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Julie Schafer

A Travel Agent’s Review of Riu Hotels & Resorts (and More) in Cancun thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. I recently returned from escorting a successful group to Cancun. I visited all the Riu Hotels & Resorts in Cancun and a few others during my stay and I wanted to pass along my personal review on each property. Please contact me if you have any questions and to book your… [Read More]

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]

Aventura-Spa Palace in Riviera Maya, Mexico thumbnail

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]


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