Your Ultimate Caribbean Vacation Guide: Timing is Key!

If you are planning your Caribbean vacation, here is what you need to know!

Time of Year

Peak or non-peak travel dates affect pricing, so look at your calendar and decide when you can travel. This is important so you can get the best pricing during your travel dates. Plus, it is not easy to swap and make date changes after you have booked your vacation. Why pay for unnecessary change fees if you can make sure your original dates work for you.

Will this be an adult only or family friendly vacation? This is important so you know which resort is best for your vacation. If you plan to travel with your kids, make sure the dates work for their school and activities schedule also. The weather is important too. Will it be hot, rainy, or hurricane season?

Choosing Your Destination

Let’s make this one easy. What matters most when you are dreaming about your tropical vacation? Is it the pool with a swim up bar, tranquil blue water, swimming and playing in the ocean, all-inclusive, or lounging by the beach? Do you have any certain activities you want to experience?

Your Resort

Now that you have chosen your dates and Caribbean Island, which resort fits your travel style? Do you care more about the culinary options, the accommodations, the resort vibe, or the location of the resort? Some resorts have sister properties, and you can experience those during your stay. The possibilities are endless, so choose what fits you!

Planning in Advance

If you are a last-minute planner, I suggest allowing more time to book your vacation. This can help the pricing for your airfare and resort. I typically recommend at least six months in advance if your schedule allows it. Your Caribbean vacation is a magical experience waiting to happen, and by carefully considering the information above, you can make it even more extraordinary.

Ready to Plan?

Your Caribbean dream vacation is within reach, and I’m here to make it effortlessly extraordinary. Say goodbye to the stress of planning and hello to a personalized, seamless getaway. Contact me today, and let’s transform your vision of the perfect Caribbean escape into a reality you’ll cherish forever. Your dream vacation awaits – let’s make it happen!

Navigating the Seas of Change: Will Cruising Cost You More in 2024?

We love cruising and this year has proven to be a record-breaking year for the cruise industry. Everyone’s desire to sail has led to high demand and sold-out cruises for many. This year is on track for the same momentum.

Here is what you should consider if you want to sail the open waters this year. 

Plan NOW

Planning now is crucial. The cruise lines use dynamic pricing, and this means the cost will continue to increase as the cruise fills up. Some cruise lines are already at 80% full for the year for all sailings. The sooner you plan, the better it will be for pricing and availability.

Know Your Travel Dates

You should determine which month you can sail. Keep in mind that most deposits may be non-refundable, so making changes will cost you more. Travelling with family means you need to confirm everyone’s schedule before booking your cruise.

Which Itinerary?

You have the option of several itineraries to choose from. We recommend you decide by starting with how many nights you want to sail because this also determines the destination. Is there a port you want to visit or skip? Which port is the cruise departing from and will it be easy for you to get there?

Which Cruise Line?

There are multiple options. I recommend you look at the age of the ship, the port of calls, the activities and restaurants, and the cruise lines private island. Is one more family friendly than the other or do you prefer adult only? You should consider what matters most to you! Not all ships are created equal, and we can help you decide on the best one.

Which Cabin?

Is pricing a factor? Look at the cost of each category because of dynamic pricing, a Balcony cabin may be cheaper than an inside Oceanview. If you are a solo traveler, you may pay more, so if you have a friend that can sail with you, we recommend it.  Families may opt for two cabins instead of one for more space. Having two bathrooms is better than one with kids!

Your Budget

If you know your budget, this will help because of dynamic pricing and availability. You should also consider the final payment due date. The closer to the sailing may require paid in full versus a deposit. Will you fly to the port for your sailing? You should arrive a day before the cruise, so factor the cost of an overnight hotel stay too.

Embarking on a sailing adventure in 2024 is more than just a vacation – it’s a voyage of discovery, relaxation, and joy. At Fairytales and Sunsets Travel, we’re passionate about turning your sailing dreams into a reality. Let us be your compass as you navigate the seas of possibilities. Contact us today, and together, we’ll craft a sailing experience that exceeds your expectations. Bon voyage!


I think the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts  doesn’t receive as much love as the other festivals and it should. The festival runs from mid-January to the end of February.  

Why should you experience this festival? Let’s dig in.

You can experience some of your favorite Disney songs during the DISNEY ON BROADWAY performances. It’s important to note they will offer dining packages for the concert series, and this will provide you with a guaranteed seat. I suggest you arrive when your time to start lining up begins so you can sit in your favorite spot. If you want great photos, sit close to the middle and not too far back; midway or closer to the stage is best. I do recommend avoiding sitting to close to the stage. 

Food, food, and more food! The food studios are amazing and each year, they will bring some favorites and new offerings from some of our favorite countries around the world. You will find something everyone in the family will love on your strolls around the World Showcase! When food meets art, it brings delectable dishes and desserts! 

3D Chalk Art during the festival. These are some of my favorite photo opportunities. They engage park guests with photo ops that are so creative and full of imagination, you’ll even consider making it your annual Christmas card. 

You can find your very own special piece of Disney art during the festival. One of my favorite things about this experience, the talented artists! They can add special touches to the back of your purchased art! If you are a lover of all things Disney, be prepared to purchase one for your Disney display at home! 

Considering experiencing the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in 2024? Send me an email for a complimentary quote at [email protected]

Watch a video on our YouTube by clicking here: EPCOT International Festival of the Arts


Aloha! Are you dreaming of a vacation to Hawaii? Hawaii is an ideal travel destination for people looking to explore magnificent beaches, soaring mountains, and learn about the island culture. This beautiful archipelago is a perfect getaway packed with adventure, natural beauty, and history, but before you embark on your journey to paradise, I’ve got three important things you should know. In this blog post, we’ll cover some essential tips that will help you get the most out of your Hawaiian vacation.

Weather conditions: Hawaii has a tropical climate meaning the weather is usually sunny, warm, and humid. The weather is typically consistent throughout the year, with minor changes. However, it is essential to keep in mind that most of the islands receive rainfall during the winter months from November to April. The rainy season in Hawaii starting in November and lasts until March, so if you are planning to visit during these months, be prepared to experience a few showers here and there. Summer and spring (May to October) are the driest, making them the best times for surfing, swimming, and hiking. Because of the minimal weather changes year-round, Hawaii is great vacation destination anytime. 

Transportation: Getting around in Hawaii can be challenging, especially if you are planning to visit various islands. With all the fun activities to do on each island, you’ll want to make sure you have transportation figured out. Renting a car is the most convenient way to go around the islands, and it will allow you the flexibility to take stops along the way. Speaking of making stops, be sure it is public property and not private property.  Public transportation is also available on some islands, but it is not the most reliable option. Alternatively, you can use ride-sharing services or book a guided tour to explore the islands.

Cultural Awareness: Hawaii is a culturally rich place, and it is important to show respect for the local norms and values. The locals take pride in their traditions, so understanding their cultural customs will enable you to appreciate their way of life and avoid any unnecessary offense. One cultural value to note is the importance of respecting the land and the environment. Hawaii is home to beautiful flora and fauna, and it’s imperative to conserve the natural beauty of the islands.

Hawaii is one of the most stunning destinations in the world, and it has so much to offer. However, planning a trip to the islands can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time visiting. I am a certified Hawaii Destination Specialist and have been to the island’s multiple times. I would love to assist you with planning your next Hawaiian Vacation. 


The Best Snacks at Magic Kingdom

When it comes to the best snacks, Magic Kingdom never disappoints! On our last trip to the most magical place on Earth, we had the opportunity to try some of the most delicious treats. From Mickey-shaped ice cream bars and delicious popcorn to churros and Dole Whip floats, there’s something for everyone in this Disney World favorite.

Mickey Pretzels

There’s nothing quite like a warm, salty pretzel when you’re wandering around the park all day! The Mickey-shaped pretzels are definitely a fan favorite—in fact, they might be one of the most popular snacks in all of Disney World (after Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, of course!). They come with your choice of cheese sauce or mustard for dipping. We recommend trying both and deciding which one you like better! Even better, the cream cheese option is our favorite! You will find these in Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Dole Whip Floats

If you’re looking for something cool and refreshing on a hot summer day, look no further than a Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle in Adventureland. This iconic snack is made up of creamy pineapple soft-serve ice cream topped with pineapple juice—it’s an absolute must if you’re visiting Magic Kingdom!


No visit to Magic Kingdom would be complete without getting some freshly popped popcorn from one of the carts scattered throughout the park. It’s a classic snack that pairs perfectly with your day spent exploring every nook and cranny of this beloved theme park! Plus, you can purchase the refillable at the beginning of your trip and get cheap refills! Be sure to save your bucket and receipt!

Sweet Treats

You will find sweet treats throughout Magic Kingdom! Our favorite stop is Main Street Confectionery! There are always delicious treats here! Mickey head Rice Krispy treats, fudge, brownies, or your favorite cupcake flavor, you will not be disappointed with any selection!

With so many different options to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down which snacks you should try at Magic Kingdom. But don’t worry—no matter what snack you decide to indulge in during your next trip, we guarantee it will be worth it! From Mickey pretzels and popcorn to Dole Whips and churros, there’s something for everyone at this beloved Disney World destination. So next time you find yourself in Magic Kingdom, make sure to grab something yummy!

Explore San Nicolas, Aruba – A Guide to the Town’s Best Activities

Are you ready for an adventure? The town of San Nicolas, Aruba is known for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and world-famous windsurfing. Here is a guide to some of my favorite things to do in San Nicolas!

Explore the Murals in San Nicolas. You will find beautiful artwork and amazing photo spots. Capture your best photo with some of the murals or create your own Instragrammable art!

Visit Baby Beach: Baby Beach is one of the most popular attractions in San Nicolas. This secluded beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Visitors can also explore nearby rock formations or enjoy a picnic on the beach. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea!

Continue your drive past Baby Beach to visit the Sero Colorado Lighthouse and take in the amazing views! At the Colorado Point Scenic Lookout on a clear day, you can see Venezuela.

Take a Tour of the Natural Bridge: The Natural Bridge is one of Aruba’s most famous landmarks and offers some incredible photo opportunities. About 40 minutes from Baby Beach, this bridge was formed millions of years ago due to natural erosion and has been declared a national monument. You can take a guided tour of the area or explore it on your own—either way you’re sure to be awe-struck by its beauty!

San Nicolas is packed with activities that appeal to every traveler – from adventurous outdoor activities such as windsurfing to more leisurely pursuits like taking in beautiful scenery at Sero Colorado Lighthouse or Baby Beach. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for on your next trip to Aruba, San Nicolas has something that will make your stay unforgettable!

So why not plan your visit today? You won’t regret it!

View our YouTube Video about San Nicolas 

How to Become a Travel Agent

I am often asked this question and it inspired me to write this article. There are many things you should consider when asking about a career as a travel agent. I suggest you consider which agency is a great fit for you and your professional needs. You should do your research on what an acceptable commission percentage is for you and what are your long-term goals.

Travel planning is an amazing career and being full-time will set you up for success. Let’s dig in to some pros and cons.


  • I love creating amazing vacations for families.
  • I love networking and making new friends in the industry.
  • Having a smaller team to brainstorm and grow together with is amazing.
  • We get to explore destinations around the world
  • You make your own schedule
  • Researching and exploring new destinations to grow your business


  • We are on call 24/7 and 365 days a year. Think about this, your clients travel year round, this means cancelled or delayed flights, missed transfers, and issues at their resort, means you will most likely receive a call or email. 
  • We get paid commission after the client travels. Book today and then you are paid 6 months later after the client travels.
  • The work load can be overwhelming if you are not organized.
  • Need for strong organizational skills
  • Spending time and quoting clients that do not book with you.

Obviously, this list is not an inclusive and covers everything; however, it does give you some things to consider for this career option.

You should definitely consider which agency is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for them. Always makes sure you ask about training, mentoring after training, what destinations the agency offers, support systems within in the team, and commission structure. Above all of this, make sure you read your contract! You should never sign your contract before reading and making sure you understand what you are approving with your signature.

 If you are interested in learning more about our team, send us your resume today at [email protected]

Walt Disney World New Promo Savings

Disney World has released two new promos just in time for your vacation! Be sure to contact your favorite Fairytales and Sunsets travel planner today!

Stay in the Most Magical Place on Earth with this special offer and enjoy some Disney Magic!

Purchase a non-discounted 5-night, 4-day vacation package that includes:

  • A room at a select Disney Resort & Theme Park ticket(s)

Select Deluxe Resorts or Deluxe Villas Up to $150 Per Room, Per Night

Receive $150 per room, per night applied to a digital Disney Dining Promo Card—for packages with the following arrival dates:

  • Most nights July 1 to July 10, 2023
  • Most nights August 1 to September 14, 2023

Receive $125 per room, per night applied to a digital Disney Dining Promo Card—for packages with the following arrival dates:

  • Most nights June 25 to June 30, 2023
  • Most nights July 11 to July 31, 2023

Select Moderate Resorts Up to $100 Per Room, Per Night

Receive $100 per room, per night applied to a digital Disney Dining Promo Card—for packages with the following arrival dates:

  • Most nights July 1 to July 10, 2023
  • Most nights August 1 to September 14, 2023

Receive $75 per room, per night applied to a digital Disney Dining Promo Card—for packages with the following arrival dates:

  • Most nights June 25 to June 30, 2023
  • Most nights July 11 to July 31, 2023

Select Disney Value Resorts Up to $50 Per Room, Per Night

Receive $50 per room, per night applied to a digital Disney Dining Promo Card—for packages with the following arrival dates:

  • Most nights July 1 to July 10, 2023
  • Most nights August 1 to September 14, 2023

Receive $35 per room, per night applied to a digital Disney Dining Promo Card—for packages with the following arrival dates:

  • Most nights June 25 to June 30, 2023
  • Most nights July 11 to July 31, 2023

The number of packages available for this offer is limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Advance reservations are required. Certain restrictions apply!

Room Only Discount- Experience the Magic with this great offer!

Save on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels: Savings from 10% up to 25% depending on resort/room category.

  • Save up to 25% on stays most nights April 10 through July 10, 2023
  • Save up to 20% on stays most nights March 1 through March 31, 2023

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings will vary based on availability and resort/room category.

Contact us today for more details!

Our Favorite Disney World Moderate Resort

Disney World has several resort categories: Value, Moderate, Deluxe, Deluxe Villas, and the Campground.

We have stayed in all of them and wanted to share our favorite Moderate Resort. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Resort Area. This moderate resort offers décor with a blend of Spanish, Southwest American, and Mexican cultures.

Our favorite thing about this resort: the Gran Destino Tower rooms. The rooms have the feel of deluxe resort amenities at the cost of a moderate resort pricing. The beds are comfy, and the room furniture is well appointed, so you feel you have extra space. The Keurig coffee machines are a bonus for coffee lovers. I always work during travel and love having a desk area with plenty of space. You are steps away from the lobby once you exit the tower elevators. This adds a nice touch when using ride share and a short walk to and from the bus area.

It is also important to note the food options are fabulous! Rooftop or lakefront dining, sports bar and grill, Maya grill, and quick service location, you will always find something delicious to eat while staying here. Guests of all ages love the main pool, Lost City of Cibola pool, which includes a 50-foot pyramid.

This resort has often been referred to not being as magical because of the conference vibe. I think this is an unfair statement as Disney often has characters appearing in the lobby and the resort is decorated with Disney memorabilia and photos.

Let us help you plan your next Magical vacation and we will pair you with the perfect resort.

Why River Cruises and Ocean Cruises Are So Popular

River Cruises

River cruises are a great way to experience multiples countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. The ships are smaller than the large ocean cruise ships, so you get a more intimate vibe while onboard. The river cruises travel the inland waterways and stop in cities and towns. You also get to skip the hectic train schedules with multiple stops and connections. You have the luxury of several meals onboard that are included with your cruise pricing. The cruise line will offer some amazing excursions with your port visits, some may even be included in the price! Most of your time sailing will be at night, so you are sound asleep floating down the river. When your cruise is sailing during the day, you will typically enjoy amazing scenery. Who doesn’t love floating by castles and adorable Bavarian towns! Imagine drinking your morning coffee from your stateroom and floating by castles and vineyards. A river cruise brings the option for foodies and wine connoisseurs to have an experience of a lifetime! 

Ocean Cruises

Sailing the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and world-wide destinations are back and in demand! Everyone is so excited about sailing again, the demand is high, and cruises are selling out quicker. The ocean cruises also stop in the most popular ports for you to experience the country. They offer amazing excursions that are fun for the whole family. We also suggest if you are not excited about a certain port, stay on the ship and let everyone else visit the port. You can have the ship to yourself with less guests. It is important to note that the ship may not have all the stores or casinos open in port because they cannot sell tax-free items when at port. They also may perform maintenance or crew safety drills during this time. Ocean cruises excel with experiences to keep you entertained during your cruise. Sea days are great time to experience many of these. From the pools, surf simulators, concerts, rock climbing, dance classes, youth programs, and their private islands, you can see why everyone loves