'Kayla LeClerc earns recognition as a Certified Destination Wedding, Honeymoon and Romance Travel Specialist'
Swampscott, Massachusetts., July 29 - Kayla LeClerc (Dream Come True Vacations) is now a Certified Destination Wedding, Honeymoon, and Romance Travel Specialist (CDWHRTS) recognized by the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA). As a DWHSA member, LeClerc completed all requirements for this designation, including a certification exam covering the basics of planning and managing all types of romance travel (from destination weddings and honeymoons to vow renewals, babymoons, familymoons, engagement trips, anniversary trips, and more).
"We're very proud of Kayla's accomplishments," said Lisa Sheldon, DWHSA's executive director. "She deserves her well-earned designation as a dedicated travel professional who continues to enhance her education on romance travel, and her new certification is further proof that she can plan once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaways for every couple who works with her."
ABOUT THE DESTINATION WEDDING & HONEYMOON SPECIALISTS ASSOCIATION
Formed in 2013, the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) is the world's largest network of romance travel professionals, with more than 900 agents in North America and around the world engaged in planning and selling destination weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways.
Join my new Facebook group, Destination Weddings by Kayla, for more!
Happy Sunday, everyone! A heat wave is passing through my neck of the woods, so I am staying in and staying cool this week. I hope you're enjoying a beautiful summer day, too! As you may know, I was recently awarded the designation of Star Consultant with Dream Come True Vacations for my superior customer service, expertise, and sales achievements. I am honored to be recognized in this way, and look forward to another successful year planning memorable Walt Disney World vacations for my clients.
As my business continues to grow, I've implemented a professional planning fee for my services. This fee affords me the ability to dedicate extra time and special care to help make my clients vacations truly magical. As a result, I'm happy to introduce the Pixie Dust Package! This package outlines exactly what my planning fee entails - in other words, it shares all the ways that I'll sprinkle pixie dust on your Walt Disney World vacation.
In addition, I want to share the cost of the Pixie Dust Package so that anyone who may be considering the package can decide whether it's right for their family. Without further ado, I give you the Pixie Dust Package!
It's no secret that Walt Disney World has some big things happening this fall, and JetBlue clearly wants us New Englanders to experience the magic. Check out these amazing fares:
As if these fares aren't convincing enough, check out everything that you can experience this fall at Walt Disney World!
I have an exciting announcement to share with all of you! 2018 and the first half of 2019 has been amazing thanks to the continuous support of wonderful clients! THANK YOU!
As a result of their loyalty and support, I was recently awarded the designation of Star Consultant with Dream Come True Vacations for my superior customer service, expertise, and sales achievements. I am honored to be recognized in this way, and look forward to another successful year planning memorable Walt Disney World vacations for my clients.
As my business and expertise grows, starting on June 1st, I will be implementing a professional planning fee for my services. This fee applies to new clients traveling to Walt Disney World only. This fee affords me the ability to dedicate extra time and special care to help make my clients vacations truly magical. As you know, beyond making the resort or package reservation, I spend many hours carefully developing custom plans, booking the best dining and activity reservations, securing FastPasses, helping plan special celebrations, continually advising and offering support throughout planning, and more.
I hope to be able to help you plan your 2019 or 2020 vacation in the near future! Thank you!
Still hoping to get that summer trip to Walt Disney World planned? You're in luck! Disney released a few new offers this morning:
Receive one FREE meal per person (ages 3 and up), per night at a select Walt Disney World Resort quick-service dining location when you purchase a non-discounted 4-night/5-day room and theme park ticket package at select Disney Moderate and Value Resort hotels. Offer valid for arrivals most nights from May 28 through August 21, 2019. Book through June 30, 2019.
JUST ADDED: Are you a Disney Visa Cardholder? Savor the magic this summer with a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 4-night/5-day Walt Disney Travel Co. package that includes a room for 4 nights at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and 5-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper® Option. Book through June 16, 2019 for arrivals most nights August 1 through August 21, 2019!
Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights May 28 through August 28, 2019 when you book through August 28, 2019. Book this offer for an arrival between May 28 and June 30 and receive a Disney Gift Card at check-in so you can enjoy even more magic during your stay! The value of your Disney Gift Card will vary:
Last but not least, there's an exclusive new offer for Florida residents! They'll enjoy up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels most nights July 1 through August 28, 2019. Book through August 28, 2019.
#1. Disney Springs is a hot bed of entertainment, shopping, and dining these days. Some of my favorite things to do at the Springs are really geared toward grown-ups so having it so close to the French Quarter is a huge perk. The boat ride is no more than 20 minutes, relaxing and breezy - a great way to start and end the evening.
#2. The pool area at French Quarter was great. The pool bar was larger than most, and there were always seats available on the patio. I particularly appreciated that the hot tub was in a completely separate section, away from the pool. There were a dozen or more lounge chairs in addition to the oversized jacuzzi; there were very few kids around which made for a much more relaxing experience.
#5. Overall, we loved this resort. I'm sure it was mostly sold out, but it never once felt crowded. The grounds were beautiful, well-maintained and themed so appropriately for the Quarter. The pool and hot tub areas were never loud or boisterous; both are large and there was never any need to hunt for a chair or quiet spot. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is a hidden gem among quick-service restaurants; everything we ate here was amazing! I will never publicly admit how many beignets I consumed in those four days but let me tell you, every one was delicious. The buildings are gorgeous, inside and out; our room was clean and comfortable and every public space we visited was, too. Transportation to and from the theme parks was quick and easy, even when we shared a bus with the neighboring Riverside. I was pleasantly surprised with how close we actually were to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, those bus rides seemed to take less than ten minutes from door-to-door. Most importantly, the service we received from every Cast Member at French Quarter was second to none.
We absolutely can't wait to get back to Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter but please, don't take my word for it - go see it for yourself!
Local Travel Agent Becomes Cruise Expert by Earning Prestigious Top Rank in Princess Cruises Academy
(March 5, 2019) – A Swampscott travel agent has achieved prestigious Commodore status in Princess Cruises’ Academy training program, certifying her as an expert cruise professional. As a Commodore, Kayla LeClerc of Dream Come True Vacations joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are now recognized by Princess at the Academy's highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a cruise planning professional. LeClerc earned this distinction after completing the minimum
25 courses necessary to graduate from the program.
“We at Princess are very proud of Kayla’s dedication, as she put in extra effort to offer clients exceptional knowledge regarding our cruise vacation product as well as our worldwide destinations,” said Jan Swartz, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Sales at Princess. “Travel agents who reach this top level in our Academy program have completed hours of course work to become a cruising expert, which will prove invaluable to providing clients with a great vacation.”
Princess Academy is the cruise industry’s most comprehensive online training program available to travel agents in the U.S. and Canada. Agents who complete the extensive coursework become experts on a wide range of topics, offering travelers full knowledge of important details about a Princess vacation such as the different passenger amenities on the line’s 17 ships, the company’s worldwide destinations and the many special programs available onboard.
“I'm thrilled to be a Princess Commodore and expand my expertise about cruising. The knowledge I've gained makes me a more valuable resource for my clients, and enables me to recommend the very best vacation which matches all of their needs,” said LeClerc.
To become a Commodore, travel agents must fulfill 25 required and elective classes, representing approximately 15 hours of total course work covering worldwide destinations, onboard programs, and customer service skills. As they complete courses, agents receive their “stripes” through four levels: First Officer, Staff Captain, Captain and finally Commodore. Agents can continue to take elective courses to expand their knowledge and keep their Commodore status current.
As promised, here is the start of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals offered by select hotels, resorts, cruise lines and airlines. Travel Deal Tuesday offers will be listed here, too. I'll keep updating it as info is coming in. Now is the best time to book your 2019-2020 trips, my friends!
Skip the stuff this holiday season, and instead give the gift of time spent together with these deals:
Hotels & Resorts
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
Up to 65% off plus a Spa Bonus of $50 per adult per room for select dates
BOOK BY DECEMBER 2, 2018
Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Mystery Mexico Sale with $99 per person/per night rates for select dates
BOOK BY DECEMBER 2, 2018
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
Up to 50% off plus up to $500 resort credit, based on room category & length of stay, for select dates
BOOK NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 26, 2018
Doorbuster Savings plus up to $1,500 in Resort Credit for select dates
BOOK NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 25, 2019
Hard Rock Hotels
Up to 60% off and Kids Stay Free at select resorts, for select dates
BOOK NOVEMBER 20 - NOVEMBER 28, 2019
Up to 50% off on select room categories, for select dates
BOOK NOVEMBER 20 - NOVEMBER 28, 2019
60% off the 2nd Guest, Up to $300 Instant Savings & Kids Sail Free on select sailings
BOOK NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Norwegian Cruise Line
Take up to 5 Free Offers and Receive Free or Reduced Airfare on select sailings
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Enjoy the Cyber Event: Save up to $900 or Enjoy 3 Free Perks on select sailings
BOOK NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 3, 2018
Cyber Monday Only: $1 Deposits
BOOK NOVEMBER 26, 2018 ONLY
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Up to Free Roundtrip Premium Air on European River Cruises
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 26, 2018
American Airlines Vacations
Secret Sale: St. Lucia, travel between November 24, 2018 and August 31, 2019
BOOK NOVEMBER 22 - NOVEMBER 28, 2018
United Airlines Vacations
Up to $300 packages that include air and hotels, for select destinations and dates
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 29, 2018
15% off select tours, including newly launched Explorations
BOOK NOVEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 25, 2018
Updated November 20, 2018 at 11:15AM
When I was on my way to Walt Disney World last week, I was preoccupied with crazy last minute packing! There are two types of packers - those who pack a month in advance and those who pack the night before. I'm an odd mixture of both, as I typically start piling all my stuff into a bag or bin pretty far in advance. But the organizing and actual packing tends to happen the day (or night) before my flight. There are pros and cons to both schools of thought, so keep doing what works for you. Looking for some tips on how to pack for your next trip a bit more efficiently? Look no further!
Pack outfits and bring some extras. I prefer to pack my clothes by outfit, so it's easy to pull out what I need day by day. I do the same thing for my daughter. I always have extras in case of spills, etc. but it's easier for me to not try to match things on the go. There have definitely been trips where I haven't been as prepared and ended up with mismatching tops and bottoms on the last day.
Pack shoes for all weather. Even if you're only going for a weekend, don't risk that your only pair of sneakers or flip flops could get wet in a sudden downpour! It's okay to be that person that packs all the shoes! Funny side note, I zipped up my suitcase last night having forgotten to pack ANY shoes. Thank goodness I double checked my list.
Speaking of lists, make one! They're a lifesaver (or in my case, a feet-saver). Personally, I use an Excel sheet with columns - one for checking things off as I pack them and another for when I'm re-packing at my destination. No one wants to leave their phone charger plugged into the wall or forget a drawer full of clothes at their hotel, so utilize the list on your arrival and departure days.
Pack your First Aid kit. My husband calls me 'K-Mart' because I travel with a little bit of everything. I prefer to have a toiletry bag with everything in it - things I honestly never end up using. Of course, you want band-aids and the like, but try to think outside the box. A couple things I never travel without are tweezers and an eyeglass repair kit.
Pack a few of my favorite extras. There are some things that I always pack - ponchos, especially for Walt Disney World; Ziploc bags for transporting leftover food or wet clothes; fuzzy socks for the cold plane; my portable phone charger so I can recharge on-the-go - just to name a few. I'm not famous for packing light, but I always have what I need when I travel so I think it's a fair trade-off.
It's hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. School is back in session but the extreme heat feels like it's here to stay. Soon enough, I'll be missing the warmth of the sun and the leisurely pace I've enjoyed these last few months. One week from today, I'll be in Walt Disney World with a couple of my friends and teammates from Dream Come True Vacations. It's certainly not easy for us moms to sneak away, even for a long weekend. Between the three of us, we're leaving five kids home with their dads and grandmas. But a s much as I love planning these trips and counting down the days, there's always the inevitable pang of guilt when it's time to go.
Business trips are a little easier to justify. I remind myself how fortunate I am to work from home; the occasional conference is a fair trade. But when I'm leaving for a girls weekend or a night away with my husband, I struggle a little more. I wonder, does looking forward to these trips or having as much fun as I do make me a terrible person? (Spoiler alert : No. ) Over time, I've learned that these trips are invaluable; it's like hitting a refresh button, both mentally and physically. The truth is, it's a well deserved break for anyone that works hard at the office or at home (or both) and there's no shame in admitting that once and a while, I need it! Trust me, I still feel sad and admittedly, cry a little every time I travel without my daughter but there's a little less guilt these days. Sometimes leaving makes coming home even sweeter.
Looking for a reason to book your own getaway without the kids? Here are three great ones:
#1. Take time to reconnect. A survey done by U.S. Travel Association in 2016 found that 86% of respondents who travel as a couple believe “the romance is still alive in their relationship." Relax with a couples massage in Mexico or get a little adventurous with an excursion to Dunn's River Fall in Jamaica. Take the trip, for science.
#2. Girls (and guys!) just wanna have fun. Get your best girls together for a wine weekend in Napa. No one wants to be left out so let the guys plan a few nights in Vegas. Are you friends with a few couples that might enjoy traveling, too? Plan a trip together! Even a long weekend away would be a blast for all.
#3. Family time. Now that we're older, my cousins and I are a little more spread out. We're very close, and I miss getting to see them often. We've found that getting away for a few days is the best way to reconnect and spend time together, just like when we were kids. If you have parents, siblings, cousins or even close friends that you miss, plan a trip. You'll treasure that time together.