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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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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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Weddings & Honeymoons

Weddings & Honeymoons

Professionally, I have planned destination weddings for brides and grooms only, and other wedding celebrations that included over 80 guests. The great advantage of a destination wedding is that they can evolve into more than a wedding. They become a vacation for the attendees (typically, attendees pay their own way), and a honeymoon location for the bride and groom. They can also help all involved to avoid the usual hysteria and stress of weddings. When planning, the most important factor for the bride and groom to decide is the destination that best fits their needs. The time of year can play a huge part. For instance, hurricane season is actually mid-June to mid-November. Another vital issue is budget. One of the major benefits of using travel planners is that they assist in navigating through the intricate details and help alleviate many headaches for the bride and groom. Due to the current economy, this year is a great year to travel. Many destinations have been impacted by the economy and thus have sale pricing available. Destination weddings can include various themes, such as cruises. When most people think about a cruise, the Caribbean comes to mind. But there are many wonderful places to experience on a cruise. The Mediterranean and Hawaii are good warm weather cruise locations. However, some people also like Alaska, which has a cooler climate. I have actually attended a wedding in Alaska on a small ship that had approximately 70 passengers. All of the passengers at- tended the wedding, which was held on the bow of the ship with a waterfall as the backdrop. It was breathtaking. My son is getting married this spring. He and his new wife will honeymoon in Hawaii. Their honeymoon will include some time at a hotel on Waikiki, and they intend to take a cruise to the other islands of the chain. My son and his fiancé are both under the age of 25, so renting a car would be expensive (rental agencies charge a premium for drivers under 25). By staying on Oahu they will have public transportation available, or they can walk almost anywhere. When they are on the cruise their transportation needs will be taken care of by the cruise line (except on land, of course). Hawaii is not only a honeymoon destination, it is also a great place to have the actual wedding. The islands are an absolutely beautiful place to have that very special wedding. Each island has beaches, waterfalls and gorgeous re- sorts. Each also has its own distinct personality, and this is one of the things that a travel planner can help with. There are many all-inclusive resorts...

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Travelhound Video

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Traveling to another land stirs up many things in all of us. The opportunity to discover new places and people is a experience that is hard to compare. domain information...

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Berthoud Weekly Surveyor Article

Berthoud Weekly Surveyor Article

Travel Hound By Heidi Kerr The Surveyor Some jobs are more fun than others, and being a travel agent is definitely one of those jobs.  Kina Palmer and her husband Leon moved to Berthoud in September of 2009.  The couple relocated from Boulder, where Leon worked for University of Colorado and Kina worked for Destination Travel. Palmer has been a travel agent for nearly 12 years. Three years ago, she decided to open her own travel company.  At the time, Palmer was showing the couples’ champion Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, so Palmer decided to name her company Travel Hound.  She now works out of her Berthoud home and travels to her clients — either their homes or a local coffee shop — to help them plan their vacation. The majority of Palmer’s customers are return clients, and her forte is setting up vacation packages.  With the rise of the Internet, you might think travel agents are a thing of the past, but you’d be wrong.  “There’s actually been a return to travel agents lately,” said Palmer. The fact is, the Internet is impersonal, and many people enjoy the one-on-one relationship they develop with their travel agent. “A lot of my clients will look online because they love to do their own research, but once they find what they are looking for they will have me go through and do the whole booking because I can fine-tune it for them.  Also, if there’s any problem I can take care of it without them spending hours and hours trying to take care of it themselves,” explained Palmer. Palmer also has an Internet site for her clients to utilize, called www.travelhound.us. “I can’t help as much with my Internet site,” explained Palmer, but she likes to have the option available for clients. Although many of us feel we are getting the best price when booking on the Internet, this is not always the case.  Just recently, clients came to Palmer.  They were having a problem with a cruise they had booked through the Internet. To their surprise, Palmer was able to fix the glitch as well as save them $150. “My job is to find the best deal,” stated Palmer.  She went on to explain, for economic reasons, many tour operators she works with are now price-matching, which also helps travel agents match or beat online deals. Palmer’s expertise not only saves her clients money, but also time.  People can spend hours putting a vacation together, while Palmer can do it quickly and efficiently.  Peace of mind is another important feature offered by a travel agent. When booking on the Internet, travelers often know very little about the...

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