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Hello Friends: October 2016 Newsletter

Hello Friends: October 2016 Newsletter

by Chakel Palmer It has been awhile since the last newsletter. Dreams have been dreamt, adventures have been had, and I’m sure some humdrum has happened as well. Of course, as with all good friendships, all we can say is how joyous it is to meet again. We know life gets busy and quite like a whirlwind sometimes, so we’re happy to bring you that moment of vacation with beautiful pictures and reminders to live a little. Today, we’re taking you on a cruise. Just imagine, you wake up in your cozy cabin and look out to see the beautiful ocean with an island in the distance. You get up and enjoy a delicious breakfast as the scenery slowly passes you by. The day is yours and the air carries you away to a simpler time. No deadlines. No running from one activity to the next. You stand on the deck and embrace the simple beauty of sunshine and fluffy clouds or of the incredible and vast starry night sky. Beautiful ports, old friends and new, good food, and an elegant vessel are all part of your incredible day. And when you close your eyes to sleep, it might seem that the day was just a dream, but this is your life, your newest adventure, and we can’t wait to take you there! Ready to go somewhere yet? I know we are. In fact, we’ve planned an adventure for us to experience together in February 2018 (So we have plenty of time to save)! We’re sailing the Grenadine Islands, and we’d love for you to join us. Reserve your spot with your fully refundable* $400pp deposit! Plus, each person who books will also receive $100 onboard credit. Yay! You can find more information below and email or call with any questions. (*Full refund is offered up to 160 days before the...

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United Kingdom & Ireland

United Kingdom & Ireland

Greetings! My ‘monthly’ newsletters are turning out to be bi-monthly lately! Hopefully they are still fun to receive whenever I finally get them out though. I get to take you to the United Kingdom and Ireland with this newsletter, so sit back and enjoy!     London There is a vast array of places to visit in the UK, but I’ll begin in London, the most popular destination. In fact, London happens to be hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics starting today! I can’t imagine the excitement going on there right now! The city of London has so much to offer and much of it can be seen while walking the streets around town.  You can take the Big Red double decker buses for a lovely tour of the city, or if you prefer to go underground, there is a great underground transportation system called the Tube. When I visited London a few years ago I had originally thought I would use the Tube to get around because I thought everything was going to be far, since we read about Picadilly Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and so on. However, when we arrived in London we found that walking was so easy and we could see so much more. Everything within Zones 1 & 2 is very close to each other. Some of my favorite sites were the Tower of London, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, and Hyde Park and the Thames River boat.  I could go on and on about the city, but instead here is a link of anything and everything you’d like to know about London.   More United Kingdom As you can see by this UK/Ireland map, there is much more to see than just London! One could easily spend a month between the UK and Ireland and still not see it all. Wales is only 2 hours from London and has some beautiful National Parks, great hiking, beaches, over 600 castles, excellent golf and more! If you head further north you could even stop in Liverpool, the town that is famous for where the Beatles began their career. Or keep on going north to play some golf in Scotland with more than 500 courses to offer!   Ireland On to Ireland … You can fly from the UK or take a ferry from Wales or Scotland. No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit the Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney stone! But if you can’t make it there, you will have no shortage of castles to see. You will also find many pubs and great food in the towns of Ireland. Ireland is a great country to drive; I have many clients that do B&B...

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Europe By Train: 4 Stunning Destinations

Europe By Train: 4 Stunning Destinations

  Happy Spring to Everyone! Colorado has had a wonderful Springtime! The last couple of months have totally disappeared on me. I did get to travel to Puerto Vallarta with my husband, mother and other family for my uncle’s 80th birthday celebration in April, and then went to Maui for some training with a group of travel agents earlier in May. I thought about writing the newsletter on Puerto Vallarta and Maui, but this month’s focus will be about France (more specifically, Paris), Germany, Austria and Switzerland.   One of the greatest ways to get to each of these countries is by rail. Rail Europe has a 4 country pass that encompasses each of these countries. Traveling by rail gives one the opportunity to see so much of the countryside. It’s nice to plan a route so you get the most out of your vacation.   Paris is a city full of romance, culture and history highlighted through its extensive range of sights. You can take advantage of most sights with a Paris Pass. Paris is broken down by Districts (Quartiers). There are 4 districts in each Arrondissement. If you know the postal code of a hotel, you will be able to tell which District you are in because the last 2 digits of the PC is the District. The 1st Arrondissement (Called “du Louvre”) is typically the most popular to stay in. It encompasses 1,2,3 & 4 District.     Germany has so much history I could easily spend months here. From castles to cathedrals I was in awe when we were there several years ago. For the Top 10 things to see, click here. The Neuschwanstein Castle is absolutely incredible! We stayed in the town of Füssen which is a lovely little town near the castle.   Austria impresses me because of its impeccable cleanliness. They literally recycle almost everything. The countryside is breathtaking as you travel by rail to the different towns. Cattle and horses are housed many times on the lower level of a home! Austrians take very good care of their farm animals. We loved eating sausages (brats) in Austria, it was the leanest meat! Salzburg is famous for The Sound of Music, and also the birthplace of Mozart! Vienna is known for several sites, including Schönbrunn Palace and the famous Spanish riding school. For more on travelling to Austria, click here.    Switzerland is another country that has a beautiful landscape to it. We spent time in Lucerne, because Leon had some family history from there. We never found any relatives, but we truly enjoyed the beautiful Lake Lucerne and Mt. Titlis. The Aerial tram ride to the top of Mt. Titlis was fabulous. For more information on travelling to Switzerland, click here.    I know...

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Boy, has February disappeared quickly! What a whirlwind month it has been. Good thing we had a leap day! I’m excited to feature the Dominican Republic in this month’s newsletter. Specifically Punta Cana, since we are privileged to have a Non-Stop flight for the Months of June and July this summer! Punta Cana has several wonderful all-inclusive resorts scattered along the beaches. I love the people in the Dominican Republic, I have found them to be quite friendly. Wouldn’t it be great to be planning your Caribbean vacation right now, while we are in the midst of this cold winter weather? There happens to be some awesome sales going on now too! The nonstop flights fly Saturday’s only, but you can fly any day of the week that fits your needs. Puerta Plata is on the Amber coast which is awesome for Surfing and boogie boarding. Most people go to one area or the other, because navigating the island is not an easy task with the lack of roads.   Enjoy perusing through this month’s letter…. Abundant Blessings….Kina   How’s the Weather? The average annual temperature hovering around 77°F. The summer season in the Dominican Republic runs from May to October. Average daily highs for the coastal/beach regions rise to around 87°F during the day, dropping down to about 72°F at night. It is the higher humidity during this period that can make it feel much hotter during this season. The mountainous interior of the country is considerably cooler.   Ready to go to the Dominican Republic? Contact me at Kina@travelhound.us or just click here to inquire about the amazing sales going on! Also, don’t forget about my referral bonuses!   Travel...

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Cruising the World

Cruising the World

Happy New Year! Where has the time gone? Puppies seem to have taken over my life for a while there, but now things are a little quieter. Skyler and Tess are now living the good life, so I found a good travel joke about dogs and a picture of the two happy doggies to start things off.  Joke of the Month A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”  An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.” And Now About Cruising… In light of the Costa Concordia disaster, I felt it would be good to have this newsletter focus on Cruising. This was a very tragic event and extraordinarily rare. Cruising is considered the safest form of commercial travel: Last year over 19 million passengers worldwide enjoyed traveling on cruises without incident! Oh the places you can go!  I have personally been on several cruises, from large ships to sail ships and even Riverboat cruising (or should I say meandering).  I’ve been on ships that carry 4000 passengers and ships that carry 50-100 passengers.  What I love most about cruising is the places you can see during your travels and only unpacking once! I have sailed in Alaska, Fiji, Tahiti, and been to Italy, Croatia, Greece, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and many Caribbean Islands. It’s an absolutely amazing way to see cities, towns, beaches etc.  Cruises have different styles and can be laid back or a ‘dress to the hilt’ style cruise.  When we went on a Riverboat in the Netherlands beginning in Amsterdam, we were able to see several historical sites along the way and enjoy the slow pace of the river and the castles and villages that speckled the land along the rivers.   Styles of Cruising: There are so many styles of cruising: Expedition cruises, Family, Gourmet, River, Singles, World, Group, Theme, Senior, Holiday, Gay, Luxury and others. Most people have no idea...

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