Getting through customs when arriving home from overseas travel can be a very quick or very long experience, depending on a variety of factors. One of the best things you can do to speed yourself through customs is to get Global Entry clearance. Once you have it, you just head to a kiosk, get your receipt, and hand it to a customs officer and you’re off to collect your baggage. This past trip, it took less than 1 minute to clear customs. There is also a Mobile Passport Control (MPC) which allows U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to use the Mobile Passport app to expedite their entry process into the United States. It is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for eligible travelers with a smartphone or tablet to submit their passport information and answer CBP inspection-related questions prior to CBP inspection. It is free to use. The app streamlines the traveler inspection process and enables CBP officers to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions. You can download the app at the Google Play store or the Apple Store. Keep in mind that not all airports allow this app yet.
Keep in mind that there are several things that can delay your trip through customs: Don’t bring back food. If you have visited a farm or anywhere animals are present, you may have to have your shoes disinfected. If you have a connection, know what that connecting flight is and where you are going! Don’t use your cell phone to text or make calls. It could be confiscated. If you are traveling with a pet, be prepared to show vaccination records.
Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night / per room pet-cleaning rate is:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
- Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night
A maximum of two dogs per guestroom can be accommodated. Each Guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas. Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.
- At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
- Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
- Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
While dogs will be allowed to stay in Guest rooms, they will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated. This dog-friendly option will be available to Guests with reservations Oct. 15, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018.
Fuller Travel Escorted Tours
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 this month. 4 seats left.
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. 10% early booking discount has been extended through October.
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 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 We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play. Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle. Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years, I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip. Even though it is a long way out, tickets are very scarce. Check out the itinerary: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395 Information meeting regarding this tour will be held at St. Gerard Church, Lansing on November 8 at 10am. Please call or email to let me know if you will attend.
September 2020 Poland
October 2020 Autumn Colors
Have a great week!