Monday, 14 September 2015

Visit Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada!

Winnipeg, at the heart of Canada, has a lot to offer and to give you a brief overview of some of the fantastic things to experience, here is a sampling!

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Safe Destinations for Solo Female Travellers

As a travel consultant, I'm often asked  where it's safe for women to travel on there own or with one or two other women. Here are 10 of what I consider to be some of the safest destinations for  female travelers!

Even though Iceland’s nickname of “The Land of Fire & Ice” sounds intimidating, solo travel is totally comfortable and easy here. The city of Reykjavik is famous for its music scene and nightlife, so you’ll have no problem meeting locals and fellow travelers. There are countless reasons to visit Iceland but it’s her natural beauty that steals the show for most everyone.
The countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden are filled with amazing architecture and beautiful sights. Forget about Disneyland, Norway and Denmark have even been ranked as the #1 and #2 happiest places in the world!
Adventure awaits in the glaciers, beaches and fiords of New Zealand. In New Zealand, you’ll come across some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.  With 2 very different islands to discover, there is something for all women travelling in New Zealand.
The sandy beaches and rainforests of Costa Rica are the perfect scenery for a solo trip in the sun. Whether you’re looking for a surf safari down the Nicoya Peninsula or a yoga retreat in Nosara, there’s something for every type of solo female traveler.
Ireland may not be known for the best weather, but the Emerald Isle is a place of happiness and beer. Cozy up in a local pub, catch a football game or head out to the countryside for an incredible Irish experience.
Southeast Asia will never be lacking in awesome things to do. Going to Thailand on your own will give you so many opportunities to explore beautiful beaches, enjoy delicious street food and take in the unbelievable scenery of the mainland. It’s a great destination for both budget and luxury travelers, with inexpensive accommodation as well as 5-star resorts.
While it’s not a specific destination, a cruise in any part of the world is a great travel experience for solo female travelers. Enjoy the convenience of an itinerary and secure accommodation. Unpack once and arrive at multiple destinations without having to book flights or accommodation.

Known around the world for its liberal lifestyle and super chilled out vibe, Amsterdam is an amazing place to hang out on your own. The canals are yours to explore as you discover the unique culture and nightlife of the city. Rent a bike and run into (not literally of course) some friendly and laid back Dutch locals.
9.  BALI
Temples, yoga, relaxing beaches and inexpensive food & accommodation are just a few reasons why Bali is the ultimate solo female travel destination. With a great backpacking culture for young people, budget travelers will always find someone to hang out with. And with all those beautiful beaches, you bet there are some incredible resorts for a little bit of luxe if that's what you'd rather.
Nearly everywhere you go in Canada, you’ll be surrounded by multiculturalism and some of the most breathtaking landscapes your eyes have ever seen. Canadians have a reputation for being friendly so strick up a conversation and you'll see for yourself!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

#WPGWhiteout  #GoJetsGo

The excitement and energy at the MTS Centre for the 3rd game of  round one of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs  had fans showing their true colors!  It is precisely this pride that is putting Winnipeg on the map as a city to visit!
Most of my professional time is spent sending clients to other destinations outside of this wonderful province of Manitoba but this most recent #JetsFever has me realizing just how much we have to offer, not only within Winnipeg but throughout the province.  Everywhere you look right now, the province is displaying their belief in their team.  We even took part here at Travel Quest, as did the town of Gimli!  Perfect strangers have united to rally behind this hockey club and in my opinion, what could be better than bringing people together to celebrate!

From the great arctic safari's of Churchill to the diverse culture of Folklorama, the historic Forks or the sand dunes of Spruce Woods, this province has incredible offerings for everyone! Visit the Human Rights Museum, a world class and an architectural marvel, or experience the fall migration at Oak Hammock Marsh. Try golfing, fishing, Portage Potato Festival, camping, Blue Bomber game, Morden Corn and Apple Festival, dragon boating, Assiniboine Park, a picnic, Folkfest or maybe the Prairie Ripples Art tour!   It's all right Manitoba...a province packed with pride!  And to think, it all started with a #GoJetsGo!!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Destination Weddings

Congratulations!  You've chosen each other and will be tying the knot! 

Live an unforgettable day in an absolutely magic setting surrounded by those who mean the most to you.  If that sounds wonderful but you're beginning to feel overwhelmed by the endless array of destinations, documentation, flower choices and so on, that's were you need the help of an expert! 

A Destination Wedding Specialist will be able to sit down and speak with you about the many options available to couples these days.  Together, we will be able to focus in on a few key destinations that have the vibe and feel you're after for your dream day and weigh the pros and cons of each. A DWS has planned and worked with resorts and venues literally around the world so the ability to remain impartial and realistic is paramount. You are able to benefit from their knowledge, expertise and relationships that have been built throughout the industry.

A Destination Wedding Specialist does differ somewhat from a Travel Consultant in that every aspect of your wedding from airfare, accommodation, documents, the wedding ceremony, decorations and often even right down to the menu.  Specialists do charge an additional fee to arrange and manage all of these details but it's certainly worth it to ensure all is seamlessly cared for.  In our opinion, it's well worth it!

And speaking of budgets and money matters, let's do some math.  Couples are often spending thousands and thousands of dollars creating their magical day and find themselves exhausted with the process. 

Home - Average cost: $25,000
Destination - Average cost: $5,000

Home - Ceremony, photos and celebration typically at different locations
Destination - Everything typically takes place at one location

Home - One day celebration
Destination - Week- long celebration

Home - Stressful and time consuming especially as it leads up to the big day
Destination - Wedding coordinators, destination wedding specialists and consultants manage all of the details

Home - Additional savings and planning required
Destination - Begins upon your arrival

Ultimately, if you decide a destination wedding is right for you, it's important to work with a professional you feel comfortable with.  The options are only limited by imagination but your travel professional is there to make everything you dream about, come true!