the hundreds of properties to choose from to the legalities of each country to not knowing who has the best beach, I was overwhelmed with the choices!  Thank goodness a friend recommended me to Beach Bum Hayley in early 2006, because there is so much (mis)information out there when one googles, “destination wedding” or “Caribbean weddings.”  I will never forget printing off dozens of pieces of paper from multiple sources that claimed to be experts on a wedding abroad and was flooded with pop ups, advertisements, and cheap resort deals left and right!  This was not the best way to go about this process, I could tell that immediately, and lucky for me, I was able to shred all that online “expertise” as soon as I spoke to Hayley in person.  She eased my mind, helped us make the best decision and guided us to our unforgettable beach wedding in Negril with no strings attached.  We never looked back!

Getting outside your comfort zone and planning a wedding event from thousands of miles away is special, exciting and intriguing, but you may also run the risk of royally screwing it up!  Beach Bum Vacation specializes in the expertise of matching couples and their families to a destination and resort that will provide EVERYTHING they are looking for in their dream wedding location. Essentially, it is our goal to offer couples stress-free destination wedding planning. We plan with you and walk our brides and grooms through a step by step process, essentially guiding you through a list of preferred wedding resorts, where we have maintained personal relationships with managers and wedding coordinators to ensure that you are well taken care of on the wedding side, as well as, match you up based on your vision on the resort side.  Why risk the most important day of your life booking through an online “expert” or discount website that claims to know what you want, when you can talk to your very own Beach Bum Wedding Concierge on the phone or through email 24/7?  It seems like a no brainer to use a Beach Bum!

And, it was for me.  Beach Bum Hayley took my now husband and me through all the reasons she felt Beaches Negril in Jamaica was a perfect “match” for us when she spoke with us.  Looking back, based on everything we told her, it would STILL be the perfect match even today!  That is what I love.  The many choices out there can be easily narrowed down once you speak to a Beach Bum, get down to the nitty gritty of what it is you may envision, because we have been there, seen that and know everyone who can help make your planning experience smooth and as stress-free as possible!

Beach Bum Marcie's Destination Wedding Ceremony at Beaches Negril in Jamaica

We are so happy that in 2012, the “norm” is changing and brides and grooms are choosing a destination wedding over traditional weddings now more than ever! It’s not such a rarity to ask your guests to pack their bathing suit and flip flops and join you on the beach!  We are passionate about making dreams come true and sending you off to paradise to be married.  It’s such an amazing time in your life and should be something that is nurtured and well taken care of for the duration of the planning, while you are traveling and once you return!

Trust me, it’s normal and reasonable to worry on occasion and have stressful moments, but at the end of the day, there is this amazing calmness that I associate with these couples, and they handle it with grace because they have Beach Bum Vacation on their side!  It’s incredible!  When it really comes down to it, as long as the bride and groom both show up, the sun is shining and the water is blue, what more do you need?  Just love (and the brilliant sunset)!  It’s a perfect recipe for the wedding of your dreams.

Mr. & Mrs. Muensterman

Choosing a destination wedding is the risky part, so make getting married away the easy part by choosing a Beach Bum Vacation wedding experience!

The Wedding Party

Wedding Photography by: Josh Rittenhouse of Joshography.com

Beach Bums Blogging for YOU

January 16th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Beach Bum Vacation | 1 Comment

 

We have been anticipating this day! It is with great excitement that we bring you Barefoot with the Beach Bums, Beach Bum Vacation’s very own blog. We are proud to make our debut in the blogging world and look forward to sharing with YOU, the Beach Bum at heart. Embark on this journey with us; it’s sure to be a fun ride! We plan to keep it informative, fun and interactive.

What we’re passionate about…

The Beach Bums are passionate about vacations, but not just any vacation….a Beach Bum Vacation!

A Beach Bum Vacation is a trip that creates memories which last a lifetime. Whether it’s a destination wedding, family vacation, honeymoon, anniversary trip or family reunion, your Beach Bum Vacation has been custom-tailored to be your dream trip. From the initial planning phases until you’ve safely returned home and unpacked your bags, a certified travel concierge is there to guide and support you, offering expert advice, ensuring that you have an amazing experience while on vacation and assisting in the event that any issues should arise. No worries mon, just pack your bags- it’s time to travel the world with us!!

We’re passionate about informing you, our fellow Beach Bum, and guiding you all the way to the beach! We’ve got our toes in the sand, so we can tell you all about it firsthand!

We’re passionate about offering you the best quality in destination weddings, honeymoons and vacations. Whatever your dream, Beach Bum Vacation will help you achieve it. If you haven’t done so, now is the time to resolve to go on a Beach Bum Vacation in 2012!

Comment for a chance to win a 2012 Beach Bum Vacation calendar. Simply describe your last Beach Bum Vacation in one word!

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