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

Escape to Imperial Europe

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The more I experience Europe the more I want to go back…it gets under your skin…it lures you to return…it stays with you

A couple hours at Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the perfect way to unwind after a long flight

Imagine an 8 night itinerary beginning in Budapest for 2 nights, then 2 nights in Vienna, 2 nights in Prague, and finishing with 2 nights in Berlin

  • Transfers included
  • 8x Breakfast Included
  • 3x Dinner included
  • Guided Tours included
  • Good hotels (Hilton, Marriott, Mercure, Crown Plaza, etc) in the heart of the cities
  • Vacation Highlights

    Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion

    Guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock, visit the Hradčany Castle grounds; [LF] farewell dinner at a local restaurant

    Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; farewell dinner

    Now imagine this

    …all of this

    Including International flights (from Chicago for example)

    All for under $1999 per person (based on double occupancy)

    Perhaps it’s time to get in touch with “Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad

    Wine themed River Cruise on Danube

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    Wine, wine and more wine!

    As I write this I am sailing down the Danube river through Austria on AmaWaterways gorgeous ship AmaCerto enjoying a 7 night wine themed river cruise.

    If you know anything about a river cruise with AmaWaterways you probably know that they include wine and beer for both lunch and dinner (and champagne for breakfast!) – but what you might not know is that on a wine themed cruise there are so many more opportunities to discover new favorites during several tastings that are included, such as the tour and tasting at Castle Gobelsburg pictured below.

    I can’t speak for every single wine themed cruise, but on this one there is a vineyard from California named Graveyard Vineyards that is hosting even MORE wine tastings.
    So what does that look like? Well here’s our experience during a week on AmaCerto

    • Monday – board ship – lunch (with wine)  – Dinner at Chef’s Table with several courses and wine pairings – late night City Illuminations tour (outstanding cruise along Budapest waterfront with buildings lighted)
    • Tuesday – Morning excursion consisting of Budapest city walk, city market then back to the ship for lunch and an afternoon wine tasting courtesy Graveyard Vineyards and a terrific dinner in the main dining room
    • Wednesday – Breakfast (with Champagne), Lunch (with wine), Dinner (with wine) then an evening of traditional Viennese fun with lots of wine, dancing & song at Winery & Heuriger Christ
    • Thursday – Breakfast (forgot the champagne) then excursion -Bike ride in Vienna then lunch (with wine). Mid-afternoon wine tasting and aroma sampling courtesy Graveyard Vineyards then an after dinner excursion to Castle Gobelsburg for wine tastings
    • Friday – Hike to Durnstein castle then wine and apricot tasting in Durnstein, Austria. Back to the ship for lunch with wine then late afternoon excursion to Castle Clam for a wine tasting before dinner (with wine)
    • Saturday – Most people with full day excursions so late breakfast (champagne if desired) then late dinner in private dining with plenty of wine!
    • Sunday – Breakfast (champagne again??) – lunch (wine again??) – pre-dinner champagne toast to the week that has been – pre-dinner Oktoberfest celebration in port of Passau (lots of beer) – dinner (with wine)
    • Monday – Time to leave, but friends made and experiences shared will last a lifetime….

    Oh – and it is TOTALLY not just about the wine…this was an outstanding cruise with terrific tours included – much more on the highlight destinations of Budapest, Vienna, Durnstein, Linz & more coming up on future blog posts

    Oh…and the cuisine!

    To learn more about AmaWaterways, River Cruising, or all sorts of other vacation planning just get in touch with “Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad

    US National Parks Like You Have Never Experienced Before!

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    You don’t have to Leave the US to Experience Volcanoes and Waterfalls

    Imagine cruising through some of the most pristine scenery that the American West has to offer, the US National Parks and Monuments, and doing so in a style you have never even before imagined – with a group of friends – or with your entire family – riding in style with a professional driver in a tricked out vehicle called a Limo Liner.

    It’s a very comfortable vehicle with leather sofas, large windows, comfort controls and also features

    • In transit WiFi
    • In transit Television

    It’s an all-inclusive ride for almost a week checking out the best of the west (that’s right – a hospitality chef will be serving guests throughout the day with included wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, tea, seasonal fresh fruits, snacks & much more)

    Tour options include

    • Badlands and Wind Cave
    • Yellowstone and Grand Teton
    • Crater Lake and Redwoods
    • Salt Lake City, Moab, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Las Vegas

    and several other options as well…

    Of course you won’t spend the night on the Limo Liner – you will be sleeping in comfortable hotels, lodges & resorts along the way

    Why in the world would you drive yourself when you can enjoy the luxury and safety of such a journey?

    For much more info and to get your adventure started reach out to “Your friends….in the travel business” contact EZTravelPad today!

    Terre Haute South Vigo Multi-Year Class Reunion Organized by Class of ’81

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    This page is dedicated to the 2018  Terre Haute South  Class of ’81 Reunion trip to Majestic Elegance Resort & Spa in Punta Cana

    That’s right, the Terre Haute South Class of ’81 is having a reunion in paradise and it is scheduled for June 15-20 2018 at the Majestic Elegance Resort and Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    Majestic Elegance is a fantastic All-Inclusive resort on a gorgeous beach in one of the most popular locations in the Caribbean

    Here are a few photos of the area down near the beach

    All-Inclusive Luxury at your Fingertips

    If you have never been to an all-inclusive resort then you may not know that 1 price pays for the entire trip – food, beverages, entertainment, even gratuities are included (although some feel inclined to tip a little extra in an effort to elicit better service)

    Some have asked – is alcohol included also? – YES – and here is a photo of what is included in your room’s mini-fridge (restocked daily)

    Here is a photo of liquor in your room (this is not restocked daily) – but plenty more is available at the bar! –

    Great Value!

    Of course everything always revolves around price – right? So how much does this cost?

    The “official” reunion dates are June 15-20 but people are free to arrive a little early or stay a little longer. There are several different room categories from which to choose- See current per person rates based on double occupancy for some of the more popular options which include round trip transfers from airport in Punta Cana to resort & back. **Note – No rooms or prices and being held or guaranteed so making reservations early is to your advantage!

    • $795 –  Junior Suite with Jacuzzi  (this is the lowest priced option)
    • $880 – Elegance Club Junior Suite with Jacuzzi (in the adults-only section)
    • $961 – Elegance Club Majestic Junior Suite Swim Up  (in the adults-only section)
    • $970 – One Bedroom Suite with Jacuzzi

    Comfort Built Right in

    So what do the rooms look like? Here are a couple of photos of the entry level room (these photos are from the resort tour I took on Friday Oct 29)

    There is much more info regarding the Majestic Elegance Resort & Spa at this link

    Also note, this is not calculated into the pricing above but we have arranged a group discount per reservation over and above the group inclusions and that discount is as such (Reservation amount would include airfare if included in reservation package)-

    Discount Information – Applies based on the total reservation as a promo code
    Reservation Amount Promo Code Discount
    $500 – $999.99 $13 per reservation
    $1,000 – $2,500 $25 per reservation
    $2,501 – $5,000 $50 per reservation
    $5,001 – $6,000 $100 per reservation
    $6,001 or more $113 per reservation


    As for airfare, it varies based on point of departure, dates of departure & return, airline preference, etc but out of Indianapolis you could figure somewhere around $600 per person should put you in the ballpark and we can absolutely build a package including flights, resort & more

    Locking in Room & Rate

    Lastly, the deposit to lock things in can be quite small

    Deposit will vary based on certain factors but you can figure if holding only the room then $50 per person locks in the room and the rate. If packaging with flights then the deposit to lock in can be as low as $229.99 per person which also includes the cost of the optional travel protection which allows to you cancel for ANY reason and get a full refund!

    Full payment is not due until 45 days prior to travel and you can put yourself on a payment plan if you like – there is much flexibility

    We Hope to See You There!

    You’re NOT going to want to miss this – it’s gonna be unforgettable!

    I know this is quite a bit of information but that’s what I am here for. Let me know where you would like to fly from and I can get a specific complete quote to you. My contact info is at this link so pleae reach out anytime.

    Alternately you can do some shopping for this specific group pricing at this link


    Caribbean Update

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    Post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria Recap of the Caribbean Situation

    The past few weeks have been horrific in terms of hurricane related devastation. It truly is unparalleled.

    There are tons of photos and videos documenting the widespread destruction – here is just 1

    With that in mind I wanted to share a recent update from one of our preferred tour operators – Mark Travel brands

    This is a pretty good snapshot of where most of the primary vacations destinations are in terms of impact as of now.

    The Mark Travel Corporation

    To Our Valued Travel Partners:

    To those affected by either Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and we are here to support you. As an organization that has been family owned and operated for over 43 years, we consider each of you to be a member of our extended family. And when tragedy strikes you, it strikes all of us as well. During these challenging times, we encourage you to keep the conversation going with your Business Development Manager or Specialist and rely on them for support with issues you and your clients may be facing.

    For all our valued travel agents, we want to give you a brief update on the status of several Caribbean islands that were affected by the hurricanes:

    Please note: Aruba, Bonaire, Bermuda, Barbados, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis were not impacted by either Hurricane. All hotels are open for business and all off-site venues are operating normally.


    • V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is open.
    • Hotels on Antigua are open for business.
    • All activities and off-site venues are operating normally.

    Turks & Caicos

    • Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is open.
    • All off-site activities have been suspended at this time.
    • Coral Gardens, Ocean Club, Ocean Club West and Seven Star Resort are open for business.
    • Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven, The Palms, The Sands at Grace Bay and Royal West Indies are currently closed. Exact opening dates are still to be determined, but they are expected to re-open by mid-October.
    • Beaches Turks & Caicos is closed through December 13th, 2017.
    • Additional updates on hotels and off-site activities will be provided in the days ahead.

    The Bahamas

    • Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau is open.
    • Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is open.
    • Hotels in Exuma, Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island were not impacted and are open for business.

    The US Virgin Islands

    St. Thomas

    • Severe damage was sustained across the island.
    • Cyril E. King Airport (STT) remains closed.
    • All off-site activities have been suspended at this time.
    • All hotels are reporting some level of destruction; therefore, hotel inventory has been closed for 2017 and 2018 travel.

    St. John

    • All hotels are reporting some level of destruction; therefore, hotel inventory has been closed for 2017 and 2018 travel.

    St. Croix

    • Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) is closed.
    • Reopening dates vary by hotel, starting in November 2017 and going into early 2018.

    St. Martin

    • Severe damage was sustained across the island.
    • Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) remains closed. Until further notice, the airport is serving as a dedicated hub for emergency and evacuation flights only.
    • All off-site activities have been suspended at this time.
    • All hotels are reporting some level of destruction; therefore, hotel inventory has been closed for 2017 and 2018 travel.

    Puerto Rico

    • Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) is open, but operating on a limited schedule from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT.
    • The island is without power making communication with the island challenging.
    • Hotels in San Juan are reporting varying levels of damage; most hotels will reopen in November.
    • Hotels in Rio Mar and Farjado have extended closures through the end of 2017.


    • All Jamaica airports are open.
    • Hotels in Jamaica are open for business.
    • All activities and off-site venues are operating normally.

    Dominican Republic

    • All Dominican Republic airports are open.
    • After some minor issues, hotels in the Dominican Republic are now open for business.
    • All activities and off-site venues are operating normally.

    Warm regards,

    The Mark Travel Corporation

    Certainly this does not go into deep detail since some of these destinations (Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico & St Martin) are likely to be significantly disrupted for months and months.

    This info also did not touch on cruise ports- keeping in mind that the ports of San Juan, St Thomas and St Maarten are among the busiest and most popular in the Caribbean it will be a long time and a tough road back for these destinations.

    We encourage you to do what you are able to do for the people of the impacted areas, and in the Caribbean as a whole. One of the more respected charitable foundations serving the Caribbean has a familiar name – The Sandals Foundation does good work so consider it as a starting point.

    If you have specific questions please reach out to “Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad – and please don’t stop going to the Caribbean – it is a wonderful region with some amazing destinations, many of which were not impacted at all…

    Breeze through Immigrations next Vacation

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    Don’t Miss Your Place in Line – Get to Immigrations quickly on your next trip

    I see it just about every time I arrive in a foreign airport….people completing their immigrations forms that were incompletely filled out when they could have easily done so while on the plane – so to the back of the line they go!

    What did they do wrong? Most of the time they simply failed to complete the bottom portion of the form – the part that gets detached by the immigrations officer and given back to them to hold onto until they depart the country

    Here’s what the form looks like-



    Notice that there are 2 sections highlighted with the yellow border?

    Many people make the mistake of completing the top portion, but not the bottom portion and they have to stop to complete before moving on to the immigrations line – dang paperwork!

    So while you are on the flight, after the flight attendant has handed you the immigrations form to complete….read the instructions carefully and complete it entirely as instructed – each country’s is a little different, but this example from Mexico is pretty consistent – if you have questions ask your flight attendant or ask your seat neighbor and speed through the line quicker!

    Oh – and don’t forget your EZTravelPad pen – you’ll need it because loaners are scarce!!

    Just one more piece of advice from “Your friends….in the travel business” at EZTravelPad

    Loews Don CeSar Resort in St Pete – Perfect for a Destination Wedding in the U.S.

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    For a Destination Wedding at Florida’s Sunset Capital it’s Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort

    Don CeSar Beach Resort – a Loews Hotel in St Pete Beach is a perfect spot for a U.S. based Destination Wedding. Stately, Classy, Gorgeous, and with a first class spa, this is a wonderful choice for discriminating couples interested in tying the knot beachside…

    Don CeSar Exterior 1

    If coming in with a low budget is something that you want to accomplish for your Destination Wedding then this might not be the first choice, but compared to other more modest resorts in the area Don CeSar is surprisingly affordable.

    Your Destination Wedding is in Good Hands

    When putting together a destination wedding there are a few things to think about- location & reputation, capabilities and quality. Don CeSar has you covered, with 3 wedding coordinators on staff preparing to host over 400 weddings this year, rest assured that you are in good hands. If the service and attention to detail is anything like I experienced there recently I couldn’t be anymore comfortable in suggesting this as a great spot to tie the knot.

    Offering exemplary service at every turn, you will not be disappointed by the staff, by the facilities, or by the dining options….

    don cesar 2
    Flatbread topped with shredded island chicken, black bean spread & vegetables – Potato & plantain chips served with traditional guacamole and pineapple guacamole – Yum!

    For some people a grilled chicken breast over a rice pilaf is just fine- others require something a bit more interesting. A more interesting menu is what you will find at Don CeSar, but is doesn’t stop there. The spa features 16 treatment rooms as well as a private deck overlooking the gulf – oh, and it smells like heaven when you walk through the door of the spa! Body toning water aerobics and beach yoga are complimentary for all guests.

    Beach Resort = Beach + Pools

    Beachside pools offer full service including complimentary refreshments (Italian ice, frozen grape kabobs, smoothies, chilled towels , etc) plus a full menu of activities include volleyball, beachball dodgeball, cannonball contest, and lots & lots of pool pampering are all in store for you if you stay for a few days.

    Putting a Price on Service

    How can you put a price on service? It’s the little things that mean so much – like the general manager stopping to have a chat – or walking into a restroom that smells of mint and eucalyptus – or being greeted by smiles from all the staff….lots and lots of staff can you put a price on that? Would you want your wedding celebration to be anywhere that offered less?

    don cesar 3
    view of Don Cesar from beachside – looking great from every angle

    My reason for stopping into Don CeSar was to find a Destination Wedding and Honeymoon resort located in Florida that I could feel good about recommending. I found it. So if a Florida based Honeymoon or Destination Wedding is something that you want, let EZTravelpad help guide you there – or wherever else your heart desires. After all, it’s your special day – but it’s not your responsibility to plan it all.

    What Travel and Tourism Will Be Like in 2050

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    What WILL Travel and Tourism Be in 2050?

    I just read an interesting article by Bruce Hodge of Goway Travel about some predictions for what travel and tourism will be like 35 years from now- quite different, no doubt. Think back 40 years ago- no Disney World….Cruise ships were rare, and strictly for the well-heeled – as was going on Safari. Flying overseas was also for the wealthy. All-inclusive resorts were very, very rare. Touring meant spending endless hours on buses with rigid schedules and limited photo opps. Sailing to Antarctica was strictly for the most adventurous scientist – now it is widely available for the leisure traveler!

    So what predictions were made? here are a few beauties which may, or may not become a reality

    • High-Tech Ceramic Fuselage on planes could make plane transparent for better passenger viewing
    • Space Tourism offering both orbital and sub-orbital flights
    • High Speed Rail (I think this guy isn’t from the U.S.) becomes mainstream
    • Airship Hotels will become the new cruise ship offering flights low and slow with breathtaking views
    • Space Hotels (ok, thinking probably not the Super 8 chain)
    • Beaches and Resorts you know today may need to relocate to higher ground due to rising sea levels
    • China will be #1 destination & there will be more Chinese tourists worldwide than any other nationality
    • Book Years in Advance for Top Tourism Sites and Monuments (due to increased population growth – very likely)
    • Wilderness and Wildlife areas of today largely gone – several huge managed areas available to get back to nature
    • Small Ship and Boutique Cruises to Exotic locations much more common
    • Virtual Tourism has arrived and you can simulate most any experience

    Do I believe that all of these predictions will materialize? Probably not, but many most likely will due to factors such as global climate change and global population growth. Many are inevitable, and as the global economy expands, once poor and remote countries will no longer remain so. Spreading Democracy will mean fewer wars and fewer countries that are inaccessible. Could you have imagined vacationing in Russia or China or Vietnam in 1970? Oh, you will be vacationing in Cuba and Iraq in 2050 – most likely LONG before that!

    What does this mean to you? Hang on for the ride! If you want to see The Great Migration in East Africa

    or experience certain glaciers you better plan to go soon because 40 years from now they may be a fading memory…

    Oh, and the last prediction was for travel agents. They WILL still be around, but may be referred to as “Lifestyle Managers” – I like that…. see you in 2050, when EZTravelpad will still be “Your friends….in the travel business”

    Murphy’s Laws – of Flying

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    When Flight Goes Wrong Blame Murphy

    Who was this Murphy character anyway? Many of his “laws” are just not to my liking!

    I received this in my inbox recently and thought I would share – if you fly for fun or business I’m sure you can appreciate….


    1.    No flight ever leaves on time unless you are running late and need the delay to make the flight.

    2.    If you are running late for a flight, it will depart from the farthest gate within the terminal.

    3.    If you arrive very early for a flight, it inevitably will be delayed.

    4.    Flights never leave from Gate #1 at any terminal in the world.

    5.    If you must work on your flight, you will experience turbulence as soon as you touch pen to paper.

    6.    If you are assigned a middle seat, you can determine who has the seats on the aisle and the window while you are still in the boarding area. Just look for the two largest passengers.

    7.    Only passengers seated in window seats ever have to get up to go to the lavatory.

    8.    The crying baby on board your flight is always seated next to you.

    9.    The best-looking woman on your flight is never seated next to you.

    10.  The less carry-on luggage space available on an aircraft, the more carry-on luggage passengers will bring aboard.