Travel News for Week of April 7

By April 7, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone, Several months ago I mentioned that new 3D security scanners were being piloted at select airports.   In a press release this week, TSA announced that 300 new systems will be deployed at airports nationwide, thanks to a $96.8 million contract.  The biggest perk is that we may not have to take our laptops, liquids, and other materials out of our carry-0ns for inspection once this system is implemented.   The initial deployment is expected to begin this summer and be completed in 2020. There hasn’t been any announcement regarding which airports will get the new scanners first.

Many of my people who travel internationally like to linger in the duty free shops in hopes of getting a bargain.  Smarter Travel in cooperation with USA Today had a good story about just that this week and I think they are spot on.  “While it may be possible to get a duty-free bargain once in a while, it is almost never a good deal for the casual shopper.  You may save on cigarettes if you live in a high tax state but electronic goods, beauty products, and luxury items are almost always less expensive at home or online.”-USA Today

They also tackled the issue of exchanging currency at the airport.   Those of us who travel frequently know that the airport is probably the worst place to exchange your money.   You are better off using ATMs at your destination.   However, I always tell my people to use an ATM attached to a bank when the bank is open so that you can get your card back if the machine eats it.     By the way, I’m sure everyone takes a picture of the front and back of your card to keep on your phone or email to yourself in the event you do lose your card.  Many of us have the card numbers memorized but I would bet very few of us know the 800 number to your bank in the event you do lose your card.


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. A few spots remain!  See the itinerary at

September 16-26 Greek Island Hopper I have a couple of vacancies on our Fall Greece trip. If you are interested, call asap.


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 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!