Celebrating family and group travel with once-in-a-lifetime vacation experiences created especially for you. What do you want to celebrate?

Vail, Colorado

  I have only been snow skiing a couple of times; once in Wisconsin as a child and once in high school in North Carolina. I really don’t count those times and want to be known as a skier, but the few times I’ve tried to plan a family ski trip I really get bogged down by the process. So when I decided to become a travel advisor I ran away from any ski trip planning, fast! Then a few weeks ago one of our preferred partners reached out to the company I work with and offered an […] Continue reading →

Walt Disney World® Resort will alot of times announce two discounts at once such as a ROOM ONLY discount and a FREE DINING promotion.  Both sound good, don’t they? Let’s do the math and see which one is the better deal. The free dining plan is only available when you purchase a package meaning you need to book a room on property and purchase a Magic Your Way® Base Ticket. If you book the in the value resorts you receive the quick service dining plan free which includes 2 quick […] Continue reading →

I recently toured the Hutton Hotel hotel located in Nashville, TN just steps away from Music Row.  Having lived in Nashville the past 4 ½ years I had no idea that such a cool and exciting hotel was in the city.  Whether you live elsewhere and want to experience all that Nashville has to offer or are a local looking for a “Stay-cation” then Hutton Hotel is where you want to be.  It has earned a AAA Four Diamond award, is member of Leading Hotels of the World, and a member of Virtuoso […] Continue reading →

McAlpin Travel is on the move again soon starting with a long weekend at the Four Seasons Vail.  I’ve been to Denver a few times in the past because we have a good family friend who used to play for the Broncos, but I’ve never been in the motains.  I’m very excited about this trip because it’s a belated anniversary trip for me and my husband and our first real vacation in 4 years. The following week I will head to Atlanta for the Brownell company meeting.  The first night will […] Continue reading →

One of the biggest debates while planning a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort after you have decided when to go, where to stay, where to eat, and which tickets you are purchasing is do you bring your stroller from home or rent one there.  There are so many different scenarios that the answer really depends on your family situation. First of all, what are my options?  Of course you can bring your own stroller, rent one from Disney while you are in the parks, and then you can rent one from […] Continue reading →

My week in Las Vegas was long and exhausting but I was able to meet with 180 or so of the top luxury travel vendors from all over the world. Here is my “Best Of” list from this trip. Ecuador This is a diverse South American country that uses US currency and has available many direct flights from the United States on American Airlines and Delta. You can find the beach, Andes Mountains, and the Amazon all in one country. It is also the home of the Galapagos Islands where I heard of one […] Continue reading →



There is a special place in my heart for Hawaii. My first trip was to Oahu in 1988 with my grandmother who passed away recently. Her brother, James, lived there for many years and taught at the native Hawaiians only King Kamehameha School. I remember touring the school while listening to him play the organ in their beautiful building and then lunching at the Royal Hawaiian hotel also known as the Pink Palace. My second trip was in 2008 with my husband. We flew into Honolulu late one night […] Continue reading →


Paris, France

I want to Paris with my Mom and sister to celebrate my Mom’s 60th birthday.  Her father is ½ French and ½ Belgium.  His father came to American in 1902 when he was just 14 years old with a few of his family members to look for work.  My sister visited France in 1988 while on a vacation with my grandparents but neither my Mom nor I had ever been.  We surprised her with a trip of a lifetime! We choose to stay in the 5th Arrondissement or Latin Quarter in a quaint boutique hotel called […] Continue reading →

Here is an introduction to the basics of Walt Disney World® Resort transportation for those staying at an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel.  Whether you are flying or driving to the resort, once you get on property you never have to get in your car again, unless you want to.  There are so many different transportation options to choose from and usually more than one way to get from “here” to “there”.  Here are all the different types and a little description about each. […] Continue reading →

So you have decided to take your family to Walt Disney World® Resort but have no idea where to start. What do you do? First you need to find a travel advisor who specializes in Disney vacations (McAlpin Travel !!!).  Before you meet with me, you need to ask yourself a few questions. 1. When can we go? Check your work and school calendars, decide if you want to be there in the heat of the summer or when it is a little bit cooler. I can help you decide when the best time to go is based on […] Continue reading →