Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Summer is just around the corner, and NOW is the time to plan!  The whitest beaches in the country are calling your name!  Destin, Florida, with sugar white sand, fantastic family attractions, and SUN, SUN, SUN!  We’ve put together a few tips to help you get your vacation planned, booked and ready for relaxation!

Setting your budget is the first step.  Think about all the things that you will need, including incidentals.  You will be away from home, so over prepare so you have extra funds just in case!  When thinking about your budget, there are several factors to keep in mind.  Include your transportation, lodging, entertainment and attractions, food, shopping and all of those incidentals.   Once you have your budget set, have fun planning! 

When you are booking your transportation to Destin, check the FlyVPS.com website for all airlines we carry and links to cheap airfare.  We have direct flights from several cities.  Also, check our site for rental cars.  Destin also has access to taxis, buses, bikes and more.   You can get to where you need to go as well as have fun riding around!    As a bonus, if you are flying with your furry family member, we can accommodate!  The Destin- Fort Walton Beach Airport has a pet play area so your fur babies can run around before and after a flight and stretch their legs!

On the Emerald Coast, we make it easy to find all you need on one website.  EmeraldCoastFL.com Find all of your places to stay, things to do and Visitor Guides to learn all about our area.  We host a variety of local events, including festivals, outdoor activities, and art and culture events!  You can also take the kids to the Gulfarium or on a snorkeling adventure.  Fun and education all in one! 

Make your summer vacation educational, fun, relaxing and enjoyable for the entire family.  In the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area, we have sugar white sand, fantastic seafood, wonderful history and an inviting atmosphere that is sure to please! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7 Travel Apps to Keep You on Track

It’s no secret; we’re all addicted to our tech devices. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. Sure, casual, face-to-face conversation has suffered, but in return, we have the knowledge of the world at our fingertips. Whether via Internet search or smartphone app, there are myriad topics to explore. There are apps for fun, music, education, and, of course, travel. We have compiled a list of apps that will make your travels go a bit more smoothly. As a bonus, we've included three apps for young travelers. Read on to learn more.

In order to ensure accuracy, app descriptions have been taken directly from the app developers’ notes on the app store.

Google Maps
Apple | Android

The Google Maps app … makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there. 
• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
• Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns
• Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route
• Detailed information on more than 100 million places
• Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more

Gate Guru

Apple | Android

Introducing GateGuru 4.0 – the ONLY travel app that provides all of the flight and airport information you need to manage your ENTIRE day-of travel. Now with a new gorgeous, seamless, and traveler centric design!

GateGuru is the only travel app (free or paid) that provides real-time flight status with push notifications along with a wealth of airport content specifically customized to YOUR itinerary.

And now, users can reserve last-minute airport rental cars at significantly discounted rates that are exclusive only through GateGuru!

GateGuru brings back what the day-of travel was supposed to be – efficient, relaxing and even fun. Download now and see the difference!

Travel List

Travel List is the easiest way to get ready for your next trip. Plan your itinerary, create a packing list in an instant and you’re ready to go! Travel List makes sure you don’t leave anything behind.
Packing List
Create your list super-fast using helpful preset items, organized by category. Presets are fully customizable, and you can add your own items. And with Auto Reminder, Travel List alerts you if you pack for a trip but leave without something.
Create reminders so you don’t forget things like charging your camera’s batteries every day. You don’t have to worry about changing time zones while traveling. The alerts will always go off at the time you’ve set, no matter where you are.
Keep track of your trip’s itinerary.

Trip Advisor
Apple | Android

Millions of traveler reviews, photos, and maps from TripAdvisor. Plan and have your perfect trip. With over 150 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever you go. And booking options for hotels, restaurants and flights are just a tap away.
The TripAdvisor mobile app is free and easy to use.
• Browse millions of reviews, opinions, videos and candid photos by travelers
• Find the best hotel for you, including Travelers' Choice award winners
• Explore restaurants and reserve tables online
• Discover cool things to do in any destination
• Compare airfares and find great deals
• Use Near Me Now to discover places near your current location
• Get answers to your specific travel questions in the forums
• Add your own reviews and photos
• Download maps, reviews, and your saves for over 300 cities worldwide onto your phone for free; avoid using expensive data roaming plans while you travel

Apple | Android

FlyVPS Airport's Official App featuring real-time arrival and departure information. Get information on transportation, parking and general travel info for Destin Florida and Ft. Walton Beach. Whether you are departing from VPS or returning, be sure to check the status of your flight before heading to the airport.
Apple | Android

Make travel planning as mobile as you are with the Airbnb iPhone App! Airbnb opens the door to the world’s most interesting places to stay and is the simplest way to earn money from your extra space. With over 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you.

Message hosts and guests, gush over your itinerary, explore fairytale destinations, and add unforgettable digs to your Wish List. Make that penthouse, yurt, or treehouse your next home...or open up your own space to travelers.

Apple | Android

Organize your travel plans in one place with TripIt® from Concur. Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automagically creates a detailed daily itinerary for every trip.

Kids’ Apps

Hoopa City

Apple | Android

Plan and build in Hoopa City! Combine different materials to build roads, houses, and much, much more with your favorite Hippo from the Dr. Panda games! Can you find the secret combination for each building?

Let your imagination run wild and build a village, town, or even a huge city of your own design in Hoopa City! Use different materials and combine them to create all sorts of buildings! Fill the landscape with shops, roads, schools, and even theme parks or stadiums! Each building takes a special combination of materials to create, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Whether you want to build a shopping paradise, a beach resort, or a quiet forest town, you can with Hoopa in Hoopa City!
Hoopa City is designed with kids in mind, but people of all ages can build and have fun!

My First App – Vol. 3 Airport

Explore and discuss with your child the different areas in the airport. Get a peek behind the scenes as you watch luggage being loaded and your plane’s cabin being cleaned. See all the areas of your airplane including ones you wouldn’t normally be able to visit -like the cockpit! You and your child can do all of this and more as you play four different games in one app.

First Camera – The Camera for Kids

FirstCamera is the must-have app for kids who love to take photos. Our 5 year old daughter would always ask to borrow our phones to take pictures. We'd end up with dozens of photos saved to the camera roll, mostly of cats and feet. That's when we decided to build a camera app just for her.

We know you’re connected, but hopefully we have introduced you to at least one new app to make your life easier; that’s the convenience you expect. What is your favorite travel app? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.

Click. Pack. FlyVPS.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The #1 Beer Fest on the Coast

We like to be where the people are. In mid-October, the people will be at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest in Sandestin. The 7th installment of this beer festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th. Saturday’s main event will feature more than 200 craft beers of both domestic and international origin. There will also be live music and a new event that will have the crowd yelling. If that’s not enough to get you going, how about a chance to win two tickets from VPS? More on that later.

The fun kicks off on Friday at 6:00 pm with first ever Beer BINGO at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Guests can pick up their BINGO cards at the Events Plaza Stage. From there, they can visit the merchants on-site until the BINGO card is filled in. At 9:00, all cards will be turned in and entered to win prizes from Yolo, Grizzly, Power Up Sports, Adventure Zone, and Rum Runners.
Beginning at noon on Saturday, VIP tent will feature a special beer tasting and a BBQ. VIP guests will also receive a commemorative beer glass. The VIP tasting will last until 2:00 when the main event begins.

The craft beer tasting will take place from 2:00 until 4:00 and features approximately 200 brews from more than 40 breweries. Each brewery will have a representative on-hand to answer questions and discuss beer styles, flavors, and attributes.

Confirmed breweries include:
Abita • Anchor • Angry Orchard • Asahi • Ayinger • Back Forty Beer Company • Bell's Brewery • Bitburger • Blue Moon • Blue Point Brewery • Carlsberg • Chimay • Cigar City • Dogfish Head • Good People • Goose Island Brewery • Grayton Beer Company • Green's • Highland • Idyll Hounds • Kona Brewing Company ** New to this year's Festival! • Kostritzer • Labatt • Lagunitas • Lazy Magnolia • Leinenkugel's • Lil Kings • Linderman's • Magic Hat • McGuire's Irish Pub • MillerCoors • Murphy's • New Belgium • Newcastle • NOLA • Orval • Oskar Blues • Oyster City Brewing Company ** New to this year's Festival! • Paulaner • Pensacola Bay Brewery • Peroni • Radeberger • Redd's • Rouge • Saint Arnold Brewing Company ** New to this year's Festival! • Sam Adams • Samuel Smith • Shiner • Sierra Nevada • Spaten • Stone • Straight to Ale • Sweetwater • Terrapin • Twisted Tea • Victory Brewing Company • Warsteiner • Well's / Young's • Westmalle • Woodchuck Ciders **Gluten Free • Yuengling Brewery

Live entertainment will be provided by The Owsley Brothers from 2:00 until 4:00, and then Native Run will perform from 4:00 until 6:00. The entertainment portion of the event is open to the public.
Tickets are available on the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival website, but you can enter for a chance to win a pair from the Northwest FloridaRegional Airport.

For more information, email contact@baytownewharf.com

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