Travel News for Week of January 21

By January 21, 2018Blog

Hi Everyone,

Many people wonder about how to tip appropriately while traveling and who should get a tip.    This week’s Travel Market Report had some good guidelines:

Airports
If a rental car shuttle driver is helping load those heavy suitcases, it’s a good idea to tip him/her at least a dollar or two per bag. Double that for airport skycaps who assist in checking your bags. And depending on the length of the trip from counter to gate, a wheelchair attendant should receive $5 and up.

Hotels
Arriving by taxi or limo? Absolutely tip your driver. Taxi drivers should receive 15-20% for good service.  The same is true for limo drivers.   Valet service? Tipping $2-5 when the valet retrieves your car is common.   Bellhops should receive $3 to $5 a bag, obviously on the lower end for a gym bag or shopping bag and on the higher end for carry-ons and larger suitcases.                       The concierge should be tipped as well.   Making you reservations for a simple dinner is worth $5-10.   Getting tickets to a hard to get show or concert would be worth $50.   Your hotel maid should be tipped and most experts suggest $2-5.   Clearly mark the envelope and place it on the nightstand or another prominent place.

Tour bus drivers
Tipping the driver a couple of dollars when you are returned to the hotel or to the port is a nice gesture. There are times when a tour organizer might ask the bus passengers to drop a dollar or two in a jar for the driver as well.

Traveling abroad
Again, this is an area where you must do some research, as different countries have varying, and sometimes opposite, rules and customs. In some countries, such as Japan and China, tipping, especially at a restaurant, is considered an insult. In countries like the United Arab Emirates, tipping is a government mandate and is often added to a bill.

If you’ve purchased a snack or a drink on an airplane recently, you probably know that cash is not welcome.    Airlines are also moving away from allowing you to walk up to the counter at an airport and pay for services with cash.   American Airlines, in particular, is moving away from accepting cash.   You won’t be able to pay for your baggage fees or seat upgrades in many airports and the list is growing.

Those of us who fly often have noticed an increase in the amount of animals traveling in the cabin.   Many of these animals have been designated as comfort animals and this segment has largely been unregulated.   People have taken advantage of a perk that was originally meant to help veterans returning from combat with PTSD.     The airlines are beginning to devise some rules of their own as people have begun to take advantage of the system.   Here are Delta’s new rules:   Beginning March 1 the following requirements must be met for an animal to be designated as a comfort animal.   Passengers must show proof 48 hours in advance of the animal’s health or vaccinations, provide a doctor or or mental health professional’s letter, provide a signed document confirming that the animal “can behave”.   Delta also states that it will not accept “exotic or unusual” support animals including hedgehogs, ferrets, insects, rodents, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, goats, chickens, and any animal with tusks, horns, or hooves.

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      Call for availability.

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 mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

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 our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.  Call for availability.

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.  Two rooms remain.

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.  Call for availability.

2019

April 22-May 5  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,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.   We are ready for deposits.   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.     We are taking deposits now!

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.   Deposit Now!!

 September , 2019  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.

October 2019   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.

2020

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.     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       Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn