My Thanks to You! and Now He Works for Me

Eleven years ago, Steve, I and the two youngest boys were on a camping vacation in Ontario. One night while lying in our tent (no not all of our vacations are luxury) listening to the Bruce Williams radio talk show, we heard a call that really struck a cord. As a result Steve and I were inspired to start our own travel business. The Only Way to Travel, Inc. was incorporated and officially became a business. Even though I didn’t envision the business failing, I never would have imagined us being as successful as we are today!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support over these past ten years. We would not be where we are today without you, our very loyal clients. Not only do you come back to us time and again, but you continue to refer others to us. It is your referrals that have made up the majority of our growth. That, in and of itself, is rewarding. We know if you weren’t satisfied you wouldn’t refer others to us for their travel needs.

In particular I would like to mention Rod Melson , our very first client. Rod took a chance on us and has stuck with us over the life of our business. He’s provided us with some constructive criticism when we’ve hit a few rough spots in the road during these years of rapid growth, but has always remained loyal to us. Rod, please allow me this opportunity to publicly thank you for your continued support and business. Although we value all of our clients, you are the most valued since you were our very first. I look forward to many more years of growth and success in our business. Our number one goal for the future is to continue to attend the travel needs of all of valued clients.

As Paul Harvey would say, “Now the rest of the story…” Recently Rod retired from his electrical contractors position and came to work for me. Rod brings a wealth of knowledge about cruising and general traveling. All of us in the office say Welcome Rod.

If you have an interest in working the world of travel check out “selling travel”, then send me an email and let’s talk

To the rest of our client we also want thank you for your business. We hope the time and energy we put into helping you plan your vacation resulted in a great time. We at Only Way to Travel, feel that service and knowledge are the only two things we can offer, that set us apart from all the other travel providers. Yes we believe in the internet, that’s obvious, BUT we know from working with people who have used the internet without the help of a travel agent, that when plans go wrong, the internet offers no personal interface. That’s why we believe that any and all internet transactions must have 24 hour support that all clients deserve. If you feel the same and would like to work with us just drop me a line. We are always looking for people who have the same work ethic.

Use mail (travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com) if you’d like to talk about travel or want to work with us in developing a travel package for you or your group. It’s how we do business. We believe in personal service.

We also conduct classes for travel agents and small businesses who want to use the internet to improve their business by increasing their sales We have tailored this class for all small businesses and are willing to make presentations to other groups.

Amusement Parks Ratings

Here’s How USA Today Readers Rate the Parks – Overall

  1. Islands of Adventure (Universal Orlando)
  2. Disney-MGM Studios (Walt Disney World)
  3. Cedar Point
  4. Magic Kingdom (Disneyland)
  5. Universal Studios Hollywood
  6. Alton Towers
  7. Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World)
  8. Sea World Orlando
  9. Six Flags Over Texas
  10. Magic Kingdom (Disneyland Paris)
  11. Universal Studios Florida (Universal Orlando)
  12. Six Flags Magic Mountain
  13. Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Walt Disney World)
  14. Tivoli Gardens
  15. Legoland California
  16. Knott’s Berry Farm
  17. Epcot (Walt Disney World)
  18. Busch Gardens Tampa
  19. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  20. Sea World San Diego
  21. Six Flags Great Adventure
  22. Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo Disney Resort)
  23. California Adventure (Disneyland)
  24. Kings Island
  25. Port Aventura
  26. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

USA Today’s’ Readers’ Top 10 Attractions

  1. Millennium Force (Cedar Point)
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Universal Orlando)
  3. Incredible Hulk Coaster (Universal Orlando)
  4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Walt Disney World)
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)
  6. California Screamin’ (Disneyland)
  7. GhostRider (Knott’s Berry Farm)
  8. Splash Mountain (Disneyland)
  9. The Disney Gallery (Disneyland)
  10. Space Mountain (Disneyland)

Most Hated Attractions

  1. Journey Into Your Imagination (Walt Disney World)
  2. Astro Orbitor (Disneyland)
  3. Donald’s Boat (Disneyland)
  4. Innoventions (Disneyland)
  5. Conservation Station (Walt Disney World)
  6. Swiss Family Treehouse (Walt Disney World)
  7. Innoventions (Walt Disney World)
  8. Tarzan’s Treehouse (Disneyland)
  9. The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacres Farm (Walt Disney World)
  10. Snow White’s Scary Adventures (Disneyland)

Top Five Restaurants

  1. Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland)
  2. Boulangerie Patisserie (Walt Disney World)
  3. The Crystal Palace (Walt Disney World)
  4. Liberty Tree Tavern (Walt Disney World)
  5. Biergarten (Walt Disney World)

Top Five Hotels

  1. Old Key West Resort (Walt Disney World)
  2. BoardWalk Inn (Walt Disney World)
  3. Beach Club Resort (Walt Disney World)
  4. Polynesian Resort (Walt Disney World)
  5. Wilderness Lodge (Walt Disney World)

If you would like further information concerning these parks, email us at travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com with your questions.

Discovery Cove, the ultimate tropical paradise

Discovery Cove is the ultimate tropical paradise where you do it all – all in one place.

Swimming with dolphins is the centerpiece of a daylong adventure at Discovery Cove, located adjacent to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Interacting one-on-one with a bottlenose dolphin is just one of the several experiences in this exotic tropical oasis that will stay with you for a lifetime.

At Discovery Cove you will snorkel through colorful reefs teeming with thousands of tropical fish, explore underwater shipwrecks and mysterious grottos, and lazily swim down a tropical river with rocky waterfalls and a freshwater lagoon. Snorkelers glide among stingrays – surprisingly gentle creatures that don’t really sting at all, but do grow up to 4 feet in diameter – and stare down dangerous sharks and barracuda – as you safely swim within inches.

Swimming under a picturesque waterfall, you emerge from the pristine waters in a huge aviary towering over both water and land. Here you can play with more than 300 tropical birds.

Looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Want to feel the playful nudge of a dolphin? Discovery Cove is the ultimate paradise you can call your own. Swim with dolphins, rays and thousands of tropical fish. No barriers. No crowds. No place like it.

Your Discovery Cove adventure will include:

  • Discovery Cove admission
  • Reserved dolphin swim experience
  • Unlimited access to all swim and snorkeling areas and the free-flight aviary
  • A sumptuous meal
  • Use of a mask, snorkel, swim vest, towel, locker and other amenities
  • All-day self parking
  • Seven day pass to SeaWorld Orlando

Theme Parks Around the World

Today’s Amusement Parks should really be called “Amazement Parks”.

While today’s parks offer entertainment for the entire family, the cost to enter this World of Imagination, typically overwhelms most of our clients. So before you select a vacation to any of them, check out the prices. Go to each of our pages and review the prices and plan ahead. Advance planning to do less expensive activities as part of your vacation can provide a recommended break from the wonderful yet hectic pace of the Theme Park Vacation. Also remember, Disney is the #1 land Honeymoon location in the US.

See what parks, rides and restaurants USA Today readers selected as the best and worst, check out How the Parks are Rated

The Only Way to Travel can assist you with selecting an affordable vacation, that the entire family will enjoy.

We regularly visit these parks to allow us to accurately advise you in making your plans. With this experience we can honestly say “your first choice for cruises and tours”

If you would like further information concerning these parks, email us at travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com with your questions.

Disney Cruise

Disney Cruises offers a great cruise experience not just for the young but for the young at heart.

We just returned from a great cruise with our three grand-daughters, their parents and our parents and brothers. There was something for everyone.

Disney has arranged activities just for the young ones, just for the adults and plenty for the family together.

From separate restaurants, separate play areas and even private beaches on Disney’s private island.

So what are you waiting for?

Check out our Disney Cruise Packages.

If you would like further information concerning these Cruises, email us at travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com with your questions.

Walt Disney World

Only Way to Travel sells packages to Walt Disney World and Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks as part of a package.

Walt Disney World: New Magic Your Way Packages The big news at Walt Disney World is the new more affordable Magic Your Way Packages.

1) Choose your Disney Resort for the number of nights you want to stay.
2) Choose the number of days for your Magic Your Way passes.
3) If you wish, add on the Park Hopper option, Magic Plus Pack option, and No Expiration option.
4) Enhance your Magic Your Way Package by choosing the Dining option, or Premium Package option.

Our agents are ready to assist you in choosing the appropriate options to allow you and your family to experience the magic of Walt Disney World Your Way! Email us at travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com

For dining reservations at Walt Disney World call (407) WDW-DINE.

For general information about Walt Disney World call (407) 824-4321.

Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks: Join the celebration as the Disneyland Park turns 60! Sleeping Beauty Castle has been adorned with gold leafing and sparkling jewels for this special occasion. At night the castle is awash with lights, and overhead you will witness the spectacular fireworks display “Remember…Dreams Come True”. Oh, yes! We can’t forget the new “Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams” featuring more than 50 of your favorite Disney Characters. And don’t miss the newest Disneyland attraction, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

But the celebration doesn’t end at Disneyland! The party continues over in Disney’s California Adventure theme park. You can party and dance with your favorite friends in the interactive Disney’s Block Party Bash. You won’t want to miss The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the California Screamin’ roller coaster and the Soarin’ over California hang glider attraction. Make sure the kids get over to experience the attractions of “a bug’s land” for a bug’s eye view of the world. In the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, your little ones can participate in the singing and dancing with the stars of “Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage”. And for the whole family, be sure to take in “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”.

The Disney Resort Magic package is the most economical way for your family to enjoy the excitement of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary.

1) Choose your Disney Resort,
2) Choose your Disney Dining option (if desired)
3) Add on any special features such as the Romance Package, or 50th Anniversary Commemorative Package.

Our agents are ready to assist you in choosing the appropriate options to allow you and your family to experience the magical 50th Anniversary of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

For general information about Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure or if you would like further information concerning these parks, email us at travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com with your questions.


Only Way to Travel Cruise Department can arrange your next cruise for your Honeymoon or Family Vacation or any Reunion. We regularly visit and cruise on the newest cruise ships.

This allows us to accurately advise you in making your cruise plans. This cruise experience allow us to observe how the cruise lines handle such details as shore excursions, handicap arrangements, embarkation and disembarkation procedures and transfer to and from the airport . With this experience we can honestly say we are “your first choice for cruises and tours”.

If you would like further information concerning any cruise, read our cruise checklist then email us at travel[at]onlywaytotravel.com

We’ve just added a listing of cruise lines per-diem rates. These rates approximate the daily cost per passenger for each cruise ship.

It will help you budget for your cruise.

Amelia Island Plantation

Golf, nature, beaches, swimming, hiking, kayaking, tennis, bicycling, and of course the wonderfully fun Segway tours provide you with plenty to do at this quite respite, just 29 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. And if that’s not enough there’s an incredible spa and did I mention shopping? If you’re looking for a great family vacation without leaving the United States, this may be just the location for you.

Lodging options abound. There is the standard hotel option, or perhaps you prefer a villa rental? The hotel rooms (each with a balcony) offer great views of the Atlantic Ocean with comfortable, pleasantly decorated rooms. Each villa is privately owned, so the decor varies from one unit to the next. Some of the villas are located around the three golf courses, so you have a view of the beautifully landscaped course. For those of you who want to be close to the courts, you can rent a villa that skirts the Racquet Park. Of course many of the villas are located beach front and offer grand vistas of the ocean.

Activities abound for families of all ages. In fact, this would be the perfect location for that multigenerational vacation you have been thinking about. Conde Naste’ Traveler called Amelia Island Plantation “One of the best places to stay in the whole world”. There is literally something for everyone at Amelia Island Plantation.

Getting around the Plantation is a cinch. Convenient trams are always available to take you from one place to another. Or, if you prefer, you can rent a golf cart and drive yourself! Amelia Island Plantation home of the Bausch and Lomb Championships, is known for world class tennis. The tennis center boasts 23 Har Tru courts and an expanded pro shop. I can’t think of a better place to work on your backhand! For those who prefer hitting a smaller ball, Amelia’s links offer 54 holes on its three courses designed by such greats as Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Bobby Weed.

The Nature Center offers programs for kids and adults alike. My favorite was the Nature Tour by Segway. It was so much fun! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pointed out a lot of things we would have otherwise not noticed. Kids Camp Amelia allows Mom and Dad plenty of time to enjoy the facilities of the Plantation without the kids for a while. And there are so many things to do together as family. For the 4th of July there’s even an airshow!

Oh my! I completely forgot about food. There are numerous dining options for every taste and desire. Looking for a fun and casual place to take the family for dinner? Try the Falcon’s Nest. A romantic dinner by the sea? Amelia Inn Dining Room will meet your needs. Incredibly fresh local seafood? The Verandah restaurant comes to mind.

Amelia Island Plantation offers many packages as well as the standard pay as you go option. If your looking for a quite spot for a quick getaway, or a week of fun and activities with the family, Amelia Island Plantation is the place for you. Call our office today for the latest rates and information on stays and packages.