Did you know that couples who drink wine together last longer? If you didn’t, well, now is time for you to find out why. Next spring you will have the chance to join us for a limited registration trip to Northern California in a one of a kind wine experience just for members.
We will start our journey in the incomparable City of San Francisco and work our way up the road to Napa and Sonoma County with expert guides. We will even meet with master vintners who will detail the nuances of the finest wines of the region. Don’t let time slip away or it will be too late to register for this once in a life time event. This is an advantage created just for Club members. I know it’s going to be a blast.
Instead of the humdrum every day activities that make every day just about the same as the last, Occidental Vacation Club is hard at work providing you with a number of vacation experiences which will turn into ever lasting memories. You work hard. Reward yourself with a Club Experience you will always remember.
Take for instance the wonderful tour that nearly 30 members took to the ancient Mayan ruins that dot the Yucatan peninsula. This November, these fortunate folks were treated to one of the first of many Club excursions designed to give you out of the ordinary vacation experiences in addition to all the other membership benefits you enjoy.
And to preserve those memories, remember that old Rod Stewart hit, “Every Picture Tells a Story Don’t It?” Well, he had a point and hopefully you will participate in our upcoming photo contest. The first place winner will get to spend a whole week at Occidental Grand Xcaret, how does that sound? So send us your selfies, scenery panoramas and family pictures with a short story about the photo and what made that moment, and the vacation so great.
There’s a lot going on for members, and trust me when I say there’s a lot more to come.
See you soon,
You can ask divers around the world and there’s one thing they all agree on: there is nothing as spectacular as the wonders under sea. Discovery the beauty that awaits under water can be an unforgettable experience, and we don’t blame you if you can’t wait to try it. But, how do you start? Well, that’s why are here for!
In case you didn’t know, Daniel Guedea, Member’s Representative at Allegro Cozumel is a diving Master Instructor. And, of course, we asked him a few tips for you, Caribbean lover who is eager to finally go diving for the first time and see everything the sea has to offer.
Read on, and pay close attention to these tips from Daniel. Hey, maybe you can go diving together on your next vacation!
Tips from Daniel, the Master Instructor
- You don’t need to be a great swimmer. But you still need to have some basic swimming skills.
- Yes, your children can dive! There are Junior Certification programs through PADI. Junior Open Water Divers ages 10-11 years old must dive with a PADI Professional or certified parent/guardian. Dives must not exceed 12 meters /40 feet. Junior Open Water Divers ages 12-14 years old must dive with a certified adult.
- You can either rent or buy your own equipment. Basic equipment consists in Mask, fins, regulator (for breathing), BCD (buoyancy control device), weight belt and compressed air tank. Many people prefer to rent many of these items until they are sure they will be using the equipment a lot. Most folks have their own fins and mask, however.
- Choose your first diving operator wisely. I would recommend checking the dive operation's safety record with PADI, SSI and/or DAN. I would read personal recommendations from other, more experienced divers on forums such as ScubaBoard http://www.scubaboard.com.
- Start slow. Begin in a pool to test your comfort level (these courses are provided free of charge in some OVC resorts, such as Allegro and Grand Cozumel).
- Don’t do it by yourself. Try to dive with other beginners and never leave your dive group.
- Pay attention! ALWAYS listen to your dive master.
- Take it slow. NEVER rise faster than your bubbles.
- Stick to the dive plan and learn how to communicate under water. (Basics, at least).
- Respect Mother Nature. Do not touch coral, fish or turtles.
More Tips from Club Members
A lot of our members are diving enthusiast and every year vacation with us (along with their and family) to explore the world under water. They too had a few tips to share with you!
"Save some money and start the PADI course online. Then when you get to the resort, everything is done except your dives. Saves time and money on vacation". – Angela Simonelli Yost
"Stay calm and focus on breathing. Panicking while diving is not only scary, but extremely dangerous. Once you're comfortable breathing, it's wonderful!" – Aimee Schmidt
"Remember that all the instruction is to prevent potential emergencies, or make sure you know what to do in the rare chance one of them occurs. Once you are certified, then you get to relax and enjoy the scenery, knowing you can handle what ever might come your way!" – Janelle Jones Wesloh
"Get fully certified and get a few dives in before you travel. Remember, the only diver you can truly trust is yourself. Make sure you are comfortable with your own abilities before you find yourself uncomfortable over a 600 foot wall. I taught many divers, for many years and always stressed self reliance. A buddy is great, but in a 3 knot current, they might not be able to reach you. Be prepared before you drop into the fabulous world of clear water diving". – Joe Yarchak
"Do your certification at home and your checkout dives there. It's safer and keeps it in reality that this is an extreme sport". – Karen Mordan
"Scuba diving lessons were the best thing I've ever done. The world underwater is such fun to explore. Relax & enjoy!" – Priscilla Day Haynes
Want more? Then click here form some more tips!
We love going on vacation. The planning, choosing the next location, browsing the web to find new and exciting things to try. Not only going on vacation improves your mood, research shows that vacationing is good for your health, happiness and overall well being.
Even just going through the process of planning a vacation has a positive affect. Remember how you felt the last time you were looking forward to a vacation? The anticipation and excitement leading up to the trip stimulates a happy attitude that stays with you until you take off on your vacation, and throughout your trip. The residual benefits sometimes even stick around for awhile after you return home.
Can taking a vacation make you more creative, reduce burnout and increase your work productivity? Yes, yes and yes!
Work and Productivity Benefits
A good vacation can really get your creative juices going. Remember what it's like to come back from a vacation to a place you've never traveled to before? Maybe it's an exotic location very different from your day to day environment, or just a change from your normal life's scenery, such as a vacation in a lovely beach resort. Seeing a different country, experiencing a different culture and language, experiencing a new environment, is stimulating. All those interesting new things that you've learned on vacation help to recharge your creative batteries!
Do you ever feel like all you do is work, and the work still doesn't get done? Are you constantly checking your e-mail and cell-phone every few minutes for fear of missing a message from your employer? Do you have no time for friends and family, and feel your stress level is through the roof? It's time to take a vacation! According to CNNMoney, Americans on average give up $34.3 billion in vacation days, by not taking all of their accrued days off. And, it's not good for you! Burnout affects all aspects of your physical and mental health, and in the long term may make you a less productive worker. Chronic stress can contribute to depression, irritability, an inability to focus, and other physical health problems.
The benefits that you get from a vacation can increase your quality of life, which in turn carries over to increased quality of work. Research published in the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life, states that vacationers who reported feeling very relaxed on their vacation, experienced an increase in happiness even after the vacation. In some cases the feeling lasted for up to two weeks!
Vacationing With Your Family...It's Good for All of You!
Though sometimes you might be inclined to leave the kids at home with the Grandparents, you may want to consider that the benefits of vacationing with your family might be just what the doctor ordered. Here are some reasons why:
Most families these days find it hard to spend quality time with each other. Work, school, chores, homework, commuting and more, leave little opportunity to spend meaningful time with your loved ones. Vacations can give you that time! You can leave the distractions at home and actually communicate...listen to each other, and out what's really happening in your lives.
Traveling can be an education in itself. Just think of all the things you learn from traveling, and your children will too. It's not just the sites they will see, but it's also meeting new people, learning about new cultures, and even learning to deal with all the nuances of traveling...boarding a plane, going through security lines, staying in a hotel or resort.
Something to Look Forward to and Something to Remember
Just like adults, children can experience burnout from their busy schedules and will benefit from having something to look forward to. Plan the vacation together. Let the whole family have some input as to where you go and where you stay. The process of planning a vacation together gives your family additional quality time, and gives everyone something to look forward to. Take lots of pictures and videos so when you return home you can relive all the fun that you had together. Your family will have memories to last a lifetime.
Here's to your health and happiness!
What’s not to love about Riviera Maya? A wonderfully historic and inviting region of Mexico where iconic ruins, terrific people, and interesting ancient legends permeate the environment. Top that off with culinary treats of the tropics topped off with exotic beverages… What else can you ask for?
We at the Club are particularly vested in this part of the world with numerous resorts in proximity to all the treasures of the area. Whether you come to the Royal Hideaway Playacar, Occidental Grand Xcaret, Allegro Playacar, Occidental Grand Cozumel or Allegro Cozumel you are in for a special treat. Each resort has a unique flavor with one thing in common: the lush surroundings of the incomparable Riviera Maya.
On November 14th we are putting together a special tour to the world famous Chichen Itza, exclusively for our members! Space is limited so we can make sure everyone has a chance to fully enjoy themselves. Be sure to sign up early at the First Club in Allegro Playacar or Occidental Grand Xcaret.
We are committed to providing more and more Occidental Vacation Club experiences. We know that we have terrific resorts to come back to year after year. We also know there is much to do and see that isn’t right here on our properties. If you have some ideas of sights and locations you would like to check out let me know personally. Your vacations are important to us and we want to keep them fresh and exciting.
I look forward to your ideas!