Travel News for Week of September 3

By September 3, 2017Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are planning to travel internationally, it is important to be able to get cash in the local currency.     It is no secret that one of the worst places to exchange currency is at the airport.   The rate at the airport exchange desks are not good, and the ATM’s  may now be run by the same company as the exchange desk.

You will be better served to wait until you get into the city.    However, these same exchange companies are now turning up in downtown locations as well.   Find an ATM associated with a conventional bank.    I always like to use these machines when I know that the bank is open just in case my card does not reappear.   You can check with your home bank or credit union to find an ATM that is in your bank’s network.    Stay away from ATM’s that advertise “no fee” as the exchange rate you pay will almost certainly be larger than the small fee you would normally be charged.

More and more we are finding merchants who will suggest that for your “convenience” he or she will be happy to charge you in dollars rather than local currency.   Their rate of exchange will almost always be much worse than it should be.   If you run across that situation, just insist that the card be charged in the local currency.

If you are taking your first cruise, Royal Caribbean offers a few tips:

  1.  Make sure you have proper identification.    Your passport is recommended but if you are doing a closed-loop cruise (one that starts and ends in the same US port), and original copy of your government-issued birth certificate may suffice.   Our advice:   Get a passport!
  2. When you board the ship, you’ll want to start having fun right away. So while your luggage is being delivered to your room, keep the essentials (like a swimsuit, sunscreen and some reading material) close at hand in a lightweight carry-on.
  3. Cameras, smartphones and tablets aren’t much fun when their juice is gone. Make sure you bring device chargers and a portable charger that lets you charge on the go.
  4. We are always happy when we remember the binoculars!
  5. You won’t find an iron in your stateroom (fire safety first!). Bring along some wrinkle spray or hang the in the bathroom when you shower to ensure your clothes look picture-perfect right out of your suitcase.   You can also just hang then in the shower.

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.    Early payment discount expires next month.

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.

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.     Current 10% discount extended to September 30 based on availability.

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     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 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

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

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!