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 Short Getaways and Stopovers

Perhaps you’re traveling for business and trying to squeeze in a pleasure trip. Maybe you won’t be back to that part of the world in a while. Possibly you can only get away for a few days. Or you just want a few more days to relax before you head back to work. Whatever the reason, you can explore these destinations in less than a week, either on their own or as part of a longer trip.

Channel Islands, California

Off the coast from Los Angeles, this archipelago is home to a national park and the resort island of Santa Catalina. More than a million visitors arrive on Catalina annually, doing boat tours, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving and enjoying the beach or a nice wine mixer. Five of the chain’s eight islands form Channel Islands National Park. Lindblad Expeditions offers five-day/four-night itineraries out of L.A. on its Base Camp Channel Islands program, which combines wildness and wellness. Mornings begin with yoga or another exercise, and afternoons feature hiking or biking with sightings of rare flora and fauna all along the way.

Fogo Island, Canada

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, northeast of New England, Fogo Island makes for a short getaway from the East Coast. Virtuoso-preferred Fogo Island Inn has summer promotions to help you take advantage of the longer, warmer days. For minimum stays of only three nights, the inn is offering workshops with multidisciplinary artist Bruce Pashak with its An Artful Summer or excursions with a naturalist guide in its Flora & Fauna Encounters package. Either shows you the wilds of “an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the Earth” without spending all your vacation days.

Azores, Portugal

About 1,000 miles west of Lisbon in the middle of the Atlantic, these islands weren’t known to the Portuguese until the 14th century. Mark Twain detailed his 19th-century visit in The Innocents Abroad. Now, they’re a place to stop over for a few days on either end of a trip to Europe, or a long weekend from the East Coast. Each of the nine main islands has a different claim to fame, but there’s an abundant supply of activities out of doors and on the water. Ponta Delgada is the capital, largest municipality and home of the main commercial airport for the Azores. It’s also home to a lively culinary scene.

Fiji/Tahiti

It’s a long way to New Zealand and Australia. Maybe those are on your bucket list and you’re not going to make it back to that area of the world again. Or maybe you’ve sat through that interminable flight over the Pacific one too many times and need to break up the travel. Either way, these islands in the South Pacific make for romantic stopovers to help you relax before an action-packed itinerary Down Under. On the way home, a couple of days on the beach or lagoon can help you ease into getting over that jet lag or stave off the return to real life. In a pinch, Hawaii isn’t bad, either

Dubai


Fly Emirates for your safari, and you can plan a stopover in the ultra-posh, oil-rich city. Where else can you go to the Louvre and the beach and ski indoors? Emirates provides a meet & greet service, a welcome pack, hotel accommodations and airport transfers. Check out a polo match, a great Friday brunch or hit the waterpark at Atlantis The Palm. Spend a day or two, then head out to one of 150 destinations from there.

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.

Safari Lodge, a Hidden Gem in Fiji

Safari Lodge, a Hidden Gem in Fiji

A friend of mine, Simona discovered Safari Lodge years ago as she had a thirst to try kite boarding out. She has been happily returning to “her island” as we call it, when she returns to Fiji ever since she first came and has become an awesome kite boarder! I took her up on her invite to join in this adventure as we were both returning to Fiji. I have to say I am so happy I did!

As much as I love taking delight in staying in luxurious hotels, I deeply enjoy being surrounded by raw nature, bringing me back to the basics, simplicity and my true core self. There is a strong sense of peace I feel from being somewhat disconnected to the outer world and a sense of freedom I feel being surrounded by turquoise blue water. It was also soothing to hear nothing but the sound of gusty winds and waves crashing upon the shore through my shutters in my hut, which was steps away from the ocean. I would trade plush amenities any day to feel these senses of peace of freedom, which in such a busy world with loads of technology at our fingertips is sometimes hard to find. Safari Lodge brought these beautiful senses to me, along with excitement and adventure!

I had my first kite boarding lesson with Warren Francis, who is the director/instructor at the lodge and also an Aussie with a sense of humor, which is entertaining! He is great at his craft and patient in his teaching it to others at kite point. It was fun when I finally started to get the hang of flying the kite in the water! My triceps and back were sore the next day! I can only imagine what a work out it would be fully standing on the board with the amount of core you would use! There were unusually strong winds up to 30 knots on my last 2 days there, so I just watched for a couple of the lessons, as the conditions were not ideal for me to be in the water at this stage of learning.

It was inspiring to see Simona and Chris, another instructor at the lodge, riding the rocky waves so gracefully! I have a long way to go, as kite boarding isn’t a quick sport to learn, but can not wait until one day I can get up on the board and feel what it is like cruising around on the water while flying the kite!

I like Safari Lodge because it is unique, off the beaten path, private and intimate. Meals are tasty and are cooked by the staff. You eat all together at a table, which makes for a cozy bonding environment. It kind of felt a bit like being in camp when I was in the girl scouts. Even the cat was friendly here! He snuggled and took a nap on me while I was reading.

I also had a chance to go on a morning snorkel before one of our kite boarding sessions. It is always magical to me to see the marine life under the sea, all different kinds of interesting colored coral and fish. And I got to see my favorite fish…angel fish the were outlined in a bright neon yellow color! I noticed a lot of cobalt blue star fish in this area, which was really cool to see. I smiled as some of the coral literally looked like they were smiling back at me!

As I spent Thanksgiving at Safari Lodge and am thankful for many things, my husband, my family, my friends, my job and the places it takes me, my health, my past failures and successes that have strengthened me, one item to add to the gratitude list is my opportunity to experience Safari Lodge and all of the wonderful senses of excitement, peace and freedom. Now that is priceless!