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Need to find the status of your passport? 15 Feb 2021

Have you applied for a new passport or submitted a renewal request and wondering when it will be processed?  Remove the guesswork and check the status by going to:  This information is normally available about 14 days after submittal of your application.  Current processing is taking about 8 – 10 weeks for new or renewal passports so plan accordingly so you can be ready to travel to more destinations once travel restrictions are lifted.
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Ideas for Saving Money in Travel 11 Jan 2021

Who doesn’t like to save money? Especially when you are receiving a great value! In partnership with many of my preferred travel suppliers, we are kicking off 2021 with great travel ideas and savings. Below is just a “taste” of what is available but hurry as these promotions are time-sensitive. Call us today to plan your next adventure and save money!
  • Oceania Cruises – Past guests save 10% on a variety of 2022 cruises AND enjoy free airfare, shore excursions, beverage package and Shipboard Credit!
  • AmaWaterways – Complimentary pre & post-cruise hotel stays on certain European itineraries!
  • Viking River Cruises – Reduced international airfare!
  • Victory Cruise Lines – Up to $3000 off per cabin for their new ship sailing Alaska!
  • Travel Impressions – $200 Instant Discount for Air & Hotel packages to Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & Hawaii!
  • Sceptre Vacations – Valentine’s Savings of $150 off any Custom Itinerary to one of their many destinations!
  • CIE Tours – Companion Flies Free to any of their scheduled Ireland itineraries!
  • Ponant Cruises – Save up to 30% on an Arctic expedition!
  • Silversea Cruises – Up to 20% Savings for 2021!
And what is more, most cruise lines and tour operators are offering reduced deposits and “peace of mind” assurance to remove any worry about reserving your next vacation.
Much of the fun is in the planning!
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Where can I travel? 14 Dec 2020

While many borders are still closed or have quarantine requirements and cruise lines are conducting trial cruises in the next few months, let’s focus on where you CAN travel in the near future. Have you ever considered one of these destinations?
  • Central America (all) – Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Belize, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua
  • Tahiti
  • Europe – Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina
  • Mexico
  • Asia – Cambodia, Bangladesh
  • Mid-East – Turkey, Dubai
  • South America – Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Columbia
  • Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St Barts, St Kitts, Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Vincent, Grenadines, Turks & Caicos
  • Africa – Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana
Of course, the US offers a lot of travel diversity and Hawaii just opened mid-October (I just returned from there!). Although travel to Alaska is permitted, an expensive COVID-19 test is required upon arrival. Whether traveling abroad or domestically, please know that most locations require a negative COVID-19 test and requirements vary greatly. Call us today to navigate your next adventure!
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed holiday season full of cheer, good health and peace!
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Forgot ID When You Arrive at the Airport? 13 Oct 2020

Few things are more stressful than arriving at the airport and realizing you left your ID at home.  If you are flying internationally, you will need your passport for sure.  If flying within the US, however, TSA is more lenient if you forget your normal government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license.  Think about what other proof of identity you may have with you such as military ID, Global Entry card, Social Security card, student ID, work-related ID badge, etc.  Are you carrying travel documents (itinerary, confirmations) showing the same name as on your flight tickets?   Having an electronic copy of your passport or driver’s license may help as well.  The decision is ultimately up to the TSA officer being convinced you are the same person as on your tickets but it is worth pursuing – just ask my niece who successfully boarded and flew from Eugene to Reno!

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Are Airlines Really Eliminating Change Fees? 14 Sep 2020

As you know, Southwest Airlines has never charged dreaded change fees but all other domestic airlines have for quite some time.  This all changed in early September when United announced they are eliminating change fees for all domestic flights (except for Basic Economy tickets) AND to Mexico and the Caribbean.  Other large carriers – American, Delta, Alaska and Hawaiian Air have followed suit with some slight policy differences.  This coupled with low fares and greatly improved onboard cleanliness procedures makes for an ideal time to reserve your next vacation!

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