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3 Fun Things to Try in Tahiti

Picture this: You lie down on a hammock with a chilled cocktail in your hands as the warm sun bathes you and the sounds of gaiety fill the air…what you just read should give you a hint of what a Tahitian vacation is like. The beaches, the natural landscapes, and the greenery all make this a place worth visiting.

In Tahiti, there is never a shortage of things you can do. We’ll tell you about some of the most popular things to do. Your only job is choosing which one to try first and we’ll book it all for you:


  • La Plage de Maui

You’ve seen yellow beaches, haven’t you? But have you ever seen a pearly white beach? La Plage de Maui is unlike any beach you’ve been to before.  Why do you think tourists from all over the world rush there? They go and marvel at nature’s unique yet lovely creation. You can find La Plage de Maui on Tahiti’s southern shore.

The waters of the lagoon close to the beach is another thing which attracts vacationers. Why? For one, the clean, crystal clear and warm waters make for a fascinating sight.


  • Fautaua Waterfall

Love to hike? Then you’ll love the Fautaua Waterfall. For one, the waterfall itself is a sight to behold, but the trek there is something exciting on its own. Thrill seekers will enjoy it the most.  Though the trek can be arduous, you probably won’t notice it because you’ll likely be in a group tour with a guide giving you interesting tidbits about everything you see around you.  Yes, we can book those for you so all you have to do is show up and enjoy.

The waterfall itself makes up for the long trek. Its located in the lovely, green Fautaua Valley, and it’s probably the most dramatic waterfall we’ve ever seen. When you go there, you’ll attest to this too.


  • Papeete

It’s time to head out of the waters and trees and head into diners and shopping. Papeete, the capital city of Tahiti and the entire French Polynesia, is the perfect place to go and see once you’re done sightseeing nature’s wonders.

If you love shopping, food and wild nights, don’t hesitate to go to this city. And for lovers of exotic and traditional craft, there’s something for you too, because you can purchase black pearls and hand-made island crafts at the numerous shops scattered all over the city. These are things you can’t find anywhere else, so make the most of your time there and shop for souvenirs to take back home.

With that being said, you will need a travel agency to help you out and Journeys of a Lifetime Travel is ready and willing to fill those shoes.  We’ll even help you make a choice on what fun thing to try first.

You can find us in Greenville, SC; or just hit us up on our website. Either way, you’ll be glad you chose us as your travel agency.



3 Must See Places While Vacationing in Tahiti

Tahiti is famous for turquoise waters, a diverse and colorful culture to rival any other and beaches of the yellowest color. But those are things Tahiti is known for, and they’re all great. Today though, we want to mention a few other places that aren’t as famous.

These are great amazing places that you honestly shouldn’t miss seeing on your next trip to Tahiti.


  • Overwater Bungalows

You won’t believe the beauty and awe inspiring experience you’ll receive by staying in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti. They’re literally bungalows erected atop the water with glass floors.

Tahiti is an island in French Polynesia and no one can deny how beautiful many of its attractions are, and these overwater bungalows are some of the finest and most significant.

They are idyllic and look very traditional. And yet, they still fit perfectly in the modern world. Bora Bora and Morea, in particular, have many of these lovely structures. Make time and go see them when you’re in Tahiti.  Better yet, we’ll book your stay in one.


  • Natural Aquarium

Marine life aficionados, Tahiti will definitely be a fun place for you. Even f you’re not into marine life, the Huahine Natural Aquarium will have you gawking and pointing at all the color and beauty under water.

You can either relax and take in the view from a platform or get up-close and personal and dive into the water. Either of the options is a great one, so take your pick.  If you so wish you can also stroll over to the Intercontinental’s Lagoonarium located at the heart of the resort.


  • Three Waterfalls

It’s impossible to deny the number of beautiful waterfalls falling from many of Tahiti’s’ heights. The majority of them will have you trekking through the lush and beautiful rainforest before you see them, but that’s an added bonus for you. The best is still yet to come, though…

Make sure you’ve packed your swimming suit in your backpack because when you reach the waterfalls, no one will stop you from diving into and piercing through the rockpool below the falls. It’s going to be a new experience as well as a refreshing swim, that’s for sure.

If you’re wondering why the region is called the ‘Three Waterfalls’, it’s because there are indeed three waterfalls there. The locals call them the “Faarumai Waterfalls’ or the “Les Trois Cascades.”


Tahiti is calling you, so what do you do? You make a call to Journeys of a Lifetime Travel. Matter of fact, why not just come over to Greenville, SC, and have a one-on-one chat with us?  We’ll take your adventure ideas and give it life. As an experienced travel agency, we will deliver beyond your expectations. So, reach out to us and let’s make sure your vacation in Tahiti is your best one yet!


2 Tips for a First Time Visit to Amsterdam

Look left and you see quirky architecture… Look right and you’ll see winding canals… Where is this place? Just a very beautiful city going by the name Amsterdam.

It’s the perfect haven for you to visit when you want to take time off from work for a week or two. Better yet, round up your whole family and go on a vacation there.

If it’s your first time going to Amsterdam, Netherlands, you’ll find the tips we’re going to give useful. Heck, even if you’re a native of the city, you can still learn a thing or two and be reminded of important tips to make your stay in the city a great one.


  • Watch where you’re going!

Honestly, the cyclists in Amsterdam should come with a warning sign that can be seen from miles away. They cycle around the city like they’re in a perpetual race. And they ride all over the place too, so there’s no particular route you can expect to see them speeding on.

All that is fine and good but you have to be careful when you walk around the streets. Always double-check before you cross the road, lest you be flattened by a happy-go-lucky cyclist.


  • Join the Club

When in Rome, do as Rome says, right? When in Amsterdam, rent a bike and join the pack. But we don’t mean you should rent the bike in the hopes you can run somebody down, no.

You can join hundreds of others and embark on a cycling adventure. If you prefer going it alone, that’s fine too. There are endless routes for you to speed your bike over.

There are cycle hire shops all over the city. Enter the closest one to where your hotel is and rent a bike (the rates are quite affordable too). And you have the option of renting for a few hours or even days. It’s up to you.

As for where to explore, you’re not restricted by the city buildings and structures alone. The outskirts of Amsterdam are equally great places to explore. We recommend the Dutch countryside, particularly for its lush and pleasant, green look.


So, you can understand why a bike is very important in this city, but there’s a lot more you should know about Amsterdam than just its bike craze.

Reach out to Journeys of a Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, and we’ll not only help you decide on the best bike models to rent in Amsterdam, but we’ll also tell you other tips that will help you feel right at home in the city.


3 Must Sees While Visiting Amsterdam

Italy is famous for Pizza while Switzerland is famous for chocolate. What is the Netherlands famous for, then? A scrumptious meal called Dutch new herring, but if you think food is the only thing the Netherlands has going for it, you’ve gone another thing coming.

The cosmopolitan city that is Amsterdam is always in any list of the top tourist destinations. It’s on such lists not only because of its charm and history but also because of the diverse range of activities available for you to try.

Regardless what age you are or where you’re from, you can always find something worth doing in Amsterdam. Check out the few listed below.

  • Van Gogh Museum

Vincent William Van Gogh is a name which needs no introduction. To be labeled as one of the most influential artists in the history of Western art is no easy feat, so you can understand how proud Amsterdam is to open the Van Gogh Museum’s doors to tourists and vacationers like you.

Just look at the number of visitors flocking it every year: 1. 5 million! That figure is enough to consolidate its popularity and importance.

There are over 200 paintings and more than 500 drawings in this museum, and over 700 letters from the legend himself, Van Gogh, on display in galleries. If you want to experience art unlike any other, this museum should be your next stop.


  • Begijnhof

The busy streets of Amsterdam might not endear themselves to you and if that’s the case, head over to Begijnhof to wallow in peace and solitude.  As one of the oldest Hofjes (courtyards) in the city, it’s also the site of the English Reformed Church and Catholic Houten Huys; both of which are places you can go see and appreciate.

The Begijnhof has a secluded, quiet garden where you can relax and enjoy the gentle, fresh air.


  • Heineken Brewery

“Yes, I’ll have a Heineken.” That line never gets old, does it? Amsterdam could be a second home for beer buffs.  The Heineken Brewery was erected in the year 1864 so there’s a lot of history behind it. You know what Heineken beer tastes like but do you know anything about how it’s made?

There is a tour you can go that will enlighten you on the processes involved in beer-making. To make the experience even better, why not purchase a VIP tour? Because you’ll be allowed to try 5 different makes of beer. The only thing you have to worry about is getting drunk.

Obviously, this list of places for you to go see is by far not exhaustive, and Journeys of a Lifetime Travel has the names and maps of a lot more attractions awaiting you. We’re based in Greenville, SC, and we offer all the services you would expect from a top travel agency. Call us, so we can make sure your vacation to Amsterdam is the best one yet!


What You Need to Know About the Real ID Act

The Real ID Act? What is it? What’s a Real ID, even? If you’ve never heard of it, chances are you’re not a frequent domestic flyer in the United States.

Go to any airport in the United States and you will see unavoidable signs at TS checkpoints that indicate imminent changes to what entails ‘acceptable identification for air travel’. This change is what the Real ID is all about.


  • What is the Real ID Act?

The events that transpired post the 9/11 attacks forced the government to make drastic changes to the United States’ flight policies. It passed this act in 2005.

The act outlines the minimum security standards for all state-issued ID cards and also driver’s licenses. Federal agencies will neither recognize nor accept the said IDs and licenses from non-compliant states. The reason for all this? To help curb airline terrorism, so you can understand how important this act is.


  • Do I Really Need a Real ID for Domestic Flights?

Yes. It is imperative you get one before the 1st of October, 2020, because that’s when the act will be fully implemented into law. Simply put, if you don’t have a Real ID by the aforementioned date, you won’t be able to fly domestically using your usual means (driver’s license, etc.).

You can fly from one state to another using your passport, of course, but that will be the only legit and acceptable means of identification you can use if you don’t have a Real ID, come the appointed date.


  • How Soon Can I Get a Real ID?

It begins with your state. If it passes the Real ID approval, then you can begin to process getting the ID card itself.

Mind you, the process might not be as smooth as you might hope. Getting the Real ID entails you take a trip to a DMV along with all the necessary paperwork (proof of lawful presence in America).

Non-citizens can also get the Real ID, though it will obviously be a more complicated process altogether. The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘DHS REAL ID FAQ’ page should have any questions pertaining to complicated cases such as this, so check it and see if it answers your inquiries.


  • I Have a Real ID. Does That Mean My Passport is Now Irrelevant?

No, you still need a passport to fly outside the country. And remember, you can still use your passport for domestic travel. Your passport can get you through airport security in both instances, but your Real ID will only suffice for domestic travel.


So how important is the Real ID? Lifetime Time Travel ranks it as VERY important because not everyone has an international passport. And getting a passport now might require even longer times than is usual, so make it a priority to get your Real ID if you don’t already have it; or try to get both the Real ID and passport, if you have neither.

If you still need more information on the Real ID act, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to enlighten you on all you need to know. We’re a full service travel agency based in Greenville, SC, but you can easily contact us via our webpage.


3 Fascinating Places to Go See in Rio de Janeiro

Forget everything you think you know about Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The images you see on the internet during Carnival is nothing compared to being in the heart of the celebration. And you won’t realize just how large the statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ is until you stand beneath the concrete giant.

Rio de Janeiro has much in store for you!

  • Christ the Redeemer
    Is there anything else more synonymous with Brazil than the statue of Jesus Christ? This is perhaps one of the world’s most iconic landmarks-it’s certainly Brazil’s most iconic structure. You have to go see this statue in person. No excuses. It’s even recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  The statue rests atop Mount Corcovado at an incredible elevation of over 2,330 feet and is incredible to view in person.


  • Jardim Botânico
    Does the word ‘Botânico’ sound familiar? It’s Portuguese for ‘botanical’ and that’s exactly what the Jardim Botânico is: A beautiful botanical garden that spans a whopping 340 acres! If you think you know your botany or all there is to know about flowers, visit this place and test your knowledge.  There are more than 6,000 species of both exotic and indigenous flora. Though the sheer number of plants might seem overwhelming, their beauty makes up for it. You won’t be disappointed when you take a trip to this green and serene place.


  • Tijuca National Park
    If that garden up there is still too ‘tame’ for you, Rio de Janeiro has something else prepared for you. This national park encompasses a rainforest that covers a staggering 8,300 acres of land.  To put it in perspective, the Tijuca is the LARGEST rainforest on Earth. Size isn’t the only thing it has going for it, though, because the beauty cloaking it can be rivaled by few other rainforests the world over.
    Waterfalls, varied terrains, over 350 species of animals and 1,600 species of plants are just some of the occupants of the massive park. Why don’t you step into the Tijuca and be added to that number too? The park is a must-see attraction. Simple as that.

Lifetime Travel is always eager to guide you through Brazil. As a renowned travel agency in Greenville, SC, it’s our job to help you narrow down the best places to host your vacation.

We’re telling you right now Brazil is where you need to go. Contact us and we’ll help you plan the best trip you’ve ever had to the warm and musical land that is South America.


3 Tourist Attractions in Sydney Australia That You Do Not Want to Miss

Why Sydney, you might ask? Australia is a large place and there are many cities you can explore, so why Sydney? For one, it’s the oldest, largest and definitely the most beautiful of all the Australian cities. And need we mention its many attractions? Like the infamous Opera building that is synonymous with Australia?

The list of places is long one so we’ll tell you the ones you shouldn’t dare miss visiting. Sydney is a social and cultural mosaic, so there’s never a shortage of things to do or places to see.


  • Opera House

Yes, everyone has seen images of the famed Opera House, but how many of those people have actually seen it upfront? This grand structure is a World Heritage Site. With its one-in-a-million shell-shape design and the fact it was erected atop a land surrounded by water, it should be a thing of fiction, but it isn’t.

Simply seeing it from outside is enough to satiate you but going on its extensive tours is the real the icing on the cake. You will see a concert hall, theatres, a cinema and much more. Be quick to book a Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour when you get there. It will be well worth your time and money.


  • Sydney Harbor Bridge

Before the Opera House, there was the Harbor Bridge. It may have been supplanted by the former in terms of fame and recognition but that doesn’t take away anything from this magnificent landmark.

This bridge is the biggest steel arch bridge in the world. You can join dozens of other tourists in ascending the BridgeClimb and be met with an astonishing panorama of the diverse city and harbor at the top. You can already picture the brilliant sight in your head, can’t you?

There is a museum in the southeastern pier which holds all the history you need about bridge’s construction. It’s worth a visit too, especially if you’re a history buff.


  • Harbor Cruises

Circular Quay is Sydney’s prime ferry terminal. If you’re looking for a place made lively by street performers, cafes and restaurants, make your way to Circular Quay.

As fun as the quay may seem, the harbor cruise is its main attraction. We recommend the very popular Sydney Harbor Coffee Cruise. It lasts for 2 hours and is one of the best experiences you can have while in Sydney.

And when you’re back from the cruise, Circular Quay also gives easy access to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbor Bridge, two more places you can spend hours admiring and learning about.


You see what we mean when we said there’s a long list of things for you to do in Sydney? If you wish to know even more of the activities you can engage in, Journeys of a Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, will be happy to give you some ideas.

More than that, we’ll help you organize the entire vacation. Get a great head start by securing the services of people who know Australia like the back of their palm. Journeys of a Lifetime Travel is the only call you need to make to get you to the land Down Under.


2 Surprising Things You Should Know Before Visiting Australia

The land Down Under beckons you… Listen to the you hear that?  It’s truly a shame Australia is so far away from the rest of the world because that just means so many miss out on the fun that can be had there. But not you, because your next vacation is going to be in Australia, right?

That’s great! Now, just have a read down below and your vacation should be smooth sailing all the way.

  • No City Center for You

This might be a bit of an oddity to you but Sydney, as big as it is, has no city center. In place of that are 10 very distinct villages (yes, villages!). The best thing about that though is how each of these districts has a character all on its own. Leave one district and set into another and it will feel as if you’re in a completely different country. It’s truly a unique and pleasant thing to experience.

With that said, when you’re not walking, we advise you to seek a car hire service based in Sydney. That way, you have all the time to explore these unique villages, among the many other places you can visit en route to your destination (we HIGHLY recommend the Blue Mountains).


  • Metro, Where Are You?

Yeah, this one might not sit too kindly with people used to commuting or taking trips via metro, because Sydney lacks a metro system. If you want to explore, there are buses, the light rail, ferries, and some good ol’ trains to cater to that.

So, it’s best if you carry around enough money to cover taxi and bus fares and whatnot. Better yet, why not just walk while you explore? That’s an experience on its too, you know. Besides, there are places better suited to exploring on foot rather than in a car.


As we said earlier, Sydney is a BIG place. You can walk as much as you want or ride around in your hired car, but to truly maximize your vacation, you’ll need the assistance of a travel agency like Journeys of a Lifetime Travel.

You can find us in Greenville, SC, or you can just contact us via our web platform. Or just hit us up on Facebook or any of our other social media platforms. Either way, contact us so that we can give you advice and book your trip across this vast and grand city.


4 Money Saving Tips While Visiting New York City

The Big Apple! We’re pretty sure every vacationer has made a solemn vow to visit New York at least once before hanging up their hiking boots. This is one of the smartest choices you can make as a traveler because New York City is a place unlike no other.  There’s just one thing you’ll have to be wary of: the cost of the vacation and time you will spend, and we don’t mean how much it will take you to get there. Cost covers all your expenses: how much you intend to spend on accommodation, how much you’ll budget for shopping, miscellaneous expenses, etc.

Money and time are necessary and important factors for any vacation you’re going on, and we’re here to advise you on how best to go about saving your hard-earned cash and valuable time.

Explore One Neighborhood After Another – In the city that never sleeps, this is the best way to go exploring. This saves you the money you would have spent on taxis and subways that carry you from one part of Manhattan to another.

The Season Matters– New York during Christmas is not the same as New York during Thanksgiving. If you want to save up on your cash, then its best you visit New York during the slower tourist months. i.e. between July and August, then January and March.

Early Bird Catches the Worm – No, you’re not getting up early to catch worms, but it helps a lot of you want to get the jump on fun activities. New York is a bustling city. When you get up early, you get to experience it before the streets get filled to the brim with busy workers and tourists such as yourself. Trust us, trying to navigate around the Big Apple while it’s crowded is more frustrating than fun.

The Locals Save You Money – New Yorkers are friendlier than most other city folks. There are free walking tours held by locals than you can join, saving you money while giving you the same experience paid tours have. Two of the most popular of these tours are ‘Free Tours by Foot’ and ‘Big Apple Greeters’. Fitting names, wouldn’t you say?

You can start off your vacation with these 4 tips but there’s a bunch more you should know about. Journeys of a Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, keeps updating the list of things for you to be mindful of though so reach out to us and we’ll enlighten you on the rest. New York is a big place, so you best believe the list we have for you is a big one. A really big one!



3 Safety Tips for Visiting New York City

New York is a great place that more than lives up to any visitor’s expectation. This is a simple and clearly undeniable fact, but the city is not without dangers. Don’t get us wrong; it’s an extremely safe city, but it would be best if you avoided certain scenarios and know the right decisions to make, lest you put yourself in trouble or a difficult situation.

  • Be Alert When at the Airport – Regardless which of New York’s airports you land in-be it JFK, Newark or LaGuardia-your luggage should always be with you.  Never leave it unattended, and be wary of strangers who offer to carry your bags; and be extra careful of people who meet you at the airport and try to entice with a ride or a taxi deal that seems too much of a bargain to be real.
  • Be Wary of Unmarked Taxis – Speaking of taxis, do not get into any cab that isn’t marked. New York taxis are all identified. That’s proof of their credibility and trusted service.  Simply look for the ID number on the hood of the car, or check and the light atop the hood that shows the driver’s medallion number.  If the taxi has neither of these, stay away from it and opt for services like Uber instead.
  • Know the Hotel to Lodge In – With over 1000,000 hotel rooms in New York, you will never be short of options to choose from. But some of those options are better and safer than others. Read up on hotel reviews and learn as much as you can about the neighborhood the hotel is sited at.  And if it’s your first time in New York, don’t dilly-dally when you leave the airport. Head straight to the hotel with your luggage. You know almost nothing about the city so you’re in no position to immediately start exploring.  In the hotel, put anything you consider valuable in a safe place. And acquaint yourself with the front desk. Don’t ever open your door to anyone until you’re sure who is on the other side. If it’s not housekeeping, don’t open it.

Having said all that, don’t let what we said frighten you. You don’t have to keep looking over your shoulder every minute you’re in New York. We’re just giving you precautions to take so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest and maximize the fun you’re going to have.

Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, is eager to make sure your vacation to New York goes well and without any hiccups, which is why we advise you to heed these safety tips. With that said, put on your fun hat and go out there and let the Big Apple drown you with an amazing experience like you’ve never had.