Interview With A Pro - For The Story Vacations

Interview With A Pro - For The Story Vacations

Once you meet Rachael Rogers-Bohan, owner for For The Story Vacations, you can't help but have a SUPER BIG girl crush on her! Not only is she spunky, sweet, and all around a ball of fun, but her knowledge and expertise in the vacation planning industry is re-shaping how couples, and people in general, are experiencing travel. We are PUMPED to be showcasing For The Story Vacations in this month's Interview With A Pro segment. Never has travel been more affordable, doable, and downright fun. So, without further ado, let me introduce you Rachael, an awesome world-traveler who is sharing only with our #amhfamily the tips and tricks on how to start your next travel story today....

Rachael Rogers Bohan | Owner, For The Story Vacations

What sets you apart from other travel planners?

My husband and I both have an incredibly unique situation in that we both work for ourselves and in the Travel industry. When we decided to start traveling full time in 2016, we didn't realize how addicted we would become to this lifestyle. For the last two years, we have moved to a new city within the world every single month. I had a list of cities I've always wanted to live in, but I also selected places off of where people were asking me to plan to. A lot of the time, both lists actually concurred. It's so much easier to create an authentic and unique trip for clients having spent a busy month there researching.

How did you know planning people’s vacations was for you?

It all actually started with my wedding days! That's right I said "days"!) My Irish husband and I had two pretty large weddings seven days apart: one in Missouri, where I’m from; the other in Galway, Ireland, where he is from. It took a LOT of planning and hustling. Not only did we have to get people booked into the perfect hotels and Airbnbs for their price range, we also wanted to ensure all our American guests who flew to Ireland got the full experience and vice versa.

The weird thing was, I actually enjoyed doing it. I loved the euphoria on peoples’ faces.  I launched For The Story Vacations 8 months after we returned from our wedding festivities. 

Why hire a travel planner with all the technology at our fingertips in 2018? Why is your service is crucial to those of who might not be great at it, don't have the time, or feel overwhelmed by the task?

I love travel planning and I'm naturally a very detail-oriented person. I worked as a wedding planner in Manhattan for a year, and treat my client's vacations with just as much meticulousness- if not more, since it's my own business. I would argue that my service is even crucial for those who ARE good at travel planning. My clients get to have their perfect holiday- whether they're foodies, history buffs, outdoorsy types, or a family who's a mix of everything- all planned, booked, and laid out for them. 

They don't need to spend a billion hours online researching after a long day's work, or take a stab in the dark on places they've never been, or worry that they're being fleeced. This is particularly the case with honeymooners. I know from experience, if you can avoid any stress whatsoever during the year you plan your wedding, you should grab it with both hands!

A vacation should be fun, exciting, and affordable. Once you hire me and we go through your loves, likes, pet peeves, bucket list, etc, and then I do all the work and put in the countless hours online until your tailor-made trip of a lifetime is complete. All that's left for you to do is show up and have a ball.

And obviously the fact that I've made a lot of connections in so many cities, it stands my clients' pockets in good stead. Unlike the traditional 'travel agent', I charge one affordable, transparent fee, upfront, and don't make commission from any of the things I book. My aim is to make your Euro go as far as possible, whether you're staying at a hostel or a 5-star. Much more often than not, the amount of money I save my clients more than covers my fee.

What is a doable budget for a honeymoon to Europe?

For The Story Vacations | Lavendar Fields

It's actually WAY cheaper than most people think! I have done a ton of Honeymoons this past year with a 5k budget for 2 weeks in Europe. Planning ahead with an expert is the key.  For clients who are more adventurous in accommodation options, I've worked within a 2.5k budget.

How far in advance do you recommend booking flights?

The search can begin 1 year prior to your travel date. I usually start working with clients 6 months-1 year out. The earlier we begin booking, the better the pricing and options I can offer my clients. My goal is to make your money go farther than you thought it could. Travel does not have to be expensive. Lack of planning is what puts a big hole in your wallet.

How far in advance do you recommend booking accommodation and excursions?

I always recommend having accommodation booked at least 6-8 months in advance. The earlier the better. This ensures the best options, in the coolest neighborhoods, at the most affordable rate. 

What is the best form of transport for Europe?

Planes, trains, automobiles, buses- you have every option available to you once you land in Europe. I aim for a balance of convenience and expense when getting clients from point A to point B. The cheapest option, while often the best, is not always the smartest. Travel doesn't need to be nearly as exhausting as many people make it. When necessary, I recommend to spend a little extra to save yourselves time and stress. If you get there three hours quicker, say, it's probably worth shelling out another 30 euro.

What has been your favorite destination over the last 2 years of full time travel in Europe?

Santorini was incredibly magical and a lot more affordable than what people make it out to be. You can experience luxury without dropping a ton of cash. From our sunset catamaran cruise to our wine and food tour around the Island- the entire trip was a dream.

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I also adored our time in Provence and the Cote D'Azur. You have the very best of everything at your fingertips: affordable wine, loads of sunshine, incredible views, the ocean, and beautiful villages along the way.  Whats not to love?

Biggest piece of advice for Brides planning their big day?

Ask for help when you need it. There is only one of you, so don't spread yourself too thin. Your time being engaged should be special and not filled with a TON of stress. I also recommend sharing in a bottle of nice wine while planning anything with your Fiancé- it takes away a bit of stress and adds some fun! 

 

 

Congrats to all the new Brides! I wish you unlimited years of happiness, joy, and amazing adventures!

xx
Rachael

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REAL WEDDING | Rebecca & Mica

GUYS! We are so excited to share with you the wedding of Rebecca and Mica, both are AMH brides. Rebecca came in first and we had so much fun helping her find a gown that not only was stunning on her, but made her feel beautiful and confident in her own skin. She went home and told Mica she had to come and visit us as well. Mica was able to come in and find a gown that she was able to alter into a pantsuit! This couple was an absolute joy to work with. They had a gorgeous destination wedding in Florida on the beach. We cannot wait to show you the pictures from this wedding... ready... set... gooo!!!

Sarah was absolutely amazing! I cried as soon as I put on the first gown because it was the first dress that fit. Her shop caters to REAL plus size and curvy brides. She ACTUALLY had my sizes in her shop instead of only having 1 or two that I could barely get over my head. She made me feel so special & taken care of. I highly recommend AMH Bridal!
— Rebecca Nobles-Jackson

Travel 101 | How To Travel With Your Plus Size Wedding Dress

You have crossed your "T's" and dotted your "I's" and are getting ready for your fantastic destination wedding! And then you remember that somehow you have to get your big, beautiful, wedding dress from point A to point B, and now you're freaking out. FEAR NOT CURVY BRIDES! We have all the best tips and tricks when it comes to traveling with your dress making your journey effortless, relaxing, and enjoyable. Here we go:

How To Travel With Your Plus Size Wedding Dress

1. Contact Your Airline

Each airline has their own regulations and rules when it comes to what luggage goes where, and the easiest thing you can do to avoid any surprises on travel day to is contact your airline ahead of time, and see what they recommend when it comes to flying with your dress. For example, American Airlines allows you to bring a soft-sided garment bag in lieu of a carryon. Some airlines will also have a small closet space available for hanging garments, but be mindful other passengers may take priority!

2. Always Carryon Your Dress

Did you know that one out of every four weddings are destination weddings? Did you also know that in 2016 SITA, (International Aeronautical Telecommunications Society) reports that 23.1 millions bags were lost. 23.1 MILLION PEOPLE. Lesson? Do not ever put your wedding dress in a checked bag. Always keep it in a carryon bag, or, garment bag, and in your sight at all times. Check out this video to show you how to properly pack your dress! 

3. Invest In A Garment Bag

Your wedding dress is an investment, and it is important, nay, vital, to protect this investment while it is in your care. Whether you reach your destination by plane, train, automobile, horse & buggy, or futuristic means the more time your dress spends exposed to the elements are simply more chances for it to get stained, wrinkled, or ruined. At All My Heart Bridal we offer both plastic, and linen, garment bags to our brides at time of purchase, and always encourage curvy girls to take us up on the offer. It is the one item you will not regret spending budget money on!

4. Last Resort: Ship It

While we never recommend this method to our brides it is sometimes unavoidable. Shipping can cause anxiety, but follow these simples rules, and you will prepare yourself for anything! Always use a reputable carrier, such as FedEx or UPS. Always make sure you have tracking information so you can stay up-to-date on where your package is at all times. Always insure your package for the full retail price you paid for the gown, and keep a copy of your receipt for your records. Should the package get damaged in transit, or, not make it to the destination, you will need your receipt to show proof of purchase, and how much you paid. And lastly, always pack a backup for just in case scenarios. Did you know the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists sells a box specifically for destination weddings that includes a specialized container with acid-free paper, stain stick, and instructions on how to securely package your gown? Get it girl!

Don't let your travels get you in a frenzy, because guess what curvy girls, this is going to be you in just a short time! Have fun!

Plus Size Bride Beach Wedding