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Travel News for Week of April 17

By April 17, 2022April 23rd, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

This week I read a very interesting article about things you should not do in Cancun.  Although the author was focused on Cancun, the tips are good no matter where you travel.  I’ve included a few of the things I thought worth repeating:

  • Don’t just stay at your resort.  We travel to see the world so get out and take some excursions and see something of the area you are visiting.  I’ll never forget stumbling on a First Communion class getting ready to go into church with all the parents gathered around with their cameras and phones.  It really made me realize that people are more alike than different.  I could have been looking at the same scene at my church in Lansing.
  • Avoid touristy restaurants.  Try to find something authentic..   If you go into a restaurant and there are pictures on the menu or it is written in several languages, it’s a safe bet that they cater to tourists.  You probably won’t see many locals in those types of restaurants.
  • If you can avoid renting a car in a foreign country, you will be happier.   Many countries drive on the opposite side of the road and  have mostly manual transmissions.   Also, your driver is not going to be able to enjoy the scenery as he/she has to concentrate on driving.
  • Try the street food.  If you are worried about getting sick, look for stalls with lots of people gathered around and try to find places where the food is prepared on the spot.
  • Research whether or not you can drink the water.  Many places in Europe have great water.   If you are in  many places in Mexico,   you will probably want to drink bottled water and may even use bottled water to brush your teeth.
  • Take local currency with you.  In many popular resort areas in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean you may be able to use dollars but I would take some local currency.   Don’t every exchange your money at the airport.  Instead, go to a local bank or ATM, preferable one attached to a bank, to get cash.  Your credit card company will give you a much better rate of exchange than you’ll get at local places or the airport.
  • If you are traveling to Mexico you will be given a Multiple Immigration form to complete.  It has 2 parts. The bottom half will be returned to you by customs and you will need it to exit Mexico.  If you lose it, you will pay a fine to get another.  I usually keep mine with my passport so I have it when needed. –adapted from Fodor’s Travel, 4-5-22

2022-23 Tours

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.    Collette Vacations 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.  Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.    The passion play will not be repeated until 2030.   Check out the itinerary at     Collette Vacations

June 18-26, 2022  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park. this trip is a definite departure.   I have 2 spots left.   Trafalgar

Alaska: America’s Last Frontier, August 4-12   This is a land tour.  Highlights include Fairbanks, Gold Mining, a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Dog Mushing, Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Talkeetna, visit to a Musk Ox Farm, Anchorage, Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise.  I have a very limited time to offer this so call if interested.  Collette Vacations

August 7-15   7 day round trip Venice, Croatia, andGreek Isles with Santorini, and  Mykonos.Call for pricing and availability. Norwegian Cruise Line

September 18-30, 2022 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. Uniworld Cruises   I have a couple of rooms available.

October 2-10, 2022  Autumn Colors    I have just a few openings on this tour to the East Coast.  Fly in and out of Boston and visit Lexington, Concord, Woodstock, Burlington, the White Mountains, Kancamagus, North Conway, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park before heading back to Boston along the coast.  Call for info.


January 17-February 1   Panama Canal      This is a full transit of the Panama Canal through the new locks from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale.  Ports of call include Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, San Juan del Sur Nicaragua, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Locks transit, and Cartagena, Colombia before disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale.

April 29- May 10, 2023     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at      Collette Vacations

June 17-23, 2023New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I was only able to get 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   I have very few cabins remaining.  Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis,  and sail to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.  1 cabin remaining.

July 11-22, 2023  Alaskan Cruise This is an 11 day cruise beginning in Fairbanks and ending in Vancouver.   You will experience Alaska on land for 4 days and then board your ship for a 7 day cruise to Vancouver.  Call for more info and itinerary.

New!  Rhine Getaway, September 6-13    Explore one of Europe’s best-loved rivers, the Rhine. Discover the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste the region’s renowned white wines.  Savor the various culinary traditions of Alsace. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, this journey reveals a rich landscape of beauty and culture.  Viking

Coming soon!  September, 2023   California Dreamin’    Visit Monterey, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, .   Napa Valley, and end in San Francisco.  Collette Vacations

Coming Soon, October, 2023  Spain and Portugal  Details soon

I pray that all of you have had a Blessed Easter and  Passover.