2021 – NEW YEAR – NEW RULES

It's been a while since we have updated our blog posts.  2020 was such a crazy year, what with postponing and canceling clients' trips, dealing with travel insurance claims, holding online for hours on end and so much more Covid dealt us. We had to bob and weave and flex our patience muscles to get through it, but we survived and we are still here. Some positives of 2020 besides our personal lives included: Updating all our policies and [...]

HEADS UP – NEW CDC GUIDELINES

You probably saw that the CDC announced new travel protocols effective January 26th. Below outlines the new requirements for re-entry into the US after international travel. The tourism industry is resilient and flexible - in a matter of days, many hotel chains, travel suppliers, and on-site partners have already come up with solutions for this new curveball and that's all it is. Until we get this virus under control, we have to do what is necessary to control the spread. [...]

Let’s take the backroads ….. on your bike….

https://youtu.be/ZXAfr3b02rM Do you have a real "Athlete" or adventure enthusiast in your life? Do you shy away of traveling with them because you're not at the same level but would love to enjoy some amazing vacation experiences with them? Backroads give you the perfect combination of active experiences mixed with sightseeing and cultural experiences so there's something for everyone regardless of activity level.  Tours for everyone: singles, couples, families (even kids), and private groups. Have you heard of Backroads [...]

How about an “UN” Cruise Adventure ???

Have you heard of "Un-Cruise"?   They are a Virtuoso preferred supplier and we have heard so many great things about them and finally did  some of their specialist training this week - VIDEO HERE Un-cruise specialize in small ship adventure cruising with vessels ranging from 22-90 passengers max.   Some of the destinations Un-cruise offer include: Alaska,  Galapagos, Hawaiian Islands, Latin America, Mexico's Sea of Cortes, Pacific Northwest & the one we are focusing on this week - Columbia & Snake rivers USA. VIDEO HERE [...]

Winter Wonderland Adventures? Yes Please !

                                     (photos & itinerary cred: Backroads) If you’re the type of traveler who jumps for joy when the temps drop and the snowflakes start flying, you’ll love Backroads’ collection of incredible Snow Adventures. Whether you’re drawn to exhilarating activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing or more easygoing pursuits like wildlife viewing and hot spring soaking—or all of the above—Backroads has an array of [...]

All the “Posh” places

Jaap Buitendijk/Courtesy Focus Features So the buzz on the street is the newish  Downton Abbey movie !! Are you a fan ?? I'm definitely a fan.    I really miss the TV series and I'm sure I know lots of people who feel the same. There's something wonderful about going back in time to those days of Royalty and pomp & ceremony.   Even back in those days, you can see the feisty women characters like Lady Mary and of [...]

Global Entry & TSA Precheck for “Free” ??

         With Global Entry or TSA Precheck, not only will you have a shorter line at the airport but also the security screening is less complicated.  Access to these programs isn't too pricey, but you can get them for free as a benefit on certain credit cards. Here's what you need to know about TSA Precheck and Global Entry and how to get your application fee covered by your credit card. Eligible Travel Credit Cards  While the two programs are relatively [...]

Lets avoid the “Scammers”

              The majority of our clients travel to Europe ( it's our specialty) and we send them lots of information prior to departure about being prepared for their upcoming trip, travel tips, currency, passports, etc.  European cities have a reputation for some petty crime like pickpockets, scammers, etc.  It's always best to use your common sense and certainly don't flaunt your money or valuables.  Besides personal security, there are some other local travel scams to watch [...]

Is there really an “Ultimate” travel packing list ??

             Is there really such a thing as an "Ultimate" packing list ?? Everyone's different right? and everyone's an expert too :)  It's difficult to come up with a one size fits all list but we think this one is a pretty comprehensive list with choices for different types of travelers and certainly some best practices.  We do a weekly Tuesday Travel Tip video spot over on our Facebook Page Celtic Hearts Travel and highlight something useful [...]

Guided Vacations Yay or Nay ??

                   (Photo cred Travel Weekly, TCC Corp &  Insight Vacations) What are your thoughts about guided vacations ?? In the history of travel, and before I got into the travel business, personally, I associated guided vacations with busloads of older tourists at top attractions with cameras & plaid pants.(I'm talking Ireland in the 80's :)) No more - these days, guided vacations are immersive, exciting, challenging, incorporating local hosts, cooking experiences and lots more.  Today's [...]

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