CDC Recommends Against Travel to Mexico
April 28th, 2009

The CDC has just released a statement suggesting that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico at this time.  This warning has been extended to infected areas as well those that are not yet reported to be infected. Swine flu screenings have also been instituted at airports and land borders for travelers leaving Mexico in [...]

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Swine Flu Outbreak
April 27th, 2009

As many people are already aware, there has been an outbreak of Swine Flu in Mexico and several cases that have traveled back form Mexico to the US. As of today (April 27, 2009), the Center for Disease Control has not advised against travel to Mexico, nor have they imposed any additional limitations on travel [...]

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My Top 10 List
April 26th, 2009

When I tell people that I work in the travel industry, I almost always receive one of three responses (if not all three): 1.What are the “hot” destinations right now?  2. What is (are) your favorite destination(s)? 3. What’s on your list of places to go (presumably for the first time)? While I’m not sure [...]

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To Insure or Not to Insure
April 21st, 2009

  As a travel planner I have witnessed debate after debate over whether travel insurance is necessary. Generally, the travel planners and frequent travelers (or those who have needed to use travel insurance in the past) are on the “pro” side, with most others on the “con” side. I was recently working with several honeymoon [...]

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A La Carte Airlines
April 2nd, 2009

  In an effort to help reduce the basic flight cost for travelers (and to note lose a great deal of money in the process), some airlines are now introducing a new booking concept – choosing your flight amenities a la carte. When booking a flight, customers (or their travel planner) will be shown the [...]

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Let Others Pay for Your Trip!
April 2nd, 2009

  For years people have used registries and wish lists for all types of occasions to ensure that they received those items that they most desire and that the gift-givers’ money was well spent. Often times, these lists include gift certificates or even a check with the plan of saving up for a more expensive [...]

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A Little Bit of Mist
April 2nd, 2009

A Little Bit of Mist   Victoria Falls was not a stop originally on our itinerary, but upon learning that it was our best option for reaching Chobe, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to add in an overnight and see the falls. I have been to Niagara quite a few times and visited [...]

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Close Encounters of the Elephant Kind
April 2nd, 2009

To access the Chobe area in northern Botswana, it’s easiest to fly into either Livingston, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We chose Zimbabwe for two reasons. First, the visa requirements were less stringent – you can get a visa upon arrival for Victoria Falls, where as you need one ahead of time (or at least [...]

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Disney Land Meets Las Vegas… In Africa
April 2nd, 2009

The first stop on our trip was in Sun City, South Africa. Every year the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) holds and International Destination Expo (IDE) in a different region of the world to educate travel agents on that region through educational seminars and first hand experience. This year, Sun City was the chosen [...]

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…
April 2nd, 2009

On Saturday, March 7th we eagerly loaded up our luggage on the shuttle from the Comfort Inn for the five minute ride to JFK airport (we’d taken a transfer up the night before and stayed overnight). We knew we were going to be early, but hoped we’d be able to check out bags in an [...]

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