Belmond Royal Scotsman, Edinburgh

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If you haven’t yet spent an entire vacation aboard a moving hotel-train hybrid, you’re missing out. The Belmond Royal Scotsman is a once-in-a-lifetime intimate travel experience comprised of private cabins, a cool, lounge-like observation car, and a spa; the train accommodates just 40 passengers and makes great stops along the journey through the Highlands. You can design your own itinerary, choosing from excursions like the Strathisla Distillery in Keith, the Rothiemurchus Estate for some clay pigeon shooting, and of course, an opportunity to explore a giant castle or two in true Scottish fashion, plus much more. This beautifully designed time machine will sweep you off your feet, both figuratively and literally.

Where to Stay on Turks and Caicos? 

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If you’re planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos, you’re in for a treat. Unless you’re visiting on a cruise ship, you’ll most likely be staying on Providenciales (Provo), which is the chain’s most visited island. If you have visions of sugar white sand, dazzling turquoise water, and plenty of shade umbrellas, you’re going to LOVE Turks and Caicos. The good news is that Provo is home to quite a few magnificent beach resorts, hotels, villas, and vacation homes.

The bad news is it can be pretty overwhelming trying to sort through all the options and pick the best one for your trip. Turks and Caicos has also gotten a reputation for being super expensive and while it’s definitely not a cheap island, you can find a wide range of accommodation options to fit any taste and budget. To take some of the guess work out of it, here’s a guide to where to stay on Provo including which part of the island you’ll like best and my picks for the best places to stay.

Lay of the Land

Grace Bay: If you know anything about Provo, you’ve heard of Grace Bay. And for good reason. Grace Bay is the most beautiful beach in the Turks and Caicos and the bug of tourism on Provo. This stunning 12 mile beach on the north shore of Provo seems to be home to about 90% of the shopping, dining, and accommodation options on the island. It’s highly likely that this is where you’ll end up staying. It’s the only area of the island where you can easily walk to shops and restaurants from where you’re staying so it’s also possible to get away without renting a car if you’re staying here.

Leeward: This northeast portion of the island is largely residential so it’s much more quiet and low key than nearby Grace Bay but it has some perfectly lovely beaches.

Chalk Sound: Located on the southwest side of the island, Chalk Sound is a stunningly beautiful place to stay. In addition to Chalk Sound national park, Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay are also nearby and are some of the island’s best beaches. This area has the majority of the island’s rental villas but it’s also quite a ways away from all of the amenities of Grace Bay.

Long Bay: This is probably Provo’s second most famous beach and a great place to stay if you’re looking for a world-class beach with a little more quiet and seclusion than Grace Bay. It’s world known for kite boarding and this is also where Provo Ponies does their rides, but otherwise you won’t find any shops or restaurants in the area.

Where to Stay in Turks and Caicos

So now that you know the layout of the island and where everything is, here are some picks on where to stay:

All Inclusive Resorts

If an all-inclusive is your style, Provo has a couple of options. For families, Beaches takes the cake. It’s opulent and full of more fun than you can imagine. It’d be easy to spend a whole week here and never leave. Even though it feels a little dated, Club Med is still the go to spot on the island for singles searching for an all-inclusive experience.

Luxury Beach Resorts

If you’re looking for a little luxury, Turks and Caicos can’t be beat. The Gansevoort has a seriously swanky vibe that’s “Manhattan chic” meets the tropics. For something a little more “old world,” the Venetian offers everything you’d expect from a luxury beach resort with the option to book a 3 bedroom/3 bathroom “condo” for extra space. The Seven Stars Resort has a prime location right in the middle of Grace Bay with a huge pool area. The Tuscany gets the best reviews of any resort on Provo and is renowned for its friendly staff, gorgeous grounds, and uncrowded portion of beach. For a truly lavish experience, book a villa at the Amanyara Resort on the northwest point of the island. It will cost you but you’re unlikely to find its equal in the luxury department anywhere else.

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Racing across the U.S. to see as many sights as possible isn’t always the best thing to do with kids on a road trip. There is a lot to see in the state of Arizona. No matter if you are passing through or on a cross-country road trip  across the country a stop at the Grand Canyon is a must. Even if you only have  a morning to check it out.

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Start out your Grand Canyon adventure on the South Rim pull into the parking spot outside of Yavapai Lodge in the park. This will be your home for the night. 


El Tovar Hotel is the place to stay in the Grand Canyon. As one of the Fred Harvey Company hotels opened in 1905, it is still considered one of the top park lodges in the nation. You might get lucky enough to snag a room before it is booked up, but if not, you could have breakfast there. 

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The Grand Canyon Map provides details on attractions in the area, itineraries for half day, full day and two day visits. This Grand Canyon map is a valuable resource when visiting Grand Canyon South Rim.

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10 Reasons To Use A Travel Agent In 2017

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10 reasons why you should always use a professional travel agent—and this year more than ever.

1. Buying travel is a unique purchase, because you are buying both a product and a service. 

At Your Vacation Gurus we know how to sell both parts—the airline and resort and cruise line that best match your needs, and the service that will guarantee your vacation is seamless and stress-free.

2. We are trained to take a critical look at each piece in your trip puzzle.

We make sure each piece meets your specific needs, so you’re happy with every penny you spent.

3. We can make sense of the multitude of offers from cruise lines and airlines and hotels.  

This year we are offering more brands than ever before in history—on land, in the air and on the seas. Is Fathom the right cruise for you? Is Delta Light good enough? At Your Vacation Gurus we can decipher the subtle differences and choose the one that fits your requirements for this unique trip.

4. We can save you time and money.  

The time and money you spend with Your Vacation Gurus will be returned to you many times over in the form of perks, upgrades, convenience and great service


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5. We are your advocate.  

Whether you need an upgrade to an ocean view or a ticket out of harm’s way after an earthquake, Your Vacation Gurus  will be there for you, intervening with suppliers on your behalf.

6. We are your experts.  

Like a doctor or an accountant, a travel counselor will ask the right questions, listen to your answers, understand your pain, and offer expert advice to guide you in making one of your most important decisions—how to spend your invaluable time off. Because there are no do-overs for a vacation gone wrong.

7. Knowledge is power.  

From the visa and passport requirements to the name of the maître d’ at the best restaurant in town, Your Vacation Gurus has the inside information that makes your trip perfect. 

8. We have your back.  

When things go wrong, Your Vacation Gurus  professional knows whom to call to get it fixed on the spot. If your flight is canceled, just have a seat and pick up the phone while the rest of the passengers are lined up trying to rebook. Didn’t get the room category you booked? No need to argue with the front desk. One call will get it corrected.

9. We  are your personal shopper. 

Over time Your Vacation Gurus professionals  gets to know you and your family, your likes and dislikes. You are so much more than a sale to us-and we will provide the human connection that makes every transaction more pleasant and meaningful. 

10. We  can offer customized experiences that no one else can.  

After 30 years  Your Vacation Gurus professionals have the connections to arrange for the side trips, the special passes, the upgrades and little touches that are not available to the general public. Because in this wide and amazing and wonderful world, you just don’t know what you don’t know. So ask someone who does—ask your local travel agent!  

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How to Budget for Food on a Road Trip


When you’re planning a road trip, obvious expenses include gas, lodging and admission to paid attractions you intend to visit. Don’t be caught off-guard by the cost of food. The fact that you have to eat even when you aren’t on a road trip doesn’t mean the cost is the same. When you are on a trip, it’s much harder to whip up a quick, cheap stir-fry or bowl of pasta. Plan ahead and prepare a food budget so you aren’t left stranded and hungry.

Make a tentative schedule of where you plan to eat on your road trip. This does not need to include specific foods or restaurants, but should specify whether you intend to eat at a restaurant or scrounge up some road trip food. For example, you might write, “Tuesday: breakfast at a restaurant, sandwiches for lunch, trail mix for a snack, dinner at a restaurant. Wednesday: free breakfast at the hotel, assorted snacks for lunch, gas station hot dogs for dinner.”


Prepare an estimated cost for each item on your list. For example, if you’re content with diner food, estimate that a restaurant breakfast costs $10 per person. If you prefer the finer things in life, your estimate for a breakfast out might be $20 per person. A gas station hot dog and a soda could cost $5, while a dinner out could be anywhere from $10 to $50 or above depending on your desired dining habits.


Add extra money for snacks. When you’re on the road, it can be easy to go through bags of jerky, chips, trail mix and candy quickly.


Include money you expect to pay for drinks. If you crave caffeine, you may have to stop for soda or coffee several times a day and spend $2 or more each time. Expect to buy plenty of juice, water and other non-caffeinated beverages to help you stay hydrated. In the evenings, you may wish to have a bottle of beer or a glass of wine. Include all of this in your budget.


Add several extra meals’ worth of money to your food budget just in case. You may miss a hotel’s free breakfast if you sleep in, for example, or you may find that it consists of little more than green bananas and stale muffins. Alternatively, you may see a restaurant that’s slightly fancier than you had planned, but sounds too good to pass up. Having extra money for food gives you the flexibility to change your plans without worrying about whether you can afford to eat.

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Alcatraz Tour: Making this tour effortless.

With so much to do in the San Francisco we sometimes have a hard time picking what to do. Why? We want no regrets We don’t want to miss anything. How many times have vacationers come home from a vacation and said, man I wish we took that tour? Well don’t do that when visiting San Frisco. This is must do!!!