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lines T R AV E L A DVA N TA G E N E T WO R K FA L L 2 0 1 5 BBB Acredited FALL TRAVEL Love pages 2-4 page 1 Everything Country Autumn Fashion page 7 pages 5-6 FALL ESCAPES page 4 JULIA NEVILLE page 5 EVEN AFTER 20 PLUS YEARS of talking with Travel Advantage Network travelers I am always amazed at the diverse talented and interesting people that vacation with us. For me its not just about sending people away but its also about getting to know the individual and helping him or her nd the perfect vacation. Our Travel Advocates share this philosophy and have passed along some incredible stories to me through- out the years. One such traveler is Julia Neville who has followed her childhood dream of becoming a country singer.Through hard work and determination Julia re- cently released her rst single. See page 5 where Julia opens up to us about the road she had to travel to reach her dream and shows us a glimpse at her favorite vacation destinations. With fall right around the corner I nd that every year it becomes easier and easier to plunge back into those hibernation-type routines and start daydreaming about next sum- mers vacation. However what we tend to forget is that fall is actually an ideal time to travel and also a perfect opportunity to push ourselves outside our travel comfort zones. In this issue we highlight destinations and sightseeing opportunities that pair perfectly with the changing season. Lastly I invite you to check out page 2 where we answer a popular question we receive from travelersWhat is that BBB A rating at the bottom of your website mean Learn more about our rating from the Better Business Bureau BBB and how this letter grade is so much more than just a single mark. Happy Travels L E T T E R F R O M B R A D Women took fewer vacations than men Nearly 42 percent of Americans didnt take any vacation days in 2014 Younger workers tended to use fewer vacation days People living in the suburbs took more vacation days People in the west took more vacation days than those in the other regions Workers with higher incomes took more vacation Americans receive an average of 15 allotted vacation days a year Most Americans dont take time off due to fear of falling behind or getting red In 2014 Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on the table Those who use vacation days are more likely to be smarter retain a higher quality of sleep and reduce heart attacks At Travel Advantage Network we have the privilege of assisting travelers with their vacation plans each day. Collectively we create a unique group of advocates whose love for travel shows in our enthu- siasm to help clients plan great vacations. In honor of National Travel Tourism week in May we asked our Travel Advocates why is travel important to youTake a look at our short video and see if we share ideas on why travel is important to YOU. Take off HOW MANY VACATION DAYS DID WE TAKE IN 2014 Sources www.nancialsamurai.co www.qz.com www.hufngtonpost.com At Travel AdvantageAt Travel Advantage Why Travel is Important to Us TANLINES page 02 BBB Travel with Confidence For over 100 years the Better Business Bureau BBB a network of 112 independent non-prot organizations across the U.S. Canada and now Mexico has helped people nd and recommend businesses they can trust.Their rating system is based on a number of factors and ranges from A to F. These factors include setting standards for ethical business behavioridentifying reliable businessesevaluating thousands of national advertisements evaluating charity activity and assessing complaints or comments by customers. Unlike other review sites and organizations the BBB works to resolve disputes between a customer and a business.Travel Advantage Network is proud to have received and maintained an A rating since 2000. As a BBB Accredited BusinessTravel Advantage Network adheres to the BBBsStandards for Trusta compre- hensive set of policiesprocedures and best practices representing trustworthiness in the marketplace.These standards call for businesses to build trustembody integrityadvertise honestly tell the truthbe transparent safeguard privacy honor promises and be responsive to our customers and to the BBB trade practice experts. A BBB Accreditation means Travel Advantage Network is approved screened annually and constantly monitored against BBB Standards. Travel Advantage Network strives to ensure our BBB Accredited grade stays at its highest peak through responses to commentsincident resolutionsand transparency business practices so our travelers know they are working with a trusted company. HARBOR SPRINGS BEER FESTIVAL Location Harbor Springs Michigan Stay Trout Creek Enjoy this new fall beer festival which will feature more than 20 Michigan breweries and upwards of 100 micro- brews including live entertainment. MOLOKAI HOE CANOE RACE Location Kaunakakai Molokai Hawaii Stay Hotel Molokai Watch the popular 41-mile Outrigger Canoe Racewhich challenges participants to race from Molokai to Oahu. CARAMEL APPLE FESTIVAL Location Hilton Head South Carolina Stay Hilton Head Resort Bring the family for a variety of fall activities like eating caramel apples playing games and crafting. LAKE TAHOE MARATHON Location Lake Tahoe California Stay Secrets Inn Participate in themost beautiful marathon in the world.This three-day running festival encourages all to enjoy the Tahoe scenery while staying active. FIND OUT MORE about Travel Advantage Networks A rating Fall Events Get your Halloween On TAN Costume Ideas Trick or Travel KREWE OF BOO Location New Orleans Louisiana Stay Maison St. Charles New Orleans Louisiana Enjoy this New Orleans Halloween parade with oats march- ing bands 3-D paper mache and berglass props that mimic spooky creatures. MICKEYSNOT-SO-SCARYHALLOWEEN Location Orlando Florida Stay Sweetwater Club Kissimmee Florida Get out your favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event held each fall at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. LIZZIE BORDEN MUSEUM Location Fall River Massachusetts Stay Inn at Swan River West Dennis Massachusetts Tour the famous haunted house of the alleged axe murderer Lizzie Borden and learn about the horror that took place in this quaint Cape Cod home. 25TH UNIVERSAL ORLANDO HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Location Orlando Florida StayVillas at Island Club Kissimmee Florida Get the ultimate frightening experience at Universal Studios for their 25th year of Halloween Horror Nights. A night that will surely have you shaking in your boots. WHY NOT DO BOTH Its time for fall and nothing is better than fright- ening fun.Try something new this year take a vacation that will have your hair standing on end. One of the most popular haunted cities in America that is sure to send chills down your spine is NEW ORLEANSLOUISIANA. Enjoy all the haunting excitement while staying at the Maison St. Charles Hotel located right by the historic French Quarter. During Halloween New Orleans offers a number of spooky candlelit tours that take you through the Cities of the Dead cemeteries and haunted buildings at night. Continue your spooky knowledge with a plethora of museums dedicated to voodoo ghosts and the paranormal. End the eerie fun with the Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade Party in the French Quarter lled with oats marching bands and secrets you will have to experience for yourself. Another area that has its share of haunting tales is CAPE COD MASSACHUSETTS. Cape Cod is said to be one of the most haunted areas in the country with every- thing from graveyards houses and inns reporting supernatural sightings. Make your way to Inn at Swan River located in the in the Cape for some real scary fun. A particular house that might catch your attention is the haunted home of Lizzie Borden. Lizzie Borden was a 32-year-old American woman from Fall River Massachusetts who was tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother.Take a tour of the alleged haunted house and discover the truth and reality of the horrifying night that occurred there. If youre a traveler that prefers not-so-scary adventures dont worry. There are plenty of great Halloween events that are scare-free and fantastic.Vacation at the Sweetwater Club in KISSIMMEE FLORIDA to visit Disney World for Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Take a trip to Trout Creek in HARBOR SPRINGS MICHIGAN for the annual daytime Halloween Parade and activities. Celebrate the spirit of Halloween at Sunset South in OCEAN CITY MARY- LAND for the Halloween Spook-Out Party. So whether its a haunted house or a celebratory Halloween paradethere is something for everyone to enjoy when the leaves start changing colors. NOTE TRAVEL ADVANTAGE NETWORK DESTINATIONS ARE NOT HAUNTED French Quarter Jazz Haunted Tours Crawsh Indoor Water parks Night Clubs Corn Mazes Hayrides Cheese Curds Amusement Parks Sea World Large Mouth Bass Fishing Oktoberfest Maison St. Charles Dells Club Condos Villas at Somerset Visit New Orleans and discover the easy-going and laid back lifestyle that the city is known for. By staying at Maison St. Charles you have easy access to the excitement New Orleans has to offer. At the Dells youll nd your- self surrounded by wide-open spaces and beautiful rock formations. Rest assured the ultimate relaxation awaits you in this natural setting. Warm weather and a beauti- ful surroundings await you in Orlando.To accommodate traveler demand we invite you to stay at our deluxe condos at Villas at Somerset in Orlando. TANLINES page 04 Fall Escapes New Orleans Louisiana Wisconsin De llsWisconsin Kissimmee Florida FOR MANY SUMMER AND VACATION GO HAND-IN-HAND. Schools out and all thats on the mind is the beach pool and sand.While summer is a popular season to travel fall can be just as great and possibly more ideal. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a fall escape DISCOUNTS Typicallyyou will nd rentalsightsand attractions to be cheaper in the fall as opposed to the summer or holiday seasons. For those on a budget traveling in the fall could be a great solution. WEATHER The end of summer doesnt mean a drastic drop in temperature. In many locations the weather stays fairly nice into November. Fall tempera- tures are not too hot not too cold.They are just right especially for outdoor activities. Dont forget fall fashion see page 7. Can you say sweater weather LESS CROWDS Fall is a great time to travel because no matter where you go the crowds will certainly be less than what you would face in the summer months. No one likes to be stuck in crowds or wait in long lines especially in the heat.The atmosphere at many busy summer destinations is a lot calmer in the fall months. THE SCENERY Who doesnt love beautiful fall colors The leaves turn from green to stunning shades of red orange and yellow.The fall foliage makes long drives much more enjoyable and offers the perfect background for photos. Inn at Deep CreekOakland MD Grandview at Las Vegas Las Vegas NV Get caught up in the vast outdoors disappear for awhile and nd out why this one-of-a-kind destination is so treasured by the many visitors who ock here year-round. Viva Las Vegas From spine-tingling volcanic eruptions to pirate battle reenactments the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area offer fun adventures for the entire family. Not Sure Where to GoWeve ADDED UP our favorite fall vacation activities and found the perfect destinations Have a story to tell Travel Advantage Network knows our travelers are out there doing great thingsand we want to share them with everyone. If you want to tell us about any experi- ences success storiesor even an incredible vacation you hademail marketingplanwithtan.com. Its your time to shine. 6Strings What do I want to do with my life is a question weve all asked ourselves.What we dont realize is we already know the answer Do what makes you happy. JULIA NEVILLE a 36-year-old Travel Advantage Network trav- eler since 2009 has risen to musical success through passion and hard work. Julia always pictured herself leading a pretty normal life but by not giving up on what made her happy she ended up achieving so much more. Julia has recently signed a contract with Century II Records and released her rst singleSix Strings are Hard on Diamond Rings which can be found on iTunes Spotify Amazon and more. Julia rst learned of her talent when she was 8 years old. While at a fair in her hometown of Bucyrus Ohio she was captivated by the sound of peoples voices singing karaoke. Having never sung karaoke she grabbed the microphone and sang Whitney HoustonsGreatest Love of All. After that she was hooked and knew she wanted to entertain people and make them feel something wonderful. Julia pursued her passion of singing by performing at bars talent shows and festivals whenever she could. It was country and gospel that spoke the most to her because it was relatable and had amazing messages. Unfortunately the passing of her father crushed her spirits and her condence to perform and she stopped singing. It wasnt until her husband Mike reminded her not only of her talent but to always follow her dreams and ambitions that she gained the condence to sing once again. With the support of her family and her faith Julias ambitions led her to compete in a singing competi- tion where she placed third. After her performance she was asked to sing at the Southern Ohio Opry House where her performance astounded everyone. That performance landed Julia an amazing opportu- nity to sign with Century II Records in Nashville Tennessee and recorded her rst single leaving her idea of anormal life behind. Julias new life is keeping her busy with a perfor- mance schedule that has her traveling throughout the Midwest. She received an award forYoung Country Single of the Year from the Rural Roots Music Commission in Iowa and reached 24 on the Independent Country List.When Julia isnt perform- ing she enjoys traveling with Travel Advantage Network. Her favorite trip thus far has been to Playa del Carmen Mexico where should stayed at the Mayan Palace Riviera Maya for her tenth wedding anniversary. Julias dream vacation would be to travel to Maui Banyan in Hawaii with her family. Julia hopes to continue singing and inspire people through her music. She encourages people to have faith and to never give up on their passion whatever it may be. Julia continues to dream big and aspires to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville one day. TANLINES page 06 Country Fever SADDLE UP Where Cattleman Western Store AlvinTexas Stay Victorian Condo-Hotel GalvestonTexas Grab everything you need to be a cowboycowgirl from the Cattleman Western Store. Shop here for every kind of cowboy-themed apparel likehatsbootsbucklesclothing and rodeo supplies. Where Ponderosa Stables Phoenix Arizona Stay Pointe Resort Condominiums Phoenix Arizona Enjoy a thrilling adventure horseback riding on the scenic Arizona Trails. Get a rst-hand look at Arizonas beautiful landscape as you ride off into the sunset. Where Gilleys Saloon Las Vegas Nevada Stay Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort Spa Las Vegas Nevada Take the ride of your life on a mechanical bull by testing your strength and stamina. Enjoy eating BBQ drinking and live music at Gilleys Saloon on the Las Vegas Strip. Stray from the typical and try something new. Its time for a different kind of vacation that everyone is sure to enjoy experience a country lifestyle on your next getaway LINE DANCING This feel-good country dance is the denition of a great time.These synchronized choreographed steps were not always stepped to country music but also to disco rockn roll and pop music.When country western culture was infused with line dancing it became its own form of popular culture. It is now enjoyed by millions around the world. Make your way to a country-western bar social club dance club or ballroom on your next vacation. Source www.godancestudio.com RODEOS Rodeos are competitive events that involve horses bulls and other livestock.They are designed to test the skill and speed of cowboys and cowgirls. American ro- deos generally consist of tie-down roping team roping steer wrestling saddle bronc riding bull riding and barrel racing. Visit Colorado Florida Las Vegas or Texas for your own rodeo entertainment. You can grab your rodeo supplies from the Cattleman Western Store. Source www.rodeo.about.com MECHANICAL BULLS Become a real cowboycowgirl your- self and experience your own personal rodeo by riding a mechanical bull.The bull has an electric motor that is a lot safer than but equally as thrilling as riding a real bull. Its used as a training tool but also doubles as a way to provide the experience to non-cowboys and non-cowgirls. Check out a mechanical bull found in bars restaurants and clubs such as Gilleys Saloon in Las Vegas Nevada. Source www.mechanicalbullsales.com HORSEBACK RIDING Top off your country lifestyle vacation and become a true cowboycowgirl by riding a horse. Horses were commonly used for transportation herding livestock and assisting with battles during war.Today horses are known for being wonderful companions that provide the world with a means of travel and entertainment. You can try riding a beautiful steed at Ponderosa Stables in Phoenix Arizona. Source www.lovehorsebackriding.com The TRAVEL ADVANTAGE NETWORK publication provides entertaining and educational information for the everyday traveler. Emmie Lancaster Editor-in-chief elancasterplanwithtan.com PlanWithTAN.com 800.223.0088 TANLINES PlanWithTAN.comPlanWithTAN.com 800.223.0088 DONT FORGET to submit your vacation Photos Videos to be entered to win big PHOTOVIDEO CONTEST REMINDER Fall 15 Look Book PROTECTIVE BUBBLE For those not so sunny days grab a bubble umbrella.These see- through shields will keep you dry. Where www.target.com Price 15-20 Try a Turkish Knotty Towel that acts as a skirtscarf blanketand more.Theyre bright colorful and extremely handy for all kinds of weather. Where www.knotty.com.au Price 40 BOOTCAMP Looking for a boot that is protec- tive handy and tasteful Look no further than Hunter boots.Worn by men and women not only do these boots look great but theyre perfect for any kind of weather. Where www.zappos.com Price 150 TIPWe love their packable boots that easily fold up for travel. COMFY FLATTERING Joggers are the epitome of comfort. Slip them on and go. No zipper no buttons no problem. Where www.macys.com Price 20-60 TIP Show off your personality. Choose from styles such as Aztec stripes or camouage patterns. VERY KNOTTY UPS DOWNS Stay well-insulated while look- ing great. Every traveler can use a packable lightweight down jacket. Where www.landsend.com Price 50-100