Travel Guide

Hello!  Here you’ll find direct links to my travel guide/essays…usually about 1200 words each…with helpful links to other websites to assist you in your travel plans along with images to inspire you to go…if you have any questions, please contact me and I’ll do my best to answer them…

When I’m planning a trip, I love to get the best deal so I do extensive research to ensure I’ve more money to spend once I’m there!

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For a Lucky Dip type inspiration, I love www.travelzoo.com – sign up for their news letter and they send you the best 20 travel deals from your city – it’s free – they do the work and find the best sales from across the web – can be flights, hotels, packages…local and international – talk about making you drool and giving you itchy feet – Fiji? China? African Safari? NYC?  Where first???

HOTEL TIPS:  When booking a hotel – I start with www.booking.com  Put in your destination, search according to Review Score (only people who’ve stayed there/booked through their website can post reviews) and by neighborhood, if you know where you want to be; it’s the easiest way to compare prices/get the highest rated hotels for the best prices.

Once you’ve used the company several times, you get offered even better deals.  It’s an easy site to navigate, (have mobile app, too) they have great maps, (with the ability to see prices of all hotels in the area you’re looking at) you pay hotel when you check out, and can usually cancel with no penalty.

Once I’ve narrowed down my choices, I cross-reference with www.tripadvisor.com  and the hotels’ own website – sometimes, they’ve a better price or will throw in free breakfast etc, especially if you sign up for their free loyalty program.  If the prices are the same, I’ll use Booking.com because it’s so easily to cancel with no penalty.

CRUISE TIPS: If I’m booking a cruise, I love www.vacationstogo.com  They’re the largest middle man for cruise lines, the prices are right there, (you don’t have to phone anyone) and they’ve everything from 3 day Carnival cruises, Grand Voyages around the world on Cunard and everything in between.  You can sort cruises by cruise line, by the many discounts offered, or by region.  I love their Singles Discounts page, where you don’t pay for double occupancy!  I got my NCL Pride Of America – 7 night around Hawaii – for ~ $1800 for a balcony cabin with $300 excursion credits and $75 cabin credit! A steal!

The thing I love about NCL is their casual cruising attitude (I’ve been to Alaska and Hawaii with them) and if you book a cruise with shore excursion credit, you don’t pay for them until you’re checking off the ship.  Sometimes, you get a better deal by booking directly with the cruise line if you know exactly what you need – e.g. NCL ships have cabins designed for one and can only be booked on their website.  Guess who’s off to Europe???  https://www.ncl.com/

BUT, before you book with anyone, check out http://www.cruisecritic.com/  so you can read reviews on the ship, your cabin, shore excursions and so much more – fabulous resource for all things cruising!

To learn more about Maui – click here – http://yvonnemcleod.com/best-moments-on-maui-from-pride-of-america/

I wish you fun and safe adventures wherever you find yourself…may you meet new friends, explore fascinating terrains, and come away with fresh insight…remember to take sturdy shoes, sunglasses, camera with charger/extra memory cards, at least a few words in the local language, an open heart and relaxed attitude…above all – trust your instincts – and you can’t go far wrong…

I will be adding more information on flights, shuttles and other travel related info, so come back and visit me….