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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 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 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.


4 Things to Know About Albania Before Traveling There

Albania is probably one of the most misunderstood and underrated vacation spots in the world, but believe us when we tell you this country has so much going for it that you would be pleasantly surprised at what you see when you get there.

To call it an interesting country would be an understatement. We’ll give you a bit of information about the place, then you decide if it’s not worth your time.


  • Deep & Interesting History

Reading up on this history of Albania won’t be amiss. For one, you would know a little bit more about the country you’re planning to visit. And for another, you can understand more about the people and why the term, “Great Albania”, is so often used and repeated. Plus, Albania’s history is a rich and interesting one, which should make it a pleasant read.


  • Bunkers Galore

How often do you visit a place with over 700,000 concrete bunkers dotting the landscape? Albania is one such place, so don’t be surprised when you see them as your bus drives around the towns. The bunkers are relics of a time where paranoid leaders ruled.

Many Albanians regard these bunkers as much more than just round slabs of concrete though. These people see the bunkers as cultural artifacts. Others even see them as business opportunities because they have transformed the bunkers into tattoo parlors, hostels, restaurants, storage facilities and even nightclubs.


  • It’s All About the Zeroes

You might find this odd but Albanians have a habit or adding an extra zero to the end of a number. So, when you go to buy something and you’re told the price is 1000 lek (official Albanian currency), ask again just to ascertain that’s the real price. For all you know, what you want might actually be 100 lek, not 1000 lek

We’ll point out right now that Albanians don’t do this to be shady or cheat people out of money; rather, it’s more like a habit they find hard to get rid of. Most of them apologize to you the moment they realize their blunder.


  • A City of Colors

Tirana, Albania’s capital city, is a very colorful place. It stands out from any other place in Albania. You can’t help but be impressed at the city’s use of colors to express itself.

Unlike Bucharest, which is washed with grey and with concrete everywhere, Tirana is green with a color riot that you have to see to believe. It’s going to be a pleasant sight, that much is given.

The city might be more expensive than other places in Albania but it’s still more affordable than western European capitals, so the prices should not be much of an issue.

As we said, Albania may not be the first country that comes to your mind when you think up vacation spots, but you’ll like what you see when you head there.  Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, is prepared to guide you throughout your vacation planning to Albania. We will make sure you make the most of your time there. Just give us a call whenever you’re ready and we’ll help you make all the necessary arrangements.


7 Travel Essentials You Should Always Bring With You

As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we are constantly giving advice to our clients on what to pack, the best time of year to travel and how to ensure it’s exactly what they want.  Part of that advice is to not leave comfort and convenience behind.  Although picking the perfect destination for your first trip is important, knowing the right items that will give you maximum comfort while gone is as well.

Here is a list of some items that will come in handy while you’re away from home on vacation:


  1. Portable Carry-On Suitcase

A carry on suitcase is one of the most important items to take with you. You should pack all of the following items that I’m going to talk about in your carry-on.  That way if your checked bags are delayed or get lost, you have the essentials to get you by until your other bags arrive.


  1. Cash

To avoid conversion and ATM charges, it is important to take a certain amount of the currency of the country you are traveling to. Holding cash while traveling is not just important; it is absolutely necessary because when you travel, you are in unfamiliar territory. And holding cash can be a life saver when other payment methods are not available.


  1. Medications

It is a good idea to carry legal and prescribed medicine like pain killers, inhalers, multi-vitamins, antibacterial creams, bandages, etc.  Just in case they are not available in the country you intend to visit, you already have them with you.


  1. Selected Clothing

Select clothes that can accommodate the weather of the country you’re heading to. Silks, hats and shades are suggested for sunny areas to prevent heat and eye-damaging sun rays while jackets, sweatshirts, socks and gloves are necessary for much cooler places. Corporate clothes should also be packed for formal events and casual clothes for vacations. Towels should also be considered as they are a dependable option for quick clean ups.


  1. Power Strip and Electric Chargers

Most of the gadgets we carry are powered by batteries, hence preserving your devices battery during any trip is important. Batteries don’t last forever, of course, which is why chargers are just as important. So, to avoid having devices like cell phones, cameras and laptops run out of battery power, ensure your chargers are also tucked into your carry-on bag.


  1. Documentations

For business and formal event trips, documents should be neatly packed and organized. They are to be kept in a safe corner of your traveling bag. We recommend an office file or portfolio for safekeeping.


  1. Toiletries

For better comfort, a light pack of toiletries should be taken as well. While usual toiletries (such as tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorants, hair combs and brushes) are a no brainer, others such as make-up kits, face wipes, shampoo and body creams should not be overlooked and are just as important.


As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we’re here to not only prepare you for international and domestic travel but also get you there so that your vacation is fun, relaxing and memorable.  Please give us a call and let’s talk about your upcoming getaways.


3 Things NOT To Do While Visiting France

Everyone writes about things to do while in France but there are a few things NOT to do as well.  As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, you may wonder why we’re choosing to talk about France?  Well, France is easily one of the most sought-after nations for going on vacation, and little needs to be said about why this is so. With places like the dizzying Eifel Tower in Paris and the Musée du Louvre where the infamous Mona Lisa is kept on display for the world to see; with wine-tasting going on every day at Bordeaux, you can understand why every vacationer marks France at the top of the list of countries to visit.

The country tops charts and maintains the position every year. We’re serious. France is ranked as the number one most-visited country in the entire world, and with over 82.6 million visitors annually, can you really argue with that ranking? We doubt it.

The compact size of the country also makes navigating it a treat. You can easily travel from one region to another on car rentals that won’t empty your pockets, but there are things you should be mindful of.  We’ll give you a few, good tips on what not to do. Take care you don’t do them or your vacation might turn sour.


  • Shy Away from Talking About Sensitive Topics

The French aren’t always very forthcoming about their religious beliefs, so you would to do well to avoid such topics. You can express yourself, of course-no one can stop you from doing that. But there’s a fine line between self-expression and insensitivity. Take care not to cross it.


  • Cabs Aren’t Always Your Best Option

Cabs may get you where you want to go faster but they do so at great cost (literally). Cabs in France are expensive, so better options are riding a bus or taking the metro. And you have to consider the fact cabs take away all the fun of exploring while you stroll.

Sitting in a cab with all the windows drawn up as the beautiful city passes you by is ill-advised. Take for instance Paris, which spans over 6 miles. Wouldn’t you rather walk these miles with your eyes taking in all the color and wonder the city offers?


  • Don’t Be a Loudmouth

This is not something peculiar to France but the people over there do take great offense at bad manners, and talking loudly in public places like restaurants or subways is considered one of the worst.

The French consider this terribly rude, offensive and distracting. Tourists often forget that just because they are on vacation, that doesn’t necessarily mean others are. The people standing beside you could be on their way to work or other more important matters, so try to maintain decorum when you’re in public.

If you’re dancing around in a club at an all-night party, however, you can be as loud as you want. By all means, carry a megaphone and run around blaring through it. No one will object.


Now that we’ve got those out of the way, remember that you’re in France to have a great time, not to allow rules to hold you back. It’s important you respect their laws but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your fun. Act on these simple tips and go enjoy the rest of your vacation. The Eifel Tower calls you.  As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we’re here to answer any travel question that you have while booking your dream trip to anywhere in the world…including France.  Why not schedule a consultation and let’s talk about your next vacation.


How to Maximize Limited Vacation Time From Work

Making the best use of your vacation days every year can be difficult, especially since you get only a handful of days to spend. Traveling with limited vacation time can still be a delightful experience, and you can make the best out of it by using these tricks:


  • Prioritize

If your vacation time is as little as 10 days, does not imply that you have to discard your bucket list. It is possible to travel to Europe, South Africa or even Australia in under 14 days, provided you prioritize your must-do list…and as a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we can book it all of you.

Even though you may not be able to take the long trip through Western Europe using a train, or visit London and Paris in one vacation space, you could still pay a visit to Sydney and use the available time to dive in the reef. All you have to do is make sure you prioritize your destinations and activities according to your wants or needs.  Don’t worry!  We’ll help you.


  • Plan in Advance

When you plan, the chances that you will efficiently make use of the time at your disposal are much greater. You might even end up extending the number of days you set out for your vacation. All this comes from learning and execution. When you plan your vacation trip in advance, getting approval from your boss for a time-off is far more likely.


  • Don’t Travel Too Far

You do not necessarily have to go across oceans or seas or even millions of miles away from home for you to travel to a fun place. You can also travel and having a great time even if you’re merely miles away from your home.

There is always an interesting location around your area or vicinity that you can drive to. If you have fewer days to spend a vacation on, it is advisable you try your hand at vacationing during the weekends only. Learn about how to enjoy long trips over the weekend.  We have some suggestions.

If you add one PTO (paid-time off) day to your weekend, then you have about three days to travel. It is very possible to experience fun events within that timeframe, as short as it is. Finding out the best spots to drive to shouldn’t prove too difficult too. A simple web search should do it.


  • Have Love for Red Eye Flights

When trying to make the best use of the little vacation time that you have, use every minute to the fullest. It’s a simple as that.  You will have to develop a tolerance for overnight flights or even learn to love it.   Even if red eye flights aren’t your idea of a fun time, you could save so a lot of transit time by using overnight flights.


  • Extend Your Business Trip

If you job allows you to travel for business, then you should be able to extend your trip by one or two days and even into the weekend. Take advantage of this opportunity and explore wherever it is you will be temporarily staying in.  Life is too short to waste it on work and work alone. So make the most of the time you have.


As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina , we’re here to give you ideas on how to utilize your vacation time the best way.  Whether that’s a quick trip with the family to Florida or 10-14 day all-inclusive getaway to the Caribbean, we’re here to give ideas and book the entire thing for you..your job is just to de-stress and enjoy yourself.  Don’t worry, we’ve got this!


4 Things You Should Never Pack in a Suitcase

As a travel agent in Greenville, South Carolina, we plan trips for passengers all over the world.  Whether you’re wanting to go on a fabulous river cruise down the Danube or have your honeymoon in Tahiti, more than likely you’ll need to fly on an airplane to your destination.  Most travelers don’t think that there shampoo may explode under pressure in their suitcase or that they’ll lose a valuable camera if they pack it..but it happens.

Here are 5 things that you should never pack in a checked bag.


  • Valuable Items – Never pack anything in your checked bag that has a high monetary or personal value. You should always get insurance on suitcases that you have no choice but to check so that if the items are stolen out of your bag you are covered.  Airline employees get paid minimum wage and if someone is hurting for money they may use the opportunity of a “security check” to open your bag and take your valuables.  Also, don’t pack any documentation that you’ll need once you arrive, like your hotel or car rental information.  Take out laptops, prescription medications and things like your smartphone.  When you return from a trip, don’t pack your pricey souvenirs.  If you can’t take them on the plane with you, consider sending them home via USPS or FedEx.


  • Anything on the TSA Prohibited List – We’ve heard of people going to visit his mother and was going to cut up some firewood for her while there. So, he put his chainsaw in a box, duct taped it well and try to check it as luggage.  An hour later, he got a call from TSA telling him that he needed to come get his chainsaw because it’s a prohibited item on the TSA checked bag list.  Therefore, check the TSA prohibited items list if you’re questioning whether your lithium batteries used in cameras are checkable items…because they’re not.  Other items people don’t think will be on the list are electronic cigarettes and matches.  If you’re questioning an item, here’s a link to check it out on the TSA prohibited items list:


  • Lose Liquids – So many times a traveler will arrive their destination only to find that there shampoo, lotion and conditioner has spilled all over their clothing.  Now they’re spending the first day of vacation doing laundry in a city that they more than likely don’t know.  This is an easy fix; wrap your liquids in a plastic bag and then wrap the bags with duct tape.  If you leave a little bit of air in the bags then the pressure from the plane and other items that have shifted during the flight won’t squish them and squeeze the liquids out in the first place.


  • Don’t Pack All of Your Clothes in Your Checked Bag – What would you do if you got to the airport at your destination only to find that your bag is lost?  No trip to the beach for you if your swimming suit was in your bag.  Or you’re flying to a business meeting and your business suit was in the lost bag?  Its extra frustration that can easily be avoided if you just carry on with you the items that you’ll need the day of travel.


If you have any questions as to what you should pack for your trip, please ask us.  And if you’re still looking to book your dream vacation, please schedule an appointment with us and let’s talk.  We’re a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina and have been doing it for a while.  If you have questions about a destination we more than likely have been there and can answer any of your questions as well as book your trip.  We look forward to working with you.


4 Countries With Great U.S Dollar Exchange Rates

As a full service travel agency in Greenville, South Carolina, we’re constantly looking for destinations that will give our clients that best experiences.  One of those experiences may be going to a place where the U.S dollar is strong and exchange rate favorable.

So, in order to get your travel bug a bitin’, we thought to list 4 countries where the U.S dollar will get you quite a bit more than other destinations..if you’re curious about that sort of thing:


  • Vietnam – Not only is Vietnam one of the most beautiful destinations you’ll ever see, the 2019 Backpacker Index lists Hanoi and Saigon as the top most affordable cities to travel to in 2019. We have a list of hotels that you may be interested in staying at that will put you right in the middle of things and yet get you a great exchange rate.


  • Peru – Peru is known for it’s award winning food, incredible archeological sites and beautiful Machu Picchu, of course.  If you’ve ever wanted to check out Peru, then this is the year to do so.  With a favorable exchange rate, we can book you in some great hotels and tours for less than you’d think.  For example, the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is a great base camp for a trip to Machu Picchu.  Then return for a great on-site spa treatment at the hotel.


  • Costa Rica – If white sand beaches and incredibly vibrant rainforests sound like your cup of tea, then a trip to Costa Rica is for you. Not only will you be immersed in beauty, but the exchange rate is predicted to fall 5.2 percent in 2019.  Not bad!  We have some great hotel accommodation recommendations in Costa Rica that will put you right in the center of rainforests teaming with over 100 species of wildlife, including monkeys.  Wouldn’t that be a fun experience for the kids?


  • Dominican Republic – This destination has a reputation for 5 star, all-inclusive resorts that are reasonably priced. The Domican Republic is a great family destination because  places like the Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa has things for every age group to enjoy.  Situated on a white sand beach, the blue water and kids clubs doesn’t come at a premier price.  Music to many parents ears when there are a bunch of kids to pay for.



Regardless of where you want to go, we’re the travel agency that can get you there.  We have several other recommendations and we’re also very good at helping you navigate the resorts, flights and tours available in every country.  Why not schedule a consultation by clicking here and let’s talk about your next adventure?