While the US President has been trying to impose travel bans and security restrictions, it is making all of us a little on edge and trying to figure out what exactly does what mean. The information below is always subject to change, but here is the information we are giving our clients.
So as of today this is the most information I have as a travel agent:
Happy New Year!
As I was planning my trips for 2017, I realized my passport expires in November... Oh boy... Time to get this renewed ASAP. Why? because most countries won't let you in if you don't have at least 6 months on your passport before it expires. So this is a reminder for everyone to check their passports!
And as we speak of passports, for those of you in the following states: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington - your driver's licences will not be valid to fly domestically in 2018 as they do not comply with the federal Real ID Act. What does that mean? you will need to use your passport to fly domestically as well. You can get a passport card or a book.
So if you don't have a passport, now is the time to apply.
Now where are we going to next?
Hope everyone had a great Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa!
Traveling to see family can be fun and yet stressful! Well now that 2017 is pushing it's way in, we'd like to share with you a few ways to destress for 2017.
Remember to contact us your Travel Gurus. Why? we make planning your vacation fun and stress free!
By doing all the leg work and even finding you payment plans to meet your budget, we can make sure you take your allotted vacation time. That is a sure way to make sure you are well rested.
2017 has lots of new value options. As travel providers look to woo your business, we give you the unbiased version of what's right for you and your traveling companions. Let us filter the internet for you as well as all the travel providers out there. There are so many to choose from!
We are going to be creating some exclusive itineraries and we'd love to hear places you are looking forward to visiting. Let us know!
Happy New Year!
Inspiration and tips for an especially meaningful holiday.
As a certified Good Travels Advisor, I am delighted to share a particular magic of the season – the smiles, joy and caring that comes with giving to others.
The job of a Good Travels Advisor goes beyond superb travel advice and service – we are also guides to meaningful experiences and giving in the communities we hold dear, near and far.
Here are 6 special ways to celebrate the giving spirit this year!
1. Looking for beautiful gifts that also make a difference? Here’s a very special list of 7 items that also directly help a cause, whether its breast cancer, Cambodian girls, anti-trafficking, endangered species conservation, and more – choose one gift and cause, or all! (With exception to the rice bags, all are still available from this remarkable 2015 list.)
2. Discover the surprising way you can actually buy happiness, along with other TED Talk inspiration. Watch Michael Norton on How to Buy Happiness; spoiler alert -- the key is not to buy for yourself but to give to others, with great stories and data to prove it! Also check out Bill and Melinda Gates and their reflections on wealth and giving, starting off with an anecdote about their very first trip to Africa.
3. Find your favorite quote on giving while sipping some egg nog, scotch or tea. Peruse this list of philanthropic quotes from the National Philanthropic Trust, which includes James Baldwin: “We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.”
4. Give yourself and give for others. Here’s a list of 12 surprising charitable giving options that will likely tickle anyone’s curiosity and inspire you to explore and act, in addition to what you may give to your favorite organizations and in your hometown community. There’s also a shorter list for engaging your kids!
5. Use the new year to revisit your giving overall, along with your resolutions. Your guides include “How to be smart about charitable giving over the holidays” and tips from Guidestar, the national nonprofit database.
6. Think about giving back to a destination you care about, or a place following a disaster. What are your favorite places far from home, domestic or overseas? Think about the special experiences you’ve had in the last year or two and where you think you can make a difference, even with a small charitable donation. Think back to the nonprofits, museums and community organizations you encountered – or look up the local “community foundation,” a hub for local giving. It’s a great way to connect as a family and get back in touch with places you love. Alternatively, think of a place that was hit by a disaster this year; look into the latest and make a gift to the first one that comes to mind.
About Good Travels Advisors (GTA): The GTA program from Tourism Cares is a training program and learning community of travel agents committed to promoting good giving and good volunteering among travelers. Effective giving and travel fulfills the good intentions of travelers, boosts trip satisfaction and connections, and increases the benefit to local communities.
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I recently had a new client who wanted to surprise his wife with Christmas in Paris. It's their anniversary as well, so we created an itinerary that allowed them for some flexibility and enjoyment of a few fun things.
Some activities not listed here that the client went with -
Dinner at the Eiffel Tower followed by a boat ride on the Siene
An intimate cooking class
A night at the opera
A night of dinner with classical music at Sainte Chapelle
A Cinderella Carriage ride
A hot air balloon and dinner for 2 at a castle
Paris for Lovers:
Day 1: Coming from CDG Airport after a long trip, it is advisable to rest a little and then, start your visit at Place de la Concorde. Admiring and taking a picture at the obelisk; take a panoramic view of the Champs Elysees ending at the Arc de Triomphe. Turn around and see to the entrance of the Jardin des Tuileries . You are at the center of Paris. It is very romantic to walk through the park holding hands. Sit at the octagonal pool and end your walk at the Arc de Triomphe de Carrrousel. In front of you will be the LouvreMuseum. The immensity of this museum requires at least a half a day. It is open every day except Tuesday.
Retrace your steps, walking through the Rue de Rivoli, where you will find a variety of shops and places to eat. Walk as far as Rue de Castiglione and make a right turn to the Place Vendome. This is where the back entrance of the Ritz Hotel is and where Audrey.Hepburn film Love in the Afternoon. A true romantic spot. Godiva chocolates as well as Guerlain and Cartier are located in this area. If you still have the stamina, walk on Rue de la Paix until you reach Place de L’Opera. Sit at le Café de la Paix, and like Hemmingway “see the world pass by”. Return to your hotel to rest.
Day 2: Start your day at the Tour Eiffel. If it is a clear day it is recommended to buy tickets all the way to the top. There is a replica of a tiny apartment where Eiffel lived. The best views are from the Second Etagere. North: Le Sacre Coeur in the Montmatre district. South: Montparnase and the Paris suburbs. West: La Defense. East: Les Invalides. There is a very good restaurant inside the tower: Jules Vernes, reservations is a must.
After visiting the tower, walk through the Champs de Mars in the direction of the Ecole Militaire. Go to the corner towards the Place de la Ecole and turn right on Avenue de Tourrvill (a couple of blocks) until you reach Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried. Turn left at the corner of Rue des Invalides and then, make a right on Rue Varenne to visit the Rodin Museum. There is a cafe at the corner where one can drink a good espresso. Walk to Rue de La Belle, make a left and walk several blocks to Musee D’Orsay. This is a must place to visit. You can have lunch in the museum. After visiting the museum, walk alongside the Quais (next to the river). Until your reach Place St. Michel. Cross over the bridge and walk on Boulevard du Palais and visit Sainte Chapelle. (There is a concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on December 23. A must place to visit). Afterwards, take Rue de Lutece to visit Notre Dame de Paris. The best time to visit is an hour before the sunset, since the FAÇADE takes a pink color from the sun at the end of the day. Walk to the little park behind the Cathedral, cross the bridge an you are on I’lle St Louis. There is a very quaint brasserie called la Brasserie de l’Isle St Louis on 55 Quai de Bourbon where you can eat dinner.
Day 3: Start at the Luxemburg Palace and gardens. This is the area where Americans expatriates lived in the first part of the XX Century. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas lived together on 27 Rue de Fleurus nearby. After visiting the gardens, take Rue Sufflet and visit the Pantheon. Next to the Pantheon is the Church St Etienne Du Mont. This is a very peculiar church where the remains of St Genevieve (Patron Saint of Paris) are and it is one of the few churches in the world that have a rood screen. Retrace your steps to Boulevard de St Michelle and go downhill to the Cluny Museum. After visiting the Museum turn left on Blvd St Germain and walk few blocks to the Church of St Germain du Pres. Across the church you can spend some time at Café Le Deus Magots famous for Picasso, Sartre and many others. Around the corner from the church, find Rue de Furstemberg where the studio of Delacroix was. This is a typical street of Paris en in the XIX C. There are street vendors that sell terrific crepes!
Day 4: Start your day at the Basilique of the Sacré Coeur in Montmatre. It is better if you take a taxi, since going by metro or bus is a little complicated. Once you visit the church and admire the panoramic view of Paris, turn right towards the Place de Terre. You will be together with many other fellow tourists. Have a espresso at one of the cafes at this place and then, start to go downhill on Rue Lepic. At one point you will see the the Moulin de la Galette that inspired Renoir and Van Gogh. On 54 Rue Lepic, Van Gogh lived there with his brother Leo. Go down to Place Blanche. Take a taxi here, and spend the afternoon at the Louvre Museum.
Day 5: Start at Place de Vosgues. This is Paris oldest square. Visit the house of Victor Hugo. Then take Rue des Francs Bourgeois to Musee Carnavalet, it is the Museum of the History of Paris. Very interesting! Continue on the same street to Hotel de Soubise. At No.58, is the oldest of the mansions dating from the 14th C. Continue few blocks until you reach the Centre Culturel G. Pompidou. This is the Marais district: the Bohemian quarters and a Jewish neighborhood. Many place where you can have a good meal. The former market of Paris Les Halles have been transformed into gardens and it is just steps from the Centre.
Day 6: Start all the way to the West at La Defense. Start at the Grande Arche. It is advisable if you can get a local map that describes all the buildings. Then, take a taxi to Galleries Lafayette on the Grand Boulevards. Or if you prefer, take a cruise through the Seine River. You can take one at the foot of the Quai near the Eiffel Tower. At the point where the Seine splits in two there is a Park called The Vert Galant, where a couple holds hand and kiss each other. It is a place especially for two people in love. Tonight, dine at Le Grand Vefour. It is located at the Palais Royale and it is one of the foremost restaurants of Paris. Try the ravioles de foie gras in truffle cream sauce! Reservations: a must.
Day 7: If you have not taken any local tour there are several to select from: A full day tour to some of the Castles, or a ½ day tour to Versailles. Or if you prefer, there are other places in Paris that can be visited: The Place de la Republique; the Bastille Opera House, The St. Martin quarters, the Trocadero quarters, the Rue de Mouffetard (very recommended), etc.
We salute each and every one of you who have fought for our freedoms.
Our vendors thank you too - many will give you active or retired military personnel various offers all year round and we will double our donations with your bookings of 7 days or longer.
When you speak with a Travel Guru let them know you are military so we can find you any additional discounts that are applicable to you.
Again thank you for your service, Without you we wouldn't be free.
So this is our new hot destination - the forbidden ....
The rules for American citizens are clear as MUD!!!
We still need a special visa and we must fit into one twelve categories listed below
Because of this, we only work with certified Tour operators that make sure our clients are well taken care of.
Interested in planning a trip, let's chat and put together your dream itinerary before the rules change again.
We chose to start highlighting Regent Seven Seas Cruise line because it's all inclusive.
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We have amazing itineraries to satisfy all travelers and best of all every cruise has a charitable give back at no extra cost. So you can do good when having fun!
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As you may or may not know. New York's LaGuardia airport (LGA) has begun a four-year, $4-billion-dollar redevelopment program to completely reshape the airport. Being one of the main hubs of New York City and surrounding suburbs, closing it would not have been logical, as the existing terminal B services almost 15 million travelers annually.
As LaGuardia has little public transportation, traveling to the airport has already become a trying experience for many. Last week, there were several days where it was taking two to four hours to reach the terminals, causing some travelers to ditch rental cars and walk several miles to the airport. Many carriers have been advising travelers to give themselves four hours to travel from Manhattan to the airport. Even Uber was refusing rides to or from the airport.
Also, because many travelers are arriving late for their flights, time-balanced security checkpoints are backing up, causing more angst for travelers.
Travelers flying into or out of New York's LaGuardia, please visit http://laguardiaairport.com/traveladvisories/ to stay on top of any last-minute changes to roads, parking, pick up and drop off areas and cell phone lots. From there, you can also sign up to receive emailed alerts.
To add to this situation, New York Port Authority has begun construction on the main roadway into New York's JFK Airport as well. For JFK, they are suggesting people drop off at an JFK AirTrain station versus attempting to drive into the airport.
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