Sunday, March 15, 2015

Travel Hints

I haven’t done much recently as far as blogs are concerned.  So, here are a few travel hints. 


Some hotels are imbedding your information on the magnetic strip on your room key card.  If you leave it in your room upon checking out, an enterprising housekeeper can have all your information.  You can keep the key or if the hotel charges, carry a small magnet and demagnetize it.


Be sure to go over your bill very carefully.  You might find charges that you were unaware of.  Before you book, be sure know that the hotel charges a resort fee and check to see if WiFi is an extra or is free.


Taxis from the airport to your hotel can be another challenge.  Tell your driver you want the shortest route to your hotel and ask for a price.  Otherwise, you may be taken and unexpected tour of the city and paying for it.


I’ve been working on my website. There is a wealth of information.  Look all the way over to the right and click on Travel Resources.  You will be amazed at what you see.  Let me know what you think.


Give me a call and I will work with you to plan your perfect vacation.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Specials

I thought you might be interested in a few of the summer specials that I see on a regular basis.  Many are timely and may or may not appear on my website or in my newsletter.  If you haven’t planned a summer vacation yet, here are specials that will need immediate action.


Royal Caribbean has just released discounted pricing on select cruises in June.  Two of the cruises have a 150% single supplement.  Celebrity, owned by Royal Caribbean, is also offering specials all summer.  Holland America is heavily promoting Alaska.  Here in the Midwest, driving to Galveston, TX and New Orleans cruise ports is not out of the question.  Thus saving air fare.  The New Orleans Visitors Bureau is offering special coupons plus park and cruise hotel packages booked only through travel agents.  Call me for information.


Being a Certified Sandals and Beaches Resorts Specialist, I receive promotions regularly.  There is no better place in the Caribbean for a vacation or a destination wedding.  Late fall avoiding hurricane season is a great time to book.  Extra special promotions for the winter months will be out soon.  A phone call is all it takes.


If you are a train enthusiast, I am hosting Western Leisure’s Colorado Train Experience July 12th from Denver.  There are a few seats still available.  Look for CO Train Tour in the green tool bar on the website for information and then call me.


Finally, if you are a wine and food enthusiast, I can arrange anything that you would like to do in California’s Wine Country for you or a group of your friends.

Remember, I'm just a phone call away.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Airline Ticket Buying Hints

Here are a couple of hints that should help you with booking airline tickets.  I will never waiver from the idea of booking as early as possible.  When dealing with overseas flights this is especially important.  $950.00 booking 6 mos. in advance versus $1550.00 booking 6 weeks in advance.  This is Kansas City to Paris.  Here is what you look for.  Book with a tour company that does not require 100% airfare paid when you book, just a reasonable deposit.  I work with one such company.


If you want a package deal in the US, Las Vegas for example, they are there for early booking.  The problem is that you pay your air in full when you book.  This results in a large deposit that you may not be ready to pay.  The decision you must make is whether to wait until you have the money in hand and hope the package price has not gone up that much or let the tour company and airline have your money for a longer period of time.  If you wait too late, you pay full price at the time of booking for the package price.


If I can help you clarify any of this, don’t forget, I’m just a phone call away.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What I Do

There are a lot of travel agents out there.  Many try to be all things to all people.  For me I have found that is virtually impossible.  I will do my best to get you where you want to go to have that wow experience and give you my opinions on what I think is good or bad.  If your request is more complicated than I can handle, I will refer you to a travel agent who can.  I won’t take the chance of sending you to a place that I know nothing about.


Over the last few months, I have become a Certified Sandals & Beaches Resorts Specialist.  These are top award winning all inclusive adult and family friendly resorts throughout the Caribbean.  Last summer, I had the opportunity to visit most of their resorts.  I now can give you that first-hand knowledge that can only be obtained by going there.  I can definitely say you will have that wow experience.  Go to my website click on Sandals, all adult, or Beaches, family friendly, to take a look.


My other passion involves California’s Wine Country, Napa and Sonoma Counties, just a little north of San Francisco.  If you are a wine and food person, the area is a must visit.  No matter what you want to do in Wine Country, I can arrange it.  From private or group wine tours, small weddings, honeymoons, family and business retreats to lodging, rental cars and airfare, I do it all.  Just give me a call and tell me when you want to travel.  It’s just that simple.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Vacation Booking Tips
I have had lots of people call me for last minute trips.  Then, when we talk airfare, it almost negates any savings.  As for the holidays, high season rates begin a week to 10 days before Christmas and last until mid-April.  The only way to avoid this is to book early

Here is my suggested time frame to book vacations for next year.  The best advice is book as early as you can.  If your choice is late spring, summer and fall, book in January and February.  These are the two best months for pricing cruises, any location and airfare.  There are great rates in the fall.  Just remember August through October is hurricane season.  If you are thinking of the holidays for a vacation which I don’t recommend, you want to book mid-July through early September.  For the get out of the cold January and February months, book in August and September.  Spring break is another non-recommended vacation time.  If you must travel then, book September and October for the best prices.  October is also a great month to book cruises for the next year. The longer you wait, the more expensive everything gets.

I hope this helps plan your vacation.  For any kind of assistance, I am an email or phone call away.  Happy Holidays.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Bit of Belize

Shared From Caye Caulker 
After so long in the Spanish speaking world, Belize came as a bit of a shock – a small English speaking enclave on the shores of the Caribbean!! The language comes from the country's pre-independence history as British Honduras and the fact that apparently a good proportion of its population are descended from the pirates and buccaneers that used to frequent these parts!!

I say that the language spoken is English – but not quite as we know it!! When the locals are speaking with native English speakers they have an amazing Caribbean lilt that makes you want to break out into a big grin just on hearing it. But when they embark on a conversation amongst themselves the creole becomes a familiar yet indecipherable stream of words that you think might be English, but you're never quite sure! (read more...)