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Aloha from Travelhound

Aloha from Travelhound

Hi There! For those of you who have not heard from me lately. I am still full time in the travel industry and going strong. This is the start of a destination themed monthly newsletter, so I hope you get some enjoyment out of my first issue which features the beautiful Hawaiian Islands! I truly love visiting the islands of Hawaii! Each island has it’s own special character. I am an Oahu Master Specialist and a Hawaiian Islands Specialist! The Hawaiian chain of islands actually consists of 132 islands! But of course 6 of them are the most traveled to, and the majority of the rest are uninhabited.  In this newsletter, I’d just like to share a few Hawaii tidbits with you…. Do you think it’s ONLY beaches? Click here for stories of the islands! Mahalo for now! Kina Palmer Hawaiian Language 101 Hawaii’s two official languages are Hawaiian and English. The melodious Hawaiian language is a Polynesian dialect and only has 13 letters. Vowel sounds are generally pronounced as follows: A-  ah, as in “saw” E –  ay, as in “say” I  -ee, as in “see” O-  oh, as in “so” U- oo, as in “soon“ A few words you should know:  Aloha: A greeting with love, Hello, Good-bye and more Hula: traditional Hawaiian dance Mahalo: Thank you Lei: A flower garland given for an occasion Wahine: Woman Kane: Man Keiki: Child ‘Ohana: Family ‘Ono: delicious Pau: Finished Weather & Time  Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 75˚-88˚ F) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (68˚-80˚ F). Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. www.weather.gov/hawaii The ocean temperature is 71-81˚F year round. Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November). A Simple Hawaiian Recipe! MANGO BREAD Ingredients:      2 cups    flour      2 tsp.    baking soda      1 tsp.    salt      1 cup     sugar      1 tsp.    cinnamon      1/2 cup   raisins      3/4 cup   vegetable oil      3         eggs      2         chopped ripe mangos      1 tsp.    vanilla extract Procedure: Mix all ingredients well. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 325 degrees F. for one hour. Cool for 20 minutes. Travel Humor Love Music? Here are some events you may want to check out! BayFest Hawaii – (July 15-17, 2011) Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival Hawaii – (July 17, 2011) Aloha Festivals – (Sept. 17 & 24,...

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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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