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Julie Schafer

Julie Schafer About the Author: Julie started at Classic Travel as an intern 15 years ago and now specializes in group, leisure, and corporate travel and is highly regarded for her destination wedding planning expertise. Some of Julie’s favorite destinations include New Zealand, the Caribbean, Europe, and Hawaii. Email Julie: julie@classictravelusa.com

PERFECTION! Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. As a travel counselor, it is in my job description to qualify my clients to lead them to the perfect vacation for their needs. So when it became time for me to plan my own family’s vacation, the Key West Luxury Village at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort in Turks… [Read More]

Maui – Expect the Unexpected! A Travel Agent’s Firsthand Experience with Travel Insurance thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. Hau’ oli la Hanau (Happy Birthday) Courtney! It’s not every day that you turn 1 year old, so in honor of this big event, we decided to take a family vacation to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Even though we had a well-planned itinerary and this was not Courtney’s first time on… [Read More]

Las Vegas – Something for Everyone thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. As a non-gambler, I was always a bit of a skeptic about Las Vegas so it was not at the top of my “Travel Bucket List”. However, after a recent trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our birthdays and wedding anniversary, my husband and I realized that Las Vegas should be on… [Read More]

Key West: Turkey Day in Paradise thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. Instead of stuffing ourselves with turkey and watching football, Nick and I decided to spend Thanksgiving soaking up the rays in beautiful Key West, Florida. We quickly packed our bags and were on our way to enjoy a very memorable holiday trip. Our Thanksgiving vacation began with a direct flight from… [Read More]

Germany, Austria and Czech Republic – By Trains, Planes, and Automobile thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. My husband, Nick, and I feel very fortunate that our careers and our love for travel often collide. Recently the opportunity to visit Europe presented itself and we quickly planned a fantastic tour of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. As our first visit to these beautiful Eastern European countries, we… [Read More]

Why Are Carnival’s “Fun Ships” So Much Fun? thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. Just what makes Carnival's "Fun Ships" so much fun? In search of the answer, I embarked on two of Carnival's "Fun Ships" --- the Imagination and the Fantasy, to find out for myself. We departed from the port of Miami on Imagination's 5-day Western Caribbean itinerary. This itinerary included two "Fun… [Read More]

Boston – A Great American City thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. Nick and I recently returned from a fun-filled vacation to Beantown! We enjoyed a relaxing weekend filled with baseball at Fenway Park, wonderful beer pubs, and great historic sites. So grab your comfy shoes and let’s take a trip to “America’s Walking City” -- BOSTON! Boston has always ranked among the… [Read More]

Written by Julie Schafer. THE GIFT OF TOTAL RELAXATION Instead of hitting the mall in search of the perfect college graduation gift for my significant other, I decided to give the gift of travel. After 4 years of grueling class schedules, long nights of studying, and exams, it was clear that Nick was in need… [Read More]

Aruba – One Happy Little Island thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. What better way to keep your employees happy than a trip to the "Happy Island" ---ARUBA! As part of Republic Bank's 2002 Incentive Program, 52 hard working, dedicated Branch Managers and guests (along with 1 very happy Classic Travel escort) were whisked away to this beautiful tropical paradise. There is a… [Read More]

New Zealand – The Ultimate Honeymoon Adventure thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. While for some brides the toughest decision is what color the bridesmaids should wear, for me it was whether Nick and I should honeymoon in Tahiti or New Zealand. After much debate and some helpful travel advice from the pro, Joy Thrun, the choice was clear -- New Zealand! Where else… [Read More]

The Perfect Hotel for a Destination Wedding or Meeting: Excellence Punta Cana Resort and Spa thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. At Classic Travel, our staff has extensive first-hand experience with many All-Inclusive resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. With one simple call to our office, we can make recommendations to you based on your travel needs and expectations for the perfect vacation. Why spend any more of your precious time reading… [Read More]

Graves 601 Hotel, Wyndham Grand Collection Downtown Minneapolis thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. I recently had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the Graves 601 Wyndham Grand, you're at the center of everything that Minneapolis to offer, located directly across the street from the Target Center and walking distance to the new Target Field. As soon… [Read More]

Written by Julie Schafer. With the new GOGO Vacations’ MyTime program, you will have a unique experience that invites you to enjoy your vacation more than ever before. When you contact Classic Travel for your next trip to Cancun/Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Punta Cana, or Aruba at select All-Inclusive resorts, we can offer you exclusive inclusions… [Read More]