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  • Su-Jit Lin February 15, 2024

    Here in the U.S., RIU Hotels & Resorts have become synonymous with reasonably priced, group travel-friendly, all-inclusive great times in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Now, And now, as American consciousness turns toward visiting the Spanish Islands, it’s time we turn our focus to RIU’s roots and where it all started: Spain.

    Su-Jit Lin February 15, 2024
  • Su-Jit Lin February 12, 2024

    Sharing your vacation is a huge part of the fun. But we spoke with an online privacy expert about what you SHOULDN’T be sharing in real-time while away.

    Su-Jit Lin February 12, 2024
  • Kelly Gould January 29, 2024

    Less a makeover than a reconceptualization, renovations at Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda have left this family-friendly Punta Cana property with a whole new image to the fullest extent. Inspiration was taken at the most local level; in a celebration of, and commitment to preserving, history and heritage, the culture of the indigenous Taino people—its traces indelible parts of Dominican tradition—gave heart to the changes, remodeling the guest experience as thoroughly as the resort itself.

    Kelly Gould January 29, 2024
  • Su-Jit Lin December 07, 2023

    Here’s how we recommend seeing – and staying in – Spain’s Big Three, Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville, for a well-rounded taste of why this country is such a location scout, history buff, and art enthusiast darling.

    Su-Jit Lin December 07, 2023
  • Kelly Gould November 29, 2023

    As sophisticated as the name implies, private events at Majestic Elegance resorts are all-inclusive and all-incredible. Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday, a conference or a family reunion, you want a venue that will go the distance to make your milestone feel like a landmark. Enter: Majestic Elegance.

    Kelly Gould November 29, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin November 27, 2023

    Straight-from-the-hotel travel hacks on how to make the most out of a stay at Secrets® St. Martin Resort & Spa, Zoëtry® Marigot Bay Saint Lucia, and Breathless® Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

    Su-Jit Lin November 27, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin November 24, 2023

    Gifts for travel-lovers are literally all over the place! This traveler gift guide will help you narrow down your options to the best holiday gift ideas for your favorite frequent fliers.

    Su-Jit Lin November 24, 2023
  • Kelly Gould November 14, 2023

    As the last of the fall leaves flutter to the ground and the winter holidays loom closer, you might find your mind wander(lust)ing more often. Screens fade into dreams of golden sands and sunshine. Island paradises like the Dominican Republic become a mainstay in your thoughts ...

    Kelly Gould November 14, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin November 07, 2023

    The travel industry – and consumer tourists! – have been abuzz about the historic passport processing backlog that’s been plaguing us since … well, our plague. We Ask a Pro to find out the best way to get to the front of the line.

    Su-Jit Lin November 07, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin November 01, 2023

    Going to Europe for a beach vacation should be more than just a beach vacation. What’s nearby? What else is there to do? We answer all that and more.

    Su-Jit Lin November 01, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin October 18, 2023

    The thing that most of us travel for are also among the world’s most at-risk. Here’s how Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is focusing on protecting our favorite destinations’ coasts and the ecosystems around them.

    Su-Jit Lin October 18, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin October 12, 2023

    Ultimately, we end up buying a lot of sometimes pricey new gear that end up being uni-taskers or forgotten – otherwise known as a waste of money. And as everyone is looking to reduce clutter, whether it’s Marie Kondo’s KonMari or Swedish death cleaning style, as well as being more kind with our travel – including to our environment by reducing waste and material consumerism – upcycling is something we should all be getting on board with. To help us get started on how to give goods a second life, we Ask a Pro: Nicole Suydam, President and CEO of ShopGoodwill.com.

    Su-Jit Lin October 12, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin September 28, 2023

    Previews may be for the privileged few … Now’s your chance to count yourself among them. Here’s a glance at the new Elite Club perks at RIU Hotels & Resorts.

    Su-Jit Lin September 28, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin September 12, 2023

    Going away is easy ... but leaving your dog behind is hard! The struggle couldn’t be more real when in-the-family petcare isn’t available. And when you’re stuck and scrambling, how will you know you’re making the best decision for your beloved bestie? To answer these questions, we went to Ask a Pro. Meet Amanda Berjeski, practice manager at Resurgence Veterinary Mobility animal rehab center in East Atlanta … and experienced pet-sitter. Here are some tips she offered to help you set your mind at ease.

    Su-Jit Lin September 12, 2023
  • Kelly Gould September 05, 2023

    What makes a resort the ideal spot for a group? Plenty of space, plenty of sunshine, and, if you’re a golfer, plenty of green. As part of a larger hotel complex in Mexico’s picturesque Riviera Maya—home to lush jungles, hidden cenotes, and turtle-approved beaches—Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal offers all three in spades.

    Kelly Gould September 05, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin August 31, 2023

    When many think of an island Caribbean vacation, they think Dominican Republic – and for good reason! For travelers based in the U.S., it’s the most popular of them all, attracting droves of American tourists in high volume. The sunny weather, the expansive golden beaches, bright blue waters, the short direct flights (ENVFs if you’re lucky!), and the absolute treasure chest of all-inclusive resort variety – what could be more iconic and perfect for a stranded-in-paradise getaway? But what travelers don’t know is that choosing the D.R. is only just the beginning.

    Su-Jit Lin August 31, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin August 17, 2023

    While the standard for excellence has been immensely elevated, some on- (or near-!) resort restaurants have gone even farther beyond that high bar. For foodies on the move, these are some of the most jaw-dropping, eye-popping, sensory-overloaded dining experiences you can have while in your favorite sun-and-sand resort destinations.

    Su-Jit Lin August 17, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin July 18, 2023

    Butler service is one of those things that once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back. As we continue to Ask a Pro, we spoke with Family Selection, Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa manager Javier P. Ruiz Garcia for best tips on how to utilize, enjoy, and have the best vacation of your life by using your Family Host benefit.

    Su-Jit Lin July 18, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin July 06, 2023

    Oahu is busy, busy with lots to do. In fact, it’s the only island in Hawaii with highways. From city to surf vibes, historical buildings to quiet beaches, plus world-class dining and music and festivals to match, visiting Oahu means getting a full panoramic experience of what the spirit of aloha is. By planning in advance, don't worry missing something important, like any of our top five recommended Oahu experiences.

    Su-Jit Lin July 06, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin July 04, 2023

    Known as the jungle or garden island of the Hawaiian chain, Kauai is also the oldest and northernmost island, characterized by dramatic landscapes of sharp peaks, jagged cliffs, dramatic mountains, tropical rainforests, and incredible waterfalls. However, not all of its natural attractions are easily accessible – there are many that you can only get to by air, by sea … or when you Ask a Travel Advisor.

    Su-Jit Lin July 04, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin July 04, 2023

    Since Frontier changed its procedures, ALG Vacations® has gotten a lot of questions from travel advisors and vacationers trying to navigate this “new” … well, frontier, particularly when it comes to touching down in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. So for this installment of Ask a Pro, we asked experts on the ground, ALGV BDMs and Frontier staff, how to best prepare for their Frontier flights to and from PUJ.

    Su-Jit Lin July 04, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin July 03, 2023

    Specifically for the Big Island of Hawaii, people think of Kona coffee, black sand beaches, and lava fields ribboned with scarlet rivulets from the heart of our planet. However, what they don’t really think of how to see these attractions. That’s why travel advisors work with tour operators like Amstar DMC. For the Big Island, these are the tours that we recommend putting high up on your wish list.

    Su-Jit Lin July 03, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin June 24, 2023

    Here in the U.S., some (but probably not enough) of us know about the Stonewall Riots, a six-day clash-filled protest that began June 28, 1969 when the Stonewall Inn of New York City was raided. But the beginning of the concerted fight for unity and equality was far from over. This was a foreshadowing for a similar event that took place only a few years later, in a former fishing village-cum-resort town in Spain called Torremolinos.

    Su-Jit Lin June 24, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin June 20, 2023

    ALG Vacations® BDM Sandy Meyer not only personally flew a Frontier ENVF for an accurate process experience, but also spoke with a Frontier Airlines agent to answer the FAQs that travel advisors have been asking since the check-in process changed. Here’s what we found when we Asked a Pro.

    Su-Jit Lin June 20, 2023
  • Kelly Gould June 16, 2023

    Whether the kids are 2 or 20, make your next trip one they’ll be 100% on board for in a destination that considers everyone, no matter your identity or orientation, part of the family.

    Kelly Gould June 16, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin June 08, 2023

    A privileged peek at the exclusive The Club Lounge at one of the premier hotel chains in the world, The Ritz-Carlton.

    Su-Jit Lin June 08, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin June 06, 2023

    For many, going on vacation can lead one to fall off the wellness wagon. However, with these simple tips from world-class, highly certified functional strength and movement coach and trainer Tristan Phillips, you may find that staying on track might not be as hard as you might think.

    Su-Jit Lin June 06, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin June 01, 2023

    In order to find your perfect vacation vibe in the DR, it’s best not to miss out on a tour or excursion. Here are the ones Amstar DMC – a World Travel Awards nominee for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination Management Company for 2023 – recommend for any traveler, whether it’s your first or fifth.

    Su-Jit Lin June 01, 2023
  • Kelly Gould May 25, 2023

    Live in the moment. Simple, right—especially if we’re talking about travel? At the all-inclusive Villa la Valencia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, it is, in fact, as easily done as it’s said, what with all the amenities, restaurants, pools, entertainment …

    Kelly Gould May 25, 2023
  • Kelly Gould May 18, 2023

    If you’ve ever wondered how exactly the travel industry came about, it all goes back to that one crucial role still very much in demand today: the travel advisor. For 265 years, they’ve made the plans, managed the logistics, and overcome challenges to open up a world of travel, turning dreams into journeys for customers across the globe ...

    Kelly Gould May 18, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin May 16, 2023

    Because vacationers come in all shades, we were delighted to speak to Dr. Sethi for our Ask a Pro series (part of our Plan with a Pro initiative) for not just for a medical perspective on skin protection but also an inclusive perspective on how to be kind to your skin. Here are some of the “burning” questions she was able to answer for us.

    Su-Jit Lin May 16, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin May 09, 2023

    All of us have favorite shoes, and picking which ones we absolutely, positutely CANNOT live without on vacation is sometimes a tougher decision to make than which swimsuit to bring. So we went ahead and turned once again to Sashoi Beswick, Inside Sales Agent for Amstar DMC, as we Ask a Pro on behalf of the pros (like you!) we tell travelers to plan with.

    Su-Jit Lin May 09, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin May 04, 2023

    There’s a whole lot of “special” at Hotel Xcaret Arte, whose long list of features begins with unlimited admissions to all of the affiliated theme parks in the area. Here are some of the other exclusive benefits of staying at this Riviera Maya property that you won’t find anywhere else.

    Su-Jit Lin May 04, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin April 24, 2023

    Where to get more than you bargained or budgeted for on an already all-inclusive beach vacation.

    Su-Jit Lin April 24, 2023
  • Kelly Gould April 10, 2023

    “On Wednesdays, we wear pink,” may have been the marker of a clique in Mean Girls, but this Wednesday, wearing pink stands for anything but. As the International Day of Pink, April 12 is a day for the global community to come together to take a stand against LGBTQ+ discrimination and bullying ...

    Kelly Gould April 10, 2023
  • April 06, 2023

    One size fits most … but certainly not all. When your couple falls outside of this category, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts may have just the thing, blending turnkey solutions, professional designs, and custom wedding details

    April 06, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin March 23, 2023

    When time is limited and decisions are tough, which tours and excursions should a first-time visitor to Jamaica prioritize? ALG Vacations® decided to Ask a Pro – in this case, our destination management partners in Jamaica, Amstar DMC – for the most-booked activities they think are essential for newbies to this country. Here’s what they recommend.

    Su-Jit Lin March 23, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin March 13, 2023

    With venue prices out their proverbial roofs, food and beverage costs reflective of inflation, and logistics and fuel driving up the costs of transporting things like decorations, flowers, even chairs, couples are wondering: why bother getting married in the States at all? Because the point is, when nuptials in Positano, Seville, Florence, Saint Tropez, and even Dubai are in the same ballpark (or even less), if you’re going to blow a budget, there are more exciting places to do it.

    Su-Jit Lin March 13, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin March 09, 2023

    Spring break is a notoriously expensive time to travel, and even more so now that we’re close in. But not to worry – for those who haven’t yet even begun to think about this travel window but know that they need to get away, we have several tips that can help you save the day if you get moving right away.

    Su-Jit Lin March 09, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin March 07, 2023

    There’s been quite a lot of buzz around Secrets® Moxche Playa del Carmen and Secrets® Impression Moxche resorts and spas, and rightly so. We asked leaders of the ALG Vacations® Marketing team what they found really wow-worthy at this resort that they swear is unlike any other Hyatt Inclusive Collection Secrets Resort & Spa out there yet.

    Su-Jit Lin March 07, 2023
  • Kelly Gould February 27, 2023

    The happiest day of your life. The most memorable trip you’ll ever take. Your long-awaited chance to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. A wedding day is meant to be a lot of things—and that can mean a lot of pressure. Thankfully, the all-inclusive Majestic Resorts ...

    Kelly Gould February 27, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin February 23, 2023

    Something exciting to do as ohana is never far when you’re in any of Hawaii’s gorgeous islands. The highest concentration of all-ages activities is in Oahu, the most populous of the islands. It’s where the state’s capital of Honolulu is located, along with the historic Pearl Harbor and royal palace of a time before statehood. This gives visitors an easy way to hop from city to sea without missing a beat.

    Su-Jit Lin February 23, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin January 27, 2023

    For many foodie travelers, experiencing the best restaurants of their vacation destination is tantamount. But for others, there’s no time too early to start treating yourself to the best bites in a new town. This roundup is for the latter, for whom gustatory joy begins in the AM, where we reveal the best places to start your day sweetly in the U.S.

    Su-Jit Lin January 27, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin January 24, 2023

    The capital, San Juan, is where you’ll find the highest concentration of rainbow flags, but by no means is that where you should limit your island wanderings. Instead, try Rincon—a surfer haven with a fast-growing population of queer folks, progressive businesses, and the former embarking on the latter.

    Su-Jit Lin January 24, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin January 19, 2023

    Travel is exciting. It’s thrilling and sparks change, self-discovery, and actual discovery. But for some, all of that sounds terrifying, especially if it’s been some time since they’ve traveled. As with all things that people fall out of practice with, anxiety builds with anticipation and decreased habit. Luckily, ALG Vacations® was able to tap into the professional advice of Jules Jean-Pierre, therapist at Grow Therapy, for some expert tips on how to alleviate different types of travel anxiety.

    Su-Jit Lin January 19, 2023
  • Su-Jit Lin January 03, 2023

    Winter holidays are the busiest time of year for travel. With kids off from school, many adults taking a much-needed break from work, and reasons to gather, there’s no other time where American migration is this much aflutter. But where did everyone go in December 2022?

    Su-Jit Lin January 03, 2023
  • November 15, 2022

    It’s not easy figuring out when and how it’s appropriate to promote your business in a social group setting. That’s why we’ve done it for you.

    November 15, 2022
  • KELLY GOULD November 03, 2022

    Three luxurious all-inclusive properties from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Three unique nuptial styles. ...

    KELLY GOULD November 03, 2022
  • SU-JIT LIN October 27, 2022

    It’s hard not to mistake a travel advisor for a hero. We get it. “Not all heroes wear capes,” as they say, and there are multitudes of witnesses that have seen their travel pros perform miracles. But the thing not everyone ...

    SU-JIT LIN October 27, 2022
  • Su-Jit Lin September 28, 2022

    You wouldn’t travel without your phone. So why travel without the best apps to keep your trip in gear? Here are our best recommendations.At this point in the game, our personal cell phone devices are ...

    Su-Jit Lin September 28, 2022

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