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Bella is a boutique travel planning company specializing in custom journeys for our clients worldwide. We specialize in YOU by discovering your passions, expectations, travel goals, likes and dislikes. No cookie cutter planning, here! We know the managers, owners, and GMs of the best hotels--you know...those you see graced on the covers of the travel magazines. Check us out! You'll be glad you did!

Mission: Making the world beautiful one trip at a time.

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Hotel Club Level Stays Are The Best Luxury Bargain In The Hospitality Business — Forbes

I love a good club level room! Hotel Club Level Stays Are The Best Luxury Bargain In The Hospitality Business - Forbes https://apple.news/AkAtKke5OSUOtH57PhOK0jw

apple.news Staying on the club level of a hotel is something we should all aspire to. Designed for business travellers, they also have a great deal to offer the cost-conscious leisure traveller, starting with complimentary drinks and food.

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10 rules for eating bread in italy - Elizabeth Minchilli

Yes - do not - repeat - do not do the olive oil balsamic thing with your bread.... it's for the tourists! So in preparation for my next trip to Italy this summer, I am brushing up on all the things.

elizabethminchilli.com Eating bread in Italy is complicated. Here are some basic rules to help you through your next meal.

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13 Amazing Ways to Explore Paris With Kids — Fodor's Travel

13 Amazing Ways to Explore Paris With Kids - Fodor’s Travel https://apple.news/AYAtMfwrfQn6RUX6sd9Dznw #paris

apple.news Entertaining kids in Paris can feel like an exercise in futility, but the French capital actually has loads of activities kids will love. At first glance, it might seem that Paris is a less-than-ideal spot to visit with kids. French people eat late, so restaurants don't open until 7 p.m. (or later)....

Totally stealing this question: If you could have any actor narrate your blog (real or imaginary blog), who would it be? Mine would be Diane Lane or maybe Julia Roberts....

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The 2019 Micato Hot List - Micato Musings - Micato Safaris

I'm sayin Yes Yes YES to all of these!!!!! #Africa #India #Safari #HotList

micato.com Here is Micato's look at what’s ultra-hot right now, what’s about to get smoking hot, and what’s been quietly hot all along as well as highly unusual.

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‘Travel Is About Commas, Not Exclamation Marks’: Samantha Brown

Although I love love a good WOWzer moment, it's in those pauses (the commas if you will) that the joy of travel springs from--those restorative, contemplative moments where you fall in love with a place and remember it forever. So remember sometimes to put away your to-see list that everyone endlessly adds to with their "you *have* to see such and such when you are even near that zip code--and just breathe in your surroundings. A moment having a glass of wine in a café watching the world go by is not a wasted moment - it's the whole point. #BellaStyle #WeKnowTravel

cntraveler.com Whether you’re stepping onto a new continent or diving to the bottom of the ocean, travel has the power to change the way you think, act, live. For Samantha Brown, host of Places to Love on PBS, it was an exhausting month spent filming in China that taught her that the smallest experiences can be ...

You totally need to ask our Asia Specialist, Susan Edson, about her three-week adventure to the great wall of China, Japan, Singapore, and Korea... #asiatravel #asiaspecialist #greatwallofchina #instatravel #postcardsfromtheworld #china🇨🇳 #bellastyle #weknowtravel #bookwithbella

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The 30 best restaurants in America

Have you tried any of these? What is your favorite fine dining restaurant not on this list?

I am intrigued by the one in Cary, NC - must put on my list for next time I visit The Chickadee!

usatoday.com The 30 best restaurants in America

Now in other news, The Torridon (Scotland fab hotel) announces the birth of their newest Hairy Coo.... #CutenessAlert #Scotland #Cows

Cuteness alert!!! Meet our newest addition to the Torridon Farm.

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What caused the Notre Dame Cathedral fire? What we know about damage at the historic landmark — USA TODAY

What caused the Notre Dame Cathedral fire? What we know about damage at the historic landmark - USA TODAY https://apple.news/AYM-aH1f6QDaNpOLCoNR-3w #notredame #notredamefire #paris

apple.news “The worst has been avoided, although the battle is not yet totally won,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire

Oh my goodness!!! I am so sad!!!!!!!

cnbc.com A major fire broke out at the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, leading firefighters to clear the area around one of the city's most visited landmarks.

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Beyond Bubble Wrap: How Six Industry Insiders Travel With Wine — VinePair

Part of the fun in travel is bringing home the wine... We use wine skins, bubble wrap, jumbo ziplocs and our Vingardevalise... Beyond Bubble Wrap: How Six Industry Insiders Travel With Wine - VinePair https://apple.news/A1dqZ9ZWiRP2t53QxBsAd3A

apple.news What’s the best way to travel with wine bottles? “Carefully!” laughs Bradley H. Groper, vice president sales, Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates. Groper is on a plane 50 or more times a year and estimates he’s lugged some 20,000 bottles around the globe in his 35 years of traveling with wine. Hi...

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Cliveden: The world's most historic airport hotel — CNN

Absolutely wonderful place to stay close to LHR!! Cliveden: The world’s most historic airport hotel - CNN https://apple.news/Aai8FbKX8QbGT7f6C24JdLw

apple.news Outside of London and 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport lies Cliveden House. It's a storybook mansion set on the rolling green banks of the Thames, and it just may be the grandest airport hotel in the world.

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This Dreamy Art Exhibit Lets You Step Inside Van Gogh Paintings (Video)

Oh yes please!!! This is reason enough to plan another trip to Paris!!

travelandleisure.com A new immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Paris, called "Van Gogh, la nuit étoilée," just debuted at digital art center L’Atelier des Lumières,

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Virtuoso Travel Catalog – Taste the World

Here's some Friday travel inspiration for you......Taste the World!! That's how I travel!!!

oyo.virtuoso.com Enjoy the digital edition of this month's Virtuoso Travel Catalog.

Shared fried chicken, deviled eggs, pimento cheese, and buckets of champagne with Stuart (GM of The Goring) and Rebecca (Rebecca Recommends) last night while chatting about London, adventure travel, family, soccer, and our next big adventures....reason 5,652 why you should plan your next adventure with Bella: we have real connections!

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This Is Why You Shouldn't Always Book The Cheapest Flight — The Points Guy

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Always Book The Cheapest Flight - The Points Guy https://apple.news/AxJhStw0eSjqeDP8o1nFefA

apple.news We're big fans of cheap flights, which is why we have an entire vertical devoted to deals. Price, however, is just one of many factors that you should consider when looking at airfare. While it's tempting to see a low bottom line and throw caution to the wind, there's a total package that should be....

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Croatia Nearly Doubles Its Number of Michelin-Starred Restaurants — FOOD & WINE

Croatia Nearly Doubles Its Number of Michelin-Starred Restaurants - FOOD & WINE https://apple.news/AgWXRVVnrSJ6Q1DvSakWjGA

apple.news With the release of the 2019 Croatia Michelin Guide, the country now claims five one-star restaurants.

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Woman reads fine print on insurance policy, wins $10,000 in hidden contest

It always pays to read the fine print--sometimes figuratively and sometimes literally....

Donelan Andrews says as nerdy as it sounds, she always reads the fine print – and this time it paid off

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Tickets on sale from $49 for new Southwest Airlines Hawaii flights beginning March 17 — USA TODAY

Tickets on sale from $49 for new Southwest Airlines Hawaii flights beginning March 17 - USA TODAY https://apple.news/AnWOCSmSPQoyB5nOiH8zN2Q #LetHawaiiHappen #hawaii #sale #bookwithbella

apple.news The airline's first flights to Hawaii begin in March from Oakland to Honolulu. One-way fares start at $49.

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Game-Changing Indian Restaurant Punjab Grill Debuts in the U.S. — FOOD & WINE

Game-Changing Indian Restaurant Punjab Grill Debuts in the U.S. - FOOD & WINE https://apple.news/A7DR1jYscRRqYCMRoTBFhQw

apple.news Nearly every element of the new D.C. restaurant was made by hand in India.

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The First All-inclusive Resort in the Florida Keys Is Now Open (and It’s Just As Dreamy As You’d Expect)

Oh this is going to be Epic!!!! Call or DM us for details....and the introductory rate is fab!! Just opened this year!

travelandleisure.com You don’t need a passport to score bottomless booze and tropical views.

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Here Are the 2019 James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists

One of the most important parts of travel planning for me is where to eat. This is a good place to start.

eater.com Check out the full list

Breezing through my 50th Birthday Party To-Do List like a champ! #Tots #50LetsGoCrazy #PurpleParty #80sGirl #birthday #birthdayweek #me #happy

Awwwww....look what I found this morning with the tea cups.... @vesolukovic you are the bestest!!! #luckygirl #lovemyman #spoiled #me #birthdayweekbegins

Bridal Show booth set up - check. Vendor partner friends located - check. Honeymoon attitude check check. Let’s do this!! @bridalextravaganzaatlanta #bridalextraatl #SundayFunday #lovemyjob #bridalshow #honeymoon #bellastyle #bellatravel #bookwithbella

Take a peek at our honeymoon idea booth at Atlanta’s Bridal Extravaganza and learn what you’ll receive when you Book With Bella

Hey Honeymooners--check out our booth at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta tomorrow afternoon in Downtown Atlanta. We are giving away a super cool Honeymoon Basket (there may be wine involved) and offering special perks to all of our honeymoon couples who book with us (see our super cute beach bags!!!). #BridalExtravaganza #AtlantaBride #LuxuryBride #Honeymoon #BellaStyle #BellaTravel #WeKnowTravel #BookWithBella

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Three Michelin stars! Meet the first woman to smash America's boys' club

Oh this is *so* going on my list of restaurants to try!!!

theguardian.com Dominique Crenn is the first woman in the US to be awarded the top honor by the prestigious French restaurant guide for her restaurant Atelier Crenn

What a fun morning with Carey McNelley from Four Seasons Costa Rica making cocktails (and making it a mocktail for me!!!). The Watermelon Guaro Sour was amazing with *and* without the booze! Here's the recipe:

Watermelon Guaro Sour

1 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
Fresh basil
1.5 ounce Cacique Guaro (can substitute vodka)
Few slices of watermelon

Muddle watermelon, syrup and lime juice together. Add Guaro and ice. Shake in cocktail shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with basil.

[02/13/19]   Good morning FB friends!! Join me today at the lunch hour with the fabulous Carey McNeeley with Four Seasons Costa Rica on Facebook Live. We are going to talk about Costa Rica, what’s new at the resort, and make one of their signature cocktails. Join Us!

Sometimes you just need a quick weekend getaway. Palmetto Bluff is just a four-hour drive from our home in Atlanta. The resort offers a historic Inn, super cute guest houses, and larger residences to rent (they are gorgeous!!). Perfect for family gatherings or destination weddings! Golf, tennis, bikes, boats, smores, and a quick drive to Hilton Head Island or Savannah.  What else does a girl need? Bella clients receive special amenities, upgrades, and breakfast. Call us for a quote!

Sometimes you just need a quick weekend getaway. Palmetto Bluff is just a four-hour drive from our home in Atlanta. The resort offers a historic Inn, super cute guest houses, and larger residences to rent (they are gorgeous!!). Perfect for family gatherings or destination weddings! Golf, tennis, bikes, boats, smores, and a quick drive to Hilton Head Island or Savannah. What else does a girl need? Bella clients receive special amenities, upgrades, and breakfast. Call us for a quote!

If you are in Paris this winter/spring, you must go to this pop up bar at Shangri-La Paris!! #Paris #ParisIsAlwaysAGoodIdea

Experience 1930s Shanghai by way of the City of Light when you stop by Song, a stylish pop-up bar hosted by Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Shangri-La Hotel, Paris through mid-April.

Boasting Eiffel Tower views, a heated garden terrace, #Glenfiddich whisky and #HendricksGin cocktails and an Asian-inspired tapas menu (try the Peking duck bao), this seasonal spot is sure to warm you all #winter long.

Little peeps of spring this morning at @oaklandcemetery make my heart very, very happy! #SpringIsComing #AFewMoreWeeks #Flowers #ByeByeWinter #Happy #Saturday #Atlanta #TheATL #Cemetery #Spring

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Your 2019 Travel Horoscope

Here’s some fun weekend travel inspo. Enjoy!!

blog.virtuoso.com Our Zodiac-inspired guide for where to travel in 2019, from a farmhouse villa stay in Tuscany to an adventerous road trip across New Zealand.

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Holy City Grandeur at Hotel Bennett – Garden & Gun

I am so very excited about this hotel!!! #Charleston #LuxuryHotel #BellaStyle

gardenandgun.com Charleston, South Carolina's new Hotel Bennett blends old-world elegance with Lowcountry soul

Fantastic residences here at Palmetto Bluff for Destination Weddings, Families, Couples, and Girlfriend Getaways. Bella Travel’s clients receive special perks...Video of the third bedroom and laundry interrupted by the phone ringing...:)

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7 Stylish Hotels Coming to London in 2019 — Forbes

7 Stylish Hotels Coming to London in 2019 - Forbes https://apple.news/AAb0hVb_US6uplEdZ_dzrrA

apple.news London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, which means new hotels are always welcome. Here are a few of the most stylish properties to hit the capital this year.

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Bella Travel Planning - It's Time to Plan Your Next Adventure

Bella Travel Planning - It's Time to Plan Your Next Adventure

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[01/16/19]   United’s New Polaris Lounge at LAX Is Basically a Spa but With Tacos and Wine - Travel + Leisure https://apple.news/A1w3-713TT5SFt1zwcfuStA

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The Best of 2018 - Bella Travel Planning

2018 had some amazing experiences, new friends, and just a lot of fun! Check out my list of the Best Travel Things of 2018 and be inspired for 2019! http://bellatravelplanning.com/the-best-of-2018/

bellatravelplanning.com I wanted to take a moment this morning, sit by the fire and reflect on how fabulous this year has been. My personal list of The Best of 2018.

[01/14/19]   Those of you who are traveling this week be sure to give yourself extra extra time at the airport with the government shutdown. Although TSA is an essential service, they are not getting paid and many are quitting or not coming in. This morning, a Facebook friend posted about a three-hour wait in ATL in Pre-Check, and the CLEAR line is closed. Arrive extra early for your flights.

First Time on Safari

Here is what your first time on safari will look like. Trust me--it's AMAZING!!!

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1 Woman, 12 Months, 52 Places

Great truths, honest perspective, inspiring! In December, I traveled alone for several days--the first time ever for me. Of course, I had work appointments from time to time, but the reality was that I had to learn to travel by myself--it's different than traveling with someone else....and I am better for it! If you don't have a companion who wants to go with you, perhaps you should just go anyway.... #SoloTravel

nytimes.com It was a dream job, visiting the globe’s most alluring destinations on assignment. Here’s what our 2018 Traveler learned in a year of almost nonstop travel.

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The 21 Best Travel Destinations for 2019

Some great places here--both far and close to home. Becky is honored to be named as the person to call if one wanted to go to Savannah..... #Savannah #BellaStyle #WeKnowSavannah #TheSouth #Bestof2019

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