For the last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about Smarter Travel’s misleading travel terms. Here are a couple more thoughts. We’ll finish this topic next week.
Hi Speed Internet
Having typed in many hotel Wi-Fi passwords for access to lagging Internet, I feel comfortable saying that the phrase “high-speed internet” is one common travel term that doesn’t mean anything. With fluctuating numbers of guests, hotel internet is notoriously finnicky and vastly unreliable—especially when traveling abroad or to rural areas. Personal note: Be very careful when using any hotel wi-fi that you never enter personal info as they are rarely secure. Also, hotels are targets for people who like to set up look alike websites so that they can access your information.
For those who hike the Appalachian Trail, “walking distance” means from Georgia to Maine. For those of us who are running late to dinner downtown, however, walking distance better mean under 15 minutes. Probably one of the most subjective travel terms in the industry, never take “walking distance” at face value, and always consult Google Maps.
Tips for summer travel:
I belong to a Consortia called Travel Leaders. They are the people that send all those informational flyers to you on my behalf. They have published a few travel tips for summer travel and a few of them are worth sharing:
- Most of us know to check in 24 hours ahead for our flights. I love the mobile boarding pass as I hate digging through my backpack to find the paper copy. I do, however, print the paper copy as well just in case something happens to the copy I have stored in my digital wallet on my phone.
- Pack a few essentials in your carry on so that if your luggage gets delayed you could still freshen up or go for a swim.
- Be aware of the new TSA ruling regarding powders. “Excluded from the carry-on list this summer are canisters of powders larger than 12 ounces. This affects protein powder for your mid-flight energy drink or a large jar of your favorite ground coffee.” This applies only to international flights.
- Bring the email and cell phone number of your travel agent with you, and provide your travel agent with your personal contact information, as well as pertinent health and travel insurance information,” says Travel Leaders. Travel agents can be your lifeline if something goes wrong.
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 availability.
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
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. I only have 4 spots left for this once every ten years event. Check out the itinerary: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395
May 31, 2020 Paris and Normandy River Cruise
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!