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Smiles and Miles Travel Honored with Prestigious Showstopper Award

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Add one more award to Ellen Paderson and her Smiles and Miles Travel trophy wall.

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AIC Hotel Group— known for resorts that offer first-quality vacation experiences — recognized Smiles and Miles Travel, Inc. for outstanding achievement at their Second Annual Showstopper Awards ceremony recently held at UNICO 20˚87˚ at Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico. With over 150 travel partners in attendance, Smiles and Miles Travel took home the prestigious 2016 Platinum Sales Award.

Reserved for top producers who exemplify excellence in every facet of production for the company’s properties, Showstopper Awards acknowledge the company’s Tour Operator, Online Travel Agency and Travel Agent partners throughout the US and Canada for client referrals to all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Read more about Ellen’s Platinum Sales Award here

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Named A Top Travel Pro in North America

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“For the fifth consecutive year, Ellen Paderson was named an ELITE travel agent by the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST), a marketing organization that includes many of the world’s most highly rated travel consultants….

The award was made at the 2016 Global Travel Market conference held in Palm Desert, CA, that featured educational sessions and interactive panels. (Shown in photo is Ellen Paderson being congratulated by ‘Rat Pack’ impersonators during award ceremony.)”

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Travel Market 2016

June 11, 2016, Palm Desert, CA: The Travel Market was held at the JW Marriot Desert Springs Palm Desert Resort from June 9-12, 2016.

Travel Market 2016 Conference

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It was such an honor to have participated in Travel Market’s 2016 discussion panel during their national conference in Palm Springs, California. I started off as one of the travel industry’s first home-based agents twenty years ago and the fact that I was invited to sit on a panel to discuss niche marketing during their national summit has left me feeling both delighted and humbled.

When I founded Smiles and Miles Travel Inc. over twenty years ago, I mainly focused on arranging cruises and hotel packages. I then decided to throw  destination weddings into the mix. As the years went on, I created a new fun and  exciting way for Jewish families to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, one I wish was around during my childhood. I cannot believe that this year marks the 10th  anniversary of Bar Mitzvah vacations! Where has the time gone?!

My many years of experience being a home-based travel agency has allowed me to build a solid rapport with every one of my customers, which helps me to create unforgettable experiences based on their desires and wishes. My ability to organize incredible trips stems from the fact that every place I recommend I have personally traveled to and experienced firsthand.

I’ve been an Elite member of the Nest for many years and am certified with all cruise lines, as well as river cruises. I am Sandals and Beaches certified, and also certified in all Caribbean and European destinations. I invite you to learn more about me by checking out my bio .

Are you ready to book an amazing getaway? Click here to fill out this form , or call me today at 508-238-4088. Let’s get planning!

Travel Market 2016

June 11, 2016, Palm Desert, CA: The Travel Market was held at the JW Marriot Desert Springs Palm Desert Resort from June 9-12, 2016.

 

Travel Market 2016

Now Sapphire, Riviera Maya is the site of Casey and Nicole’s Destination Wedding!

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Elegant couple, beautiful setting!

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Say “I do” in This Beautiful Gazebo in Montego Bay

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If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married by the water or on a beach, well do I have great news for you…I can turn that dream of yours into a reality!

Joyfully say “I do” under this beautiful gazebo and enjoy an amazing stay with family and friends at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Contact me today and celebrate one of the happiest moments of your life in this beautiful location!

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Wedding gazebo at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Enjoy a Fun-Filled Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vacation in Italy

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You only have a Bar/Bat mitzvah once. So why not celebrate this wonderful, once in a lifetime milestone in Italy?! Enjoy a fun-filled and beautiful vacation with your closest friends and family and have a Bar/Bat mitzvah experience like never before in Calabria. Carry on the fun while touring around Italy’s most beautiful cities including Venice, Sorrento, Florence, and Rome.


Take an enchanting gondola ride through Venice. Hop over to Sorrento and enjoy the most picturesque ocean views from your luxurious hotel room. Visit the island of Capri one day and explore Pompeii the next. Bask in the breathtaking scenery from the Almafi Coast and stroll through the small towns perched between the mountains and sea. While in Florence take some time to shop around and visit some of their magnificent museums. Next, stop by the Vatican in Rome. Tour around its Jewish quarters and pop in at the Colosseum. Throughout your trip, indulge in the finest wines and delectable Italian cuisine, prepared with the freshest vegetables, and which also happens to be gluten free!

So if you’re ready to take the fun to the next level for your special Bar/Bat mitzvah ceremony, then I suggest you give me a call at 508-238-4088 or send me an email!

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Bar Mitzvah Twins Celebrate Their Rite of Passage in the Virgin Islands

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I recently organized an amazing Bar Mitzvah vacation in honor of two boys from Massachusetts, Nathan and Jonah this past December. The boys, along with a total of twenty friends and family members, were whisked away to the beautiful island of St. Thomas. The Bar Mitzvah ceremony for both boys was held in St. Thomas Temple. Once the ceremony had officially come to an end, the family and friends then hopped over to St. John and partied like there was no tomorrow at the Westin. They then soaked up the sun, snorkeled, and went on a catamaran ride around the U.S. Virgin islands for a few days before heading back home. Both Nathan and Jonah enjoyed their wonderful celebration with family and friends.

Contact me today to learn more about Nathan and Jonah’s amazing Bar Mitzvah vacation! Call me at 508-238-4088 or click this link.

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Cruisin’ This Holiday Season.

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A family from New York, along with many friends, celebrated their son Dean’s Bar Mitzvah on the beautiful Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. They set sail for St. Thomas, Nassau, and St. Maarten. Dean’s ceremony was held in a large ornate private room on the cruise ship. However, once the ship docked at St. Thomas, that’s when the real party started. Dean was able to celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah at the Marriott hotel just minutes away from the port. Yet, the fun didn’t stop there.  After Dean and his family enjoyed spending time on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, they then hopped back on the ship and traveled to their next destination, Nassau. While visiting Nassau, Jacob and his family experienced a riveting Blue Lagoon Island Beach excursion. Their last and final stop was in St. Maarten, where the family enjoyed a completely exclusive catamaran trip with their family and closest friends.

However, all good things must eventually come to an end. Although, this story ended with an extremely happy and grateful Bar Mitzvah boy, who had the time of his life.

Interested in learning more about this incredibly unique Bar Mitzvah experience? Call me at  508-238-4088 or click this link. Plus, click here to check out why I believe the Oasis of the Seas is the perfect venue to celebrate this incredibly special milestone. 

Michelle (Dean’s Mom) – “Thank you Ellen for all your hard work and always being there to guide me along the way with the process . I could not have done this without your help.”

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Kim and Patrick

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After years of planning elegant Destination Weddings for hundreds of clients, I finally got the chance to create a once-in-a lifetime wedding experience for my own daughter!

Kim and Pat's wedding at Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya

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Kim and my new son-in-law, Patrick, tied the knot at the beautiful Valentin Imperial Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, family and friends enjoying the tropical setting…..what more can a mother want?

We dressed in all our finery for the simple beach ceremony, then enjoyed days of visiting, mingling with family members, and taking advantage of the many activities offered at this premier Riviera Maya resort.

Truly one of life’s pinnacle pleasures – sharing with my daughter the creation of a new family – best wishes Kim and Pat!

I would love the opportunity to plan a joyous Destination Wedding for your family!  Contact me to get your Dream Destination Wedding started!

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Kimberley & Patrick’s Destination Wedding in Riviera Maya Mexico

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Mazel Tov to both my beautiful daughter, Kimberley, and my wonderful new son-in-law, Patrick! I invite you to take a look at their gorgeous destination wedding, which was held at the Valentin Imperial Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico. You too can have a dream destination wedding of your own. Just give me a call at 508-238-4088 or please fill out this form.