Operation WARMHEART* is a nonprofit fund established to run solely off donations for our Moody AFB Families as well as Armed Forces members and their families that reside with the local area. These funds will be considered for deserving individuals and families when an emergency arises that may require financial assistance.
With your support, Operation WARHEART* will allow a little financial relief to our heroes during times of hardship outside their control!
This is why South Georgia Travel supports this great local nonprofit organization and why we would like your help in supporting them too.
You can support Operation WARMHEART is several different ways:
- Become a contestant in our Lip Sync Battle (for a chance to win a free Carnival Cruise)
- Come watch the Lip Sync Battle 2018 (tickets are $5 per person)
- Become a sponsor or make a donation to Operation WARMHEART
South Georgia Travel would like to say a Big Thank You to the sponsors we already have for our event:
Carnival Cruise Lines
Watson’s Pools and Patios
Executive Cleaning Service
Richard Shelton, Attorney at Law
Join us in supporting Operation WARMHEART
Lip Sync Battle 2018
April 21, 2018
VHS Performing Arts Center
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Proceeds to benefit Operation WARMHEART
CARNIVAL CRUISE FOR 2
For more info about becoming a contestant or sponsor please call Christy Dukes
229-244-2324 or email Christy@sgatravel.com
*Operation WARMHEART is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no government status.
No federal endorsements of sponsors/advertisers intended
Wedding Bells are Ringing If your Facebook newsfeed has been unusually laden with engagement announcements recently, you’re in good company. Facebook found that one-third of people get engaged between November and December and 2.6 million people in the U.S. alone changed their statuses to “Engaged” last year. Wedding season is officially upon us!
It comes as no surprise that the most popular day to pop the question is Christmas Eve, with Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day following closely behind. If ‘I do’ day is quickly approaching, then chances are good that your stress level is flying sky-high. Being as they are (busy, stressful, family-filled… did we mention stressful?) the months of November and December are crazy in themselves, let alone adding wedding planning to the holiday mix.
If you’re among the lucky ringbearers out there, you’re going to want to keep reading because we’re going to let you in on a little secret…
What to Know Ahead of Time
After that initial over the moon feeling of your engagement wears off (trust us, it will eventually), the reality of what it takes to plan a wedding sets in. Every detail – from the flowers, the cake, the dress, the invitations, and the color scheme, down the fabric of the linens — must be considered. And did we mention that there’s a time frame for all of this? With everyone getting married at roughly the same time, vendors’ schedules book up fast. If you’re thinking of getting married during early summer or fall, add a couple more months to plan because everyone else is having the same thought.
With that in mind, it’s smart to start considering all your options; whether that be getting married close to home or cherishing a more intimate gathering at an exotic destination. Each option has its perks but deciding on what is best suited to your needs is key.
How do we plan?
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of solidifying the details of your perfect wedding, the week after your wedding might be the most important detail of all. The honeymoon is the start of your new journey together with your spouse; a time to escape all the pent-up wedding day stress and overwhelming family members, to a more relaxed setting before beginning a new chapter of life. It’s crucial to give yourself this time to reconnect with your spouse before facing the challenges of the every day.
Lucky for you, planning a honeymoon getaway needn’t be nearly as stressful as planning an entire wedding. At South Georgia Travel, we offer a wide range of services meant to expedite the planning process and guarantee you the honeymoon experience of your dreams. Not to mention, our honeymoon registry option allows you to select a number of excursions, spa treatments, or gift cards for your chosen destination and start receiving these gifts from family, friends, and wedding guests.
If you’re wondering where your ideal destination lies, let us help you discover a location that both you and your spouse will adore. From Los Cabos, Mexico, to a Caribbean beach resort, to a scenic location not far from home, our endless options give you the freedom to shoot for the moon.
After you commit to loving each other to the moon and back…
- Schedule a “get to know you” appointment with one of our savvy agents
- Research your favorite honeymoon or destination wedding locations
- Discuss a variety of options
- Confirm arrangements and make plans
- Set up your honeymoon registry and/or payment plan
- Prepare and review travel documentation
- Welcome home and SGT follow-up
As you can see, there’s no need to worry! We’ve got every detail covered, from the planning and departure to your safe return home to start your lives together. Let us put in the work to make your dreams a reality – and besides, you’ll be too over the moon in love to stress about it anyway.
~By Jane Shelton
Looking for a perfect getaway? Sandals Antigua might just be your destination!
If you are looking for soft, white sand, blue Caribbean waters, and lush tropical gardens, Sandals Antigua has them all!!
Making it an easy destination to explore, Delta offers direct, nonstop flights from Atlanta. Leave your car at one of the many Park and Fly hotel options, and you will arrive Antigua in under four hours’ time. Sandals will greet you at the airport and transfer you to their tropical oasis, about 15 minutes from the airport.
Sandals Antigua has two options of atmosphere on one property. You choose between Bayside which provides quick access to the beach and is the older, well-manicured part of the property. Or if a Mediterranean theme is more your style, you can choose the newer, expanded version of the property where you will find the main pool on the grounds, although there are several scattered throughout the property, including private plunge pools found in both the Bayside and Mediterranean areas.
If you are a beach person, and enjoy hours at the beach, then the Rondovals are perfectly positioned, and be sure to ask about the Rondovals with the private plunge pools!! Butlers will make sure that you have everything you need from the time you step onto the property, until they wave goodbye at the end of your stay.
Your Butler will reserve your chairs at the beach or by the pool, wherever you choose, with no worry of not having a chair when you arrive. Looking for a long stay by the water, no problem, your Butler will make sure you have everything you need in your cooler, refresh you with a surprise visit and an iced drink. Ready for lunch? Your Butler will arrange that, too! You never have to leave your chair or lift a finger.
Restaurants abound, and food choices are endless. Whether you are into sushi at Soy, a full hibachi experience at Kimonos, Italian flair at Mario’s, or waterfront dining at Eleanor’s, Bayside, and Barefoot, the choices are amazing and always pleasing to the taste buds!
No vacation at Sandals is complete without a trip to Red Lane Spa, and you will not be disappointed in the spa at Sandals Antigua. Be sure to experience the Caribbean Glow Wrap to add a soothing break from the sun.
If your spouse is not into spa services, he can have fun learning to use the Hobe Cat, paddle boards, scuba, or one of the other many waters sports available. Everyone can find their own personal adventure at Sandals Antigua.
What are you waiting for? Call us today 229-244-2324, and we will help you find your tropical paradise!
~ Jane Shelton
After a rainy day in Sydney, we sail on to Halifax.
Halifax is rich in history, and is home to one of the best maritime museums in Canada, including an exhibit on the Titanic where many people were taken after the shipwreck. Halifax is also very scenic, and has a beautiful, meandering walk along the waterfront.
Having visited Halifax previously, we chose an excursion to Lunenburg. A picturesque and historic village with a beautiful harbor, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About 70% of the downtown buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Lunenburg Academy, with its pointed towers and ornamental brackets.
As we sail back into the U.S., we approach the beautiful town of Bar Harbor, Maine. We opt for an intimate look at Acadia National Park allowing us time to get back into town for a lunch of lobster rolls and lobster chowder. Afterward, a quick view of the shops is necessary to walk off the delicious food before heading back to the ship.
This is our last port before we debark in Boston, and while all things must come to an end, we encourage others to enjoy this New England cruise!
If you have not visited Boston, make a point to do at least one night here on the end of your cruise so that you can explore this historic town. Explore Quincy Market, Copley Square, and walk the Freedom Trail!
By Jane Shelton
Visiting Montreal, Canada in the rainy season of May probably was not the best choice, however, sailing the St Lawrence to Quebec, the Gulf of the St Lawrence, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, Bar Harbor and back into Boston made us forget the misty rains of the week.
When visiting Montreal, take time to take in the sights and sounds of Old Town, and most specifically the famous Basilica Notre Dame of Old Town. This is probably my favorite Basilica or Cathedral that I have ever visited as the detail goes on and on. Every look brings a new sculpture, painting, and awe-inspiring stained glass windows to your eye that goes straight to your heart!
Visiting the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec is a must, which you will find at the top of the funicular. Walking the cobblestone streets to the famous hotel brings a giddy excitement that cannot be explained. Old world charm surrounds you as you enter the porte-cochere and enter the grand revolving doors into the extravagant lobby. The beauty of the wood throughout the structure is amazing, and takes you back to a time throughout history as you wander the halls gazing at the old black and white framed photographs of the elite in their best dressed clothing seated with royalty. From there continue down the hall to see the opposite end of the spectrum of the works building the grand structure…if you look closely, you can hear the hammers and swift movement of the saws as the structure rises in glory. Explore the ballrooms, if not being used, and gaze out the windows onto the St. Lawrence river. Another option is to dine in the restaurant or the pub overlooking the St. Lawrence river, if you wish to linger a little longer.
Continue walking the cobblestone streets to explore the many churches and basilica in the surrounding blocks, as well as shops, restaurants, and museums. After completing your tour of the upper town, take the funicular back to the lower town to investigate more shops and dining options, and if you want to take in the Museum of Civilization, it is conveniently located across from the Old Port.
Continuing our cruise on Holland America takes us further into the beauty of the countryside sailing the St. Lawrence into the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Our first stop is Prince Edward Island and the charming town of Charlottetown, very walkable from the port, and a great stop to enjoy ventures into the beautiful island flourishing with stories of Anne of Green Gables. Don’t forget to enjoy the local lobster for lunch! Delicious!
Next port is Sydney on Cape Breton, Island, famous for its very large fiddle outside the Spirit of the Fiddle auditorium. A great show!
Stay tuned for the remainder of the Canada New England cruise journey……
~Written by Debi Saeger
Holland America Eurodam March 25 – April 1, 2017
I have never gotten on and off a cruise faster or easier. When we arrived in Fort Lauderdale, we left our luggage with the Longshoremen and walked into the cruise terminal. My first thought was we were either late, or the ship was sailing empty, there were no lines! We filled out a medical questionnaire, showed our boarding passes and Passports, had our picture taken for our key cards and walked right on board. Our luggage arrived in our stateroom within an hour.
Leaving the ship was just as easy, our departure time was 8:45, and we were promptly called, walked down a couple of flights of stairs, collected our luggage, passed though customs, called the off sight parking company where we left our car, got picked up and were pulling out of the parking facility at 9:30.
The ship is beautiful, midsized at 86,273 tons, 2104 passengers and 876 crew. The artwork on board is breath taking, you get the feeling of being in a museum while walking the common areas on decks 2 and 3. Three are also framed shadow boxes with artifacts from earlier ships including china, silver, ships logs etc. It was amazing to see and read the descriptions.
Our favorite entertainment was the Lincoln Center Stage. The Lincoln Center in NY sends musicians to entertain on board. There were 3 performances almost every day, each lasting only about 45 minutes. I could have listened for hours. The venue is right next to the main dining room so it made a perfect pre dinner entertainment option for us. The musical selections were mostly classical, with some more contemporary mixed in. The musicians explained the pieces, what to listen for, and why they chose the combination of pieces that they did. What I found most fascinating was their music was on iPads. The first evening I couldn’t figure out how they were turning the pages. The second evening I was talking with the lady sitting next to me about it, when a lady sitting in the row in front of us told us they had some sort of button on the floor, so they were turning the pages with their foot.
The food on board was excellent. We ate in the main dining room every night. The menu options were great, it was hard to choose only one entrée, I wanted to try everything. We ate breakfast in the main dining room on both sea days because they had eggs benedict on the menu there (my favorite). The other days we ate breakfast on deck 9 in the Lido Market. There was no end to the options to choose from. The omelets were made to order with dozens of choices of fillings, eggs were cooked to order, pancakes, French toast, waffles, breads, breakfast meats, cereals, fresh fruit, anything you could want was there. We never made it to the main dining room for lunch, ate on deck 9 each day, either from the buffet in the Lido market, the Dive Inn, great hamburgers and hot dogs and the crunchiest French fries ever! Or the New York Pizza made to order personal sized pizza that were great too. The buffet had a great salad bar, pasta selections, Mexican selections, Asian stir fry, sandwiches, a carving station with a different meat each day along with vegetables and side dishes. There was no way anyone was going to leave that cruise hungry! The Lido market closed for a short time between breakfast service and lunch service, then for a short time between the lunch service and dinner service. I don’t know what time they stopped serving dinner, but the Dive Inn and NY Pizza never closed and were open until 11:00 p m.
If you were hungry after that there was always complementary room service.
The Eurodam has 2 pool areas, one for adults only, one that has a retractable cover so even a rainy day won’t ruin your time outdoors. There was never a shortage of deck chairs. A beautiful spa, nice casino, shopping area, fitness area, and outdoor sports area. There was always something to do, and the daily program left in your stateroom each evening let you know what was happening the next day.
~Written by Kelli Green
Walking onto the Eurodam was a nice surprise with the elegant décor, the art work and the friendly staff. It was so nice to see the staff smiling and willing to help you with whatever you needed. This was my first time on a Holland America cruise. My husband and I stayed in the Verandah Stateroom which had a balcony and plenty of room for him and I to be comfortable. Every afternoon we would come back to a clean room, the bed made, and a towel animal. That made me smile. Sitting on the end of our bed was two chocolates and our itinerary for the next day. They had activities every hour! While we were at Sea my husband and I played trivia, bingo, watched movies in our room and went to the hot tub by the pool. In between all of that we made our stop up to the Lido deck to indulge in our favorite foods and ice cream! One thing about cruising is you will never go hungry. There was always such a variety of foods and deserts. At night we had dinner in the dining room and the food was exceptional. Where do you go to get a starter, entrée, desert and coffee? A Holland America Cruise.
Our first stop was Key West. I’m a bit of a history lover so my husband and I made a visit over to the little white house where President Harry Truman stayed during the winter months of his presidency.
Our next stop was Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. We spent our day there walking into the shops and markets where the locals sold there handmade jewelry and woodwork. I also remember seeing this beautiful Amber sculpture about 15 feet tall. Off into the distance I saw people zip lining over the water park area.
The next day we were at Sea and my husband and I went to a game show they had on the main stage. There were three couples who competed for a chance to win a dinner at one of the three restaurants they had on board. They had the Gala that night so we dressed our best for dinner and took pictures. After dinner we went to a Lionel Richie tribute show and had so much fun. Afterwards, we made our way to BB Kings. The band was awesome and everyone was dancing and having a great time.
That next morning my husband and I ordered room service and let me just say it was there no later than the time we chose for delivery. I could not say enough of the staff and how friendly they are. I opened the blinds in our room and walked out to the most amazing scenery. We made it to Grand Turk. We planned an excursion for the day so we changed in our bathing suits and made our way down. We rode the bus over to Bajari beach and as soon as we pulled up I could hear the island music playing. We found us a chair on the beach then went to get a drink from the bar and listened to the Dj. The water was so clear and breathtakingly beautiful! We snorkeled for a while seeing coral and tropical fish. They also had Wi-Fi available so I called my kids and family back home.
That afternoon we made our way back and visited Margaretville at the port.
The next day we arrived at Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The beach was so clear you could see your feet in the water and the sand was like sugar. They had several activities available there on the island and at lunch everyone ate at the barbecue. I saw a sign that said, “I wish I could say here forever.” And that’s exactly what I was thinking!
I must say, Holland America Cruises put a lot of effort into making their guests happy.
By Amanda Baldree
Let’s Get Primed!
The secret to any good makeup look lays in the details. One detail people often over look is a good primer. You need to lay a good base if you want the outcome to turn out. It’s like building a house. You wouldn’t try and build a house and not lay a foundation which to construct everything else on. The reason you want to use a primer is that it will even out your skin and help your foundation stay and look smooth. Now primers can have different functions. You can get a primer to help minimize pores, to give you a dewy look, or just to help even out your skin. You have to know going in what you want your finished product to be so you aren’t so overwhelmed with the limitless choices out there.
Milani Prime Light (https://milanicosmetics.com) (can find Target, Walgreens, and various Drug Stores)
This primer blurs pores and fine lines for brighter looking skin. Blurring means it softens the look of your pores so they aren’t as noticeable. This particular primer does give you a nice glow. Not over the top but makes your foundation a little more dewy. It’s a nice primer to experiment with because it carries a price tag of $9.99 at Target.
Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional (https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/us/en) (Sephora and Ulta)
This particular primer gets a lot of hype. It also blurs your pores. It really is just an all around basic primer and always gets good reviews. You can grab a travel size of this primer at Ulta to test out for $12 or go ahead and indulge in a full size for $31. In general, the travel size is good for testing but not for value. Use the trick of going to Sephora and asking for a sample of the product.
BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer (https://www.beccacosmetics.com/) (Sephora and Ulta)
Another popular primer. Is known again for blurring (are you seeing a trend here??) and giving a radiant glow. So if you want to pack a little extra glow this would be the primer to reach for. We are going up in price here with a price point of $38 but sometimes you want to indulge.
NYX Angel Veil (http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/) (Target, Ulta, some drug stores)
This is just your average, everyday, want to lay down a base for your makeup primer. Nothing fancy. Just a nice building block in your makeup regiment. And with a price point of $15.99 it’s a nice middle of the road primer to dip your toe in with. NYX also has a Pore Filler primer if that is what you are more interested in. It comes in at $14.
Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer (http://us.rimmellondon.com/) (Ulta, Target, Wal-Mart, drug store)
If you are just getting started in makeup or just beginning with primer sometimes you don’t want to drop a lot of money on anything until you do a test run. I’ve found that drug store makeup is a good way to dip your toe into the pond without breaking the bank. It’s a lot easier to throw away or give away a $6 primer than a $40 one. This primer isn’t anything fancy. It is just a good base for your backup. A quick search on the net found this for $5.49 to $6.99. The best thing about drug store is usually you can found a coupon or they are running sales!
By Amanda Baldree
I resisted the nude trend in lip color for a long time. I use to believe if it wasn’t red it didn’t belong on my lips. I have completely obliterated that hang up. Finding the perfect nude, can be a struggle but so worth the time and effort. A nude lip can compliment any outfit and any makeup look.
First and foremost, you need to realize what color your own lip pulls. We all have an undertone. Mine is a very pale pink undertone. So I can’t wear super sheer nudes because it looks like I have nothing on my lips. Which I know is the goal buuuut I also want the effort I put into my look to show some pay off.
We are going to explore some different lines and a variety of shades and hopefully if you have been on the fence about trying a nude this may help or you might even discover a brand you haven’t heard of! Let’s explore!!
- NYX Cosmetics (http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/) (can also be found at Ulta, Target, and some drugstores)
NYX has created a whole lip line to help you find your perfect nude. If you don’t want to break the bank (retails for $7) NYX Lingerie line is the way to go. By far I think they have the largest collections of “nudes” to choose from. This is a liquid to matte formula.
- Jeffree Star Cosmetics (https://jeffreestarcosmetics.com/) (can only be found online)
Now Jeffree Star loves a good nude. He has four nudes that are a permanent staple in his collection and then he has some transition colors that go into the more terra-cotta/lighter brown family. My favorite nude from this collection has to be Posh Spice. These are also a liquid to matte formula. These retail for $18. They are long lasting. I can usually wear them for about 6/7 hours.
- Wet n Wild (http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/) (can be found at most drugstores)
Wet n Wild just recently released a new line called MegaLast Liquid Catsuit ($4.99)
and I’m here to tell you – these are AMAZING for the price. They only have two nude colors but at this price point you can scoop up both and experiment. Do it!
- Coloured Raine (https://colouredraine.com/) (can only be found online)
Just released 5 new neutral tones for ALL skin tones. Called The Coffee Shop.
Their lipsticks are amazing. Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter. Wide variety of color if you are looking for something besides nude and don’t break the bank too much since they retail for $17.
- Charlotte Tilbury (http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/) (Can be found at Nordstrom)
This if more for you traditional lipstick lovers out there. It’s a true tub lipstick. Once I went matte, I never went back but this nude for me is the holy grail of nudes. I purchased my very first Charlotte Tilbury in London at Harrods. Ahhh love! Kim KW is my ultimate nude. At a price point of $34, I paid for my baby but I always get compliments on this lip color.
These are just a few of my favs! Once you dive in and start looking you will find loads more. The world of makeup is vast. Don’t be scared to try out that indie brand you found on Instagram! Those lipsticks are made with love and you never know what might find next!