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My Favorite Hawaii Beaches

I love Hawaii. I love everything about Hawaii. I am constantly trying to figure out how I can get back to the islands. In just two months time I will make a return trip to Hawaii. In fact, this upcoming trip will be my 165th visit to Hawaii. My first trip was when I was […]

A Dozen Reasons to Book With a Travel Agent

We live in the internet age; however, a real, live, experienced travel agent you can talk to is still very useful. All of them at Columbus Travel provide services and knowledge you simply can’t find online; and in a crisis, an agent is invaluable. #1 – A travel agent is accountable. This is the real […]

No Risk Cruise Booking

A common facet of the travel industry involves reserving an airplane ticket, a hotel, a rental car without it costing you anything if you cancel. Here are some typical practices: (a) For decades airline companies have had “refundable fares.” But those fares are commonly twice or three times as much as the lowest published airfares […]

Columbus’s Top 6 Haunted Halloween Tours

Looking for some spooky sites to spend your Halloween? These are our favorites: Romania: Count Dracula’s Castle Travel to the mysterious and legendary Bran Castle in Romania for the scare of a lifetime. For 37 years, the Bran Castle served as a residence to many royal Romanian figures. Now the castle is open to the […]

The Best Cruise Lines

Ever wonder which cruise line is best? Each cruise line has certain things that they do best. Cruise Critic has unveiled its editors’ picks for the best cruise line in certain categories. Whether you’re looking for ocean or river cruises from family to adventure, you’ll see which cruise lines are doing best in this year’s […]

Off Season Travel – Best Times to Beat the Crowds (and the Prices)

What makes the “off season” a great time to travel?  Many factors go into this, depending on the destination. Weather is one of the biggest factors that affect travel. During the hurricane season (June 1 – November 30) cruise lines will drop prices in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Bahamas 40 – 60%. The seasons in […]

Way to Travel- With or Without an Agent

You can travel on your own, with a guided group, or a combination of the two.  A fourth way would be to go on a cruise.  And where you are going is often the deciding factor in which is best for you. On your own: If you are traveling to a foreign country, particularly one […]

Things Not to Touch

Life is not a sanitary experience.  You are continually forced to be with hordes of humans with all types of coughs, colds and questionable hygiene habits.  If you are a “gemophobe,” you will want to carry a lot of antiseptic handy wipes with you, whether you go to the movies, a sports stadium, church or […]

What Is A Repo Cruise?

A “Repo Cruise” involves the repositioning (not reposession) of a cruise ship.  Let’s say it’s been cruising all summer long in Alaska, and now that the season is over, the company owning the vessel wants to send it to the Caribbean for the fall, winter and early spring.  Well, they don’t want to lose money […]

My Favorite Destination- BANGKOK

I’m often asked what my favorite place to visit is.  I always answer this question with a question, viz., “What is the purpose of the trip?”  For excitement; something exotic, but very safe; great food, world famous beaches, deluxe hotels, and a friendly and welcoming people, it’s an easy call — Thailand.  No other place […]

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