Posted by: Andrew | July 7, 2012

Layaway Your Next Dream Vacation or Cruise

We recently posted a new customer comment video from a honeymoon layaway vacation customer. Check out how their plan helped them out on their trip to Puerto Vallarta right after their big day!

Posted by: Andrew | July 7, 2011

Top Cancun Hot Spots

With so many options in such a vibrant and action-packed city, we have put together a short top 5 list for great night life spots for you to check out in Cancun. Check out our latest Top 5 Cancun Hot Spots post over at

Hawaii family reunion cruises are the ideal way to reunite! We had our reunion in Hawaii and decided to travel to each island. This would have been pretty darn expensive if we had to pay for individual resorts on each island, especially with a group of 20-30. Many relatives were flying in from different areas of the country too…

So we decided to check out Norwegian Cruise Line’s cruise offer that they have that cruises to each Hawaiian island.  This option made for a super affordable trip for each family member. We all flew into Oahu and were able to spend a few days there. We even did some skydiving!!! And then the cruise launched at the end of the weekend.

My favorite spot on the cruise had to be Kauai where we did zip lining and checked out some amazing beaches. The trip was amazing for each of us in so many ways,  so I just wanted to share this idea with you in case you’re looking for an ideal place to go with your family on a family reunion. And of course, the travel agents at Westside International Travel would love to set it up for you 🙂

They currently offer layaway vacation plans and pay with American Express Travel Points programs for you to take advantage of to help balance the payments.

Contact Westside International Travel Today ->

Here are a few member signatures of current Westside fans:
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With the holidays coming up just around the corner, we were recently reminded of why it’s important to remember to keep our vehicles tuned up before hitting the roads to see loved ones. While we are major cruise and all-inclusive experts, we are also advocates of road trips and any chance for the family to get together.

Our recent Thanksgiving get together got very interesting when we were on the road to a miniature golf spot that we enjoy going to as a family. All was running smoothly and the group was looking forward to a fun 18 holes of mini golf, when our Ford Explorer broke down during the drive. The exhaust headers or part of the magnaflow exhaust system backfired with a huge boom. She’s a pretty solid ride that we’ve had for the past 7 years, perfect for road trips due to the size of the interior. It came equipped with custom fitting all weather floor mats, some performance koni shocks, a custom license plate frame, a hard cover for storage, My brother was even able to convince me into investing in some performance improvements since we like to go snowboarding during the winter up at Mammoth… so I was able to install some koni shocks, Hawk brake pads and Bully Dog chips to rev up the engine capacity.

When we got home after a long ride with everyone in the tow truck back to the house (which was an interesting site to see), we recognized on the garage flooring that there was a large stain from an oil leak that we hadn’t noticed.

So long story short, before hitting the road this holiday season on your next family vacation, be sure to check on your vehicle’s vital signs. It could really save you from a lot of frustrations.

Posted by: Andrew | September 13, 2010

Riu Cancun Pool & Beach Photos

We just created a brand new on-site blog and posted some killer Riu Cancun pool and beach photos here

We stayed there 2 years ago and had an amazing time. Please contact us if you have any questions about the resort and we would be more than happy to help out.

We caught this story on the blog covering how Toyota is outfitting several models to have wireless iPod and iPhone charging stations. This would be super handy when going on long road trips with friends and family.

Check out the article when you get a chance and also be sure to check out our layaway vacation plans page when you get a chance so that you can plan ahead for that next vacation you’ve had burning in the back of your mind 🙂

Posted by: Andrew | August 21, 2010

New Way to Look for Celebrity Cruises, by each month!

We are really excited to get the word out about our new Celebrity Cruise Monthly Calendar pages. If you have an idea of which month you would like to take a Celebrity Cruise, but not exactly sure on the destination or ship… then these pages are perfect for you!

Celebrity Cruises in 2010

Celebrity Cruises in 2011

QUEEN MARY 2 offers the most unique venues at sea, where celebration is the centrepiece on every voyage. Whether you’re enjoying Afternoon Tea, a Royal Nights formal ball, or the Veuve Clicquot Champage Bar, you’ll realise that there’s no better way to break away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Our Autumn Getaway does exactly that with up to 2-for-1 fares from only $135 per day!

Visit our Queen Mary 2 Promo page for more details ->

We recently wrapped up updates on creating our layaway travel payment plan specific website.  So for any of our customers that specifically are looking for a unique way to pay for vacations over time in a very manageable fashion,  please visit our website and we have broken down all of the details about how our travel payment plan works.

Club Med currently has a fantastic WOW Summer Special that has tons of family benefits, including discount packages for resorts that are perfect for babies, kids, teens, and families or groups of virtually any size.  Check all of the new options that Club Med has to offer on our site at:

Here are some great details about their award winning resort in Ixtapa:

The resort of Ixtapa Pacific is set against the Sierra Madre Mountains north of Acapulco, stretching out along the edge of a vast sandy beach facing the Pacific Ocean in a lush green tropical park, brightly splashed with bougainvillea pink.

You can choose from a wide variety of classic or deluxe rooms and suites according to your personal preference or depending on your need.

The 300 enlarged rooms, including 75 family suites, offer many comfort options to suit a diversity of needs. All are equipped with flat screen TVs, internet access and high quality amenities. Refurbished bathrooms evoke the 1940s. All spaces, whether private or shared, create convivial yet tranquil atmospheres to relax body and mind.

Resort Highlights:

  • Newly renovated resort: opening December 2007
  • 298 enlarged rooms, including 75 family suites
  • 3 1/2 restaurants provide delightful cuisine set in picturesque settings
  • Elegant contemporary decoration
  • Fun activities and concerned staff reassure parents and entertain children from four months to 17 years old
  • Spa treatments, water sports, sunset cruises, Climbing wall, flying trapeze, live nightly entertainment…
  • Developed tourism and the quaint charms of ancient fishing villages

For More details about the Club Med family programs, check out these quick links:

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