Sedona – So much to do, see and eat!


I hope you enjoyed our stories, photos, and tips about Sedona this week! Before we move on to another topic, I’d like to leave you with one last story – my story! – about a recent trip to Sedona:

After many years of hearing the praises of Sedona, I finally took the plunge and went for a week in mid-May.  I can't believe I waited this long! The drive from Phoenix to Sedona only takes about two hours and flies by with all the new sights to take in (loved seeing all the cacti). Once you hit the red rocks, you'll be blown away!

Entering Sedona by car is breathtaking.  You will want to stop and take pictures along the way but I recommend waiting so the cars behind you don't get mad.  You will have plenty of time for pictures when you plan an excursion or two (or three or four...).  After attending a breakfast orientation at my resort, my decision was made.  I would do a hot air balloon ride, an all day trip to the Grand Canyon, and a day trip to Jerome, AZ.  Please keep in mind that these were my personal choices.  There are so many things to do and see in Sedona (either on your own or by tour).  Your options are endless.

I have to say that the highlight of my trip was the hot air balloon ride.  It is something I can now mark off my bucket list.  They picked me up at 4:30am and we were in the air by 7am. We floated for about an hour and fifteen minutes and then, once back on the ground, had breakfast and champagne courtesy of the hot air balloon company.  What an unforgettable experience!

You can't go to Sedona without checking out the Grand Canyon!  I had been there as a kid, but was dying to go back.  No disappointments there!  Had a wonderful day.  I didn't want to do it on my own so I did go on a 12 hour tour.  So worth it.  A wonderful lunch at the El Tovar Hotel and even got to stop at a Navajo Reservation on our way back to Sedona.

Last, but not least, was my day trip to Jerome, AZ.  I did this on my own as it is an easy, albeit curvy, drive up a mountain, about 40 minutes from Sedona.  Lots of fun, eclectic shops and history here.  I did more shopping than history. I even had a fabulous lunch of a hotdog wrapped in bacon with all kinds of yummy toppings with a side of flash fried spinach (a must).

I could write a novel about Sedona and all the fun stuff to do, see and eat (there are so many great restaurants).  I can't wait to go back!

 

Hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

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Taking a Break in Thailand (Phuket and Koh Samui!)


Kathleen M. - RCI Subscribing Member Travel StoriesBack in the 90’s, I lived and worked in Japan as an English teacher.  In November of 1997, I was in dire need of a vacation so I decided to venture to Thailand all by myself for ten days.  After speaking with others who had visited Thailand, I decided to go to Phuket and Koh Samui.   I would spend 6 days in Phuket and 4 days on Koh Samui.  My first reaction when landing in Thailand was “WOW, this place is paradise and affordable!” I remember being able to stay in two really nice hotels and eat very good food.

Here’s a list of some of my fondest memories while I was on my vacation:

• Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. 
• The Thai people are extremely gracious and kind.
• Phuket gets many German and Australian tourists so I met many interesting people.
• Koh Samui is considered the “hippie” island.  Very laid back.  I got an hour long massage on the beach and I think it cost $5.
• Most of the restaurants let you pick out your seafood from a large display.  They would then cook it to order and it was delicious. 
• Renting a scooter for the day is a great (and inexpensive!) way to get around and explore paradise

This week on the RCI blog, we’ll be sharing photos and stories from RCI subscribing members who have taken a trip to Asia. Plus, one of our RCI Vacation Guides in Asia will be blogging about Nha Trang, a city on the south central coast of Vietnam. Be sure to check back!

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Hola, San Jose del Cabo!


Kathleen M. - RCI Subscribing Member Travel StoriesI’ve been on many vacations, but I have to say that going to Mexico was probably one of the most memorable. Four years ago, I traveled to San Jose del Cabo with 11 friends and stayed at Solaris Cabo, a wonderful all-inclusive resort.

I’ll never forget walking on the beach at sunset, enjoying the authentic Mexican and Italian restaurants at the resort, and shopping in the quaint town of San Jose del Cabo.  I even went on a snorkeling excursion that took us out to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, an amazing rock formation you may know better as “the Arch.”

We’ve heard from many members who have traveled to San Jose del Cabo, as well as many members who have been to other places in Mexico, like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or Cozumel. This week on the blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from these members. Be sure to check back! And if you have a story or photo of your own about a Mexico vacation, share it here!

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Ski Season has Begun!


Kathleen M. - RCI Subscribing Member Travel StoriesIt’s that time of year again…it’s getting colder each day, we are wearing our heavier coats and some of us have already had our first snowfall! And in the customer support department here at RCI, I have to say it is also an exciting time. Every day, I hear members calling to make exchanges for resorts where they can enjoy a ski vacation. It’s even more moving when I hear back from members who tell me about their first black diamond experience or that their kids learned how to ski for the very first time at a resort we helped them exchange into.

This week, we’ll be featuring stories and pictures from members about their ski vacations in places like Austria, Canada, and Colorado. Be sure to check back!
 

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