Talking Travel with Dave Hoffman of Hoffman Law Firm

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Hoffman of Hoffman Law Firm at the Camp Happy Days Gala. We both share a common interest in giving back to the non-profit organization. Camp Happy Days is a local charity in Charleston that helps children fight cancer by filling their life with hope and some fun. We at DMC Travel Tailor give 5% of our total profit to them and volunteer our time with them to help make this world a better place.

At the gala, DMC Travel Tailor donated a research and planning service as part of an auction item package. Dave Hoffman bid on it and this is how we met. I will be planning his next trip. When we got together we spoke about why he would like to use a travel advisor, the advantages of using one and the benefits he gets from travel. Dave Hoffman expressed that he would like to use a travel advisor to take the worry off his plate, creating a stress-free environment, saving him the valuable asset of time, while having a seamless trip created for him by a travel professional to avoid some of the mishaps he has previously encountered when planning a trip on his own.

Check out this video where Dave expresses why he thinks he would benefit from using a travel advisor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-1Jt54tSMU&feature=youtu.be

DMC Travel Tailor is affiliated with Virtuoso, which is the leading luxury network in the world. Through this affiliation, we are able to offer clients exclusive perks and benefits they cannot find on their own. It also gives us access to global partners around the world we use to create WOW moments for our clients no matter where they want to go in the world. Some of the destinations we focus on include Africa, Australia, Italy, the British Virgin Islands and Fiji. We are also part of the Virtuoso Adventure Travel Community, specializing in adventure travel. This allows us to give you insight not only on where to go and what to do for a great adventure travel trip but also give you advice on what to wear and any equipment needed to bring.

Check out this video where we speak about that:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CeWfExpl1A&feature=youtu.be

Some of the benefits of travel we discussed were learning other cultures, having eye-opening experiences that promote self-growth, bonding with family members and or loved ones and creating memories that last a lifetime, which is priceless. At the end of the day, you won’t necessarily remember what you have bought, but I bet you will remember the things you have experienced.

If you don’t have a travel advisor and would like to speak to one, please feel free to reach out to me, Stefany Di Manno Ceccato, Dream Travel Designer at DMC Travel Tailor. I can be reached at info@dmctraveltailor.com and or by phone at (917) 653-9346. I would be happy to help in realizing your travel dreams!

Top Train Trips Around the World

Train travel hearkens back to a romantic bygone era. While there are certainly faster ways to get from one place to another, riding the rails really delivers on showcasing the natural beauty of a destination. In lieu of flying from major city to major city, trains can show travelers how urban and rural areas fit together to form a country. Part of your perfect vacation could be devoting some time to just staring out the window and daydreaming. Here are few of our favorite trains and itineraries for it.

Rocky Mountaineer

Running through British Columbia and Alberta, Rocky Mountaineer takes passengers on a journey through Western Canada. The cities of Vancouver and Calgary mingle with gorgeous mountain scenery, including national parks such as Jasper and Lake Louise. The view from the Virtuoso-preferred Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is iconic. If you want to do some exploring on your own, Rocky Mountaineer has the option of combining rail and car rental. The season runs from mid-April to mid-October. Pro tip: The last month features fall foliage at the lower elevations and snow higher up.

The Blue Train

The 994 miles through South Africa between Cape Town and Pretoria cover some beautiful territory. The Blue Train crosses it in style, with private suites for the overnight journey. The dining is fine, the lounges are elegant, the sights of mountains are vineyards rolling by are spectacular. Going southbound, you’ll stop in the mining town of Kimberly. Northbound travelers see the Victorian buildings of Matjiesfontein. With the departure times of 8:30 a.m. and arrivals at 3 p.m. the next day, The Blue Train is a great addition to safaris.

Belmond

Belmond has seven trains crisscrossing Europe, Peru, and Southeast Asia. They pull into stations at such diverse outposts as London, Machu Picchu, Kuala Lumpur and the Scottish Highlands. (Not all on the same ride, of course.) Some journeys feature comfortable overnight quarters, while others are tailored to allow overnight stays at some of Belmond’s 35 worldwide hotels. The Royal Scotsman and Andean Explorer even have spas onboard to help you unwind even more.

The Swiss Alps

The roof of Europe has awe-inspiring views, and a train window is a terrific vantage point. The Gornergrat train whisks passengers from Zermatt to 10,000 feet of elevation in just over half an hour, opening up a dramatic view of the Matterhorn. The cogwheel train has been running since 1898 and operates every day of the year. Climbing through orchards and vineyards on its way up to mountain passes, the Bernina Express makes its way across more than 50 bridges and through almost 200 tunnels. No wonder parts of the route have UNESCO World Heritage status. Featuring the St. Moritz, Zermatt, the Rhine Gorge and the Oberalp Pass, a ride on the Glacier Express is a full day of feasting for the eyes and palate, with meals prepared fresh onboard.

The Ghan and Indian Pacific

The Ghan runs north-south nearly 2,000 up Australia’s spine, while the Indian Pacific traverses 2,700 miles between Sydney and Perth on the east-west axis through the southern part of the continent. Each journey is a three-night affair, with off-train excursions included in packages. Get to know the Outback on the Ghan train, and consider upgrading to a fixed-wing flight over Uluru/Ayers Rock. From Adelaide on the southern end, you can easily reach the Barossa Valley wine region or the unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island. The Indian Pacific offers Barossa Valley and the Blue Mountains excursions. Gourmet meals and premium wines await in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant car.

Christmas in July: Make Your Festive Vacation Plans Now

It’s not quite the same as Christmas in July, but you can give yourself the gift of peace of mind by booking your festive season travel now. If you have a specific resort or destination in mind, you might be surprised to find how tight space is already for the period around Christmas and New Year’s. You can’t exactly go on vacation and leave a couple of your kids behind because you couldn’t get another room. So do yourself a favor and start planning as soon as possible.

People who stayed at resorts over the festive season last winter got first dibs on booking that space for the upcoming season. Perhaps they had such a good time, they invited more of their family members to join them this year and have already had their rooms secured for months. If the winters are cold in your neck of the woods, you can rest assured that your neighbors will be flocking in droves to sunny resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

If your crew still can’t get its act together for a few months, your travel advisor will be up to date on which resorts have last-minute space. But don’t leave things up to chance! You’ll be much happier and less stressed if you take the initiative now. If you’re waiting until the weather turns, you could find yourself left out in the cold.

If you’re out of luck on land or prefer hitting the high seas, a cruise could be your answer. Again, though, you need to act quickly, especially if you’re bringing the whole family and need multiple cabins. Virtuoso-preferred partners offer some great itineraries to celebrate in style.

If all else fails, think outside the box. There’s a whole other hemisphere where it’s warm when we’re cold. South America, Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, they all have nice weather as one year turns into the next.

It’s not especially warm in Europe’s heartland, though the jet stream does keep things milder than many parts of the U.S., but a river cruise can let you catch the end of the beautiful Christmas markets along the Rhine and Danube. If you haven’t seen a European Christmas market before, they are a sight to behold. Plus, there’s plenty of mulled wine to help you keep warm, there are great Christmas dinners served on the river and you can ring in the new year a few hours ahead of your friends.

No matter what you end up picking, don’t wait until it’s too late and you no longer have your choice of options. There will be plenty of scrambling trying to track down those last-minute gifts. Getting started with your holiday travel plans now could end up as the best gift you and family receive.

Time to Relax

Have you always dreamed of one day swimming in the clear, turquoise waters of Fiji? Or maybe walking through the whitewashed buildings of Santorini? Or seeing and elephant walking by outside of your hotel room in Africa? Or hanging with kangaroos on the beach in Australia? Are there places on your Bucket List you would love to check off but don’t know where to start?

Many people would love to take their dream vacation but planning such a grand trip can be very overwhelming. There is such a large amount of work and research needed in planning such a large trip. There is transportation to think about, where to stay and itineraries to plan out. This can be a daunting task for many. You want to make sure every aspect is thought through and every detail is perfect, but do not necessarily want to spend the countless hours doing so.

Stop putting off your dream vacation and get ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Anywhere you want to go or anything you can think to do is possible with a little help. Sit back, relax and let DMC Travel Tailor handle all your luxurious vacation needs. Put your trust in Stefany to make all your dreams come true. She has had the privilege of working a job that allowed her to travel the world. With her extensive travel experiences and access to global partners around the world through her Virtuoso affiliation, she will provide you with an upscale and unforgettable dream vacation. DMC Travel Tailor will take all the stress and planning out of the mix for you. All you need to do is leave everything up to them and get ready to have the time of your life. Their mission is to provide you with WOW experiences and a trip of a lifetime with memories to cherish forever.

Daniele and Stefany also love giving back. They donate five percent to a charity they volunteer for called Camp Happy Days. Just think, while you’re on your dream vacation, you are also helping others.

Don’t wait any longer to begin making memories you will never forget. Check out their web page www.dmctraveltailor.com and begin your journey.

DMC Travel Tailor adds “Aussie Specialist Agent” as a Title

Australia was always at the top of my bucket list. Last year, I was fortunate to go to Sydney, Ayers Rock and Melbourne in Australia. Just as I expected, I fell in love with the country and am looking forward to go back for more exploration! Hence, the reason I completed training modules to become an “Aussie Specialist Agent” with Australia Tourism. There is so much to see and do, whether you take a cruise through tropical waters, a scenic rail ride through Blue Mountains, an adventurous drive in the Outback, watch an Ayers Rock sunset, a drive on Great Ocean Road with breathtaking mountainous coastline, watch a performance at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, surf at Bondi Beach, do a wine tasting at one of their many vineyards, indulge in a culinary delightful restaurant experience in Melbourne, labeled the “most livable city in the world,” see penguins on Phillip Island, swim with a whale shark at Ningaloo Reef, snorkel/dive in the Great Barrier reef, hike to see a waterfall in Kakadu National Park, hang out with kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, pet koalas or relax and rejuvenate on Lord Howe Island. It is safe to say there is something for everyone in Australia!


 

With a “Destination of the Year” label from Condenast and numerous World Heritage Sites to visit, Australia continues to be a hot spot!


Allow DMC Travel Tailor to create your once-in-a-lifetime Australian experience. A couple of popular itineraries are:

  • Sydney-Rock-Reef (14 days)
  • Adelaide-Kangaroo Island- Melbourne- Hobart-Barossa- Phillip Island- Bruny Island (2 weeks)

Visit us at: www.dmctraveltailor.com for more information. You can also email or call us at: info@dmctraveltailor.com
(917) 653-9346.

Don’t forget to ask us about a “Wings over Australia” trip and an “Insider Access” experience on Lizard island hosted by Abercrombie & Kent. We look forward to designing your own personalized “Aussie Experience!”

Playing Keeper for Half Day at Moonlit Sanctuary in Mornington, Australia

Playing Keeper for Half Day at Moonlit Sanctuary in Mornington, Australia

My husband and I spent our first Christmas together in Melbourne this year. It was special, not only because it was our first Christmas physically together in the same place, but we also happened to be in a bucket list country of ours, Australia! I couldn’t leave Australia without spending some time with Koalas and Kangaroos, so we decided to be keeper for half the day at Moonlit Sanctuary. They opened at 8:30am to give us a private tour before they opened to the public at 10:00am. It was awesome and peaceful having the place to ourselves for a bit.

Some of the highlights of our time here were:

Our day consisted of gathering food for the animals in a wheel barrow and then making our rounds to feed them. It was love at first sight feeding these precious little Joeys!

The Koalas looked so peaceful. Sleeping mostly and nibbling on their Eucalyptus. I didn’t realize how much they smelled of Eucalyptus when I got close to one!

We also got to see and feed a number of Australian bird species. For some, we threw worms up in the air and they flew to catch them.

These Orange-Bellied Parrots were the most approachable. They flew right down to us when they laid eyes on their meal.

We discovered Emus are messy eaters! To be honest, they scare me a bit!

We walked a couple of dingoes (wild dogs). My right wrist was sore from my feisty Dingo, Blaze, who wanted to stick her nose in everything not on our path! Note to self, next time rotate your hands for the walking!

We got to see some interesting looking birds as well! These are called Bush-Stone Curlews.

We held our hand out with some corn kernels to feed the kangaroos. They weren’t too hungry, since many people feed them when they come here for a visit. I was captivated just watching them! I could have hung out here for hours.

I also got to feed a Wallaby, which is part of the kangaroo clan.

I would recommend this tour. We definitely don’t regret our decision to come here. We had a great experience seeing the animals we came here for and getting to know some of the other Australian wildlife. Next time we visit Australia, we will venture out more to see the beautiful coastline! But for this trip, the animals were a must for us.