David Abolafia

Travel Checklist: What To Do Before You Depart

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While a vacation may pose a romantic notion of simply dropping everything and taking off for a relaxing, exotic getaway, reality doesn’t always work that way. We are simply too connected, too hard-wired to our day-to-day routines that it’s virtually impossible to cut ties and disappear at a moment’s notice. Not only that, but there are more practical considerations that must be addressed ahead of time. Otherwise, your dropping off the grid could lead to a serious mess upon your return.

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David Abolafia

Tips on Traveling with Children in Tow

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A family vacation is supposed to be an enjoyable adventure for the entire family. However, when you’re traveling with children, there is an added challenge – one that threatens to turn your trip into more work and less play. Taking a few considerations into account – both before and during your trip – can go a long way toward making the experience exceptional for everyone.

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David Abolafia

Lost Luggage: What You Should Know

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For vacationers and businesspeople who travel by plane, checking a bag means more time getting through the airport on both ends. Depending on which airline you’re using, it may also entail paying a fee. And, of course, there’s the age-old concern of your luggage simply getting lost or damaged.

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David Abolafia

Eating Healthy While On Vacation

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Just because you’re traveling, that doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from a healthy diet. Yes, many travel destinations have an abundance of wonderful food choices for you to savor, but your journey shouldn’t include a guilt trip because you over-indulged. You want to be able to look back on your voyage fondly, not with regret about your dietary decisions. That means taking steps to ensure that your itinerary includes thoughtful food stops along the way.

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David Abolafia

What to Do During a Long Layover

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Travelers the world over are familiar with the routine: Your flight – the first leg of your trip – arrives at the airport, but your connecting flight doesn’t take off for another four, maybe six hours. This usually doesn’t leave you enough time to actually go anywhere. After all, you’re likely in an unfamiliar city, and airports generally aren’t located all that close to activity centers. Plus, you’d constantly be checking your watch (or phone), for fear that you might miss your plane.

Fortunately, there are ways to pass the time in an airport that can help turn a layover into a more enjoyable, productive part of your journey.

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David Abolafia

Taking Picture-Perfect Vacation Photos

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Once you’ve returned home and finished unpacking, the reminders of your just-enjoyed vacation tend to fall into three categories: memories, souvenirs and photos. And while the first two can go a long way toward keeping the experience fresh in your mind, it is the third that truly lets you relive the trip – where you were, what you saw, the people you met – with others. And thanks to social media, it’s even easier to create (and share) a pictorial essay of your journey with friends and family.

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David Abolafia

Where Celebrities Go to Soak Up the Sun

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Vacationing like a Hollywood A-lister starts by seeking out the locations favored by the glitterati. Many of the most popular sites where celebs choose to chillax have the three S’s in common: sun, sand and scenery. Here are some hot spots where stars can be spotted:

  • Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – You don’t have to be tall, tan, young and lovely to get a taste of the exotic in this tropical paradise. The Travel Channel has called Ipanema the “sexiest beach in the world,” and it’s not too hard to see why, as it is frequented by the likes of Madonna, Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Much of the year, the water is a crystal-clear light blue; however, after a heavy rain, the water can turn a murky green. This may help explain the origin of its name, as “Ipanema” comes from two Tupi words meaning “stinky lake.”
  • St. Jean Beach, St. Barts – A volcanic island fully encircled by shallow reefs, St. Barts is a popular destination for the rich and famous, especially during the winter. The island is known for its beaches, gourmet dining and high-end designers. Most of the food is imported by plane or boat from the United States or France. The white sand and glimmering turquoise water are magnets for superstars like Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
  • St. Tropez, France – Widely known for its nude and clothing-optional beaches, St. Tropez has been a favorite getaway for the glamorous since it was featured in the 1956 film “And God Created Woman,” starring Brigitte Bardot. Located along the coast in the Baie de Pampelonne, the Tropezian beaches have been known to attract the likes of Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia – One of the most visited sites in Australia and a mecca for surfing enthusiasts, Bondi Beach is also a nature lover’s dream destination. Pods of whales and dolphins can be sighted in the bay during migration season, and fairy penguins are sometimes seen swimming close to shore. Celebrities who come for the surfing, sailing and sun include Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles, it’s no wonder this resort city and its beaches have become a go-to getaway for such megawatt stars as Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston.
  • Anguilla, Lesser Antilles – A flat, low-lying island of coral and limestone in the Caribbean Sea, Anguilla is noted for its spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs and beaches. With its cerulean waters, it is at the top of the list for A-listers like Uma Thurman, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and Liam Neeson when they need a sunny place to unwind.

Actors, actresses, musicians, athletes and tabloid princesses alike enjoy slipping away for the sun and fun of the world’s beautiful beaches. And with a properly planned vacation, you can join them on the shore. To book your stargazing trip, give us a call at (888) 269-0182.

David Abolafia

Safe Travels: A Combination of Smarts and Strategy

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When you’re about to depart for a vacation, you can expect at least one friend or loved one to remark, “Have a safe trip.” And while this sentiment is meant to convey a wish that no misfortune should befall you on your way, there’s a lot more to being a safe traveler than just luck. You can do a lot to protect yourself – both physically and financially – when traveling in an unfamiliar city, both domestically and internationally. It starts by realizing that the first step to saying safe is being smart.

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David Abolafia

Don’t Be a Packrat; Be a Packing Professional

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A vacation is supposed to be a trip away from the everyday, a chance to get away from hearth and home and experience the world anew. So why is it, when we leave the homestead behind, that we insist on bringing so many of its creature comforts with us?

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