Hey everyone, happy Friday! I'm back for another weekly blog! Do you remember in a previous blog when I talked about how I have a tendency of being late for things? Well, this day I was definitely late for breakfast, 7 am is way to early to get up when you were up until 3 am. But nonetheless I made it in time to eat a little something before we started our big adventure for the day! I'm going to start with a list of the places we ate and stopped at before we get into the fun stuff.
Happy Friday everyone!
It is our weekly blog day and as I had said last week we will be talking about the third day of my Las Vegas trip. We did a lot of traveling this day but we had the most adrenaline filled day I probably have had in years. Much like last week, I am going to list the places we visited and the restaurants we ate at and talk mostly about the really fun exciting stuff!
Restaurants we ate at:
All pictures are from Harrah's- Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho
Places we visited:
Alright! So let's talk about Vore! In Boulder City they have a lot of fun activities and one of them is a company called Vore. Vore is an adrenaline filled adventure. They rent out small trucks and other small vehicles for you to do jumps in and blow up and all sorts of crazy fun stuff! We actually got to ride in one of the trucks and it was so much fun! I definitely would like to go back and do it again but I'd like to drive and I would like to spend more time there. Unfortunately we all only got to go once and only for one ride around the track, but I am hooked! I loved it. I will post my video below on when I got to ride, it is a little jiggly but shows how cool it is.
Across the lot from Vore is an other adrenaline filled company called Pro-Guns Vegas, these two companies are connected but they also run separately. Now I know last week I had talked about the gun range we had gone to the day before but what I liked about this range is it is all outside. What they do is they assign each group a golf cart (I got to drive!! and I didn't crash!!!) and you go through the range course which is set up much like a golf course where you have different ranges for different shooting. Such as clay shot or targeting shooting and they even have a range section where you can safely blow up objects like cars and trucks. We also got to shoot a MP5 at this range but we only shot once, we spent most of our time riding the golf carts to the different ranges. I really enjoyed the idea of this range and it definitely was nicer because it wasn't as loud as it had been in the concert building from the day before. Personally the day before had me so excited about the guns that by this point I was just over joyed about driving the golf cart.... I know I'm ridiculous.
We had a pretty action packed two or three hours, but once we completed these two events we got back into our carriage and started the two-hour trek to Laughlin NV to our hotel Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort. The hotel itself was okay, it had a lot of activities in it for casino goers as well as movie theaters and restaurants, it also had a fantastic view of the Colorado River. After we were finally free, me and two of my group members decided to go down to the Loser Lounge which is a dance club in the hotel. It honestly was so much, they had a DJ and a live band that took turns back and forth. (Also they allowed smoking inside the lounge, which was interesting.) I learned how to mildly swing dance because if know me, you also know.... I am very uncoordinated and I am a terrible dancer, but I actually had a lot of fun and we stayed out way to late. But it was a blast and I'm really glad we did.
Thank you all for tuning in! I'm hope you really enjoyed this. Tune in next week for the last day of my trip and the final recap of my whole experience in Las Vegas and Laughlin. Have a great weekend and here are some pictures!
Hey all, happy flash back Friday!
Lauren here for another Blog happy Friday! As I said last week we will be talking about the second day of my trip in Vegas. I honestly have to say I think out of the four days I spent in Vegas this day was probably my favorite night. It was a very long day, but worth it!
Now this day we did a lot, so here is a list of all the restaurants we ate at and a brief description of what I thought.
This is the golf course, I didn't get a picture of the desserts or drinks. Very relaxing though!
Here is a list of the different business we stopped at,
I know I didn't really elaborate on the above activities I just really didn't want to bore y'all with my ramblings about the less exciting stuff. If you have any questions about what I featured above feel free to send me an email, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Okay so enough about that let's get into the fun stuff! After lunch, our carriage (the van) was awaiting us to sweep us off toooooooo, The Range 702! Okay, so I have always been around guns in some way shape or form. From growing up around hunting to practicing with our own handguns at Gander Mountain. So, I understand the safety rules of guns as well as the adrenaline rush you get when shooting them, of course only in a safe environment where no one will get hurt. I was really excited to go shooting, although I thought we'd be shooting a handgun or something normal... NOPE, they inform us we will be shooting two types of guns a MP4 and a MP5. These are fully automatic machine rifles. IT WAS SOOO COOL OH MY GOSH. I am proud to admit I was the first to shoot and it was such an adrenaline rush and I enjoyed it so much. Most of the people in my group were not as thrilled as I was and were actually pretty scared of the weapons, which I understand, luckily I have been raised around them so I can appreciate them and also know when it's time to give them back to someone who is much better trained with them.
I am very proud of how well I did, the picture below was my 50 rounds between the two guns. I think for someone who has never shot a fully automatic weapon before I did pretty well! The lady in the photo was our guide who explained the rules and talked about the company. She was really nice and informative as well as the two gentlemen who helped us in the range while we were shooting. Great experience, very very loud due to being inside a concrete building.
As you can see we had quite a busy day. Now, most people would be like hmm you did a lot, you walked at least 8 miles today, you are carrying a bunch of bags from all these places, it's already 10 pm, it's getting late, you've been up since 6 am, and it's time to go to bed. Not in sin city, it's not!!!! Our carriage carried us to the Hard Rock Hotel to see my favorite part of the whole trip, the live show of Magic Mike! We grab our tickets, get in line, and find our seats. I was sitting in the first set of tables right in front of the stage. Now there was a couch right in front but I would say we had the best seats because we still were touchable close and we had a place to set our drinks. Speaking of drinks, I had this gorgeous young waiter come up and ask for my drink order and I'm like heck yes I want a drink. Well, I ordered this very fancy drink that had rock candy in it. The show had a special going were if you bought a single it was $24 but if you bought a triple it would only be $35. Now to me, the triple sounds like a better deal because heaven knows I would be buying another single drink for $24 so I order this fancy triple drink with candy in it. The drink tasted very good, I'm pretty sure there was no alcohol in it though.... which was very upsetting. I would recommend drinking before you go because that's a lot of money to spend on a drink that has no alcohol. So we are sipping on our tasty drinks and then the lights start to dim and girls start to scream, and the show starts. I'm telling you it was probably one of the best shows I've seen. The live show is way better than the movie. About five minutes into the show I have this very handsome cowboy come up to me pull my chair back and start giving me a lap dance!!! I was like whoaaa. Just thinking about.... ANYWAYS the show was amazing. The plot worked well. The dancing was fantastic. Now I do want to say, although yes technically it is a strip show the dancers kept their clothes on for most of the show and the farthest they went was their boxer briefs, so for those who feel uncomfortable with nudity it is not that bad. For anyone wanting to do a fun night out, a bachelorette/bachelor party I would highly recommend this show.
I would say overall my second day in was a hit! Tune in next week for my most adrenaline filled day of the trip, day number three. Now, here are some more photos! Have a great weekend!
Like everyone, I was taking time to see what was happening on Facebook. I belong to a group that was talking about traveling by themselves. Having traveled mostly by myself I have been fascinated by the conversation. My take away from the time that I was on the site was the amount of advice on not using a travel agent. In one thread of over 50 responses, only 2 advised contacting a travel agent and I was one of the two.
I am thinking that people truly do not know what we do and how we can assist YOU when you are traveling.
1st We are your advocate. What does the mean to you? Should you have any issues while traveling we are here to assist. Can we always help you? Unfortunately No. But we can put on our thinking caps and possibly come up with solutions that you may not have thought of.
Would you like an example? I had a family that traveled to Kauai in June. The return flight back to Los Angeles was delayed getting into Kauai which impacted their return flight. I monitored the flight once it canceled, I rebooked my passengers on a different airline. They were delayed but made it back.
Another traveler that we recently met with had the same scenario however he booked through a membership store. As he stated "I booked it through ...... Travel". Unfortunately, the membership store is not a travel agency and did not look out for him. Because his flight was canceled he ended up out approximately $1000.00 with the hotel, car rental, food and lost wages. The airline gave him $800 in vouchers for future travel. Which he states he will never fly them again and the membership store nothing.
2nd Insurance. Yes, I know when you book it directly or online it does offer insurance. Have you read it? Do you take it? Do you have to take the insurance on each item purchased? What does the insurance cover?
Travel agents are not insurance salespeople but we can give you options that will answer these questions. In the case of the membership traveler. He opted not to take insurance. Why, because he was going on his trip. However, if he had taken it some of the lost funds would have been recovered.
Another example that I have come across in the last few years. A traveler stubbed his toe going to the pool in Jamaica. He had to be rushed to the hospital across the island by ambulance. Before they would assist they wanted $5000.00 up front. Luckily they had insurance.
Here is one more for you. Someone that we know went home to another country for his fathers funeral. While there he passed away. His wife and children were here stateside. Travel insurance will assist with this also.
3rd Do we know everything? I for one do not! But I will find the answer for you so that you can make decisions that are right for your travel. Like, everyone, we network and share our information so that you the travelers have the best experience. Does this mean all agents are the same? Again, no. Just like not all airlines, hotels, cars or even restaurants are not the same. Neither are travel agents. Find one that works well with you.
Remember, that when you travel just because you paid someone does not mean that they will be there in the end.
Tahiti night last Thursday was a blast but or those of you who missed out, we thought we would bring a little Tahiti love to you! Hope you enjoy the beautiful video from the Tahiti Tourisme.
Hey all, it's Lauren, if you have read any of our blogs before you may have met me. But with in the last few months I have been given the opportunity to come on full time as Medelberg's Travel Services, Marketing Director and I am branching out into the wonderful world of travel. I always have been apart of the business just never completely full time, that's why some of you have read blogs I have written, or a few years back you may have seen my vlog series from Mexico.
I know this has been a long time coming, I have been very naughty on not sharing with you all my adventures I have been on as of late, but as you all will learn, I am quite the procrastinator. Luckily for you, due to my crazy busy schedule and procrastination, I will have lots of content to entertain you with. Now, enough about me, lets talk about the amazing opportunity I had to travel to the bright city of Las Vegas September 19th -22nd . It was an amazing time, I learned a lot about what sin city has to give to the many people that visit, besides just casinos. Also, for any wondering, I only lost $4.00 gambling while in Vegas, I also only played $4.00, I learned slot machines are not my thing. Which is why this trip was great because I didn't have to gamble to have fun in Vegas, it actually has a lot more to offer to its travelers, if you continue to read you will see some of the cool activities you can do. In this specific post I will be talking about the first day I spent in Vegas, all the fabulous things I would have never imagined being able to do. Now, on with show! I mean blog!
You are invited to come and learn more about Tahiti. This Thursday 28 September 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ the Verrado Golf Club.
Tahiti is more than just an island and beaches. It is more than just for the romantic. Don't get me wrong it is a very romantic! If you are looking at rekindling your relationship I truly believe it would be a great place.
However don't be fooled into thinking that you should only go for the sun, beach, and romance. How many of you watch shark week? One of the programs was filmed in the Tahitian Islands. Are you a scuba diver? Then you will also like it. Are you into the Polynesian culture? The people are amazing!
What else can you do? Come on Thursday and find out.
Are you looking for a Romantic Getaway?
Romance is alive on the islands. Be it a renewal of the vows, destination wedding,
honeymoon or just rekindling your love.
At our Romance Tahiti Night on Thursday 28th of September.
We are going to share our favorite strategies to a limited number of couples who are considering a destination wedding and/or a dream honeymoon in the South Pacific.
Would you be interested?
Picture the two of you sitting on the beach above. No cares, phone, internet, just the two of you!
Come spend the evening learning more about this wonderful destination.
So if you're ready to start planning just click below or email us directly and we will reserve your seat for the 28 September 7:00 PM - 9 PM event.
As we come to the end of July and going into another warm spell here in Arizona it makes me look forward to the nice cool weather coming up. It is not just the cool weather but also the holidays. Are you considering taking your family away for the winter break? What would be better than socks?
How about a cruise someplace warm and tropical or an all inclusive in the Caribbean! Imagine coming back from the holidays with a tan and wonderful family stories. Family time to reacquaint and rekindle your relationship vs everyone going their own way.
While you're at it extend an invitation to the whole family! You know your parents, siblings, etc. making this a truly generational family vacation. Enjoying each other as you see the world.
Give us a call and let us help you set up the best Christmas yet!
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This morning like most morning I made my espresso and heat my milk (in the microwave not the double boiler) and whisking it to the frothiness that would have made her proud. I sat back with my amazing cup of coffee. As I watched the sun come up and listening to the birds, it hit me. That American's truly do not know how to enjoy coffee. It is not about Starbucks or McDonalds or your favorite place but in the time it takes to consume it.
Why am I spending so much time on enjoying coffee! It is by slowing down you can also enjoy the world around you. See it in a whole new light. Use the Sherlock Holmes observation to see the world that you truly have been given and to enjoy it. Would Sherlock just get a cup of coffee? Not he would take in the facts around him. Are you doing this?
Have you seen your first robin of the season or the spring flowers? Have you noticed that the trees are budding? Are you ready to take on the world and what it has to offer? My challenge to you today is the next time you pick up coffee take the time to sit and enjoy it. People watch, as the French do at their outdoor cafe'. Do this once a week until it gets you in the habit of enjoying the world around you. You could try a different location each week for a different view. When you have exhausted your local area expand out and see a new view. Try going to the city, if you live in a city go to the country. The idea is to relax and enjoy your life!
Do you need to slow down just for your coffee. NO! If you have a family take the time to spend quality time with them. This does not include driving them here or there, or watching an activity that they are in. You say I do not have a family then try this with friends. Each week get together turn off your phones and sit down breaking break (dinner) together. Not a hurried affair but a real dinner where you all have a conversation, get to know each other, find out what everyone has been doing. I recently saw a French cooking show where the chef made a very interesting statement. He said that in France a dinner could last as long as 3 hours. Imagine spending 3 hours over dinner with friends and family! At the end of the dinner you sure would know each other.
Work and life will always be waiting in the wings for you to deal with. That may not be the case with the people in your life. They grow up and leave home starting their own lives. Grow old and may not be as agile as they once were. They move away seeking something different. Don't miss the time that you have now to enjoy each other.
You ask how can we travel and keep everyone happy. Find something of interest or pick a destination. Do you have a celebration coming up? Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday, Retirement, Graduation, etc.
You can use it as a foundation to start the planning. The following examples are from people that I recently had the privilege of talking with and how they found mutual ground.
A grandmother's family was from a small town in Germany. She wanted to go back and remember her childhood. So she took her children and grandchildren with her to experience it. To tell them the stories of how she remembered it as a child and too see it now so many years later. The daughter when she related this story to me was so moved. But even more she stated that her children (preteen) so enjoyed not only the trip but also getting to know more about their grandmother and the past.
A man was celebrating his 60th birthday and wanted to celebrate it with his family. He arranged for a cruise that started out in Italy and ended in Greece. Something that everyone would always remember.
When you consider travel, think about the people that you would like to take with you. So often the plans are based on the person planning it. I am not saying that you can't do something that you want to but try to include other options as well. Here is an example: when we were in Germany my son who is into video games would not assist with any of the planning. He stated I will do whatever you plan. Don't get me wrong he did. But in the planning stages I mentioned a mid evil city. That perked his ears up. So I made sure it was on the agenda. Does it have to be as complicated as adding a city. No! You could pick something that has a lot of options. But remember going as a group, you also needs to spend time together. The grandmother did not send her family off to do what they wanted. They experienced it together.
We started out enjoying a cup of coffee and you are now in Europe roaming the street. How did we get so turned around. It is all about taking the time to enjoy that cup of coffee and not always letting life get in the way.
Enjoy life and everyone you have it it!
To get to this wonderful little town by train you will need to change trains a couple of times. Most of our train changes you have to go downstairs and back up again on the other side. They do have these wonderful pulleys that you put your bag on and you walk up the stairs and you bag comes along so much easier.
Once we arrived in Rothenburg ob der Tauber (meaning Rothenburg on the Tauber River) we looked around. In the guide books it states that the inner town has cobbled streets. Keep that in mind should you be staying in the inner town and deciding to walk to your accommodations. We were staying within so we opted for a Taxi, which was around 10 Euro's before tip. Because it is a walled town the streets are very narrow and they taxi's do have to do work around the narrow streets, one ways and the entrances. It is not like Chicago where taxi drivers purposely go a different route to increase the rate.
If you should decide to go to Rothenburg ob der Tauber check out what is going on, if the town is sleeping, etc. We arrived the Wednesday before the Christmas Market opened on Friday. What we found we that the town actually was shutting down in the evening for a little R&R. Not knowing this we visited the museum which I high recommend and then a shop to pick out the perfect sword for my son. Two hours later there was only one restaurant open for the night. We had dinner and walked around the darken streets imagining that it was in the medieval times. When we went back to our room we looked out over the town again picturing it as it was days gone by.
We highly recommend this quaint small town. Even the 18 year old liked it.
The thing that I remember most was that we were traveling by car. When you travel with a truck driver you did not linger very long! You stopped showered, slept and were on the road again. As an adult I do not travel that way!! If I am stopping at a property I would like to relax and enjoy the place that I am staying. Even if it is just for the night.
You might asks why the walk through memory lane? And if you have not guessed this has nothing to do with water!
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