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Making all her dreams come true, yours too with extreme adventure and travel

Traveling and extreme adventure have been Lesley Carter’s life. Her love of exploring new cultures and countries becomes evident when you hear all of her experiences. She has been an adventure seeker from a very young age. Body-boarding in the ocean is something she started while in elementary school.


When recalling her first extreme adventure, Carter shares,“My first extreme adventure weekend was only about 7 years ago. I went to Interlaken, Switzerland for a weekend of sky-diving in the Swiss Alps, white-water rafting in Class 5 rapids, and bungee jumping over a lake” as she recalls, “It was the most liberating and exhilarating thrill and I’ve been “flying” through adventures since.”



Although her family does travel, extreme sports and adventure are
something she acquired on her own. Her husband, Darren, is an adventure junkie like her so together they are “able to experience all that life has to offer.”

When Lesley and Darren met, adventure and traveling wasn’t a major part of Darren’s life; however, it was something he always desired. Since they met (only two years ago), they’ve been sky-diving, white-water rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, sky-jumping, helicopter touring/piloting, rock climbing, swimming with beluga whales, surfing and sailing.

In fact, on their wedding day in Jamaica, after the ceremony, they went rock-climbing and did a trapeze act in their full wedding attire. “We made the whole trip about fun and adventure. We wanted our wedding to reflect our personal lifestyle.”


Lesley Carter grew up in Nova Scotia until she was 24 years old. She then lived in Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Currently she is living in the U.S. with her husband. It would be their first time to live in the U.S. and after a lot of deliberation Lesley and her husband, Darren chose Southern California. They sold everything they owned, resigned from their positions, and moved across the Continent. Carter states, “Although we miss our family, it was a wonderful decision and we have no intentions of moving back.”

When asked how she keeps in shape for her extreme adventures, Carter says, I keep as active as I possibly can on a regular basis. I ran a marathon a couple of years ago and I exercise daily. After the baby is born, I’d like to start a SUP training program under Pau Hana Surf Supply, I’ll continue kayaking and surfing regularly as well. If you have a busy lifestyle, exercise comes naturally. I love being outdoors and having new experiences; it all relates.” 

Since moving to California a little over a year ago, Carter hasn’t been working. When Lesley and Darren moved to Southern California it was with the intent to start a family. She is due in less than two weeks. Prior to their move Lesley had been teaching at various levels for 8 years. She has an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education, and a Masters degree in Literacy.

With 33 countries under her belt, and 7 of those in the last year, she doesn’t have anything set in stone with the arrival of her daughter to visit any new countries. Lesley does want to keep her daughter as first priority and take things day to day. She does feel 100% certain that a few new countries will be visited within the next year, keeping the options open. Lesley states, Even with a child, we hope to continue our adventurous lifestyle, but maybe at a different level.”


Expecting in less than two weeks, Lesley is still very active in her travel and adventurous lifestyle. She has slowed down with caution for herself and her baby, she says, but that doesn’t mean that life or adventure has stopped.” While being pregnant she has piloted a helicopter and an airplane; visited Canada and Mexico; “and I’ve been to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Diego, San Francisco, LA, and Palm Springs.”  She’s also swam with beluga whales and “enjoyed two dolphin and whale safaris.”  Flying in a helicopter over LA and the Grand Canyon are added to the many things she has done all while being an expecting mother. Days ago at 38 weeks pregnant she even went Kayaking. She shares, “I’m about to embark on a paddle boarding journey with Pau Hana Surf Supply


Lesley currently has no plans on writing a book, she says,life has been a continued adventure and you never know what’s around the corner. Carter has published work in and

Currently, she publishes her own work and has started Bucket List Publications. Her interest is to start her own travel magazine. Since her baby girl is due pretty soon, she wants to be sure that daily posts remain on her blog. Therefore, she has created an opportunity where she will always have content to publish.

While Bucket List Publications is in full swing, she has given others the opportunity to share their “Bucket List” adventures. To date, she has given away a Skydiving Adventure Package, Free tickets to Sleeping Beauty in Irvine, CA as well as making dreams come true with a heli-skiing adventure package including 4 nights at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, ski lift tickets and equipment at the resort, and heli-skiing with Selkirk Tangiers. She’s also in the process of organizing a NASCAR racing experience and another skydiving adventure package.


In getting to know Lesley, I asked her if she had any inspiring words for someone wanting to experience any single extreme adventure she has experienced. Carter shares, The only thing that gets in the way of conquering an extreme adventure is yourself. Anyone can sky-dive or bungee jump! I try to focus less on the actual process of stepping off the bridge or out of the plane and more on the journey. If I thought too much about it, I would never be able to do it. Extreme sports are totally different experiences from extreme adventures.  They often require skill and physical endurance rather than solely mental courage. If you plan on participating in extreme sports, you need to be sure of your skill and abilities; it’s not something you just walk into.”



To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.


Start Packing Travel Insurance

When you start packing for your trip, whether 500 miles or 5,000 miles, you may want to be sure you’re also packing travel insurance.

Preparing for the worst while planning your vacation may seem like a downer, however, it’s not as bad as it could be if you don’t plan at all. What would you do if your purse or wallet were stolen? What would you do if you stepped down from a Mayan ruin only to find it was further down than you thought, and you broke an arm or leg? How would you deal with that? Travel insurance is designed to help you with these issues. When is the last time you knew in advance that you would have to cancel your trip before ever going? Say you have paid in full for your vacation and “something” happens…You CAN’T go. Now what? If you are within a certain time frame and DON’T have travel insurance, you could lose ALL of your money. Now that’s a real downer.

Peter Greenberg of  TODAY Travel discusses the 9 reasons you want to buy travel insurance.

Reasons to buy travel insurance
1. Your flight has been cancelled.
2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.
3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.
4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.
5. You need to cancel your trip due to illness.
6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.
7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.
8. A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.
9. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort, hotel or cruise.

One of the Travel Insurance Companies we use most is the MH Ross Company. In order to answer some of your questions regarding Travel Insurance I conducted the following interview with Senior Vice President, Sheri Machat.

The MH Ross Company was founded in 1952 as an insurance agency and first began offering a custom travel insurance plan in 1961 for Unitours/Club Universe.  Sheri Machat, Senior Vice President joined MH Ross Travel Insurance Services in 1980.

Q: What makes MH Ross stand out or better than other Travel Insurance offered?

A: Our balanced distribution of Coverage, Cost & Customer Service. The service by our staff is one of the ways that we stand out from the competition – we truly care about our agents and their passengers.  Our benefits are very solid and provide industry leading coverage, such as Primary Medical on all plans but Asset Value.  Our Bridge and Complete plans include some of the following benefits at no additional premium:

  • Hurricane Warning Benefit – cancellation of the trip if NOAA issues a hurricane warning within 24 hours of departure for your destination
  • Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation – if a local authorities or the U.S. State Department issue a formal recommendation to leave a country due to a natural disaster; civil, military or political unrest; being declared persona non-grata – this benefit MUST be made by One Call Worldwide Travel Services
  • Cancellation due to work reasons – being required to work during the trip – documentation is required

Both Asset Plus and Complete plans include Cancel For Any Reason allowing the Insured to cancel for reasons such as their dog had puppies, or a child made the soccer playoffs.  Depending on the plan selected, the Cancel For Any Reason benefits will pay 60% of the cancellation penalty on Asset Plus and 80% of the cancellation penalty on Complete.

Q: Is there something unique or different MH Ross is doing for the insured that is not offered by other Travel Insurance Services?

A: MH Ross offers four plans on two brochures – the Asset series for the budget traveler, and the Bridge/Complete series which offer superior coverage’s at a competitive price. Each brochure includes one product with Cancel For Any Reason and one without, which facilitates the price comparison between the two products for both you and your client. Also, on the Asset Plus, Bridge and Complete products, the Medical is Primary without compromising the benefit amounts- making the MH Ross medical benefits on these plans among the best in the industry.

Q: Does your Travel Insurance cover Air only, or does it also cover Train, Hotel, etc??

A: The insurance will cover the specific trip segments that insurance is purchased for, whether it is air only,cruise, land, train or hotel. The passenger should consider insuring all pre-paid non-refundable portions of their trip that are subject to cancellation penalties. 

If the trip is interrupted for a covered reason, we will also cover the unused, forfeited, non-refundable payments for shore excursions, theater, concert or event tickets or sightseeing if the arrangements are made during the trip.

Q: What are the common things that travelers might think is covered by travel insurance, but is not?

A: Baggage Delay – people sometimes think they are automatically paid the Baggage Delay benefit as a lump sum and not realize that it only pays for reimbursement of items purchased when the baggage is delayed for a minimum of 12 hours.

Trip Cancellation – if someone needs to cancel a trip due to illness, they must see a doctor.  They cannot just say I did not feel well and so I cancelled my trip.

Trip Interruption – medical treatment must be provided by a legally qualified physician documenting that the illness or injury prevents the Insured from continuing the trip.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: The Insureds have a 10 day free-look to review the policy once purchased.  Should they wish a refund, within that time period, it is given without question.

Q: A medical emergency happens in a foreign country, how does this policy help?

A: First of all One Call 24-hour Assistance should be contacted.  They will make contact with the treating physician to verify the proper treatment is being provided.  It is important to note that when a medical case arises during the trip due to injury or illness, the primary focus is to make sure the patient is stabilized before they will even consider moving them to a different facility or returning them home.  Also, a “fit to travel” release form must be completed by the treating physician before we will allow them to come home to indicate that it is safe for them to travel. 

Q: Luggage is stolen or lost by the airline and important documents/medical equipment and prescriptions are inside the luggage. How does MH Ross handle this loss?

A: Prescriptions should never be checked in baggage, they should always be a part of the carry-on luggage.  Second, if something did happen, then the Insured would need to contact One Call Assistance Service in order to assist getting their prescriptions replaced. 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at]

Travel Tidbits – Ten Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers

Lost in Java
Finding spice, color and moments of unexpected silence in the pulsating center of Indonesia… New York Times





Ten Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers
Solo cruising. Cruising solo. Somehow those two words, no matter the order, seem to evoke furrowed brows and looks of pity… Smarter Travel



36 Hours in Detroit
Despite recent news stories of a population exodus from Detroit, there are many reasons to make a pilgrimage to this struggling city right now… New York Times




Off the Roman Coast, Bobbing for Views
Arriving by ferry or hydrofoil at Ponza, an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the boat trims the island’s eastern coast, a vista of sheer tuff cliffs bleached white by the sun and eroded by water and wind… New York Times




Oregon’s New Cyclist-Friendly Hotel
Cyclist-friendly Oregon has a stylish new rest stop for weary pedalers… Travel and Leisure





New York Essentials
A city of endless possibilities, high energy and great diversity, New York has always been the benchmark for first-rate dining, unparalleled shopping and cultural activity…


To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Things to do in St Lucia Caribbean



  • Treetop Adventure Park



  • The Pitons



  • Pigeon Island National Park



  • Diamond Botanical Gardens



Out & About St. Lucia



Shopping in Castries in St. Lucia



To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

The revival of the American Queen – steamboating the Heartland of America

“A steamboat was as beautiful as a wedding cake without the complications!” ~Mark Twain

In April 2012, the Great American Steamboat Company unveils  the revival of the  largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen, “the only overnight steamboat on our nation’s rivers.”

Great American Steamboat Company claims its Distinctions are:

  • The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.
  • The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.
  • The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge.
  • Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks.
  • Complimentary wine and beer at dinner.
  • All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee.
  • Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff.
  • Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage; no formal wear required.
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, their onboard river historian.
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly.
  • Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!
  • Complimentary shore excursions.
  • Dedicated fleet of “Steamcoaches.”
  • All-inclusive package includes your overnight stay in a select luxury hotel in the city in which your voyage originates, plus breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the Steamer American Queen.
  • The greatest value in all-American vacations!



Headline Acts Scheduled For 2012 Include:

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Harry James Orchestra
  • Rat Pack  Show
  • B.J. Thomas
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • The Platters
  • Bill Haley’s Comets
  • Annie Moses Band
  • The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars
  • Juggernaut Jug Band
  • Storefront Congregation

Steamboating the Upper Mississippi Destination Highlights:

  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Hannibal, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Dubuque, Iowa

Lower Mississippi Destination Highlights:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oak Alley, Louisiana
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Natchez, Mississippi

Ohio and Tennessee River Voyages Destination Highlights:

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Marietta, Ohio
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee

Themeboating Adventures Highlights:

  • Civil War Vacations
  • Old Fashioned Holiday Vacations
  • Epic Civil War
  • Music of Your Life
  • Southern Culture
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Fall Colors Vacation
  • July 4th

Sample of Luxury Hotels included:

Your hotel package will include your transfers to the American Queen port. The length of voyages the American Queen will be offering will be from 3 to 10 day voyages.

“When it’s steamboat time, you steam”~Mark Twain

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

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All things Disney: Disney Destinations

Walt Disney World Resort


Disneyland Resort


Disney Cruise Lines



Adventures by Disney



Aulani Resort, Hawaii


Disney’s Vero Beach Resort




Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort



Disneyland Resort Paris



Hong Kong Disneyland Resort



Tokyo Disney Resort



The Disneyland Story



To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Mazatlan, Mexico in 2012

Upcoming events you should know about to plan your visit.


Mazatlan International Carnival – Feb. 16-21st



Jose Limon Contemporary Dance Festival – April 29th – May 9th



Mexican PGA Championship – May 1st- May 10th



Quicksilver Surf Classic Mazatlan – June 1st – 5th



First Annual Mazatlan Summer Festival – July 1st-31st



Is Mazatlan, Mexico Safe? (click link to hear what they have to say)



To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Destination: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta’s history traces back to the 16th century when it was visited by Spanish explorers. It became a resting area for the pirates working in that area. It was not inhabited until about 1851. It wasn’t until 1918 that it became a municipality.

Puerto Vallarta is the sixth-largest city in the state of Jalisco on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It has the same latitude as Hawaii with a subtropical climate. August and September are the hottest months. June through October is the rainy season. With 40 miles of coastline, Puerto Vallarta has a diverse topography with tropical jungles, rocky riverbeds, steep mountainsides, and arid flatlands.

The lodging options in this beautiful Jaliso city have over 18,000 lodging units; from bungalows to luxurious villas, boutique hotels to full-amenity resorts. It’s family friendly and great for corporate meetings.

There are four zones:

  • Marina Vallarta – This zone is located south of the airport. The Marina is a self-contained complex with a variety of upscale settings, including over 500-slips surrounded by condos. Its home to an 18-hole golf course and several luxury hotels. The Marina’s boardwalk is a delight with the variety of shops, galleries and restaurants available.
  • Hotel Zone “Zone Hotelera” – Located between Downtown (El Centro) and the Marina Vallarta zone. Like the name indicates, its home to many hotels. Large brand chains to smaller properties, All-inclusive resorts, and high-rise condos. This zone offers lots of beach activity with long stretches of sand, people watching, beach vendors, and a lively setting.
  • Downtown (El Centro)/Los Muertos Beach – Considered the heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta. Known for the nightlife, restaurants, bars and shopping. The El Centro is quaint with cobblestone streets, white-walled housing, wrought-iron balconies and red-tiled roofs. Its pedestrian friendly and the town’s famous Malecon mile long Beach. Los Arcos (arches) are across from the town’s main square. Open air concerts and performance are held here regularly.
  • South Shore – Where the Sierra Vallejo meets the Bay. Isolated coves and beaches. This area is great for outdoor adventure and eco-tourism activities. Best cove-style beaches with white sands and calm waters. This area is where you will find most of Puerto Vallarta’s most luxurious villas.

When’s the best time to go? The weather is warm and sunny throughout the year, with the average temperature being 88 and minimum 65. The U.S. and Mexican holidays impact the travel flow. Christmas and Easter are the busiest time of year. July and August is busy with Mexican and International vacationers. Year round the city has cultural festivals and sports tournaments. During the fall the vegetation is lush and there are fewer crowds and this is also the time when you can get off-season pricing.

Planning a wedding? In 1963 the film shoot “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton took place in Puerto Vallarta. Elizabeth Taylor joined Richard Burton here. Since then, Puerto Vallarta has been a popular wedding and romantic destination. You can even get married on the ‘pink’ bridge that connects the former homes of Taylor and Burton to the downtown area. You can also choose to get married aboard a yacht at sunset or in the jungle-clad mountans. To learn what you need in order to get married in Mexico, read an earlier post I wrote: Getting married in Cancun – the Heart of the Mexican Caribbean

Other things to do:

  • Deep-sea fishing – October through February is great for sailfish or marlin. May through October is great for small game fish.
  • Art Walk – October through May they have a great art walk that is considered a cultural must. Considered the liveliest artisan community.
  • Outdoor Adventure and eco-tourism – Isolated coves and beaches that are only accessible by boat. Sierra. Whale watching. Visit the Banderas Bay, which is the largest natural bay with 16-miles of shoreline. It’s one of the deepest bays in the world. On the southern end of the bay is Los Arcos National Marine Park where you will find underwater tunnels, caves, canyons and reefs. You can either do a self-guided tour or pick a tour with a tour company. ATV tours, Zip-line Adventures, Jeep Safaris
  • Beaches – miles of jungle and calm swimming conditions
  • Night Life – Seaside strolls, local theater, bars, clubs and fiesta nights
  • Family Attractions – Dolphin swims, boat trips, building sand castles and water parks

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To book your travel:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

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Getting married in Cancun – the Heart of the Mexican Caribbean

You are planning the wedding of your dreams to happen in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean – Cancun.  You will need to be prepared to make decisions on which beautiful setting you want to tie the knot. Will it be a sea shore, gazebo, an ocean-view ballroom, beach-front garden, with dolphins, on board a Catamaran or Spanish style Galleon ceremony? Where will you begin your love story?

Cancun Mexico

Cancun Meixco Wedding

Legal requirements for a Cancun Wedding: 

  • Tourist card (received upon entry to Mexico)
  • Birth certificate with an apostille (Certificate of Authentication by Secretary of State where you are born) attached in English as well as translated in Spanish
  • Valid U.S. passport that is good 6 months after travel
  • Blood tests in Cancun, at least three working days prior to the ceremony
  • Couple and four witnesses must arrive at least three working days prior to ceremony (to be recognized a civil/legal marriage)
  • You must be 18 or older without the consent of a legal guardians or parents
  • Additional requirements are needed if you are divorced or widowed
  • Additional requirements and documents are needed if planning a Roman Catholic ceremony

You will receive your marriage certificate approximately six weeks after your ceremony. 

While in Cancun, you and your guests will have the opportunity to explore many attractions. To name a few: 

Map of Cancun Mexico

Map of Cancun Mexico

  • Beaches
  • Islands – Isla Mujeres
  • Lagoons – El Rey
  • Jungle tours
  • Mayan sites – Puerto Morelos, Xcaret
  • Museums – La Casa del Arte Popular Mexicano
  • Archeological sites – El Rey, Pok-Ta-Pok, Yamil Lu’um, Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza
  • Bullfights
  • Parasailing
  • Horseback Riding – along the isolated beaches or in the exotic jungles
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • World class diving & snorkeling
  • Zipline (canopy tour) – Selvatica (outdoor adventure park)

Therefore you want to be sure you plan your wedding with knowledgeable planners, such as wedding and travel planners.

To plan your wedding today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Poseidon Undersea Resort on Mystery Island

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to live under the sea? In 2012 you will have that opportunity on Poseidon’s Mystery Island in the Fijian Lagoon at the Poseidon Undersea Resort.

While visiting Poseidon Mystery Island you will experience three types of accommodations. The Island Bungalows which offers access to a private beach, Overwater Villas and the Underwater Suites, just below the ocean’s surface.

Poseidon’s Undersea Resort offers the only underwater wedding chapel.  Try the gourmet foods in their eclectic underwater dining room or their cafes and bistros above water as well.

Poseidon’s Mystery Island offers what most resorts offer.

  • You can go on any of the land or underwater excursions
    • Deep Reef Excursions
    • Submarine Piloting
    • Scuba Diving
    • Parasailing
    • Cave Exploration
    • Kayaking
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving Tours
    • Walking Tours
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa – Have your massage in the underwater studio
  • Golfing
  • Tennis

To book your travel:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132