Fact or Fiction: Oktoberfest in Germany is in October.
That is FACT & FICTION! Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is traditionally celebrated mostly in the month of September. This year the first keg was tapped September 19th, 2015 and is scheduled to "run dry" the first weekend in October.
According to their official website Half-Time Report;
"Despite the cool weather, 3 million guests found their way to the Oktoberfest. Most of them from Munich, also guests from America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland and Italy made the trip to Bavaria.
Compared to 3.3 million visitors in 2014, the number of guest went slightly down, which means that it was easier to find a seat at one of the tables in the tents."
Do you want to participate in "Septemberfest 2016"? Connect with our Independent Agent Veronika Giddens for more information.
Fact Or Fiction:Driver’s licenses from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, American Samoa or New Hampshire will no longer be enough to get on a domestic commercial flight.
FACT! Starting in 2016, travelers from five U.S. states will not be able to use their driver’s licenses as ID to board domestic flights
The standard licenses from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and American Samoa are considered “noncompliant” with the security standards.
Starting sometime next year a secondary document will be required. Acceptable” IDs include passports and passport cards, as well as permanent resident cards, U.S. military ID, and DHS trusted traveler cards such a Global Entry and NEXUS. There will be a 3 month grace period as a warning to travelers.
Children under 18 will not be required to have the ID as long as they are accompanied by an ID's adult.
Read the entire article here.
You need to tip on an Alaskan land tour with a cruise line?
FACT- Yes. You should expect to tip on the land portion of your Alaskan Cruise Tour. This is the portion of the trip that is land only and then the cruise either is prior to this or after this part of the cruise tour.
Guests should expect to tip their tour director/guide and their driver to the sum of $11.50 per person per day.
That may seem like a lot but these folks go above and beyond to make your tour fabulous. They guide you through everything, from daily activities, touring, and suggestions for more things going on. They get you to where you need to go, they collect and drop off your luggage, (yes, once you step into this portion of your trip you never lift a finger for your bags until you are coming home or getting on the ship!), they know where to be and when to get the best wildlife viewing, they have insider information!
You can always tip what you feel is right but trust me at the end of your land touring it will always feels like it will not be enough!
In that case, at Carson Travel we recommend that you go again!
You save more by booking your cruise later?
Fiction- just as of recently! If you did not care where your cabin was on the ship, this used to be something that you could take a risk and hope that the ship was not sold out. The cruise lines would drop the pricing after all the unsold group space was allotted back into inventory or if the number of cabins sold just did not meet their minimum. This just changed in the last 6 months. As of right now except a few sailings that are 3 nights from Miami, the majority of the cruise lines are no longer dropping pricing last minute.
Why the change of heart? The cruise lines realized that by changing the pricing all the time that guests were holding off and sometimes they were not filling the ships as they needed.
Personally, we at Carson Travel are thrilled about this because we are no longer worried that our clients are getting the best pricing. Now the best rule of thumb is to book early, this is now back to the simple rules of supply and demand. If the ship fills or a certain category fills the pricing will go up. Booking early guarantees that guests will get the best pricing now.
What is early, sometimes a year or more out? Yes, itineraries are open that far out. If by some chance there is a great promotion that comes out by the cruise line with all the bells and whistles that you want for your trip, you can move your booking into that promotion, as long as you are outside of final payment.
The longer you now wait to book your next cruise the less likely you will see the pricing that may fit your budget, the airfare will more than likely be higher, and you may not get the cabin that you want. Cruising is popular, don’t wait to book your trip!
Pets Love to Travel Too!
We wanted to share these strategies from Charlotte Reed, a Florida-based author and pet expert, for our clients and their furry travel companions.
BEFORE YOU GO
BE SURE TO PACK
PRACTICE THE TRIP
We hope these tips help you and your canine companion have a wonderful vacation!
LOW BATTERY! LOW BATTERY! LOW BATTERY!
You're taking the picture of a lifetime and your SMARTphone doesn't seem so SMART anymore.
Here are a few tips to help your phone keep up with your vacation:
1) Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and "push" notifications.
2) Dial down your screen brightness (another know battery drain)
3) Limit using Apps that work with your GPS (in settings, review which apps use your location.)
4) Turn offs Apps running in the background (go to Android settings or on an iPhone tap the "home" button twice and swipe up on unused apps.)
5) Another option is to set your phone to "airplane mode" to disable the constant search for a cell signal. (This could also prevent a pricey phone bill.)
6) Lastly, Don't forget a portable charger!
Wonders of the World
Southeast Asia offers travelers a rich combination of experiences as ancient meets modern in these intriguing countries.
Enjoy the July edition of our travel magazine and explore the highlights and find out how cruising is a great way to see many of the countries with ease and convenience on one vacation.
Be inspired by the wonders of the world that are found in the countries of Southeast Asia.
Learn about visiting neighboring India with valuable tips and information from our award winning On Location partner.
There's another delectable recipe for you to try and this month's travel promotions are well worth considering.
Take a look and get in touch. We're here to help with the planning of your next memorable vacation!
Do you miss vacation food? Do you want to try to create a vacation meal in your own kitchen? This month's recipe is Crispy Wonton Towers from Rocky Mountaineer , A Taste of Elegance Crispy wonton tower layered with roasted vegetables and married with a smoked tomato sauce.
Ingredients Wonton Crisps with Roasted Vegetables Smoked Tomato Sauce
Find the complete instructions here: Preparation & Plating
Before you close the hotel door for the last time or click lock on the rent-a-car be sure to do an accessory check.
Whether you are a "igadget" fan or an android user - we are all carrying more electronics than ever! And leaving our chords everywhere but where we need them.
Parents, how many of you have heard the panicked scream, " I left my charger!" after you are 100 miles down the road?
Or you entered the business meeting with one bar left on your PC and. . .no charger?
Don't be "UNaccessorized". Do Your Accessory Check.
Tip for families: Color code the charger with a piece of colored tape on the chord to identify whose is whose.
Our on-site partners around the world specialize in custom arrangements, both on and off the beaten track. Their local knowledge and contacts make our insiders invaluable when planning the best vacation to suit your needs.
We met up with Pawel Sewera of JTB USA, specialists in travel to Japan, for tips and insight on visiting this unique country.
Q: How would you describe Japan to those considering a vacation there?
Japan is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world, a dazzling mixture of the old and new. Visitors can immerse themselves in a fascinating mix of past and present: ultra-modern technology; traditional temples; tranquil gardens and pulsing neon signs.
Read the entire article here: Japan - An Insider's View
Leigh Ann Arnholt