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Multiple the Fun with your next Vacation!

How would you like to multiply the fun during your next vacation? Group travel can do that, plus so much more! 

Whether you are exploring a new destination or seeking a tranquil retreat, bringing more travelers along adds to the conversations, the laughs, and makes the overall experience more memorable for everyone. Traveling together can also increase the value of your trip, since groups may qualify for special rates or extra amenities.
 

There’s plenty of reasons to travel together, such as…
 
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Celebrations – So many of life’s milestones are splurge-worthy: Birthdays, graduations, retirements, and more! Anyone can throw a party, but imagine how much better the celebration would be if it lasted for days. (Even better, no post-party clean up!
 
 
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Family Gathering – From large family reunions to pairing two families’ vacations into one, gather the whole gang to make an incredibly fun memory! Travel together on a trip that everyone in the family will enjoy.
 
 
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Romance Travel – Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to focus on who really matters most in your heart. Celebrate your Destination Wedding, vow renewal, or anniversary by planning a trip with those who remind you most of why you’re so in love! 
 
 
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Adult Getaways – Once the kids head back to school, gather your adult friends and family members to take a long weekend getaway! Take a culinary or wine tour, a couples’ retreat, or a women’s weekend because you all deserve it after a long summer of providing the fun.

 

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Just Because – You don’t need a special reason to plan a group trip! Simply spending time with family and friends, sharing experiences, and making memories is the only motivation you need to start planning your next adventure together.
 
Having a travel agent makes planning group getaways easy and stress-free. If you have an idea for a group trip, I’m happy to show you how my services will help you. 
 
Give me a call to discuss the details!
 

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist

203-939-7025
BlackCatsTravel.com
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com

 

Laura Gibson (Black Cats Owner

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Spring & Summer Vacays with the Kids

With Spring Break approaching quickly, summer will be right around the corner before we know it! While I was growing up, my fondest memories were our summer vacations where we packed up the whole family and headed some historical sites, Disney, and a lot of fun sightseeing. As your travel advisor, it’s truly an incredible feeling to help my clients arrange the best memories they’ll ever make.

If you’re planning your traditional summer family vacation, I have a few new destinations to consider enhancing your favorite annual trip: 

Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

There are plenty of new places to visit at Universal Studios! See silly sights in Seuss Landing. Get wild at Jurassic Park. Go full throttle at the high-stakes world of Fast & Furious Supercharged. Live the carefree island life at Volcano Bay. With this much to do, you’ll always discover something new at Universal. 

Hotel Xcaret, Rivera Maya, Mexico

Experience All-Fun Inclusive at Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an exceptional destination rich in history, nature, and entertainment for the whole family. Admission to most attractions are included in your price so every guest has the chance to experience Mexico’s most beautiful parks. 

Stage and Sets in London, England

Dive into your family’s favorite stories or find a new favorite when you visit London. The city’s famed West End is home to stellar theatrical productions, including the longest continuous running of Les Misérables. Wicked also continues to run in the Apollo Victoria Theatre and Mary Poppins is making a return to the London stage in 2019. Or take a short train ride to the Universal Studios Tour -The Making of Harry Potter to see the real sets, props, and models used throughout the eight films!

Unlike any other island you’ve ever visited, Cococay is a private island exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests. Whether your ideal beach getaway involves larger-than-life thrills or unwinding at a peaceful waterfront chill spot, you’ll find there’s no right or wrong way to make the most out of your adventure while you’re visiting CocoCay. Your Perfect Day at CocaCay is complimentary on certain itineraries with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

I have first hand experience with Universal Studios and Hotel Xcaret, so reach out to me for more information. There have been Blogs written by myself, so check them out.

Wherever in the world your family vacation takes you, I have options available to fit your personal preferences. All you’ll need to do is pack up the kiddos, and go! 

To get started arranging your most memorable family vacation, 

call me today and Let’s Get Acquainted!

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

 

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It’s a New Year, New Vacations to plan. Let’s check those passports! Do you know the rules regarding getting a passport and renewing a passport? Do you know where to go to get a passport or renew a passport? Here is the link. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/how-to-apply.html

WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR FIRST PASSPORT

1. Complete the DS-11 Form Application https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/forms.html

2. Show Proof of US. Citizenship                  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/citizenship-evidence.html

3. Photo copy of the front and back of your identification

4. Passport Application Fee                       https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/fees.html

5.Passport Photo                                            https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/photos.html

It takes 6-8 weeks to receive your passport. Do you need it in a hurry? You can get it Expedited. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/hurry.html

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT RENEWING YOUR PASSPORT

Do you need to renew your passport? Do you know when you need to renew it by? Well I’ll tell you. It is not the Month and Year on your Passport if you will be traveling less than 6 months before your departure. If you are going to be traveling out of the country to make sure there are no problems you need to renew your passport 6 months prior to your departure. Why? The reason is a growing number of countries are demanding it. You can check the requirements for the countries you plan to visit at the Department of State’s website at travel.state.gov

Do you have any questions? Give me a call and I will help you out. Let’s Get Acquainted!

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

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Happy New Year 2019!

I just want to wish all of you a safe celebration of the New Year. I hope that 2019 will bring you Happiness, Joy, and an exciting New Year of Adventures!

Let’s Get Acquainted when you are ready to Plan your next Vacation in 2019!

Best wishes,

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com


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‘Tis the Season for Giving

Dear Fellow Active Traveler!

You watch, holding your breath, as your loved ones open their gifts.  With each rip of the wrapping paper your anticipation grows, as you anxiously wait to see a reaction.  Will his eyes light up with excitement?  Will her jaw drop in surprise?  Will the kids scream and jump around, in a YouTube-worthy display of pandemonium?

As we enter the holiday shopping season, the hunt for perfect presents begins.  I’d love to help you surprise your special someone or family with one of the most amazing gifts you can give …The gift of travel!  A Gift that will leave you with Memories of a Lifetime. This is one shopping trip you don’t have to tackle alone, since we can work together to create a fun travel gift package.


For the most flexibility, many travel companies offer gift cards or certificates. Whether it be an All Inclusive Resort, Disney, A cruiseline, a specific destination, or something more, I can connect you to a travel option that will be the best fit.  I can even help create a travel-related gift package, so that the recipient has everything they need to start planning their trip.

For even more wow factor, why not book an entire vacation package? Together we can select the perfect travel elements to craft an amazing vacation experience.  From a tropical destination, Multi-Destination Vacation, European Tour or Cruise, or a Hawaiian or South Pacific Cruise, giving the gift of travel memories is priceless.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect vacation gift or want to plan your own in 2019, I’d love to hear from you!  Contact me today to get started making your travel dreams a reality! Let’s Get Acquainted!


I just want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season to you and your family and friends. Safe Travels and have a Happy New Year!


Best wishes,

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

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Black Friday Travel Promotions

Hello All Active Travelers!

Are you interested in Black Friday Travel Promotions? If you do not know Black Cats Travel Customizes Vacations for active travelers who want to experience new cultures, adventure, sightseeing, and relaxation. We do not sell on the best deal possible, BUT the best experience possible working within your budget…..HOWEVER Black Friday is an exception. There are some good sales and promotions out there for travel. You can contact me if you are interested in any specific destinations are interests you may have and activities you want to participate in. I will help you out. I wanted to let you know about some Promotions that Black Cats Travel would like to promote.

Black Cats Travel BLACK FRIDAY Promotions 

11 Days Moorea & Bora Bora Air included from $3969 from LA ; $4229 from NYC (price is per person)

  • Moorea staying 5 nights at the Intercontinental Moorea
  • Bora Bora staying 3 nights Intercontinental Bora Bora
  • Book by November 30th, Travel Dates at this price: Now to March 31, 2019
  • Price will increase after March 31, 2019
  • Prices can vary if you change choice of  resorts, length of stay, or room category

Universal Orlando Resort Winter Getaway Savings

  • Save $300 on a 4 nt stay for a family of 4
  • Book by January 9, 2019
  • Travel Now to March 31, 2019
  • 3-Park 2-Day Park-To-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Early Park Admission to one (1) Universal Orlando™ theme park as determined by Universal Orlando one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required)
  • 7 Hotel options ranging from Budget Friendly to Premier Hotels

I stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort in the summer of 2016. Since then other resorts have been built, but I thought it was a great resort with a South Pacific feel and great Luau show. I like the transportation via ferry. Universal Volcano Bay was not built at the time, but I enjoyed the other 2. Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal CityWalk was great for shopping and grabbing something to eat!

Black Friday @ Hotel Xcaret Mexico
Up to 40% off through Novmember 30th! Book Now.

I cannot recommend this resort more for active adventurous travelers who are also interrested in experiencing new cultures, cusine, and historical sites. A whole lot of fun and relaxation and well worth the money. 6 eco-friendly parks and 3 historical tours. I was just there in August and can share my experience with you. Read other previous posts of I written on Hotel Xcaret Mexico. Learn more information on Hotel Xcaret Mexico and what is ALL INCLUDED! Click here.

Come learn more about the 12 Ways Black Cats Travel Can help you on your Hotel Xcaret Mexico Trip too. Click here to read this article.

Why would I include these three promotions. Well I have had a client go to Moorea and Tahiti. Bora Bora is more relaxing, but that is part of what Black Cats Travel is about. An active vacation with some relaxation. You can find it in my Testimonials. I have also had experienced both staying at Universal Studios Florida and Hotel Xcaret Mexico. I have first hand experience and I can share that information with you too! These are all active places you can visit and enjoy.

If you are interested in learning more about planning an upcoming vacation Contact Me and Let’s Get Acquainted!

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours.

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Why Should YOU work with Black Cats Travel to Book YOUR Trip to Hotel Xcaret Mexico and have the FUN-Inclusive experience? Well I have come up with 12 Reasons why you should consider booking your trip to Hotel Xcaret Mexico even if you are unable to make it to Black Cats Travel Group “Fly to Xcaret” Departure Dates June 14-24, 2019.

1. TRAVEL AGENT

I am a Travel Agent who has Contacts with Hotel Xcaret Mexico FUN-Inclusive Resort. I can reach out to those contacts and if you have any questions I cannot answer for you. I will get an answer for you.

2. CONTACTS with the Resort

With the contacts I have with the resort, I can get your questions answered without you having to call the resort. You will not have to speak to a bilingual staff representative always answer the phone in Spanish. Being in Mexico, Spanish is their main language. If they are unable to answer your question, you will be transfered to another bilingual staff representative who will answer the phone in Spanish. Then you speak English and the conversation will go on from in English and hopefully you can get your question(s) answered. It had been a bit of a challenge until I went to the resort. You may have trouble understanding the staff represenative.

3. FAMILIARIZATION WITH RESORT

When I stayed at the resort I did a site inspection by a hotel staff member. I am familiar with the resort, the layout of the large resort. and I am familiar with what the resort has to offer it’s visitors.

4. MAKING RESERVATIONS

When it comes to making reservations, I know where reservations need to be made, be it for transporation to a park or tour or if it is for a restaurant or evening dinner show. I also know how far in advance reservations need to be made by.

5. PREARRANGE RESERVATIONS BEFORE ARRIVAL

I can prearrange reservations before your arrival if it is needed due to the fact that some tours and the dinner show are only on specific days of the week.

6. PARKS AND TOURS HOURS

I can provide you with the Parks and Tours Hours as well as the days of the week certain tours run. This may play a role in when you arrive or depart for your vacation..

7. HOTEL RESERVATION ADJUSTMENTS WITHOUT PENALTY

In regards to Black Cats Travel Fly to Xcaret, if you are unsure of your travel dates or length of stay, you can book your room for the longest length of time you will stay. If you want to shorten your stay prior to the final payment I can provide you the flexibility you you need. Flights will be added on when you are sure of your travel dates. The Departure Dates for Fly to Xcaret (Black Cats Travel Group Event) are June 14-24, 2019. Then you decide the length of stay you want.

8. FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE

I have first-hand experience at the following parks, Xcaret, Xplor, Xenses, Xhel-Ha, and visiting Tulum. I can tell you what to expect at these parks and how they differ. I can tell you about Tulum as well as the length of the tour, or combo tour included with Tulum. Since I have not experienced all the Parks and Tours Hotel Xcaret Mexico offers that is why I need to go back.

9. KNOWLEDGE OF PARKS AND TOURS

With my first-hand experience I can let you know if this resort and vacation would be a great experience for you. I can let you know about the parks and the new Park Xavage which has been added since I was there in August 2018. I can tell you what parks would be great for you and your family to visit and perhaps which ones would not be a good choice.

10. I HAVE PICTURES

I have plenty of pictures you can see and I will share with you to make sure this is the vacation for you.

11. RECOMMENDING PACKING LIST

I can recommend what items you should pack and what parks/tours you would need them for.

12. UNDERSTANDING OF TRANSPORTATION TO AIRPORT, PARKS, AND TOURS

I can explain how transportation works by going to all the parks and tours.

Do you want information on any of the 12 Listed Items I can answer for you? You will not have to call the resort, you have a English Speaking Travel Agent, that has Contacts with the Resort and can get your questions answered. You do not have to make numerous phone calls to Hotel Xcaret Mexico, only to Laura Gibson with Black Cats Travel.

Of course there are some hidden gems, that only you would know by experiencing Hotel Xcaret Mexico and other possible surprises when joining Fly to Xcaret. Contact me! Let’s Get Acquainted!

What to know the the details about Hotel Xcaret and all that it has to offer as anunforgettable vacation opportunity. Click here.

Let’s have some fun by staying at Hotel Xcaret Mexico!
I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Have a great day!

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Buy Travel Protection

To All My Active Travelers!

I am here to touch upon a subject that I have been told I have been a bit pushy about. That is buying Travel Insurance or my preferred term is Travel Protection. I use the term Travel Protection because you are protecting your investment spent for your vacation. After these past hurricanes that we have just had, Florence, Michael, and who cannot forget Hurricane Maria from last year,  Travel Protection I feel this is an important topic to touch upon now.

The Question is:
“Why should you buy Travel Protection?”

Here are My Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Buy Travel Protection.

1. Trip Cancellation and Interruption

These past Hurricanes we had are weather related. If you were planning on traveling during these past hurricanes, would you? Well airports would be shut down, how could you travel be it leaving or arriving back home? Trip Interuption could be weather related as well. Perhaps you need a connecting flight, but due to weather conditions the flight cannot arrive on time. You have to wait a day until you can catch your next flight. You have lost 1 full day of your vacation. One day you paid for to be in Tahiti for your 10 year anniversary. Would you like to be reimbursed?

What about if you or a family member get sick or injured prior to your trip. Will you want to take care of that family member or maybe they were joining you on that trip to Italy, but cannot make it now due to sickness or injury. You are going to Italy, a 2 week vacation to Italy. You have spent a pretty penny for this once in a life time trip. Do you want to lose partial or all that money you invested in because you need to cancel.

There are numerous reasons why a trip would need to be cancelled or how a trip can be interupted. These were just a couple of examples.

2.   Baggage (Lost, stolen or damaged baggage)

So let’s say due to that delayed connecting flight your luggage got lost when heading to Tahiti. Yes you would be upset and maybe the luggage would be found, but you know that you will get reimbursed for that lost, stolen or damaged baggage. What if this were to happen without Travel Protection bought? oh well.

3.  Medical (for health issues that occur outside of your normal coverage area)

Say you’re doing some hiking in Costa Rica and you slip and fall and break your legs. You will need to get to a hospital. You need medical coverage to take care of the surgery you are going to need. Since you are going to be missing part of your vacation due to spending time in the hospital you are missing part of your vacation. Just because you have health insurance at home does not mean that it will cover you on your trip. Would you like to have your medical expenses covered? I think so.

My Sum Up of the Importance of Buying Travel Protection

Think about it, you have invested money on taking your romantic getaway, vacation, or perhaps it is a destination wedding you are going to. As recommended by Black Cats Travel you should start planning your vacation at least 6-8 months in advance. Being that you would book your vacation so far in advance many things can happen between when you book and when you travel. Do you want to lose partial or all that money you paid for your trip? Do you want a stress free trip? Of course you do, but buying that travel protection can help you knowing  that “if”…. It is like a “safety net.” You bought it now you have no need to worry about the investment you spent on your vacation.

There are multiple travel protection plans available. If you have any questions click here and Contact Me. If you are ready on planning your next Getaway click here and Let’s Get Acquainted!

Have a great day!

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

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Mayan Dance at Xcaret Park

“Fly to Xcaret” a Black Cats Travel Exclusive Event was originally set for Departure Dates: June 14-24, 2019! Now with the lowest room rates ended just yesterday February 4th, June is sold out at the best rates. With no bookings of at least 5 rooms, I cannot save you even more money. I have chosen August 2019, but dates have not been decided because I haven’t heard from you. Let’s try and arrange a group of 5 rooms to save even more money. More friends and family the merrier!

I just want you to have the great experience I had last August. Way to short. I had such a great time at Hotel Xcaret Mexico FUN-INCLUSIVE Resort, parks, and Tulum Tour, I want to go back and why not with a Group interested in a cultural, active, adventure, historical, and relaxing vacation? You can experience a little of everything.

Who will enjoy Hotel Xcaret Mexico?

Active Travelers, families, couples, or groups. Vacationers who want to explore the culture, history, adventure, water sports & activities, cuisine and more. Also Engaged Couples interested in having a Destination Wedding not on the beach, but perhaps at one of the parks or resort. For children of 5 years in up, preferrablly around 8 years old for those kids not afraid of some adventure.

If you haven’t planned a honeymoon, maybe this might be something you would like. If you have a 2019 wedding, maybe you might be interested in this and perhaps saving some money.

What does FUN Inclusive Include?

What is Included in the price of your stay is unbelievable. It is well worth your money if you are an active traveler.

1. Round trip transportation directily to the resort and back to the airport. Accomodations, all food and beverages with the exception of 1 restaurant at the resort.

 2. Transportation to all parks and tours. Some need reservations due to the distance. 3 parks do not. Xcaret, Xplor, and Xenses. Continous pick up from resort to all 3 parks. 20 minutes round trip all day.

3. Free entrance to all the parks and tours + meals included at parks. The exception is Xenses. Most people go there because it takes about 4 hrs to go through this park and go to another park or the resort and get a meal that is included. Go to the parks as much as you’d like.

If you are interested in participating in “Fly to Xcaret!” contact me and if August 2019  does not work let me know. You will not receive the possible promo code, but I can create one if you have a group of 5 rooms booked, Look for a follow up email 12 Things Black Cats Travel Can Provide You that You Don’t Know by Booking it On the Resort Website. My list continues to grow. Only one who has stayed there can know. I just want to make it as stress free as possible for you. This article will soon come.

If you are afraid you would not be able to afford this trip that includes so much. Click here for my 14+ Ways to Pay For Your Dream Vacation and Learn the Approximate Amounts You Can Save.

If you know of anyone interested in possibly going to “Fly to Xcaret!” pass the word along.

Click here to learn more about Fly to Xcaret, pricing and possible savings. You are welcome to give me a call as well to schedule an over the phone conversation. Let’s Schedule!

Are you ready to Go to Hotel Xcaret Mexico? Click Here and Let’s Plan Your Getaway!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Have a great day!

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

Infinity pool at Hotel Xcaret Mexico

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Travel Planning Fees with Black Cats Travel

Hello to everyone and I hope that you have had a nice summer. The first day of Fall will be coming on September 22, 2018. I notified everyone on the first day of summer that new New Travel Planning Fees would be implemented on the first day of Fall, which is September 22, 2018.

Take advantage of the current “Plan to Go Retainer” currently in place because things will change on September 22, 2018 with new Vacation Planning Fees. Currently you can receive a 100% refund if you choose to book with Black Cats Travel.

If you have any questions regarding my travel planning services are are interested in booking your upcoming honeymoon or vacation Contact me now before Travel Planning Fees are in place. Let’s Get Acquainted!

Hope to hear from you soon and have a great day!

Best regards,

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist
203-939-7025
Laura@BlackCatsTravel.com
BlackCatsTravel.com

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