Spring Break is right around the corner. If you are still searching for the perfect vacation idea here is a list of great places to consider with a military discount.
Whatever vacation you decide, be sure to take the time to plan one. Let this post be a reminder of how important time off from work is. Especially in this military way of life! Enjoy life, spend time with friends and family, and plan your vacation getaway today. You deserve it!
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(1) Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts
If a tropical destination is on your radar Sandals and Beaches Resorts are a great choice.
Definitely on my bucket list. These resorts are amazing. Again, all-inclusive is a great way to really get yourself relaxed! No cooking, no cleaning, no worries. Some of their hotels are adult only so be sure to pay attention to that if you plan to bring the kiddos.
In appreciation of your services and commitment, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts would like to extend a great offer just for you! Enjoy a well-deserved vacation to the Caribbean with endless white sand on some of the world's most exquisite beaches, savory dining experiences, lush accommodations, unlimited refreshing beverages, exciting watersports and much more.
At our Luxury Included resorts you can truly delight in love from Jamaica to St. Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, and Jamaica.
As a member of the U.S. and Canada military to include Active or spouse, Retired, Reserves, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Veterans, U.S. Department of Defense and Canada Department of National Defense, you will receive additional 10% savings on our already amazing current promotions.
(2) Family Ski Trip
If your family loves to ski and snow board there are some pretty fantastic military discounts available at top notch resorts around the country. Check out our blog post on 25 Ski Resorts Offering Military Discounts on Lift Tickets, Lodging, Dining and More to see all of the spring break opportunities.
(3) Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Atlantis is a famous resort located in the Bahamas. This is a bucket list trip for many. Atlantis has so much to offer with their multiple hotel options, 141-acre waterpark, amazing experiences such as dolphin cay and snorkeling, the casino, dining options, and more.
It's not the cheapest vacation available but they do offer a military discount to help offset cost. Atlantis salutes military members active duty or retired military with up to 25% off their best guaranteed rate. Book online via ID.me, military verification services.
Start planning your Atlantis Vacation
(4) Armed Forces Vacation Club
You can't go wrong with AFVC when planning your perfect vacation getaway! They have something for everyone whether you are looking for sun or snow they have you covered. And, you simply can't beat the price.
Armed Forces Vacation Club is a FREE membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DoD. AFVC provides access to Space-A resort rentals worldwide for just $349* per week – that’s per unit, which sleeps 2-8! If you are a Veteran, don't worry they have a site dedicated to veterans as well. Visit Veterans Holidays to start planning.
Start planning your perfect vacation getaway with AFVC today.
(5) Armed Forces Recreation Centers
The Armed Forces Recreation Centers are Joint Service facilities which are operated by Army MWR for the purpose of providing affordable Rest & Recreation facilities for US military members. There are Four AFRCs worldwide: Dragon Hill Lodge in Korea, Edelweiss Resort and Lodge in Germany, and the Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World.
Dragon Hill Lodge: Nestled in the heart of Seoul, Korea, Dragon Hill Lodge is the gateway to Asia's mystical culture. Visit internationally acclaimed museums and art galleries, attend sporting events, or simply enjoy world-class shopping! Experience Asia in style.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort: Long revered as one of the most desirable destinations in the Bavarian Alps and Germany's premiere sports center, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is an idyllic location nestled at the foot of sweeping Alpine vistas and home to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.
Hale Koa: AMAZING! This is resort vacationing at its finest. The resort is located right on Waikiki Beach. We went a couple years ago and had an ocean view room with a balcony. The price was incredibly affordable. What a great trip! The catch is to try to find affordable airfare.
Whether you're strolling barefoot on the sand, sunbathing lazily on Waikiki Beach, or simply relaxing comfortably, you'll simply be dazzled by this Polynesian paradise. Come discover the spirit of Aloha.
Shades of Green: Go ahead. Pinch yourself. You're not dreaming. Experience the warm Florida sun, cascading waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, spectacular views, or a dip in the pool. Doesn't this sound like the total vacation to you?
These resorts are first class, full-service hotels. You simply can't beat the accommodations and price. There are great dining options, entertainment, and activities. The AFVCs all operate solely on internally generated funds; no taxpayer money is required for upkeep or operations. You can't go wrong planning your next vacation getaway through AFRC.
(6) Staycation or Road Trip
Definition Staycation: a vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
Although this may not sound as exciting as your next Caribbean getaway sometimes a staycation can be just what the doctor ordered. I truly believe that staycations can be just as important as destination vacations. For military members & families being in the military often means frequent PCS moves.
Therefore, staycations can provide you the time to really explore your new duty station and all it has to offer. But, if you are going to do a staycation for your next vacation days from work be sure to plan a couple things. Again, if it doesn't get planned or put on the calendar it often doesn't happen.
Here are a couple tips to make the most out of a staycation:
1) Check out the Top 10 tourist sites for your military duty station and pick a handful to check out during your time off.
2) Pick an outdoor activity whether your area is known for hiking, biking, enjoying the water, or national parks pick one to enjoy during your staycation.
3) Plan a day trip. These are always great because it gets you out of dodge but still close to home. Plan an entire day of events and include a great lunch or dinner spot.
4) Sometimes it's even nice to pick one or two items around the house that you have been meaning to get done and make them a goal.
5) Staycations are about balance: pick a couple fun activities, new things to do, chores around the house and WRITE THEM ON THE CALENDAR. This will ensure you get the most out of your time off at home.
Or, maybe you decide to do a road trip not to far from home. Why not checkout a new spot within 4 hours of home. A roadtrip can still provide a sense of getting away. There are often great spots located just a short drive away.
(7) Caesars Hotels & Entertainment, Vegas Baby!
If you are looking for Action why not visit the Vegas strip? There is a ton to do in Vegas from shows to dining to hitting the slots. Many locations in Vegas also offer military discounts, like Caesars Entertainment.
Caesars Entertainment values the courage and sacrifice of United States active-duty military personnel, veterans, first responders, teachers and students. That is why Caesars Entertainment provides year-round military discounts on hotel reservations made online with military verification of service.
In addition to any other promotional sales or hotel discount codes applied to your reservations, Caesars Entertainment will deduct another 10% off the price of your stay year-round.
Deal types not eligible for additional discount in combination include Total Rewards loyalty member offers, room packages, and promotions with property and/or room add-ons/inclusions (show tickets, food credits, resort credits, etc.).
To confirm eligibility to receive the MILITARY DISCOUNT on your stay at any Caesars property, CLICK HERE!
There are many participating Caesars Hotels even in other states nationwide if Vegas isn't your thing. Grab the full list of Caesars Hotel Military Discounts here.
Spring Break is a great time for Disney in Florida or California. The weather is generally good. The only negative, it will be crowded. But when is Disney not really crowded?
There are great lodging accommodations in Disney World. Walt Disney World offers great rates at select Disney Hotels. You can also look into Shades of Green (mentioned above) which I found to be awesome. Or, look into Armed Forces Vacation Club also listed above.
There are also many other hotels located in Orlando (for Disney World) that offer Military Discount Rates which can be found here.
If you are planning to visit Disneyland, you will find the same great military savings on tickets and lodging. This blog post below really sums all military discounts for both Disneyland and Disney World.
There are several great things about a cruise. First, many offer a military discount. Second, it is often a very affordable way to vacation since it is all inclusive. I also have found something very relaxing about a cruise, not having to worry about daily duties such as cooking and cleaning. Here are a couple Cruise Lines that support the military community through a fantastic military discount program.
(1) Carnival Cruise Line
We're saluting our soldiers — check the calendar below to find Carnival's best
Military fares, by date, for any stateroom type, departure port or destination.
(2) Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean offers a Military Discounted Rate on select sailings for military personnel. All guests traveling in the same stateroom are eligible to receive the military rate. No additional staterooms, other than the one that is occupied by the military person is eligible for the military rate. Spouses, parents, in-laws, children or other family members or friends are not eligible for the military rate without the eligible military person occupying the stateroom.
Learn more about The Royal Caribbean International Military Discount Program
(3) Disney Cruise Line
In honor of the brave men and women who serve this country, Disney Cruise Line is proud to offer special military rates on select Disney cruises.
Special military rates are limited to a maximum of one stateroom per military member, per sailing. Save on Select Military Sail Rates for 2017.
(10) DOD American Forces Travel Website
The DOD has partnered with Priceline to create a new online travel booking site offering best travel deals possible for the military community. If you are searching for a hotel, car, flights, package deals or cruises check this out for military savings. This is open to active military, guard, reserve, dependents and eligible veterans and caregivers.
Start searching military deals at American Forces Travel
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