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!

Virtuoso Travel Week: Your One-Stop Travel Shop

What destinations are you interested in visiting over the next year? Any new experiences you’d like to try? We always want to hear your thoughts, but especially now, since our team will be taking over Las Vegas next week as representatives from hotels, tour operators, cruise lines and more from all over the world descend on the Strip for the biggest travel event of the year.

Virtuoso Travel Week turns Sin City into the epicenter of the travel world, with more than 5,000 people from 100-plus countries gathering to share the latest innovations in vacations. While no one can visit every hotel and every country, the week allows advisors to build a knowledge base and take advantage of the vast resources of the Virtuoso network. Think of it as a luxury shopping trip, with your travel advisor acting as your proxy

There’s a smorgasbord of destinations, experiences, and modes of transportation to discover. There’s a wide gulf between booking something on the internet and doing something you may not have realized was even possible when you first thought about planning a trip. Virtuoso Travel Week is the difference. Maybe you want to be dropped in the middle of nowhere and have to find your way out. Maybe you want an itinerary designed just for you, where you don’t have to think at all, just relax and enjoy. Those options, and everything in between are at your advisor’s fingertips.

Fewer than 1 percent of travel agencies worldwide are accepted as Virtuoso members, so this week is an exclusive chance for us to meet face-to-face with the best of the best suppliers.
We’re there as insiders so we make each trip you take truly extraordinary. It may take going to the ends of the earth to discover your true self, or you might just need a long weekend a couple hours away. So let us know: where do you want to go next?

7 Reasons to go on a Micato Safari

Is Africa on your Bucket List? Micato, one of our Virtuoso preferred partners is a luxury safari company that continues to get rave reviews. Here are 7 reasons to go on a Micato safari.

1. World’s Best Safari Outfitter a record 9 times
They have been voted World’s Best Safari Outfitter 9 times by Travel + Leisure
You know the saying… “If something is not broken, don’t fix it!”

2. A highly credentialed Micato Safari Director accompanies every East Africa safari
Micato has their classic packaged safaris and they also offer custom-tailored safaris. Even on their custom safaris, they have a safari director who is with you for the whole trip. The safari directors are employees of the company. Micato feels this really makes for a personalized experience while attaining continuity. So much of the “magic” that happens in Africa is attributed to your guide.

3. Every departure is guaranteed
No trips are ever canceled. People can feel secure to book their flights once their trip is booked as it will go as scheduled.

4. No tipping, ever, from beginning to end
You don’t have to worry about bringing a certain amount of cash and finding the person you wish to tip at the end of the trip. This policy alleviates that stress altogether.

5. Micato’s 24-hour concierge team
They have a concierge team that is available 24/7 to help with any unexpected or unusual requests, making guests feel completely at ease while they are away, letting them focus on each precious moment of the trip.

6. Pinto family invites you to their home
Felix and Jane Pinto, second-generation Kenyans founded Micato in 1966. It started out as a small safari company. Since then it has grown into a big company, but they are committed to making their employees and guests feel like family. They live in a suburb of Nairobi and when you are there you will get an invite for lunch or dinner at their home. This makes for an authentic experience, not only meeting with a local, but also with successful business owners.

7. Micato pays for a child’s education for every Micato safari sold
They have a one for one commitment, for every safari sold; they send one child to school in Nairobi. Micato won a World Saver Award from Conde Nast for their education initiative in Kenya. Guests can visit the school in Nairobi and meet the children who have been privy to this Micato advantage. This is a special experience to be had for people to see some of the difference they are making to help bring more good into this world.

We at DMC Travel Tailor have a theme of Travel with Intention. We believe as Tony Robbins said, “The secret to living is giving.” This is why we contribute 5% of our profit to Camp Happy Days, a local charity in Charleston to help kids fight cancer. Everyone who books travel with us can feel good knowing that they are also giving towards a great cause. We would be happy to help you choose which Micato safari is right for your travel needs. Email Stefany, Co-Founder/Dream Travel Designer at info@dmctraveltailor.com with any questions. Rest assured you will be in good hands. And if your dream is to go on a safari, why not also provide a child’s education and contribute to help kids fight cancer while at it?

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” –Ben Carson

“For it is in giving that we receive.” –Francis of Assisi

About DMC Travel Tailor:

OUR WHY
We believe in living life to the fullest. Travel is the gateway to self-transformation that touches your soul, connects and unites you with different cultures, fills your life with passion, realizes your fairytale dreams and gives you a story to tell.

What We Do
We are Stefany and Daniele, your Dream Travel Designers!
We believe in a personalized, custom-tailored travel experience that we create together. Our goal is to expand your world, rejuvenate you, and make you feel alive. We want to ignite your spirit with the memories of your adventures.
We contribute five percent of our profit to a charity and volunteer our time to make this world a better place.

Why More People are Opting for Tailored Travel

Why More People are Opting for Tailored Travel

When it comes to tourism and travel, consumers are increasingly seeking out new and unique experiences. Additionally, most of them are looking for a custom private trip that is tailored to the experiences they would like to have. Why are more people looking into tailored trips?

Free To Enjoy

Travelling can be exciting, but it can also be stressful if not properly planned. A good number of people who have visited exotic locations before may opt for a tailored trip to eliminate the risk of going through one of their past stressful experiences. They need to be sure that the entire trip is handled by professionals who are experienced and skilled. Those going for adventure trips around the world will want to have the assurance that nothing will go wrong.

Get the Holiday You Want

There are many reasons why people travel. Some people travel primarily to experience exotic cultures to enjoy the food and drinks or find out about other people’s way of life. Others may travel for specific reasons like visiting historical life or see rare species of wildlife.

When the trip is tailored to include all of the experiences you enjoy you get value for money for every minute you are visiting these chosen locations. Furthermore, you get to be in the driving seat and determine location, accommodation, and cuisine according to your preferences.

Tailored travel presents a wide range of options for clients looking for unique experiences. When seeking new experiences one of the things tourists are looking for is authenticity. They want to experience the culture in its most natural form. For example, those who enjoy food may want to go to farms, make food with the locals, or try out a short cooking course in a popular culinary location. Tailored travel has a lot to offer people who wish to do things outside of the norm.

Last Minute Winter Getaways

So you couldn’t get the whole family on the same page in time to coordinate a trip over the holidays. Instead, you’re even more desperate for a vacation after the constant stream of visiting or welcoming relatives, shuttling back and forth between parties and overloading on holiday cheer. Well, you’re in luck, because January offers an abundance of great travel opportunities with smaller crowds and lower prices than during the busy festive season. Start the new year off right with one of these last-minute getaways.

Skiing

Still haven’t gotten a chance to hit the slopes? There are great deals to be had, such as 20 percent off for stays of five or more nights at Virtuoso-preferred Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail or a seventh night free at Richard Branson’s The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland. One particularly enchanting itinerary is Alpine Adventures’ South Tyrol ski safari. The seven-night adventure includes four-star lodging in Alta Badia and Val Gardena in Italy’s Dolomite mountains, plus three nights in charming rifugi (mountain inns) as you traverse nearly 750 miles of prepared pistes in 12 ski areas, all on one ski pass. Breakfasts and dinners are included, even at two-Michelin-star restaurants in Alta Badia and Val Gardena to fuel your time on the slopes.

Island

There’s no use denying it, it’s cold outside, and that is unpleasant. On a frigid night, many of us dream of jetting off to a tropical island, kicking back with a drink and soaking up the sun’s warmth. To satisfy that craving, head to beautiful St. Lucia, where a whole host of great resorts is waiting with open arms to welcome you in from the cold. Save between 15 and 35 percent at Virtuoso-preferred Cap Maison high above picturesque Smugglers Cove and enjoy a private dinner at Rock Maison, a deck perched above the Caribbean Sea equipped with a “champagne zipline” for delivering drinks with maximum efficiency.

City

You don’t have to stray far to visit some world-class cities chock full of culture. To the north, Quebec City is an undiscovered gem that really sparkles as a winter wonderland. Yes, it’s cold, but the Quebecois have perfected the art of staying warm with outdoor activities galore, including the Carnaval de Quebec, which runs Jan. 26-Feb. 11. With Virtuoso-preferred tour operator Discover Holidays, you can check out North America’s only ice hotel, immerse yourself in First Nations culture and get a taste of French refinement on this side of the Atlantic. Plus, there’s plenty of poutine. For warmer climes, look no further than Mexico City. Swiftly emerging as a foodie paradise (with a great exchange rate), Mexico’s capital is a sprawling metropolis combining Aztec and colonial history with chic modern neighborhoods such as Polanco, Roma and Condesa. There is excellent hiking just outside the city, and the metropolis itself has drastically improved in terms of safety in recent years.

Nature

Our national parks receive the bulk of their visitors during the summer, when things can get pretty congested. If you’re willing to brave the elements, there are some spectacular wildlife experiences to be had. Yellowstone and Grand Teton in particular yield amazing opportunities, as wolves stalk their prey through the snowy landscape, offering a glimpse of roaming bison and elk. Virtuoso-preferred Natural Habitat Adventures provides wolf and wildlife safaris in the parks, with one itinerary emphasizing photography in the playful winter light. With all the geothermal activity in Yellowstone, it’s quite nice to warm up next to a geyser as you watch the wildlife go by.

Destination Weddings Made Easy

It’s the happiest day of your life, right? But we all know there are a million different things that can go wrong on your wedding day. From minor inconveniences to major crises, there’s always some potential disaster lurking in the shadows, ready to ruin everything. Or at least, that’s how it can feel. There is a lot of planning that goes into making your day perfect, and it starts months in advance. So why not outsource some of that stress with a destination wedding? A few things to know about the process:

Who
The whole idea behind a destination wedding is to make it fun and easy. So, you’ll need trusted people to do the legwork for you. Your travel advisor will work with you to find your ideal resort to ensure your special day is a memorable one. Your advisor can handle the details of booking rooms, flights and transportation for your guests, and also put you in touch with the wedding coordinator at your chosen resort. The wedding coordinator will offer a variety of settings and packages to choose from, and you can tailor these to your wishes or simply pick one and check another huge item off the list. The coordinators stage weddings all the time, so they know what they’re doing. Invite as many people as you want, but be aware that a significant portion of those you invite might be unable to make it, as schedules are busy and it’s tough to get away. Don’t take it personally; look at it as an opportunity to have a great vacation with your closest friends and family.

What
Your choice of resort is very important. Your guests will be spending several days there, so you’ll want something that offers enough entertainment for everyone. Do you want it to be all-inclusive? Do you need there to be activities for children, or do you want an adults-only atmosphere? Or, for the best of both worlds, you can go with a resort that has a family section and an adults-only section. Your travel advisor can also help you in finding a resort that fits your style, whether that’s something romantic and intimate or caters more to a party crowd.

When
New Year’s Eve weddings have become popular in recent years, and it makes sense. You’re providing a party for your friends on a night everyone is already planning to go out. But be aware that the festive season around Christmas and New Year’s is the absolute busiest time of year for resorts. Availability will be low, prices will be high and there is likely to be minimum numbers of nights you’re required to book. Any major holiday that provides a long weekend might make it easier for your guests, but it’s also a time when everyone else will be looking to travel. So, again, space will be limited and priced accordingly. Summertime is usually a good option, especially for guests with children, and if you’re looking for a warm-weather destination, which will less in demand as when the U.S. is cold during winter. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are also sweet spots, but you’ll want to keep in mind that, depending on the destination, there is hurricane season to worry about.

Where
Mexico and the Caribbean are great options because they’re close enough to get to easily but far away enough to be exotic and really feel like a vacation. As an added bonus, you and your new spouse can tack on a few days at the end of a honeymoon once all your guests have gone home and you can recover from the planning and festivities. Of course, if a significant portion of your guests would need to get passports, there are plenty of domestic options. If you’re wanting a beach, you’ll want to be sure that it’s warm enough to actually enjoy the beach. So, to be on the safe side, if you’re getting married in a month that can be cold, make sure you’re far enough south (South Florida or Southern California, although even that can be hit or miss). The last thing you want is a beach wedding where you and your guests can’t go to the beach.

Why
Because it’s the biggest day of your life. That comes with huge expectations, lots of stress and lots of trying to please everyone. So get as much help as you can and leave the details to someone who arranges complex itineraries seamlessly on a regular basis. There will still be plenty of details for you to worry about, from the dress to the bridesmaids and groomsmen to just about everything else. It’s supposed to be fun, so give yourself something to look forward to instead of more anxiety. You get to go to a great resort, eat great food and have fun with great friends and family. What could be better?

How
That one’s easy, contact Stefany Di Manno Ceccato, Dream Travel Designer/Co-Founder of DMC Travel Tailor at info@dmctraveltailor.com