Travel News for Week of August 13

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Hi Everyone,

I read an interesting article today about some things to think about when getting ready for travel.    A couple of the ideas were worth sharing:

Prepaid credit cards, which are often billed as a safer and more convenient alternative to carrying cash abroad.  You purchase a card and load it with funds in your preferred currency ahead of your trip. And if your card gets lost or stolen, you can cancel it immediately. Simple? Unfortunately, it’s not so simple. Most prepaid credit cards come with some surprising hidden fees, such as inactivity fees, reloading charges, monthly fees, activation fees, and so on. John Ulzheimer, CEO of SmartCredit.com, told CNNMoney, “Consumers need to realize that any insinuation that a prepaid card is less expensive than a debit card is false, and any claim that it will help you rebuild credit is just a lie.” Ulzheimer also called a prepaid credit card “a gift card with fees.” Do yourself a favor and stick with a good quality credit card.

If you need to obtain or renew a passport in a hurry, there are a few ways to do that.    You can pay for a private passport expediter but that is an expensive option.  If you choose that option, do your homework as there are a lot of scammers ready to take your money.   You can get a same-day passport directly from the State Department by visiting an official passport agency in person.  This will run you $195.   Be prepared though with everything you need before you arrive.    The State Department also offers a two-week fast-track processing service that gets a passport to your mailbox in 14 days.    Remember that when traveling with your passport, it is important that your passport not be due to expire within 6 months of your last date of travel.

Allianz Travel Insurance Co. conducted a review of the top destinations for this year’s summer vacations.    No surprises:   Orlando was the top domestic destination and Cancun the top international destination during the summer season.

A few pics from last week’s multi-generational river cruise down the Rhine:

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  A few spots remain.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

Ready Now!  June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of August 6

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Hi Everyone,

TSA is introducing new technology that links your ID and your boarding pass.   The TSA has begun testing new technology for Pre-Check passengers that matches the name on a passenger’s ID to TSA’s Secure Flight vetting system, eliminating the need for passengers to take out their boarding pass before going through security.  If you are pre-screened to use TSA Pre-Check, you will be able to whiz through the line even faster.   All passengers need to do is present their ID, which is scanned by a TSA agent. The new technology will then verify the authenticity of your identification before your bags are inspected.   With the line moving much faster and ID checks being less cumbersome, passengers can stow their boarding pass after they check in for their flight and only retrieve it for boarding.   While the technology is only available at a few airports around the country—including Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Dulles International airport, O’Hare International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport—TSA says that it will be expanding to even more this August. Keep an eye out in a Pre-Check line near you.

If you are a fan of Sandals Resorts, good news!   A spokesperson for Sandals Resorts International announced this week that the company will be opening a new Beaches Barbados by 2020 with construction slated for September of 2018.    Beaches is the family arm of the Sandals brand.    Also, the company’s second Sandals resort in Barbados,  Sandals Royal Barbados, is still on track for a December 20 opening.

A bit of trivia from USA Today Travel:    If you are prone to altitude sickness when flying, buy a seat on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or the Airbus A350. The cabins on these planes are pressurized about 2,000 feet lower than on other commercial airliners. You’ll find that you breathe easier and sleep better on long flights. The interiors of these planes are also more humid so your nasal passages and eyes, if you wear contacts, will be more comfortable.

Young adults, particularly those 18 to 21 years old, sometimes run into difficulty with travel in the United States. Booking a hotel room may be particularly challenging, since many hotels set a minimum age requirement for guests. Laws vary significantly in other countries. Advance planning is critical to avoid disappointment at the check-in counter.   It is virtually impossible to rent a hotel room in the United States if you are under 18, the legal age of majority in all states. The two basic reasons for this are liability and contract enforcement. Contracts signed by minors are not legally enforceable, putting the hotel at risk if underage patrons do not pay. Also, hotels do not want to take legal responsibility for minors. If something should happen to a minor during the stay, the hotel could be held liable.

While talking about that, we are coming to the time of year that I always get phone calls from parents who want to send their high school seniors off to spring break unsupervised.    Just an FYI:  I will not book those trips.    I am more than happy to book spring break trips for families but not for unsupervised students.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  A few spots remain.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

Ready Now!  June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of July 30

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Hi Everyone,
We just returned from a Generations cruise aboard Uniworld’s River Empress.    This is a special river cruise for families, including young children.   Normally, I would not recommend taking children on a river cruise but this particular sailing welcomed them aboard with special staff and activities to make their time enjoyable.   This is a summary of our trip.   If you are not interested, just scroll down to other news.
Day 1-2    The six of us (grandparents, parents, and two children 4 and 7)  boarded our flight to Amsterdam where we transferred to our ship.   While waiting for our rooms to be readied, we took a walk to the historic center of Amsterdam to see the sights.   This afternoon, our ship sailed for Cologne.
Day 3   Since we had two young children with us we participated in the must-generational excursions provided by Uniworld.   Those on the ship without children had different excursion choices.   Today we enjoyed a short walking tour of Cologne ending in the Cologne Cathedral, a stunningly beautiful cathedral that took 600 years to build.   Afterwards, mom and dad took a little time off to pursue an adult excursion while the rest of us enjoyed an amazing gondola ride that gave us panoramic views of the city and the Rhine River.
Day 4  Today, our ship docked in the city of Koblenz where we all participated in a little scavenger hunt to discover interesting facts about the city.  Afterwards, we explored Marksburg Castle, with an ambitious climb up the stairs to reach the only hill castle in Germany that was never destroyed.   Of course, the kids came away with shields and swords!   We then rejoined our ship in a new location of Boppard.
Day 5    We sailed to Rudesheim this morning.   We were all instructed to wear our head sets so that we could hear the narrative about all of the amazing castles along the river.   We had a great sunny morning to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the sun deck.
This afternoon we took the minitrain to town and participated in a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Instruments Museum which amazed kids and adults alike.  We then took another gondola ride up to Niederwald Monument for panoramic views of the river and town.
Day 6    Today we docked in Speyer where we visited the Speyer Technical Museum, just a short walk from our ship.   The museum held a huge collection of vehicles of every kind from cars to 747s to submarines.    We also took a bus trip to a vinegar estate where we donned Harry Potter type robes and descended into the cask rooms to learn about the making of vinegar!  Afterwards, we had a vinegar tasting of 5 different types of vinegar.
Day 7  Today we visited Strasbourg, one of the prettiest cities yet.   While three of our group climbed the 300+ steps of the cathedral, the other three found a quiet little cafe for croissants and tea.   Afterwards, our little ones rode the carousel located in the town center.    After lunch onboard our ship we returned to find Le Petit France, a very beautiful section of Strasbourg.
Day 8  Today we arrived in Breach where we went to a living history village, the Ecomuseum.    We saw many storks in their gigantic nests, and sampled some of the bakery treats.   The kids had a great time exploring the 70 traditional Alsatian buildings.
Day 8   We said goodbye to our ship and our new friends and headed for the Basel airport for our return home.    The week was filled with activity, learning, and relaxing.    There was much to see and do for all ages and we are looking forward to our next adventure.
In other news,  this week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items.  Travelers will be required to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. Following pilot programs at 10 airports, TSA plans to expand these measures to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead.    These new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck who are using TSA PreCheck lanes. Another good reason to enroll in precheck today!
Heading to Disney soon?   When you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you will now be able to use Disney’s Online Check-In service on the My Disney Experience mobile app, expediting your arrival while providing additional convenience, flexibility, and customization of your experience. The features enable you to start the check-in process up to 60 days before arrival, bypassing the need to visit the front desk and giving you the opportunity to begin your vacation immediately.  You complete your check-in by unlocking your room, when it is ready, using the MagicBands sent to you prior to arrival. With just a few taps of the screen, you can make room requests, add credit card information, and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time to help prompt room access, receive a notification when your room is ready, and more. Please note that room requests are not guaranteed and Guests must provide consent to receive notifications.
Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  A few spots remain.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

Ready Now!  June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of July 23

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Hi Everyone,

Disney unveiled a slew of new attractions coming to its parks at its D23 Expo last weekend.  Disney World’s Epcot, originally opened in 1982, will be revamped. A “Ratatouille” attraction, modeled after the same ride at Disneyland Paris, will be added to the World Showcase’s France pavilion.    Future World’s Mission: Space will receive an updated Green Mission, taking guests on a tour around the Earth, and an Orange Mission taking riders to Mars. A “Guardians of the Galaxy” inspired attraction will also be added to Future World. This new attraction will replace the current Universe of Energy attraction, which will close Aug, 13, 2017.    At Hollywood Studios, new technology at the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Rail will “transform the flat [Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts] world into an incredible dimensional experience.” The Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will replace The Great Movie Ride and will put guests into the world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon with a new technology Disney is calling 2 1/2 D (no glasses required).  A roller coaster based on the film “Tron,” will be brought to a new area in Magic Kingdom near Space Mountain.   A new live entertainment theater, inspired by the 1920s Willis Wood Theater in Kansas City, is coming to Main Street, U.S.A.     The Disney Skyliner will connect the new Riviera resort to Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, and with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Disney said the Skyliner will give guests a “never-before-seen bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World.”   These are just a few of the upcoming changes and  more are coming as Disney looks toward celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2021.

A couple of weeks ago I reported that Marriott was instituting a 48 hour cancellation policy.    Hilton has now announced that they will follow suit.    Starting July 31, customers are required to cancel at least two days ahead of check-in or be hit with a full price one-night charge.

Sandals Resorts International has announced plans for a fourth resort on Saint Lucia.  It said the 19-acre ‘six-star’ Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia will ‘by all indications be a game changer’.   Set to break ground in spring 2017, it will be next door to the Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Resort.    Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia will have 350 rooms and suites, including SkyPool Butler Suites and all-butler signature swim-up Rondoval Suites, a first of their kind in the chain.  The new resort will have an infinity-edge sky pool bar and an ‘elaborate’ entertainment package to include a main stage with a 20′ high LED screen and a mobile DJ party scene.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

Ready Now!  June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of July 16

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Hi Everyone,

Here are a few things to make your travels a little more stress free.

  • When traveling outside of the country, keep some extras of all prescription drugs in a second purse or carry-on in case one is lost or misplaced.”   Keep a list of all medications with you and never pack in checked luggage.
  • Pack some snacks like protein bars or instant oatmeal.    Be careful of fruit or nuts as some countries will not allow.
  • Exchange a set of clothes with your traveling partner.    In the event that one of your bags does not make the trip, you’ll at least be able to get out of your airline clothes.
  • Leave the expensive or sentimental jewelry  at home.   By the way, hardshell glass cases work well to protect jewelry.
  • If you love your washcloth, pack it.   Hotels in many countries do not provide washcloths.
  • Pack a few ziplock bags.    They weigh nothing and can be used for all types of things.
  • Don’t forget your rain gear.

United Airlines is launching a pilot program that offers rewards to passengers willing to give up their seat on overbooked flights not at the airport, but days in advance.  As part of United’s “Flex-Schedule Program,” it will begin sending passengers email notifications several days ahead their flight, offering $250 travel vouchers to volunteers willing to reschedule. Volunteers will be rebooked on a flight of their choosing, using the same airports and seat preferences, within 24 hours of the original flight.   The news, first reported by Bloomberg     With the “Flex-Schedule Program,” United hopes to entice more passengers to volunteer to be bumped without the hassle of traveling back and forth to the airport. United hopes it saves it from actually having to pay out $10,000 to a bumped passenger.

 A couple of big Disney announcements this week:

Many of you know that Toy Story Land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort – Yesterday.  Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced that the land will open next summer!

In 2018, you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. And Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions.    Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.    Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”

Disney Cruise Line also announced that they are planning three new ships in their next phase of expansion.  That means that they will nearly double the size of their fleet.

Fuller Travel Day Trip

August 16   Join us as we travel to Frankenmuth.   We’ll make pretzels, sample some wine, enjoy the famous Frankenmuth chicken dinner, take a little tour and finish at Bronner’s.   Deadline for sign up is July 21.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

Ready Now!  June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of July 9

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

This is a great time to go on a Caribbean cruise or book an all-inclusive resort if you are looking for great pricing.   However, it is important to note that we are in the middle of hurricane season which officially runs from June to November.   If you decide to book during this time, just make sure you protect yourself by purchasing travel insurance when you purchase your package.   You can’t wait until you see a hurricane coming and then rush out to get insurance.   Once a storm has been named, it is too late to pick up insurance so do yourself a favor and get it up front.   You may also consider someplace like Aruba, Bonaire, or Curaco.    Those islands are located below the hurricane belt so chances of a storm disrupting you travel are much less.

Here are the last couple of tips from Eran Feinsteins article on Travel Market Report.

  • There is no reason to take all of your credit cards with you when you travel.  When possible, take only EMV-protected cards that have a chip. You can also invest in an RFID blocking wallet, which protects against newer RFID-enabled skimming technologies.
  • NFC mobile payments, in which users tap their phones as a method for payment, or e-wallets, in which payment details are stored on mobile apps, offer additional layers of protection.  However,  be sure to insert a password protecting the usage of the phone itself, and make sure to use a password that is not easy to crack.  An additional password will be required to confirm purchase adding another layer of protection.  There are many benefits of paying with e-wallets, such as ease of use and speed.  One of the key benefits is the security e-wallets offer.  Payment data stored on an e-wallet is encrypted, and not stored on your phone.  Retailers do not receive this data upon payment either, instead a unique transaction number is used to confirm payment.
  • You can further safeguard yourself by setting up alerts before you leave home.  When suspicious activity is identified, such as a high value purchase, an automated message will be sent to you by email or SMS to ensure early identification of credit card fraud. Monitor your spending via online bank or credit card sites while you are away and for a few days after your return.

Fuller Travel Day Trip

August 16   Join us as we travel to Frankenmuth.   We’ll make pretzels, sample some wine, enjoy the famous Frankenmuth chicken dinner, take a little tour and finish at Bronner’s.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of July 2

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Every now and then I get a question about a bereavement fare.    Bereavement fares were once pretty common among U.S. airlines for domestic travel.   However, there are now only two large U.S. airlines that offer bereavement fares:  Alaska and Delta.   Alaska will give 10 per cent off the lowest refundable fare but only seven days or less before travel with seats subject to availability and length of stay limitations.   Delta offers unspecified “additional flexibility on the best published fares”.   You cannot book these fares online.  You have to call the reservation center.   You will need to provide documentation including dates, relationship to the deceased, and notifications from a doctor and mortuary.    Most airlines have dropped bereavement fares because it was too difficult to police the amount of forged doctor and funeral home documents.    Many times the lowest fare an airline offers may be better than a bereavement fare so always good to double-check.

Last week I mentioned a few tips to help keep your credit card info safe while traveling.   They are good reminders whether traveling across the world or across town.  Here are a few more from the article by Eran Feinstein on Travel Market Report from last week:
  • Try your best not to provide payment information over free WiFi connections, such as those found in hotels or cafes when travelling.
  • Take warnings seriously, never providing confidential data on a website which your browser has specifically warned you about.
  • Credit cards or wallets can be stolen and used for both card not present fraud and stolen identity fraud.  More sophisticated fraudsters steal both the credit card data and the PIN code via skimmers placed in ATMs or payment terminals, together with cameras or other surveillance methods.
  • Another common scam involves a call from what is apparently the hotel front desk asking for your credit card number confirmation.  When the number they claim to have is confirmed wrong, they request the correct number.
  • Never give out your credit card number over the phone, unless you are absolutely sure who is on the receiving end, and never provide your PIN code.
  • Make sure no one is watching when you type in your PIN code, and use bank ATMs only.
  • Don’t be tempted to follow someone who directs you to a better ATM.

The latest news this week out of Homeland Security indicates that they plan to move forward with enhanced security measures but those measures do not include an expanded ban on laptops for airlines and airports that follow the new guidelines of enhanced passenger screening, heightened screening of personal electronic devices, increasing security protocol around aircraft and passenger areas, and deploying advanced technology, expanded canine screening, and establishing additional pre clearance locations.After months of speculation, the Department of Homeland Security plans to move forward with enhanced security measures that do not include an expanded ban on laptops for airports and airlines that follow the new guidelines.    DHS adds there is no change to what passengers can and cannot bring onboard, but people flying to the U.S. may experience “additional screening of their person and property.” The agency is deliberately vague about the timing, saying the new measures will largely roll out over the next several weeks and months.

 

Fuller Travel Day Trip

August 16   Join us as we travel to Frankenmuth.   We’ll make pretzels, sample some wine, enjoy the famous Frankenmuth chicken dinner, take a little tour and finish at Bronner’s.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

June 9   Germany  Romantic and Fairy Tale Roads   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    We will be ready for deposits very soon.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount expires June 30.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!

Lynn

Get Ready to Travel

By | Travel Tips
  • Put a hold on newspaper delivery
  • Ask the post office to hold your mail or arrange for it to be collected by family or friends.
  • Don’t forget to call the kennel for your four-legged friend.
  • Alert your travel agent or airline if you have special dietary requirements.
  • Give a copy of your itinerary to a relative or close friend.
  • Call your credit card company with the dates and places of your travel.
  • Write down the emergency numbers (not the charge card numbers, just the telephone numbers) of your credit card companies in the event a card is lost or stolen.

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Testimonial

Words can’t describe the incredible beauty of the canyons, mountains and other interesting areas we visited on this trip. The trip was well planned and very organized. This was our second trip with Fuller Travel and there were no disappointments on either trip. We look forward to traveling with the Fuller group again.

~ Bruce and Sophie, Lansing

Passport

By | Travel Tips
  • Check to make sure your passport is valid for all countries you will visit.
  • Many countries require your passport to be valid during and beyond the length of your stay (usually a minimum of six months), so check your itinerary.
  • It’s a good idea to carry an additional passport photo in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need a replacement while on vacation.
  • Email yourself a copy of the front page of your passport. That page will be a big help if you need to replace a passport.
  • Continue to monitor the ever-changing passport rules.
  • Remember that you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times. A money belt worn under your clothing is a good place to carry your passport.

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Testimonial

Fuller Travel rocks! Lynn and Skip Fuller are fantastic! My wife and I have traveled with Fuller Travel twice. A tour of Italy in 2010 and an Alaskan land/sea cruise in 2011. Both were “awesome,” thanks to Fuller Travel. We will fondly remember those two trips for the rest of our lives! We highly recommend making your vacation plans with Fuller Travel. We look forward to traveling with them in the future.

~ Ron and Lynn, Holt

Packing Tips

By | Travel Tips

Most people pack too much when traveling. The following may help you when trying to make packing decisions:

  • Lay out all your items before packing so you can reevaluate while looking at everything.
  • Color-coding your clothing will help you mix and match.
  • Pack items such as socks, belts in your shoes to save space.
  • Pack items tightly so they don’t move around and wrinkle.
  • Dry cleaning bags placed between layers of clothing help minimize wrinkling.
  • Rolling rather than folding items helps to save space and minimize wrinkling.
  • Pack toiletries in zip lock bags to avoid spills.
  • Remember that individual containers containing more than 3 oz. of liquid must be checked.
  • Do not pack medication, money, jewelry, or travel documents in your checked luggage.
  • Pack sunscreen and insect repellant. It will be much cheaper to buy that here than at your destination.
  • Take a few zip lock bags for carrying wet items or for keeping things dry.
  • Pack an extra pair of glasses or carry your prescription with you.
  • Make sure your name, address, and telephone number is inside your suitcase. If attaching a luggage tag to the outside, make sure it is a tag with a cover to conceal your personal information.
  • Lock your luggage with TSA approved locks to prevent tampering. It’s important to have the ability to lock your luggage while touring, not just for the flight.
  • If traveling overseas, make sure you know what type of adapter you will need for the electrical outlet.
  • If you have food allergies, carry a card (preferably in the language of the country you are going to visit) to alert restaurant staff.

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Testimonial

Fuller Travel “spoils you”.  To say “you get your money’s worth” is putting it mildly. Fuller’s planning provides one with a trip packed with the perfect mix of adventure, sightseeing, learning (if one is interested) and “surprises” that we never encountered in travels through other agencies.  It is no secret what is at the “top” of most lists, and Fuller knows and “will not rest” until they find the best bathrooms (yes), great hotel rooms, and great meals where one would least expect it….in the “middle of nowhere”. Thank you Fuller Travel!

~ Luisa, Grand Ledge