Feature: keeping active on the ocean


    In the travel industry, we’ve got one part of your wellness plan covered: the stress aspect.     Generally travel is a great way to unwind and keep stress at bay. So while that part of health is under control during vacation, often a couple of other aspects go out the window: food and exercise.           Obviously checking out a new country and culture or spending time on a cruise ship includes taking in the great food and so long as hitting the buffet several times a day doesn’t become a new lifestyle trend,…

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  It’s to be expected that as travel experts, our team at Walnut Grove Travel often gets asked for input on the best places in the world to visit. We love that question because one of the benefits of working in the industry is that we get to see these places, first-hand and help you determine the right vacation.     The right vacation is different things to different people at different times. After all, a honeymoon is certainly going to be different from a family getaway, but many destinations can achieve it all with their diverse range of accommodations…

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close up of coconut at gourmet all inclusive resort beach


EXPERIENCING A GOURMET ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT   With so many resorts to choose from in Mexico, how do you know if you have chosen the right one for yourself? That’s where Walnut Grove Travel comes in!   We are always learning about the resorts and we are lucky enough to be able to experience them ourselves.   Recently, I traveled to the Mayan Riviera and had the privilege of staying at the 5 Star El Dorado Royale – a Gourmet Inclusive Resort.       Gourmet-Inclusive? What does this mean? Buffets were all the rage when all-inclusives first came about, but…

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          We all know someone who has fallen in love with travelling and these jet setters open up a whole new world of gift buying opportunities! To help inspire you, we thought we’d throw together our top picks, along with our friends from Walnut Grove Travel! And don’t worry, there’s an item here to fit every budget!               London Crossbody Charm Bag This cross body bag is chic and adorable! Perfect size for an iPad, phone and day excursion essentials, PLUS, customize this bag with charms to make it your…

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    A WHITE CHRISTMAS does not have to be snowy!     Over the years, I have skipped the Canadian Christmas scene and opted for white sand and warm sun. Of course, there are pros and cons to this decision, mostly based on family traditions and commitments. I find pros outweigh cons, especially in Mexico! They have really found a way to bring the feeling of Christmas and all the festivities to the resort, and to the guests.             When you enter the lobby, there is a beautiful Christmas tree, ornaments and tinsel galore,…

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          On occasion, I get asked if my job is not becoming redundant. I say 38 years and still going strong! With the myriad of options available on the internet, it can sometimes be more confusing than helpful, making the expertise of an experienced agent invaluable.             So what do we do that makes your travel experience so much better?     1.) We are constantly involved in educational seminars.   2.) We attend destination experiences and can recommend hotels and cruises and tours that we know will fit the needs…

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            If you know anything about cruising, you probably have heard of ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES. They are undoubtley the leaders in ship innovation and have taken cruising to a whole new level.             Recently, I attended a Royal Caribbean workshop and learned about the OASIS OF THE SEAS and it did not disappoint.     This ship was one of the first designs by RCCL to incorporate “neighbourhoods” throughout the ship. The OASIS has 7 neighbourhoods in total, Central Park, the Royal Promenade, pool and sports, the Boardwalk, Adventure…

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          In 2015 my girlfriend and I travelled to the Mayan Riviera and had a chance to stay at the newly renovated RIU Yucatan. Situated 3 km from the city of Playa Del Carmen, this resort is ideally situated near town and on a beautiful stretch of white sand beaches and turquoise waters.                 The hotel runs on an all-inclusive system that lets guests enjoy unlimited drinks, food and activities. The resort boast 2 large fresh water swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzis, a solarium terrace, a gym and of course…

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            My first cruise was also my first trip to Alaska, and the year was 1983! At that time there were of course fewer ships plying the waters of the inside passage. Since then, a lot has changed!               Of course one of the benefits of leaving Vancouver is a quick drive downtown and away you go! The journey never disappoints offering breathtaking scenery and the opportunity to see whales, eagles, bears, and other amazing wildlife along the way     And watching and hearing a glacier calve is…

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      If you haven’t heard of them, Contiki Holidays are youth travel experts serving 18-35 year olds. Since their first tour in 1962, with just one tour and one bus, fast forward to 2016 they now operate over 300 tours on 6 continents worldwide!     I was offered the opportunity to experience a Contiki tour in May of 2016, so I packed my bags and headed to Paris to what I thought would be an ordinary guided tour. I was wrong.           Upon arriving in Paris, I decided to take the Metro to…

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