Travel News for Week of October 13

By October 13, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone,    

If you’ve traveled through almost any large airport, you will see the duty-free shops.  In many airports in Europe you can’t get to your gate without going through the duty-free area.   It is always tempting to stop and see if you can get a bargain.   It is really important, though, that you know what the price should be of a particular purchase before assuming that it is a good deal in the duty-free.   Usually, liquor, tobacco, and cosmetics offer the best deals,  but remember in addition to regular retail overhead, those duty free shops normally pay a royalty to the airport so markups on certain items can be high.   By the way, TSA rules allow travelers to bring liter bottles into the country as an added carry-on even on connecting domestic flights as long as they’re packed in tamper-evident bags which the duty-free stores provide. –info from Smarter Travel

For years, we have heard that we will someday be a cashless society.   That day has almost arrived for some countries so if you are traveling overseas, it’s worth keeping up to date on the progress.  Sweden is scheduled to go cashless by 2023.   All transactions will use some form of digital transfer—plastic, RFID signals, direct transfers via smartphone, and the like.   Although here in North America that is still a long way off, there are other cities moving in that direction: Reykjavik, Seoul, Singapore, and some of the larger cities in China. 

Southwest Airlines is phasing out senior fares. For several years, those over 65 could purchase an “Anytime Travel” with a small discount.  Those fares are reportedly  being phased out in December.  For several years those over the age of 65 could purchase tickets for “Anytime Travel” with a small discount. Those tickets were also fully refundable in the event of a cancellation. However, Southwest quietly announced on its website that it will phase out the senior fares this December.   While you don’t like to see these things happen, it has been my experience that the “Wanna Get Away” fares have been less expensive than the senior fares in many cases.  


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:   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.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

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     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at

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 and currently has a 10% early payment discount 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!   Will be ready for deposit late Fall.

September 10, 2021 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.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!