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Saturday, 12 January 2019 23:56

Loving Them to Death

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Over Tourism is creating havoc for major tourist’s sites and contiues to threaten famous cities, beautiful beaches & archeological treasures. Consider the city of Venice which has over 24 million tourists descend upon it each year.

Day-trippers & cruise passengers, who total almost 15 million, pollute and contribute little economic value to the city. To combat this, Italian cities had implemented hotel taxes for overnight stays to cover costs. However, Venice has now started charging a 10 Euro tax pp. to these day-trippers & cruise passengers entering the lagoon city via turnstiles.

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Amsterdam, which experiences a similar influx of tourism, has started to fight back with an 8 Euro pp. entry cost for visitors arriving by ocean or river cruise ships. 

You can still enjoy the romantic canal cities of Venice & Amsterdam IF you heed this sage advice. To avoid the throngs of visitors, I suggest traveling offseason, during the cooler months, and/or a stay over for a couple of nights. During the evening when the cruise ships & day-trippers depart, both Venice & Amsterdam are still grand European cities.

Bernabo Bocca, the president of Federalberghi, a national hoteliers’ group, said: “Our historic city centers are museums, and as with museums, it is right that visitors should pay to see them.”

I could not agree more.

tti

Friday, 08 August 2014 15:38

Healthy Travel Tips

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Want to be healthy while traveling? Don’t we all! Each and every day many of us work hard to keep on track when it comes to health and wellness, and the moment we step foot on a plane, heading for vacation, all that effort seems to crumble. But it doesn't have to! Check out http://yogalift.com/blog/ for some awesome thoughts on this topic. 

Monday, 21 July 2014 19:55

Travel this Fall & save big on your Dream Vacation!

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If you are willing to be flexible with your travel date & travel off season, there are deals to be had.

Looking for Beach and Jungle? Resorts offer great discount to lure travelers to Mexico & the Caribbean during ‘off season’.  With many families traveling south during the summer months, fall is your best bet to beat the crowds. The once predictable Central American ‘rainy season’ isn’t so predictable anymore – therefore your Dream Vacation can become a reality AND stay within your budget.

Looking for a great European trip? September can be busy, but aim for October or November and picture yourself cruising the Rhine, visiting the Vatican, or hiking the Alpes (without the backpacker crowds!) and it will become a reality in no time!

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:31

Delta's NEW FF Program Causes Turbulence

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 Delta Airlines decision to change their Sky miles frequent flyer program is causing turbulence among its members.  The new program rewards those who spend more $$$ on tickets not just for miles flown.

The distance between the business class traveler & the coach class leisure traveler widens further

I would imagine that the other airlines will follow suite shortly they always do.  Jet Blue & Virgin Air already have a similar program. FF miles earned on Delta’s AMEX credit cards will also increase with spending.  But those annual steep CC fees really hurt ...…OUCH!!!

 

 

 

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