Travel News for Week of December 9

By December 9, 2018Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are planning an international trip, the first step is to pull out your passport and make sure it has not expired.   Your passport should remain valid for at least 6 months after your return date.  Also, make a copy of your picture page and either keep it with you (in a different place than you keep your passport) or scan it into your computer and email it to yourself.

Make sure you understand your overseas medical coverage.   You may or may not be covered overseas.    If you are not, that is another reason to purchase travel insurance.   Good travel insurance will run 9-10% of the cost of your trip depending on your age.   While it sounds expensive, it can be a lifesaver in an emergency.

Check your credit cards and use the one that doesn’t include international fees.   Fees of 3-4% will add up if you use it very often overseas.

If you are planning on driving overseas, get an International Driving Permit.   These permits translate your license into the local language. Those are available at AAA and you don’t have to  be a AAA member to get one.

If you don’t have TSA precheck or Global Entry, get it.    Global Entry, once approved, is good for 5 years and includes TSA precheck.   While it may not save your time in other countries, it will save you time here when departing or returning home.

The above suggestions came from an article in Smarter Travel, a good source for travel related tips.

2019 is looking like a very strong travel year.   Many of our tours are already full.  If you are interested in any of them, get yourself on a wait list now.   We still have room for our amazing Iceland tour.  Call if you are interested.

2019 Tours

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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


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 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We are ready for deposit.   I only have 20 spots for this cruise.   Call now!

June 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.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!