Last month, the Southern Travel Agency team sent clients Tim and Summer Bell on an exciting Scotland vacation to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary in Europe. We couldn’t wait to hear all about how the couple celebrated this special milestone abroad, and to share the fun details with you! From the medieval streets of Edinburgh to the majestic Highlands landscape, read on as Summer brings us back to their Scottish sojourn. (more…)
Whether you have a honeymoon, anniversary, destination wedding, or simply an adults-only holiday on the horizon, a vacation planner is the ultimate must-have while planning any romantic getaway. More than just an automated website with finite, inside-the-box options, a vacation planner is a real person who can truly tailor experiences while turning your dream vacation into a tangible reality. Read on to find out some of the many ways our expert travel planners can bring value to your vacation! (more…)
When you think “Africa,” you may imagine lions prowling the savannah, the blazing sun setting behind Table Mountain, or the ancient pyramids of Egypt. But does the word “luxury” come to mind? It should! Luxury Africa travel allows you to experience this absolutely spellbinding continent in comfort and style. (more…)
Itching to dance the Samba, spot curly-tailed monkeys swinging through the trees, or marvel at ancient manmade wonders? You can do it all in South America! For a custom tailored family fun time or group vacation unlike any other, it may be time to plan a trip down south to check out one of these top South America vacation destinations. Photo by Elizeu Dias on Unsplash (more…)
On her recent vacation to the Sandals Resort at Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, Helen Bissell said that one of the highlights of the trip was when she got to swim with pigs. “Our boat captain took us to the bay with pigs, stopped by an island crawling with iguanas, and even stopped the boat in the middle of the ocean so we could hop right into the amazingly deep but clear blue water.” The only thing better than swimming with pigs and chilling with iguanas? That she got to experience this adventure with close friends. (more…)
Esther and one of her grandsons on Safari in Africa.
We’ve had the absolute pleasure of planning some very special trips for our client Esther Murray over the years: Each time one of her grandchildren turns 20 years old, Esther takes them on an incredible luxury family vacation abroad! Top Photo by Tobin Rogers on Unsplash (more…)
Family vacations are the perfect time to strengthen bonds while traveling with teenagers, go on new adventures together, and create family memories that will last a lifetime. But if you’re the parent or grandparent of a tween or teenager, you know how hard it can be to get kids at this age to get excited about anything — even a vacation! Instead of seeing the sights with the family, tweens and teenagers are too busy rolling their eyes or texting on their iPhones to notice. But traveling with your older kids can be rewarding, if you know how to keep them interested. Our client Kari Baker shares her family travel experiences about her fantastic 10-day trip to Lucerne, Paris, and London with her husband and 12-year-old twin daughters.
Mike and Lauren Kerbelis, luxury travel advisors at Southern Travel Agency in Augusta, Georgia, share their romantic travel insider tips and best romantic dream destinations. Here they are at the luxury Sandals Emerald Bay resort, their favorite romantic escape destination. While red roses and a box of chocolates is the old standby, we know that “romance” means something different for everyone. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to take a typical romantic vacation to see the sparks fly with your partner! (more…)
Are you making your must-visit travel list for the new year? From quaint, cobblestone-streets in Europe to sun-soaked beaches in the Caribbean, there are so many wonderful places to explore. That can make narrowing down your list a tough job! Luckily, our travel experts here at Southern Travel Agency are ready to help. Whether you’re looking for a romantic just-for-two escape or a heart-pumping adventure through breathtaking wilderness, you’ll love our picks for the top travel destinations 2018. (more…)
Pure Sophistication and a Pristine Island Paradise: Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Spa and Tennis Resort at the Great Exuma, Bahamas
Head to the exotic Bahamian Out Islands to experience true luxury at Sandals Emerald Bay.
Pair the easy-going rhythms of Bahamian life with a private romantic escape at a luxury Sandals property that pulls out all the stops. One of the most beautiful all inclusive resorts adults only, Sandals Emerald Bay resort is designed to ensure you’ll feel like you’re the only ones there. Their service reigns supreme and elegant villas and Bahamian-style architecture transport you to another place and time.
Alaska is considered the Last Frontier. It’s a magical place where wilderness still reigns supreme, untouched by human intervention. It’s a place of breathtaking beauty — which is why a luxury Alaska vacation is on so many travelers’ bucket lists. If it’s on yours too, here’s how to explore Alaska the sophisticated way. Discover how luxury amenities and high-end comforts complement unbelievable excursions and activities that grant you incredible access to one of the world’s last truly wild places:
Our client Laurie Pratt just returned from the kind of trip that even the most experienced travelers dream about: a luxury African safari. From spotting cheetahs, lions, and more, to what it’s like to stay in tented camps, we asked Laurie to share her honest perspective on her safari experience with us.
Read on to discover what Laurie’s bucket-list safari trip was like, see her incredible photos — and find out the unusual reason she decided to take the trip now!
From the temples of Angkor Wat to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong (which really look like the touch the sky!), Asia is a land full of wonderment. And it’s ripe for your exploration. If you’ve never been to Asia before, however, taking the trip to this storied continent may make one wary. But there’s no need to be. For the best vacation in Asia, stick to classic itineraries that serve up comfort, while still allowing you to encounter some of the most beautiful sights in Asia. Here are our three expert recommendations:
When summer vacation rolls around, it’s tempting to just pack the kids in the car and head to the closest beach for a week. But summer vacation doesn’t have to mean doing the same old, same old! If you’re in search of educational, out-of-the-box family summer vacation ideas, we suggest a trip out west.
If you live on the east coast, a trip out west can be far more exotic than hoping on a plane for the Caribbean. Have your children yet experienced the majesty of the Grand Canyon or Montana’s Big Sky Country? How do these summer vacation ideas sound? It’s like a whole different world out there!
If you’re looking to escape the stress of the holidays, or just spend some more intimate time with your closest loved ones, there’s no better way to do that than through travel. A holiday vacation is the best gift of all!
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that a holiday vacation really worth savoring takes time to plan. If you’re thinking of vacationing around the holidays next year, then start planning that vacation now. Photo by Rich Lock on Unsplash
Ever dreamed of going on an epic travel adventure? That’s exactly the way our client Lee Ann Carter loves to travel! We spoke with Lee Ann about her most recent exciting trip to get all the adventurous details:
You and your 22-year-old daughter recently had some pretty unique experiences on your vacation to Sweden in January. Can you tell me about your first stop during that vacation? (more…)
National Geographic is one of the most beloved institutions in the nation — and really, the world. We’ve all marveled at the stunning photos taken by National Geographic photographers, watched the inspiring television series that bring attention to the world’s most delicate habitats, and we’ve all lovingly flipped through the pages of National Geographic’s flagship magazine.
Now, National Geographic has paired with one of our favorite tour operators — G Adventures — to bring fun, affordable tour options to their fans. Below, you can read all about this new partnership, through our interview with G Adventures Global Purpose Specialist Sean Simmons. Sean really highlights what makes this partnership so special — enjoy!
Our client Charles Dickson recently returned from a 10-night cruise on luxury line Celebrity that sailed throughout the eastern Caribbean. Chuck has been on more than 25 cruises, but this time he and his wife did something a little different — instead of booking their normal “veranda” room, they got a luxurious suite. What was the upgrade like? “It was just unbelievable,” said Chuck.
Photo by Linval Ebanks
At the beginning of the year, most people hit “pause” on life and take stock of where they are, and where they want to go — both literally and figuratively! Many families start dreaming about what incredible vacations they want to take over the next 12 months.
This feature article highlights what’s really going on in the travel marketplace for today’s consumer.
The best practice is booking as far in advance of your travel date as possible, and here’s why.
From the bustling Christmas markets in Europe to the humongous tree decked out in tinsel at New York’s Rockefeller Center, the spirit of Christmas can be seen all around the world. To celebrate this cheeriest of holidays, we wanted to share with you a collection of photos that showcase how Christmas is celebrated in different countries.
Enjoy this quick holiday-themed travel tour without ever leaving your home this Christmas day!