Author Archives: Katie Rahr Kapel

Day 12: Romance Travel

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You don’t have to be a “Romantic” to plan a romance trip.

I absolutely love working with couples planning a romantic vacation.  My very favorite is when one of my clients is planning a top secret trip to get away with their significant other.   I am great at keeping secrets, so if you want to plan a surprise, I am your go to person for suggestions.

Typically a “Surprise Trip” is a long weekend, but have been a part of some very special spontaneous vacations to Italy, France, and the Islands of Hawaii.

Popular Destinations for Romantic Vacations:

  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Naples, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Paris, France
  • Venice, Italy
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada

There are also extra special amenities or excursions that can be added in to make your trip extra memorable and make you look awesome.  Who knew you were capable of planning such a thing?

And this concludes our “12 Days of Travel”.   Continue to follow me for more travel stories here or on Facebook.

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Day 11: Destination Weddings

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Say “I Do” to your dream wedding at a destination of your choice!

Choosing the location can be the most time consuming yet one of the most exciting parts of planning a destination wedding. Couples typically spend months going through brochures and online websites looking for the “perfect” destination to get married. Take the guessing out of the process by partnering with a specialized romance travel agent.

What services are offered by a Destination Wedding Specialist?

Arrange and advise on:

  • Bulk/discounted package airfare
  • Airport transfers (shared and private) as well as rental vehicles
  • Accommodations
  • Private ceremonies
  • Private receptions
  • Symbolic and legally-binding ceremonies
  • Marriage requirements based on country (all countries have different requirements, etc.)
  • Added destination wedding bonuses and incentives
  • Group amenities

Why Plan a Destination Wedding?

  • IT’S SENSIBLE! With families and friends spread throughout the world, it is likely that many of your guests and wedding party will have to travel regardless of your wedding’s location. Why not meet you in paradise and enjoy a vacation at the same time?
  • IT SAVES TIME! Mode Travel can help you choose a destination and arrange tailored packages for you and your guests. Your travel agent will set up the best group travel packages and discuss the options that are right for you. Most resorts have full-time, onsite wedding planners who you will work with to further plan more detailed wedding arrangements.
  • IT SAVES MONEY! Destination weddings are often less expensive than traditional weddings due to their smaller size. Many resorts offer complimentary or very affordable wedding packages. No matter what your taste and budget, Mode Travel will qualify you for your dream destination.
  • IT’S UNFORGETTABLE! Having your family and friends join you in a beautiful destination will create a celebration you’ll never forget. Just imagine your wedding photos! Your guests will be talking about your special wedding for years to come.
  • IT’S FUN!  Hello!  You want to have fun while you’re getting married, right?

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Day 10: Pre-Baby Vacations (aka Babymoon)

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What is a “Babymoon?”

There are a couple of meanings.  This term first became popular in the mid-1990’s, and has brought on a new level of vacations.

One meaning includes both parents taking time off before the baby is born, to have one last “hurrah” of couple only time, or if you already have other children, have some  “family” time before the baby is born.

Another version is the couple taking a vacation, or a little time off, after the baby is born, to allow for the family to bond.  It’s nice for the dad to have some extra time off as well.  Many agree that the transition to fatherhood is easier when the man can also spend some immediate time with the baby, away from work.

Popular destinations for Pre-Baby or Babymoon Vcacations:

  • San Diego
  • Jamaica
  • Cozumel
  • Key West, Florida
  • Sanibel Island, Florida
  • Outer Banks (Hatteras, NC area)
  • Cabo

Day 9: Anniversary and Vow Renewals

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Are you wondering what to get your spouse for your upcoming anniversary?  Planning a vacation instead of exchanging  gifts gives you the opportunity to both enjoy time together and possibly plan a special vow renewal ceremony during your time away.   Some resorts even offer this service complimentary certain times of the year.   Celebrate this milestone with a priceless trip to remember.  No matter how many years you have been married, you can always get away and feel like newlyweds again. Go back to your honeymoon spot and reminisce or experience a new destination to add to your list of adventures together.   It’s the perfect excuse to vacation year after year.



Day 8: Multi-generational Trips

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Day 8 out of our 12 days of Christmas is “Multi-generational Trips.”

What is this latest travel trend all about?

More and more families want to travel together, and not just with mom, dad and the kids.

Some great choices for multi-generational family reunions:

  • All Inclusive Resorts – these are generally out of the country, where your entire package is pre-paid.  No worries on having a bill for food and drinks, or most onsite activities.
  • Cruise Vacations – We can package these together with airfare and a pre-stay for a hassle free vacation.  Cruise Lines generally include all on board meals and most on board entertainment!
  • City Stays – A weekend stay in Las Vegas, New York, or Chicago to see the sites.  Your hotels will be coordinated and grouped together, so families can meet easily at a location that is easy to get around to sights and restaurants.
  • Theme Parks – Disney World or Universal Studios are great family vacations!  There is something for everyone.  Grandparents can be kids again!
  • Land/Hotel Only – If you have time restraints or budget limits, a hotel only stay driving distance is an easy fun option for a “mini-vacation”.  Depending on your group size, negotiated group rates may be available, or even a meeting room for meals.

Include your young children in devising a trip that captures their interests and fascinates them. This can even be an educational opportunity for them.  Remember to bring your camera! The kids (and adults) will look back on these cherished moments and reminisce.


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Day 7: Sports Trips

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The 12 Days of Travel continue…

There are many options for sports trips, and different levels of activity available for these vacations.

Mode Travel has access to a variety of sports vacations.  Whether it’s a leisurely week at a golf resort, an adventurous deep sea fishing trip, zip-lining through the jungle,  weekend full of qualifiers and races, or a once in a lifetime trip to the Super Bowl.

Packages are customized to your dates, level of accommodations, based on availability and your budget.

This year the most popular sports trip I have been confirming is the Daytona 500.  It’s always nice to go to a warmer destination in the middle of winter!


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Day 6: Girl’s Getaway

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What do girls do when they “get away?”

I’ll tell you!

  • Shopping
  • Laying by the pool
  • Talking
  • Wining and Dining
  • Shows
  • Yoga
  • Laugh
  • Bond
  • Spa Time
  • More Shopping!

Of course, the options are truly endless.

Some Girl’s Getaways suggestions for long weekends:

  • Las Vegas
  • South Beach Miami
  • New York City
  • Seattle
  • San Diego
  • San Antonio
  • Austin
  • Chicago


For more details on planning a Girl’s Getaway, email

Day 5: Food & Wine Tours

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Food and Wine Tours can be customized to “Your Taste.”   Sorry, I just had to include those play on words in this entry.

Have you ever wondered what is all involved in a Food and/or Wine Tour?  Some of the questions I have been asked include:

  • Can you make reservations to high end restaurants?
  • Can you reserve me a tea time in London?
  • Can I learn to cook some ethnic meals?
  • Can I reserve a private limo to bring me between wine tastings?
  • Are there tours to cheese producers or olive oil mills?






Guess what!?  There is a tour for everything, and many are customizable.  These can be a simple weekend get-a-way in The States, or a once in a lifetime trip to the vineyards of Australia.








Sample itineraries are readily available.

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Day 4: Health & Spa Vacations

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Health and spa vacations have been growing in popularity over the years, as our minds and bodies need a break!  Discover soul-soothing , spiritual rejuvenation, and stress-free retreats…

You decide on the dynamics:

  • Solo
  • Couples
  • Close friends
  • Sisters get-a-way

There are numerous types of spas on a variety of budgets in various destinations.  The gorgeous views are an added bonus to improving your mental and physical health.  This is one vacation you deserve and also makes an excellent gift!


You decide on the destination:

  • Costa Rica
  • Las Vegas
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • Tucson
  • San Diego
  • Austin
  • Tulum

The above are just a few of the many options available.  Consider this as “therapy” to prevent the winter blues.



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Day 3: Honeymoons

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The honeymoon is a must!   Spending this time together will give you some relaxation after the hectic process of planning the big day and some time alone to reflect on your wedding.   After all the wedding day preparations, you deserve it!

So many couples try to save on this expense, planning to do the honeymoon the next year, and then life gets too busy.   If possible, try to do the honeymoon right after the wedding, no matter what the weather is like!  It’s so special to spend this time alone immediately after the event.

If you haven’t taken a honeymoon yet, it’s never too late.

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