Travel News for the Week of April 14

By April 14, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone, A few weeks ago, I relayed a little about the new ETIAS that most European countries will require.     Here is what you need to know: The European Union (EU) recently created the ETIAS—a visa waiver system designed to protect and strengthen the borders of the 26 countries and three microstates associated with the Schengen Zone. Despite some early reports, Americans traveling to Europe after 2021 will not need to register for a visa. Rather, they and other non-EU travelers are able to travel to Europe for short-term stays of up to 90 days—as long as they complete an ETIAS form online, meet the requirements, and are granted authorization before their travel date. The visa waiver is intended for short-term visitors from 60 eligible countries, including but not limited to the United States of America, Canada, Japan and Costa Rica. Valid for business and leisure travel, once applied for and granted the ETIAS can be used for three years or until the passport used during application expires. Each applicant will be requested to meet the following Europe visa requirements:

  • A passport with a validity of a minimum of three months from the date of arrival.
  • A debit or credit card to pay the ETIAS application fee.
  • A current email address to which the approved ETIAS visa will be delivered.

All applicants will be expected to provide the following biographical information:

  • First name(s),surname or family name, maiden name (if applicable),usual name(s),date of birth,  place of birth, country of birth, gender, nationality

In addition to the above requirements, travelers will be asked to answer security and health-related questions.  It’s useful to remember that all U.S. citizens are required to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Europe—including all minors, who will also have to apply for an ETIAS to enter the Schengen Zone.-  Courtesy of Groups Today. Hurricane season is upon us.   Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November.  

If you are planning to travel to an area that is susceptible to hurricanes, that is all the more reason to purchase travel insurance.   Keep in mind that most policies must be purchased in advance of a storm so purchase when you make the deposit for your trip.

Travel Tip:   For added security in hotels, take a long a simple rubber door stop.  Slip it under the door at night.  It is quite effective.  Just don’t forget to take it with you when you leave.


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!