Traveling to Fiji? Don’t Miss These Must-See Hot Spots

Sun-drenched beaches, beautiful palm trees and crystal blue lagoons, what’s not to love about Fiji? The tropical paradise is a perfect location for a vacation getaway, especially during the colder winter months. Every year, thousands of people travel to the South Pacific to enjoy this island area. With so many islands to choose from, the destination is ideal for any traveler! If you are planning to visit Fiji in the future, be sure to hit all the hot spots we list below!

Hindu Temples
Fiji is full of cultural experiences, including beautiful Hindu temples. Vibrant festivals take place throughout the year at the temples, where travelers can get an inside glimpse into the religion. The most spectacular to see firsthand is the Sri Siva Subrahmanya Swami Temple in Nadi. The bright coloring seems unreal with towering spires and intricate architecture throughout.

Island Adventures
If you are up for a little adventure, why not travel to the Mamanucas and Yasawa islands of Fiji? These beautiful islands are perfect for a luxury getaway or if you want to backpack in the region. Resorts can be found on these islands that offer lovely views as well as plenty of activities to explore. With the help of companies like DMC Travel Tailor, you can easily plan your lodging while in Fiji.

Levuka
If you want to get to know the locals, travel to Levuka, a town in Fiji that is home to a colonial museum. Inside the museum, view pieces that tell the history of the region and how the area came to be. The locals are friendly and add to the quaintness of the area.

Hiking Waya Island
For the truly adventurous, take a boat to Waya Island and go on a hiking trip of a lifetime. With amazing ocean views and lush landscape, you will feel like you are in another world as you traverse the trails of the island.

Beqa Island
The even more daring will go from an amazing hike at Waya Island to a shark encounter at Beqa Island. The area is home to bull sharks and sometimes tiger sharks and travelers can easily participate in a shark-feeding dive off the shores of this island.

These are just a few of the amazing things you can do while in Fiji. Try a few or make your entire list filled with these exciting adventurous options!

Top Tips to Travel Italy like a Local

Italy is a beautiful region of the world that most people dream of visiting. If you have traveled to Italy before, then you want to go back as soon as you return home. Italy is filled with unique cultural experiences, history, art, architecture, wine and amazing food. Along with visiting the major tourist attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum, people often visit Italy to enjoy the way of life. Learning how to travel like a local can help you to enjoy a more unique experience in the region.

Starting the Day
When traveling in Italy, it can be fun to live like the locals. The classic Italian breakfast includes a sweet pastry and coffee or a cappuccino. Embrace the culture and start your day with something sweet. Head to a local café or even a bar and you can order a drink and croissant to begin your travels.

Food and More Food
Italians love food and three meals a day is usually not enough to enjoy the tasty cuisine. Plan your trip around multiple, smaller meals so you can truly enjoy the many amazing items the local cafés and restaurants have to offer. The locals often add a meal in-between lunch and dinner and you can too! Feel free to stretch you eating just a bit while in Italy to fully enjoy the local cuisine. Have help planning your meals by working with a travel company like DMC Travel Tailor as you get ready for your trip!

Take advantage of Riposino
Most travelers to Italy have no idea that shops often close for a lunch break, especially during the summer months. The heat in the early afternoon is stifling and everyone wants to go inside and take a break. The word riposino means nap in Italian and it is something that many locals take advantage. Take time during your travels to take a nap and awaken to open shops and a feeling of being fully rested.

Speak to Everyone
When traveling to Italy, it is important to speak to everyone you mean. While there may be a language barrier, Italians are happy to provide assistance or recommendations for restaurants or attractions. Get to know the locals and you might find that a few suggestions of entertainment take you off the beaten path to places you would have never explored before!

Planning A Trip To Africa Has Never Been Easier

There is something about Africa that stirs the imagination. You may have seen a long, beautiful grassy plain with acacia trees that glisten in the setting sun on television or in the movies. You have dreamt about observing lions, elephants and giraffes from the back of a jeep or on the deck of a treehouse. You are dying to see thousands of antelope when they migrate across the plains. You want to connect with the people you have seen, and you want to try the cuisine of the continent.

You are in luck. You can be one of the 30 million people who visit Africa each year. Let us tell you why you should use our luxury travel service.

Why Choose DMC Travel Tailor?

There are many reasons why you will want to choose us.

  • We plan your trip with you in mind. No more one-size-fits-all trips. Instead, we custom build your trip to Africa with you. Want to spend a night in the Serengeti? We can do that? Want to paddle down the Okavango Delta? We can plan that for you? Want to see as many countries as possible? No problem. Let us plan it for you.
  • You don’t waste time worrying. We plan and arrange everything for you. We also manage any travel issues that come up, which leaves you to enjoy your time with the people you love.
  • We have contacts all over the world. No matter where you want to go, we can make sure you get there.
  • Need to make plans for a large tour group of family and friends? We can handle large or small groups with personalized experiences.

If you are longing to see the beauty, wonder and majesty of Africa. We can help. Why not contact DMC Travel Tailor today, and let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime?

Top Family Spring Breaks in the Caribbean

We just got to fall, but if you’re planning on a spring break trip, it’s not too early to start planning. In fact, if you want to secure enough space for the whole family at these premium resorts, you ought to book early. With a limited window of time and high demand, these family friendly places will fill up faster than you think.

St. Lucia

Water sports are a hit at Anse Chastanet on the island’s west coast. The snorkeling and SCUBA diving are excellent, and easy to use kayaks are complimentary in the water sports center. For more experienced kayakers, prijon kayaks with rudders and carbon fiber paddles are also available. In the shadow of the pitons, Sugar Beach is a great base for hikers, and two kids clubs ensure no matter their age, your kids will have a great time. The sugar club is for 4- to 12-year-olds, while the spice club caters to tweens and teens. There’s even babysitting for babies and toddlers.

Antigua

With two beaches, there’s one dedicated to activity and one for quiet solitude at Curtain Bluff. Bay Beach is buzzing, with a cafe and bar, and a barbecue every Wednesday afternoon. At the back of the beach, there’s a pool, basketball court, bocce ball and shuffleboard. Surf Beach features hammocks and little else, so parents can escape while the kids play. There’s a shaded sandbox and jungle gym for little kids and a game room full of movies, video games and board games.

Turks & Caicos

With a water park, 10 pools and pristine Grace Bay Beach, you can spend all day in the water and never run out of things to do at Beaches. There is plenty else to do, though, with beach volleyball, tennis, table tennis, croquet and basketball available, just to name a few. There are Sesame Street characters, a club for teens and entertainment all day and night. Kids of all ages can take a break from all that sun in the XBox lounge. The resort is all-inclusive, and no one will go hungry with more than 20 eateries to choose from.

The Bahamas

Atlantis is a mecca of family fun, and there is literally something for everyone. There are many options for accommodations, with villas and penthouses to pack the whole family in. There’s an adults only pool for guests of the adults only Cove if part of the family wants some alone time. There’s Dolphin Cay. There’s a water slide through a shark tank. There’s even a kids concierge. Once the kids are off to bed, there’s a casino and sports book. There’s a restaurant for every taste. Simply put, Atlantis is a one-stop vacation paradise. Fitting that it’s on Paradise Island.

Nevis

It’s a relatively quiet island as far as the Caribbean goes, playing little sister to St. Kitts. But the Four Seasons Resort Nevis makes the island a perfect destination for families. The Sea Turtle Conservancy offers educational activities as part of the Kids For All Seasons program for children ages 3-9. Sand castle molds makes it easy to have a friendly competition to see who can build the most regal castle, with a gelato bike making the rounds to make sure everyone has all the fuel they need.

New Rules for Cuba Travel


As you may have heard, the U.S. government issued new restrictions on travel to Cuba last week. They were effective immediately, with educational and recreational (“people to people”) itineraries no longer allowed. Cruise ships, recreational vessels and non-commercial aircraft originating from the U.S. may not go to Cuba.

If you are booked on a cruise that included Cuba in the itinerary, contact your travel advisor for details. Virtuoso-preferred cruise lines are initiating policies to make it up to guests who were looking forward to visiting the island. Land tours and flights booked through June 4 may be grandfathered in, but it best to confirm with your travel advisor, tour operator or airline.

So, is it still possible for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba under the new policy? The answer is yes, for religious travel, meeting and support for the Cuban people programs. You will need to travel with a licensed tour operator that has permits for these types of itineraries.

More than ever, it’s important to work with a trusted travel advisor who stays on top of the latest updates and knows which tour operators are still taking groups to Cuba. Even with the new restrictions, you can still go to Cuba. Contact Stefany at info@dmctraveltailor.com or (917) 653-9346 for assistance planning your trip safely and legally.

Villa and Apartment Rentals

Taking the whole family on a beach vacation this summer? Want an apartment in the big city for a long weekend? Why, you’ll need to book an Airbnb rental for that, right? Sure, if you want to run the risk of being secretly filmed by your host, as a woman in China discovered this month. Or if you’re OK with the possibility that your host might cancel your booking at the last minute for no reason or because of your race, as occurred with a Big Bear, Calif., rental. Or if you don’t mind that the place you’re renting might not have the proper insurance, safety measures or even be legally available for short-term rentals.

Or, you could utilize the vast resources of the Virtuoso network and stay at a place that has been properly vetted, offers services such as housekeeping and lets you enjoy your experience instead of worrying about what’s actually waiting for you when you arrive and potentially dealing with issues that turn your vacation into a big hassle.

Virtuoso-preferred partners offer a vast array of accommodations around the world. In addition to many Virtuoso-preferred hotels having private villas and apartments, there are several companies who specialize in just this sort of thing.

Villas of Distinction features properties all throughout the Caribbean, in several European countries, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida and so much more. You can filter the number of bedrooms you need, the type of experience and level of service you’re looking for, and special features such as beachfront or fully staffed until you’ve found the villa that is perfect for you and your crew.

Abercrombie & Kent doesn’t just do great tours, from magnificently crafted group and family journeys to completely customized private itineraries, the company also has alpine chalets and luxury villas from Andalucia to Umbria at the best addresses in Europe. So after you return from a day of breathtaking touring with your driver and guide, you can sit down to a gourmet meal prepared by a private chef. Sure beats rummaging through the fridge at an Airbnb.

It’s never too early to think about next ski season. You might need help finding a place that checks off all the items on your wish list. Ski-in/ski-out, hot tub, whatever the request, Alpine Adventures has the rental for you, from Vail to Verbier, Crested Butte to Courchevel and just about anywhere else skis and snowboards tear lines.

There are so many more choices, from the villa collections of Virtuoso-preferred wholesalers Travel Impressions and Classic Vacations to the beautiful villas along Lake Como available through the all-everything Italy specialists at IC Bellagio. Luxury retreats has 4,500 in 100 highly sought-after locations. Now aren’t you glad you don’t have to worry about an Airbnb host dropping by without
notice during your romantic dinner?