Travel New for Week of April 21

By April 21, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone,  

Many of us enrolled inTSA PreCheck when it first began and your enrollment doesn’t last forever.   At some point, you will need to renew.    The process for renewal is fairly easy.  Start by logging on to  the TSA homepage,   with your Known Traveler Number.  Your Known Traveler Number will remain the same with your renewed membership.   You can renew six months before your membership expires.   Even if you renew early, your new five years will still be five years from the originally assigned expiration.    Once into the system, just follow the prompts and pay the $85 renewal fee. In most cases that’s all you’ll need.   Approval ranges from a few weeks to a few months.  TSA does note that some members may be redirected to renew in person at an enrollment center. 

If you need to renew your Global Entry membership (which includes TSA Precheck) you must start at their site:  Although not quite as fast,  it is still fairly straightforward.   I renewed mine this year and had it back in just a couple of weeks.  

Delta has announced that it is reconfiguring seats on their short haul planes to reduce the amount that the seats recline.    It won’t reduce legroom any further, just the amount of recline.   Personally, I am pretty happy about this.   These are small planes that fly short routes and when the seat in front of you is reclined, it is difficult to even use your tray table at all.

If you are planning a trip to Cuba, keep your eye on the news.  It sounds as though new restrictions will be forthcoming from the present administration.    Right now, there are now details but we should hear specifics soon.


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:

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Check on 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.

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     Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at

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.   This is a very popular trip that will fill quickly so deposit asap.

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!