Travel News for Week of July 9

By July 9, 2017Blog

Hi Everyone,

This is a great time to go on a Caribbean cruise or book an all-inclusive resort if you are looking for great pricing.   However, it is important to note that we are in the middle of hurricane season which officially runs from June to November.   If you decide to book during this time, just make sure you protect yourself by purchasing travel insurance when you purchase your package.   You can’t wait until you see a hurricane coming and then rush out to get insurance.   Once a storm has been named, it is too late to pick up insurance so do yourself a favor and get it up front.   You may also consider someplace like Aruba, Bonaire, or Curaco.    Those islands are located below the hurricane belt so chances of a storm disrupting you travel are much less.

Here are the last couple of tips from Eran Feinsteins article on Travel Market Report.

  • There is no reason to take all of your credit cards with you when you travel.  When possible, take only EMV-protected cards that have a chip. You can also invest in an RFID blocking wallet, which protects against newer RFID-enabled skimming technologies.
  • NFC mobile payments, in which users tap their phones as a method for payment, or e-wallets, in which payment details are stored on mobile apps, offer additional layers of protection.  However,  be sure to insert a password protecting the usage of the phone itself, and make sure to use a password that is not easy to crack.  An additional password will be required to confirm purchase adding another layer of protection.  There are many benefits of paying with e-wallets, such as ease of use and speed.  One of the key benefits is the security e-wallets offer.  Payment data stored on an e-wallet is encrypted, and not stored on your phone.  Retailers do not receive this data upon payment either, instead a unique transaction number is used to confirm payment.
  • You can further safeguard yourself by setting up alerts before you leave home.  When suspicious activity is identified, such as a high value purchase, an automated message will be sent to you by email or SMS to ensure early identification of credit card fraud. Monitor your spending via online bank or credit card sites while you are away and for a few days after your return.

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.

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 https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/730906

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   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.

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!

Lynn