Set Your Sights On Adventure

This is not a cruise. This is a rule-rewriting, routine-breaking rendezvous for the whole family. Explore rainforests and conquer a volcano in St. Kitts. Brave the rapids to reach jungle pools on a tubing adventure in Grenada. And uncover big savings to take you further — including up to 25% off your third and fourth guests and up to $100 to spend at sea in 2018. Come Seek the Royal Caribbean®.

This offer ends July 31, so book your next adventure today!

Violet Clover Travel Group
Best Cruise Line Overall and in the Caribbean 14 Years Running Royal Caribbean

*Non-refundable deposit booking ("NRDB") cancelled prior to final payment due date will receive a future cruise credit in the amount of the deposit minus a $100 per person service fee ("FCC"). FCC is non-transferable and expires after 12-months from issue date. $100 per person service fee applies to changes to NRDB ship or sail date.

Cruise must be booked between July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 the "Offer Period". Offer applies to sailings departing on or after August 1, 2017. Offer excludes China departures. Offer includes 50% off cruise fare of second guest who must be booked in the same stateroom as a first guest who books at full fare ("BOGO"). Offer also includes 25% cruise fare savings for 3rd guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests. Non-Refundable Deposit reservations that are booked six months or more prior to the cruise departure date are eligible to receive a per stateroom onboard credit ("OBC") in the following amount: for sailings 5-nights and less, $25 OBC for interior and oceanview, and $50 OBC for balcony and suite; and for sailings of 6-nights and longer, $50 OBC for interior and oceanview, $100 OBC for balcony and suite. OBC is in USD, has no cash value, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the cruise. All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests. BOGO does not apply to third and higher occupancy guests.
Offer is combinable with, promotional OBCs and instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates. After the Offer Period, the Offer will be removed from the booking if the guest cancels and reinstates the booking or rebooks into a new booking on the same ship and sail date, applies a fare change, or changes the ship or sail date of the booking; certain other changes to the booking may also result in removal of the Offer. Offer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. Individual reservations may be transferred into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met, though full deposit will be required at time of transfer. Failure to apply the required full deposit amount may result in the cancellation of the booking. Single occupancy guests paying 200% cruise fare are eligible for full amount of Offer; single occupancy guests paying less than 200% cruise fare are eligible for a prorated amount of the Offer. Offer available to residents of United States and Canada. Prices and Offer are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Refer to for complete terms and conditions. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.

©2017 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships' registry: The Bahamas. All rights
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Save up to 20% off Monograms Wanderlist Vacation Packages

Save up to 20% off Monograms Wanderlist Vacation Packages

All Monograms packages include:

  • Your choice of hand-selected hotels based on location, amenities and service.
  • Efficient and reliable transportation from the airport to the hotel and from one destination to another (often via first-class train).
  • Half-day of sightseeing in each destination with expert local guides.
  • VIP Access allows you to skip the lines at the world’s most popular attractions.
  • Friendly knowledgeable Local Hosts in each location, so you too can feel like a local.

Featured Monograms Wanderlist Vacation Packages:

7 Day - Barcelona & Madrid
Barcelona to Madrid: Enjoy these cosmopolitan Spanish cities with visits to famous architectural sites and museums with plenty of leisure time.
From $1,679 USD per person, double occupancy, land only.
7 Day - Rome & Florence
Rome to Florence: Visit the must-see sights such as the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and the Uffizi Gallery on this Italian dream vacation.
From $1,377 USD per person, double occupancy, land only.
7 Day - Paris & London
Paris to London: Sightseeing with a local expert includes Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and the Changing of the Guard in London.
From $1,404 USD per person, double occupancy, land only
Hear the fascinating stories that only insiders know and see the sights you cannot go home without seeing – like Big Ben. Get VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral and witness the Changing of the Guards.
From $1,057 USD per person, double occupancy, land only.

Cairns to Sydney: Monograms has you covered with this 9-day vacation, where you not only get to see the Great Barrier Reef, but your journey will also take you to Australia’s Outback.
From $2,149 USD per person, double occupancy, land only.


*Book a 2017 Monograms "Wanderlist" Barcelona & Madrid (DB) vacation to receive a 20% discount or book a 2017 Monograms Rome & Florence (DC), Paris & London (DK), A Week in London (DL), Paris & Geneva with Mont Blanc (DRF), Amsterdam Getaway (MA), Cruising the Galapagos on the Galapagos Legend (ISK*), East Africa Private Safari (IQH*), Journey Down Under (IPO*), Beijing, Shanghai & Hong Kong (IABE) vacation to receive a 10% discount on the land-only portion of the core package, including extensions. Not including extra night accommodations, hotel upgrades, intra-vacation air, transfers, taxes/fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 1-30, 2017 for travel in 2017. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and current air promo. Applies to new bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

All-Inclusive Summer Beach Escapes

Barcelo Hotel Group

Getaway with Barcelo Hotel Group and receive up to $1000 resort credit* at select all-inclusive resorts with Violet Clover Travel Group.

Get More on Your Summer Beach Escape

Escape to a Barcelo Hotel Group resort and you’ll enjoy more than just a beautiful hotel and beach; you get water parks, kids clubs, adults-only pool areas, ala-carte dining and exclusive nightclubs. Plus, get up to a $1000 resort credit* and Insider Exclusives. From the colorful culture and cuisine of Mexico to the laid-back Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, when you get away to a Barcelo Hotel Group resort, you get more than just a vacation; you get memories to last a lifetime.

Barcelo Maya Palace

Riviera Maya
Barcelo Maya Palace

Fronting the dazzling waters of the Mexican Caribbean, the all-suite, 24-hour all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Palace provides an inspired setting for active travelers, spa enthusiasts and families seeking an unforgettable all-inclusive vacation.
Junior Suite
3-nights starting at $654

Riviera Maya
Barcelo Maya Colonial & Tropical

Great for families, active travelers and groups, 24-hour all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Colonial & Tropical caters to each and every visitor with an upscale blend of warm hospitality and dynamic amenities and services.
Superior Room
3-nights starting at $513

Riviera Maya
Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe

Surrounded by a lush natural park of swaying palms and fragrant fauna, the 24-hour all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe provides great values and a lively environment perfect for nature lovers, spa enthusiasts, active travelers and families.
Superior Room
3-nights starting at $510

Punta Cana
Barcelo Bavaro Beach

Offering a fun and active ambiance, a sports program, a wide variety of specialized restaurants and spacious guestrooms, this charming adults-only, 24-hour all-inclusive resort provides a personalized vacation experience for each and every guest.
Superior Room
3-nights starting at $371

*The amount of $1,000.00 USD equals the discounts given to the Guest that can only be applied on the purchase of different services and products within the resort with the maximum already stated.
**Offers and pricing subject to change without notice. Price advertised is for hotel-only for bookings 6/5-6/26 and travel 7/2/17-8/1/17 with specified room category.  Prices quoted are per person based on double occupancy, are not retroactive, and are subject to limited availability.  Government-imposed taxes and fees may apply.  Travel protection is not included in advertised prices.  Additional restrictions may apply.  Various cancellation penalties, payment requirements and holiday/weekend/special event surcharges may apply.  Please see the Funjet Vacations Bill of Rights for details.

Buy One, Get the Second Guest 60% Off + Kids Sail Free and Instant Savings on Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal Caribbean Offer

Offer details:

  • Buy One Guest, Get Second Guest 60% Off
  • 30% Savings for third and fourth guests
  • Kids Sail Free Bonus:
    • Guests 12 & under sail free on 5 nights or longer Bahamas and Caribbean sailings departing Sep. 1, 2017-May 31, 2018. Excludes sailings departing 11/17/17-11/27/17, 12/17/17 – 1/8/18, 2/15/18-2/20/18 and 3/10/18-4/1/18

Limited Bonus June 1 – 5: Sail Away Sale – up to $150 Instant Savings:

  • 5 nights or less
    • Inside/Oceanview: $25 per stateroom
    • Balcony/ Suite: $50 per stateroom
  • 6 nights or more
    • Inside/Oceanview: $50 per stateroom
    • Balcony/Suite: $150 per stateroom

Cruise must be booked June 1, 2017 through June 5, 2017 (“O­ffer Period”). O­ffer applies to sailings on or after July 1, 2017. O­ffer excludes China departures. O­ffer includes 60% off­ cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full fare guest. O­ffer also includes 30% cruise fare savings for 3rd and 4th guests booked in the same stateroom as first two qualifying guests. Additionally, Kids Sail Free o­ffer provides free cruise fare of third and higher guests who are 12 years or younger as of cruise departure date, booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests in a triple or quad occupancy stateroom on 5 nights or longer Bahamas and Caribbean sailings departing Sep. 1, 2017-May 31, 2018, excluding sailings departing 11/17/17-11/27/17, 12/17/17–1/8/18, 2/15/18-2/20/18 and 3/10/18-4/1/18. Offer­ also includes an instant savings determined by sailing length and category booked: $25 off­ per stateroom for interior and Oceanview on sailings 5 nights or less, $50 off­ per stateroom for balcony and suite on sailings 5 nights or less, $50 o­ff per stateroom for interior and Oceanview on sailings 6 nights or longer and $150 per stateroom for balcony and suite on sailings 6 nights or longer. All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests. BOGO60 is combinable with Kids Sail Free, Instant Savings O­ffer, 3rd and 4th Guest Savings, Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise o­ffers. BOGO60, Kids Sail Free, Instant Savings O­ffer and 3rd and 4th Guest Savings are not combinable with restricted rates. All o­ffers are not combinable with any other o­ffer or promotion. O­ffer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. O­ffer open to residents of U.S. or Canada. Prices and O­ffer are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. ©2017 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships registry: Bahamas. ©2017 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships registry: Bahamas. 

How to survive the airport

By Michele Lawton

Remember when flying used to be a luxury?  It was an exciting start to a glamorous trip. Well those days are long gone! The airport is a concrete landscape standing between you and where you really want to be. Here are a few tips to help you run the gauntlet.

You can start preparing before you even get to the airport.  First, check in for your flight at home. Most airlines allow you to print the boarding pass about 24 hours before your flight. Checking in online saves time and allows you to skip a step before airport security.

If you can try not to check a bag. But if you absolutely must check a bag or two consider checking your bags at the skycap.  There is no extra charge. I usually tip at least $5 or $2 per bag.  It can really save time in a big airport.

Don’t take any seat; get the best seat for you. When you check in online you can usually choose your seat.  I like to keep the website Seat Guru open in a separate tab when I am choosing my seat to make sure I am not stuck with the worst seat on the plane.  Also, try to get a seat towards the front of the plane; you will get off the plane faster.

Be sure to dress appropriately. I am always blown away when I see a woman in 6-inch heels running through the airport.  Make sure your shoes are comfortable and easy to get off. Remember you are going through security so keep your clothing simple. Lose the belt and the shoelaces and leave the jewelry in your bag or at home.

After I check my bags I go straight through security and find my gate. You may think you have plenty of time, but who knows how long security might take or how far away your gate is.

Now, there are a few things you can do to get through security faster. If you are a frequent flyer you may have received a special invitation for the TSA PreCheck program. Although expedited security is not guaranteed and it only works on domestic flights, most Precheck travelers get little perks like leaving their laptops in their bags, leaving their shoes on, etc.

It you don’t qualify for Precheck, try joining a frequent-flyer program.  Although you may never earn that free flight, some elite-status flyers can get access to faster security lines for themselves and companions.

When you get to security be sure to have your boarding pass and ID ready. Also, keep your carry-on bag organized.  Don’t be that person who has to pull everything of their bag to find the laptop hidden its depths.  I like to bring an empty water bottle, so that I can fill it up after I get through security.

After you have gotten through security and get to your gate double check to make sure the gate has not been moved. You are now free to move around the airport, just don’t go too far. Relax, explore, enjoy your victory.

Here are a few extra tips to help you on your way:

  • Keep a pen in every carry-on bag. There is always some form that needs to be filled out!
  • I like to bring an empty water bottle, so that I can fill it up after I get through security.
  • Did you know TSA has an app? It is a great way to stay up to date on rules and restrictions. Download it on your phone before you leave for the airport.

 There are so many steps involved in planning a great vacation. It is a lot to think about and the reality can be incredibly overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to turn to a professional. Booking your own vacation can take 5 hours or more searching consumer travel sites. Violet Clove Travel Group offers personalized service finding you the right trip for the best value. A good travel agent can alleviate a lot of the stress when planning a vacation.   Contact Tiffany! at 1-216-236-8450 or by email at

The Significance of a Passport in the U.S. in 2017

The Significance of a Passport in the U.S. in 2017

As a result of the 9/11 attacks, a piece of travel legislation was enacted that made American Passports a necessity when traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean in 2007.  As a result, millions of U.S. travelers obtained their 10-year passport credentials. And as of this year, all those passports are about to expire, which may result in a log-jam of passport renewals in 2017.  Here are some tidbits you should keep in mind regarding passports, especially if you have to renew your passport like I do.  In addition, additional legislation is being launched that may require needing a passport even for domestic travel too.

Passport Book vs. Passport Card

You may be wondering about your passport expiration date right now.  If you are thinking about taking a vacation outside of the United States, keep in mind that it can take up to 6-weeks, not county any unforeseen delays,  to get your passport renewed.  You may also wonder, if you can save a few pennies and just get that passport card instead.  It’s smaller and will fit into your purse or carry-on bag better.  Let’s compare the two, because it all depends on HOW you will travel that will determine whether you need one, the other or maybe even both.

Both the passport book and the passport card expire after 10 years for those 16 years of age or older.  However, you must pay close attention to your kids passports as they expire after 5 years (more about this later.)  The passport card is small like a credit card but looks more like a driver’s license. The initial cost to purchase one is $55 and the cost to renew is $30.  However, it will only allow you to cross by land in Mexico or Canada or into a seaport in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Bermuda. You will not be able to use a passport card for air travel outside of the United States.

A passport book has a lot of pages for visas, and arrival/departure stamps.  This is the passport credential that covers all bases.  The initial cost of a passport book is $135 and is $110 to renew.  It is what the U.S. government requires that allows you to travel to a foreign country and return to the United States.  Keep in mind there are some countries that require a visa in addition to a passport book.  Your travel professional can assist you with identifying the countries that require visas.

As you can see a passport book is advantageous if you are flying to countries outside of the United States.  However, if you are booking a lot of Cruises or traveling by land into Canada or Mexico, then perhaps a passport card is all you need. Meanwhile, you can save money if you prefer to have a passport book and card.  You can purchase them together for $165 with a renewal fee of $140.

New Security Features

Believe it or not, passports now include technology to assist with security and reduce fraud.  This means that new passports will include a chip that provides all your personal information to a computer. As a result, your former 52-page passport book will be lighter and is reduced to 28 pages, unless you opt for more.

Children’s Passports – Better Double Check

As we mentioned earlier, passport books and cards for children under the age of 16 expire after 5 years.  Keep in mind that some countries expect your passport to not expire for at least 6 months after your return date back to the United States.  Mexico is definitely one of those countries that has this requirement. One last tidbit, and this is a pain, is that there is more paperwork associated with your children’s passport credentials, like consent forms and parent-child relationships, than those for adults.  So check your children’s passport information often and early.  So, when you are thinking of booking a trip outside of the United States and bringing your children with you, remember to double check your children’s passport book and card expiration dates.

How to Renew Your Passport

For those ages 16 and older a passport can be  renewed online through the State Department.  Or it can be renewed in person at a local agency like your local post office or Department of Motor Vehicles.  However, make sure you follow instructions carefully. For example, as of November 1, 2016 you can no longer wear glasses in your passport photo.  If you do, it could delay the process.  If you do have a photo with your glasses on, simply obtain another photo and resubmit to the Department of State.

Using the photo requirements will keep your passport from being rejected or delayed. More than 200,000 passport applications in 2015 were rejected because of bad photos. Here are some passport photo tips:

  • Photos should be against a neutral backdrop
  • Over or underexposed photos are rejected
  • Photos should have been taken within the past six months
  • The image MUST BE the right size, neither too large or too small
  • Photos must be of high resolution

For more specific passport and photo information visit the Department of State by clicking here.

New Federal ID Travel Law – READ ID

One of the newest federal laws is the READ ID Act that will soon be enforced throughout the United Sates. This could mean that your driver’s license may not be valid form of ID, even for domestic travel, if your state’s technology is lagging behind.  This is where your passport book or card will definitely come in handy.

If your State is lagging behind and has not upgraded its technology you could be turned away at the gate starting in 2018. As of December 2016, the states that may not be in compliant with this new Federal Law, are:  Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington. Some states have had their deadline extended but everyone must be in compliance by 2020. Frequent travelers worried that their state won’t comply in time may go ahead and renew or acquire a passport instead.  For a current list of compliance, visit the Homeland Security website by clicking here.

The REAL ID, is a federal security standard for state driver’s licenses that was passed in 2005.  It allows machine-readable technology to read a chip on your state driver’s license.  Some states are having trouble with compliance because of not having money in the budget to switch to the new technology. And other states are out right refusing to upgrade to the new technology.

So you are aware, here are some important dates to consider regarding this new federal law for travel:

  • January 22, 2018: The official date the READ ID Act will be enforced.
  • October 1, 2020: This is the date by when “every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.”

So as you can see, the events of 9/11 has changed the way we travel.  To keep America safe, new rules for travel have been enacted for our own protection from terrorists or unsavory characters.  So, whether you plan to travel outside of the United States or not, it may be a good time to consider either a passport book, passport card or both.  If you have any further questions about passports books, passport cards, visas, or READ ID, please contact me! At Violet Clover Travel Group at 1-216-236-8450.

Spring and Summer Vacation Deals to IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Iberostar Deals
All this month, we’re offering amazing savings on all-inclusive IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts located on the best beaches throughout Mexico, Punta Cana, and Jamaica! All of these spectacular resorts are known for outstanding service, fantastic amenities, and spacious accommodations. Perfect for both families and couples, these resorts feature stunning pools, clubs for kids and teens, lavish spas, and nightly entertainment.

Step up your stay to IBEROSTAR’s Grand Collection and experience a truly luxurious, adults (18+) only vacation with gourmet restaurants, highly personalized service, and upgraded accommodations with elegant amenities. Plus, enjoy added values such as exchange privileges with participating IBEROSTAR properties, golf discounts, and more.

Book your spring or summer vacation by March 30, 2017!

 For more information contact me at


New Sandals Property in Barbados

Sandals Resorts is thrilled to announce its second property in Barbados, Sandals Royal Barbados. This all suite resort is available for booking today for stays beginning December 20, 2017.

According to Sandals Resorts chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the new, stand-alone resort was originally conceived as an expansion of the nearby Sandals Barbados.  However, said Stewart, “After reviewing the scope of the project, we felt that expanding may compromise intimacy, essential to a romantic setting, and possibly service standards, so we established a management team dedicated exclusively to Sandals Royal Barbados and designed the new resort to complement Sandals Barbados, where in Sandals’ style –  guests may ‘stay at one, but play at two’.”

Sandals Royal Barbados will offer 222 rooms, which will all be concierge and butler-level suites, including the brand’s signature Rondovals, Millionaire Butler Suites, and Skypool Suites which include private Rolls Royce transfers to and from the airport, along with an extensive Crystal Lagoon Pool Complex including Swim-Up Suites.


Signature suites at Sandals Royal Barbados
Exciting amenities will include a full-service 13,000 square foot Red Lane® Spa, four bars offering unlimited premium spirits and five of the brand’s signature dining establishments including American, French, Chinese-Japanese Fusion, Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines.

New American Cuisine Restaurant at Sandals Royal Barbados
The resort will also debut a 6,000 sq. ft. conference facility equipped with meeting aids such as a projector screen, microphone with stand, basic internet and more.

Meeting Facilities at Sandals Royal Barbados
Vacations at this new resort start from $251 per person/per night.
For more information,  contact me at




Last Minute Spring Travel Sales

THERE’S NO COMPARISON! All-Inclusive Apple Vacations Include: Round-trip Airfare, Hotel Accommodations, Round-trip Airport Transfers, and the services of an in-resort Apple Representative!



SA, Apr 8-15 5 nts only $1029*

Riu Republica – ALL-INCLUSIVE!

Adults-Only (18+)! Includes $1320 resort credit per room! Plus, $35 spa credit per adult for an 80-minute Renova Combination massage (not combinable with other spa promotions)!

FR/SA, Mar 31, Apr 28-29 7 days/6 nts only $1039*

Ocean Blue and Sand – ALL-INCLUSIVE!

FR/SA, Apr 28-29 7 days/6 nts only $1209*

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa – Unlimited-Luxury® Adults-Only (18+)!

Sip, Savor & See! Non-stop transfers included–an Apple Exclusive! Includes $200 in resort coupons per room! Exchange privileges with Now Onyx Punta Cana!

FR/SA, Mar 31, Apr 28-29 7 days/6 nts only $1329*

Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa – ALL-INCLUSIVE!

FR, Mar 31 7 days/6 nts only $1399*


Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort – ALL-INCLUSIVE! Adults-Only (18+)!

WE, Mar 22, Apr 5 5 nts only $1159*

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun – Unlimited-Luxury® Sip, Savor & See!

Non-stop transfers included–an Apple Exclusive! Includes $200-$400 in resort coupons per room!

SA, Apr 22 4 nts only $1219*

Grand Sunset Princess All Suites Resort & Spa – ALL-INCLUSIVE!

MO, Apr 10, 24 7 nts only $1229*

Platinum Yucatan Princess – PLUS ALL-INCLUSIVE! Adults-Only (18+)!

WE, Apr 5, 26 7 nts only $1359*

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun – Unlimited-Luxury® Adults-Only (18+)!

Sip, Savor & See! Non-stop transfers included–an Apple Exclusive! Includes $200 in resort coupons per room!

WE, Mar 22-29 5 nts only $1679*




*Prices per person based on double occupancy (unless otherwise stated) including round-trip airfare from Cleveland via Exclusive Vacation Flights or other U.S. certified air carriers, round-trip airport/hotel transfers, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes and fees including September 11th Security Fee, $10 late booking fee if applicable (for bookings within 14 days of departure) and the services of an Apple Representative. Cancun via Frontier Airlines; Punta Cana via XTRA Airways. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. Restrictions/blackout dates may apply. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled and subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Some all-inclusive/Unlimited-Luxury/ Unlimited-Fun resorts do not include watersports. Baggage fees apply for carry-on, 1st and 2nd checked bag based on carrier flown. Please see a full description of baggage fees on $10 Dominican Republic Tourist Card fee payable at resort airport upon arrival-cash only, U.S. dollars. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. See the Apple Vacations Fair Trade Contract ©2017. All public charter flights on XTRA Airways PC#15-095 are operated by Apple Vacations, LLC. CST2036061-40 im5051 CLE 03/17

7 Steps to Reduce the Stress of Planning a Vacation

Thinking about your perfect vacation is a wonderful thought, but planning your dream vacation can be stressful and overwhelming.  It can be a daunting task because you need to think about so many things like the weather conditions, food, lodging, transportation, etc. This is reason why the planning process can get in the way of a good vacation. Following these steps will help you reduce the stress of planning a vacation:

Determine your budget first and then figure out what you can do within that budget. Some people may prefer to choose what they want to do on vacation and then create a budget. Either way, a budget needs to be one of the first things you develop to stay within your financial boundaries.


Activities. Brainstorm an activity wish list with your family, group, or significant other. This does not mean that everyone gets what they want but it will help to set expectations. Not everyone enjoys the same activities so this will help you to balance everyone’s desires. For example, if everyone wants to play in the sun but do lots of different activities than an all-inclusive resort could be a great fit.


When and Where. This part is easy if you already have a destination in mind. If you do not have a specific destination, then write all your preferences and what time of year you want to go on vacation along with the length of stay. You should also think about the climate and activities are you looking to do.


Come up with several itinerary options to evaluate and compare.  Using a travel agent is helpful because they have the insights and suggestions to reduce the stress of planning your vacation because they do all the legwork for you.



International travel. When traveling internationally don’t forget to check on the vaccines and visa requirements for that country. Use this time to take a look at your passport and make sure it is not going to expire soon. A lot of countries do not like you to travel on a passport that close to expiring so make sure you will have 6 months or more left on the passport for the dates you travel.


Money: Call your credit card company and inform them of when you are traveling so your transactions don’t get flagged as fraudulent and your card gets blocked. Also, check on ATMs and fees. Is there an additional fee for using your credit card internationally?  Determine how much cash you want to travel with and what methods you will use to pay for different parts of your trip.


Travel insurance. Do not be fooled, you need travel insurance. It covers so much than just illness. It can cover a stolen camera, a cancelled flight, medical issues and so much more. Remember most health care plans do not cover you overseas.



There are so many steps involved in planning a great vacation.  Planning a vacation can be incredibly overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to turn to a professional – most of the time it may not cost you anything extra to use a travel agent. Booking your own vacation can take 5 hours or more searching consumer travel sites. Violet Clover Travel Group offers personalized service finding you the right trip for the best value. A good travel consultant can alleviate a lot of the stress when planning a vacation. Contact me at 1-216-236-8450 or by email at