Hey everyone! Happy Friday, this week I have a request for you all. Please watch the video below and give us some feedback on what you think of the idea and also different countries you think we should feature! I am really excited to start this new Thirsty Thursday segment! Please let me know any feedback you have! Thank you, I promise next week I will have an actual blog post for you all!
I will talk to you all next week!
Hey everyone! It's Friday and I am so excited to be writing to you all today! Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to find fun topics to talk about that would be a little different and entertaining to read. So I'm going to ask you few questions quick, you like music right? Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a traveling musician? You see all these huge bands that tour all over the world but have you ever thought about how much work is put into the planning of the tour?
Earlier this week I had the amazing opportunity to get to interview a very good friend of mine Jordan Pulley. He is apart of the band Of Brighter Skies which is located out of the Madison Wisconsin area. Of Brighter Skies is a touring band and I had a few questions about how much work goes into planning a tour. How they pick dates, locations, budgets, etc. The answers he gave me were so interesting and made me see the whole music industry completely different.
Budgeting, of course, this is the first thing a band must think about before they even start looking into touring. Jordan informed me that touring is very much like having a storefront, you spend the money on your product first and then make a profit off it later. What he means by this is he spends money for "merch" (t-shirts, stickers, CDs, etc.) he puts the money into gas, sleeping accommodations, and transportation then when he is on tour the merch will make the money back with profit, just like a regular store. To me, this sounded great in theory but I had to ask, what happens if you don't have the largest turn out on your tour? Are you out money? The answer would be yes but Jordan made it very clear that if you want to make money in the music industry while on tour you cannot play for "food and exposure" he said that you must know your worth. So Jordan does not play at a venue for free because he knows his band is worth more than that. I asked him how he can convince a venue to pay him to come play at their place and he said "you must sounds and act like a professional. Make them believe you have been there and that there are other places you will go and take your fans with. If a venue says no, that is okay because someone else will see the benefit on both sides." Jordan also made a very interesting statement about how a successful band is a business, it is not fun and games, it is not a hobby if you want to make it you must treat it just like you would any company. Jordan owns a company, not a "band."
The next on his list was picking dates. Now I found this very interesting, he lives in the Midwest where it is very cold during this time of the year and he made the statement that when looking into dates it is very important to base it on seasons, would someone from Wisconsin rather put on all their winter clothes (which they will have to hold the whole time) or would someone from there rather come in the summertime without all the extra clothing. Most likely they would rather a summer show. On the other side though someone who lives in the desert would probably rather have a winter show because it is cooler and they don't have to worry about the heat getting to them.
According to Jordan finding locations and venues is all about routing. If you are going on a seven-day tour you are going to look at all the different locations that have the biggest market of people listening to your genre of music. Then you just send out a lot of emails until you find the venues to go with the dates you have available.
I was very curious about how a band can track where they have the highest amount of fans and Jordan informed me that a lot of is has to do with CD sales inventory. If they are at one show and only sell one CD but then go to another show and sell ten it makes a lot more sense to return to somewhere they have a higher profit rate. Also, the online places like Spotify really do help with tracking statics of who is listening, where, and when.
At the end of the conversation, we were talking about how much time it really takes out of a musicians schedule, especially if they are still relatively small, to plan all of this on top of making music, promoting their music, and playing it. It seemed like a lot so I asked him, "what can I do as a travel agent for someone like you?" Jordan said it would be so nice to have an organized itinerary, so he has everything right in front of him without having to worry about missing something or being late. The agent would be two steps ahead keeping them all on track. He said helping with routing would be awesome because sometimes there are other quicker ways to get to places that would cut their drive times down. Helping with all the planning such as hotels, cars, and flights. Or just being the spokesperson when something does go wrong and they have other things to worry about. He actually said that as a touring musician having a travel agent on your side could really be useful.
Well, everyone, I hope you enjoyed this, I had so much fun interviewing Jordan and I learned so much. I honestly never thought of a band as a business and now that it was laid out like that for me I totally understand why it would be a business and why it should be run as one as well. I think this was one of my favorite blogs to do. Oh, and you all should totally check out Jordan's band they will be going on tour March 2nd-4th and they will be playing at The Black Bear in Janesville WI March 2nd, Gabe's in Iowa City IA the 3rd and The Depot in Hopkins MN on the 4th. If you aren't in any of those areas you should still check out their music and Like their Facebook page! Thank you all I will talk to you next week!
Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I thought that due to last weeks blog post I would continue on this getting to know me more thing. Obviously, I love to travel but I thought this week I would give you all my top 10 places I would love to go to and why I want to go there. Before we get into this I want it known that I do know some of these are a little cliche, so don't judge me.
I'm starting my list with Greece. I have always been in love with the Greek culture and their history. Being that I am a huge history buff and I love mythology the Greeks myths have always been my favorite, which had originally been my inspiration to want to be an Anthropologist. I am getting the honor to be able to go to this beautiful country in April and I am so excited! (Stay tuned for more on this.)
The United Kingdom is second on my list and I know I'm cheating a bit with this one because I am putting multiple countries into one but I would love this trip to be an all together one so I bundled. I honestly want to spend a decent amount of time here so this one goes out to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Once again I love history so I want to see all the amazing historical stuff, as well as the fact my favorite musician is from England and my favorite actor, is from Scotland.
Australia, I have always had a thing for Aussies (you can ask my Siri on my iPhone) but besides that I know this sounds silly and I'm going to warn you this will not be the only one I say this about.... if any of you are old enough to remember the movie The Rescuers Down Under, well I loved that movie with the Golden Eagle and I've wanted to go down under ever since. Once again I know it's silly, don't judge, that's rude.
The Middle Earth, I mean New Zealand! As some of you know New Zealand is where most of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films were shot. I would love to be able to see the beauty New Zealand offers and maybe find me Orlando Bloom....
Alright so I said I was going to be cliche, well here it is..... Italy the land where my favorite food group and probably all my extra weight comes from! Italy is another history baby to me the Roman Empire! To walk in the historical ruins of a people so long ago is one of my dreams! Also, I totally would love the food.
So, I may pick places that are a tad bit repetitive sorry all but next on my list is Egypt! I seriously would love to get lost in a pyramid and honestly I probably would be okay with not being found.
Okay so I love Lions and Tigers and Zebras and Elephants and you know all the amazing animals you only see in the Zoo... I want to see them in real life! I want to go to South Africa I want to see what a Safari really is, not just a movie. Also, I don't know if any of you know this but South African's have the sexiest accents by far!
Israel, I know this one may sound weird but I feel like visiting Israel would be a very spiritual experience for me. Growing up in the church world I feel very connected to the history of Jerusalem. Also, I hear they have some of the best shopping in the world which you know I would not complain about.
Russia, honestly I love their architecture the buildings are beautiful. Also, back to my childish cartoonness well you know that cartoon movie, Anastasia? Well I love it and probably have watched it a thousand times but as I got older I learned about the real story and it is such a sad story but I'd love to see the castle in real life.
As many of you have seen in pictures of me you all know I am very pale. Well, that is because I am predominately Swedish and we still have family that lives in Sweden. I think it would be so cool to get to meet them and experience my heritage.
Of course, I want to see the whole world and plan on doing so, but these are just few that are on my to-do list first. That is all for this week I hope you all enjoyed this weeks post. Do you have a bucket list of places to go? If so, where? Leave a comment below and maybe we can get you there! Or at least have a good conversation about it. I will talk at you all next week!
Thank Goodness it's Friday! Welcome back to my weekly blog! I hope you all have had an amazing week and are stoked for the weekend. This week I wanted to write a little bit about something different, it's not about a trip I went on or any real current event but a topic that is really close to my heart, traveling while being apart of the LGBTQ+ community.
As some of you may know, I am in a Lesbian relationship. We have been together for about two and a half years and I love her very much. We have become used to weird looks, although part of it may be that Mia is more masculine and most people just think she is a boy. But, If we hold hands in public people will turn their whole bodies to watch us walk by. Now before you get the idea that we bring it on ourselves know that I am not one for PDA (public displays of affection) I believe that my relationship is my own business but I still would like to be able to hold my girlfriend's hand if I want to without everyone watching us. And this is in the USA where we are supposed to be safe. So it breaks my heart as a travel agent and a gay person watching my community being hated and punished for being in love.
We are in 2018 and people are still being punished for being gay. How messed up is that? Now, I do understand that some people do not agree with it and that's okay. I personally just believe that we as people should be allowed to love whoever we want and not have to worry about being hurt or killed. But, unfortunately that is not how the world works yet and there are in fact places I could be killed for who I love. I will never travel to somewhere I am not welcome with out being prepared and knowledgeable about the rules. Luckily enough I have been given the information to know where I am and am not welcome. So, because I love my community I have been educating myself so as a travel agent I know the places that are safe for my community to travel to.
I have included some maps below with different countries that are friendly to the LGBTQ+ community and others that are not. And I as a travel agent caution those in who are apart of the LGBTQ+ communities and allies to stay educated on the world. I want to educate everyone so when they travel they can have the trip of their dreams without having to worry about anything. Now, also I do want to bring to everyone's attention there are "Friendly" places that still have strict rulings on what LGBTQ+ couples are able to do including but not limited to PDA.
The PDF file above has more information on what the maps stand for and where each country stands law wise. This is from May 2017 but is the most resent as of right now.
I do believe that is all for this week! I hope you all enjoy this blog post. If you have any topics you'd like me to write about leave me a comment below. If you'd like more information on LGBTQ+ travel call us at 715-560-8189. I love you all and I'll talk to you next Friday!
Hey everyone, it’s Friday! Which means I am back with another blog for you all! Now I know I was slacking a little bit last month and didn’t post as much as I told you all I would but I promise I’m back and will be posting weekly. So with that being said this week we are going to talk about something a little different. Yesterday when Mom was watching the news she saw a video of a Prius getting washed down the mountain in California.
As many of you know California has been having a lot of issues with fires and now mudslides, so I wanted to talk a little bit about how important it is when you’re traveling to deal with different situations when it comes to weather. Due to me growing up in Wisconsin I definitely knew what it was like to have to drive in snow but now that we live here in Arizona I know for a fact most people will not know how to drive in snow because they don’t have it here, which can really affect drive times and safety on the roadways. I do understand the likelihood of us getting snow is very slim but it also makes me see how a person from Arizona traveling to a place with snow can really effect how their trip goes. They are more likely to get into an accident or be unprepared for how to deal with the change in weather. I am writing about this because I don't want any of you to slide down a mountain or get hurt in an accident when everyone can be safe and prepared.
First and for most I would like to say, please if you are uncomfortable driving in certain kinds of weather get a Lyft or an Uber and just pay the money for the ride so we all know you will get from A to B. If you are in an area where there are washes, mudslides, or blizzards please watch the weather channel they will tell you whether or not it’s a safe environment to drive in. If they say if is dangerous please listen. Trust me I have learned this the hard way, luckily no one got hurt... but I did have to pay $150 to get my car towed out of a ditch.
As some of you know I went to Wisconsin over New Year’s week (if you’d like to watch the video I posted it on our YouTube channel which is linked above.) During the week I was gone the East Coast was having a lot of issues with blizzards and huge snowstorms. So a lot of people were buying airline tickets to get to the East Coast and they were unable to get home. When I was on the bus going from Madison to Chicago O’Hare there was a gentleman who is in the military and he had to be at base at 8 o’clock that night. Unfortunately, due to the weather, his flight had been canceled and so his plan was just to sit at the airport hoping that he could get a flight home. I don’t know what exactly happened to him but I can guess that he was unable to actually get where he was supposed to go for at least two days because they had shut down the airports in North Carolina for that time. My advice to anyone flying where there could be a blizzard or snowstorms of any kind please plan ahead and call the travel agent or the airline and see what you can do to either get an earlier flight or figure things out. Because, if you have a deadline you cannot be depending on the airlines to fix it for you.
On the other hand though when you are flying with an airline their airplanes come from all over the world so sometimes your plane is coming from somewhere there’s a snowstorm which means that if that flight was canceled your flight will be canceled, even if you were in a place that doesn’t have any weather issues. A way to know if this will happen is to download apps like Flight Tracker or Flight Aware making you able to see where your airplane is coming from. It is super important to always be aware of the fact that transportation can cause conflict in your plans. You need to always be watching your flight, watching the weather, and please, please, please, show up early. If that means you're there a day early to make sure you can potentially catch an earlier flight do it, most airlines won’t charge you to leave early if its weather related.
I was blessed growing up I did have a travel agent as a mother so she has taught me all these things so I am always checking my flights, I’m always making sure I know where my plane is coming from and where the planes going to be but it doesn’t change the fact that it still can put me in a pickle sometimes (for those of you who know me, know I hate pickles.) My flight from O’Hare to Phoenix had been delayed, they didn’t even tell us about it until 20 minutes after we are supposed to have left. To be honest they didn't even have a screen at the gate telling us we were at the right gate. I was ahead of the game though I started questioning what was going on at 2:30 pm when we were supposed to be boarding...and the plane was yet to be at the gate. So, I pulled out my phone opened up my apps and I knew what was going on within seconds. Our flight hadn't even landed yet. I helped the other passengers know as well because most of them had no clue what was up.
Well that’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed this weeks rant. I will be back next week, if you have any topics you would like me to discuss in my blog please leave me a comment below. Feel free to follow all of Medelberg’s Travel Services social media. All links are above.
Thank you all I’ll talk to you next week!
Hey everyone! Welcome back to our weekly Travel Blog! This week I am going to keep our blog short by saying everyone at Medelberg's Travel Services wishes you all a wonderful and safe holiday season! We love you all and I can not wait to tell you all about the amazing trip I'm going on next week! I promise there will probably be way too many pictures and videos. So with being said, I will talk to you all next week! Be safe, have fun, and eat too much food!
Hey everyone, so I know I skipped out on our blog last week.... I'm sorry. But due to me skipping out I get to talk to you all about the amazing time I had in Nogales Mexico and Tucson Arizona. It was a great time.
So we headed to Tucson on Thursday for our Thirsty Thursday vlog at the Sierra Bonita Vineyard wine tasting room. It was super fun. (If you'd like to watch our vlog on Youtube go to Kim Medelberg's channel.) The hotel we stayed at was TownePlace Suites by Marriot, I loved the hotel it was a great location. I loved the outdoor patio section and our room was big enough to actually be a living space (I've seen some apartments way smaller.)
We woke up on Friday and headed off to Nogales Mexico. I'm telling you it is a beautiful city and it's not very hard to cross the border or walk around. I would recommend bringing a Spanish speaker with you just out of respect for the locals and so it is much easier to navigate. We had one gentleman actually tell us not to get lost, haha. We did not stray too far from the border though and after about an hour we headed back to the border and went through customs. Customs is actually really easy to get through and as long as you have all your documentation it should be no problem at all. I really recommend those of you who live close to a bordering country to visit the country because it is such a great experience to meet new people and see a different culture. I love the Mexican culture and they are some of the kindest people I have ever met, all the times I have been to Mexico have always been great experiences.
Okay, lets talk about Mt. Lemmon. We went with my brother's roommates Zach and David whom are both a hoot. Not kidding those two boys crack me up. David was our honorary chauffeur and he did a really great job showing us around and stopping at beautiful photo spots. I honestly think this was one of my favorite parts of the trip because Mt. Lemmon is so beautiful and the air is so freshing. Also, I really get excited when there are trees around... and there were so many trees. AND there was snow only a little bit but it still counts!
Last weekend was a blast and I'm so glad Mom and I got to go. Thank you all for reading this weeks blog and I hope you enjoy the videos I put in of the trip as well. Tune in next week for my weekly blog. Here are some more pictures, I went a little crazy at Mt. Lemmon so I hope you all like them.
Hey everyone, I'm back with another weekly blog! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving with all your friends and family!
For everyone who is new to my weekly blogs, the last few blogs have been about my trip to sin city Las Vegas this last September. (If you are interested in reading those please scroll down.) After I got back from my trip I had another opportunity a couple weeks later to take a day trip back to Vegas with my mom for a travel conference.
Now, for this trip, we drove the five hours to Vegas instead of flying and I must say the drive between Phoenix and Vegas is a beautiful drive through the mountains. During the daytime, we saw so many beautiful sites.
Once we finished with the conference mom and I decided to stop back by the Hoover Dam. Now I know I had seen the Hoover Dam when I had been in Vegas before but we actually took some time to walk up onto the new bridge overlooking the Hoover Dam. I'll tell you, it is pretty high up. But the view of the dam is so amazing. I caution all who are afraid of heights.... DON'T LOOK DOWN! Also, don't wear hats. The Hoover Dam park has many different scenic spots so you can have different views of the Lake and Dam. There was this one spot that is a little off the grid that is a perfect sunset view of Lake Mead that took my breath away.
I drove apart of the way home. Driving at night time through the mountains is not always a fun time. So I recommend everyone to avoid that if they can. I also advise avoiding rude Breaky Butts!
Thank you all for reading this weeks blog. I will be here next week with another. If you enjoy this Friday blog series please LIKE and SHARE. If you have any topics you'd like me to write about please leave me a comment. I don't have as many pictures this time buuuut here are some pictures!
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!
Lauren and Kim Medelberg's life in travel. We will talk about our trips, thoughts, and experiences in the travel world.