Category: Travel Tips

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 […]

Paring Down Vacation Costs

I am just glad that I have already booked my hotels in Madrid, Barcelona and Venice (part of my Christmas present to my wife) in U.S. dollars. If I had done it in Euros, the cost of each nightly stay would be going up every day before we even get there. We thought it was […]

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