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.

More about Royal Caribbean’s Voyager

Today we are going to take another look at Royal Caribbean’s Voyager, and what all they have to offer.

  • If you are a fan of Royal Caribbean, and especially if you love some of their restaurants, you’re in luck. Royal Caribbean will have all of your favorite places to eat on board. And here I am talking about places where you will have to pay to eat. One thing that you may enjoy is a nice Italian restaurant that is for your whole family. You will also have a Japanese restaurant that you might enjoy.
  • Since you are going to be doing all of this eating, you are also going to want to work out, right? Royal Caribbean has you covered there as well. You will find beautiful places where you can do your own workout. And like many other cruise ships, they have a spa where you can enjoy all kinds of treatments.
  • As a parent, you may be thinking “All of this sounds great, but what going am I going to do with my kids?” Royal Caribbean has a great kids’ club. They have something for everyone between the ages of three and seventeen. The the club is at no additional charge.. But they will charge you something for late night babysitting.

Royal Caribbean’s Voyager #1

Did you know that at one time Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world? They have, of course, built bigger ships since then. But today, let’s take a look at some of what the Voyager has to offer.

  • First of all, you should know that the Voyager has gone through several dry dock periods, and is now something that many of today’s travelers should enjoy. It has many of the amenities that you would think of when you think of a cruise today.
  • Families are going to love this ship because there is so much to do. They will especially love all of the water fun that is to be had on this ship. Some pools are going to have all kinds of drink options for you to enjoy while you relax by the pool. They also have an ice skating rink, laser tag and a full basketball court.
  • Another thing that a lot of families will enjoy is that once you are on board, there is a lot you are going to be able to do at no additional charge. For starters, you will be free to get food from any of the main dining rooms. And there are a few other restaurants where you can eat for free. You will be able to take in all of their shows at no cost. You will also have access to their fitness and sports equipment. And of course, your children are going to be able to go to their kids’ club.

More cheap accommodations

I don’t think I know too many people who would turn down inexpensive travel, if they feel comfortable traveling, these days. No one is quite sure what the economy is going to do. We will just have to wait and see what happens on all of that. But anyway, let’s get back to our discussion on inexpensive accommodations.

  • And today we are going to start by looking at camping. Get an inexpensive tent, and you will probably also want some kind of air mattress. But you should be able to use those over and over again. Are you traveling and see an open field? You could stop and sleep there at no cost. Now you don’t want to stop somewhere that is marked private property or anything like that. Actual campgrounds will charge a fee, but that is usually pretty minimal., unless you want to stay somewhere really popular. You will want to make sure to keep your food in a safe place. Also make sure to leave nothing behind you.
  • You should also consider housesitting or petsitting. Sometimes people leave their homes to go on vacation. Sometimes they have to go out of town for work. Either way, you could be sitting pretty if they decide to let you housesit for them. You might have to look after their pets, but that is usually a pretty small task. Sometimes the own will even pay you to stay there, which could be a sweet deal for you.. You may want to do this for a friend a or two to give you some references. Have them write out a list of everything that they would like to do.
  • There is a website that is where a lot of people have signed up to have people stay with them. And these are people from all around the world. Sometimes you are going to sleep on their couch, and sometimes you get a real bedroom. Both the host and the traveler can leave reviews on their site to give you an idea of what its really like. Make time to do something fun with your host. They may sign up because they are lonely.

Cheap places to stay #2

I’m still trying to figure out this new blog system and how to do everything. I apologize that this blog still looks like a mess.. But anyway, today let’s look at some more accommodations that should be less expensive.

  • Is your goal to immerse yourself in the language and culture? Why not stay in a home with a family? Families sometimes do rent out a room to make some extra money. Usually you will get breakfast at no additional charge, and sometimes you will get dinner as well. Check to see which meals you will have as you begin your stay. If you do not speak your hosts’ language, sign language work well. You may be surprised at how fast you may pick up each other languages. It will probably only between ten and fifty dollars to do this.
  • Most people have to do some kind of work to get money in order to get what they need in order order to live. You can also volunteer your time to certain organizations, and they’ll give you a place to stay while you help them. You may be able to learn a new skill, get some great experience for your resume, and meet new friends, not to mention see new places while you do these work exchange programs. You will want to be careful to learn all about the work exchange program that you want to go on. Some programs charge you something to be part of it.

Cheap accommodations #1

You know you want to travel. But even with being careful with your finances, the money just isn’t there. You want to take your children so they can see new lots. not But why does travel have to be so expensive. Well, who says that it does? Today we are going to take a look at some ways that you can save on your accommodations, which is arguably one of your bigger expenses when you are traveling.

  • People that want to keep to a tighter budget while traveling usually love hostels. To stay in one of these places will usually cost you no more than thirty dollars. Most of the time, these places are going to allow you access to a kitchen and laundry room. Now you may or may get your own bedroom. But this is a great way to get to know some of your fellow travelers. But you do not want to stay in a hostel that does not provide lockers for their guests. And you will want to bring eye masks and ear plugs.
  • Or you might want to consider to stay in a guesthouse. Here you will have your own bedroom for sure. You will have privacy, but will probably not get to know other travelers. You may or may not have access to a kitchen. To stay at one of these places will cost you anywhere between ten and eighty dollars. You will always want to see the bedroom before you agree to stay.
  • Another option that you might want to consider for somewhere between ten and eighty dollars a night is a short term apartment. Sometimes people have these apartments that are just sitting there. Obviously in these apartments you should have some kind of kitchen. This will give you a feel of what it’s like to live in a certain country. You will want to check out the reviews on any apartment that you are thinking about. Look at where the apartment is and how you will be able to get around.

Where do people want to go?

I have written about this before, but it is hard to to find a job when you are as disabled as I am. I love writing blogs, I have this and another blog [] I write. I want to do things on these blogs that take money. Nothing happens fast or easily. I just wish I could figure something out somehow..

But anyway. Where do people want to go when all of this is over, or we figure out this new normal, or whatever. Let’s look at this question today.

  • One place a that a lot of people would like to go is Australia. This is a great place for those who love to take adventures. I know that this is a great place to go if you want to explore caves an. I’m sure it would also be a great place to go hiking or biking since it is such a beautiful place. And surfers love this place as well.
  • Japan is another place that many people dream of going. I wonder if people just hope to taste “real sushi. I know many people love that stuff. I also wonder if people want to see where a lot of their electronics are made. But Japan has a lot of regulations they want you to follow if you want to visit their country. And not many people are visiting this year, despite the fact that they were supposed to host the Olympic games this year.

More on the Eclipse

It is Monday, and I’m ready to get back to work. I did not accomplish anything as far as looking for work last week. Hoping to do better this coming week. But anyway, let’s get back to our discussion of the Celebrity Eclipse.

  • Saturday we talked some about all of the free restaurants they have to offer on this ship. But they also have some great specialty restaurants that you may not want to miss out on. Yes, there is some additional fees associated with these restaurants, but you will probably not be disappointed if you should choose to go. The food is said to be excellent. And you will be able to choose from a fancy French restaurant, a nice Italian restaurant, or a more casual Japanese place.
  • What is a cruise without spending some concentrated time by a great pool. You will find one great pool for families, where you will be more than welcomed to be rowdy and to play games. And then there is an adults’ pool where no one under the age of sixteen is allowed.

The Celebrity Eclipse

I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to talk about cruises some. Today let’s look at some of what the Celebrity Eclipse has to offer.

  • First of all, you will love their food. Their standard of quality of their food is higher than on many of the other cruiselines. Good food is one of Celebrity’s top priorities. And many of their food offerings come with the cruise fare. You will also have a lot of different offerings to choose from. They know that some people have to follow diets, and will have some tasty choices for you as well.
  • You will want to check out what’s playing in their theaters this may be especially true when you have those sea days, and aren’t quite sure what to do with yourself. They will offer lectures and classes, like on cooking, and things like that. And in the evenings, they have circus like shows.

Why go to a resort #2

Why go to a resort?? Isn’t doing something like that going to be awful expensive? That depends a lot on what you want to spend on a an vacation. Usually you can find something pretty reasonable. Let’s look at some more interesting things about resorts.

  • Resorts are often going to have a lot of different opportunities for both you and your children to learn. And often your children will be learning in the kids’ clubs without even reasoning it. You may be able to learn more about the culture of the people you are visiting, or take cooking lessons, or you might be able to pick up another sport.
  • I talk about this all of the time, but traveling together can really help your family bond. It helps to get away from our busy, hectic lives and just enjoy one another. Relax at a restaurant and tell old stories. Learn a sport or hobby together. Enjoy sitting around the pool together.. You get the idea.
  • resorts are also usually going to have different restaurants with different types of cuisine. Children need to learn how to eat different types of foods, and not just eat burgers and fries or pizza all of the time. It expands their horizons.