TPIJanuary 2020 - TPI

Shake off the winter blues with Sunwing tips Posted by Sunwing

The third Monday of January, otherwise known as Blue Monday, is often considered to be one of the gloomiest days of the year. From frigid temperatures and a lack of sunlight to failing New Year’s resolutions, many Canadians begin to experience a serious case of the winter blues at this time.

The good news is that shaking off the winter blues might be easier than you think. According to a survey recently conducted by Sunwing, 95% of Canadians agree that vacations have a positive impact on their wellbeing. We compiled some of our top tips to help you get out of the blues and into the sun this winter. From boosting your mood by booking early to spending some much-needed time in the sun, read on for their top advice on shaking off the winter blues.

Two young girls standing in front of a water park

Book Early and Get Excited

There are plenty of clear advantages to booking your vacation early – you’re more likely to get your preferred departure date and resort and you can score a better deal – but did you know that booking early can also boost your mood? While you’ll definitely feel an upswing in your mood when you step off the plane in paradise and smell that fresh island breeze, over 75% of Canadians say that they get excited about their upcoming vacation the moment they book and the week before they depart – proving that the ‘holiday halo effect’ starts long before you depart and can continue even after you’ve returned home. Booking early will extend the holiday happiness bubble, giving you something exciting to look forward to and making those chilly winter commutes much more bearable.

You’ll have a lot to look forward to when you plan your getaway to Grand Memories Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This popular resort includes access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean with a wave pool, seven “monster” slides and two mini slides for kids. Remember to book early to start counting down to paradise and to secure your preferred suite – there are even options that sleep families of five or more.

Swim-up bar and pool overlooking the ocean surrounded by lush palm trees

Fly South to Make Winter Fly By

The dreary winter weather, gloomy skies and shorter days back home in Canada can negatively impact your wellbeing. Booking a vacation to a tropical destination can help make the winter season go by faster! Although all vacations have a positive effect on our wellbeing, over 80% of Canadians agree that where you choose to vacation makes a difference and believe that vacationing somewhere tropical can make the dreaded winter season fly by. When you choose a sunny and warm locale for your next vacation, you’ll get your much-needed dose of vitamin D and facing the rest of the cold weather will be a tropical breeze, with fond memories of your time away and the ‘holiday halo effect’ helping to keep you warm for months (or years!) to come.

After a stay at the top-rated family resort Riu Vallarta, you’ll be ready to take on whatever winter has in store. This newly-renovated property in Riviera Nayarit is nestled on the pristine shores of Playa de Flamingos where you can soak up some much-needed sunshine by the sprawling pool complex or try out a range of water sports by the beach.

Two people on dual ziplines flying high above the coast

Try Something New and Memorable

Sunwing’s survey found that if money was no object, most Canadians (especially millennials) would choose to splurge on experiences and making memories over anything else, including VIP upgrades or luxury items. Excursions are a great way to have a unique experience and make the most of your time away, with memories that will last a lifetime. Not only will you have a blast in the moment, but you’ll also have something positive to look back on over the cold winter months. Excursions are a great way to get outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Whether you want to spend the day on a private island, learn about your destination’s history and culture or race ATVs across the desert, Sunwing Experiences offers something for every traveller – making checking things off your bucket list easy.

Try out exciting new adventures when you stay at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, with the resort’s exclusively-curated PH Experiences. Zipline high above the treetops of Guanacaste on the Canopy Congo Trail, unwind in relaxing hot springs after a horseback ride on the Mega Combo Buena Vista adventure, explore nearby Nicaragua’s only active volcano on the Discover Nicaragua excursion and meet sloths and monkeys on the Adventure Pass tour.

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Sweeping wins for Travel Time – TPI at the Playa Awards

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Travel Professionals International’s (TPI), wins big at the 4th annual Spotlights Awards for Playa Hotels & Resorts. The Playa Spotlight Awards invites the best and top-producing agents in the industry. With over 120 Canadian agents attending the awards, TPI was proud to see their very own Lois Barbour walk away with three significant awards for her and her team. Playa Hotels and Resorts awarded Lois Barbour with Most Improved Agent in Canada, Top Seller for Jamaica in Canada and Top Seller for Jewel Resorts in Canada.

“I am honoured to be recognized with these prestigious awards by Playa Resorts. We strive to offer the best vacation options to our clients, so when the brands that provide our guests with the vacation memories of a lifetime then recognize us in this way, we say thank you!” said Lois Barbour, TPI Advisor.

TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon said, “Congratulations to Lois and all of her team at Travel Time – TPI! What an amazing accomplishment to bring home three Spotlight Awards and be recognized for their incredible dedication to their clients. We are honoured to have Travel Time – TPI as part of the TPI family and are always proud to share our Advisor’s achievements!”

Find more information about Lois Barbour and her team Travel Time – TPI at

Published by Openjaw on January 14, 2020

Top 5 Unique Cruise Destinations in 2020

With so many options to choose from when looking into planning a cruise vacation, one can often get lost in the “go-to” destinations that every other traveller is going to. Cruise lines have stepped up their game for 2020, bringing us new experiences and new itineraries for all of the explorers out there. They are taking travellers to corners of the globe that are barely touch, we know, hard to believe! We have collected the top 5 cruise destinations that we are sure any traveller would enjoy!

1. Asia

Asia has been climbing on many top destinations lists, now more than ever, it is the perfect time to experience it from the comfort of your favourite cruise ship. Visit the ancient temples of Cambodia, the relaxed island life in Thailand or the bustling city of Hong Kong. If you feel like moving a little closer to the culture and traditions, a river cruise is the best option. The Mekong River runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – a journey along this river will take you to some of the most majestic and unique corners in Asia! Unpack your bag once and check off multiple countries from your travel list, all while being fully emerged in ancient Asian culture.

Sail 9 nights around South East Asia with Royal Caribbean onboard Quantum of the Seas, October 2020
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2. Galapagos


This untouched region of nature is crawling with unique animals and endless “awe” experiences for all ages. Make your way to one of the most unique areas of the world, filled with magical moments and wildlife that will blow you away. Celebrity Cruises recently introduced the evolutionary Celebrity Flora, this luxury mega yacht is based in the Galapagos and designed to immerse its guests in the destination. If you want something more intimate, there is a long list of smaller cruise lines that will help you get up close and personal with the Blue-Footed Boobies, ancient tortoises and playful sea lions.

Sail 11 nights in the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises onboard the Flora, March 2020
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3. Iceland

If you want to dig deep and really feel connected to a destination, Iceland is the best pick! Although you might only be visiting the one country on this cruise itinerary, it will feel as though you are exploring a whole new world. Cruise lines will fill your excursion list with black sand beaches, natural hot springs, active volcanos, and captivating waterfalls. If visiting during the fall, you may be lucky enough to check off the Northern Lights from your bucket list or if passing by in the summer months, experience the perfect time for whale watching! *Fun fact: There are long, dark winters, and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.

Sail 14 nights around Iceland & Norway with Princess Cruises onboard the Grand Princess, June 2020
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4. Pacific Region

Islands, islands and more islands! We couldn’t just choose one beautiful Pacific island with crystal blue waters and the whitest sand you will have lay eyes on… so we decided on them all. Whether you want to explore some of the small pieces of an island paradise or make your way down under, cruising the south pacific is the best way to experience these breathtaking islands. With itineraries that will take you around the entire circumference of Australia or zig-zag your way through islands like Fiji or Bora Bora.

Sail 13 days from Australia to New Zealand with Holland America onboard the Noordam, February 2020
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5. Africa, Seychelles & Madagascar

Head off the beaten path and into the wild! As you make your way to unique islands like Madagascar and Seychelles. Spend some time exploring the untouched beaches before making your way inland on a memorable safari. An exotic and incredible Africa itinerary will take your breath away, not to mention the endless wildlife sightings!

Sail 20 nights around Exotic South Africa + Islands with NCL onboard the Spirit, March 2020
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Australia Bushfire Update – Support Australia through Travel Posted by Goway Travel - January, 2020

All across the world, people stand in solidarity with Australians in the midst of the heartbreaking bushfires that have spread across parts of the country. At Goway and TPI, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and communities affected. We hope for an end to the fires and a speedy recovery for the impacted townships and natural landscapes. We also commend the fearless efforts of first responders who are combating the fires and working to restore their communities.

Some have voiced concern over whether Australia remains safe for travel at this time. To that end, we must stress that while the seriousness of the bushfires in Australia has not been overstated, many parts of the country of interest to international tourists are unaffected and remain open for travel.

To be specific, some key regional areas in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, including western Kangaroo Island, have been affected and are currently not recommended for travellers. However, many previously affected regions have since re-opened to tourism. For instance, touring of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales has resumed and Kangaroo Island is also still accepting visitors in the unaffected eastern towns of the island.

Please know that our primary concern is ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our travellers, whether in Australia or elsewhere. We are constantly monitoring the bushfire situation in conjunction with our Sydney office and local partners and have been proactively contacting and successfully relocating all the travellers whose plans have been immediately impacted by these fires.

If you are booked to travel Downunder in the near future, reach out to your Travel Advisor to assist you by answering any of your questions and concerns or by making any necessary modifications to your clients’ vacation.

For up-to-date information on Australian weather and wildfires, check out the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology, which provides weather updates for all parts of Australia, as well as the latest fire warnings.

TPI and Goway, value your safety above everything else. We also value supporting local communities in Australia in any way possible. We firmly believe that travel changes the world for the better. One major way to support Australia at this time is to travel to the country as planned and explore the many regions unaffected by the fires, where tourism is still open.

There’s so much to see and do in Australia and now is the perfect time to support it. Click here for ways you can help.