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.

Puerto Rico

I am not 100% sure what this week is going to hold as far as work. My family has some different things going on this week. We will see how everything goes.

Puerto Rico is known as the land of enchantment, and it is an awful nice place to visit. Here you will find friendly people, incredibly good good food, and absolutely beautiful weather. Today let’s look at some things that you might want to do if you were to go to Puerto Rico.

  • One thing that Puerto Rico is known for is its beautiful beaches. And one of their most beautiful beaches is Flamenco Beach. You will not find any fancy resorts or nice restaurants here. But it is the perfect place to relax without crowds, traffic or crime. Our military is responsible for keeping the developers away.
  • Another popular attraction is Mosquito Bay on Vlequez. Are you wondering, like I am, why that is? It is because they have creatures there that are half-plant and half-animal. And at night, the water emits a blue glow from these creatures. It sounds like you’ll feel like you’re in outer space somewhere.

And more on tips

I enjoy writing these tips on tips on tips. They’re fun. They’re easy to write about.. So let’s get back to some more of them.

  • In Barcelona, Spain, you will most likely be charged for their service automatically. But if you are feeling particularly generous, or if you have an exceptionally good server, go on and add ten percent to your bill if you are at a high end place. Leave some change if you are eating at a more casual eatery.
  • Cape town, South Africa is apparently a happening food scene, I never knew that. You are going want to tip ten to fifteen percent at more restaurants. You will also want round up when you take a taxi. And add a dollar a bag when your porter gets your luggage for you.

More on tipping

Let’s look some more at how you should tip in other countries around the world. I think this is pretty interesting, better than anything about COVID-19 for sure. And this will help anyone who is traveling now or who wants to travel in the future.

  • Have you ever dreamed of going to Paris? In most restaurants in the City of Lights, they are going to charge you for service. That means that you do not have to leave a tip. However, a lot of people are either leaving some spare change or rounding up their bill. It is just something nice to do.
  • Tips are not required in Italy. But they are seen as a kind gesture. And who doesn’t want to be seen as kind? But before you tip, make sure to look at your bill to make sure that a gratuity hasn’t already been added. It is often added here in tourist areas.
  • The Japanese like to keep it simple. Do not tip. Good service is expected of all Japanese wait staff. They actually do have a tipping system, but it is pretty complicated.. Try learning it at your own risk.
  • Mexico is now a lot like the States. You are going to want to pay a ten to fifteen percent tip at any restaurant. You may want to keep in mind that these people usually do not make much, and you will truly be helping them out.

Tips on tipping

,I have things I want to do with the business for sure, so let me get started on this. How do you tip, especially when you are in other countries? Today we are going to look at some tips on tipping.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina sounds a lot like us. When you get through with your meal, you will want to leave a ten to fifteen percent tip. And you will want to be sure to leave it in cash.
  • In Australia, wait staff are paid a livable wage. They are not expecting anything from you. But you can leave something if you want to. This is especially true if they give you excellent service. Your leaving a few extra dollars will be appreciated.
  • If you are in the Czech Republic, you will want to see if they charged you for their service. While tips are not expected, they are becoming the normal thing. And again, ten to fifteen percent is what most everyone will pay.
  • When you are in Dubai, which I have heard is a very up and coming destination, once again you will want to check your check. Sometimes they charge you for their services. But here, the simple ten percent is the standard.

More places to walk

Let’s get back to looking at some cities that you might want to explore, especially if your family likes to walk around towns together on your vacations together.

  • Is anyone in your family into history? You might want to go walk Philadelphia. Go see the place where the Continental Congress happened. They also have a lot of shops by their Delaware River Harbor that you might find fascinating. You may also want to see some of the art that they have.
  • Or you might also want to go to the Lake Forest that is near Chicago. Here you will be near Lake Michigan. You will want to go explore their Market Square which will have a lot of shops for you. And that includes a a book shop called Lake Forest Book Store that is pretty popular.
  • Or you might also want to go to the Lake Forest that is near Chicago. Here you will be near Lake Michigan. You will want to go explore their Market Square which will have a lot of shops for you. And that includes a a book shop called Lake Forest Book Store that is pretty popular.

Great places to walk

I’m getting a late start, and there is a lot that I want and need to do. But I am determined not to just throw up another video. That always feels like I’m cheating. Anyway, I’m sitting on the porch, have been doing that quite a bit lately?. It is an absolutely beautiful time to go walking. If walking around is something you and your family like to do together, here are some ideas of towns that you might want to explore.

  • Charleston, South Carolina is a great place to walk around and enjoy at a slower pace of life. For one thing, there is a lot of history you can take in. You will be walking on cobblestone streets here. You may enjoy looking at some old church buildings that are said to be beautiful. You will also find a lot of fantastic restaurants.
  • Or you might want to check out Lexington, Kentucky.. And this is especially true if someone in your family simply loves horses. They have many, many horse farms in this area of the country. They also make bourbon here, so that might be interesting to some. And you will find a lot of great places to eat here too.