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:
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
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!
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!