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Europe is open

Bonjour! Olá! Hej! Hallo! Ciao! Jó napot! Hallå! Geia sas!
I am so very excited to share with you that Europe is open for vaccinated travelers! Whether you have been at home quarantined or an essential worker for the past two years, now is your time to get out there and take the trip of a lifetime!

Why is now a good time?
The travel industry, as a whole, has been impacted greatly by the pandemic. Europe has especially been hit hard because of their restrictions and phased re-opening. Now that they are open again, they need the support to rebuild their travel communities. Now is a great time to go and support the industry while having the time of your life.

Why use a travel agent?
Yes, Europe is open and you are free to experience it like never before, but there are still many protocols in place that have to be followed. These protocols are ever changing and can be a bit overwhelming if your’e not familiar with the process. Luckily for you, travel agents, like myself, keep up with each regulation and all of the protocols in place for each country. We want to make your trip as easy as possible.

Ready to talk Europe?
If you are interested in visiting Europe in 2022 or 2023, now is the time to start planning! Please fill out the form below for a custom quote!

Take the Trip

I grew up dreaming of going to Paris. The Eiffel Tower seemed like the most amazing place in the world. The sparkling lights and the ambiance that surrounded the city seemed unreal to me. I can’t even begin to count the amount of Christmas presents my grandmother would give me that had the Eiffel Tower on them with a handwritten note telling me that one day she just knew I would make it to Paris to see it for real.
When I looked into studying abroad in college and was told that I could only do my program in one country, which was nowhere near Paris, I decided that I would plan my own trip where I could finally see the city that I had dreamed of. Little did I know this decision would be the best decision I’ve made in my life so far. It was scary and I know that I worried my parents, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
The night I arrived in Paris I went straight to the Eiffel Tower. I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t shed a tear or two looking at the shimmering lights. That moment of anticipation, adrenaline, and joy all at once is a feeling I will never forget. I immediately face timed everyone I knew to show them that I was finally there. I called my grandmother first to show her the view that we had both talked both dreamed of for so long. I had done it. I could check this off of my bucket list.
If you know this feeling, then you know what I’m talking about. If you ever have dreamt of a destination to check off your bucket list, I can help. I highly suggest you take the trip you have always dreamed of. Whether it is somewhere domestic or on the other side of the world, I would love to help you experience the feeling of checking off a bucket list item.
Take the trip! It might seem scary. it might mean saving a little extra money by cutting down on something else, but trust me – TAKE THE TRIP!

The Eiffel Tower

Notriphobia

Notriphobia,

“No-trip-phobia”, the fear of not having any trips currently booked.

If you have never heard of this word then let me introduce you to to it. Notriphobia is that feeling that you get when you get home from vacation and no longer have your next vacation to look forward to. It’s why you book that last minute flight or make an impulse decision to spend the weekend going on a trip with your best friend because you just need a “vacation.” I get it. I do it. I’m with you.

If you get this feeling, then 2020 was probably rough for you. I know it was for me. However, now that travel is picking up rapidly, I want to warn you of a few things.

Don’t allow Notriphobia to ruin your trip!

The pandemic has changed the ways of the travel world and there is a lot that has changed. Flights are different, hotels have different protocols, and countries have new rules to enter and exit. I know that you are excited, and that online deal looks like a great offer, but there is a lot of fine print that is not being read when you place that non-refundable deposit that you will not be getting back, pandemic or not.

Traveling looks a bit different now!

There are a few new things that have been introduced into the travel agent world that might be sticking around. Make sure that you have covered all of your bases before booking the trip.

Vaccinations and Covid Test

If you are traveling out of the country or plan on cruising, then you will more than likely have to have the vaccine or get tested. Each country/ situation is different. There are not many exceptions, and this is being strictly enforced.

Longer Wait Times

Many resorts, airlines, and other suppliers are currently short staffed and experiencing higher volumes than they have experienced in a while, so it is important to not wait until the last minute for anything.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is more important now than EVER! With so Many cancellations and uncertainties you want to make sure you are covered at all costs if an emergency arises. We strongly recommend you get the insurance; It’s worth it.

Book The Trip & Use a Travel Agent

I don’t say any of this to scare you, but to inform you about how the travel industry is doing right now. Book the trip but be informed and thorough. What is the best way to do that?
Use a professional travel agent. We are knowledgeable about what is going on, we know the best deals, and we can ensure that your trip goes smoothly. Plus, we are there to fix any bumps that many come up during your travels. Have a meeting or chat with me or one of our agents here at Fairytales and Sunsets Travel to see how out knowledge and experiences can guarantee you the best trip possible!

Tips to Get your United States of America Passport

 Tip 1:Gather Documents Early

You are going to want to apply for your passport at least 3-4 months before your trip. You will need to gather everything you need such proof of identification and U.S. Citizenship before you begin. 

Tip 2: Prepare Your Application Package
Go online to Click Here to Go to US Passport Application and fill out the form but DO NOT SIGN YOUR NAME because it needs to be witnessed at your appointment at the post office. Photocopy your proof of citizenship documents as well as your proof of identity. 

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment 

Make sure that you schedule your appointment by using the Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler and select “New Passport with Photo Services” for service type. 

Tip 4: Pay your fees at the Post Office 

Passport Fees can be different depending on the occasion so make sure you check it out before you head to your appointment. Click Here To Calculate Your Passport Fee!

Here are a few important tips on your passport requirements.

  • Your passport must not expire at least 7 months from your travel date.
  • Your passport pages cannot be full. Please make sure you have another page for a new stamp.
  • Your passport book must be in good condition. No torn pages or damage.
  • You Cannot travel internationally with a Passport Card; always order the Passport Book!

Pull out your passports, please make sure they are in great shape, check the expiration dates, and confirm the all the information we have on your reservation is correct. Double checking each other can save you time and money.

Tips For Staying in a Real-Life Castle in Ireland

Now that you have decided that you want to go to Ireland it is time to choose where you will stay, and I am here to tell you that you don’t want to miss out on staying in one of Irelands enchanting castle hotels. These are all castles that have been turned into a hotel to give tourists the ultimate stay. 

There are many options that meet different needs such as luxury, convivence, and an authentic experience. So, find the one that best matches your wants and dreams and let’s go! 

Here are a few of my favorites:

Ashford Castle is one of the oldest and most famous castle hotels in all of Ireland. It is over 800 years old and is one of the most romantic and luxurious. Only hotel guests are allowed to check out the property which makes it quite exclusive. This castle gives off fairytale vibes. 

Adare Manor could be considered one of the nicest castle hotels in Ireland. Its unique feature is that it is a “calendar house”; there are 365 windows, 52 chimney stacks, 7 pillars, and 4 tours that represent each season. 
It has been fully updated with automatic motion lights, automatic key cards, and a fine dining option that offers 5 course dinners.

Cabra Castle Hotel is a great option if you are trying not to break the bank but still wanting the full experience. Cabra Castle Hotel still has the 18th-century castle vibes but with the modern touch from its amenities. Guests here will experience the great staircase, the long hallways, high ceilings, and the countryside view from the patios and terrace.

No matter which one of the castle hotels that you choose you will be glad that you got to experience this bucket list item! 

The Top Three Ireland Pubs You Need to Visit

If you are interested in visiting Ireland or have been before then you know that the #1 thing you must do is visit an Irish pub. Here are the top 3 pubs in Ireland that you won’t want to miss! 

 Top of Coom:  This is Ireland’s Official Highest Pub (OSI verified) at over 1045ft above sea level. Located in Kilgarvan, just a short, scenic drive from Killarney. This is a family-run establishment which has been with them for five generations and hopefully many more to come. Whether you’re looking for a creamy pint of Guinness or a comforting cup of tea, you’ll find it here. As Ireland’s highest pub, a visit to Top of Coom is sure to deliver stunning views which you would not find anywhere else.

The Brazen Head is Irelands oldest pub. In fact, there has been a hostelry here since 1198. The present building was built in 1754 as a coaching inn.  However, The Brazen Head appears in documents as far back as 1653. The Brazen Head offers live music as well as offers renowned storytellers that tell tales of Irish life in past times. So, make sure to swing by and check out a piece of history while you grab a drink. 

The Church: If you are a fan of Guiness then this is the spot for you. Why? Well, St Mary’s Church on the corner of Mary Street and Jervis Street in Dublin city center happens to be where Arthur Guinness was married in 1761, exactly 2 years after Guinness was first founded. And what was once a church, in true Irish style, is now one of Dublin’s most stunning bars. Complete with original stained-glass windows and organ, it’s basically still a church just with the seats removed and a large bar in the center. 

If you are looking for a place in Dublin to experience a real Irish night out, then head to the Temple Bar District. There is a good chance you will hear lots of Irish music, come across great food, and plenty of local pubs. 

If Germany is not already on your top destination list than I suggest you add it now!

Germany has so many unique cities that offer many different cultural experiences and is filled with so much history. I will be discussing the two major cities that I personally have been to and have fallen in love with, however, I know there is so much more of Germany that I have not even discovered yet. 

Berlin. I don’t know how to choose a word that is capable of capturing everything Berlin has to offer. It is like being in a big new modern city that is packed full of history from years ago. There is so much to do and see there that you could spend weeks and never get bored. If you are interested in World War II history then this is the place for you. You must walk along what remains of the berlin wall to experience the amazing wall art that has since been added. I highly recommend doing guided tours while in Berlin to ensure the best experience and to learn about all the hidden history in this unique city. 

Munich. If you are looking for that authentic German experience that you see in the movies. Ya know, girls in the. dirndls, men in lederhosen’s, braids, and Bavarian pretzels, and everyone has a beer stein in their hand? This is it! Munich is beautiful and so rich in culture and authenticity. Of course, if you really want to do Munich the right way you will go in October to attend Oktoberfest. This is when the city really comes to life to celebrate! If you wanted to go a bit later in the year you could attend one of their magnificent Christmas markets. 

Lucky for all of you, I have the best Aunt and Cousin in Germany so I can always help you with the best recommendations and success tips for having the best of time in Germany!

3 Steps to Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

First off, let me congratulate you on these exciting times and this journey that you are about to embark on. I am sure you have been thinking about this upcoming season of your life for a while now, but now it is time to set it in motion. It can be stressful planning both a wedding and a honeymoon at the same time while making sure every little detail is just the way you’ve always dreamt of. I have created a 3-step process for you to follow to ensure that you have the perfect honeymoon with your new partner. 

  1. Discuss the details

There is so much to decide during this time that is best to designate a time to sit down with your partner and decide on the following things. Decide on the dates. You may want to fly out the night of your wedding or maybe you want to wait until you have some time saved up to take off work. Decide on where. You may need some guidance as to exactly where you want to go, but you should decide if you want to relax on the beach in the Caribbean or if you want to hit the slopes in Colorado. Do you want to stay domestic or travel internationally? Lastly, you need to set a roundabout budget. This does not have to be exact, but you both need to discuss what you plan on spending.

  1. Find an expert that fits your style

It is now time to put all of the ideas that you have been looking at on Pinterest into reality and this can be overwhelming. I suggest utilizing a travel agent that you feel is the best fit for you and your partner for many reasons.  It is important that they know what you are looking for in a honeymoon and that they provide just that. Once you find your travel agent that you will be using you will be able to relay what you and your partner have discussed in step 1 and they will work with you to plan your perfect honeymoon. Your travel agent will be able to find you the best deals, most personalized amenities, and manage all reservations.

  1. Get ready for your perfect honeymoon

Now you have discussed it, planned it, and it is now time to get married and board the plane! It is important to make sure that you have not forgotten to pack anything so check your list twice and your travel agent may throw in some reminders. It is important to remember that this vacation is for you and your partner to spend some quality time together so don’t try and overbook yourself. Make sure you make the trip all about relaxation and romance with your new partner.

Make-up and Hair Essentials for Traveling

Girls, I have the best list of traveling essentials to keep you looking and feeling your best on your next vacation! Being prepared for everything while on vacation is nearly impossible, but I’ve got the ultimate list for you!

Traveling can be filled with fast paced, hot and sweaty, and picture filled days, so we want to make sure that you are covered! To do this we have teamed up with hair and makeup artist, Holly Renfrow. Holly is located in Florence, Alabama and specializes in hair and makeup for weddings and pageants. Holly loves to travel and has found the best items to make sure you are covered.

Here is what she has to say:

I recently got married and our bucket list for traveling is constantly expanding! I’m personally taking this crazy time to research destinations and plan future trips!

Compiled below is my Ultimate Survival Guide to Traveling to help with your hair and makeup. These range in pricing and are close to drugstore pricing. They are good for on the go so you can get to your next destination looking good as new.

Travel Essentials

1) Simple cleansing wipes: Throw these in your bag with you to use throughout the day!
2) Cetaphil cleanser- The best facewash to clean your face after a long day! This also comes in travel size!
3) Batiste dry shampoo- The BEST! This quick and easy magic will save you time and not waste your day styling your hair.
4) Chi Iron Guard- If you’re going to be in the sun all day, then make sure your hair is protected!
5) Teleties- MUST HAVE when you leave the room. These are a lifesaver.
6) Milani Setting Spray- Trust me, your makeup isn’t going anywhere with this spray. It will hold your perfect look all day. I use it on all my clients.
7) Real techniques sponge- great dupe for a beauty blender!
8.) Wet n wild foundation- Buildable coverage and not heavy on skin to make your skin feel healthy all day!
9) Tarte shape tape- The BEST! Run and go get this right now!
10) Kat Von D shade and light palette- The powder version of this palette is amazing. This product will really give you those natural vacation looks.
11) L’Oreal telescopic mascara- Get the longest and fullest lashes!  Be sure to pick up the waterproof version to last your spontaneous beach swims.
12) EOS lip balm- I have one of these in my home, car, and on my makeup vanity. Be sure to keep some with you at all times to keep those lips moisturized while in different climates.

Holly Hagett

Holly Hargett

Event Hair & Makeup for Weddings,

As well as Prom, Pageants, and Pictures!

Message me for pricing, availability, or any questions!

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Should You Use a Travel Agent For Your Destination Wedding & Honeymoon?

First, let us begin by saying Congratulations on this special time in your life!

We know that this season can be overwhelming, and we are here to help. Fairytales and Sunsets Travel, LLC is here to design your dream vacation from your bachelorette trip, destination wedding, honeymoons, all the way to your re-tie the knot ceremony. We specialize in luxury concierge services and all-inclusive resorts that cater to your every need.

You may be wondering if you really need to take advantage of these amazing services and that is a valid question.

Here is why you should:

We will assist you in your travel itinerary, accommodation, consultation, and be your liaison with the wedding planner! After discussing with you about what matters most for your big day, we help you select the perfect location. We will make sure that all international paperwork is completed properly so that you don’t experience any hiccups during your travels to a foreign country. We always work on our client’s behalf and apply any promotions applicable to your vacation packages.

Working with a travel designer allows you to focus on you! After all, you should be the center of attention on your special day and not worrying about the details; that is what we are here for! We will make sure your destination wedding and honeymoon are full of romance and relaxation.

We can’t wait to help you celebrate this exciting time with your friends and family in some of the most relaxing and luxurious places in the world! Even you if you want to elope, we can help with that too!

Contact us to meet with one of our wedding specialists today!