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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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Costa Rica!

Costa Rica!

COSTA RICA! September and October have proved to be quite busy! Tess had 8 healthy pups this month, but I am also very excited about this months newsletter! Costa Rica is such a beautiful country with so much to offer. I love sending clients to Costa Rica, because they always come back with wonderful stories. When I went to CR, it was not as a ‘vacation’ destination. I had the opportunity to go with a group of teens from our church on a missions trip several years ago. We got to visit the back country! At times we were on roads to nowhere it seemed like, and then we’d come to these tiny villages and meet the most awesome people! Our team hiked into the mountains to visit a village of Bribri Indians. When we arrived they looked at us quite inquisitively because as we hiked up the mountain it was very muddy in spots and we showed up looking like a bunch of dirty and tired people! They loved getting the toys and clothing that we brought to them though! Costa Rica is such a diverse climate, with rain forests, cloud forests, beaches etc. If you want a great way to get a wonderful overview of Costa Rica, I love this tour operator: http://www.caravan.com/tour/costa-rica. Not a perfect fit? Don’t worry, there is an abundance of tours or Independent travel I can build just for you! Guanacaste is one of the favorite areas for many of my clients. It has several all-inclusive properties situated on the beach. For those that are more adventuresome, we put together a variety of places within Costa Rica. Arenal, La Fortuna, Guanacaste, Quepos, Jaco, Corcovado National Park…the possibilities are endless… Intrested in knowing more? Check out what makes Costa Rica Unique: http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/en_cr_facts.asp Pura Vida! Kina Palmer     Kina@travelhound.us     (303)902-8567   Costa Rica Facts Capital City: San José Population: Over 4 million people Climate: Tropical. Summer is lush, Winter is dry. Warm weather prevails throughout the year Size: 50 miles long, 150 miles wide (51,000 sq. km) Language: The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Native languages include Bribrí and as well as others spoken by thousands of Costa Ricans. English is the first foreign language and the second most taught language in Costa Rica, followed by French, German, Italian and Chinese. Currency: The colon Entry Requirements: Passport and return tickets are required to enter Costa Rica Taxes: a 13% tax and 10% service charge are added to checks in restaurants. Travelers may leave extra tip for good service. There is an airport departure tax of approximately $26.00.   Tortuguero A unique place to go if you like reptiles such as turtles and more…. Tortuguero which means ‘Region of Turtles’...

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Meet Chakel!

Meet Chakel!

Hello Travelers, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Chakel, Kina’s daughter-in-law and her marketing assistant. For the last several months, I’ve had the privilege of editing the newsletter, contributing to the Travelhound Facebook and Twitter pages, and soon I will also be blogging on a regular basis. Now that you know what I do, I’ll tell you a little more about myself! On a probably cold, perhaps not too dreary March afternoon… Just kidding! I won’t bore you with all the details of my life but in short: I’m 23. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in May of 2010 with a Bachelors in Business Administration (My major was Marketing). One week later, I married Kina’s son Otto; and now I’m enjoying the married life with all of it’s adventures. Please feel free to give feedback or suggestions on the Facebook, Twitter, and Blog. I’d love to hear from you! Till Next time… Happy Travels, Chakel Palmer   Top 5 Destinations I’ve Never Been But Want to Visit 1. Europe 2. Australia & New Zealand 3. New York 4. Africa 5. Israel   Top 5 Destinations I’ve Been 1.Colorado – Yes I live here. And I think it will always be my Favorite. When I was at school, I missed the mountains, the good water, the view of the stars, and being able to tell which way is West. 2. Pittsburgh – Four years of college later, and I now appreciate all of the city’s culture. From the delicious food, to the art, to the theater, to the museums and libraries, Pittsburgh is a great place to spend time. Perhaps not in the hot & humid summers though. 3. Costa Rica – It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Costa Rica, but I have many fond memories there. Mostly I remember all the green and bright colors. Definitely a place I plan to visit again when I get the chance. 4. Hawaii – If you’re looking for beauty and some of the nicest people you’ve ever met, Hawaii is definitely for you. A little pricey for my liking but overall, very wonderful place. 5. Detroit/Canada – Growing up, I’ve visited this area many times and it’s a great place. My wonderful granny took us to all the museums, lots of restaurants, old churches, and then over the border to Canada. I’ve visited more times than I can count on my hands and I’ve still never been...

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