Spring Steps

May brings the dreams of summer, graduation excitement and for non-profit organizations often the ‘end of year’ stress.

Find ways to make distractions work for you. Encourage lunch hour as a time to walk in the sun.

Incentive Ideas

Family day local baseball game

Tickets to an outdoor concert

4 night cruise

Dreamerz Weekend – Custom planned trip based on budget and interest Call us for more details

Why give incentives?

 People Don’t Always Want The Benjamins:  As it turns out, cash is not always the incentive reward of choice among employees. The IMA (Incentive Marketing Association) did a study which found 65% of employees preferred non-cash incentives.

 

 

March Madness

The end of the first quarter looms ahead. Encourage that final push with an incentive.

Incentive ideas

Dinner & a movie

Day off

Tickets to a game

Dreamerz Adventure

Tip: Start your own ‘travel fund’ and let everyone know. This will help you save for that ‘dream vacation’ and help others to do the same. You can even sign up for a ‘Travel Registry’.

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February Refresh

Gray days, required tasks that see people’s eyes droop and the daily grind of life often slows the pace and blurs the vision of goals.

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Break the routine with a three day weekend. ‘In fact, eighty-four percent of managers agree that when employees take time off, they return to work with improved focus and creativity.  Project Time off

A Dreamerz Weekend or even a Dreamerz Day can renew the spark.

January Jumpstart

January Jump Start

Goals and Resolutions kickoff the year but often fade quickly with daily distractions and challenges.

Keep the focus alive with small rewards that entice interest for the big prize. Let someone choose a Dreamerz gift or Adventure for staying on target for 60 days or reaching that first threshold towards the goal.

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Tip: A weekly inspirational quote can recharge batteries. Here’s one

 

Snow Days are PDF’s- Planning Dream vacations and having Fun with family and friends

Call Andrea at 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Cigars & the Capitol

“What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar!” -Thomas Marshall, VP for Woodrow Wilson

A century ago cigar smoke would have been a standard at any meeting or simply an after dinner relaxation, especially in Washington DC, where visions of smoke filled rooms still play in our minds.

Today ‘smoking’ is politically incorrect, especially in Washington DC. That said, there are still some elegant haunts to enjoy the cigar pleasures of yesteryear.

Shelly’s Backroom, full of rich wood and the feel of days gone by.

Civil Cigar, a modern approach with a healthy dose of sports

219 Restaurant, just a bit outside the district, with good food and Creole flair

Cigar Education Moment: Humidor A room, or a box  of varying sizes, designed to preserve or promote the proper storage and aging of cigars by maintaining a relative humidity level of around 70 percent. Advanced humidors can also regulate temperature.. Cigar Aficionado offers some good advice.

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call Andrea at 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Owner, Unique Travel Events

 

 

Cigars & the City of Lights

“I believe that a good cigar, a glass of wine and a good conversation is as close to euphoria as you can get in a legal sense” – Sylvester “Sly” Stallone

The City of Light, Paris is an experience unto itself. Whether you marvel at the Eiffel Tower, take in the majesty of Notre Dame or the deliciously seedy Moulin Rouge there is something for all the senses.

 

But what about enjoying a good cigar? Paris has an interesting history with smoking. There are strict laws but Parisians have always enjoyed smoking and enforcing the laws has met with some resistance.

Yet we must be respectful and there are places where cigar smokers are welcome and the pleasure is legal.

 

Try Restaurant L’Ogre at Avenue de Versaille or La Maison de Champs Elysees.

 

If you choose La Maison, stroll to the Arc de Triomphe and walk to the top for an amazing view of the city.

 

Cigar Education Moment: The way you cut and light your cigar can make the difference between a truly enjoyable smoke and a mediocre experience. Cigar Aficionado offers some good advice.

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call Andrea at 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Andrea

Owner, Unique Travel Events

Cigars & the Big Apple

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Just Remember that a good cigar will make you forget about the troubles of the world even if just for a moment!……..Rick Milhorn

If you have ever had the wonderful experience of a cigar lounge you understand when I say there is an elegance and simple comraderie found in few other places.

So when exploring the great city of New York finding a cigar bar is a haven of warmth and acceptance.

Despite the strict rules about smoking a number of establishments were ‘grandfathered’ in to allow smoking.

A website that offers a lists of places is nyc.com.  You can also check out nycbars.com.

If you are in the Upper East Side, slip into Lexington Bar and Books or in Soho, Soho Cigar Bar.

Grand Havana sound wonderful but requires membership and you need to know a member to become one.

Of course Davidoff of Geneva tempts us with an incredible selection.

Cigar Education Moment: Ring gauge: The measurement used to determine the diameter, which is measured in 64ths of an inch. (Courtesy Cigar Association of America)

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Cigars over the pond

“Smoking cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavour, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” -Winston Churchill

 

If there is an iconic cigar aficionado, Winston Churchill fits the bill and with Churchill we must think London.

 

While London like so many other big cities has tightened the rules on smoking in general, there are still places to enjoy a good cigar. Click here for the rules

 

Private establishments are permitted to have smoking areas. Many are high end but there are also a few that are part of ‘pubs’.

 

Forbes has put together a nice list of high end smoking lounges and Foursqaure has lots of input from cigar smokers.

If you want some place elegant try, The Garden Room at the Lanesborough and for your pub experience, Boisdale of Belgravia will probably fill the bill.

 

 

 

Tip: When packing your bags put cigar cutters and punches in your checked bags, there is a good chance they would get confiscated during a security check.

 

Would you like to smoke a Cuban cigar in Cuba?

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Call 703-986-0934 or email asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

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Cigars & Travel

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A wisely chosen cigar to me, is like a weapon against certain of life’s torments, in some mysterious way, a little blue smoke chases them away.” -Zino Davidoff

Cigar smokers often struggle with travel. While we don’t need to light up, finding a comfortable relaxing spot to enjoy a good cigar can be a challenge.

As a travel agent and cigar smoker I have done my share of cruising and touring.

My top picks for cruise lines for cigar smokers are Cunard and Silversea.

Besides being a great ship, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has a large, comfortable and well serviced cigar lounge. The ventilation/filtration system is so good, my husband, who does not smoke, barely noticed any odor. The QM2 is one of the best ways to do a transatlantic cruise.

Silversea is an elegant, family owned cruise line, offering a classy lounge and Davidoff cigars, among others. As the owner of the line is a cigar smoker, you know you will be treated well. Silversea has some unique expedition cruises that blend luxury and adventure.

Tip: When traveling bring your own stock of cigars. Buying at a hotel or on a ship may be convenient but the choices are often limited and the prices tend to be high.

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Contact Andrea- 703-986-0934

asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

 

Chocolate, Art and History in Italy

Italy has more than pizza and the artistry found in Rome. In April we will explore Umbria and its tasty and beautiful offerings.

Perugia is a main stop on this trip.

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Let us know if you’d like to join us in this beautiful adventure, Country Roads of Tuscany and Umbria.

Owner, Unique Travel Events

Owner, Unique Travel Events

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www.uniquetravelevents.com  Call 703-986-0934  Email- asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com