Travel News: January 21, 2019

Bali to Impose $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists, Jakarta Post Reports Bloomberg Indonesia’s resort island of Bali is set to impose a $10 levy on foreign tourists to preserve its environment and culture, The Jakarta Post reported, citing Governor Wayan Koster. The provincial government is deliberating whether the tax, which won’t be imposed on Indonesian citizens, will be collected as part of the airline ticket or at counters at the airport, Koster told the newspaper.   Aer Lingus unveils new logo an...
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Evening Views at Disney California Adventure

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Tourists As Caretakers: Are We Failing?

If you want to preserve your sanity, then paying attention to recent news probably isn’t the best course of action. Of the many frustrating and downright infuriating news reports in recent months, those concerning the current state of our National Parks have left me positively distressed. During the government shutdown, the parks for some reason have remained open but unstaffed. That has led to problems from overflowing bathrooms to littering to even destruction of the natural resources themsel...
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Travel News: January 18, 2019

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit Travel Weekly One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan. A no-deal Brexit would shake up the rest of the continent in ways that many Europeans haven’t even fathomed.   Norwegian Air closing Boeing 737 bases in US Northeast USA Today European budget giant N...
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Mexican Riviera Cruise Ports – Highlights and My Favorite Experiences

Sailing along the golden coast of Baja California has long been one of the most popular cruise itineraries – just watch reruns of “The Love Boat” if you don’t believe me. So when Crystal Cruises approached me about sailing with them in this near perfect part of the world, I very quickly accepted. Sailing from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles, most of the trip was along the shores of Baja California, an area that was completely new to me. Over the course of a week I enjoyed the many ports of call ...
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Travel News: January 17, 2019

Virgin Voyages Reveals Details of RockStar Suites Travel Pulse Virgin Voyages is currently building its first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, which will set sail at the beginning of 2020. However, with its much-anticipated ship on the way, the new cruise line has unveiled details of its exclusive RockStar Suites. The suites are steeped in the Virgin brand’s rock and roll heritage and offer a fresh take on the glamour of yachting. The suites’ retro-futurism design, spearheaded by Tom Dixon’s Desi...
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Beach Views in Puerto Vallarta

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One Two Free: How To Maximize Rental Car Rewards with National Car Rental for Your Next Vacation

The following post is sponsored by National Car Rental but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Travel has always been an obsession of mine, even when I wasn’t a full-time blogger. Working a traditional job, I thought every day about how to maximize both my precious vacation days as well as points and miles to use on those personal trips. I travel a lot for work as a full-time blogger, so over time I have gradually built up enough points and miles to use for one big person...
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Travel News: January 16, 2019

Portugal’s tourism boom halted by Brexit, airport problems Channel NewsAsia Portugal’s long-running tourism boom is set to move decisively into reverse in 2019 due to capacity constraints at Lisbon airport and a drop in British visitors because of a Brexit-hit pound, Portugal’s biggest hotel group told Reuters. Jose Theotonio, chief executive of the Pestana Group which operates 94 hotels, said he had already noticed a dip in British guests as they turn to markets like Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia ...
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Clifford’s Tower in York, England

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My 2019 Goals in Life and Travel

This post is probably a couple of weeks overdue, but I wasn’t mentally ready yet to tackle it. Posts like this one require a great deal of emotional energy and, frankly, I haven’t been up to it lately. But it’s something I need to do for myself, if no one else as it really does help me organize my thoughts and get ready for a new year. It’s far too easy to fall into familiar and comfortable routines, at least it is for me, but by starting out the year with a clear roadmap – or at least a solid ...
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Travel News: January 15, 2019

Strict ticket policy introduced at Machu Picchu CNN It’s the spectacular Incan citadel in the Andes Mountain range that’s on everyone’s bucket list — but access to Machu Picchu is becoming more strictly regulated. New ticket rules were put in place starting January 1, 2019, limiting tourists to visiting at specifically scheduled times. Tickets are valid for up to four hours and re-entry is not usually allowed. Before, you booked for either a “morning” or “afternoon” slot. It’s no great surprise...
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Colorful Side Street in Jaipur, India

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Travel News: January 14, 2018

Winter Storm Gia Hampers Travel With Road Closures, Flight Delays Travel Pulse Winter Storm Gia is causing travel headaches from the Midwest to the Northeast U.S. this weekend, dumping snow and ice on roads and runways. Gia walloped parts of the Midwest Friday and Saturday, causing nearly 500 car accidents in Missouri alone, according to The storm even caused an American Airlines flight to slide off of the runway at Missouri’s Columbia Regional Airport Friday. Fortunately, no injur...
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How to Visit and Enjoy Washington, DC In Spite of a Government Shutdown

No matter where you live, by now you have no doubt heard about the shutdown of the Federal Government across the U.S. The effects of this closure are many and widely felt but today I’m not going to talk about the politics of it. No, instead I want to share why now is actually a great time to visit Washington, DC and what the city has to offer in spite of the shutdown. Believe it or not, there’s a lot to experience and since 1) it is January and 2) visitors may think there’s not much to experien...
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Sunny Afternoon Along the La Jolla Waterfront

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Travel News: January 11, 2019

Air France leans toward pulling plug on Joon Travel Weekly Joon, the Air France subsidiary promoted as a hip new airline for millennials, appears to be on the verge of closure, just 13 months after launch. “After much discussion with employees and customers alike, and in consultation with the unions, Air France has decided to launch a project studying the future of the Joon brand and the integration of Joon employees and aircraft into Air France,” Joon’s parent said Thursday as part of a statem...
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A Disneyland Christmas – Tips and Lessons From My Holiday Experience

Planning a Christmastime trip to Disneyland can be a little daunting for anyone, especially for someone like me who is new to all things Disney. After an incredible, albeit brief, experience in the Happiest Place on Earth earlier in the year, I was excited to experience the park during the December holiday season. After a lot of research, I knew that Disneyland takes Christmas very seriously and in addition to all of the normal attractions, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the special events and foods ...
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Travel News: January 10, 2019

Crystal campaign focuses on personal experiences Travel Weekly Crystal has launched a new marketing campaign, its first since Tom Wolber became CEO in September 2017. The campaign theme “Where Luxury is Personal” will avoid platitudes about luxury and instead focus on how luxury “is defined by each traveler, making the experience wholly individual,” Crystal said.   TSA Union Says Government Shutdown Causing Agents to Quit Travel Pulse The union representing Transportation Security Administratio...
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White Pass & Yukon Scenic Rail in Skagway, Alaska

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Four Things You Should Know About Crystal Cruises

There are many cruise lines around the world and, even for people who travel frequently, appreciating what makes each cruise line different can be a daunting task. I’m a firm believer that there is a cruise experience for everyone, whether you enjoy bumper cars at sea or a thrilling expedition to the polar regions. Cruising has never been more popular, thanks not only to the accessibility of the travel style, but lower costs and a greater willingness by travelers to do something a little differ...
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Travel News: January 9, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Reconsidering Room Service Changes Travel Pulse Less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line announced room service would no longer be complimentary on its ships, the company said it is waiting to make those changes until a better plan could be put in place. According to a Facebook post from Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, the cruise line revealed that it was evaluating the adjustments made to its room service plan initially scheduled to take effect in January.   Car C...
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Impressive Courthouse in Carthage, Missouri

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Brief Look at the New Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland

On my recent trip to the Disneyland Resort in California, I was lucky enough to be in the park when the newest restaurant offering opened – the Tropical Hideaway. Since it was brand new, I had to stop by for lunch and I’m thrilled that I did. Located in Adventureland between the Jungle Cruise and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the quick service restaurant has a fun and exotic vibe that I resonated with right away. There’s no doubt that the epic popularity of the frozen treat the Dole Whip h...
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Qutb Minar World Heritage Site in New Delhi

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Travel News: January 8, 2019

National Park Service tapping into entrance fees to keep operating Travel Weekly The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. He acknowledged that the Trump administrat...
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7 Ways To Improve Your Travel Experience in 2019

It’s the start of a new year and many of us are busy checking out our calendars, planning our adventures for the year. Whether it’s a brief trip or two close to home or an epic jaunt around the world, many of us will travel in 2019, but along the way we will also make plenty of mistakes. That’s ok; travel is about making mistakes and learning from them. It’s what makes us better people. However, there are a few simple ways you can improve your next trip, and I don’t mean just by avoiding common...
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Travel News: January 7, 2019

Amid shutdown, more TSA agents are calling in sick CNBC Airport screeners are calling out sick in increasing numbers, while some workers are fretting about where their next paycheck will come from as a partial U.S. government shutdown enters its third week. The impact from thinner ranks at the country’s airports has had a minimal impact so far, according to the Transportation Security Administration, but the agency warned that travelers may have to wait longer at security lines. Standard wait t...
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Wintry Morning at the Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland

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Crystal Cruises: What The Luxury Cruise Experience is Really Like

In 2003, I boarded a large cruise ship on a sailing of the Western Caribbean. I call this itinerary a training wheel cruise for would-be travelers because they offer a good first insight into what the experience is all about. Since then I’ve been on many other cruises in nearly every corner of the world, averaging at least one or two a year. It’s not how I always decide to travel, but it is a style I enjoy and over the years I have fine-tuned what it is I like and don’t like about certain compa...
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