Travel News for Week of July 16

By July 16, 2017Blog

Hi Everyone,

Here are a few things to make your travels a little more stress free.

  • When traveling outside of the country, keep some extras of all prescription drugs in a second purse or carry-on in case one is lost or misplaced.”   Keep a list of all medications with you and never pack in checked luggage.
  • Pack some snacks like protein bars or instant oatmeal.    Be careful of fruit or nuts as some countries will not allow.
  • Exchange a set of clothes with your traveling partner.    In the event that one of your bags does not make the trip, you’ll at least be able to get out of your airline clothes.
  • Leave the expensive or sentimental jewelry  at home.   By the way, hardshell glass cases work well to protect jewelry.
  • If you love your washcloth, pack it.   Hotels in many countries do not provide washcloths.
  • Pack a few ziplock bags.    They weigh nothing and can be used for all types of things.
  • Don’t forget your rain gear.

United Airlines is launching a pilot program that offers rewards to passengers willing to give up their seat on overbooked flights not at the airport, but days in advance.  As part of United’s “Flex-Schedule Program,” it will begin sending passengers email notifications several days ahead their flight, offering $250 travel vouchers to volunteers willing to reschedule. Volunteers will be rebooked on a flight of their choosing, using the same airports and seat preferences, within 24 hours of the original flight.   The news, first reported by Bloomberg     With the “Flex-Schedule Program,” United hopes to entice more passengers to volunteer to be bumped without the hassle of traveling back and forth to the airport. United hopes it saves it from actually having to pay out $10,000 to a bumped passenger.

 A couple of big Disney announcements this week:

Many of you know that Toy Story Land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort – Yesterday.  Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced that the land will open next summer!

In 2018, you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. And Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions.    Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.    Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”

Disney Cruise Line also announced that they are planning three new ships in their next phase of expansion.  That means that they will nearly double the size of their fleet.

Fuller Travel Day Trip

August 16   Join us as we travel to Frankenmuth.   We’ll make pretzels, sample some wine, enjoy the famous Frankenmuth chicken dinner, take a little tour and finish at Bronner’s.   Deadline for sign up is July 21.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

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


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.   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

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!

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!

Coming soon

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!