Travel News for Week of February 17

By February 17, 2019Blog

Hotel resort fees have continued to spread and increase in amount. What started in Las Vegas and Hawaii has spread rapidly. You may see a hotel rate of $35 in Vegas but by the time you add a $40 nightly resort fee and taxes, the price may not seem as attractive. Great Britain just ruled that the price of an advertised hotel room must include all pricing including taxes and resort fees. It would be nice to see that happen in the US.

Rental car companies have long demanded a credit card for payment. They have either not allowed debit cards or if they have, they’ve put a hefty hold on the account. That is changing as more people are using debit cards instead of credit cards. Thrifty and Dollar are accepting debit cards now while at the same time reducing the age to rent a car to 20. Both companies are owned by Hertz.

Smarter Travel had an interesting article this week about whether washing hands or using hand sanitizer on a plane is more effective. Some airlines do not use potable water in their restrooms. You may see a little sign telling you not to drink the water. Janilyn Hutchings, a Certified Professional in Food Safety states: “In general, washing your hands in non-potable water isn’t very effective in cleaning your hands. When clean water is available always wash your hands with soap and water-it is more effective in killing germs than hand sanitizer. However, if you know for a fact that clean water is unavailable, using a hand sanitizer many be your best option.


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  We are ready for deposit.   I only have 20 spots for this cruise.   Call now!

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.

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. The trip ends in Calgary but there is an opportunity to take a 2 day extension back to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Should be ready to deposit by the end of this week.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Check out the itinerary at

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!