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Global Entry versus Mobile Passport – regular international travelers choose Global Entry

Global Entry versus Mobile Passport (we recommend Global Entry) Anyone who has traveled internationally has experienced long lines at US Immigration checkpoints (US Customs and Border Protection – CBP) after returning home from overseas travel. Global Entry is a US government program that lets you whisk through the immigration process bypassing the long lines. I’ve been using Global Entry for years and over time have watched the process move faster and faster. At many entry points, facial recognition has been implemented so the process is a couple of seconds to a few minutes long. As a free alternative to ......

By |2022-08-02T09:11:17-07:00August 2nd, 2022|

The vineyards and quaint village of Frascati, Italy

We’ve been to Rome before and explored the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon. This time we wanted to explore further out and see the Roman countryside. We chose a day excursion to Frascati, Italy, nestled in the mountains at the end of the train line. We started the morning at the Termini train station where we purchased our round-trip train ticket to Frascati. The 12-mile trip lasted about 30-minutes as we travel through Rome and started the long but steady climb to the Frascati train station. There we were met by our drivers ......

By |2022-07-07T09:03:35-07:00July 2nd, 2022|

West coast best coast? Why British Columbia, Canada is the Ultimate Romantic Destination

From the snow-capped mountains to the salty sea breeze, British Columbia sets the scene for love, no matter your interests. Spend the morning on the slopes, and the afternoon beachcombing - or skip the outdoor adventures in favor of a gastronomic one instead! Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon with stars in your eyes or have a lifetime of love under your belt - British Columbia offers something for lovebirds of all ages, stages, and activity levels. Luxury and Urban Exploration Steamclock, Vancouver Vancouver leaves you wanting for nothing, and if your idea of romance is stunning ......

By |2022-07-07T09:05:24-07:00July 2nd, 2022|

7 Ways to Improve Your In-Flight Experience

The summer travel season is upon us. From foot-kicking neighbors to an overly-talkative seatmate, it’s always a gamble when you step aboard an aircraft. Flying can be exhilarating, stressful, boring, and downright scary at times. Here are a few simple tips to ease the burden when you take to the skies and possibly even make your travels downright enjoyable! Prioritize Comfort Sure, you may want to step off the plane in New York looking fabulous in your jeans or new dress – but you don’t want to sit for an extended period in them. Think comfort and ease, ......

By |2022-07-07T09:07:46-07:00June 4th, 2022|

Major cruises lines experiencing record bookings

Record sales days The cruise industry is rapidly recovering from nearly two years of Covid travel closures and restrictions. This doesn't mean smooth sailing yet, but it does point to a strong recovery for the industry. Royal Caribbean experienced two record sale days during end of March and early April, when it achieved the highest number of bookings in a single day, as well the highest booking volume in a single week.  In another positive sign for the industry, during the 1st quarter of 2022, Royal Caribbean's ships held 1.5 million passengers. Ruther, Carnival Cruise Line had its busiest ......

By |2022-07-07T09:14:06-07:00April 17th, 2022|

Travel requirements for vaccinated US citizens entering the EU

US citizens are allowed into most of the EU without a required 5-day quarantine. For instance, if you are traveling to Italy, a 5-day quarantine isn’t required if: 1) you have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine, 2) you have completed and present upon entry to Italy your EU Passenger Locator Form, 3) you have a certificate showing a negative molecular or antigenic test carried out within 72 hours prior to entry, and 4) you present your CDC Covid-19 vaccination card. US CDC approved vaccines meet EU requirements.  Types of Covid-19 tests  There two types of Covid-19 tests ......

By |2022-07-07T09:17:32-07:00October 9th, 2021|

What does the EU’s new Covid-19 recommendations mean for US travelers?

On Monday, the European Council passed a recommendation which removed the US from the "Safe Country List." Tourists from countries on the "Safe Country List" are allowed to enter the EU regardless of their vaccination status. This reverses a June recommendation which allowed any US tourist to visit the EU. What does this change mean for US travelers? The new recommendation states ONLY vaccinated US travelers should be allowed to enter any EU country and only those which allow vaccinated tourists to visit. However, individual member states can choose to allow unvaccinated tourists, regardless of this non-binding EU recommendation. ......

By |2022-07-07T09:19:04-07:00August 31st, 2021|

EU to consider new Covid restrictions on US travelers

Let's talk about Covid-19 coronavirus doodle illustration dialog speech bubbles with icon. The European Union is set to consider new Covid-19 travel restrictions on US travelers as US cases soar. The US growth rate hit 507 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the first two weeks of August. The EU’s own guidelines set a limit of 75 per 100,000. The EU guidelines also require that the trend of new infections in a country must be stable or decreasing. Whether the EU will re-impose restrictions isn’t clear. Tourism is vitally important to the economy of several EU member states. ......

By |2022-07-07T09:20:32-07:00August 25th, 2021|

Should I put off international travel until 2022? Probably yes.

Travel is back. Several cruise lines are experiencing record bookings. Land tours sales are rising. Vaccinations are making many of us feel safe traveling again. So why are we getting more questions from our readers wondering if they should travel outside of the US. Over the last couple of months our advice has changed. Airlines aren’t reliable First, air reservations have become unreliable. Airlines, especially American Airlines, has been cancelling flights and leaving customers stranded. While it is frustrating when US flights are cancelled, it is worse for overseas flights where re-booking options are more limited. Every customer we’ve ......

By |2022-07-07T09:21:02-07:00August 23rd, 2021|

Why I use a travel agent and you should too!

Let’s be clear, as a travel agency owner, I book my own travel. BUT, I use the same tools, resources and contacts that I use to book my clients travel. Here is why those resources are so valuable and only available from some travel agencies. Here’s my story: We had booked a Crystal cruise of the Bahama islands in April. The cruises were promoted and sold as a vaccinated guests only sailing of the Bahama islands. My best guess is that for foolish financial reasons, in late July (after final payment and after cancellation penalties kicked in) Crystal decided ......

By |2022-07-07T09:21:54-07:00August 21st, 2021|
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