Encompass The World Travel Blog

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It’s Client Appreciation Week

It’s no secret: We love travel. We love helping you travel. We hold deep gratitude in our hearts for the opportunities that God has blessed us with since our business opening in 1986. To show our sincere appreciation, Encompass the World Travel/Westlake Travel will be dedicating a week to celebrate our clients and our travel partners. We’ll be showcasing our top preferred travel partners while highlighting our favorite products and destinations. Client Appreciation Week begins October 14, and we are excited to share some exclusive surprises with you. Our valued clients: Thank you for your loyalty to our business. When…
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How You Can Spend a Perfect Day at CocoCay

This post is sponsored by Travel Leaders Network. Over the last year, Royal Caribbean has been working hard to revamp its private island in the Bahamas. Now that it is officially open to cruisers, you may be wondering how you can spend a Perfect Day at CocoCay. Home to the Tallest and Largest Found in CocoCay’s Thrill WaterparkSM, Daredevil’s PeakSM rises 135 feet over the island, making it the tallest water slide in North America. If you are looking for a tamer way to slide away the day, the park has twelve other water slides to choose from. After experiencing…
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8 Tips for Smooth Holiday Travel

Traveling in the middle of the busy holiday season can turn even the most seasoned traveler into a Grinch.  Whether you are flying, driving, or riding to your destination, these 8 tips for smooth holiday travel can make the trip less stressful. Confirm Reservations – Don’t let a schedule change or computer glitch jeopardize your travel plans.  Confirm the details of all reservations 24-48 hours before you travel.  Verify all flight or route schedules, check pickup times and locations for transportation, and contact your hotel to review room requests. Check In Online – Whether you’re flying, cruising, or even staying…
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Spooktacular Halloween Destinations

For many people, traveling for the holidays sparks images of crowded airports and last-minute flights to be home in time to carve the turkey or unwrap a gift. But, with so many wonderfully wicked destinations across the globe, Halloween is one holiday you may want to consider traveling for. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to pack your bags, and plan your costume! Hawaiian Islands While Hawaiian Islands may not be the first place you think of for a Halloween haunt, there are many opportunities to get into the spooky spirit. There are festivities for all ages, like the…
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Announcement: Pleasant Valley Travel Joins Encompass the World

Pleasant Valley Travel has faithfully served northeast Ohio for over 30 years and we are pleased to announce that they are now a part of Encompass the World Travel, operating out of our Brunswick office. Together, we mourn the loss of Renee Boblick, who operated Pleasant Valley Travel for years after her parents’ semi-retirement. With the sudden changes that have happened, Pleasant Valley Travel wants to ensure the continued operation of business with clients is the top priority. Nichola Hidey, of Pleasant Valley Travel, is officially all settled in with the Encompass the World team. Nichola says, “One of the great…
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Europe: Three Reasons You Should Go Right Now!

European travel is back and more popular than ever. Our team of travel experts have seen a definite increase in clients requesting European vacations. Why is it such a great time to plan a visit overseas? More for Your MoneyThe US dollar is much stronger abroad than a few years ago. Better exchange rates against the euro, British pound, and other European currencies means your travel budget can stretch a little farther. Fantastic Flights Lower fuel prices and more competition from low-cost carriers is making it easier to find transatlantic airfare options that don’t break the bank. The increase in…
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All About the Upgrade

How do you take a good vacation and make it great? Simple – It’s all about the upgrades! Even if you’re watching your budget, adding a few special touches can make all the difference in your travel experience. Those details are often the most memorable parts of your trip. Here are some of our agents favorite ways to enhance your next getaway: First-Class Flying – No one likes spending hours twisted up like pretzel, so get your trip off to a comfortable start by upgrading your airline seats. First class will get you the most luxury, of course, but premium economy…
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Trending Now: Travel Safety

Whether you watch the news or just skim your Facebook feed, you’re probably aware that travel safety has been a hot topic lately.  Eye-catching headlines and increased attention from media outlets has resulted in a lot of questions and concerns being raised by travelers. Feeling unsafe while traveling takes away the thrill of exploration. For any destination, it’s important to stay healthy, protect yourself from theft or loss of valuables, and be prepared to deal with unexpected events. Encompass the World Travel agents have eight travel tips that can help keep you safe during your next trip, no matter where your travel…
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Travel Resolutions for 2018

New year, new adventures! Not all new year’s resolutions need to be focused on changing who you are. Instead, focus on where you are. As you look ahead to the new year, don’t forget to think about your travel goals! To inspire your next journey, our travel agents have some tips for you! Try a New Type of Travel The most obvious idea is to visit a new destination, but another way to add excitement is by changing how you travel. Swap your ocean cruise for an all-inclusive resort stay, or a try a river cruise instead. If you’re normally…
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12 Honeymoon Planning Tips

It’s the time of year when we have the pleasure of meeting many soon-to-be-spouses. After so much detailed planning for the best day of your lives, you earn the ultimate escape–a honeymoon. For many couples, their honeymoon is the first exotic adventure together. Encompass the World Travel agents are experts at making your honeymoon dreams a reality. Here are 12 tips from our experts that will ensure your honeymoon experience is romantic, memorable, and completely stress-free!   1. Start planning early (9-12 months in advance) and enlist the help of Encompass the World Travel as your travel professionals.       2….
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