Travel News for Week of May 20

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Hi Everyone,

If you are traveling this summer you may be interested in the best/worst onetime airports for summer travel.   Among the worst it is no surprise that these three have some of the worst ontime arrival/departures: Newark, LaGuardia, and San Francisco.    Among the best: Las Vegas, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Have you ever been on a flight that’s listed on your itinerary as two hours long, yet when the pilot is about to take off, he/she announces that the flying time will be an hour and a half? Padding flight time estimates is an increasingly common tactic that airlines use to improve their on-time arrival statistics—that way, even if they’re late taking off, they may still technically be on-time when they land.

Disney World is adding alcohol to the menus of all their table service restaurants.   This includes, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.

We are all aware that dialing 911 will get you help in this country.    When you are traveling outside the country, you might want to take a minute to research the emergency numbers of the countries you will be visiting.   Most  countries in the European Union use 112.   If you are traveling outside the European Union you can get up to date information at travel.state.gov

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Deposit now!

June 6-20, 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.  Deposit now!

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   Deposit now!

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of May 13

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Hi Everyone,

Making a step forward in the effort to phase out single-use plastics that are not environmentally friendly, Intercontinental Hotels and Marriott International are doing away with miniature toiletries at many of their brands.   The Wall Street Journal reported that Marriott International is switching from the small, giveaway bottles of shampoo and conditioner to larger, wall-mounted dispensers in 450 hotels at five brands and intends to expand the effort to 1500 hotels in North America by January.   The change will include Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites.   Marriott’s Starwood, Four Points, and Moxy brands already use pump dispensers.   IHG meanwhile, is reportedly planning to make a similar switch at four of its brands – Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suite and Avid Hotels. At IHG’s Even Hotels, which launched in 2014, dispensers rather than small bottles, are already in use.   Though many travelers have enjoyed the freebie toiletries, their impact on the environment is disastrous and the hotels should be applauded for their move. A Marriott International spokeswoman told MailOnline Travel the average hotel in its mid-range category goes through more than 23,000 tiny bottles each year. That’s the equivalent of more than 250 pounds of plastic.   The switch to wall-mounted dispensers is expected to eliminate the use of 10.3 million bottles or 113,000 pounds of plastic annually, Marriott said.

The former Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has officially been transformed to the Park MGM.   This resort is right in the middle of the strip.  There is still work to be done but the new sign signifying the transition has gone up on the building.

I know that robocalling has become a huge problem for all of us.  The do not call list registry does not seem to help either.   The latest scam is from robots calling from local numbers.   I have been getting about 15-20 of these calls a day and it is a dilemma, particularly for a business.   Most of these calls have “Unknown Number” in the caller ID box.   I am not answering any of these calls as clicking on them encourages more of them!  Of course, that means I run the risk of missing one of your calls which I obviously don’t want to happen.    Most of you know I try very hard to answer calls, or return calls promptly.   Should your call go to voice mail, please leave a message and I promise I will return your call as soon as possible.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Deposit now!

June 6-20, 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.  Deposit now!

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   Deposit now!

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of May 6

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Hi Everyone,

We just returned from a great trip to Ireland.   I am going to give you a little recap of our trip. If you are not interested, just scroll down to see what’s coming up for Fuller Travel Service.

April 25-26   We left Detroit after a bit of a delay and flew to Newark for our connection to Dublin.  Things got a bit dicey as we stood in line to board.  We noticed many people joining the line and some told us they were going to Barcelona!  After questioning the gate agent, she admitted she didn’t know where the flight was going!  About 10 minutes later they announced they were indeed going to Barcelona.  Sorry, Dublin!  After some amount of time negotiating with United we finally found enough seats for our group on a flight to Shannon-at least the right country.    When we landed in Shannon, Collette, our tour operator had arranged for a bus to get us over to Dublin.     Things got much better from there!  After cleaning up and resting a bit we departed for dinner and a great show of Irish music, songs, and dancing.

April 27  Today was a fairly relaxing day spent visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral and touring Dublin including the city’s historic center.  While part of our group decided to tour the Guinness factory and then dine at the historic pub, O’Connell’s, some of us decided to find a nice restaurant and have a quiet dinner.

 

April 28  Today we boarded our bus for Waterford.    On our way, we stopped at the little town of Kilkenny for lunch.   We were all delighted with this small town with a medieval atmosphere. Arriving in Dublin, we first toured the Waterford Crystal Factory where we were able to view crystal being made. This evening we stayed in a historic hotel where we were treated to a history lesson and city tour by “Jack”, a knowledgeable and entertaining guide.  Mass was celebrated before dinner for those of us who wished to attend.

April 29  We set off for Killarney today but of course, we had to make a stop at Blarney to kiss the Blarney Stone.  Kissing the stone is supposed to make you eloquent and give you the gift of gab.   I think many of us already had that gift, but it was great fun anyway.   After leaving Blarney we traveled to Killarney where we took jaunting cars (horse and buggies) through Killarney National Park.   Our driver kept us entertained and the scenery was amazing.   We then boarded small wooden boats to an island to see a very ancient monastery.

April 30  Today we traveled along the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic roads in the world.  Words are inadequate to express the beauty of this area.

May 1  We had a great treat today as we stopped  on our way to Limerick at the farm of  Paddy and Margaret.  We were welcomed with fresh scones and tea.   Afterwards, Paddy told us a bit about the history of his farm and family.   We were all inspired by these two gracious people.

May 2   A highlight of every trip to Ireland has to be an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher.    We were very lucky with the weather today because even though it was very windy, it was clear and we had wonderful views of these 700 foot cliffs.   We then traveled through the “Burren” and into Galway for a short visit.   Tonight, some of our group were entertained at a Medieval Banquet.

May 3  Today we started moving back toward Dublin but our first stop was at the Tullemore Irish Whiskey Distillery for a tour and a taste.    We then traveled to our final destination: Cabra Castle.  This castle was our home for the night and we all enjoyed the beautiful grounds and exquisite rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4   All good things must come to an end and today we boarded our plane for our flight home with wonderful memories and many new friends.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of April 29

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Hi Everyone,

Marriott purchased Starwood Hotels back in 2016.   This summer the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood loyalty programs will be merged.   Starting in August, members will be able to merge points and book across the entire slate of its more than 6,500 properties at Marriott.com. Marriott now has 29 brands.  Marriott will post a redemption chart when the changes are officially made. The company says it will eliminate blackout dates for loyalty rewards.   Elite status will be standardized, with members reaching Silver after 10 nights, Gold after 25 nights, Platinum at 50 and Platinum Premier at 75. Guests who stay 100 nights and spend $20,000 will reach the ambassador program. Lifetime status members will retain those perks.

We all know that the fall of 2017 was a very active hurricane season but eight months later we learn of another impact.   The World Travel & Tourism Council revealed findings of its Resilience and Recovery report on the impact of the 2017 hurricane season on Caribbean travel and tourism.   Because of the hurricanes, the Caribbean had 826,100 fewer visitors than what was forecasted.  “These visitors would have generated $741 million in revenues and supported 11,005 jobs. Research suggests that recovery to previous levels could take up to four years, resulting in an approximate loss of $3 billion,” the report said.

Free dining packages have just been announced for DisneyWorld.    The packages are valid for arrivals on most nights during the following windows: August 20 through September 29, 2018; November 24-2, 2018 and December 7- 23, 2018. The offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion and excludes the following room types: campsites, three-bedroom villas and Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. All packages must be booked by July 7, 2018, but only a limited number of slots per resort are available, so early bookings are highly recommended.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of April 22

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Hi Everyone,

One of the difficult things to sort out when traveling is what the differences are in formal wear, smart casual, or casual wear.   Royal Caribbean is at least attempting to give some guidelines to their passengers which is actually somewhat.

  • For formal nights, the cruise line recommends “suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns.”
  • For smart casual nights, “think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear” and wear “collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits.”
  • For casual nights, Royal suggests “jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses” but asks guests to “keep swimwear to the Pool Deck.” Shorts and tanks will be accepted for breakfast and lunch, but not in the main dining room at dinner.

MagicBands have functioned as a room key at Disney World hotels for the past five years, and soon guests will get another digital key option — their smartphone.   To use their digital key, guests must opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set-up process in the My Disney Experience app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock.  Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges.  The smartphone key is coming later this month to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and to other Disney World hotels in the coming months. Guests will be able to use the MagicBand and their smartphone key during their stay.

Universal Orlando Resort, which last November announced the construction of two budget-priced hotels, will name them the Surfside Inn and Suites and the Dockside Inn and Suites. Loews Hotels & Resorts will manage the properties. Universal said both hotels’ daily rates will be as low as $73.   The Surfside Inn and Suites is slated to open in 2019 with 1,450 rooms. More than half of those rooms will be two-bedroom suites that can accommodate as many as six people and will have kitchenettes and dining areas. Rates for the two-bedroom suites will start at $111 a night.   The Dockside Inn and Suites is scheduled to open in 2020.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of April 15

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Hi Everyone,

We all know that going through security at the airport is necessary but also a bit stressful.   It is usually busy and somewhat chaotic as officers are shouting directions, you are looking for bins, and trying to make certain you have removed anything that could cause a problem.   The security lines, however, are one of the places you are most likely to lose something.   Most of us are relieved to get through the lines, but before you leave the area, take a minute to make sure you have your belongings.   The most common things left at security include glasses, belts, phones and tablets, jewelry, passports, and children’s toys,

If you want to increase your chances of getting through the airport quicker, here are some things that will help:

  • Get the airlines’ app.   It will alert you of delays or gate changes.
  • Check in online.   If you are flying internationally, you may need to go to the desk to show your passport but if you are flying domestically, check in 24 hours ahead and save yourself time at the airport.   Most airlines now have bag drops or expedited lines if you’re already checked in,  so if you are checked in, drop your checked bag at the drop and just proceed through security.
  • Bring some snacks with you.   If you do get held up and don’t have time to find something to eat before boarding, that sandwich you brought from home will save the day.
  • Be particularly cautious about using free wifi.   Free does not mean safe.  Don’t go anywhere  online where you need to enter any of your passwords.
  • Make sure you put identification on your suitcase.  When all those cases come out of the chute many of them look alike.  I usually give my clients a luggage grip that will help them identify their possession, but it’s always a good idea to put your name and phone number on a luggage tag with a covering so that a casual passerby can’t read it.   That will also prove helpful should your bag get lost.   It will help airline personnel identify it and return it to you.
 2018

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of April 8

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

This evening I thought I’d just list a few little things that you can do to make your travel a little more comfortable:

  • Throw a dryer sheet in your suitcase.  It will help keep your suitcase smell a bit fresher.   If you don’t have any dryer sheets, just grab one of those little bars of hotel soap and throw that in the suitcase.
  • Eyeglass cases make great storage for cables and chargers.
  • When choosing seats for yourself and your traveling companion choose the window and the aisle.  Most people hate the middle seat.   If it stays empty you’ll have more room.  If someone does sit there and you want to be seated together, most people will give up the middle seat in a heartbeat and you’ll be able to trade.
  • For a little piece of mind in your hotel room, purchase an inexpensive door stop and wedge it in your closed door.   Just don’t forget to take it with you.
  • Forget your charger?  Most hotel TVs now have USB ports.
  • If you are using a number of different hotels on your trip, grab a business card from the front desk before you go out.  If you get turned around or forget the name of your hotel, you’ll be able to pull out the card and ask for help.
  • Don’t change your money at the airport-they typically have a terrible exchange rate.

In other news:   Do you like big, bustling cruise ships that are chock full of activities? You’ll love Symphony of the Seas, the new floating mega-resort from Royal Caribbean.   Symphony is the largest cruise ship ever at 228,081 tons  and it’s packed full of  attractions such as a thrill slide that plunges nearly 100 feet and a Bionic Bar with a robot bartender.  The ship boasts three main pool areas, a water slide complex, an adults-only solarium, an ice skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a basketball court and a mall-like indoor promenade with shops, bars and eateries. Like Harmony, it also has an open-air, tree-lined area called Central Park with restaurants, bars and upscale shops such as Bulgari.

 2018

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of April 1

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Hi Everyone,

If you want to speed through TSA at the airport, there are some things you can do to lessen your chances of being questioned and subjected to additional searches.  A pretty good article by RJ Wilson reminds us of the following:

  • Any unusual items  Tell screeners about unusual items, and be prepared to undergo additional screenings as a precaution. An unusual item is anything the TSA agents won’t immediately recognize. Keep your carry-ons well organized and uncluttered so that agents can easily check for unsafe items.
  • Random Checks  Don’t assume that every random check is a constitutional violation. The best thing to do is just comply.   Complaining is just going to hold you up and everyone behind you.
  • If you’re traveling internationally, do your homework.   Go to the                            State Department’s website,  They’re always putting out information about things not to take abroad, along with processes and procedures for different countries. The State Department’s really good about giving travelers the information they need.  Make sure to have proper identification. Carefully research what you’ll need to get through customs, and when traveling with children, make sure that they know what to expect.
    If you’re traveling with kids, know that they are subject to slightly different checkpoint guidelines. While traveling within the United States, children under the age of 18 don’t have to provide identification,  and kids 12 and younger can leave their shoes on during screenings.When deciding which line to get in, don’t just look at the longest one, check out which line is moving faster.   Business travelers who fly frequently know the procedures and tend to move through much more quickly.
In other news, Delta has made a change to their SkyMiles policy:   Effective immediately,  SkyMiles award tickets for travel that doesn’t begin or end in the U.S. or Canada must be booked at least three days in advance.   Most of us do begin or end our travel in the US but for those who travel overseas, they will they lose the convenience of close-in booking,  and they’ll also lose access to award availability, which often opens up close to the departure date as the airline releases unsold seats to award travelers.

2018

2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 25

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Hotels go through a lot of linens!   Westin has found a great way to recycle those.  The company has created a new industry-first sustainability program called Project Rise: ThreadForward, which will collect, process and reweave hotel bed linens, transforming them into thousands of pairs of children’s pajamas.  The pajamas will then be distributed to children in need whose circumstances can contribute to shortened and more fragmented sleep.  The new program kicks off April 16 and will give the gift of better sleep in cities around the world, from New York to Toronto, to Mexico City and Cape Town.

Disney World is gearing up for summer.   They announced a new promo for select Disney Resort hotels.  With this offer, you can save on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights June 11 through August 1, 2018:  Save up to 25% on rooms, when you book by May 22, 2018.  Save up to 20% on rooms, when you book by August 1, 2018.   This offer is limited to select Disney hotels.

I read an article this week by a noted travel writer, Richard Turin, that I thought was fiction at first.  It is definitely not fiction.   The municipal water department in Paris, in concert with the mayor, has embarked on a new project called Fontaine Petillante, the aim of which is to encourage Parisians to drink more healthful water and to reduce the number of plastic water bottles in the city’s landfills.    The result of this initiative is that every single neighborhood in Paris will have at least one, free for all, sparkling-water fountain. The water has been tested, and it is of Perrier taste and quality. Parisians, and those fortunate enough to spend time in their city, will now have large supplies of sparkling water available in public fountains.   It will be available everywhere, and one need only hold a container beneath the tap to enjoy what one critic described as “cool, but not icy, extremely fizzy with a really fine prickle of bubble mousse.”     The aim of this initiative is two fold-encourage people to drink water and reduce the amount of plastic in their landfills.

Just an FYI:  If you are looking for a January rental on the beach next year, let me know as a friend has a great 2 bedroom condo for rent on Marco Island.

2018

2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.

June New!!  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.

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 18

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Hi Everyone,

Disney announced this week that they will institute a parking fee at their resorts,  effective for reservations after March 21, 2018.  Complimentary self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.

Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category: Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night;
Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night; Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Las Vegas long ago instituted resort fees, but last week, two popular hotels, the Venetian and the Palazzo, raised their so-called resort fees to $45 a night. That’s up from $39 a night previously, and now the highest such fees in Las Vegas.several properties announced a hike in those as well.   Many of the upscale properties on the strip are at $39 a night.

The cruise lines continue to upgrade and expand.  An article in Travel Weekly gave us a glimpse of what what Royal Caribbean is doing.  They are upping the ante on amenities, facilities and services across its land-based private islands and ships in what company officials described Wednesday as a “multibillion-dollar” effort.   Royal Caribbean’s initiative is highlighted by the debut of a new, $200 million “Global Private Island Collection” at the company’s private island in CocoCay, Bahamas in 2019. CocoCay will be the company’s first private island to offer Royal Caribbean cruisers a “Perfect Day Island Collection,” a series of “unrivaled and exclusive” private island destinations around the world.    Royal Caribbean will eventually expand the program to include its private islands in Labadee, Haiti and at ports of call in Asia and Australia, said Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean’s president and CEO. “We said, ‘let’s apply the same expertise we did in building our Oasis-class ships to our private islands to create the perfect day,’” he said.   Upon its 2019 premiere, guests will find a new CocoCay, transformed with a series of new attractions. The Thrill Waterpark will feature two water towers with 13 slides, which company officials say are the most slides at any waterpark in the Caribbean.   There will also be a large freshwater pool, a helium balloon float, and over the water cabanas.

One of my friends and fellow traveler passed an article to me from Travel and Leisure regarding steps you should take just before leaving for a trip.   We have talked about some of these in previous blogs but it never hurts to repeat them, and some of the things on the list are brand new:

1. Alert your credit card company.  2. Alert your mobile phone company to insure you have the correct plan for travel.  3. Notify your home security system operator.    4. Confirm your reservations.   5. Make advance payments on bills that will arrive while your are gone. 6.  Check the weather  7. Clean out the refrigerator and run the disposal.   8.  Leave an itinerary with family or a friend.  9.  Clean out your wallet.  10.  Hold your mail. 11.Bring in outdoor furniture. These are all really good tips.

2018

2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

June 6-20, 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.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.

June New!!  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.

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  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.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn