Travel News for Week of September 17

By | Blog

Hi everyone,

We have all been saddened by the weather catastrophes of the past few weeks with the fires out west, the hurricanes that ravaged the Houston area, much of Florida, and the Caribbean.    Many of us, especially those of us with homes in those areas, were glued to the TV.   There is much work to be done in all of these areas.  My prayer is for the families who have lost loved ones, and  that those whose lives have been impacted horribly will be able to recover quickly.

I have also seen the enormous bravery of first responders who risked their own lives to help others.    While we are quick to criticize them, they are the people we turn to when we need help.

I was happy to see that many of the cruise lines pitched in to assist.   Several lines have taken ships to the Caribbean to bring back stranded passengers.    They have filled their ships with supplies for those affected regions as well.   Royal Caribbean took 1500 hundred of their employees who work in Miami out to calmer waters along with their families and pets, and several hundred displaced tourist.

We just finished a great river cruise on the beautiful S.S. Catherine sailing from Tarascon, France to Lyon, France.     This region of France is beautiful, with small towns and vineyards all along the river.

Faster TSA lines are coming.   New technology that allows 3D imaging could eliminate the need to throw away your water and will allow you to keep your personal electronics in your bags.   The manufacturer claims that the new scanners could increase the number of passengers screened per hour from 180 to 500.    Hopefully, this new technology will arrive soon at your favorite airport.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

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    Early payment discount expires next month.

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!    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    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.     Current 10% discount extended to September 30 based on availability.

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     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     Will open for deposits September 27.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of September 10

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Luxury Travel has a great article about social media posting while on vacation courtesy of NordVPN.    They claim that while most people would not share their home address online, about half of people on vacation post pictures while on vacation which essentially tells everyone that your home is empty.  NordVPN offers a few good suggestions:

  1. Wait till you get home to post your travel pictures. Those who really need to share their photos, should at least wait till they are back home, and their home is no longer empty.
  2. Make sure social media setting are private. One of the most important things before sharing is to make sure that the settings are set on private sharing with friends, or a select group of friends, and your photos are not visible to everyone..
  3. Protect your location. Don’t show your actual location by using a VPN. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that hides your IP address and your location. By connecting to another country’s server, you can set your location to virtually any place in the world.
  4. Understand the dangers of free public Wi-Fi. Cafes, shops, and even school cafeteria offer unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Users need to be especially cautious when connecting to these networks – as they can easily be monitored. Hackers can easily position themselves as a Wi-Fi hotspot or use special software to steal data from unprotected networks. One of the best ways to safely use public Wi-Fi is by installing a VPN.

It’s still possible to make sure your friends see your vacation photos – but it’s important to be careful with privacy and to follow these guidelines.

Travel Insurance-should you get it or not?  As we’ve watched the tragedies unfold in Texas, the Caribbean, and the Southeast US, many are asking if they should purchase additional travel insurance.   I am an advocate for travel insurance.   Do they cover everything?    No, but they cover a lot!  However, travel insurance is designed to offer protection against sudden and unforeseen situations and events.  In the cases of a hurricane,  when it becomes a named storm, it also becomes a ‘foreseeable event’ with known potential to affect your travel.  If you buy travel insurance after a storm is named, your plan normally won’t provide coverage for storm-related claims.   The best way to insure coverage is to purchase your insurance when you deposit your vacation.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

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    Early payment discount expires next month.

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!    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    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.     Current 10% discount extended to September 30 based on availability.

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     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     Will open for deposits September 27.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of September 3

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are planning to travel internationally, it is important to be able to get cash in the local currency.     It is no secret that one of the worst places to exchange currency is at the airport.   The rate at the airport exchange desks are not good, and the ATM’s  may now be run by the same company as the exchange desk.

You will be better served to wait until you get into the city.    However, these same exchange companies are now turning up in downtown locations as well.   Find an ATM associated with a conventional bank.    I always like to use these machines when I know that the bank is open just in case my card does not reappear.   You can check with your home bank or credit union to find an ATM that is in your bank’s network.    Stay away from ATM’s that advertise “no fee” as the exchange rate you pay will almost certainly be larger than the small fee you would normally be charged.

More and more we are finding merchants who will suggest that for your “convenience” he or she will be happy to charge you in dollars rather than local currency.   Their rate of exchange will almost always be much worse than it should be.   If you run across that situation, just insist that the card be charged in the local currency.

If you are taking your first cruise, Royal Caribbean offers a few tips:

  1.  Make sure you have proper identification.    Your passport is recommended but if you are doing a closed-loop cruise (one that starts and ends in the same US port), and original copy of your government-issued birth certificate may suffice.   Our advice:   Get a passport!
  2. When you board the ship, you’ll want to start having fun right away. So while your luggage is being delivered to your room, keep the essentials (like a swimsuit, sunscreen and some reading material) close at hand in a lightweight carry-on.
  3. Cameras, smartphones and tablets aren’t much fun when their juice is gone. Make sure you bring device chargers and a portable charger that lets you charge on the go.
  4. We are always happy when we remember the binoculars!
  5. You won’t find an iron in your stateroom (fire safety first!). Bring along some wrinkle spray or hang the in the bathroom when you shower to ensure your clothes look picture-perfect right out of your suitcase.   You can also just hang then in the shower.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

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    Early payment discount expires next month.

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!    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    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.     Current 10% discount extended to September 30 based on availability.

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     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

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

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn