Are Key Cards a Thing of the Past?

Are Key Cards a Thing of the Past?

While vacationing over the holidays at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, MI I was surprised to see that there was an option to have my cell phone open my hotel room door. I was intrigued so I downloaded the Hilton Honors App and logged in. I am a member of Hilton’s Honors Club…

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Why the Best Camera for Your Vacation Might Not Be a Camera

Why the Best Camera for Your Vacation Might Not Be a Camera

Most people want to take at least a few photos on their vacation, but not everyone wants the fuss of packing and keeping track of an extra piece of electronic equipment. Have you considered leaving your digital camera at home and simply using the built-in camera on your smart phone?…

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Souvenirs with Meaning…No More Knick Knacks or Dust Collectors!

Souvenirs with Meaning…No More Knick Knacks or Dust Collectors!

Souvenirs with Meaning Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a trinket from a trip that you almost immediately forgot about. (Yes, I am talking about you my now rusty Alaskan Ulu made from a recycled saw blade!) It’s a common experience! It’s easy to breeze through the duty-free area on…

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Five Things You Need To Know About Travel Insurance

Five Things You Need To Know About Travel Insurance

Even the most seasoned travelers sometimes feel confused about travel insurance — what’s out there, what it covers, whether or not they need it. While coverage and policies vary from state to state, of course, here are some basics of travel insurance to get you started: 1.   There are five…

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Five ‘Life-Saving’ Items to add to Your Regular Packing List

Five ‘Life-Saving’ Items to add to Your Regular Packing List

You’re getting ready for your next trip. The suitcase is open on the bed, and you’re going down the list of everything you’ll need to take with you. Sandals? Check. Windbreaker? Check. Sunscreen? Check.  Duct tape? Wait….what? You read that correctly. A small roll of duct tape takes up a…

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5 Questions for Choosing the Right Luggage for Your Next Trip

5 Questions for Choosing the Right Luggage for Your Next Trip

Almost all travelers have a Nightmare Luggage story. You spent a lot of money on a fancy brand-name bag that broke on the first leg of the trip. Or you skimped on the spending and got exactly what you paid for. Or the bag that you thought would be comfortable…

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Value versus Cost. Which is Really More Important?

Value versus Cost. Which is Really More Important?

Value versus Cost This is something that has been rattling around in my brain for a while. People often ask me for a “good deal” at Disney, Universal or Cruises. People think that the cheapest vacation is what they want. Most of the time, though, it isn’t. Let me explain.…

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It’s a Tough Job….or My Top 6 Tips for Saving Money at Walt Disney World

It’s a Tough Job….or My Top 6 Tips for Saving Money at Walt Disney World

1 Mardi Gras Parade, 2 Theme Parks, 3 Days, 4 Resorts, 10 Restaurants, 16 Miles, 20+ Attractions & 300+ Photos This past weekend I was with 10 other Travel Agents and one Universal Studio District Sales Manager. Our goal was to learn as much as humanly possible about Universal Studios…

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5 Simple Steps to the Best Travel of Your Life

5 Simple Steps to the Best Travel of Your Life

People are always talking about taking their “dream vacation” — but largely what people mean when they say this is that every detail of the trip was planned flawlessly, everything went according to plan, and the service and food were stellar. But what if the key to having the best…

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My Top 5 Insider Tips for Cruising. I don’t travel without #4!

My Top 5 Insider Tips for Cruising. I don’t travel without #4!

Social Butterfly or Wallflower? If you know me in real life, you know I am a wallflower. I am usually the quiet one in the corner at the party, smiling at other people and having fun. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a pathetic wallflower. I just feel more…

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