Great deal for Christmas Vacation 2019!

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Looking for a DEAL for a Great Beach Resort during the Christmas Holiday?




If you want to make your 2019 Christmas Vacation unforgettable this year – and you are interested in a great beach resort….

If you are ok leaving from O’Hare in Chicago….(for best pricing)


If you have some flexibility “just in case” (see more on that below) then the value is outstanding!

Check out what the view from the beach will look like….


..and the spa!



Why “just in case”?

Well, it’s slated to open in early December 2019 but sometimes delays happen….and if so then you could potentially be redirected to another great resort in the area instead (but there’s more to explain and it’s not bad news…) .

It’s kind of a secret…and there’s a lot more to explain, but if something like $1990 per person incl flights for a week at a fantastic 5 Star All-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya during the holidays sounds appealing then let me know asap at this link with possible dates of travel and I can elaborate on details!

Of course anytime you want to talk about other vacations ideas you can always trust “Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad for the best advice – and best price!

Great deal on Paris to Zurich River Cruise + $499 for flights this Summer/Fall

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You’re Considering a European River Cruise Aren’t You?

It’s ok – a European River Cruise is an amazing experience that, having experienced, I can attest – it’s unforgettable!

There are many choices (there are many rivers in Europe) but here is one that caught my attention – starting off in Paris, visiting 4 countries with 10 included tours and much more included (like food, beverages, etc)

Check out this brief video for a quick overview of a few of the highlights

But there’s much more to learn-

For Expert Help and the advice you need turn to

“Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad

Virgin Goes For Resort Feel On the Sea

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Think Adults-Only Resort + Cruise to Havana (and more)

Virgin Cruise Ships will debut as Virgin Voyages set sail in 2020

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Empire + Cruise + Adults-Only

One of the most exciting developments in leisure travel in recent years is the unveiling of the new Virgin Voyages brand which will set sail in the summer of 2020 with 4 Night Sailings & 5 Night Sailings to Bahamas + Havana  or Bahamas + Mexico or Bahamas + Dominican Republic (plus more to come)

What’s exciting about it?

Well, to name just a few things, the vibe, the commitment to “Green”, the inventive cuisine, the 1st Tattoo parlor at sea – and much more

The overall feel is proclaimed ‘Rebellious Luxe”

Make no mistake- it’s gonna be a party – and it’s virtually all-inclusive (except for alcoholic beverages) so bring your game and your dark sunglasses to hide the dark circles because you are over-nighting in Havana and that can make it a LATE night! (other itineraries do exist if Cuba isn’t your top pick)

 Want to see what it looks like on board?

Been On A Cruise Before? – This One Is Different…Here’s How

No Gratuities – They Are Included!

No Buffets – 20+ Innovative Dining Options!!

No Disconnecting – Free WIFI – They WANT you on Social Media!

Group Fitness Classes Included so Get Your Spin On for Free!

Lots of other ways that extra charges are NOT the style on this ship…its cruising the way it should be – care free and inclusive!

But there’s much more to learn-

For Expert Help and the advice you need turn to

“Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad

Another Year, Another Great Opportunity and Recognition

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It is with great pride that I announce –


As a recognized leader in the romance vacation market, I’ve been asked to be a part of the exclusive 2019 Romance Travel Forum!

I was personally chosen out of hundreds of travel sellers from across the US and Canada to be among this select group of top professionals!

With my destination wedding and honeymoon clients in mind, I’ll be experiencing first-hand all that Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit has to offer, including attractions and visits to the most sought-after hotel properties!

Plus, I’ll have the chance to meet with top providers on a global level representing the most romantic destinations, hotels, packaged vacations and so much more! Just 1 more reason why EZTravelPad should be your pick to help make your romantic vacation dreams a reality!

Paris in the Spring – THIS Spring!

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That’s right – EZTravelPad is going to Paris in April 2019 – Care to join us?

Scott & Michelle are going to Paris, Amsterdam & even a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges, Belgium

Highlights include-

  • Non-stop flights Round trip from Indy to Paris
  • Train (round trip) from Paris to Amsterdam
  • 3 Nights hotel in Amsterdam
  • 2 Guided tours while in Amsterdam
  • 5 more nights at city center hotel near Arc de Triumph & Eiffel Tower
  • 6 Tours (both guided and independent) in Paris
  • Day trip to Bruges with  Guided Culinary Tour

All this for just over $1850pp!!

Can’t get away for the whole 10 days but want to join us in Paris for a few days?

No problem, great rates are available!

Want to strip out the tours and just go shopping, or skip Amsterdam & just stay in Paris? – no problem, the itinerary is completely customizable!

See a complete suggested itinerary at this link

Contact us for more info and availability

Help Navigating TSA

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Recently I received an email from one of our travel partners (International Holidays) with some good travel tips that I wanted to share-

In today’s world of strict security mixed with the on the go traveler, navigating airport TSA checkpoints can be a bit cumbersome and test anyone’s patience.

We’ve outlined a few steps you and your clients can use on the go.

  • Make sure you have what you need before you go through any TSA line. You don’t want to find yourself having to circle back for a forgotten necessity. Transversely, don’t bring anything you shouldn’t. Having to forfeit your favorite pair of scissors isn’t a fun way to start a vacation. 
  • Be comfortable, we no longer live in the era of wearing a 3-piece-suit when we travel. Know that you may need to remove your shoes or belt.
  • Make sure those shoes don’t lace up to your knees or require a small fortress to pull them off. Wear comfortable shoes that are easily removed and put back on.
  • Leave the jewelry at home; avoid removing and misplacing your favorite accessories.
  • Pack a snack! Airport food prices can be exorbitant. While there are many liquid restrictions (3.4oz) on what you may bring through the TSA, solid foods are allowed. A long line can be a bit more digestible when accompanied by a delicious and affordable snack. Don’t wait until you’re stuck in line and hear your stomach growling.
  • Airport lines are about as predictable as the weather. You’ll want to arrive early. Check your airport’s website for any recommended arrival times. Any seasoned traveler will tell you, “The TSA does not care if you miss your flight”. Nor will they typically go out of their way to make sure you get to your flight on time. With that fact in mind, don’t take a gamble showing up at the last minute. You could easily find yourself stressed beyond belief.
  • Get a rejuvenated start by electing to kick off your vacation at a comfortable Airport Hotel that includes complimentary shuttle service & free parking (we can help with options)!
  • Be sure to fully charge your mobile devices. Leaving electronics off until necessary will help preserve the battery. Investing in a small battery bank can allow you to re-charge your own device if everyone seems to be hogging charging station ports. Battery banks can come in useful when traveling with children who could use some ever needed entertainment.
  • “Smart luggage” can sometimes be dumb luggage. Beware of battery banks that are built into luggage as these are often unacceptable as carry-ons or checked luggage. You don’t want to find yourself buying alternative luggage at those ever so pricey airport boutiques. 
  • While not currently available due to the government shutdown, Global Entry and TSA Pre-check are both pay for services that allow for expedited airport travel. TSA Pre-check provides expedited security screening benefits for flights departing from U.S. Airports. Global Entry provides the TSA Pre-check benefit plus expedited US customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States. TSA Pre-check costs $85 and Global Entry costs $100 for a five year membership. Travelers interested in Global Entry must apply through the Trusted Traveler Program website.

These tips can help make airport travel more affordable and enjoyable.

Safe travels!

**Thank to International Holidays for sharing these tips!

FYI – International Holidays is a fantastic partner that we use regularly for pre-flight hotels which include parking your vehicle for up to 2 weeks & comp airport shuttles and they offer these at terrific prices so get with us for options on your next pre-flight hotel stay!

EZTravelPad Could Use Your Help – Reviews!

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Please Take a Minute to Help us Help Others

You know how important reviews are these days, and we could really use your help with a review on one of the Wedding related websites (The Knot, WeddingWire, Perfect Wedding Guide) or others…read on.

If you had a great Honeymoon or Destination Wedding (or other terrific vacation experience) with EZTravelPad and had meant to leave a review but got busy – or if you tried to earlier this year but found the link not working please take a minute now to leave us that review you had meant to.

We recently discovered that we had some bad links in our follow-up email that we send when guests return from their Honeymoon or Destination Wedding. We’re not sure what happened there, or how long it went on, but we recently noticed that reviews were not coming in like they normally do so I did some digging and found there were bad links embedded in that email so here are the revised links that should now be working-

The Knot


Indy’s Perfect Wedding Guide




If you are registered on either The Knot or WeddingWire then those reviews are of most importance to keep our multi-year string of “Best of” and “Couples Choice” record going…..but if not then reviews on Indy’s Perfect Wedding Guide, Google, Yelp & Facebook are really helpful as well so please do take a minute to help

You know how much people rely on reviews!

Thanks in advance

Destination Wedding Dreaming….

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Find out all you need to know about Sandals & Beaches Resorts Destination Weddings during this Aisle to Isle Virtual party


Are you envisioning a “feet in the sand” wedding experience?

or maybe a beautiful garden gazebo overlooking the tranquil Caribbean?

For either just you and your loved one – with a few family members – or a huge group of friends down for the party?

In any case Sandals and Beaches Resorts are one of the Caribbean’s best choices and a terrific value all considered.

Did you know they offer a FREE wedding?

Find out all you need to know about the Caribbean’s best at this webinar style Virtual Party

Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00pm EST
Saturday, September 22nd at 2:00pm EST

Just click this link to get started then let them know you were invited by-

Scott Jones



[email protected]

Check it out – it may be the start of the most memorable experience of your life!

EZTravelPad’s Annual Photo Contest is ON Now!

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Be a Winner!

It’s time for our 5th Annual EZTravelPad Photo Contest and you can win one of several prizes to be given away!


Based on participation we will be giving away some Starbucks gift cards and other swag for runners up, but the best 2 photos overall (see rules below) will win one of 2 Grand Prizes….each is a $50 Amazon Gift Card


We are looking for photos of your – 
  • Honeymoon
  • Destination Wedding (or a Destination Wedding that you attended)
  • Family Vacation
  • Friends Getaway
or any other great EZTravelPad vacation experience – like these past submissions…
Rules are simple – and there are 2 Ways to Enter & Win- (and yes, 2 Grand Prize Winners)


Speed matters-


Method #1- 
Open to EZTravelPad clients traveling during the period from August 1, 2017 to August 30, 2018


Simply email your photo(s) to EZTravelPad with the subject “Photo Contest 2018”
Quality matters- Make sure they are good ones – interesting – something you are proud of. We don’t need 50, just a couple of the best will do – photos with YOU, not just scenery or landscapes (although if you have a simply amazing photo of an iconic destination it will be considered this year)Cut-off for submission is September 30th, 2018 so just a few weeks to get in on the action. Beginning on October 1st the EZTravelPad team will review submissions and pick the 10 best to submit to our professional photographer team for final decision on the 1st Grand Prize WinnerNOTE- By sending in your photos you agree that it is ok for EZTravelPad to use your photo(s) on our website and/or post to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and also use your first names (no last names will be posted)
Email photos to [email protected] with the following info

  • Who is pictured in the photo (main characters at least)
  • Where photo was taken
  • What sort of fun was taking place at the time


Method #2 –

Open to ALL clients who have ever traveled with EZTravelPad, but the photo needs to have been taken during an EZTravelpad booked trip


  • “Like” EZTravelPad on Facebook (if you haven’t already you should) and then
  • Post your photo(s) to the EZTravelPad timeline and then
  • Tell all of your friends to “Like” the page and “Like” YOUR photo(s) (plus write a brief comment about what they like about the photo(s))….
Most “Likes” by September 30, 2018 wins the 2nd Grand Prize
Simple as that, we look forward to seeing your submissions-
Thanks in advance and
Best of Luck!!

Krka National Park in Croatia – simply gorgeous

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Croatia is a HOT Destination in Europe

Well, it’s warm in the summer and cool in the winter – but as far as popular destinations are concerned Croatia is HOT!

Why? Well there are many reasons –

  • Croatia is one of several destinations made more popular by the HBO series Game of Thrones
  • Croatia offers a terrific array of  medieval cities
  • Croatia offers some amazing small ship cruises (mostly from cruiselines you have never heard of)
  • Croatia offers some of the most spectacular natural beauty to be found


Krka National Park is a popular place for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of pristine waterfalls and more. On a recent cruise vacation we enjoyed a stop in the port city of Zadar (famous for it’s Sea Organ – a very unique piece of musical art). The Krka National Park was an offered excursion from Celebrity cruises so we checked it out and here’s what we found….


a beautiful forest populated by dozens of cascading waterfalls (too many and too vast to experience them all)


The hike was too short,..but it was beautiful


with some swimming possible…


in the waters just past the most beautiful of the falls in this area



Whether spending some time in port or staying in a hotel or nearby resort, the city of Zadar is a good place to spend some time shopping or dining. Actually I could not believe how affordable it was to purchase some great pastries!

There are some cool tours that allow you to experience the city by foot, bike, segway, kayak or e-scooter – or do something really exhilarating like going skydiving!

Yes…Croatia is beautiful with several national parks and other places of outstanding beauty, but there is so much more. Whether it’s an excursion while cruising on a mass market cruise ship, or a small ship cruise with several stops along the long Croatian coastline, or a fully independent yet structured tour incorporating several stops such as Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik & other parts of the interior of the country you can count on “Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad for sound advice and the ability to leverage our relationships to make sure that you have the best possible experience!