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.


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We are going to look at some more camps today.

  • There is a place in Colorado called Adaptive Sports Center. You and your family can enjoy a few days of relaxation and fun here. You will be learning how to do different adventure sports together. This is also a great place to do some networking.
  • Adam’s Camp are wants to bring special needs children and young adults and their families to realize their potential. They are going to have therapy intensiveses for the special needs children. They will also have what they call family support. I’m guessing that’s like counseling?
  • Challenge Aspen has camps for the intellectual or physically disabled. They are going to have week long camps for your special needs child. They are going to have a pretty normal camp experience here, with a mix of recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.

More camps

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Would you like that kind of life for yourself? You might want to try Groove, I am discovering that there is a lot to learn with Groove. If you are a writer or another type of creative person, you might also want to check out fiverr, It is easy to freelance with fiverr.

I have made a decision about when I am going to stop working for Christmas. I am going to work the twenty-third, and then take off. I haven’t decided quite yet when I am going to get back to work. Okay, and now we are going to look at some more camps for special needs children.

  • The first one we are going to look at is US Adaptive Recreation Center, and it is in California. Your camp is going to be enjoying lake fun at Big Bear Lake. You can choose to send your special needs child for just the day or longer than that. They have fully trained volunteers that will help your child with whatever they need.
  • There is also a camp very close to Lake Tahoe, and it is called Achieve Tahoe. They have been around for over fifty years. They have a well trained staff and volunteers. And they are going to accept most any disability.
  • Camp Arroyo, which I assume is also in California. They are going to accept developmentally disabled children from six years old to twenty-two years old. There is one counselor for each child here.


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Yesterday I was saying how wonderful summer camp is. Today let’s look at some special needs camps that you might want to look into.

  • Adams camp is in Alaska. And to me, it sounds like special needs kids are going to get a lot of therapy at this camp. Do they get to have any fun, I wonder.. Parents and siblings of the special needs child are going to get to get time to relax and have fun. But what about special needs kids themselves?
  • There is an Easter Seals camp in Alabama. This is a camp for special needs kids. They are going to be able to go by themselves? Counselors at the camp are going to take care of children. They are going to be able to take part in normal camp activities.
  • In Arizona they have a place called Whispering Hope Ranch. Special needs children and their families can go for camp and retreat experiences.


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I used to love going to summer camps. I know that some years I went to a special needs camp, other years I would go to Christian camps. Some years I would do both.. I had so much fun

  • I went to an Easter Seals camp several times. I know one year I went to go the long session, it was something like ten days. This was the session that all of the teenagers wanted to get into. We’d swim, we’d ride horses, we’d do art, do drama..
  • And then I’ve done a couple of camps as an adult. It was a Christian family camp. Most everyone came with their families. I am friends of a family that has gone several times to help out out. This camp is meant to give special needs families a much needed break. Mornings were spent worshipping and in small groups. Afternoons and evenings were spent having fun.

Holiday travel tips

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We are going to be looking at some more holiday travel tips for those with special needs children.

  • You may have loved packing your bag, throwing it in your car, and going wherever you wanted whenever you felt like it. I’m sorry, but traveling with a special needs child usually not be like that. You will have to think through where you will to stay. You will probably want to think through where you will eat, especially if you have a picky eater. You will need to think through what to pack. What does your special needs child need each day?
  • Special needs children usually get into their routines and stay there. They do not like going without their comforts. They do not like being either too hot or too cold. They do not like having to fight sunburn and bug bites.

Holiday tips

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Today we are going to look at some tips for traveling with a special needs child during the holiday season.

  • First, have you made sure that you are going to have a hospital nearby. I was so young that I do not remember this, but sometimes I would have seizure when we would go see my grandparents. Was it the excitement of being in my favorite place? Was it because they would keep their houses warmer than we did? I don’t know.
  • You may want to check in with your doctor before you leave. Do you have all of the medications your child might need while you are on your trip?
  • You are going to want to call ahead and ask your hotel or resort questions before booking with them. See if you can get a feel for whether or not they would be accepting of your child’s disability.

More tips

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Now let’s get back to some more tips traveling with a special needs child

You are always going to want to ask about special accommodations. Ask your airline for accommodations. Do the same with your hotel. Are you going to go to a zoo or amusement park? Talk to their guest services before you go. You never know what help they may be able to give you until you ask.

When we are on vacation, most of us love to go and see all of the sights. Most children, special needs or not, love playing in the pool. They’ll also likely love ordering something like pizza and watching movies. Don’t be so busy on vacation that you forget to rest

Some tips

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I must confess that I’m kind of just doing what has to be done, taking the easy way of working when I can.. I am going to try to get better about that. Today let’s look at some more tips when it comes to traveling with your special needs child..

  • First, you will want to do everything that you can to plan for the trip. You will want to be sure to take any medication that they may need while you are on your trip. Are there special toys that they always like to have with them?? Pack those. Will your child do better if they do not hear all of the unfamiliar noises? Pack headphones. Can you book a direct flight so that you do not have to figure out what to do on those long layovers?
  • Many children with special needs really like to know what is in their future. And this may be especially true when it comes to changes in their schedules. Let them know that there is going to be a change, and how long it will last.

More on Europe

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Let’s get back to some more great European countries to visit during holiday times. It will have to be another year. I really don’t think they want us Americans visiting quite yet.

They are saying that anywhere in the United Kingdom is lovely at the holiday time. You are going to find a lot of traditions in this part of the world. And this is a great place to go with your family, whether you want to do a lot of adventures, or just want to slow down for a time.

Do you want to go somewhere warm? You might want to try Maderia, which is off the coast of Morocco. They keep Christmas well, especially the true meaning of Christmas. Here you are going to find huge nativity scenes.. And they celebrate for a month.

European destinations

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I do not think Europe is open to any of us Americans at this point in time, but let’s look at some of their countries you might want to visit in the future around holiday time.

On and we are going to start with Germany. They are known for their Christmas markets. They are some of best in the world, or so people say. This country has some great places to take adventures That might interest families as well.

And next we are going to look at France. Paris is wonderful in the summer, but in the winter with a blanket of snow, it is even more of a dream. And unless you are going right around the holidays, you are going to enjoy cheaper flights.