Good news for New Englanders!
Beginning in July, 2013, Copa Airlines will be offering daily flights from Boston to Panama City. This is exciting not only for travelers who want to visit Panama, but also as an alternative to connecting via Miami enroute to destinations in Central and South America.

Contact me at Smiles and Miles Travel if you’re interested in planning a trip!

In October, Leon and I enjoyed several days on a land-based fam (familiarization) trip to Panama with a travel agent group. In addition to the expected Canal tour, we were delighted to discover the deeper culture of Panama, and to visit some world-class resorts and beautiful countryside. Like my Panama hat?


Oasis of the Seas – perfect for families, celebrations, health & fitness cruisers!

I just returned from a pre-inaugural cruise on the amazing Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s new megaship.

Oasis of the Seas' amazing rock wall!

Oasis of the Seas' amazing rock wall!

I envision this revolutionary ‘destination ship’ as a perfect vacation for Healthy Lifestyle cruisers, as well as for my Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vacations groups and families with young children. Call me if you’re thinking of cruising on the Oasis!

Here’s a short slideshow highlighting the fantastic fitness options aboard Oasis of the Seas:



Ellen’s Travel Dish – a travel advice blog by Ellen Paderson, president of Smiles and Miles Travel!


We specialize in family travel, cruise tours, Destination Weddings, and All-inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean. I personally visit virtually all the properties I recommend, and I’m known as a detail-oriented advocate for my clients….see some client testimonials.

I’m also the proprietor of, an innovative concept that locates your son or daughter’s coming of age celebration in an historic synagogue in the Caribbean. Wrapped around the ceremony is a memorable family vacation for a small or large group, based in a hotel, holiday villa or cruise ship.

I’m here to share my travel knowledge and experience with you to help make your travel planning successful and fun!