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Tips on Trips

Tips on Trips

  Hard to believe we are heading into our 2nd  week of August already, and I haven’t gotten the Newsletter out! I have actually been in Minnesota with our dog Tess. We are breeding her with an awesome male dog! This has been an ‘adventure’ to say the least! We had to wait until Tess came into heat before we could make the drive to Minnesota, so of course our travels were based on her timing…not ours! The mating was a success after being in Minnesota for a week. Now we wait 28 days to find out if in fact Tess is pregnant. The puppies will be born around October 10th  if she is pregnant, which will begin our next adventure! Chasing little Wirehaired Pointing Griffons around for 2 months!!!! Now, on to better things, and the reason you read this newsletter in the first place….TRAVEL! This month instead of focusing on a destination,  I have decided to title the newsletter TIPS ON TRIPS! So read on, and enjoy…. Who knows, maybe you will even pick up some great pointers for your next vacation! I’d love to hear back from you on your own ‘tips’ too!    10 Things NOT to forget! Here’s our top 10 list of things we remember not to forget. Enjoy and share what you think should never be forgotten! Sunglasses –if you are getting on a plane at 6am, it’s easy to walk out of your house without sunglasses! Passport/Visa’s – also, make a copy of these to put in your luggage, in case your Passport gets lost or stolen Credit card – Call your CC company and let them know the dates and places you will be traveling, so they do not put a lock on your CC while you are traveling! I never take a debit card because if it gets ‘compromised’, your financial institution cannot protect you as well as your credit card company can. Small bills – I typically take $100 – $200 in ones, fives and tens, for tipping etc. Also, I do not carry it on me all together. I put it in different places i.e. purse, pants (front pocket), hotel safe… Medications – very important to NOT pack these in ‘checked’ luggage, in case luggage gets lost. Put them in a quart sized ziplock to show as you go through security. Electronics chargers – Nothing worse than getting to your destination and your phone battery dies, and you have forgotten to bring the charger! Reading materials – Great to have during your flights, and also during those dreaded flight delays! Snacks – Great to have during flights, since the airlines have cut back so much on giving anything FREE to us anymore! You cannot take opened...

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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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It’s Alaska!

It’s Alaska!

Happy July! Last month’s Newsletter featured the Islands of Hawaii. So this month we will go from glistening warm beaches to the Majestic Beauty of Alaska! While Cruising tends to be the most popular way to see Alaska, there are so many ways to enjoy the 49th State.  If you choose to ride on the Alaska Railroad you’ll travel magnificent routes that stem from Seward to Fairbanks. You can see the awesome wonder of Denali National Park, where wildlife abound. domain ip . On a clear day, you may even get to see the top of Mount McKinley.   Did you know that there are over 1500 Moose that actually live in Anchorage? You can see them walking around the streets, especially in the late winter/early spring months before they are able to go higher for their food supply.   On your visit to the islands of the Inside Passage, you’ll might find yourself in Juneau, Skagway, or Ketchikan. But, no matter which towns you visit, you’ll see that the area has a beauty all its own.   When cruising to the many towns throughout the inside passage, you will have the opportunity to see Glaciers, Whales, Eagles, Sea Otters, Puffins (my favorite bird!), Bears etc… I have had the joy of kayaking the smooth waters of the inside passage, and seen seals actually ‘pupping’ (giving birth) on icebergs! canadameds.com We had a seal pop up right next to our kayak, checking us out!   May is the least rainy month of the year, and the nice thing is that it tends to be the least expensive time to cruise too! Ketchikan measures Rainfall in FEET each year, not inches…   I recently received my certificate as an Anchorage Wild Expert (AWE certified).   This is another of my favorite destinations…. Enjoy this month’s Alaska focus, and feel free to email me with any questions!      Kina – Travelhound What? Get Married in Alaska?YES!!!! Alaska weddings are an absolutely memorable, unique, adventurous, and picturesque way to exchange vows with the one you love. What better place to get married than the top of Mount Alyeska or from the breathtaking expanse of an icy blue glacier? Helicopter to a mountaintop, hike to a gorgeous romantic viewpoint or tie the knot aboard a small cruise ship while passing glaciers and wildlife – the experience will be treasured for a lifetime! Monster Veggies! ‘Round these parts, one cabbage can fill a wheelbarrow. Visit the Alaska State Fair and feast your eyes on these weighty wonders. Current record holders: Broccoli – 39.50 lbs. Cabbage – 105.60 lbs. Celery – 63.30 lbs. Mushroom – 25.30 lbs. Pumpkin – 1019.00 lbs. Squash – 569.00 lbs. Watermelon – 168.60 lbs. Sunflower...

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