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Which El Dorado Resort by Karisma You Should go to Base on Your Zodiac Sign?

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IF YOU’RE INTO ASTROLOGY and believe that zodiac signs actually hold valuable insight into a person’s character and personality, than this article will help you understand which El Dorado Resort by Karisma is perfect for you and why!

Element: Air

Signs: Aquarius (January 20th to February 18th), Gemini (May 21st to June 20th), Libra (September 23rd to October 22nd)

El Dorado Seaside Suites – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Those who are the Element of Air look at the world as a place that is filled with possibilities, much like Karisma’s Seaside Suites! Seaside Suites is divided into two distinct sections, the Infinity and the Palms. Aquarius’, Gemini’s and Libra’s like to be in control and having the option to choose between authentic Mexican architecture and modern luxury décor is right up their alley! The resort offers infinite opportunities for both adventure and relaxation, which is perfect for Air-born characteristics, as they have an eccentric personality but need time to recharge in order to restore their charismatic energy.

Element: Water

Signs: Pisces (February 19th to March 20th), Cancer (June 21st to July 22nd), Scorpio (October 23rd to November 21st)

El Dorado Maroma – Riviera maya, Mexico

Those who are the Element of Water are super friendly, compassionate, and intuitive people. They are found to be highly emotional and sensitive beings, and they much rather prefer intimate atmospheres where they can easily connect with others. El Dorado Maroma is very intimate and serene, allowing those with the Water element to flourish in their empathetic and generous characteristics. In addition to being friendly, they also need a great deal of alone time for rest and to reflect on their spirituality. Maroma offers a luxurious and unique spa that combines today’s most innovative practices with ancient Mayan principles, which help both the body and mind. Being a Water sign, Pisces’, Cancer’s, and Scorpio’s love to be surrounded by water. Maroma Resort sits on the beautiful and famous Maroma Beach, which was actually named one of the top ten beaches in the world by Travel Channel!

Element: Fire

Signs: Aries (March 21st to april 19th), Leo (July 23rd to august 22nd), Saggitarius (November 22nd to December 21st)

El Dorado Royale – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Aries’, Leo’s and Sagittarius’, being Fire signs, are extremely active beings. It is in their nature to exude youthfulness, energy and confidence, making El Dorado Royale the perfect Karisma Resort for Fire signs! El Dorado Royale offers exciting nightlife, lively entertainment, and activities from all across the board that are sure to keep these active and adventurous beings out, about, and having the times of their lives! With tequila tastings, scuba diving lessons, yoga classes, kayaking trips, listening to live bands perform and so, so much more, the last thing a Fire sign vacationing at Royale will feel is boredom or lackluster-anything.

Element: Earth

Signs: Taurus (April 20th to May 20th), Virgo (Auguest 23rd to September 22nd), Capricorn (December 22nd to January 29th)

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows – Riviera Maya, MExico

Those with the Element of Earth appreciate the finer things in life and don’t mind working hard to achieve nothing but the best. The Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma by Karisma is, also, nothing but the best they have to offer. With innovative glass bottom floors, a private bungalow for two complete with a Jacuzzi tub, infinity pool, and private access to the turquoise water, these were designed for those with royalty running through their veins. Taurus’, Virgo’s and Capricorn’s enjoy materialistic goods and possessions, and they will absolutely love the fine dining experiences and top-of-the-line exuberant service provided at this intimate yet lavish resort. Because Earth signs are very responsible and disciplined, this resort offers a safe place for them to let their hair down a bit and just enjoy life!

The amazing things about all of Karisma’s Resorts is that they offer something for every element and every sign!

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Maintain a Healthy Sleep Habit While You Travel

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LUCKY FOR YOU, you’re reading advice from a true, medically-diagnosed insomniac… So, I’m basically an expert on the subject of what makes healthy sleeping habits a reality (without any pesky prescriptions). Also lucky for you, working in the travel industry, I’ve had my fair share of long days and even longer nights in unfamiliar hotel rooms. This means I know some handy dandy tricks that will help you receive your much-needed eight hours of sleep while you’re on the road (…or the beach).

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Essential Oils

Calming scents, such as lavender, chamomile, or sandalwood can help to relax and quiet your brain, promoting faster and uninterrupted sleep! (*Hint* using essential oils before bed every night, even while in your own bed, makes this tip more effective when traveling as your brain learns to associate the oil scent with sleep.Image result for essential oil gif

Travel Pillow Comfort

If you’re someone who needs a particular type of pillow (soft, firm, somewhere in between, with feathers, no feathers, tempurpedic, etc.), you may want to look into purchasing either a travel-sized pillow that can fit in your carry-on or just bringing your pillow from home (if you have a mammoth-sized suitcase and only plan on packing two pairs of shoes)! Our Marketing Manager, Miranda, suggests that if you bring a pillow from home, you should use a bright-patterned pillowcase. This way, housekeeping won’t mistake it for the hotels and you won’t forget it when you leave! A comfortable place to lay your head after a long day is essential to a restful night’s sleep.Image result for essential oils to sleep gif

Sound or meditation app

Having white noise or a calming guided meditation helps greatly in assisting most people in falling asleep and calming an over-active brain. Personally, I like to listen to the sound of rain using the Rain App and have it lull me to sleep; but I have friends who put on a guided meditation every night using the Buddhify App to help them drift off. Thank the Lord for Smart Phones replacing the bulky sound machines that were once so popular!Image result for meditation sleeping gif

Sleep Eye Mask

Sleep eye masks work wonders in helping you stay asleep, as the ones made out of nylon material stay cool throughout the night and are thick enough to keep out the pesky morning light (and the unflattering fluorescent airplane lights). They’re small enough to where they are perfect for travel and you can take them with you wherever you go.Related image

Stick with what you know

If you have pre-bedtime rituals, try to stick to them as closely as possible. If you watch a show before bed every night or listen to music to unwind, bring along your laptop or tablet. If you have a favorite before-sleep snack or beverage, pack them with you to enjoy. Unwinding after a long day and calming down your mind is important when it comes to getting to sleep quickly. You’re out of your element enough in a new place, you might as well do everything you can to stick with what you know, right?Image result for watching tv to sleep gif

Bring the COZINESS with you

Comfort is key when it comes to restful sleep. If you’re not comfortable, how are you going to rest your mind enough to actually sleep? It’s not very probably. If you have a favorite cozy blanket or your trusted, long-time stuffed animal (for me, its comfy cashmere socks), pack it with you! I’ve even known some people to pack their own sheets from home and remake the bed when they arrive, giving their room a little sense of “home”. It might seem silly at first, but it’s totally worth it when you wake up refreshed and happy!Image result for be cozy gif

Over-the-counter sleep aids

Although this isn’t something I personally partake in (over-the-counter sleep aids don’t help insomniacs like we wish they would), I have family and friends that swear by taking either ZZZ-Quil or Melatonin when they travel to try and help maintain their regular sleep schedule. Make sure you don’t start out with the full dose of sleep aids if it’s your first time trying them, as they work differently for everyone! Also, check with a pharmacist to make sure they don’t interfere with any allergies you may have or any other medications you may take.Related image

Stay Hydrated

Many people don’t think about this one, but when you travel, drinking your needed eight cups of water a day isn’t really a top priority along with making sure your bags arrived at the same destination as you did. But staying hydrated is super important while traveling, as if you don’t drink as much as you should throughout the day, you’ll wake up the next morning even drowsier than usual.Image result for stay hydrated gif

Trying to get rest on vacation, isn’t always easy, but with these helpful tips and tricks, sleeping can be!

Why Everyone Should Unplug While on Vacation

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EVERYONE, FROM GENERATION Z TO BABY BOOMERS, seems to be obsessed with their electronic devices. Whether it is their iPhone, tablet, gaming console, etc., it seems like we are always plugged into our devices more than we are plugged into the actual world around us. That’s why, when we’re on vacation, we need to put the electronics down and try to forget about their existence. Put the devices down slowly, walk away, and actually enjoy the beautiful world that surrounds you!

How often do you go out to dinner, look around, and see a family of five with their noses in their phones instead of actually engaging in conversation? How many times have you been that family?

How often have you gone into a mandatory work meeting, and instead of conversing with your co-workers and asking about their new puppy or their kids, you’re scrolling through social media and praying that nobody tries to talk to you?

How often are you at a party and nod your head at the person who is trying to engage in conversation with you, wishing they would just go away because you want to get back to examining your Instagram homepage?

How often have you tripped over the sidewalk or run into a glass door because your eyes were fixated on your phone instead of on your surroundings (I’m totally not saying this happens to me on a regular basis)?

If you said no to all of these, you’re probably lying.

I could go on and on, but my point is, how often are we “too busy”, wrapped up in the online world, instead of paying attention to the very real, very exciting one right in front of us?

Way. Too. Often.

So, when you’re on vacation, put the phone down and look up. Look around. Take in your surroundings. Enjoy the cultures, the sceneries, the smells, and the activities you’re participating in. The entire point of vacation is to break away from the mundane of your everyday life. But, if you’re still constantly on your device, the only thing that’s different is the ground you’re walking on!

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Believe me, I’m not against technology. I love Instagram and iMessage; it helps me stay in contact with all of my favorite people! But, vacations are meant for us to disconnect from the outside world, to relax, and to reflect on who we are and what we want out of life. Being so connected to our devices means that we’re really only halfway experiencing everything. We’re documenting this activity on Snapchat and posting this picture to Instagram and checking how many likes you got at this “check-in” on Facebook. In doing all of that, we aren’t actually enjoying these experiences… we’re actually just documenting them for everyone to think we are having the time of our life, but in reality, we are just drowning in our phones.

It’s so important to live in the moment—to be present in our own lives. We tend to think that our online presence makes or breaks us. The number of followers we have on Instagram or the number of friends we have on Facebook is somehow equivalent to our self-worth. But isn’t that silly? You aren’t measured by how many likes you get on your latest photo or how many comments you receive on your newest status update.

Carpe diem, guys! Live in the present and enjoy every second of this beautiful thing we get to experience called life.

Hottest Travel Destinations of 2018

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As 2017 came to an end, I think we all took a deep breath and reflected on our triumphs and our tribulations, our leaps and bounds and our missteps, our strengths and our weaknesses; you know, the usual, cliché yearly reflection. After that, we all came up with at least one New Year’s Resolution. Mine? I’m going to live more, take more risks, seek out more adventures, and not always play on the safe side of things. That got me to thinking… Many people say that for their New Year’s Resolution, they want to “travel more”. In honor of that, I’ve compiled the top seven destinations to visit in 2018 and, of course, why.

 

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When we think of Rome, we normally think of Julius Caesar, the Vatican, and their breathtaking architectural structures, such as the Pantheon and the Colosseum. Rome has severely influenced architecture, government, and the arts since its creation; and today, they continue to impress the world with their fashion, cuisine and commerce. However, I promise you will regret it if you don’t visit the Trevi Fountain (hello, it’s in practically every movie that takes place in Rome), the Sistine Chapel (come on, who wouldn’t want bragging rights about seeing Michelangelo’s work with their very own eyes), and the Piazza di Spagna/Spanish Steps (not many want to even utter the word exercise while on vacation, but climbing these steps in spring to the view at the top makes it totally worth it)!

 

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Of course, we’ve all heard of the Sydney Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge; but Sydney is so much more than that. They have it all! Between the expansive city, relaxed beach town, and cultural haven, Sydney offers something for everyone! Darling Harbour is Sydney’s waterfront district with the famous SEA LIFE Aquarium, museums, restaurants, and shops, all surrounded by a beautiful marine backdrop. Bondi Beach is famous partly for being less than 15 minutes from Sydney’s city limits and partly for the great surf and even greater coastal scenery. The Rocks, a historic area that was once home to the indigenous Gadigal people, is full of history, personality, quaint cobbled roads, and features a guided nighttime expedition to explore the land (and the ghosts that are rumored to be roaming around). And if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t be able to leave Australia without seeing some Koala Bears and Kangaroos, and that makes Taronga Zoo a must!

 

 

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The seaside city of Porto, nicknamed the City of Bridges, is a combination of coastal vistas, historic elements, enchanting architecture and iron bridges. While in Porto you must see the Dom Luís I Bridge, which is particularly notorious because the architect was a student of the man who created the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Crystal Palace Gardens show off flourishing flora, twisting paths, and spouting fountains. It is a great place for photo ops that will be sure to make all your friends on social media green with envy (he he, get it?)! If you find yourself in Porto and don’t stop to sample their noteworthy port wine, you might as well not even mention to others you visited this coastal city in the first place. Make a wine tasting appointment at one (or five) wineries for an excursion your taste buds will thank you for later.

 

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We’ve all seen the episodes of Friends where the gang (minus a very pregnant-with-triplets Phoebe) travels around the globe to London in support of their best friend, Ross, tying the knot. They show your typical tourist attractions (thanks to Joey and Chandler), such as the city bus tour and famous landmark buildings; but there is so much more to London than guards wearing funny, furry hats and tacky, two-floored, red buses. Of course, you must immerse yourself in London’s history by visiting the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London. If you’re looking for a birds-eye view of the beautiful and bustling city, the Coca-Cola London Eye is privy to over 55 of London’s most unforgettable landmarks! But when you’re looking to have some excitement separate from architecture, check out the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London in The Making of Harry Potter (eek!) where you can score a behind-the-scenes tour of Harry Potter, including props, costumes, and sets that are famously fun from the movie. For extra entertainment, check out the London Dungeon, which is a 90 minute attraction that takes it’s company through London’s dark, ancient history in an interactive tour.

 

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Paris has so much to offer, so to fully appreciate The City of Love or The City of Lights, (depending on who you talk to), that one trip is just not enough time to soak up the true Parisian experience. The iconic staples are a must, such as he Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Versailles Palace. If you’re looking to get a bit of historical education thrown your way, the Musee de Louvre is the way to go; between being considered as one of the paramount art museums in not just Europe, but the whole world, and holding thousands of masterpieces, such as the “Mona Lisa”, it’s no wonder that the Musee de Louvre is known as the most visited museum worldwide! If you want to go a step further in history, visit the Le Marais, which is one of Paris’ oldest sectors, and also home to hidden courtyards, quaint cobblestoned paths, Old-World French architecture, and old-school bakeries and delis. It is also a great place to enjoy lively nightlife, with chic boutiques, popular clubs, and opulent galleries. If you are looking for something a bit less romantic, the Catacombs should be put to the top of your list. 65 feet beneath Paris lays skull-and-boned carved channels that stretch miles in every which way, the Catacombs were created to provide a safe-space for the city’s deceased. This attraction might be a bit pricy, but it is definitely worth it!

 

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So, for this destination, I may be just a wee bit biased, considering my family is actually from the Amalfi Coast (shout out to the Motondo’s!). But even if I wasn’t repping my heritage, the Amalfi Coast is one of those places that you need to visit before you die. It is rich in Italian history, between its old-world allures, such as their timeworn, brightly-colored homes, their long-standing seaside towns, and its exceptional delicacies, (think of everything you’ve ever ordered in an Italian restaurant and then forget about it, because it doesn’t even compare to what real Italian cuisine is). You will never want to leave. If you’re not looking to break the bank, simple trips to the beach or hikes exploring the stunning hills will do just the trick! Exploring the Amalfi Coast by land is amazing, but it’s like only reading half of a book. In order to gain the whole experience, boat or ferry tours allow you to see unobstructed views of the architecture, diverse landscapes, and colorful architecture that will leave you breathless!

 

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You can live in New York your entire life and still not see all there is to experience within The City That Never Sleeps. From the Empire State Building to Broadway to the Statue of Liberty to Central Park, it never ends. Before you embark on your journey to The City, if seeing a show on-Broadway is on your bucket list, it would be smart to buy your tickets ahead of time to ensure great seats. You can spend an entire day shopping on Fifth Avenue, or at least perusing your way through the high-end stores, if you’re a shopping fool. Central Park is great if you’re looking to people-watch or get in some (extra) exercise surrounded by lush trees, walking paths, and peek-a-boo views of skyscrapers. If you have little ones (or, okay, I might’ve done this two years ago, but whatever), visiting Toys R Us at Times Square is very exciting, as they have a Ferris wheel inside with everyone’s favorite childhood characters! There are endless amounts of escapades to endure in in New York City.

 

2018 is filled with 365 days destined for adventure. Where will your adventures take you?

Let’s Talk Travel Insurance

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Would you buy a house and not get home insurance?

Exactly… Of course, you wouldn’t!

So why would you spend money on something as important and valuable as your vacation without getting travel insurance? Whether you’re planning an adventure-filled trip or a lay-on-the-beach-and-read getaway, your sanity is key in actually enjoying yourself.

Working with a Luxēvo Vacations Travel Specialist provides you with the security of knowing that you have a round-the-clock advocate with major travel network connections should any problems arise during your sweet escape. Thinking about something going wrong isn’t typically what travelers like to think about when they’re daydreaming about their vacation; and for a good reason, too! It’s scary. But the fact of the matter is, sometimes things are just out of our control

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

No… it’s your travel insurance swooping in to save the day! When you purchase travel insurance, you are safeguarding your investment and guaranteeing your peace of mind.

Coverage of travel insurance often includes…

  • Trip interruption and emergency assistance
  • Trip cancellation (due to a family medical emergency, death, job loss, etc.)
  • Medical coverage (insurance companies usually do not cover you for illness or medical emergency while abroad)
  • Missed flights or missed connections
  • Baggage delay or baggage loss
  • Hurricane cancellation or natural disaster evacuation

Obviously, everyone, especially us, hopes that nothing like this happens to interfere with your sweet escape.

But, just in case…

You would be covered!

Are Travel Specialist Relevant Anymore?

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BEFORE THE INTERNET AND WIFI; travel agencies were key in planning any kind of vacation or getaway. They were the ones with the hottest deals and the inside connections to have you get the most bang for your buck. They had all of the necessary resources needed to help you create the vacation of your dreams.

But, in today’s world, you can book a trip with just a click of your mouse or a touch of your finger to your phone screen. Expedia, Travelocity, and Kayak, along with Air BnB and HomeAway, seem to have taken over the travel industry quickly and efficiently. So, that poses the question… Are travel specialists even relevant anymore?

Many people might think the answer to that particular question is, “no”. Those people are right, but they’re also very wrong. If you’re planning a road trip and plan on staying in an Air BnB, you probably don’t need a travel specialist to ride to your rescue (ha-ha, get it?) and help you plan your trip from start to finish. After all, the entire point of a road trip is to incorporate spontaneity and adventure into your time away! And if you’re flying from JFK to LAX and staying with family once you arrive for the duration of your stay, there isn’t a ton of planning involved aside from making sure your loved ones pick you up from the airport on time! Even if they do forget, Uber and Lyft can save the day.

However, what if you’re planning a luxury or complex vacation? What if you’re attempting to plan your honeymoon or anniversary trip? What if you’re traveling with your husband and his entire extended family? If you try to plan trips like these on your own, you’re going to end up needing a vacation from your vacation and trust me, no one wants that!

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Luxēvo Vacations Travel Specialists have access to a vast network of travel deals— ones that you can’t find on an online website just scrolling through reduced prices. We have a great number of connections within the industry and are able to get you the lowest price possible (and if you happen to find a better deal, we will price-match it). Because we are experts in our line of work, we work very closely with multiple vendors and high-end resorts, so we are able to give you all the perks and upgrades that no other travel agency or travel site could!

Another misconception about Travel Specialists is that you have to pay them for their services. WRONG With us! There are no hidden fees or fine prints marked by asterisks that say, “oh, just kidding! You actually do have to pay us for our amazing services!” That’s not how we operate. We enjoy building life-long relationships with our clients. We love to hear all about their amazing vacations and see pictures from their time spent away from all the chaos of everyday life! We help you plan a trip that mimics the one you dream about, and we don’t charge you a fee for our expertise, knowledge, or our connections.

At Luxēvo Vacations, we guarantee you peace of mind from before you even leave for your trip! We take care of absolutely everything, like giving you a packing list, arranging your flights, your transportation, your arrival at the resort of your choice, planning every activity and excursion you desire. We will make sure everything goes accordingly. Of course, we understand that sometimes there is no way to stop unforeseen circumstances from causing problems; but instead of washing our hands and leaving you to deal with the little hiccups, we are the ones who will step in and fix things licked-y split! We provide you with our direct phone numbers and emails, so that we can keep directly in touch, to solve whatever problem there is. After all, who wants to be stressed on vacation? Answer: uh, no one!

Plus, booking travel is literally our job! This is what we do for a living. So, let’s say you researched a particular resort or hotel and fell in love with the pictures on the website (and the price wasn’t so shabby, either), but our agents know from personal experience that the customer service is horrendous. We can stop you from making a terrible mistake; and instead, offer you an alternative resort that offers the same amenities but with a brighter, friendlier staff!

We also know the ins and outs of travel insurance, passport requirements, visas, customs, cultures and all of the “what to do’s” and “what not to do’s” depending on the destination you will be visiting. Instead of having to spend hours upon hours researching your destination, resort, and all other aspects of travel, we can take care of it all with just a snap of our fingers (yes, we’re that good)! There is no reason for your next vacation to be stressful, with a travel specialist, we can make it easy breezy!Related image

The founders of Luxēvo Vacations work very closely with their employees and their Travel Specialists to create a knowledgeable, pleasant, and trustworthy environment for all parties. With over twenty years in the travel industry, they have dedicated their lives to making this company unlike any other! Take it from someone who works with them every day!

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