Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cruising Tips For Hurricane Season

Wow!  Having been a serious weather watcher for most of my life, I’ve never seen anything like what’s happened over the last 6 weeks.  First, it’s the flooding here in Kansas City and now 2 devastating hurricanes hitting the US. 

How does this affect the travel industry?
In most cases, if there is a storm, cruise lines shift their itineraries to sail away from the storm.  Now, there is an entirely different situation.  Cruise ports have closed, airports have closed and ships are at sea with passengers.  Once the ports open, the next problem is getting those passengers off the ships, transportation to airports and then flights home.

What about those passengers expecting to cruise on a certain date?
The cruise can be canceled or postponed.  Where does the work force come from to restock the ship when so many are in shelters?  Are there seats on incoming flights?  The cruise lines are doing everything they can to operate.  For those who can’t travel for various reasons, some cruise lines are offering refunds others future cruise credits.

How can you protect yourself?
You purchase travel insurance.  The most important reason to purchase travel insurance is: you have no health insurance coverage outside the US.  Regarding the present situation, there is trip interruption, trip delay and trip cancellation.  If you are really concerned during the height of hurricane season, mid-August through mid-October, you can purchase a Cancel For Any Reason Clause.  These decisions need to be made when you book.

Cruising during hurricane season is always a gamble.   The rates are lower and if the ports of call are not that important, it might be worth the gamble. 

These are the reasons you book with a travel agent to be sure you are fully informed and have make the correct decisions for you and your family.  I take care of everything and it doesn’t cost you a penny.

Please email or call me with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Why Vacations are Better Through RD Travel Limited

There are certain points that I feel strongly about when booking all-inclusive resorts for you.
  1. It is very important to me that your experience is of the highest quality. Therefore, I only book 4 and 5 star resorts.  Please remember everyone must make a profit.  Two and three star resorts have to cut something.
  2. Many of the resorts are owned by Spanish conglomerates.  To save money on personnel and restaurant size, these resorts require reservations for their specialty restaurants.  My policy is not to book those resorts.
  3. There are numerous room categories starting with the most expensive.  What is important to you:  Ocean Front, Ocean View, Pool View or Garden View?
  4. Your next concern is the beach.  How important is that to you?  There are some resorts where you can’t swim at all.  Some have rocks or other obstructions.  In the fall, seaweed can be a problem at some.

Now, let’s mention Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas on the west coast of Mexico.

  1. When booking Cabo, it’s important to know that at many of the resort, their beaches are un-swimmable.
  2. Puerto Vallarta is my favorite of the two.  All of the major resorts are there with beautiful golden brown sand.
  3. I recently discovered a gem of a boutique hotel/resort, the Villa Premiere.  This is an 83 room, all adult, all-inclusive or European plan, beachfront hotel with all ocean view rooms located in historic downtown Puerto Vallarta and a 5 minute walk from the iconic sea-side boardwalk “El Malcon”.  This is the hotel for those who want to experience all that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.



I’m here to help you with all your vacation needs.  Just give me a call or send me an email.

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 www.rdtravellimited.com 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.