Solo Cruising Day 2:  Be In The Moment

Solo Cruising Day 2: Be In The Moment

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Solo Travel
On this day, I slept in until my body naturally woke itself.  What a great feeling to naturally wake on your own with no agenda insight to control your day.  I turned on the T.V. and watched the last half of an animated movie before I finally rolled out of bed, pulled back my curtains to a beautiful view of the ocean--stunning!  The day was beautiful.  Perfect weather.  "This is vacation" I thought to myself.  I opened the balcony door and allowed the sounds of the ocean to fill my room with peaceful bliss.  After showering, instead of drying off with a towel, I sat on my balcony and allowed the natural wind to do it for me.  "It's amazing..." as I think to myself, looking out into the blue…
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Day 1:  Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

Day 1: Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Solo Travel
The alarm goes off at 3am and I get up to get my travel day going.  I woke up this morning feeling excited and nervous at the same time.  Excited that I am embarking on an adventure and nervous that I am doing it alone. Now, I have traveled alone plenty of times, but once I arrive to my destination, there is usually someone or something waiting for me.  This time, I didn't know what was waiting for me---a good time, sadness, feelings of loneliness.  I wasn't sure, but I was willing to find out. Fist stop, the airport.  I was starving to I grab a table at O'Charley's in the Nashville airport.  My server takes my order and ask where I'm headed.  I reply, "On a cruise."  He responds,…
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Having Access to a Travel Agent is a Good Thing

Having Access to a Travel Agent is a Good Thing

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Tips
Twice, in one week, I received a call, from a client, in a panic because "someone told them" that they could not cruise, with their passport because it did not have at least six months validity on it.  One client stated that she could not get off the cruise ship and see the ports of calls because her passport needed to be renewed. These are the calls that I receive when my clients listen to other travelers.  Thankfully, my clients picked up the phone to verify the information they received with their travel agent - me. I explained to both clients that, they actually did not need a passport to cruise on closed-loop cruises that start and end in the United States.  U.S. citizens embarking on a cruise that both begins and…
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My Sister’s Travel Regret

My Sister’s Travel Regret

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Learning Lessons
One of my wishes, as a travel agent, is that all travelers select their vacation accommodations based on what they wish to experience rather than what they want to pay.  Often times, when people call me about traveling, they select their resort and room accommodations based on price, no quality. Sure you can vacation in a less expensive room, but the question is--is what you are giving up worth it?   Regardless of recommendations (which is one of the reasons you select a good travel agent), some travelers just want to book based on price and not quality.  My sister is one of those people.    I recently went to Las Vegas with my sister.  Upon check in, they asked if we would like to upgrade our room, for a…
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Club MoBay

Club MoBay

Airport Lounges, Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Tours and Activities
  Fresh off a four day stay in Jamaica, I will have to say that Club Mobay was the perfect departure experience and end to my visit to Jamaica.  Club Mobay is an airport lounge experience located in the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Through my Club Mobay pass, I was able to skip the stress and chaos of long departure lines and sail straight through security all the way to enter the relaxing atmosphere of Club Mobay. I arrived at the airport four hours before my flight departed--three hours before gate check-in time.  This allowed me plenty of time to experience and enjoy all that Club Mobay had to offer. There were two rooms--one for families and one for adults only.  And of course, I decided to…
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My AHA Moment with Shared Transportation

My AHA Moment with Shared Transportation

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Learning Lessons
I went to a Travel conference in November that was held in Orlando, FL. I went with the intentions of gathering new ideas and learning ways to better Erica James Travel in 2013. Although, I was inspired by all the information that I received, I also realized a few important things about traveling and being on vacation. I was attending a conference, however it was still vacation to me and I wanted to be treated as such. It is my perspective that I am on vacation every time I travel, and I do not want to compromise on things that are going to enhance my travel experiences. There are some things I simply have learned by experience that I will not compromise. I do not want to compromise on transportation.…
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A Simple Beautiful Vacation

A Simple Beautiful Vacation

Blog, Destination Reviews, EJtheTravelDiva Blog
  One of my favorite movies was Jim Carey's The Truman Show.  I thought it was such a cute and touching movie.  The life lived in that movie was very simple, quiet and relaxed.  Something that is on the other end of the spectrum from my current life.  Because that life depicted in The Truman Show was so different from my every day life, I was extremely excited to visit Seaside, FL (not too far from Destin, FL) where the movie was shot. Normally when I vacation, I am in a popular hotel or resort.  This trip, I decided to try something different and I was pleasantly surprised with white picket fences, a town square, bicycle rentals and ice cream shops.  I not only stepped out of Nashville, TN, but…
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Ball Out of Control, Around the World, On a Budget!

Ball Out of Control, Around the World, On a Budget!

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Tips
What if I told you that there is a way to ball out of control, around the world and do it with an affordable pay schedule that fits your budget?  Would you start traveling to the places that are on your wish list?  If you answered, "Yes!" then pull out your list, pick your first destination and give me a call today!  What prompted me to tell you how to "ball on a budget" was today, I realized that I only owe $169 more dollars on my 6 Day Western Caribbean Cruise in May 2012.  As I do every payday, I put $50 towards my upcoming cruise--well almost every payday.  That is when I realized that I have been paying on this cruise since last year and now I am…
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I Live For Life’s Moments

I Live For Life’s Moments

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Learning Lessons
I believe that life is about moments in time.  I live for those moments, in life, that are out of my everyday routine.  What better way to experience those special moments than through travel?  Traveling to me, is about unique experiences in different places.  That is what makes up a great vacation, to me. I recently was able to have one of those moments while traveling to Mexico in November 2011.  During my visit at El Dorado Seaside Suites, I was treated like a VIP guest.  At this adult-only boutique resort, everyone is a VIP guest.  I got to see, first hand, why the call it a Gourmet Inclusive┬« vacation experience. When I arrived at the entrance of El Dorado Seaside Suites, I was greated with a spectacular welcoming.  First…
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Savannah, GA:  Southern Charm

Savannah, GA: Southern Charm

Blog, Destination Reviews, EJtheTravelDiva Blog
As I was making way down south for a travel seminar, I decided to take one day and stop in Savannah, Georgia to get a sample of a city that I have heard so much about. I thought to myself, I will look around, pick a hotel, get a feel for the city to see if this is a destination worth learning about for my clients. As I am always striving to be an expert on many destinations so that I can provide great recommendations for all of my clients. My mother frequently visited Savannah and would tell me how much she loved the city and how it seemed as if there was a park on every corner. This September, I made a stop in a city that was listed…
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