About Blaycation

(Blay-Kay-Shun)

About us


Blaycation is a Bucket List luxury-focused travel agency

Offering the highest levels of service to the world’s finest travel products and experiences. Based on the East Coast of Canada, we are strategically located to cater to clients from North America, Europe and beyond. Our team is made up of a passionate group of avid travelers ourselves. Our President and our staff have been to well over 100 countries and counting and we are constantly sourcing the very best luxury, experiential and bucket list experiences for our clients worldwide.
Whether you are seeking a Dream Honeymoon a weekend getaway, a major sporting event or an extended exotic journey, we are ready to plan your dream vacation. From world class all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean to water bungalows in the Indian Ocean, to memorable multi-generational African Safari’s, we are ready to plan your next bucket list vacation.

OUR PROCESS

Introduction
From the moment we first communicate to discuss your travel plans with you, until after your journey concludes it’s all about you and your experiences. We take the time to learn about your unique interests and travel desires as well as your travel companions too. To get started simply fill out our “build a Blaycation form” and we’ll be in touch.
Proposal
Once we have all your information, the fun starts, we start to create. Utilizing your travel wishes, bucket list ideas and our expertise, we customize a trip proposal especially for you. Your custom itinerary will be organized in a well-thought-out proposal designed just for you.
Reservations
Once you have decided and are completely satisfied with your itinerary, we will work directly with the properties and our travel partners to secure your reservations, confirm prices and tick off all the details for you, thus allowing you to relax and start your Blaycation countdown.
Private Travel Planning
Although our clients typically use us for land only programs we are a full service Private Travel Planner. We can assist you or your group with a complete travel itinerary from air, pre tour hotels and transfers. As well as information on immigration, travel visas and other special request and VIP services. Think of Blaycation as your Personal Travel Concierge.

Bucket List Service
If you have always dreamed of flying first class on Emirates or having breakfast at Mt Everest Base Camp or racing a Formula One car in Monaco or flying a hot air balloon above the Serengeti to chartering a private yacht around the Mediterranean, this service is for you. Think of Blaycation as your Personal Travel Concierge.

 

Blaycation can help you to uncover your personal bucket list experiences and create them especially for you. From, experiential journeys in Asia to the rugged outback of Alaska, or sleeping in an ice hotel under the northern lights. We help you stretch the expanses of your imagination and put them into reality. Come Explore, Dream and Discover with Blaycation.

OUR TEAM

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Mark Stiles, President & Chief Vacation Officer

Like all great adventurers, Mark’s passion for traveling was sparked at a young age by his travel enthusiast parents and the nomadic guests they would often host from around the world. His love for the journey grew as he spent the entire summer after University traveling through Europe and although he put his travels slightly on hold while he raised his family and ran several successful businesses, he eventually began to share his interests by traveling yearly with his family to tick-off their travel bucket list.

As trip planning became one of Mark’s favorite hobbies, he started making plans and designing itineraries months, and even years in advance for his family’s bucket list adventures. From learning to cook pasta in Tuscany, riding an elephant in Thailand and walking with lions through Africa to riding a hot air balloon over Napa Valley, floating past the icebergs of Newfoundland and playing in the world series of Poker in Las Vegas, Mark has been hand-crafting these travel experiences for more than 20 years.

After selling his company to embark on something new, Mark had an epiphany moment where he decided to make a career out of his hobby-creating bucket-list vacations. Now, when he isn’t bungee jumping at Vitoria Falls or on a Greek Island cruise with his wife and four kids, Mark can be found passionately seeking-out new luxury travel experiences for his clients worldwide.

Mark believes, deep down, that how you see the World matters. His goal is to help travelers realize their own passions by putting together vacation experiences that go well beyond the destinations themselves. Through this venture, Mark now values his chance to help clients handcraft their ideal vacations and cross off their bucket lists, the Blaycation way. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Acadia University.

 

 

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Bernard Lee, Blaycation Spokesperson, Poker Pro & Media Personality

Bernard Lee, Blaycation’s official Spokesperson, catapulted into the poker spotlight after he finished 13th in the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Lee, a former marketing professional, has amassed over $2.1 million in career winnings and captured six tournament titles on the poker tournament circuit.

Away from the tables, Lee is one of the busiest poker media personalities in the business. Lee is the co-host of ESPN Inside Deal, poker columnist for Boston Herald, ESPN.com and Card Player magazine, radio host of “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” and has previously commentated for the WSOP and the Eastern Poker Tour. Lee has also been an instructor for World Poker Tour Boot Camp, World Series of Poker Academy and has taught hundreds of private students. He is RunGoodGear Pro & Blue Shark Optic team Pro. Educated in the New England area (Harvard University, B.A., M.A.; Babson College M.B.A.), he currently lives in the Boston area with his wife and two kids.

His interpersonal skills, coupled with his teaching style and his deep industry relationships inside and out of the poker world gives our clients a refreshing and completely interactive snapshot into the poker world in a highly entertaining and informative way.

 

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Shannon Ullman, Private Travel Planner & Southeast Asian Expert

Coming from a family who never left U.S soil, let alone their home city of Philadelphia, Shannon got her first real travel experience by chance. During her second year of high school, Shannon’s younger brother was diagnosed with cancer and given the opportunity to “Make a Wish,” a program that allows young cancer patients to have one of their dreams turned into a reality. As part of her brother’s bucket-list, he asked for himself and his family to be flown to Disney World for an entire week.

After witnessing the happiness and fulfillment that this new destination and experience brought to her brother and family, Shannon’s interest in travel began to grow. While her brother’s cancer was cured, her passion for travel has remained. Since then Shannon has planned her own trips to 27 different countries and 26 U.S states. She has floated in the Dead Sea of Israel, trekked on the Great Wall of China, stayed in a traditional Japanese temple, repelled down a waterfall in Vietnam and hunted for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.

Although she graduated from Temple University with a degree in international politics, her true passion is writing, especially about travel. She is now part of the Blaycation team and focuses her energy on helping clients live out their bucket list dreams. When she is not helping people craft their own travel experiences, Shannon is representing Blaycation by scouting out new destinations, accommodations and experiences to eventually write about and share with clients. Additionally, she is working to make the Blaycation website shine through her writing, run smoothly through her administration work and reach the largest audience possible through her social media skills.

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