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Are You a Bum at Bartering?
Bottom-line principals used to barter better Since the creation of man, mankind has always bartered. The concept of set pricing is truly still in its infancy. But just as wearing shoes has made the
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How to Get Robbed When You Travel Over the Holidays
Want a robber to lighten your load? A nifty nipper nicking your nonsense while you navigate new nations? Then please consider the following advice. 1. Wear jeans and ballcaps. There is no better way
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An Update on Our Savvy Life Adventure
Life holds many adventures, doesn’t it? It is a labyrinth of twists and turns, and you never know what is around the corner. For us, this has been a trying year. You might say
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Combine Those New Year’s Resolutions to Taste Sweet Success
I hear it all the time in January: “My New Year Resolutions are to lose weight, travel and save money.” Around April, I hear this: “Yeah, I dropped my resolutions. I just couldn’t keep
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Is It Safe to Travel to Europe Today?
In light of the recent events, people keep asking us “With terrorism spreading west, is it safe to travel to Europe?” We decided to answer this question here. Death by evil has been ever-present
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Last Day-Miami (Part Two)- The Global Scavenger Hunt!
When we were finally able to tear ourselves away from the estate, we headed down to Little Havana, stopping on the way to grab a cortado- an espresso with evaporated milk. Because we do
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Last Day- Miami (Part One)- Global Scavenger Hunt!
Our last leg was in Miami. It was interesting to be back in the United States but still have scavenges to do. Even though Mom and I have both been to Miami before, we
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Cartagena, Day 2- Global Scavenger Hunt!
Our second day in Colombia was full of history! In the morning we walked around, ate gelato, and accidentally left Old Town in our stroll (oops!). We also met some awesome new friends- students, well
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Colombia-The Global Scavenger Hunt!
Mom and I were very excited to go to Cartagena, Colombia for the second-to-last leg of the Global Scavenger Hunt. South America is a continent that we have never been to before and puts
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Barcelona, Spain- The Global Scavenger Hunt!
April 27th was the 17th day and the 8th leg of The Global Scavenger Hunt 2015! We took an 8½ hour train trip from Nice to the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain and arrived
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Monaco and Nice- The Global Scavenger Hunt!
We caught a train from Genova to Monaco after we visited the Basilica di Santa Maria. We absolutely love how easy it is to take a train from country to country, with no passport
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Milan Day Two and Genova!
Greetings, Friends! It has been a while since we last posted because, unfortunately, the wifi in our latest hotels did not support the tablet enough to post anything! People with computers had no issue,
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Milan-Day 1-Global Scavenger Hunt!
We arrived in Milan in the evening, went to a wonderful little restaurant and had some absolutely wonderful pizza! The official competition started the next morning. It had a very interesting beginning to it,
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United Arab Emirates-Day 2-Global Scavenger Hunt!
One of the scavenges on our list was to get to the hightest verticle point possible in Abu Dhabi. Interestingly, it was actually tower 2 of our very own hotel, so we started our
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United Arab Emirates- Day 1- Global Scavenger Hunt!
Here we are, on a train in Italy headed from Milan to Monte Carlo and I am writing about the UAE. We are so behind with our blogging because we have been out site-doing
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Malaysia-Global Scavenger Hunt!
We had a brief, 4 hour layover here, so Mom and I took off with another team, called “Birds and Buns” (funny back story to that), to go out and see what we could.
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Bali Day 3- Global Scavenger Hunt!
Day 3 of Bali held more interesting things for us. We really love this country, it is very organic and the people are so down to earth and sweet! The community is very important
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Day 2 of Bali- Global Scavenger Hunt!
Day 2 of Bali found us at the bottom of Mt. Batur ready to climb it and take in the sunrise after a 2:00 am pickup. We were with some delightful young girls, three
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Bali- Day 1- Global Scavenger Hunt
Our third destination on this incredible journey was Bali. We are now three for three of places we had not yet seen but always wanted to visit. Bali! It was like a dream come
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Melbourne, Australia- Global Scavenger Hunt
Melbourne, Australia was our next stop in this amazing “Blind Date With the World”, as  Bill Chalmers, the Founder of the Great Escape Global Scavenger Hunt, likes to refer to it. The beginning of
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Fiji- Days 2 and 3- Global Scavenger Hunt!
It has been several days since we were in Fiji and we have been so busy that there has been very little time left over to blog! We left off in Fiji after the
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Fiji- Day 1- Global Scaveger Hunt!
Greetings! We have just finished our leg in Fiji- what an amazing country it is! The culture has  a very “Island Time” feel, and the people are very laid back, open, and loving. On
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The Global Scavenger Hunt- First Impressions
Bula! (Greetings in FIJIAN)! It is day 2 of the Global Scavenger Hunt grand adventure, and Mom and I are sitting by the pool at the Westin Resort in…… Fiji!! That is right, Fiji
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2 Days to Adventure!
With only two days left before we depart on the GreatEscape 2015 Global Scavenger Hunt, it is crunch time. We are so excited that we cannot stand it, while at the same time anxious
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Helping Strangers in Strange Lands
As we stated in our previous blog, we are very excited to announce that we have been accepted as one of 15 teams that will be participating in the 2015 Global Scavenger Hunt! Please
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The Global Scavenger Hunt!
My daughter, Kate, and I are very excited to announce our acceptance to the 2015 Global Scavenger Hunt! Out of hundreds of applicants from up to 50 countries, we were chosen to participate in
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“Where the World First Fell in Love With Sandals”
Sandals Montego Bay- October 2014 As Professional Vacation Advisors located in Nashville, TN, at My Savvy Vacation we stay at the places we sell in order to be able to advise our clients with
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Sandals Royal Bahamian- My Savvy Impressions
As an Independent Travel Advisor and a Certified Sandals Specialist, I am very familiar with Sandals, having visited most of the locations to learn about them and stayed at many as a guest on
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San Francisco
The City of Love, Baghdad by the Bay, The City That Knows How… Build on 43 hills, San Francisco is a city of many names, and rightly so. Who knew that a small fishing
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Sandals CSS Training
 TAMYRA NASH OF MY SAVVY VACATION ATTENDS SANDALS RESORTS’ LUXURY INCLUDED® WORSKSHOP AT IN NASHVILLE, TN Nashville, TN, May 9th, 2013 – Tamyra Nash of My Savvy Vacation Travel Advisors participated in an intensive
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My Trip to Table Mountain and The Cape of Good Hope
I’ve been back a whole month, but my spirit is still soaring from my South Africa Adventure! I am so in love with that place… March 26th found my friends and me headed to
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South Africa Winelands- Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” — Michael Broadbent On my South Africa Journey, 24 March 2011 found my illustrious group and me visiting
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South Africa- Amy Biehl Foundation
As I have said in my previous blogs about my latest adventure, South Africa is sensuous, grand, and diverse, with a sultry vibe that is intoxicating! There is so much to do in this
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South Africa Itinerary- Lion Sands in Style
I have posted several hotel reviews and still have so much to share, but today, I want to share just one of the many itinerary options that are available through Lion World Tours. Contact
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Cape Town South Africa- Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Review
South Africa really is the “Rainbow Nation”, with so many contrasts in her diverse locations and landscapes.  Whether you enjoy majestic mountains, breathtaking ocean views, observing wildlife right outside your door, or partaking of
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Cape Town South Africa- A Commodore Hotel Review
I am still on cloud nine from my extraordinary trip to South Africa, and want to continue with hotel reviews of the properties at which we stayed and visited. Next on the list is
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Cape Town South Africa Table Bay Hotel Review
South Africa, is an intoxicating mix of sleek, sexy cosmopolitan and raw, sensuous, primitive emerging cultures, and she has won my heart and warmed my soul. Never have I been so moved by any
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South Africa Bound
I am on my way to New York, and then onto South Africa for 10 days! I will have so much to blog about with photos and video when I get back, so stay
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Internet Travel or Travel Pro
I was talking with a friend of mine, and she asked me how I compete with the big online travel sites and internet travel? I think she was playing the “Devil’s Advocate” because she
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Client Profile- Whom Do I Serve?
While I was reviewing my client base, and organizing files, I was encouraged to put together a couple of Client Profile Personas. As a Vacation Consultant who offers a high level of customer service,
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Customer Relationship Management
One of the most challenging aspects of being an independent business owner is customer relationship management. As a Professional Vacation Consultant who offers a concierge level of service, it is critical for me to
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Customer Service Sample of a Travel Professional
As a Professional Vacation Consultant, offering my clients a high level of customer service is one of my top priorities. With the permission of some clients, I would like to share their experience, and
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What Does It Take To Be a Travel Agent?
As I head into my fifth year working in the travel industry, I have been visiting my goals, studying my successful growth and reflecting on the question, “What does it take to be a
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Romantic Getaways- Explore the Possibilities
One of the most rewarding segments of my travel business is planning Romantic Getaways; whether it is All-Inclusive Romantic Getaways, Weekend Romantic Getaways, or Romantic Tours and Excursions, I have planned travel for new
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Travel Trends for 2011- A Personal Review
Wondering what the travel trends are going to be for 2011? If my bookings are any indication, people are wanting a variety of options and the travel market is promising to be strong this
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Why Use a Travel Professional When Booking a Group Cruise?
One of my favorite types of travel to put together is a group cruise. It might be a family reunion, a niche group such as foodies, and wine lovers, or it might even be
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Cruising the Mediterranean With Costa, a Costa Cruise Review
Visiting the Mediterranean has been a lifelong dream, and I finally got the chance to sail aboard the Costa Fortuna, which sails out of Venice, Italy. It was one of my favorite experiences, from
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The Don CeSar, a St Pete Hotel Restaurant Review
After I wrote about the Don Cesar Resort in St Pete, I started thinking about the wonderful food we have enjoyed there, and wanted to elaborate on that, as discovering wonderful food is such
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The Don CeSar Beach Resort, a St Pete Beach Hotel Review
One of my favorite hotels to relax, take in some rays on the beautiful St Pete beach, and indulge in the fabulous spa options is the Loews Don CeSar Hotel Beach Resort, the only
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Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, Bermuda Hotel Review
Conde Nast Readers have once again voted Bermuda the “Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic Region” for the 17th consecutive year at the Conde Nast Travelers 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. In fact, Bermuda was ranked
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Incredible European Vacation Packages
As a Professional Vacation Concierge who specializes in offering a high level of customer service to busy people who do not have the time nor the desire to research and plan their own vacations,
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Is Your Vacation “Weather-Proof”?
People travel 365 days a year, and that may mean traveling through really bad weather. Sometimes it is during the holidays to destinations with a lot of snow and ice. Sometimes it is during
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When to Bare and What to Wear
When we travel, we all face the questions of what to wear, how much should I take, which shoes, what’s the temperature going to be… It seems that many Americans think that a sweatsuit
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North to Alaska!
Originally Posted by Christopher Hollahan My wife and I, along with 30+ of my fellow co-workers and a dozen assorted wives, husbands and travelling companions just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and we all fervently hope that it is not
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The Awesome, Exotic Experience of Travel in Romantic China
Traveling to China was one of the highlights of my professional career as a travel consultant. I had no idea what was in store for me and my son, who was my companion on
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How We Survived Walt Disney World With 14 Family Members in Tow
“If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair,
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Relationship, Educational and Cultural Benefits of Travel
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  Mark twain Getting out
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Health Benefits of Travel
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  St. Augustine Those words are so very true, right down to the ground! Whether you are talking about the
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