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February 2018

Beyond the Theme Parks: 5 Must-see Attractions for your Florida Vacation

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swim with the manatees in florida for your next vacation!
When it comes to planning your vacation, you want to make sure that you make time to experience all the must-see places along the way. But what if we told you there were a few hidden Floridian treasures that you didn’t even know about? This year, why not walk the road less traveled? At Beforeifly, we take pride in making sure our clients plan the best trip possible. Let our team of travel experts show you the different places you can visit on your next vacation to the Sunshine State.

  1. Dry Tortugas National Park
    Dry Tortugas National ParkWhy stay on the mainland when you can take a little boat ride down to an island paradise just 70 miles west of Key West? Dry Tortugas National Park is a gorgeous island surrounded by shallow waters filled to the brim with wildlife and wonders the likes of which you’ve never seen. Keep your eyes peeled… you might even see the infamous Windjammer Wreck, the remains of a ship built in 1875. 
  2. Scuba Dive in Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring
    Boat rides aren’t for you? Not a problem! How about a nice drive over to central Florida where you can explore another one of nature’s marvels known as the Devil’s Den? This underground spring is home to a myriad of wonders including the fossilized remains of animals that have been extinct since the Pleistocene Age. While it is known to be a hotspot for experienced scuba divers, it’s also accessible to novice snorkelers and the like as well. 
  3. Crystal River – Snorkel with Manatees
    Crystal River is a great place to relax by the translucent water, or even take a swim alongside the manatees. The majestic beasts migrate toward the river for its fabulously warm waters that rest at an incredibly comfortable 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Located in Western Florida, Crystal River is the Manatee Capital of the World! This hot spot is another must see for any would-be adventurer on their next family vacation.
    wild sea turtles in florida's coral reef state park 
  4. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Located in Key Largo, this underwater park is truly a sight to behold. Take in the sights via scuba, snorkel or even glass-bottomed boat! With intricate coral reefs and a spectacular 3-meter underwater statue of Jesus (weighing over 1,800 kilograms) called Christ of the Abyss, this park boasts an underwater “playground” you surely won’t want to miss. 
  5. Florida Caverns State Park
    Underwater adventures aren’t for you? Well, how about a visit to Florida Caverns State Park? The park even offers tours of their remarkable caves to the general public. This popular camping, swimming, fishing and picnic destination is a wonderful spot for the whole family.

Next time you want to fly to Florida, book your trip through Beforeifly. We are committed to helping you plan the absolute best vacation possible. Contact us, visit our travel centre or book your low cost travel to Florida online for your next family vacation!

5 Reasons to Organize a Group Vacation with your Friends

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There’s nothing better than getting together with your friends… well actually, there is: getting together with your friends and flying off to somewhere tropical to bask in sand and sunlight! While flying down for a week with your significant other can be fun, it’s always more exciting to go with a big group–and smarter too. Here at Beforeifly, we take pride in our ability to help our customers plan the most perfect, stress-free vacation possible. Let our team show you why you should consider planning a group all-inclusive vacation in Mexico.

Better Rates

When you plan an all-inclusive vacation at a resort, there are so many incentives available that encourage you to bring a large group. Group rates are often significantly cheaper than if you were to travel by yourself or with just one other person. Sometimes these group packages even include discounts on excursions and activities that you would otherwise have to pay and arm and a leg to enjoy.

Make it a Celebration

Aren’t you tired of having your school reunion in your old gymnasium every five years? Or going to a wedding at yet another hall? Well, why not use these milestones as an opportunity to take a trip down south? Between warm weather and cool waters drifting onto white sandy beaches, a seaside resort definitely has your hometown beat when it comes to making lasting memories. Not to mention, most all-inclusive destinations offer open bars, restaurants, live entertainment and nightclubs without even having to leave the resort!

Group Activities

Going as a group is great because it offers a number of different perspectives and ideas when it comes to getting together and participating in activities designed for tourists. Feel like taking in some of Mexico’s rich history and ancient culture? Suggest a guided tour of some of the Mayan ruins. If you’re feeling adventurous, how about cenote diving (cave diving) in the many waters the Maya Riviera has to offer?

Free time

Since you’re going with such a large group, you don’t have to feel bad about sitting one out and just relaxing with yourself for a while. Feel like taking a nap on the beach or getting a massage in the spa? The rest of the group will do just fine without you as you bask in all the resort-life has to offer.

You’ll Become Closer

There’s something about travel that brings people closer together. Experiencing other countries and cultures has a way of making you feel more in touch with yourself and the people you shared those memories with. These shared adventures will last you a lifetime.

Next time you plan on taking a trip, contact Beforeifly, your online travel concierge! You don’t have to worry about the details, because we take care of everything for you. Contact us today or visit us here for more information regarding our services.

Meet the Real Cuba: Venturing Off-Resort

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At some point this winter, maybe as you’re digging your car out of a snowbank, you’ll probably wonder how much it costs to fly to Cuba. Everyone needs an occasional escape from the daily grind, and flying to a warm beach and an all-inclusive resort, Cuban or otherwise, is a great way to recharge. The only dilemma with all-inclusive resorts is that they can start seeming pretty similar after you’ve been to enough of them.

If you really want a taste of a different life to get you out of your routine, we encourage you to leave the confines of the guarded and organized resort to explore the local surrounding communities. Often, the best way to truly get to know a destination is to converse with the locals, try some street food and explore the local shops and lifestyles off the beaten touristy path.

For anyone planning a trip that includes exploration beyond the resort, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you have fun while staying safe:

  • Before you board your flight to South or anywhere else out of the country, be sure you have access to multiple forms of payment. Not all credit cards are accepted everywhere so having a little cash in the locally accepted currency is always a good idea (though not enough on you at any one time to become a target for criminals).
  • Speak with your hotel staff before arranging any off-site transportation to ensure they are reputable companies. Sometimes criminals pose as taxi drivers.
  • The concierge can be your new best friend. He or she will most likely be from the area and will know the can’t-miss spots around town. Get ideas or directions to visit local street food vendors, restaurants, markets or museums.
  • Find out how tipping works in the country you visit. You don’t want to accidentally appear rude to the businesses you’re visiting. For instance, in Cuba, it is very common to tip nearly everyone you meet off-resort that offers you assistance. Stay informed so you don’t get swindled.
  • Don’t discuss personal information (like your room number, or too much about your identity) with strangers while off the resort.
  • Know the local emergency numbers. You never know when it might be useful.
  • Whenever alcohol is involved, be sure you’re in a safe location before letting your guard down and don’t accept opened drinks from strangers.
  • Book a walking tour in advance. Local tours are often less expensive and much more immersive than the ones offered through your resort. Once you make it to your off-resort destination, take part in a tour that is led by locals to learn some of the unique history. Ask questions and for tips about what to check out next.
  • If you have the time, taking a crash course in Spanish a few weeks before you fly out can be a great resource. There are also many great language apps to help with translations. Although you’ll be fine with English in any resort, outside of that environment English will probably be far less common and it shows you have put in the effort to learn about their culture.
  • Make some friends on the resort. If you’re travelling solo, find a group to explore with or let someone on the resort know you will be off adventuring is a best practise.
  • Avoid using ATMs unless in daylight, and in well-policed areas.
  • Be aware that not all countries have the same infrastructure as Canada. Bad roads, or sometimes no roads, are a real possibility so you should always be prepared and have comfortable shoes.
  • Keep an open mind. You never know where your travels may take you!

Of course, you’ll never be able to experience everything another country has to offer in a single trip (or even dozens of them). At Beforeifly, your online travel booking concierge, we encourage everyone to explore beyond their comfort zone! When you do go out to find an adventure, however, be sure to do it safely so you can focus on the fun. For more information or to learn more about the services we can offer to make your travel experience as easy as possible, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Top European Family-friendly Destinations

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Beforeifly: family photo outside the Roman ruins
Planning the perfect vacation is tough, especially when it comes to trying to please your entire family. With different tastes, hobbies and cultural interests, it’s difficult to decide on one place that will satisfy everyone. Here at Beforeifly, we have the insider knowledge on the ideal locations in Europe that are sure to pique everybody’s interests. Let our team of travel experts walk you through a number of different European destinations for your next family vacation.

Rome, Italy

There arte no if, ands or buts about it, Rome is absolutely gorgeous. It has everything you could want in a vacation destination.
They say all roads lead to Rome, and in the case of your family vacation, they definitely should. Not only is it rich in years of culture and history, but is also home to a myriad of authentic Italian dining options for you and the family to choose from. Some places you should be sure to check out include:

  • The Colosseum
  • The Vatican

Greek islands

Greece is home to a number of islands that are easily accessible by ferry. Many are in such close proximity to one another that you can visit most of them in the span of just a few days. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of your options:

  • Santorini
  • Crete
  • Rhodes
  • Naxos
  • Mykonos

London, England

London is a great family destination for your next vacation. Complete with parks, museums and tons of historical monuments, there’s something that will please every member of your family.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Unbeknownst to most, there’s far more to see in Amsterdam than just coffee shops and the Heineken Brewery.
This city is home to many museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, which is educational for family members of all ages.
Couple that with wonderful food and a fantastic theme park, and you have yourself a winning family vacation!

Paris, France

Looking to please the many age groups in your family? Paris is home to some of the most iconic architecture and museums in the world. The Eiffel tower? L’Arc de Triomphe? Not to mention the shopping and photo opportunities.
Paris is home to a number of gorgeous monuments for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re into art, visit the Louvre for an educational adventure for the whole family unlike any other.

Beforeifly is an innovative travel company offering some of the lowest airfare rates around. As your online travel concierge, we pride ourselves on offering worry-free travel, so that you can focus on creating lasting memories with your loved ones!

If you’re interested in booking an all-inclusive, group or family vacation, contact us to book today.

Bring The Whole Family: Dog-friendly Disney Resorts!

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Do you love travelling, but hate leaving behind your favourite, furry, four-legged friend? Well, you’re in luck! As of October 2017, some Disney resorts are now completely dog-friendly thanks to a new trial program at select Disney hotels. At Beforeifly, we take pride in our status as Authorized Disney Vacation Planners. Let us show you the different Walt Disney flight and hotel packages available. Our friendly staff will show you just how easy it can be to take your dog on vacation with you whether you are flying or road tripping across the border. Not only will we help with the planning and booking of your trip, but we’ll make sure that you have absolutely no problems getting your dog on the plane and across the border. Let’s go through exactly what this new program can offer you and your four-pawed pal.

Pluto’s Welcome Kit

Now, before you get too excited, note that this is a trial program that will be available at four Disney resorts (for the time being). These resorts will allow guests to bring two dogs per room. This is great news for dog lovers everywhere! In the past, people with pets have had a real bone to pick with Disney hotels. If you wanted to bring a dog along for your family vacation, there just wasn’t an option for you to board your pet. Back then, the closest your dog could get to all the fun was a Best Friends Pet Care boarding facility nearby. Before you get too excited though, know that Disney will be charging an extra fee for allowing your dog into the room.

Where will the trial take place?

This trial program will be taking place in four different resorts across Orlando:

  1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at US$50/night
  2. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort at US$50/night
  3. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at US$75/night
  4. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort at US$50/night

How does it work?

The way it works is simple. All guests will receive a Pluto’s Welcome Kit upon checking into the hotel. These include a number of dog treats and toys to entertain your pup throughout your vacation. Although there are no in-room services offered for your dog, Disney has a long-standing partnership with pet care centres close to their resort grounds that can take care of all day care and grooming needs for your furry pals. Bear in mind that all dogs must be well behaved and leashed in public areas on the resort.

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