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 [...]

Happy Travel Agent’s Day

Last Wednesday was National Travel Agents Day !!! We feel privileged and blessed to be Travel Entrepreneurs. In today's busy World, we get to design custom travel experiences for our clients. We can take the frustration and fear out of planning a trip of a lifetime. We were drawn to this industry for a reason. We really enjoy the process of uncovering peoples wishes and we go out of our way to make it happen for them. Lets face it, [...]

Useful travel hacks

There's always so much to think about when you're going on a long trip - we second guess ourselves the whole time - should I bring this ? leave that ? what's the most hassle free way to get everything together ? We have some great travel hacks for your below:          Some of the top travel hacks include: LOSE THE WHEELS A duffel is much more flexible when it comes to onboard storage and you can often fit [...]

Where in the World…… are you from ?

These days there are so many resources to trace back your family tree and nail down exactly where your roots are. Some of the best stories have been of people who thought they were from one place only to find out that they came from another place completely. Someone commented that they always had an affinity for Scotland even though their family history came from Italy, only to research and find links to Scotland !!! Tracing you family's roots can [...]

2018 – The Year of the Travel “Expert”

"Travel Agents have been replaced by Travel "Experts". So many times we get asked "Do Travel Agents still exist??" What !!!! Yes they do and they are better than ever. The era of cookie cutter vacations is well past. Online booking engines are not as popular now as people have become frustrated and disappointed. These days, the new breed of Travel professionals are "Specialists" in their niche. If you are planning a trip of a lifetime, you want to [...]

Don’t leave home without these 2 things !!!

                Two times in the last 2 months, we have witnessed international destination situations where the traveler was unprepared and these two simple resources would have made the world of difference. #1 - portable phone charger (link) #2 Google Translate (link) (or similar translation app) In both instances, travelers were "stuck" somewhere with only limited battery power left on their phone and no access to a phone charger. We always recommend that everyone has [...]

The power of the “Hot Toddy”

    We noticed a little chill in the air this week when we were sitting outside during Halloween - I guess it's finally time for our weather in Georgia to cool down. I also notice a lot of people with allergies and colds as the temps fluctuate, and word on the street is that (again), this year's flu vaccine is not effective :( When you have cold and flu symptoms and feel miserable, you'll try anything to feel better. [...]

Take the darn vacation !!

Under-vacationed America. In the US, we excel at so many things, but we really fall behind in using vacation time. We suffer from "Vacation Deprivation" !! I remember when I first moved to the US, I was shocked at the limited amount of vacation time people took. I had come from Europe where we take our full 2 week vacation every year (all at once!) What ??!!! People looked at me like I was crazy and were scrambling to take [...]

Heads Up – new ID requirements for 2018 air travel

If you live in these 9 States, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma,Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington, your ID requirements for air travel ANYWHERE are changing in 2018. Starting at the beginning of next year, residents in nine states will need to have passports in order to take any kind of flight, whether it is international or domestic. TSA will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued bya REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension. As [...]