Wishes Travel

We are a boutique travel agency specializing in all facets of family vacation planning. We specialize in Disney destinations but also plan cruises, all-inclusive resorts and international travel.

The holiday season is a perfect time to travel and celebrate with the ones you love! There are so many different and exciting holiday traditions around the world to experience - Krampusnacht in Germany, a winter wonderland in Europe, a warm and sunny Christmas in Australia or Africa, or a beautifully traditional Hanukkah in Israel - are just a few of the many ways to enhance your holiday season!

From our family to your, have a festive Hanukkah and a very Merry Christmas!

[12/24/19]   Time with family is such an amazing part of the holidays. If you are thinking of planning a special family trip during 2020, let us help!
Did you know that Disney World packages only require final payment 30 days before travel? So if you haven't booked a vacation due to budget worries, our genies can help make a payment schedule that works for your family!

These loyal Wishes Travelers just returned from another wonderful trip to WDW! While they are Disney pros at this point, they enjoyed many magical firsts!! Their favorite new-to-them experiences included riding Flight of Passage, dining with Snow White, Grumpy, Dopey, and the Evil Queen at Artist Point, and attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! They also really loved utilizing the Skyliner from their resort! This was 2 year old Emerson's first trip, and she reported back that her favorite parts were meeting Anna & Elsa and riding the Frozen ride (and can we just agree that this ride camera gets some of the funniest reactions?!😄). We are so thankful you had a great trip, Long Family!

Christmas on the island of St. Maarten is a total escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday. If you need a complete break, this would be the place! 87 degrees, turquoise waters and Bob Marley blasting at the many open bars, fun excursions abound! But Santa still visits here, and from the second pic- he’s pretty happy! 😂😂😂

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Today’s special Christmas post is live from the scene!

Over the next few days the Mosolinos will be sharing how Christmas is being celebrated in the islands while they take their Royal Caribbean Christmas cruise.

Today we talk about San Juan Puerto Rico, where they spent 3 wonderful days on the island before their cruise.

Here faith, fellowship and family frame this festive season. The Catholic Churches are dressed in their finest for advent and many feature beautiful nativity scenes that fill an entire side chapel. After getting lost in the village scenes, place a little extra in the Offrenda as a thank you.

The aroma of roasted pork wafting across the beach is amazing, but the shock of seeing a strung up suckling pig takes a moment...until you bite into the juiciness of this slow roasted Christmas specialty called lechón.

Lastly, there are the Parrandas, Puerto Rico’s version of Christmas caroling. These groups of roving friends are found roaming San Juan with drums, tamborines, maracas and guitars where they “crash” friends homes by caroling on the front porch until invited in for more songs and then indulge in food and drink...where the host then joins them and they move to the next home, until the wee hours of the morning!

In summary here in Puerto Rico you surrounded by the reason for the season not slammed with over commercialization of Christmas. We have found it to a be a very special place to celebrate the season!

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Not only do Christmas markets abound in Strasbourg (there are 12 of them) but also is home to one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe and the oldest in France!

From sweets and regional treats, the Strasbourg Market below the Strasbourg Cathedral is an do not miss locale!

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Have you met Mary Louis Quinn? She’s one of our concierge specialists and is an expert in all things Disney but also loves booking all-inclusives and weekend getaways! Let’s see what she loves about travel!

What do you love best about being a Wishes genie?

My favorite thing is when clients come back to me again and again. There is no higher compliment! I love experiencing the magic of a first Disney trip through the eyes of my youngest clients, but getting to work with those families again on other adventures makes me so happy!

What has been your favorite vacation you planned for a Wishes Traveler?

I think the Alaska cruises have to be at the top of my list! Those are bucket list trips for lots of folks, and to see the way those families are wanting to invest in making memories with one another is priceless. I firmly believe that the gift of travel is so valuable and is a great way to strengthen bonds and teach children about the word in which they are growing up. And getting to “follow along” and the amazing excursions is pretty fun too!

3- What was the last vacation you took with your family?

My husband and I recently took a trip with his brothers and their wives for a special 40th birthday to Playa Mujeres, which was amazing! Our last trip as a family was a Disney cruise for Spring Break, and our girls still ask all the time when we can go on another one! Next up is New York (but shhhh, don’t tell my kids!).

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On this #FoodieFriday we are taking a culinary journey through Epcot. It’s probably no surprise to you that Epcot has some of the best food in Disney World. There are fantastic sit down restaurants for a quiet meal and also great options to get a quick bite as you walk through the World Showcase.

Some of the most fun times to visit Epcot are during the different festivals. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in the spring and the Food & Wine Festival is summer and fall.

Visit Epcot on your next trip to Disney World and bring your appetite!

Christmas celebrations can range from understated elegance to tacky Christmas sweaters. And of course usually contain a little drama! Take Edinburgh for example.... their Christmas market in front of Edinburgh castle each year gets bigger and bigger each year with more booths, more lights and more Christmas cheer, which residents tend to think is overkill. Not so say we crazy Americans! To us that sounds just perfect! 🤪🎅😂

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And you thought Tívoli Gardens would be the reason why we would recommend Copenhagen for Christmas! There’s just so much more! Check out the Santa Lucía kayak parade below. Also the lights in Nyhavn...and the Christmas markets...we could go on and on!!

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This week's #thrillingthursday post takes us to the beautiful California coast! Thrillseekers can make their way a few miles north of San Diego to the Torrey Pines Gliderport. This premier aviation site offers tandem flying options for both paragliding and hang gliding. Talk to your Genie about all there is to see and experience on the beautiful Golden Coast!

Simply Magical! Paris dons it’s finest apparel during the holidays along the Champs-Élysées and every other iconic Parisian site. Don’t miss the Les Halles window displays rivaling Macys in New York or the ice skating rinks found in many of the cities quarters.

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On Wednesdays we talk about health. Mountain air helps clear our heads while we exercise our bodies. We love the mountains in the Winter, but they have so much to offer in Fall, Spring and Summer too!
Did you know that ski towns offer snow shoe tours too? You don't have to ski to enjoy the mountains in Winter. Our genies know the tricks to plan the mountain trip that is perfect for your family no matter what time of year is right for you.

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Camels 🐫 may have carried 3 Wise Men and their gifts during the Christmas season but they are also part of an Adventures By Disney experience in Australia! Christmas time is a great time to book an escorted tour. There’s no question that Christmas Day will be unique and memorable! Last year, Wishes Travelers spent the holidays down under! Kangaroos gave Boxing Day a whole new meaning! 🦘!

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It is #MagicalMomentMonday and today we are featuring the Robbins family! The Robbins family spent a magical Thanksgiving in Orlando and not only visited Walt Disney World, but also Universal Orlando! The Robbins were able to conquer Thanksgiving week crowds at WDW with the help of their amazing VIP tour guide, Jacob! They hit THREE parks in one day! At Universal, they tackeld heavy crowds with Universal Express Passes that were included with thier stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort! We are thrilled you had such a magical Thanksgiving vacation in Orlando, Robbins family! #WishesTravel

Today let’s move from the North Pole to Taos! This unique destination hosts traditional Aztec dancing on Bent Street and a Christmas Eve parade of skiers making their way down the area's slopes with nothing but flares lighting their way! So if you want a domestic getaway that’s a bit non traditional let’s head to New Mexico!

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Santa many live in the North Pole, but his "true" home is Lapland, Finland.

In the village of Rovaniemi, you will find children baking gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus or enrolled in elf school. Meanwhile, adults take part time jobs as workers in Santa's post office.

Don't miss the reindeer, bears, and moose in Ranau Wildife Park.

You can even stay at the Snow Hotel made up entirely of snow and ice! Now that's REAL CHRISTMAS MAGIC!!!

Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH9jCaHWkhM&feature=youtu.be
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Families come in all different shapes and sizes, and our Genies are experts at finding the perfect type of vacation for you and your family! Adults, couples, grandparents, kids, travelers with special needs - everyone deserves the opportunity to explore and relax, whether it be a simple extended weekend or the vacation of a lifetime! Talk to one of our Wishes Travel family members and let them create some wonderful memories for your family - no matter what type of family you are 👪👨‍👦👩‍👩‍👧👫 #SundayFunday #WishesTravel

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Elvis might sing about a "Blue Christmas" but we'd like to celebrate another kind of "Blue". Hawaii Blue that is! Let's Mele Kalikimaka our way over to the islands for next year's holiday. Sure we can island hop via puddle jumper! But who wants to mess with airports that week. Why not do an island hopping Christmas cruise on Norwegian Cruise lines Pride of America instead!

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For #SpotlightSaturday today we chatted with one of our concierge specialists, Christine Lester Harpole

What do you love best about being a Wishes genie?

I absolutely love my job! Getting to help families plan amazing vacations gives me so much joy. I also love building relationships with each client through the planning process. My favorite part is getting to talk to my clients AFTER they travel. Hearing each family’s own unique and magical moments from the trip is truly the icing on the cake to this very special job!

What has been your favorite vacation you planned for a Wishes Traveler?

"My favorite vacation that I have ever planned for a client was a 7-Night Mediterranean Disney Cruise. Not only did I get to assist my clients with their cruise reservations, but I also got to assist with their pre and post cruise stay in Barcelona and Rome, as well as private tour excursions at several of the {fabulous} ports of call!"

What was the last vacation you took with your family?

"The last vacation I planned for my own family using my agency knowledge and expertise was to Disneyland. The laid-back vibe and convenience of Disneyland, as well as the sunny California weather, just cannot be beat! Our next family vacation that I am in the process of planning is an Adventures By Disney trip to Costa Rica. To say I am excited about that upcoming experience in an understatement! 🙂"

Christine also had this to share:

"I also want to thank my amazing clients, my supportive family and my awesome agency for allowing me to do what I love! I am incredibly thankful for you all!"

Need to plan your next vacation through Christine? You can link up with her on our Wishes Travel genies page: https://www.wishestravel.com/genies!

What would Christmas be without a little food and drink? And if in Ireland...the place to indulge could only be your local pub! The Temple Bar in Dublin really dresses up for the occasion. I don't know about you but we Genies really want to spend our next Christmas party here!

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There is no shortage of delicious dining options around the Walt Disney World Resort. Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming in Disney Springs is one of them. It’s a great choice for dinner on arrival day or a non-park day. With all that there is to see and do in Disney Springs, it’s worth adding a day to explore it while on vacation! #foodiefriday #wishestravel #friedchicken

Today we actually finalized a trip for a Wishes Traveler heading to Japan in 2020 and it got us thinking...what would Japan be like at Christmastime?

Pretty amazing...huh?

Christmas is a relatively new holiday in Japan. In Japanese culture, it is not necessarily about religious events but more so a time to spread holiday cheer and maybe a little romance. In fact, Christmas Eve is often celebrated more than Christmas Day! The night is filled with romantic dinners, couples strolling to see the lights, and of course gift giving.

Another fun fact...most common Christmas day meal? FRIED CHICKEN!!

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ICYMI, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance is OPEN at Disney World!! For this #ThrillingThursday, take a look at what this new immersive experience is like. And don't forget to ask your Wishes Genie about the new Virtual Queue!

Each generation has made Star Wars their own and that’s what Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is all about. Take a look at #RiseoftheResistance, now open at Walt Disney World!

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Envision yourself at one of these fabulous wellness centered resorts.

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