Travel Like an Architect: Travel in comfort and see the world from a floating hotel

By Robert and Lynn Belles
Independent Vacation Specialists

To “Travel Like an Architect,” you will want to travel in comfort.

In our travels, we discovered cruising is an amazing way to see a lot, in a limited time, without breaking the bank. Cruises are all-inclusive; ­the price includes food, lodging, entertainment and transportation.

You can book­ a­ cruise for a modest deposit, with the full amount due just 90 days before you depart. Book 12 months in advance, and you can easily save and pay for a fun-filled family vacation every year.

When you cruise, dining and accommodations are all five-­star PLUS. You can literally eat ALL DAY. Choose between casual sit-­down dining, humongous buffets, five-­course fine dining, pizza bar, midnight buffet, or 24-hour room service all included!

Your room steward will provide nightly turn­down service, with a chocolate treat and maybe a towel animal. In the morning, your cabin will be refreshed, beds made and cleaned. By day two, your steward will know your name, schedule and desires.

You will be able to enjoy live Vegas-style shows, intimate lounge music, big band with swing dancing, classic rock or line dancing in the “disco,” comedy acts, jugglers and magicians. Or, if you just want to relax, take in the gym, a sauna or Jacuzzi, and then spend the afternoon by the pool listening to live calypso music. You may also choose to take in an educational lecture or watch a first-run movie in the theater.

Depending on length, a cruise may visit three to 23 “ports of­ call” or cities, which could well be in three to 13 countries. “Travel Like an Architect” typically spends 14 days in 10 cities in eight countries. The ONLY way to see so much in so little time is when your hotel MOVE while you sleep. Each morning, you wake up in a new place!

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Rob and Lynn Belles are owners of Belles Firm of Architecture, a local professional design firm. They are seasoned travelers with family and adult-only international travel experience. They are teaching others what they know about traveling as a family, a couple and as business owners who stay connected with their clients, even while they are traveling abroad.

From the Jan. 14-20, 2015, issue

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