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  • Jun 06, 2023

    What’s the Difference? Wedding Planner vs. Travel Advisor

    A wedding planner and a travel advisor are two distinct professionals who specialize in different areas of event planning. Your wedding planner and your travel advisor are two key players dedicated to making sure your big day goes exactly as planned, but their
    roles are very different. Here's an overview of the key differences between the two:


    Wedding Planner

    A wedding planner primarily focuses on organizing and coordinating all aspects of a...Read more
  • Jun 01, 2023

    Make your wedding stand out by integrating your personal touch into every part of the day.

    We've put together a list of the top destination wedding trends, details and accents that you can include to create a one-of-a-kind experience that your guests will remember for years to come. Read on for a collection of unique activities and ideas to include in your big day.

    Please keep in mind that trends can vary depending on personal preferences and cultural influences. Here are some popular destination wedding trends:

    1. Intimate and Micro Weddings
    2. ...Read more
  • Sep 30, 2021

    What are the steps to travel from Canada to Mexico? Here are the current guidelines:


    Prior to departure for Mexico

    1. Fill out the Mexico Health Questionnaire
    2. Download the ArriveCAN App. Upload a copy of vaccination status if obtained
    3. ...Read more
  • Oct 23, 2020

    On October 23, the Government of Alberta in partnership with the Federal Government announced a pilot program to reduce the mandatory 14 day quarantine period for international travellers returning to Alberta.


    From the Government of Alberta:

    Starting November 2, eligible international travellers returning to Alberta at select airport and border crossings can participate in a pilot program that will allow them to quarantine for less time provided they test negative for COVID-19 and if they commit to following
    ...Read more
  • May 28, 2019

    This summer at the Disneyland Resort is sure to be a cool place for hot experiences!  Explore new adventures, watch new shows, meet new Disney characters, plus experience a new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

    Here are the out-of-this-world opportunities on the top 10 things to do in Disneyland this summer

    Disneyland Park

    Travel to a galaxy far, far away – The epic new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opens May 31, 2019 with new experiences to live your own Star Wars...Read more
  • Feb 27, 2019

    In 1959, when the colourful neon sign reading "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" went up, only a few hotels dotted what's now commonly referred to as the Strip. Today, Las Vegas certainly lives up to its fabulous and famous reputation.

    While gambling is front and centre in Las Vegas, it doesn’t wholly represent the city. Lately, gambling has accounted for less than half the money visitors spend here. When you come to Las Vegas, you’ll find plenty of other great things to do – from dining and shopping to outdoor recreation and much more.
    When the Bellagio...Read more
  • Dec 12, 2018

    Cancun is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Mexico and the world. Its superb Caribbean location makes it the perfect place for everything from ecotourism, snorkeling, horseback riding and fishing, to golf, scuba diving, surfing and sailing.

    The weather is warm and pleasant year-round, moderated by the marine breeze which circulates through its avenues. For a hassle-free getaway, consider these adults-only all-inclusive stays, where the only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether to order a poolside margarita or cerveza.

    1. Sun Palace Cancun...Read more

  • Nov 16, 2018

    1. It's Free!

    A travel agent's commission is already built into the price your are paying. When you book your vacation directly with a resort, tour company or cruise line, you are paying for the services of a travel agent, regardless is you use one or not!
    While we do charge a service fee for some bookings (mainly domestic flights), they are very reasonable and in line with fees you would pay for using a professional service.


    2. It Saves You Time

    Who couldn't use more time these days? Travel agents will do the...Read more
  • Apr 19, 2018

    Here's your chance to join the Edmonton Journal's award-winning culinary writer Liane Faulder on a trip to Nashville!

    We'll spend 5 nights' in Music City, USA and learn more about Southern style cooking, techniques and the unique neighborhoods in Nashville.

    Here is Liane's blog post on her upcoming trip:
    If the thought of listening to music in Nashville makes you hungry, this is the tour for you.
    For five days this fall, Oct. 22-26, I’ll be leading a group of food and music lovers on behalf of
    ...Read more
  • Jan 26, 2018

    Huatulco, Mexico is in our featured destination spotlight this week. Discover the natural beauty and laid back vibe of this Pacific coastal area

    The tourist area of Huatulco, Mexico, is made up of several small towns on the Pacific coast. This might be part of the reason the resort destination maintains a small-town feel. The area's 33 beaches and 9 bays offer visitors splendid natural scenery without the feel of being overdeveloped. Naturally occurring swimming holes have been carved out by cascading waterfalls over long periods of time.
    The...Read more