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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 […]

The Best Family Hotels in Cancun Riviera Maya

Cancun and the Riviera Maya have become one of the best destinations for family travel.   Families are flocking to this destination because of the all-inclusive vacation experience and plenty of things to do for all ages.  You can explore ancient cultures, swim with whale sharks, swim in a cenote, take a thrilling zip line ride […]

Why You Should Always Book International Flights with a Travel Agent

Book that domestic ticket to Los Angeles on the internet.  Just remember to check all five airports in the area:  LAX, Long Beach, John Wayne in Orange County, Burbank and Ontario.  In fact, for any airline ticket to any city within the 48 contiguous United States, just do it yourself.  You can compare all airlines, […]

What If the Airline Bumps You?

Why would you get bumped?  Because your flight is overbooked.  Overbooking is the practice of selling more seats than an airline actually has.  They don’t want to have any empty seats, and overbooking insures that every seat will be full even if someone doesn’t show up.  Or, as is more likely, at the last minute, […]

Why Have a Passport and Travel Insurance?

True:  You do not need to have a passport if you are going on a cruise that starts and ends in the  same United States port.  A certified birth certificate will suffice for a roundtrip Seattle cruise to Alaska (even though you’ll be stopping in several Canadian ports), a rountrip Long Beach cruise to the […]

Cruising Concerns

In spite of the rapid growth in the popularity of going on a cruise, many have concerns about taking such a vacation.  And I want to address and perhaps allay any such worries. First – Fear of getting seasick.  This is hardly ever a problem on a river cruise, but even on an ocean cruise, […]

Orlando Trip Planning Aids

It all started with Walt Disney World, but today there’s a lot more to do and see in Orlando.  Yes, there are theme parks galore:  four in Disney World alone; plus Universal Studios features two theme parks; then there’s Sea World; and also Legoland.  In addition, you can visit the Kennedy Space Center, and on […]

The Getaway Guru’s Favorite San Francisco Eateries

Many people love San Francisco, including The Getaway Guru, and lot’s of folks know he came from the city by the bay, visits it as often as he can, and loves to eat in its myriad of great restaurants.  Here’s a list of The Guru’s favorites. SEAFOOD: Tadich Grill at 240 California Street is a […]

Alaska is HOT

One of the hottest selling vacations right now is an Alaska cruise.  The season is short – last week of April through September – and so, in spite of the fact that almost every cruise line sails Alaska, choice cabins are going fast.  Amazingly, prices today are lower than they have ever been. Note:  You […]

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