Mar 24, 2017

The Top Summer Vacation Destinations of 2017



With summer just around the corner, it’s a good time to start planning for your summer vacation. While sun-drenched destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean are great to visit during cold winter months, the summer offers a unique opportunity to go on an adventure you’ve never been on before or visit somewhere you wouldn’t have thought to go. Read on to learn about the top summer spots.

There's a lot more to Sin City than just gambling!

Las Vegas
During glorious pool season, why not head off to Sin City? No need to be a gambler--there’s tons to do for everyone. Whether you’d like to be lounging by the pool, rolling the dice, or checking out dinner and a show, Las Vegas is a great destination for a weekend escape. One of the best things about Vegas aside from the plethora of activities available is how easy it is to get to and the fact that there’s always something going on whether it’s a Monday night or a Friday. Our Weddings by Escapes Wedding Specialist, Susan, recently visited this vivacious destination. Check out the delectable tour that she did

If you’d like to go for a while longer than a weekend, why not book a stay at the Cosmopolitan, where you can pay for three nights and stay a fourth night for free? This vibrant hotel is at the heart of the bustling Vegas strip, so you’re guaranteed not to miss any of the action.

If food is your thing, book with a friend at the glamorous Wynn or the Encore, where the two of you will get a complimentary daily breakfast! Both hotels are known for their elegance and amenities like an 18 hole golf course and luxury nightclub.Also offering complimentary daily breakfast for two: check out The Venetian and The Palazzo.

If you have more than a few nights to spare, there is no better summer vacation destination than Europe. Whether it’s eating sumptuous cheeses while gazing at the Eiffel Tower, or cycling through the streets of Amsterdam, Europe has a city and an activity for everybody.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, try one of our amazing excursions offered by our Journeys by Escapes team. Our team of specialists is dedicated to helping you find a unique and exciting vacation tailored to your desires. More than a holiday, the trip is sure to be an experience of a lifetime.

Right now you can enjoy a lavish river cruise, leaving from a variety of European destinations and ranging from 8 to 22 days long. Revel in the gorgeous scenery of the banks of the Danube, or take in the stunning architecture of Brussels. Whether your dream is to sail from Lucerne to London or Prague to Paris, you’re sure to have an amazing time.

Journeys by Escapes currently has a variety of luxury adventures to choose from. We've got a lot of exciting things up our sleeve for this new department, so stay tuned For more information or to book, please speak to one of our Luxury Travel Specialists at 1-855-685-6885 or email us at



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Mar 22, 2017

Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

With tons of gorgeous tropical destinations to choose from, it's hard not to want your wedding day to be on a sunny beach somewhere in paradise.

As beautiful as the pictures are and how tempting it is to think beach weddings are a breeze, there is some necessary planning that needs to go into your day on the sand. Here are some tips for successfully planning the perfect beach wedding. We’ve got you covered!

Looking to host a beach wedding? Here are a few tips to make your planning easier.

Have a backup plan.
Even if you’re getting married in a sun-drenched tropical paradise, things do happen and sometimes--however rare--the weather can change. Have a contingency plan in place so that if it is too windy or starts to rain, you aren't left out in the cold. Most resorts will have a space set up that you can use, but it’s a good idea to go over this with them beforehand.

Use local vendors if you can.
As tempting as it may be to source your décor from a vendor you already know and trust back home, this can have disastrous consequences. Imagine if there is a holdup in customs and your items don’t arrive until AFTER your wedding day! Another disaster (and we’ve seen it happen before!) are  couples receiving their items on time, but damaged. When you have your wedding at a beach resort, they should have a variety of customizable décor options you can choose from based on your budget and what type of look you are going for. Take advantage of this option!

Using local vendors is a great way to ensure that all of your decor elements come together in one piece.

Think about your outfit.
It’s important to consider what you’ll be wearing on your big day. Choosing a gown with a long train might work for an indoor church ceremony, but it’s not practical for the beach. Not only will it be difficult to get good pictures of, but it will also be harder for your groom to walk comfortably beside you. Not to mention all that sand getting caught in your dress! The same advice goes for footwear--pick something light and comfortable, like wedges or espadrilles, that you can use on the sand with confidence. Some brides even choose to wear flip-flops or go barefoot, depending on your taste.

Another component to think about is the veil. We recommend nixing the veil if you want a beach wedding, because with any wind that spells a potential disaster. There's nothing worse than having a gauzy length of fabric whipping around your face and ruining precious photo opportunities!

Prepare for your guests.
Make sure your guests are clearly informed that this is a beach wedding. It may also be useful to let them know that your dress code is more casual. Ladies and gents at your wedding can still dress nicely, but full length dresses and hot wool suits are not exactly beach-appropriate. Ladies can still wear nice dresses but in lighter fabrics, and men can still look good in suits made of lightweight material such as linen.

Another option that has recently gained popularity is setting up a “shoe valet,” a booth or stand on the beach where your guests can leave their shoes in exchange for flip-flops, complete with towels or brushes to brush their feet off afterwards. If you're going this route, why not also have some pashminas or colored scarves in colors that match your theme for the women to wear if it gets a little chilly?

Ensure your guests know the proper attire to prepare them for the beach.

Know the beach.
Knowing the beach is one of the most important aspects of your beach wedding, and there are several components to this. First, know the look and layout of the beach so you can plan accordingly--where do you want the ceremony? What time of day will you be having your wedding--make sure the guests (as well as you and your spouse) aren't looking directly into the sun the whole time!

As well, know the particular look of the beach when it comes to décor. Going over the top with decorations at a beach wedding can sometimes result in it looking gaudy. Instead, focus on adding pops of colour that will contrast and complement the sand and the surf. Brilliant turquoise and warm coral are two colour combinations that look good against white sand. Finally, are you having your ceremony at a public or private beach? It’s important to check with the local government about beach rules and regulations so that you obtain any necessary permits for having your ceremony on the beach.

Regardless of your wedding style, it will be absolutely perfect!

It’s usually a lot easier and a lot nicer to have your ceremony at a private beach, like on a resort. Having the ceremony on a private beach ensures that you are legally able to have it there, that there are not a lot of other people on the beach (if any) and that you have a gorgeous beach area for setting down your decorations and other items.

Regardless of what style of wedding you’d like, or where you want the beach to be, Weddings by Escapes has a wide array of gorgeous beaches, spectacular sunsets, and white sand waiting for you.

Speak to one of our experienced Destination Wedding Specialists at 1-866-685-6008 or email us at for more information.

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Mar 17, 2017

Spring Break Travelling Hacks

The anticipation of travelling to far warmer and sunnier landscapes is exciting. However, making your way to the actual destination can be a little stressful, especially when unforeseen circumstances happen.

If you’re travelling during Spring Break, check out these great travel hacks to help you get to your sun destination stress-free!

Here are some tips to make your Spring Break travel plans a breeze!


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