Thursday, February 25, 2010

Win a 5 day / 4 night honeymoon at the Stunning Chaa Creek Resort in Belize!

Win a 5 day / 4 night honeymoon at the Stunning Chaa Creek Resort in Belize!

The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize’s award-winning luxury eco-lodge in the jungles of Central America, is offering free 5 day all inclusive Honeymoon Vacation Packages to the lucky winners of our Belize Honeymoon Vacation Sweepstakes.Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala on the Yucatan’s Caribbean coast, English speaking Belize is a melting pot of cultures creating a unique blend of vibrant people living in a land of endless beauty.

This tiny country, steeped in Maya history and surrounded by nature’s bounty, is only a few hours’ flight away from most major North American cities. Chaa Creek is offering the opportunity to explore the best that Belize has to offer by celebrating your honeymoon in one of our luxurious suites and villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens in the foothills of ancient Maya Mountains. Enjoy a bottle of fine champagne in your private Jacuzzi, share a candlelit dinner under the huge thatched canopy of our well appointed dining room, engage in numerous adventurous activities within our 365-acre private reserve, and relax with a personalized assortment of professional treatments in our hill top Spa. Whether you are dreaming of a romantic honeymoon vacation getaway, renewing your vows, or celebrating your anniversary, this unique honeymoon vacation package is guaranteed to create memories of something rich and timeless!

To enter the Belize Honeymoon Vacation Sweepstakes, an essay (minimum of 300 words) must be written explaining why you would want to celebrate your honeymoon in Belize and at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. The essay must be submitted via email to and will be published anonymously on the Chaa Creek Travel Blog. The Chaa Creek Team will then send you a link upon receiving your essay to access a short list of questions about Belize and Chaa Creek.

All of the answers to the questions can be found on the Chaa Creek website at You must score a minimum of 85% in order to be entered into the final sweepstake drawing. The Belize Honeymoon Vacation Sweepstakes closes on May 1st 2010. All qualified entries will be placed in the drawing barrel and the winning tickets for the five prizes will be drawn by the children of St Andrews Primary School and monitored by the Board of Directors of Chaa Creek Limited in the Cayo District of Belize. Winning vacation packages accommodate two persons and are inclusive of cottage accommodation, food, transfers, tours and activities, and spa treatments.

Belize Honeymoon Vacation Package or Maya Wellness Rainforest Vacation Package

A Four Night/Five package for two

A 50% discounted Four Night package for two

A 40% discounted Four Night package for two

A 30% discounted Four Night package for two

For more information about the Belize Honeymoon Vacation, contact the property at 877-709-8708, or visit the web site at

Disclaimer: Please note that vacation prizes are good for one year, non-transferrable, and cannot be used for existing reservations.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Easing through pre-flight security

You don't want to start your honeymoon stressed out in the security line. Unfortunately long lines might be hard to avoid but once you DO get close to the "gate" so to speak here as some tips on getting through pre-flight security.
  1. Have your documents ready before you get in line: It always surprises me when I see people pulling out their documents WHEN they get up to TSA agent. It's not like most of these people haven't already been in line for 20 minutes or more. Why then do they wait until they get to the agent to then begin digging around in their bags for their passport? Keep your passport, boarding pass and other travel documents in one place, where you can easily find them and give the right documents to the right person as quickly and orderly as you can.
  2. Choose who you line up behind: The speed in which you can get through the line depends most on the speed of the people ahead of you in the line. You need to do some profiling of the people in front of you before you join a line. Avoid families and the elderly - they take too long to get their jackets, shoes and bags into and out of the scanner. Avoid anyone carrying anything metal (crutches, canes, prams) - there will inevitably be delays in them putting them through the scanner. Avoid large groups of people (school kids, tour groups, sporting groups, air crews) - they will be taking too much time helping each other out and sorting out who owns what. Basically look for other packs of travelling alone and serious looking business travellers.
  3. Select the right toiletry pack: The obvious advice is do not pack anything in a bottle larger than 3 oz and put them in a clear zip lock bag. But that is a given. Here are 3 other pieces of advice for you. Firstly - carry a spare zip lock bag. If you lose your original or it breaks you will need a spare. Secondly - be selective as to which toiletry bag you use. Thirdly - keep your liquids to a minimum. (ex: Don't pack shampoo- use those provided by the hotel.) F
  4. Slip ons not laces: Your shoes should be slip ons not lace ups to speed on and off;
  5. Put everything in your bag: Before you get to the line (ex: at check-in or in the taxi) put your wallet, coins, mobile, blackberry, pens, everything in you pockets into your carry on bag. Don't keep things in your pocket as you will just have to take them out and put them back in again;
  6. Smile: Security people get frowned at all day. Give them a smile.
  7. Afterwards - relax and enjoy knowing you're on your way to your honeymoon!