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.

Tips for Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for travel. And yes, I know that some people are saying that you should not travel with everything going on this year. But others are saying that you should, it is important to gather with extended family during troubling times like these. It is important to have times of fun and celebration. It will also help us remember why we are grateful in the first place.

  • Everyone knows that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the absolute worst day to travel. That is when everyone wants to get to their destination. Consider leaving Tuesday as early as you can. Or you might want to leave as early as you can on Thanksgiving Day itself.
  • You can never be sure what might happen on the road, especially in winter. It is best to take a first aid kit. You will also want to take along some food, warm blankets, and flashlights.
  • Take along games so that no one must will get bored. Tell stories. Do things that will help pass the time.

Travel tips again

There is a lot to say when it comes to travel tips. I think the guy who I am taking these tips from has spent the majority of ten years traveling. So I think he kind of knows what he’s talking about. Let’s get back to it.

I know I have talked about this before, but there are a lot of credit cards that are going to give you rewards that you can use when travel. Some are going to give you airline miles that you can use. Others will help you with hotel costs, or maybe even restaurant dinners. You just need to get online and find the credit cards that will work best for you.

The news likes to make a big deal out of anything that they can. That is their job. But the world is not as dangerous place as the media makes it out to be. Oh please don’t be stupid, it is usually safer, and a lot more fun, to travel with family or friends the. Always keep your money on your person. And keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious. If you do these things, you should be just fine.

Wear sun block. You don’t want to get a bad sunburn and have stay in your hotel room, feeling miserable the whole time, do you? And this is especially true when you’re at high altitudes or near the equator.

Even more travel tips

Today we are going to get back to some more travel tips. I hope that you are enjoying these tips. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments. But let’s get back to them now.

  • When it comes to eating, you will want to try a little bit of everything when you travel. Not knowing what it is may actually be a good thing. Ask the people that you get to know where their favorite places to eat are. Check out the street vendors that have the longest lines. Why do you want to travel if the only food you want to eat is the food you are used to?
  • There are some very nice hotels out there, and yes, you should splurge from time to time. But hotels are not the only places that you can stay. It is common for people in Europe to have a room ready for guests to stay in. They have a room for travelers to stay in, and often you’ll be more than welcome to eat breakfast with the family, and maybe even dinner too. There are also hostels you can stay in, where you can meet all kinds of interesting places. There are also apartments you can rent. Looking for ways to save money?
  • When traveling, my family would often have cereal for breakfasts, have sandwiches and things for lunch, and then we would go to eat at a restaurant for dinner. But even just eating dinner out can get old after a while. Having an apartment means that you are going to be able an to cook.
  • Restaurants that are right by tourist attractions are always going to be expensive. And do not get me started on the food in amusement parks, everything is awfully expensive at those places. Get away from those places before you decide where to eat.

And some more travel tips

Do you travel all of the time? I would love to know any travel tips that you might want to share. Please leave them in the comments. Have you never traveled before in your life? Read on for some more good travel tips.

  • When you travel, you are going to want to take pictures everywhere you go. Pack that extra camera battery, or have that phone charger. It just helps to be prepared. You never know what beautiful thing you might get to see and capture to take home to enjoy over and over.
  • Travel always involves a lot of walking. You are going to take good, comfortable shoes. Travel is usually not the time to wear those fashionable high heels. People are not going to care about what you wear when you travel. Be comfortable. Take the most comfortable tennis shoes, your favorite sandals, and maybe some hiking boots.
  • One of the most expensive parts of travel is flying, it’s just a fact of life. Booking your flights two to three months before you want to leave is going to help with that.
  • And always go on the free walking tours. This will help orient you to the place. It will also give you some interesting tidbits about the city. And who knows. You may even makes some friends along the way.

More travel tips

What are your favorite travel tips? I would love to hear them. Please leave them for me in the comments. Let’s get back to our discussion on travel tips.

  • You work hard for your money. You do not need to throw your money to the wind. And yes, inexpensive travel is very possible. But you can, and should, splurge from time to time. Go out for that nice dinner. Do that adventure that you have always wanted to do. Book a few days at a nicer hotel. Things that you know you’ll enjoy.
  • This is saying that you should for sure take ear plugs and an eye shield. Personally I don’t think I would do well using either while I’m awake, much less while I’m tried trying to sleep. You are going to hear a lot of strange noises when you travel. No, you might not sleep well for the first few nights. Do what works best for you.
  • Do not forget your water bottle. You will want to take that pretty much anywhere you go?.
  • Everyone thinks that they are going to use more stuff on their trips than actually do. Do you really need that expensive camera, or will you be just as happy with the pictures you take on your phone? Do you really want to carry around the ten books that you think you might read? Just bring along your e-reader.

More travel tips

Thanksgiving is to in a little more than a week. And that means that the Christmas and the whole holiday season. And yes, it is going to look different, hasn’t everything looked different this past year? I don’t know what I’m doing for Thanksgiving. We’ll see. But anyway, today let’s get back to some more travel tips..

  • You do not need to be fluent in any language to visit foreign country. You are going to be able to find someone that speaks English pretty much anywhere you would go are. But can you learn a few expressions in the language of the country where you are going. People love hearing foreigner say things like, “please” and “thank you” in their own language. They may laugh at you and speak in English. You may also try images on your blender phone or Google Translate.
  • Getting something stolen is never fun. Getting something stolen in a foreign country is worse. Take more than one. Leave one in your hotel room. And the best thing to do is to keep your other card on your person. Make a little pouch that you can put money, cards, your passports, and any other more important papers, and put that pouch under your shirt. That is one of the safer ways to do things.
  • After long flights, your phone is probably going to be dead and needing to be charged. Make sure to write down the address of your hotel before going out so that you will know where you need to get back to. Also write down your room number.
  • You are going to want to know something about the country that you are visiting before you go. Read a book. It doesn’t have to be a travel guide. It could be a novel. Sometimes I feel like remember novels better because I remember stories.

Travel tips

How do you travel? Do you always do the same things over and over? My family usually goes to see family or friends when we travel. I’m not complaining, visiting people I love is my favorite. But I know one of my sisters loves to explore new places when she travels.. Which kind of traveler are you? Today we are going to look at some more travel tips.

  • When you travel, it is a great time to try new things. Try foods you wouldn’t normally eat. Do something you’ve always been afraid to try. Who knows? You may find that that it is something that you love to do.
  • Everyone is different, and we can all learn from each other. That is true of individual people, as well as entire cultures. Ask questions when you go other places.
  • Don’t just see the sites. Take time to be with the people. Go to the cafes and get into discussions. You will be surprised at what you might learn. Go explore on foot from time to time.
  • Don’t know where you are going, don’t have a plan. Just go out there. Stop at any places that look interesting. You will probably get lost, but that’s okay. People are generally friendly, they will help you find your way back to.
  • And that leads me to my next point, do not over plan. You never know the great places you might discover and great people you might be able to meet when you don’t have an agenda. Pick a couple of things that you know you want to see, but then let yourself do the things that come up.

Even more destinations

Do you have a bucket list of things that you would like to do? Do you have one for places you want to go? Let’s look at some more places you might want to put on on that list today.

  • Have you ever dreamed of going to Greece? If you have, you might want to consider going to Santorini. For starters, this is an absolutely beautiful place. You will probably wonder if you have stepped the back in time because of how ancient this place looks. And you should also be able to find some great food..
  • Have you considered going to Croatia? I hear this is another beautiful place. If this sounds interesting to you, you might to start planning your trip to Dubrovnik. You will find a lot of history here. This is was also a great place to go hiking. Or explore some of their beautiful islands.
  • The Maldives is another beautiful island destination. This is one of the lowest lying countries, being very close to sea level. This is a wonderful place to do all of the water sports. You are likely to see a lot of neat sea animals here.

More destinations

Yesterday did not not go as I thought it would. Let’s get back to our discussion about some exotic destinations that you might want to explore sometime in the future. You may be ready to travel any time now. Other people may want to wait a little longer. Either way, here are some places you might want to start dreaming about.

  • A lot of people want to go to Thailand. This is another long flight, but it is an absolutely beautiful place. Everyone thinks of Bangkok when they think of Thailand, after all, it is the capital. But you might want to try Chiang Mai, because it is so much more relaxed and peaceful. The weather also tends to be nicer. But you are going to find just as much history and culture here as you would in Bangkok. And good food is to be had anywhere you might go in Thailand.
  • South Africa is a hot destination these days. Do you and your family want to see lions and tigers and other wildlife up close and personal? There are a lot of animals that you are going to be able to see here. And this include penguins though you might not think of those.

Interesting places

Sometimes I know exactly what I want to talk about on this, other times I have no idea what I want to do, and it takes me a while to figure it out. Today has been the latter. But I think I have figured it out.

The world is under quarantine. No one knows when it will really end, or if things will ever truly get back to the way it used to be. No one is quite sure what travel is going to look like in the future. But today we are going to look at some places you might want to go.

  • I love being warm. I love having warm things on my body, it just always feels good to me. But I know other people who would prefer to be cold. If you are one who likes the cold, consider going to the Lofoten Islands which are in Norway. These islands were once one of Norway’s best kept secrets, but word has gotten out. You should try to go fishing if you decide to visit this place. And stay in one of their cozy fishing cabins.
  • Do you and your family just love floating around? You should go to the Dead Sea. You will float like a work in this place. The sea has all kinds of salt and other minerals that are good for you. This is kind of in between Israel and Jordan.
  • Iceland is another relatively new destination to be discovered. It is now on many people’s bucket lists. They are known for their black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanic mountains. This is a great place to go horseback riding, mountain biking, sea kayaking or surfing. Or you might want to go to Bali. It is a long haul flight to be sure, but once you are there it is paradise. Are you and your husband looking for a romantic getaway? This would be a great destination for you. Are you looking for some great beaches? Or are you wanting to see some great wildlife? Bali has all of this and more.