Travel News for the Week of December 1

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   It is always great to be able to take a day to reflect upon the blessings we’ve been given.   Of course, the after Thanksgiving mania has begun.  Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday, one doesn’t quite know when to shop any more.

A few weeks ago, I told you that Delta was piloting new amenities on their long haul flights.   They have now begun to implement these changes which are really nice.   It begins with a complementary Bellini and hot towel just after take off.    Economy passengers will now receive a complimentary bottle of water after boarding.   When it comes to meal-time, fliers can choose from a menu that includes wine, and the tray tables are now covered for you.   The food comes on a smaller oval tray so you can keep your phone or book beside you.   Delta has partnered with Ben and Jerry’s to provide ice cream for dessert.   Before landing, warm pastries are offered with coffee or tea and a farewell piece of chocolate.  In addition, there is a snack bar in the rear galley if you have a craving mid-flight.   Right now these amenities are being offered only on long haul flights so don’t expect this on your domestic flights.-Smarter Travel

This week, Fodor’s listed a few suggestions for improving your airport experience and air travel:

  • Get a refillable water bottle.   Many airports are now offering filling stations once you get through security.
  • Pack your own snacks but be careful of fresh fruit or vegetables as they could get confiscated or you could get fined at your destination.
  • Organize with reusable bags.  You must be careful of plastic though as some places are banning plastic.   Check out Stasher Bags.
  • Bring a portable battery charger.   These are really handy and if you’ve read some of my back posts regarding the hacking of airport chargers, you’ll be happy to have your own.
  • Come prepared with your own sanitizer or bacterial wipes.
  • Take a photo of the outside and inside of your suitcase in the event it loses it’s way.

2020-2021

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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.

2021 

January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise   This is a full transit 15 day cruise from  Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco.  We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit;  Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica;  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and  Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in  San Francisco.  Taking deposits.

April,6-17, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the valley of the temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for the panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an option trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit the your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Alberabello, San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  We will be ready for deposit Friday.

September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of November 24

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Hi Everyone,

Pepsi or Coke?   Carnival Cruise Line is switching to Pepsi.    Beginning in January, the line will switch from Coca-Cola products to beverages from PepsiCo, In.   In a press release, the line stated that the new beverage offerings would encompass everything from Starbucks to a wide selection of iced teas, sparkling water coffee and sports drinks, juices, and soft drinks.   Pepsi branded products include Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, Mtn Dew, Starbucks, Sierra Mis, and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar, among others. 

This past spring one of our groups had a flight delay of 24 hours in Europe.   In addition to feeding us and putting us up for the night, when we returned home we received significant compensation (in excess of $600).   While none of us were  happy about the delay, the extra compensation did lessen the sting, thanks to the EU 261 regulation.   This regulation insures passengers rights  for flight disruptions for flights that depart from or arrive in EU airports whether they are European Union planes are not.    The airlines must compensate passengers in case of overbooking, technical problems, and other factors deemed within its control.  However, if extraordinary circumstances lead to cancellation or delay, you are not entitled to compensation.  Poor weather conditions, civil unrest, security risks are not reasons for compensation.   Compensation is based on the flight distance and duration of the delay (less than 2 hours won’t get you any compensation).   This compensation does not happen automatically.  After you reach your destination, you must contact your airline to find out the process for the refund.

Walt Disney World is bringing  back their 4-Park Magic Ticket.  This is a great option if you are not staying on site at Disney World.  A four day, 4 park ticket includes 1 day at the Magic Kingdom, 1 day at Epcot, 1 day at Hollywood Studios, and 1 day at Animal Kingdom over a 7 day usage window. Clients who purchase the 4-Park Magic Ticket can also upgrade their ticket to include one admission to either Disney water park and one admission to the all-new NBA Experience at Disney Springs.  The 4-Park Magic Ticket is valid through Sept. 30, 2020.

As we move toward Black Friday, Cyber Monday, keep in mind that tour operators and cruise lines are having their own sales.   Now might be the time to look into your next trip!

2020-2021

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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.

2021 

January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise   This is a full transit 15 day cruise from  Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco.  We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit;  Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica;  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and  Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in  San Francisco.  Taking deposits.

April, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito!   Will be ready for deposit next week.

September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of November 17

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Hi Everyone,

How do you carry your money when you travel?   Everyone has a different philosophy.  Some people like to deal with cash only and therefore carry a lot of money.  Others, like us, carry a minimum amount of money and rely on our credit cards or ATM machines.   Either way, it is important to protect your valuables.  Smarter Travel gives us a few good tips:

  • Divide your Money:  Carry some on your person and some in a bag, or if you are traveling with someone, split your money between you.
  • On Body Storage:  Under clothing accessories can be helpful.  Neck pouches, money belts, pockets built into underwear, socks, or undershirts are also useful.  Keep small denominations accessible so the you are not rummaging under your clothes to get to your cash.
  • Trim your Wallet:  Before leaving for your trip, clean out your wallet.  You will not need your library card, department store cards, etc. Take out everything except the necessities so if you do lose your wallet or it gets stolen, you’ll have less to replace.  By the way, take a picture of the front and back of your credit cards and email them to yourself so that if you lose one, you will have that 800 number to call to report the problem.
  • If you are traveling in a place known for pickpockets consider getting a cheap wallet that looks real enough to keep in your pocket or bag.  Pad the wallet with some small bills and slip in one or two of those sample credit cards you get with offers in the mail.   It also gives you something to throw if you feel threatened by someone who wants your wallet.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, 99 million Americans do not have a READ ID license or passport.   The Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to try to move the process for applying for the REAL ID online.   Without either a REAL ID or a passport, you will not be able to board an airplane as of October 1 next year. 

People who travel with me know that I never drink the water on a flight unless it is bottled water.   Now,  a new study confirms my fears.  The 2019 Airline Water Study conducted by http://DietDetective.com and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center investigated 11major airlines and 12 regional airlines, scoring them 0-5 (5 being the best) on the quality of water they provide onboard.   The scores were based on 10 criteria, including airline fleet size, the presence of coliform bacteria  or E. Coli in the water, and the amount of times they’ve violated the federal government’s  Aircraft Drinking Water Rule  which was implemented in 2011 and requires airlines to provide safe drinking water to all passengers and staff.  Study scores of 3 or higher suggest the water is safe enough to drink-only 2 of the 11 major airlines sampled achieved this score, along with just one of the 12 regional airlines.  Alaska Airlines(3.3) and Allegiant (3.3) win the top spots with the safest water and Hawaiian Airlines finishes number 2 (3.1).  Spirit and Jet Blue tied for lowest score. (1).  Is this a definitive study?   It’s difficult to know, but I err on the side of caution.   In order to protect yourself, the study suggests never drinking water served on a plane unless it is bottled and sealed.   This includes coffee and tea served on board.   They also suggest not washing your hands in the aircraft bathroom, and instead bring along your own hand sanitizer.  To see the full results search for Airline Water Study 2019.

Did you know?   This November marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall signifying freedom and peace.  

2020-2021

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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 13-21 2020   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.  Ready for deposit.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.

2021 

January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise   This is a full transit 15 day cruise from  Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco.  We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit;  Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica;  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and  Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in  San Francisco.  Taking deposits.

April, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito!   Will be ready for deposit late Fall.

September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of November 10

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Hi Everyone,  

If you are a frequent traveler, it pays to get either TSA Precheck or Global Entry.    Capital Region International Airport in Lansing is hosting a TSA  pre-check event, November 18-22.   You can pre-enroll online, schedule a 5 minute finger printing appointment, and get your Known Traveler Number.  You can then enter it on your air reservations and begin to use it to go through the Precheck  lines.  The cost is $85 and once you are approved, you are good for 5 years.   To pre-enroll, go to identogo.com.   You may want to check with your credit card company as many cards now cover this cost for you.  If you don’t live near Lansing, check your local airport as these events are happening in many places.

There may be another good reason to enroll in TSA PreCheck.   The Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Safety Administration are exploring the feasibility of  passenger self-screening solutions at airport security checkpoints for those enrolled in TSA PreCheck.   While this is just in the exploration stages,  a solution could dramatically decrease wait times at TSA checkpoints.   Stay tuned.

The next time you travel don’t be surprised if you are asked to pay a tourist tax upon arrival.  At least 40 countries now charge some form of a tourist tax, including a number of European cities and US states.   Many times, tour operators may roll this tax into the price you pay for the tour, but you will pay it one way or the other.   Many of these taxes go to support the additional infrastructure made necessary by the increase in tourists. Some of these taxes also go toward protecting the natural environment in threatened areas.  

2020-2021

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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 13-21 2020   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.  Ready for deposit.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.

2021 

January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise   This is a full transit 15 day cruise from  Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco.  We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit;  Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica;  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and  Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in  San Francisco.  Taking deposits.

April, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito!   Will be ready for deposit late Fall.

September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Get Ready to Travel

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  • Put a hold on newspaper delivery
  • Ask the post office to hold your mail or arrange for it to be collected by family or friends.
  • Don’t forget to call the kennel for your four-legged friend.
  • Alert your travel agent or airline if you have special dietary requirements.
  • Give a copy of your itinerary to a relative or close friend.
  • Call your credit card company with the dates and places of your travel.
  • Write down the emergency numbers (not the charge card numbers, just the telephone numbers) of your credit card companies in the event a card is lost or stolen.

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Testimonial

Words can’t describe the incredible beauty of the canyons, mountains and other interesting areas we visited on this trip. The trip was well planned and very organized. This was our second trip with Fuller Travel and there were no disappointments on either trip. We look forward to traveling with the Fuller group again.

~ Bruce and Sophie, Lansing

Passport

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  • Check to make sure your passport is valid for all countries you will visit.
  • Many countries require your passport to be valid during and beyond the length of your stay (usually a minimum of six months), so check your itinerary.
  • It’s a good idea to carry an additional passport photo in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need a replacement while on vacation.
  • Email yourself a copy of the front page of your passport. That page will be a big help if you need to replace a passport.
  • Continue to monitor the ever-changing passport rules.
  • Remember that you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times. A money belt worn under your clothing is a good place to carry your passport.

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Testimonial

Fuller Travel rocks! Lynn and Skip Fuller are fantastic! My wife and I have traveled with Fuller Travel twice. A tour of Italy in 2010 and an Alaskan land/sea cruise in 2011. Both were “awesome,” thanks to Fuller Travel. We will fondly remember those two trips for the rest of our lives! We highly recommend making your vacation plans with Fuller Travel. We look forward to traveling with them in the future.

~ Ron and Lynn, Holt

Packing Tips

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Most people pack too much when traveling. The following may help you when trying to make packing decisions:

  • Lay out all your items before packing so you can reevaluate while looking at everything.
  • Color-coding your clothing will help you mix and match.
  • Pack items such as socks, belts in your shoes to save space.
  • Pack items tightly so they don’t move around and wrinkle.
  • Dry cleaning bags placed between layers of clothing help minimize wrinkling.
  • Rolling rather than folding items helps to save space and minimize wrinkling.
  • Pack toiletries in zip lock bags to avoid spills.
  • Remember that individual containers containing more than 3 oz. of liquid must be checked.
  • Do not pack medication, money, jewelry, or travel documents in your checked luggage.
  • Pack sunscreen and insect repellant. It will be much cheaper to buy that here than at your destination.
  • Take a few zip lock bags for carrying wet items or for keeping things dry.
  • Pack an extra pair of glasses or carry your prescription with you.
  • Make sure your name, address, and telephone number is inside your suitcase. If attaching a luggage tag to the outside, make sure it is a tag with a cover to conceal your personal information.
  • Lock your luggage with TSA approved locks to prevent tampering. It’s important to have the ability to lock your luggage while touring, not just for the flight.
  • If traveling overseas, make sure you know what type of adapter you will need for the electrical outlet.
  • If you have food allergies, carry a card (preferably in the language of the country you are going to visit) to alert restaurant staff.

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Testimonial

Fuller Travel “spoils you”.  To say “you get your money’s worth” is putting it mildly. Fuller’s planning provides one with a trip packed with the perfect mix of adventure, sightseeing, learning (if one is interested) and “surprises” that we never encountered in travels through other agencies.  It is no secret what is at the “top” of most lists, and Fuller knows and “will not rest” until they find the best bathrooms (yes), great hotel rooms, and great meals where one would least expect it….in the “middle of nowhere”. Thank you Fuller Travel!

~ Luisa, Grand Ledge

Passport Requirements

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U.S. Citizen Passport Requirement

Air Travel

All U.S. citizens including children must present a passport or other approved travel document when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens can present a passport, NEXUS card at airports with NEXUS kiosks, U.S. military ID with travel orders, or a U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when on official business.

Land/Sea Travel

Beginning June 1, 2009

  • U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry are required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), most commonly a U.S. passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver’s license. See the more complete information at www.getyouhome.gov.

Advice: Get a passport!!

For additional passport information visit U.S. Department of State.

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In August, we traveled through Fuller Travel Agency to Alaska with a large group of people. Lynn and Skip Fuller were great to travel with!  We never had to worry about any arrangements, they took care of everything, with top notch service. Each day they touched base with us to be sure we were having a great time and to see if there was anything further they could do for us. The entire trip was wonderful, all of their arrangements were fantastic. We highly recommend Fuller Travel Agency and will use them again without a doubt.

~ Cindy and Floyd

Minimize Jet Lag

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  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugar drinks. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Try to sleep if flying overnight instead of staying awake to watch the in-flight movies.
  • Take along a comfortable travel pillow as many airlines are no longer offering pillows to their customers.
  • Regularly stretch and walk around the plane. This is particularly important on longer flights.
  • When you arrive at your destination, try to stay awake until evening. The best way to do that is to stay active.

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Fuller Travel “spoils you”.  To say “you get your money’s worth” is putting it mildly. Fuller’s planning provides one with a trip packed with the perfect mix of adventure, sightseeing, learning (if one is interested) and “surprises” that we never encountered in travels through other agencies.  It is no secret what is at the “top” of most lists, and Fuller knows and “will not rest” until they find the best bathrooms (yes), great hotel rooms, and great meals where one would least expect it….in the “middle of nowhere”. Thank you Fuller Travel!

~ Luisa, Grand Ledge