If you’ve travelled much at all, you know that there are certain things to be aware of, especially in the larger cities. For instance, pickpocketing is rampant in some cities. To avoid becoming a victim here are some precautions you can take. Wear a money belt or security pouch under your clothes. If you are carrying a purse, carry it across your body and make sure it is snapped and zipped up. Do not set your purse down in a restaurant. Keep it on your lap. Most pickpockets are looking for easy victims so make it a little more difficult for them and they will most likely choose someone else. Be careful in crowded places like airports or train stations where you have your hands full and may be distracted while searching for directions. Understand that pickpockets may not look like what you think. Many of them are well dressed individuals.
If you do become a victim, hopefully you have taken the precautions that we have mentioned in other blogs and have the 800 number for your credit cards. If your phone has been taken, make sure you call your carrier and suspend your service. File a police report. Chances of getting anything back are remote but having that on file may help you with insurance or getting your passport replaced if that’s been taken.
Planning a Disney trip in the near future? Disney just released their latest promo: Play, Stay, Dine and save up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 1-March 10, 2018 when you book Oct. 3-Dec. 22, 2017.
Conde Naste Traveler had an interesting point this month entitled Some of the Stuff You Don’t Have to Schlep Thanks to the iPhone: Books, newspapers, magazines, camcorder, watch, music player, camera, address book, translator, alarm clock, games, maps, atlases, movie player, flashlight, compass, notebook, pens, credit cards, speedometer, pedometer, radio, GPS navigation. I wonder why our suitcases are still so packed!
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. 6 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!