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Cancun Fun in the Sun

The summer started off with some fun (and business) in the sun for me! I had the pleasure of hosting two large groups at the El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya & The Hyatt Zilara in Cancun. One group was an awards recognition for top customers of Lincoln Winnelson Company and the other was an annual fun and friendship group.


I joined the Lincoln Winnelson Company for an amazing group dinner at the Santa Fe Grill located in El Dorado Royale & Casitas.  What a fantastic group! The resort's award winning Gourmet Inclusive dining options, beachfront views, swim up suites & tropical ambiance was the topic of the evening. The group sailed on a catamaran from the white sands of Maroma Beach and enjoyed snorkeling in the crystal clear Caribbean. Many enjoyed diving adventures and other excursions in the Riviera Maya.


My next stop was the Hyatt Zilara Cancun to join the VooDoo Krewe for their 15th year of traveling together to celebrate fun and friends. This group knows how to party and have fun for 7 days! One of the highlights was the pool "Foam Party" at the resort. We enjoyed a catamaran sailing to Isla Mujeres, rented golf carts & explored the island (and yes, we rode the city bus to the pier and back to the resort). Several booked excursions to the Tulum Ruins, Maroma Beach for a snorkeling tour, shopping at the straw market and clubbing until 4AM.

Cancun and the Riviera Maya did a wonderful job again of providing sun and fun (and even a business celebration) for those who enjoy luxury travel in the Caribbean.

Life is Still Life… Even in Paradise

I have received some questions recently asking me if I believe it is safe to travel to the resort areas in Mexico. When trouble happens near a beautiful resort town (especially when it is in Mexico), it oftentimes grabs the headlines for days or months. It gets people's attention... and creates questions of safety. The…
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Karisma Hotels 10th Annual Awards Gala

    Karisma Hotels held their 10th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants Awards Gala Dec 6-9, 2017 at the beautiful El Dorado Royale. The 3 day event brings together top travel consultants that understand the luxury these amazing gourmet inclusive resorts located in Mexico and the Caribbean provide for our mutual clients. We collaborate ideas &…
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Do you need to Change your Last Name on your Passport after you are married?

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Do you need to change your last name on your passport after you are married? The wedding festivities are over and you are now married. Congrats! Time to relax and take some time off from the planning. Time passes and you never changed your passport last name, because frankly it's a big hassle!

Ladies~I've listed a few must know passport key points to avoid being denied boarding by the airline for your international trip.

  1. When traveling internationally the name on your airline ticket must match your passport. If that is your maiden name or 2nd or 3rd married name, then be sure to use that name for an international airline ticket.
  2. You may continue to travel internationally under the name listed on your passport as long as the passport is unexpired and valid for 6+ months following your return date on your airline ticket. Some countries require validity for 12 months, so it is always good to double check each countries requirements.
  3. If you have multiple last names, you need to use the names as listed on your passport for international travel.
  4. Nicknames and abbreviations are not legal names.
  5. The airline or TSA will not ask for a copy of your marriage license. They have no idea that you are married or remarried, nor will they ask.
  6. Your passport and drivers license do not need to match. When traveling internationally, the airline or TSA will not ask for your drivers license, it is not a valid form of ID for international travel.
  7. Your passport and social security name do not need to match. An airline or TSA will never ask for your social security card.
  8. You may continue to travel internationally under your maiden or previous married name.
  9. Airline & resort reservations for international travel need to be in your passport name.
  10. AND finally~~make sure that your husband knows you have not changed your name on your passport. He may be planning a surprise international trip for you and just assumes you have taken his last name!

Please refer to the US passport website for up to date information on passport name changes.

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