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. [...]

Something closer to home perhaps?…….

Being stuck at home is making us all stir crazy and while it's not safe to travel far afield right now - we can certainly look at our travel bucket list and make some revisions.  Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, have an adventurous soul, are culinary curious, love the big cities, want to rekindle the romance, have the ultimate family vacation, or just want a girlfriend/guys getaway, here are some of the top destinations closer t home to add to [...]

Hey Dude !!

This year more than ever families will want to get together and celebrate each other - we've probably missed lots of great family celebrations in addition to Mother's Day, Easter, and so on and families will be craving that connection. One of the experiences I personally would love would and would think of as a great "multi-generational family" experience would be to visit a "Dude Ranch" or that that type of experience - it's so "American" and for someone like me [...]

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 [...]

Better Safe than Sorry….

"Everything is fine until it isn't" We've all been there, one minute you're having a great time and next minute something completely unforeseen happens and you're in a very different situation and scrambling to course correct. Oh and let's not forget our friend Murphy who always seems to show up !!!  As your trusted travel advisors we "ALWAYS" encourage and recommend travel insurance for our clients.   We have had a couple of scenarios where Travel Insurance proved INVALUABLE and [...]

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 [...]

Tips to make International travel easier

Here are some tips make your overseas journey easier.  (courtesy of Travel & Leisure) Hotel business cards. Take a business card from the front desk when you check in, that way, if you ever get lost, you have the name and address of the hotel in the local language. Having something in a local language that can be shown to locals and taxi drivers is an extra bit of insurance.   The six-month passport rule.  The U.S. lets you use your [...]

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