Breaking News: Canada drops COVID testing requirement for returning vaccinated travellers

Breaking News: Canada drops COVID testing requirement for returning vaccinated travellers

Effective April 1, 2022 the federal government is dropping the pre-arrival COVID testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Canada. The news follows widely circulated reports yesterday that cited sources close to the issue saying the announcement would come today.

Fully vaccinated travellers may still be randomly tested upon arrival starting April 1, however they no longer need to quarantine while waiting for the results. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must still submit negative pre-arrival PCR test results.

Cruise ship passengers will need to show negative results from a rapid antigen test no more than one day prior to their ship’s departure. However they will no longer be required to be tested again before getting off the ship.

All travellers must also continue to use the ArriveCAN app.

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Why book with a travel advisor?

Why book with a travel advisor?

Why book with a travel advisor?

1. Convenient one-stop shopping

So much goes into the perfect vacation – accommodations, transportation, transfers, excursions and tours. A travel advisor will handle all of these for you, and more.

 

2. Expanded possibilities

Travel advisors can suggest enhancements to your getaway that you haven’t even considered. We’re in the business of creating memorable experiences.

 

3. Save time

Planning a trip is complex and time consuming. Let me handle the calls, research and booking so you don’t have to.

 

4. Less stress

Feeling overwhelmed with options? Worrying about missing an important detail? With a travel advisor at your service, you can rest easy.

 

5. Expertise

Travel advisors constantly attend seminars, get new certifications and travel the world themselves! We are true destination experts.

 

6. Latest info and insider knowledge

Travel advisors are communicating constantly with travel suppliers. We know the latest itineraries, policy changes and more. 

 

7. Help with documents

Visa, passport, what else? A travel advisor knows. I’ll make sure you have all the necessary documents to travel outside the country.

 

8. Comparison shopping

I’m always looking to get my clients the most value for their money. I’ll curate options for you, finding you the best experiences along the way.

 

9. Consumer advocate

If you have an issue during your trip, connect with me. I can act on your behalf to see that proper resolutions are made.

 

10. Customer service

No travel website is going to offer you all of the above, plus that personal touch and peace of mind that comes with working with a travel advisor who has your best interests at heart.

 

Connect with with me today to book a consultation about your next luxury vacation.

 

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Travel MVP list: What to wear Caribbean-style

Travel MVP list: What to wear Caribbean-style

COVID has changed the way we travel – there’s no doubt about it. One thing that I found to be a game-changer is packing light and bringing carry-on only. I used to bring the maximum amount of suitcases allowed, but no more!!!

I’m giving you the rundown on the most valuable pieces of clothing you’ll need for your next getaway so you can save precious time and breeze right by that baggage collection carousel.

Oversized button down shirt

Oversized shirt

This versatile, oversized button-down shirt is great to wear as a swimsuit coverup or with denim shorts. This fav from Banana Republic is comfortable and perfect to shade you from the sun.

Basic Black Tank

Black wide strap tank top

Pair this wide-strapped tank with denim shorts or a skirt for a simple, but chic, look.

Classic Crocs Slides in Stucco

Slide shoe

These neutral slides are perfect for wearing on the plane or lounging by the pool.

Floral Black Kimono

Kimono cardigan

Think layers. A black floral kimono dresses up a LBD or a black tank and denim shorts. 

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts

These denim shorts are a must-pack item for your getaway. Whether you’re on resort or touring the island, you can’t go wrong with this staple.

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag in Warm Coral

Fanny pack

The fanny pack is back! This everywhere belt bag can be purchased in numerous colours – pick the one that expresses your personality.


Marieta Push-Up One-piece Swimsuit

Bathing suit

This Victoria’s Secret push-up bra swimsuit makes you feel like an Angel with its tummy ruching and supportive bra insert. Bonus points for the sexy leopard print!

Wedge Espadrille Sandals

Wedge sandals

For the nights out, you’ll want a wedge that goes with everything. Cue these neutral Michael Kors Espadrille sandals – put them on and you’ll have legs for days. 

Little Black Dress

Little black dress

THIS little black dress from Venus is everything. Enough said.


Beach Hat

Beach Hat

Keep your hair and head safe from harmful UV rays with this fun Sun and Sand beach hat.

Well, that’s a wrap! Share in the comments if you have any must-pack items on your list.

Royal Caribbean Launches New Adventures From Barbados

Grandeur of the Seas Debuts Three Distinct Itineraries to the Sought-after Islands of the Southern Caribbean, beginning December 2021

Royal Caribbean International will for the first time call Barbados “home” next winter, offering travelers fresh ways to experience the southern Caribbean on Grandeur of the Seas. Three distinct 7- and 14-night itineraries will each feature a unique lineup of bucket-list destinations – including three new ports of call in the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent. Showcasing the natural beauty and cultures of the region, weeklong sailings will island hop to a different destination every day or offer late-night stays in the famed ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaireand Curacao. Grandeur’s longer escapes will tout an overnight stay in Aruba coupled with visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, among others.

January 2021 – Royal Caribbean International will call Barbados home for the first time beginning December 2021. The line will offer vacationers new ways to experience the southern Caribbean on board Grandeur of the Seas, including three new ports of call in the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent.

Barbados is known for its rich history and celebrated for its kind and hospitable people – a defining Bajan trait passed on for almost 400 years and still strong today. Adventure-seekers looking to discover the Bajan island vibe will have diverse experiences to choose from across the country’s 11 parishes – a mix of coastal, rural and urban neighborhoods, some sophisticated and luxurious, others immersive and based in nature. Spanning 166 square miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the island affectionately known as “Little England” is chock-full of natural and cultural heritage to satisfy wanderlust of all types.

Royal Caribbean’s new 2021-22 winter cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados open for sale today. The itineraries depart on Sundays and ports of call for each are: 

  • 7-night Southern Caribbean Island Hop: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting Scarborough, Tobago(new); Port of Spain, Trinidad (new); St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Roseau, Dominica; and Castries, St. Lucia
  • 7-night Southern Caribbean Adventure: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Port of Spain, Trinidad (new) 
  • 14-night Ultimate Caribbean: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba (overnight); Willemstad, Curacao; Port of Spain, Trinidad(new); Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Royal Caribbean’s inaugural season sailing from Barbados adds even more variety to the cruise line’s current 2021-22 winter season. New departure ports and destinations will bring a breadth of fresh experiences for travelers to make the most of their highly anticipated vacations. 

Sandals Resorts Announces Expansion To Curaçao

This week, Sandals Resorts International announced the signing of an agreement that will bring Sandals Resorts to a brand-new destination, at the Santa Barbara Resort on the island of Curaçao.

Pictured above: Future home to the luxurious new Sandals Curaçao

This will mark the ninth island destination for the brand in the Caribbean region. The new Sandals Curaçao will initially include 350-luxurious rooms and suites stretched along the Spanish Water Bay and the Caribbean Sea, with a further expansion planned in the coming years. Formerly the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, part of a broader 3,000-acre development, the resort will be completely “Sandalized,” a process set to begin in 2021. 

Conceptual plans for the new resort include adding key elements for the signature Sandals experience, including new expansive pools, a variety of gourmet dining options and lavish accommodations, including a Sandals first–River Suites. Guests will also have access to the neighboring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two onsite marinas and 38,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.  

World-famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches and coves, Curaçao also boasts spectacular dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. With year-round temperatures of 80 degrees, it’s touted as the perfect anytime-escape.

I can’t wait until this new resort opens–Curaçao has been on my travel to-do list for ages. Knowing Sandals Resorts, the experience will be the perfect mix of all-inclusive and island adventure.

Who else is excited for this new development?

Fall in Love with Barbados

One year ago I was laying on the beach at a resort on the beautiful island of Barbados. 🇧🇧 It was my first true adult vacation—and it was memorable for many reasons. I got engaged!I fell in love with the Caribbean! And, I learned quickly that my mind’s creative juices finally reset after a much-needed break. Learn why it might be the next vacation on your bucket list. 

Sandals Royal Barbados, Barbados – Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

Amazing Airport Experience

There’s nothing like getting off a plane and being handed a rum punch as you head to pick up your luggage. In fact, the whole experience at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados makes you wish every airport was the same. It’s small, efficient and typically your ride to your accommodations is relatively short (in my case–a wonderful 10 minutes!). Travel has never been so simple or easy.

Chalky Mount, Barbados – Photo courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

The Scenery is Exquisite

The island of Barbados is a cozy 432 square kilometres. It’s covered in stunning green palm trees as far as the eye can see. The spirited ocean is great for the adventurous and if you’re lucky, you’ll come across some green monkeys on the beach, ready to pose for photos with you.

Oistins Fish Fry, Barbados – Courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority

Good Vibes

The friendly people, delicious food, lively culture and music are truly what makes the island a unique vacation destination. The safe, warm country provides an excellent escape for both families and couples alike, whether you stay on a resort or in a private residence. 

Engagement photo!

In fact, I love this island SO MUCH, that I’ll be hopping on a plane the first chance I get to visit. The resort–Sandals Barbados, of course.