I am sure that you have heard the stories out of the Dominican Republic regarding the recent mysterious deaths in that very popular tourist area. It is a very sad story all around. It is devastating to the families who have lost loved ones, most importantly. Understandably, tourists are fleeing the island. You cannot get through to a tour operator right now without a 4 hour wait as travelers change their vacations plans to other locales. You cannot blame them, but it is important to note that 2.7 million Americans visit the Dominican Republic every year. Another major casualty of this happens to be the thousands of people who live on the island and depend on tourism for their livelihood. Hopefully, they will find the cause of this mystery very soon!
At the risk of appearing to engage inself-promotion, here is an interesting excerpt from an article I read this week:
Approximately one in five Americans have been scammed or almost scammed when booking a vacation online, according to a new survey by virus software giant McAfee. In their survey of 1000 people, 18% said that they had or almost had fallen prey to vacation travel scams and some 30% of victims reported that they had lost between $1000 and $3000. 31% of the victims had clicked on “a deal that was too good to be true. ” 13% shared that they had their identity stolen after they had shared passport details during the booking process. A common event is that those representing themselves as agents purchase domain names that are similar to popular sites. Another good reason to use a reputable travel agent.-TravelMarketReport
Just a couple more pics from our recent trip:
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: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395 We have had a couple of cancellations for Oberammergau so if you are interested, don’t delay. This is a much sought after, once in every 10 year, event.
May 30-June 7, 2020 Paris and Normandy River Cruise A few rooms are still available.
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. 10% early booking discount on this trip! September 12-23, 2020
Discovering Poland Ready for deposit! Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378
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.
January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise This is a full transit 15 day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit; Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in San Francisco. Taking deposits.
April 2021 Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito! Stay tuned for more information. Have a great week! Lynn
May 2021 Budapest to Bucharest River Cruise Will be ready for deposit late Fall.
Have a great week!