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Need new passport pages? Get them now!

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Here’s a lesser-known travel fact: Some countries will deny you entry if you have fewer than three empty visa pages in your passport. The life of a passport is 10 years but if you travel frequently, those pages fill up fast. Our standard procedure when we get near to full is to add extra pages,  easily done via an online application at travel.state.gov. (We just did it last month, and it took two weeks from application to receipt of old, fatter passport.)
If you’re in the same boat and thinking about adding pages, do it now. The State Department just announced that as of December

Globetrotter: Thailand’s Coolest Honeymoon Hotel

Pool reflection at Howie's Homestay on a Chiang Mai honeymoonPhoto by Laura Grier

The latest rage in travel is private homes-turned-hotels. No, not Airbnb — we’ll save that debate for another post. This a whole other caliber: fully-vetted exquisite private homes that give you the run of the place along with top-notch hotel style services. One of the best is Howie’s HomeStay, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our pal Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography and Wanderlust by Laura Grier recently stayed there, and sent us these gorgeous images and some thoughts on the experience.
“Recently, I went on a wild 5-week world tour photographing two weddings, two engagement shoots and two National Geographic/NOVICA catalog shoots. During this epic adventure, I stayed for 5 days in

Globetrotter: A Secret Greek Isle Perfect for a Low-Key Destination Wedding

Chapel on beach on Amorgos islandPhoto by Amanda Julca

With the dollar on the upswing against the Euro, there’s no better time to have a destination wedding abroad. We love the Greek Isles, so when wedding planner Kasey Conyers of Bliss Event Design in Columbus, Ohio told us about her visit to the tiny Greek isle of Amorgos, we wanted to hear more! Here’s her story, along with photos from Amanda Julca.
“I love traveling, I always have” says Kasey, who is launching Bliss Event Co. Destinations this year. “It’s an extension of Bliss Wedding & Event Design,” say Kasey, “but we’re taking our planning and design work around the globe!”

What brought you to

Globetrotter: Inside Mark Ingram’s Miami

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When it comes to style, few people have it like the dapper Mark Ingram, owner of Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City. This exclusive bridal salon sells gorgeous, high-end gowns from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Inbal Dror and Zuhair Murad.
But Mark has another love beyond fashion: the city of Miami. Mark spends a lot of time there, and since purchasing a condo along the Venetian Causeway in 2010, considers it his second home.  We live in Florida so we know and live this city too. Here are his must-do’s when he heads south,

Surprise Travel, Yes or No? Our Take, in Ozy.com

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Would you take a honeymoon not knowing anything about it, destination unknown and planned by someone else? “Travel to Nowhere/Anywhere” is apparently a thing for some wealthy Brits, who are signing on for the service from a UK luxury travel planner, who requires a $1,500 planning fee/$30,ooo per person minimum. We were flattered to be asked about it by one of our fave websites, Ozy.com.
While I love reading about this kind of thing in Afar magazine’s “Spin the Globe” feature (they send a travel writer somewhere without any advance notice, and they have to make do on the fly when they get there),

The Expedia-Orbitz Merger and What It Means to You

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The big news in the travel world today is Expedia’s purchase of Orbitz.com, for a whopping $1.3 billion; this follows their purchase a few weeks ago of Travelocity, for $280 million. It’s further consolidation of an industry that seems to do nothing but consolidate.
Take Expedia. Until today, they owned (among others, and just on the consumer side) Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Trivago and Travelocity. But it’s not just Expedia. TripAdvisor used to be owned by Expedia. Spun off in 2011, they now own (among others) TripAdvisor, FlipKey, Airfarewatchdog, BookingBuddy, Cruise Critic,  Family Vacation Critic, GateGuru, Independent Traveler, SeatGuru, Jetsetter, TravelPod and Virtual Tourist. Priceline owns Priceline.com and also Booking.com,  agoda.com, Kayak, rentalcars.com

The Perfect Boutique Caribbean Wedding Resort

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On this freezing week, we’re daydreaming about our recent stay at Caribbean Club, on Grand Cayman. Friends had been raving to us about this boutique hotel for years, so we couldn’t miss up the chance to stay there ourselves earlier this winter. Its small size and great service make it ideal for a destination wedding.
In a switch from traditional hotels, Caribbean Club has 37 condo-style apartments. Each one is decorated differently, and comes complete with full kitchen, dining table and cushy living room. They range in size from one to three bedrooms; most of the bedrooms are ensuite (ie, with its own bathroom), so they’re ideal for

See Our Mexico All-Inclusive Picks in Destination I Do

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We’re thrilled to see our feature on Mexico All-Inclusive picks in the new issue of Destination I Do magazine! These gals have their pulse on what’s cool and different in the world of romance travel, and we love working with them.

 
In the feature, we spotlight a few of our favorites all-inclusive resorts along Riviera Maya. We love all-inclusives for their ease — there’s one bill, for as much food and drink as you want, not to mention activities and sweet rooms, which makes them a favorite for destination weddings. But be warned: They range wildy in terms of style and

Meet Our Favorite Wedding Registry

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One of the best parts about having a wedding (besides the whole “found your soulmate” part, of course) is doing your wedding registry. After all, when else in life do you get to choose what you really want and need in a gift? Our favorite wedding registry hands down is Newlywish whose well-curated offerings include gorgeous household items alongside cool experiences like cooking classes and African safaris.
We were thrilled when founder Amanda Allen asked us to create our dream registry, and had a ball going through their ever-expanding inventory. The results include some travel picks, of course, but also a gold-flecked vase that reminds us of coral reefs and the cutest

Dirty Little Secret About Hotel Rates

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We’ve worked in media for years, so here’s a little secret: Those room rates you see listed at the end of travel stories about gorgeous hotels? They’re misleading. Most mags use the lowest available rate at low season for their copy, because it makes the hotel seem accessible to more people.
Which means that, yes, you may be able to get a room at that luxury Caribbean hotel for that rate of $299. But chances are it will be the lowest-category room in the house (NOT the one pictured in the article), and at the lowest season of the year,