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!

GROTTA PALAZZESE AN ENCHANTING DESTINATION IN POLIGNANO A MARE, ITALY

While on a work trip to Bari, Italy, one evening for dinner, we decided to drive 30 kilometers south to a charming Italian village named Polignano A Mare.  Our destination was Grotta Palazzese.  Grotta means cave in Italian.  What a destination it was!  A restaurant that was in a cave built with limestone rocks with turquoise blue water shining from below and a view of the Adriatic sea.  I was in awe with this breathtaking beauty that surrounded me.  All of the tables were covered with white tablecloths and lamps that arced over each table.  You could hear the waves crashing into the cave.  Talk about ambiance!  It was hands down the most enchanting and romantic restaurant I have ever seen.

That evening I had lamb encrusted with pecorino cheese, which was delicious.  However, I couldn’t bring myself to eat the nicely garnished prawn appetizer they brought out when we sat down.  The prawn tasted a bit undercooked to me by American standards.  My husband, Daniele, who is from Venice, Italy, said this is quite typical when I told him.  They also had platters of seafood with the Norway Lobsters fully faced, which is never appetizing to me, but in Italy, this is also quite common, especially in cities on the water.

This place made it easy for me to be in my own wonderland for a few hours.  I was feeling inspired to dream and do.  I love when a place can bring you to this kind of marvelous state of mind!  If you are looking to be in a dreamy magical place with a date, I would highly recommend experiencing this place.

“Every year go someplace you’ve never been before.” -Dalai Lama

Amalfi Coast by Yacht

We found Pasquale through a friend of Daniele’s.  Pasquale is the captain of the yacht with Akhir Cruises that we had the opportunity to spend the day cruising around on while we were in the Amalfi Coast.  We were there with my family and figured this would be beautiful way to spend the day together. After all, how does it get better than being on the water in an intimate setting with a breathtaking backdrop?!
At first, a day on the yacht sounded pricey, but Pasquale gave us a deal to steal that included a cruise to Furore and back, including a homemade lunch and dinner, cooked by his sweet wife, Michela.  We met them and the yacht in Salerno.  When it was time for lunch, we docked the boat in Ravello, in front of a castle where they filmed some James Bond scenes.


Lunch was scrumptious and hit the spot.

The sun was shining.  It felt so good to feel the warmth of the rays on our face and to just relax and enjoy some quality family time.  I liked the back of the yacht where we could stretch out and take in our gorgeous surroundings.

Pasquale even let Buddy, my brother in law, drive the boat, which amused him!
And of course the views were jaw dropping the whole ride there and back.


I asked if we could see Furore and the famous arch I had seen in pictures. Pasquale made it happen.  After Furore, we turned around to head back to Salerno.

Once we docked in Salerno, we went to walk around and explore the downtown area while Michela prepared dinner for us.  After some shopping, we headed back to indulge in one more delicious meal before our day was coming to an end.

Good food, good wine, good crew and family bonding time made it an unforgettable day.  We enjoyed getting to know Pasquale and his lovely wife.  He explained to us he can also do cruises in Sardinia, where he lived for years.  The yacht does have bedrooms for sleep if a couple, family or group would like to cruise from Amalfi to Sardinia or vice versa.  I highly recommend this excursion.  It was the highlight of our Amalfi Coast time!