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8 Reasons to Hire a Travel Agent for your Next Vacation

Looking to escape the cold this winter? Travel smarter by booking your getaway with a travel agent to ensure an easy, stress-free experience. These are several benefits to utilizing a travel agent that you may not have realized:

  • Travel agents have exclusive access to deals, upgrades, and packages that you cannot find anywhere else.
  • Travel agents know about hidden costs associated with traveling (such as resort fees, taxes, mandatory gratuities, etc.) and will be able to inform you of these costs up front so you are not greeted at your resort or cruise ship with a surprise charge that you were not planning for.
  • Good travel agents want to make you a customer for life. They will not try to sell you the most expensive package, but rather, will recommend the vacation package that best fits your budget and goals for your trip.
  • When you utilize an agent for your travel, you never travel alone. You have someone with experience checking flights, gates, travel advisories, new regulations and requirements for safe and stress-free travel.
  • Travel agents have access to excellent travel insurance that will cover your trip for things such as last-minute cancellations, weather-related delays, lost or stolen luggage, emergency medical care at your destination, and more! Did you know that most U.S. medical insurance carriers do NOT cover medical expenses incurred outside of the U.S.?
  • A good agent will go the extra mile to make sure you have a memorable, stress-free adventure. Never worry again about planning itineraries, finding passport requirements, or missing other required travel documents. Your travel agent will tell you exactly what you need for your specific destination.
  • Most vacation packages booked through a travel agent require only a small down payment at the time of booking. Payments can be made up to 4-6 weeks before the travel date. Pair this benefit with travel insurance, and you can book the trip of a lifetime with no risk involved!
  • Most travel agents do not charge anything for their services. That means that you get the same pricing that they would get on their own vacations! It might sound too good to be true, but travel agents are paid by hotels, cruise ships, tour operators, car rental companies, etc. so you can enjoy all of the above benefits of booking with an agent for no additional cost!


Ready for a quote? Contact Alicia at Sunset Dreams Travel – 800-690-3128 ext. 95 or visit

Sunset Dreams Travel specializes in romantic and family vacations to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean, and other epic U.S. locations by land or sea. We pride ourselves in going above and beyond for our clients and include an extra surprise for every client’s booked trip. We provide superior customer service, great attention to detail, and a personalized experience that ensures your trip is like none other. You deserve the trip of a lifetime every time!


Some attractions you can enjoy in Tioman Island

bhii90Tioman Island has become one of the most popular destinations visited by many divers, both amateurs and professionals around the world. The undersea of Tioman Island is fully occupied with Stag horn corals, Gorgon sea fans and also numerous kinds of sea sponges. You can find many amazing snorkeling areas around the Tioman Island if you want to get an enjoyable sensation of diving along with golden stripped fish, parrot fish and wrasse. The attractiveness of Tioman Island is regarded as one of the most breathtaking islands in the world.

The island primary attraction is basically in its natural charm. You will discover around 50 species of mammals, mountains and waterfalls in the Tioman rainforest. Creation of big granite which is well suited for climbing experience also can be discovered in this island. (more…)

Should I start a home-based travel agency?

nhq1This overall need to travel that’s shared by average citizens and corporate denizens alike means that this is an excellent time to launch a travel services business. The travel industry is huge. Research by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) indicates that the travel and tourism industry generates $1.3 trillion in economic activity in the U.S. every year. That’s equivalent to $3.4 billion a day, $148 million an hour, $2.4 million a minute and $40,000 a second. No wonder the opportunities for aspiring travel services business owners abound.

What do travel agents do?

Travel agents can be described as a concierge service for vacationers.  Your clients will expect a variety of services to be performed by you on their behalf.  The basics, clients will need you to research and book hotels, flights and car rental for an upcoming trip.  You should also be familiar with the local modes of transportation… railroads, bus lines and car services available. (more…)

Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors can improve home value

bhyu88Whether you are refinishing and sanding your hardwood floors , waxing and polishing, bleaching and staining or even restoring and repairing , renovation you make to your wood floors are good option , as it can improve your home values . Maybe you are going to flip your home, maybe you are prepping to put up for sale or maybe you simply want a fast upgrade to make your house the charmer it should be. If you are a lucky homeowner who has wood floors even though it is outdated. You have got valuable piece in your home. Get the most from it.

Remodeling a home seems like an exciting and great idea until you get the satisfied result of the project. In actual fact it is quite difficult, costly and also bit of a tedious job. You don’t have any experiences to do it yourself, but you want professional results . (more…)


huytt90This pesto would make a wonderful snack with some raw veggies or gluten free crackers, spread on a pizza crust for a base, or with your choice of pasta, as long as it’s not refined! ;).  Pasta is typically a comfort food for a lot of people but can also contribute to a big belly if you are eating the wrong kind.  Hopefully by now you have experimented with different types of pasta and will never turn back to the nutrient stripped white pasta that eventually breaks down into sugar.  Years ago we made the switch to whole wheat pasta but have now learned that gluten isn’t very easy to digest and that there are much healthier options.  We love eating quinoa pasta and rice pasta.  Kamut and spelt, although not gluten free are also a nice alternative as they are easier to digest than wheat, if that is a concern for you.

On to the recipe…

Kale Walnut Pesto: (more…)

Book review: The Horse Boy, Rupert Isaacson

mk88Travel writer and activist Rupert Isaacson has written for an assortment of publications in diverse parts of the English-speaking world. Married to an academic psychologist and based in Texas, travel was his livelihood as well as his pleasure. But when his son was diagnosed with autism in 2004, the whole family’s world threatened to implode. Five-year-old Rowan had epic tantrums during which he would scream and wail inconsolably for hours, was physically incontinent and  completely unable to connect with others. The child had 9 of 10 symptoms of autism, but because he could make good eye contact the clinicians thought he couldn’t be autistic.

Life for Isaacson and his wife became a never-ending series of crises. Hypersensitivity could make Rowan flip out if the texture of his clothing wasn’t quite right, or when he had to go from one place to another. And of course, he was still in diapers.

Nothing seemed to help until, in 2004, Rowan started making friends with his neighbour’s horse, Betsy. The first time they met, she dipped her head to him in the sign of obeisance which horses rarely give to other horses, let alone humans. Rowan liked Betsy just as much. On her back his tantrums calmed, he began to speak lucidly and even told the horse he loved it – the first time he had expressed love for anything or anyone. (more…)