Travel News for Week of April 1

By April 1, 2018Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you want to speed through TSA at the airport, there are some things you can do to lessen your chances of being questioned and subjected to additional searches.  A pretty good article by RJ Wilson reminds us of the following:

  • Any unusual items  Tell screeners about unusual items, and be prepared to undergo additional screenings as a precaution. An unusual item is anything the TSA agents won’t immediately recognize. Keep your carry-ons well organized and uncluttered so that agents can easily check for unsafe items.
  • Random Checks  Don’t assume that every random check is a constitutional violation. The best thing to do is just comply.   Complaining is just going to hold you up and everyone behind you.
  • If you’re traveling internationally, do your homework.   Go to the                            State Department’s website,  They’re always putting out information about things not to take abroad, along with processes and procedures for different countries. The State Department’s really good about giving travelers the information they need.  Make sure to have proper identification. Carefully research what you’ll need to get through customs, and when traveling with children, make sure that they know what to expect.
    If you’re traveling with kids, know that they are subject to slightly different checkpoint guidelines. While traveling within the United States, children under the age of 18 don’t have to provide identification,  and kids 12 and younger can leave their shoes on during screenings.When deciding which line to get in, don’t just look at the longest one, check out which line is moving faster.   Business travelers who fly frequently know the procedures and tend to move through much more quickly.
In other news, Delta has made a change to their SkyMiles policy:   Effective immediately,  SkyMiles award tickets for travel that doesn’t begin or end in the U.S. or Canada must be booked at least three days in advance.   Most of us do begin or end our travel in the US but for those who travel overseas, they will they lose the convenience of close-in booking,  and they’ll also lose access to award availability, which often opens up close to the departure date as the airline releases unsold seats to award travelers.


2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg


We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at


May 17-28, 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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!