Make A Splash With Our Top Pool Picks!

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Iberostar Cozumel – Cozumel, Mexico

When you think about a relaxing getaway nothing beats a day by the pool!   The warm sun, a tropical frosty beverage and the sound of the ocean breeze in the palm trees is all you need for a break from your day to day at home.  We asked our team what some of their favourite pools from around the world were.  Here are the ones they picked!   Enjoy this virtual pool day with us.

Let’s dive in!

Stephanie’s Pick:  Ocean View Swim Up Suite at The El Dorado Royale – Riviera Maya, Mexico

A swim up suite to have your own pool is a must try for everyone! This one is the the El Dorado Royale in the Mayan Riviera, and is complete with a ocean view too.

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El Dorado Royale – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Karen’s Pick:  Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Although I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many beautiful pools with awesome views, water-slides, frosty beverage service and so much more around the world I will always consider Harry Bailey my favourite pool.  Harry Bailey was my grandfather and both myself and my daughter have spent some time on the Goldfins’ competitive swim team.  Nothing beats the place that feels like home.

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Annette’s Pick:   The El Dorado Royale – Riviera Maya, Mexico

I love the pool at the El Dorado Royale.  It is beautiful warm water with swim up pool bar with trees on two sides in the centre of the complex.  Great location and great service from the bartender who even brought us our drinks when he saw they were just about empty.

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El Dorado Royale – Riviera Maya, Mexico

 

Jamie’s Pick:  Private Swim-up Pools at Secrets Vallarta Bay – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

My favorite pool just might be one of the private swim up pools for the Suites at Secrets Vallarta Bay.  If you want a place that will keep your group together, in a fun atmosphere with servers bringing endless drinks and snacks, this is the pool for you.  Whether its for “team building”, a “stagette” or a “wedding group”, this would make that party extra special.

Stephanie’s Pick:  Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Mexico

I just love the whole pool setup at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos. It lights up beautiful at night, has the most spectacular ocean views from the infinity pool, and just gives me the most relaxing feeling.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos – Los Cabos Mexico

Heather’s Pick:   Barcelo Palace Maya Riviera – Riviera Maya, Mexico

I am a pool person.  I would much rather hang by the pool than deal with wind and sand while on vacation.  Of all of the gorgeous pools I’ve enjoyed over the years, the pool at the Barcelo Palace Maya Riviera is by far my favourite.  This pool is huge so there’s no way you’ll have trouble finding a perfect spot in the sun or the shade.  It has everything you need like in-pool loungers, a hydro-therapy walk through area with jets and fountains, a large swim up bar, quiet spots for those looking to relax and an area for water aerobics and other activities.  There is also a really awesome kids area just off to the side with slides and spray fountains.  This is the ultimate pool experience for any type of traveller.

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Barcelo Palace Maya Riviera – Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Barcelo Palace Maya Riviera – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Stephanie’s Pick – Pool With a View at Soho Hotel Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Though the pool isn’t very impressive at the Soho Hotel Nha Trang, being on the 17th floor with amazing views of the bay more than makes up for it. It also helped that there was a bar where we could get beer for about $1 USD.

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Soho Hotel Nha Trang – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Colleen’s Pick – Infinity Pool at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

There are 3 infinity pools at the Grand Velas and all of them are the perfect place to spend a day.  They have great loungers with thick mattresses and terry towel cloth on them.  There’s a restaurant right next to the pool for an easy lunch or breakfast, a swim up bar and perfect ocean views.  Plus if you forget your sunscreen, the pool concierge offers sunscreen, sunglasses, magazines and books.  It’s perfection!

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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Stephanie’s Pick:  Infinity Pool at Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Mexico

I’m a sucker for a pool with a view. I also love the infinity pool at the Barcelo Grand Faro in Los Cabos. It’s the hotel’s only heated pool, so it’s usually pretty busy, but the beach and ocean watching is the best.

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Barcelo Grand Faro- Los Cabos, Mexico

 

Need more?  Check out our “Resort Tours” playlist on YouTube featuring many of these resorts plus a few other amazing vacation spots.

Want to experience any of these little pieces of paradise for yourself?  Our team is armed with the best current deals as well as all of the details on how various industry partners are adding new social distancing and disinfecting measures to make sure you have the best and safest vacation possible.  Reach out to us to start planning your dream getaway today!

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Our Favourite Romantic Places Around The World

When it comes to a romantic getaway all you really need is somewhere special and the one you love.  Of course, being in an extra special place certainly helps make the magic happen though!  We asked our team what their favourite romantic destinations were.  Here’s what they had to say.

Greece

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The two most romantic places in Greece in my opinion is Santorini and Mykonos. There is something magical about sitting down for supper and waiting for the most famous sunset around. In Mykonos there are so many places to explore. It is so easy to find a quite and quaint place to enjoy a romantic meal.

Karen Katelnikoff

Kapama Game Reserve South Africa

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Highlights:

  1. ALL the animals – what is more romantic than seeing Lions, Leopards and Giraffes by moonlight?
  2. A full spa with rooms facing a dry river bed where animals roam
  3. Beautiful “rustic” lodge rooms
  4. A full wine cellar
  5. Wonderful, locally prepared food and entertainment by firelight each night
  6. As places to propose go, this takes the cake (I should know 😊)

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El dorado Casitas in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

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If you’re looking for the perfect place to feel pampered and relaxed this is it!   I love staying at this gourmet inclusive resort where everything we could wish for is already thought of.  The tropical gardens are the perfect place to read a book or enjoy a cocktail.

Joanne Pidwerbetsky

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The top of the Reichstag Building Dome in Berlin at Sunset.

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Highlights:

  1. Capacity controlled, so never very crowded
  2. A beautiful 360 degree glass dome overlooking Berlin
  3. At sunset all the landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate are highlighted by the setting sun

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Italy

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It’s easy to understand why Italy is one of the most romantic places in the world.  Visiting this destination with my better half is something I’ll cherish forever.  It was our honeymoon spot and we fell in love with the beautiful hillsides of Tuscany, the gorgeous seaside towns and the Italian way of life to slow down and take it all in.  Toast your partner with some limoncello or vino and indulge in the beauty and romance of this eternal destination.  My heart is with the wonderful Italian people who are struggling through difficult times.  I know one day we will return.

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The Sydney Zoo at Sunset.

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Highlights:

  1. There is a lookout where you can watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour
  2. Beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House
  3. Take a romantic boat right from the Zoo back across the Harbour to your hotel after

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Disney Parks

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We’ve all heard of the “Magic of Disney”.  I’m sure many people think it’s not real but I’m here to argue that it is real and it what romance is made of!   My partner and I have visited both Disneyland and Walt Disney World together as childless millennials (how dare we) and both trips had an element of romance that surprised me.  There’s something about the atmosphere that encourages hand holding.  Maybe at first it’s so that you don’t lose each other but eventually it is because the magic that they pump into the air makes you appreciate each other more.   Sharing the experience of rides, meeting favourite characters, marvelling at how things were created, fireworks shows and delicious dining is like the ultimate date every day.  Plus having access to photo pass photographers means you can get so many cute photos of the whole ordeal!  For me, a Disney trip is all about the romance and I just cannot wait for us to get back there to let the magic take over again.

Heather Peters


We hope you enjoyed our list of romantic places.   As you can see, romance can be found anywhere around the world – it’s about finding those special moments with the person you love wherever you are.

Where have you found romance around the world?

Why You Should Travel with Your Kids

Although currently many of you are getting a ton of quality time with your kids, soon enough things will ease back into the old schedules of work, school, sports, dance, time with friends and so much more.  At first it will feel like a relief, but we anticipate that eventually you’ll miss your kids.   That’s why we think you should make sure to take the time to plan to travel with them.  Whether it’s a camping trip, a road trip or a big adventure on a plane it’s important to have time with your children to create new memories and strengthen the bond you have with them.

We asked our team to share some of the reasons they think it’s important to travel with their children or why they love travelling with them.  Here’s what they had to say.

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Travelling with your kids creates memories that every family can enjoy for a lifetime.  It can be full of fun filled adventure but can also be very challenging at times.  The name of the game for our family is selecting a destination and resort that caters to all.  Our little guy loves the beach, pools with water-slides and awesome kids clubs to partake in activities.  To enjoy a family holiday, be prepared to go with the flow.  My son still talks about feeding the giraffe at the Puerto Vallarta Zoo, or taking in the aquarium in Mazatlan and building sandcastles in the Mayan.  We cherish these experiences together while we can because life is too short.  We hope to take a big family holiday this upcoming winter with grandparents and cousins and make more happy memories.

    Czarina Sastaunik 


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The world can be a very busy place and you can forget the small things. It is important to travel with your children to be able to get to know them better. On holidays you don’t have the stresses of a dance competition and a swim meet on the same day. You can take the time to listen to what they really have to say without feeling time crunched. Travelling is a way to be able to connect with your family

Karen Katelnikoff


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Why I love travelling with my kids:

*I get to be a kid again!

*It’s a great workout carrying kids through airports and lineups

*We get to have uninterrupted fun with no cleaning or cooking

*Lots of hugs and kisses on demand – no chance of missing anyone!

*We get to share adventures and make memories

Travelling with your kids builds a foundation that lasts a lifetime.

Jamie Milton


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As an avid lover of travel, and now a mother to a toddler who is always exploring the world around him, I want to share my passion for travel as much as possible. Travel memories are the ones that always come to my mind first, and make me the happiest. Watching him explore new places and experiences for the first time, with wide eyes and a huge grin, makes the stressful travel days worth it.

Though we had to postpone a family trip due to the crazy world right now, I can happily look back on past trips we’ve already been able to take with our son. I can’t wait to visit new and exciting parts of the world with him.

Stephanie Afseth


It may not be time to start travelling just yet but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be dreaming about it.  Our team is here for you to help you out with getting those dreams started and when the time is right, to make all of the arrangements for you.   Whether it’s as simple as a road trip, a beach getaway or something bigger.  Reach out to us at anytime!

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Our Bucket List Destinations

Think back to when you were a child, you heard of a far off destination on tv, in a book or from someone with tales of their own travels there.  You didn’t even know what a bucket list was but you were adding that magical place to yours.   Although your bucket list may have changed over the years, there’s something so special about having that dream you are yet to have achieved.

Destinations on your bucket list are special because they are somewhere that means something.  Maybe you know that you want to visit because of your family heritage or because you always dreamed of the destination’s beauty.  Maybe you can’t quite put your finger on why that place calls you but you know that you need to go there.   Whatever it is, the feeling when you finally get to the place on the top of your bucket list is so much more special than any other trip.

We asked our team what their bucket list destinations were and here’s what they came up with.


Jamie Milton – South Africa

One of the places that was always on my bucket list was South Africa.  I had the chance to visit South Africa for a conference in Capetown in 2012.  We made the most of our two week time frame and added a safari at Kapama Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park before our time in Capetown.  South Africa more than exceeded my wildest expectations.  We saw all of the animals up close (within a few feet of most of them!).  The first night we turned a corner in our jeep and there was a Giraffe, right in front of us, with the sun setting in behind.  It was one of the most magical travel moments I have ever had.  We did an Elephant back safari, saw Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Rhinos, Hippos, Wildebeast, Zebra, Water Buffalo and so much more.  It is 4 days I will never forget.  The friendliness of the South African people will also stay with me as a highlight.  Without fail, they went out of their way to help us and make sure we were safe and comfortable.  Once we made it to Capetown, we checked Shark Cage Diving, Sand Surfing, Penguins, Table Mountain and Robben Island off our bucket list (ok, only my husband did some of those, while I opted for a spa day at the One and Only Resort in Capetown :)) If you get the chance to visit South Africa, you should!


Cordell Strachan – Egypt

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My current bucket list trip is Egypt.  I would love to see the pyramids


Amanda Campbell – Dubai

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The architecture there is incredible and the construction of the palm islands fascinates me. Hot and sunny, beautiful beaches  – it’s the perfect destination!


Joanne Pidwerbetsky – Antigua

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I have always wanted to sink my toes into the sand of the beaches of Antigua.  I have a trip booked for this summer, hopefully I’ll get to go!


Czarina Sastaunik – Greek Islands

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I’ve been lucky enough to cross a lot of bucket list destinations off my list including Peru, Australia, Italy and Southeast Asia.  My next big adventure is going to be the Greek Islands.  I’ve always dreamt about Santorini and I can’t wait to swim in the Mediterranean again.  An island-hopping adventure mixed with some history and traditional Greek cuisine is just what the doctor ordered!


Colleen Lorenzen – Egypt

Since I was very young, I have read every book on Egypt and was always dreamed of travelling to Egypt.  In July 2011, we finally made it after some soul searching about travelling to Egypt as the Revolution had been in January and we were not sure if we should go.  I am so happy we went at that time as the numbers of tourists was very low and it allowed us to be virtually alone at all the sites.   My favourite things were being alone in front of the pyramids were usually 1,000’s of tourist came every day, being all alone at the Egyptian Museum in the room the housed the death mask of King Tut and the temple of Luxor.  All the things that I had read about come to life.  A once in a life time trip.


Amanda Campbell – Africa

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I would like to go on a safari to see the big 5 and others. There is a sanctuary Kevin Richardson runs in South Africa that I would love to volunteer at to check it out. The weather is always warm, beautiful beaches.


Annette Frey – Ireland

I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland.  History, beer, beautiful scenery… what’s not to love?


Karen Katelnikoff – Germany

When I travel I love learning about the history of the place I am in. I have always wanted to go to two different places to learn more about where my families are from. One I have been to, Germany. The other one remains on my bucket list and am hoping to start planning in the next couple of years. This is Russia. While this is not on everyone’s bucket list I want to go to learn more of my own history.


Heather Peters – Egypt

When I was in grade 6 (and 7 and 8 and 9… but that’s a different story) my teacher would often talk about her travels around the world.  One of the places she had been that was so mysterious and magical to me was Egypt.  I had been fascinated with the ancient civilizations for quite some time before that but hearing her talk about her experiences discovering all that Egypt has to offer just set it in stone for me.  Since then I have always held Egypt in a place in my heart and when I was a travel agent it was one of my favourite places to sell to my clients because I could live vicariously through them.  I haven’t made it there yet, but one day I will see the pyramids and feel history at my fingertips.


Joanne Pidwerbetsky – Romania

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Bucharest to see Dracula’s Castle.


Annette Frey – South Africa

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There’s just something so exciting about the wilds of Africa.


We hope you enjoyed your journey through our bucket lists.   Where does your bucket list take you?

Although it’s important that we all stay home and do our part at this time, brighter days are ahead. If there is a dream trip that you want to start researching or if you simply have questions about anything travel related, our team is happy to help. Feel free to reach out by phone or email and say hello. The world is waiting patiently to welcome you back and so are we.

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5 Reasons You Should Travel With Your Mom

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Hi Friends!  It’s Heather, Uniglobe’s Marketing Coordinator.  When it comes to travel companions, there’s one person in our lives who is always a great choice.  MOM!   My mom recently accompanied me to the RIU Santa Fe in Los Cabos as I escorted our 98Cool group trip.  We had such an amazing time together, just like we always do.  We also met another mom & daughter on the trip and spending time with them made me think about all of the reasons it’s important to travel with our moms.   Whether you go just the two of you or as an extended family, sharing the world with your mom is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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There are so many reasons that you should travel with your mom, here are just a few.

She’s “One of the Girls”

At some point you’ve changed from a child to an adult and your mom has gone from an authority figure to your friend!  Not just your friend, but one of your best friends because she’s been there through it all.  She’s the perfect person to share a laugh with, shopping partner and adventure sharer.

For the last couple of years, I have taken a trip with my Mom and sisters.  Last year I had the opportunity to take my Mom on an Alaskan Cruise and I am so glad that we did.  The weather was a bit cold, but it was a great experience to have my Mom to myself (I have 4 sisters) which doesn’t happen too often.  We were able to really focus on what we enjoyed doing, long walks and long talks.  If you ever have the opportunity to take a trip with your Mom away from family, I would really recommend it.  It’s like two girlfriends out on the town that have know each other for a long time.  Happy Mother’s Day Mom!!

~Colleen

She’s Your Protector

Whether she’s making sure you have sunscreen and a hat, worrying when you choose to go whale watching on a glorified dingy or finding and killing a giant bug that invited itself into your room when you opened the door she will always protect you.  (maybe these are very specific personal experiences for me…)   No matter how old you and she get she’s got your back.

My poor mom has had to take care of me on trips more times than I can count.  Whether it was finding Mexican Benadryl for the mystery hives I developed (still don’t know what that was from), allowing me to sleep for over 50% of a beach vacation because it’s what my body and mind needed or being willing to hang out on her own while I do work stuff she’s been there and been such an amazing support.  She always makes me feel less stressed while travelling.

~Heather

She’s a Lot of Fun

When we were kids we may have been embarrassed by mom’s dance moves but now they are fun and we’re a little jealous of her ability to just let loose.   Our moms are willing to go on the adventure, ride the crazy theme park attraction, do the water aerobics or simply join in on the jokes.  We are our mothers’ children after all so it’s pretty likely that what she thinks is fun is what you also now think is fun!

Why I love travelling with my mom:

*She always lends a helping hand
*It’s like having another “one of the girls” along
*She’s always up for shopping
*She can pull off a “grandma and me” dress up night
*She loves to have fun and go on rides
*She’s even up for aqua aerobics
*She makes a darn fine dance partner
*She always buys ice cream

Travelling with my mom is like travelling with my best friend.

~Jamie

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Mom always has fun things planned for us.  She always gets us special dinners and things planned like character dinners at Disney.  She planned a special thing to go in a submarine in Hawaii and Ixtapa Island in Mexico.  She’s really fun to travel with.

~ Jamie’s Daughter Sydney

She Knows You Best

Whether it’s her ability to predict when you will be hangry, the fact that she knows when a social situation is getting overwhelming, she understands you need coffee before you can have a conversation or that she tolerates your laundry pile in the corner of the hotel room she knows you deep to the core and she is never going to judge you for being you.  (Thanks for accepting that I’ll always have a messy room mom!)

My mom is one of my favourite travel companions!  She’s always up for some excitement, understands when I’m getting “hangry” and gives me the sense of comfort in a new place.  She is my best friend and I hope our travels continue together…

~Czarina

She Will Make the Trip One You Will Never Forget.

Whether you only ever get one trip with your mom or you go on many many trips with her she is sure to help you create memories to last a lifetime.  Sharing the world with your mom so such a special experience.

It is important to travel with my mom because she is very important to me. I love to be with her. I have loved travelling with her on every trip. She always makes the trip better. She is amazing at picking the right places. She brings me to places I will never forget like Disney and Mexico.
~ Karen’s Daughter Addison

We encourage you to start planning a trip with your mom.  Although we cannot travel just yet, we certainly can dream.  So call her up for Mothers Day to chat about what your dream getaway would look like and start making plans for when we can!

*most of these sentiments absolutely work for Dads too.  Don’t worry Dads we love you and love travelling with you too.

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Uniglobe Carefree Travel’s Souvenir Showdown

When you travel you bring a lot of things home with you.  Your memories of the amazing experiences you had, your photos and videos to share with friends, new friendships you met along the way and your souvenirs.   It’s no secret that our staff is well travelled. So what are our most cherished souvenirs that we’ve brought home with us from our adventures?   Get ready for the Uniglobe Carefree Travel Souvenir Showdown!

(this is not a competition, we just wanted to keep the spirit of travel alive by sharing our special things with you)
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Czarina’s Photo Frame Collection

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Czarina’s Photo Frame Collection

I love to collect picture frames from all the new destinations I travel to. They are all over my house with my favourite memories.

~Czarina


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Karen’s Mug Collection

If anyone has been to my house they know I have a very large mug collection. It may look like I just buy a mug from any place I have visited but it has to also hold a special memory for me. It needs to be able to take me back to that place with a smile on my face or it just doesn’t not make my collection.

~Karen


Annette Iceland poncho mitts

Annette’s Iceland Souvenirs

This trip to Iceland was amazing it is such an interesting country. The mitts and poncho are great for our Saskatchewan winters.

~Annette


Colleen Garuda

Colleen’s Garuda

Here is my picture of a Garuda that I bought in a wood carver market in Indonesia.

~ Colleen

What is a Garuda?
Garuda is a bird creature from Hindu mythology that has a mix of eagle and human features. He is the vehicle (vahana) of Vishnu and appears on the god’s banner. Garuda represents birth and heaven, and is the enemy of all snakes.


When I heard about this Souvenir Showdown, I didn’t even have to think about which one I would choose. Sure, I had started a small collection of miniatures, each of which has it’s own story… but there was one which stood above all. And his name is Piggy!

At the end of May 2019, the HB and I were at the tail end of a trip I’d dreamt of since I was a teeny four year old watching Big Bird In Japan.  We’d spent almost two weeks doing more walking, climbing and photographing than either of us ever had before. By the time we hit Kyoto we were already well wiped out. It turns out moving that many miles a day makes for achy feet and legs.

Still, we persisted. We’d spent the morning getting lost amongst Kyoto’s considerable temples and shrines. We had missed breakfast and were both on the smooth approach to Hanger. As we tried to navigate our way to a bus stop, ignoring the angry throb of our worn out feet, we happened upon a small shrine.

Go’o Shrine is located on the western edge of the Imperial Palace. As you approach, you start to see representations of boars. The shrine itself is Boar themed from top to bottom. We didn’t know it then, but we learned later than many people visit the shrine to heal leg and foot ailments.

I purchased Piggy the boar bell from the tiny shop while the HB rested his aching trotters on a bench outside.

~Charles

 


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Joanne’s Mini Dutch Clogs

Visit Zaanse Schans to See Traditional Dutch Clogs Being Made.  Hard to believe the locals make clogs out of a piece of wood.

~Joanne


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Debra’s Piece of the Dominican Republic

This was from my very first all inclusive hot holiday in 2004 and I’ve carried some of the Dominican sand with me ever since.

~Debra


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Karen’s Disney Collection

I love souvenirs that I can spend the time to collect. Not only do I have all of these, I can pick up on my collections anytime I visit Disney.

~Karen


When I saw this kangaroo coaster in Australia I just had to hop on it and bring it home!

~Joanne


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Cordell’s Dallah

I picked up this Dallah while in Abu Dhabi.  Traditionally it would be used to brew and serve Qahwa (Arabic coffee) and is commonly seen during special events.

~Cordell


Annette Mexican Glass

Annette’s Mexican Glass Collection

A few things that I have picked up in Mexico. The piggy bank in the centre is my favourite item I have picked up for now.

~Annette


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Joanne’s Guardsman Bear

Here is my Guardsman Bear from Harrods in London.

~Joanne


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Heather’s Christmas Ornaments

At some point in my career as a traveller I started collecting Christmas ornaments.  At another point I stopped but this is making me realize that I need to start up again!  This collection does not properly reflect my travels around the world.  As you can see in some destinations, and some seasons I had to get a little creative with what counts as a Christmas ornament.  My favourites are my whales from Vancouver and Ucluelet and the Santas from the ABC stores in Hawaii and Las Vegas.  I can’t wait to add one to reflect the Dominican Republic (a country I have visited 3 times but never picked up an ornament) and my Destination Wedding in December.

~Heather


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Karen’s International Items

This is my very favourite moment collecting souvenirs. My daughter competed for Team Canada’s tap dance group in Germany. There were groups from all over the world and everyone brought things from home to trade. We remember all the new friends we met from places we haven’t even been.
~Karen


Favourite souvenir-prints from South Africa. We got engaged there and these now hang over our bed. Little known fact…the paper the prints are on is made of elephant dung!

~Jamie

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Jamie’s African Prints


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Joanne’s Lava Rock

Here is my lava rock from Iceland.  Can you believe that there are 130 volcanoes in Iceland?

~Joanne


We hope you enjoyed this tour around our special stuff.  It’s so great to bring home a little piece of wherever we go so that we can remember the amazing times we had there.

Do you have a special souvenir or collection?  Tell us about it in the comments or tag us in a post about it on social media.  We would love to hear all about it and bet that your friends and family would too!

 

The Top 5 Things Karen Loves About Travel

I was asked to write a top 5 list of something I love. I was trying to narrow things down like the top five attractions at Walt Disney World or the top five resorts in Mexico and I was having a really hard time. It is really hard to reflect on things in the outside world when you are barely leaving your house. So I took my own spin on it and decided to do the top 5 things that I love about travel itself.

I take the time to really enjoy the person/people I am with

Everyone’s lives are so busy that we don’t stop and just listen. When you stop and do this you will learn something about them that you never knew, even the people you have known your whole life.

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Having an adventure

My regular everyday life consists of going to work and chasing after my family in one way or another. There aren’t very many new things around those corners. When travelling, there are new things at every corner.

Going outside my comfort zone.

It is easy to always do the comfortable thing, but that is not the way you grow as a person. I have a hard time getting out of my comfort zone but when I do, I really enjoy myself and am always so happy that I did.

Learning something new

As I get older I crave more of this. I am the person that will take at least one guided tour every time I travel. My favourite part isn’t always the destination but the path taken to get there. With a guided tour you receive the insider knowledge that you would never know otherwise.

To escape

Escaping has meant a lot of things to me on different trips. It could be to a new country where I do not know the language and have to figure everything out. It could mean going to Disney to get lost in the magic. It can also mean to lay on a beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other.

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Travel has been a very important part of my life. Every trip has changed the coarse of how I live today. I can’t wait to try to figure out what the next adventure is going to be!

Although we cannot travel at this time, we can certainly dream.  Please feel free to reach out to me at karen@uniglobeyxe.com if there is anything that you’re dreaming of for the future that you would like to discuss.

 

Travel Agents Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

In the best of times a vital part of being a travel agent is constantly learning and brushing up on what is new or changing in the industry and around the world.  Things may be different these days but between changing and cancelling bookings as well as helping to process insurance claims our team is still making sure to use some of their time to brush up on their product and destination knowledge.   Here’s what we’ve been learning about this past month.

Karen has been working on her Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Contiki certifications. She has also brushed up on her existing Accessible Travel Certificate Program, done some Manulife Insurance training, taken some G Adventures classes and made sure her annual re-certification for the Disney College of Knowledge was up-to-date.

Czarina has been brushing up on a little bit of everything including Crystal Cruises, Ama Waterways, Solo Travellers, Azamara Cruises, Rocky Mountaineer, Carnival Cruise Line, Oceania, Manulife Insurance, the Hawaiian Islands and some customer service classes.

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Amanda loves cruising and helping her clients cruise so she’s been getting refreshed on Princess Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise and Seabourn.  She has also taken some classes from Manulife Insurance, Collette and AMResorts.  She recently finished her Accessible Travel Certificate Program.

Annette has been making sure to keep up with the airlines with a special focus on Air Canada and Delta.  She’s also taken some Manulife Insurance classes, updated with AMResorts and Velas Vallarta, took some customer service classes and is now a specialist on Jordan and Wales.  Next up is reviewing all that Fairmont has to offer.

Kyra is now a Jordan specialist, an Aruba specialist and an Xcaret Hotel & Park Xpert. She’s also taken a few AMResorts and Manulife Insurance classes.

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Joanne has taken some extra insurance classes and is now a Grenada specialist, Globus specialist and Avalon Waterways specialist.  She also took some classes from Iberostar Resorts.

Helen is now a Via Rail expert.  She also did a class on Lufthansa and the Munich airport and a few with Delta Air Lines including one specifically on group travel.  She’s working on her South African specialist and her Marriott certificate as well.

Cordell is making sure that he’s up to date with all of the parks and hotels under the Xcaret umbrella as well as Palladium resorts. He’s also taken some classes from Viking Cruises, Collette, Holland America and Royal Scenic.  Up next – the Jordan specialist program.

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No matter what you do in life, it’s so important to keep learning and expanding your knowledge.   As you can see, our team is becoming even more knowledgeable on many different topics in the world of travel.  We can’t wait to start sharing all that we’ve learned with you.

Although it’s important that we all stay home and do our part at this time, brighter days are ahead.  If there is a dream trip that you want to start researching or if you simply have questions about anything travel related, our team is happy to help.  Feel free to reach out by phone or email and say hello.  The world is waiting patiently to welcome you back and so are we.

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Karen’s Cabo Adventure – Part 3

Is a trip to Cabo right for you? There are a few things to take into consideration before a trip here.

First off it is not as hot as some other Mexican destinations I have been to. I would say it is more like a typical summer day in Saskatchewan. To me this is perfect, hot but not too hot.

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The other thing to consider is the type of vacation you would like, quiet and relaxing or do you need an addition of night life. There are two very different sides and towns. One being San Jose Del Cabo and the other Cabo San Lucas. We started at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in San Jose Del Cabo. This is the quieter area. Very luxurious and relaxing but not as much to do in the evening.  Once we moved to the Riu Palace Baja California in Cabo San Lucas you could very easily notice the difference. There are activities everywhere you look with evening entertainment and wild pool parties.

I need a little of both, quiet relaxation and exciting nightlife in my vacations.  So being able to spend some time on both sides made this a perfect trip for me!


Think a trip to Cabo is right for you?  Reach out to me to start planning! Call me at 306-934-3400 or email karen@uniglobeyxe.com.

 

Karen’s Cabo Adventure – Part 2

Here we are at the wonderful Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and I have found a resort that is so well suited for me that I just do not want to leave.

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To start with the staff are so amazing. Everywhere we go we are greeted with a hand over the heart but it is not just a gesture that they are trained to do, they really mean it. Everywhere we look someone is going above and beyond to be kind or to make our holiday better. The food is amazing. I had a risotto at the Italian restaurant that I never wanted to end. Have you ever had a meal like that? That every bite is a little piece of heaven? There are so many great places to go for peace and quiet or to socialize – it’s up to you. Although I am loving it, this may not be a property for everyone as it is a little quieter. But it is a perfect place to take all of the stress away and unwind.

Stay tuned as I continue to explore all that San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas have to offer.