GA!: Out of all the places you have ever been-what is your favorite all time trip?
Rebecca: This is a hard question to answer. I’ve been so lucky to travel around the world over the last 21 years since I’ve owned Creative Travel. I would have to say my favorite destinations are Switzerland, New Zealand and Panama. But there are still so many places to explore. My husband, Tony, and I have set a goal to one day take a year off and travel around the world.
GA!: Rebecca, why should we call Creative Travel, instead of booking travel online?
Rebecca: Well first, you probably already have a full-time job! At Creative Travel, we know the destinations and how to find the best values. Everyone thinks they will save if they book online but that is not true. The prices on the internet are not better than what you can get from your local travel agency. Most importantly when you book with Creative Travel, if there is a problem with your vacation you have someone close by, on your side to help resolve any issues. Travel is an adventure, after all.
GA!: What kind of getaways are the most popular and what do you sell at Creative Travel?
Rebecca: Our most popular vacations are cruises, all-inclusive packages to the Caribbean, Disneyworld, Las Vegas and Europe. We offer brides and grooms expert assistance with honeymoons and destination weddings. And, because we are a full-service travel agency we have many clients that call us just for airline tickets. Our corporate and missionary travel accounts for a great deal of our business.
GA!: What are some of the best deals right now to help beat the winter blahs?
Rebecca: Cruising is by far one of the best deals. One low price includes your accommodations, transportation, shipboard food, entertainment, port charges and taxes. It’s just so easy. And the best part is that you unpack once, but you visit many different destinations during the cruise. Sometimes our cruises are as low as $70 per person per day.
Another great value is all-inclusive resorts. These packages may include roundtrip air, airport transfers, accommodations, non-motorized watersports, nightly entertainment and best of all – a great variety of unlimited food and beverages. A four night package to Jamaica or the Dominican Republic starts around $800+.
GA!: I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. How can I save money?
Rebecca: We are lucky to have many great cruise ships right in our “backyard”. No need to buy a plane ticket to Florida. You can sail to the Bahamas from Charleston or Jacksonville starting at just $429 for 5 nights. Or drive to Port Canaveral– just eight hours away – for two of the best new ships to the Caribbean, starting at just $549 for a 7-night cruise. Booking your cruise at least five months in advance will get you the best prices.
GA!: What if I want to do something different or a little exotic–any ideas/deals?
Rebecca: River cruising is becoming extremely popular. For an exotic vacation I would recommend a land/river cruise vacation to Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River. How amazing to visit Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and more.
Or if that’s a little too exotic, you can enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with European river cruises along the Rhine,
the Main, the Danube and the Seine. See the tulips and windmills throughout Holland. Explore Austria and Germany, or all the way in to Eastern Europe to Hungary and Slovakia. Right now, our clients can take advantage of the 2 for 1 pricing currently offered.
GA!: I’ve never done an escorted tour-tell me about that…
Rebecca: An escorted tour is like traveling with a good friend who really knows the treasures of the area and shows you the destination like an insider. You get the benefit of paying just one price for all your accommodations, transportation, sightseeing and many meals. The tour directors are outstanding and really make the difference between a good vacation and a great vacation. A nine-night Italian Discovery vacation to Venice, Florence, Rome and more starts at just $2235 plus air.
By David Hamrick
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