Refurbished ships

Life is crazy. I’ve had communication device problems, hopefully we should be through that. My parents and I have moved. I’m not sure when we are going to get internet at the house and all that.. I’m actually with friends right now. I’m not sure how everything is going to work out, but we’ll see. I wish I could say I know I am going to be back to normal work by a certain time, but I do not know when that will be yet.. Frankly, I do miss my work, and I’m ready to get back to it after nearly a month off.

But anyway, today let’s look at some reasons why you should check out refurbished cruise ships. It used to be that cruise ships would dry dock just about only when completely necessary to stay legal. But these days a lot of cruise companies have decided to completely refurbish their ships, and so other companies are following suit. Here are some reasons you should consider a refurbished ship.

  • Going on a new ship is likely going to cost you an arm and a leg. But that is simply not the case with a refurbished ship.
  • Your rates are going to be between thirty to forty percent lower than on completely new ship. You might even be able to score a last minute deal out instead of having to book and then wait around for three years to go to on your cruise.
  • It does cost less to revamp an old ship than to build a new one. Many ships are adding all of the popular features when they do their dry dock.
  • Another thing you will love is the new rooms on these ships.. Most ships are adding suites.

Places you should go before you turn the big 40

I am pretty unsure about whether or not I am going to have internet access starting tomorrow. We will have to see how everything goes.

I apologize but I am going to get a little personal here. How old are you? If you are around thirty, this blog post is written specifically for you.

Bucket lists have been huge. And I know they are not as big as they once were, but they are still . If you are around thirty, here are some place you might want to put on your list.

  • Don’t you want to see the Taj Mahel? After all, it is one of the seven wonders of the world. Someone built this place to honor his favorite wife after she died giving birth to their fourteenth child. It is recommended to visit this place first thing in  the morning because sunrise makes this place spectacular.
  • Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? This is another beautiful place to get to at sunrise. You will want to take a day or more to explore, do some hiking/walking.
  • You might want to go to the Great Barrier Reef. This is in Queensland. Here you know will find all ks of sealife.

Tips for traveling with kids

Let’s get back to discussing tips for traveling with kids.

  • First, you might want to consider boarding early. Yes, I know that will make your trip feel that much longer. But doing this will enable everyone to feel more settled in their places. It will be especially helpful if you do not have assigned seats.
  • Everyone getting enough rest is essential for a nice, smooth trip. Consider getting a condo. If you are for sure staying in a hotel or resort, consider getting a suite or at least another room.
  • Having free breakfast not only cuts down on costs, it also cuts down on stress. This is one meal you’ll know what you’ll be doing and won’t have to have any discussions about.
  • I know a lot of people like to just go with the flow while they are on vacation, but some planning is a good idea when you’re traveling with children. You’ll want to try your best to work your children’s sleeping and eating schedules. Not messing with those will help keep everyone happy and on track.
  • But you don’t want to overplan your trip, keeping everyone busier than usual.? Children love afternoons at the pool or movie nights.
  • You will want to pack everything that you need, but you do not want to overpack. You don’t want to have more to carry than you have to. A lot of places are going to have washers and dryers that you can use.
  • If you aren’t going to a resort that has a children’s program, consider bringing a babysitter. It isn’t going to cost that much extra. And vacations are the perfect times to get in some extra dates.

MSC Cruises

I’ve decided that I like doing two things at once. Sure, writing about what I am learning about in this travel agent school seems to take me a little longer. But we are supposed to get the word out about the things we’re learning, and writing about the things I am learning does help. And since this school has many different courses, I should keep quite busy for a while.

Today we are going to look at the MSC Cruiseline. MSC stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company. MSC  strives for excellence in everything that they do, and has won a lot of awards for what they do.

  • Where do these cruises go? Basically anywhere you would be interested in traveling to. They do Mexico and the Caribbean, they also do Europe and Asia. They also do an excellent South American cruise.
  • Let’s take a closer look at some of what they have to offer. When it comes to food, their specialty is Italian. They have a lot of great pasta dishes. You will be able to get a great pizza any time that you’d like. But Italian isn’t the only cuisine that they have. They have a famous Asian chef that is over their Asian restaurants. And of course, they have a pas chef to make sure your sweet tooth is satisfied.
  • MSC has partnered with LEGO to bring children and their families experiences they will never forget. They will have all the supplies that you will need for your baby and toddler that you will need.
  • MSC also understands your need to keep up with your fitness program while on board. They will help you create the right exercise program while you are on board. They will also help you come up with healthy menus.

I would love to know your thoughts on any of this..

Okay, I know there are ways to book trips on the internet. So why would you need a travel agent? Let’s look at some times you might want to use a travel agent.


  • Travel agents are great when you and your extended family are going on a trip together. You have a lot of people, some people may have special needs to figure out..People may need to come and go on different days. There are just a lot of details to figure out.
  • You might want to book through a travel agent if you are going to a place you’ve never been. You may have a lot of time to do the necessary research. A travel agent can help you to set everything up. We can figure out your complete itinerary.
  • And when you’re planning your honeymoon, you probably want to go through a travel agent. You have a thousand other things you need to plan. And this is a special trip you is really do not to mess up. Let a travel agent handle all the details .

Movie places

I am going to try to do this, and hopefully I’ll do a better job than I did yesterday.. I’m still doing a lot of experimenting and figuring things out as I go along… x

I think a lot of us like to watch movies when we want to relax. But have you ever wanted to go to the places where specific movies were made? Let’s look at a couple of these today.

  • Do you have any Indiana Jones fans in your did you family? You might want to visit Petra, Jordan where these films were made. This has become a popular destination since the films were made.
  • Slovenia might be small, but it is where Narnia was made. If I am remembering right, the place has some absolutely gorgeous spots.

Planning the perfect girls’ trip #2

Let’s get back to discussing how to plan a great girls’ trip. I have several things I’d like to look into more today, but feel like I need to do the normal things first and just see how the rest of the day goes. Let’s pick up where we left off.

  • Some friends don’t need much except to have a place to gather and some nice food to enjoy themselves. Other groups will want to go to some of the more exotic locations. If your group is trying to start their annual trips together, it might be wise to have a gathering and discuss what everyone is thinking as far as overall budget. Is it going to be easier to gather in each other homes, or do people want to mark places off of their bucket lists? One of you might want  to play hostess more often than the others to cut down on her costs. You can find solutions that work best for your group.
  • If one person is planning the whole thing, this lady will want to give some clues. You might want to get creative with the e-mails you send your group. Some people will go a step farther and send cute little packages to give hints. Groups who are going go somewhere exotic will usually meet at one member’s house, and then they do the reveal at the airport.
  • This is a girls’ trip, so you are going want to have comfortable places where ere you can sit and gab. You might want to have one more than one place like this in case your group wants to split up for whatever reason.
  • But as much as girls like to just sit and talk, you will want to have a few activities planned. Especially if you are going somewhere you’ve never been, you’ll want to get out and enjoy some of the sights. The planner should have a pretty good idea of the things your group likes to do.

Have you done anything like this? I would love to hear about it.

Go play in your favorite video game

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[Disclaimer : I have never been into video games. I have never enjoyed playing those type games. I hardly know anything about any of those games. I’m just going to tell you what this article says.]

I may not know much about these games, but I know they are pretty popular. I know some children, and adults, absolutely love these games. If they aren’t playing them, they’re thinking about playing these things. So let’s look at some places you can play these games in RL [for those that don’t know, RL is real life].

  • The first one is, of course, Mario Brothers. I do remember sitting and watching people playing these games. Who doesn’t dream of getting into these games? The closest thing you can get to this is in Tokyo.
  • There is always Pokemon Go. And I know that you can play that anywhere. The cool thing about this game is that you have to play it outside.
  • In l Las Vegas you can play Any Resident Evil. There you can play zombies to your heart’s content
  • .And now I have good news and bad news good news is that  Nintendo is building its own amusement park. The bad news is that it will not be ready until 2020.

Flying standby

There is so much to learn and figure out when you are in the travel business. One person can not learn everything.. Today let’s look into what what it means to fly standby.

Flying standby is a good way to fly if you don’t especially care when you leave or come back. It’s usually the least expensive way to fly, you’ll usually pay around twenty-five dollars, but you are not guaranteed a seat. So if you think that flying standby would be a good fit for you, here’s what you should do.

  • Firs, you will want to see which airlines have this option available . You will want to read up your chosen airline’s policies to make sure that you, and they, play by the rules.
  • A lot of times they’ll want you to purchase a normal ticket. Sometimes you can get away with a friend flying. Again, you will want to know the specific policies.
  • Another thing that would be good to remember is that you do not want to have checked luggage. They’ll more likely to take you if you don’t. You’re allowed one carry on and purse in most situations. The day before or the flight, you will want to look at the airline’s website to get the latest info on the flight. You will not want to check Expedia or Priceline, they are not going to have the latest information.
  • You are going to want to get there at least two hours in advance. You will want to go to the ticketing agent, and let them know that you’re interested in flying standby.
  • Next you will want to proceed through security and all that. Be sure to let the people at the gate know that you want to fly standby.
  • At the time of the flight, the gate people will be able to let you know whether you’ve made it on.

I would love to know your thoughts  about any of this.

flying is never easy on anyone, whether you are an adult or a child. I think everyone just wants to get to wherever they are going. But when you have a child with Autism, things can get even trickier. Using these tips might help everyone through this.

  • You will want to start talking to your child with Autism about your trip as soon as you know about it. Let them know that your family will be flying. It is probably best not to surprise them.
  • You will want to really want to think about what time you are going to fly. Is your child going to be to sleep on the airplane? Schedule your flight for when he usually sleeps.
  • If your child is known to kick a lot, ask for an aisle seat.

Traveling with a disabled child

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I think I’ve told you on this blog that I’ve started trying to do affiliate marketing with Amazon. I have a lot to learn for sure. Anyway, I’ve met someone who is going to be like a mentor to me in all of that. And she suggested that I try to specialize in working with families who have a child who has a disability. Today we are going to take a look at why it is harder to travel with a child with disabilities.

  • Children with certain disabilities like order. They like routine. They like knowing what’s going to happen and when. Going on vacation tends to mess routines up. And while most people appreciate that, some children with disabilities certainly will not. They won’t understand why they can’t sleep in their own rooms. They may not like missing their favorite shows. Our family moved fairly often.
  • A lot of our trips were to see our family or friends. That was, and still is my favorite way to travel. Being with people I love is my favorite part of travel..
  • But think about taking a blind child to a a museum or zoo. Think about taking a deaf child to a play. Children with sensory issues may want to eat the same foods day after day.

It is Monday. I am more than ready for the vacation that I have coming up. I have had a time deciding what to write about today. But anyway, today let’s look at some of the general descriptions of the different cruiselines.

  • Carnival is known as “The Fun Ships”. They want to be known that way, and they’ve done a good job becoming that. Going on one of their cruises is great to do a bachelor or bachelorette party. It is also a great way to do a family reunion. Carnival goes to the most popular ports of call.
  • Royal Caribbean is another cruiseline that is perfect for having fun, especially for families. This line likes being known for doing different things. And these are ice skating rinks, skydiving and robotic bartenders. Again these ships will go most anywhere..

More saving ideas

It’s Saturday. I am tired. Let’s look at some more ways to save on travel.

  • You will want to be as flexible with dates as you can be.. Do you think you would be able to book your vacation, and then ask for the time off? I know that some jobs are flexible like that while others are not. Another thing to keep in mind is that it is usually the least expensive to fly on Tuesday
  • . Would you like to take care of a house while you are on vacation? You may have to watch some pets. Usually that’s no big deal. People will usually let you housesit without charging anything, they even pay you a little something.

More on saving

Let’s look at some more ways to save on travel.

  • Are you looking at an airbnb, but find the cost a little too high? Ask some of your friends to come with you and share cost. Ask people you know you get along well with. And try to divide the expenses pretty evenly. My family turns cooking into a competition. Everyone wins because the food is delicious.
  • When you are trying to save money, flying is usually not the way you want to go. Flying can get expensive, especially if you are traveling as a family. Driving is a lot less expensive and often more fun too.
  • You can often also save money when you bundle. Let’s say that you have saved some money and want to spend it on a trip. You want to get out of the country, so you are going to have to fly. Bundling your flight, your hotel and your car rental is usually going to save you money..

Saving on travel

You’re ready to travel, but is your wallet? You are not quite sure about that. Let’s look at some tips that might help.

  • Consider using a travel agent. I know that we have talked about this recently. But travel agents are the travel experts. They will know how to find the right place at the the right price.
  • See a vacation at a good price? Go on and book it right the away. These prices can change at any given time. Do not pass your opportunity up.
  • Many travelers are still going to be staying Stateside this year. You will want to look for the places that hardly anyone knows about to get the very best deals. Consider going to lesser known beach or mountain towns.
  • Do you feel safe in your own car? You might just want to take a road trip. Go where you want. Stop whenever you feel like it.

More lakes

We are going to look at some more lakes that you might be interested in visiting.

  • The first one we are going to look at today is Martin’s Fork River, and it is in Kentucky. It is also kind of on the border of Virginia, which is where my grandparents and everyone are from. Boats are allowed to go slowly here. And it sounds like this is a wonderful place to fish
  • . And next we are going to look at Priest Lake, and it is in Idaho. This is a beautiful place. And it is actually pretty close to Canada. You might also want to note that this place has a lot of natural waterslides.
  • Big Bear Lake is part of Southern California. I did not know there was much of anything except big cities in Southern California. You learn something new every day. This is a great place to boat or bike.

Food on Carnival

I kind of feel I am at this place where I am just tired. I know I want to do this, but life is kind of just happening, and I’ve been giving up on doing well more than I should. I believe that taking a real vacation next month is going to help this. In the meantime, I am going to try to get better. We’ll see.

Cruising is an amazing way to travel. On a cruise, you will not have to worry about anything. You are going to have a room to sleep in. And that room travels with you wherever you go. Afraid you might get bored? Think again. Cruises usually have a wide variety of activities that you can do. Do you like going to Broadway type shows? Do you enjoy working up a sweat while playing your favorite sports? Or would you rather take cooking classes, and learn tricks from the great chefs. And then there is the relaxing at the spa and all the shopping that you can do. But food is an important part of any vacation. After all, most of us eat several times a day. And when you’re on vacation, you want to enjoy your food for sure. Today we are going to look at some dining options when you go on a Carnival Cruise.

  • You will definitely want to go to the Taste Bar. Eating there is complimentary, and is now on every ship that is part of carnival’s fleet. Here you will be able to try appetizer size portions of the dishes from the different restaurants. The portions are small, but you can always go back for as much as you want. Go for a meal or for a snack in between..
  • You will also want to try The Chef’s Table. Here, of course, you will be enjoying gourmet dining. You will also be meeting the chefs, and may even get a cooking lesson.