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Table of Contents:
Alaska Cruise Season
Retiring & Travel
CCRA Travel Tricks that Work
Artist of the Month
Have you booked your Alaska Cruise yet, if you are planing an Alaska cruise this year then book soon, the Alaska cruise season is about to begin. May to Sept., is the usual months for the large cruise ships to sail to Alaska. There are quite a few cruise lines offering sales for the Alaska season but the bargains will not last long, so book soon.
I have added another cruise company to the list this season
"All- Inclusive Alaska Cruise/Tour Vacation"
I believe this is the only company that offers an all-inclusive cruise and tour to Alaska
The cruise sips that are being used for this All-Inclusive cruise and tour
Note: if you just wanted to do the cruise portion of the tour then that can be arranged.
Are you Retiring, do you want to travel,
- Bright idea: If the homeowner you’re sitting for has pets, you may even be able to bring your own pet along.
- Bright idea: Mid-week flights are often cheaper than those on the weekend.
- Bright idea: If you have any pre-existing health conditions, be sure your policy covers any complications or cancellations that could result from them.
- Bright idea: Watch out for changing time zones and medication schedules so you don’t skip doses accidentally.
- Bright idea: Notify resort staff of any serious health conditions you have so they can respond quickly and appropriately in case of emergency.
- Expedite Your Elevator Trip – If you want to upgrade your elevator to VIP status, simply press the desired floor number and the “door close” buttons simultaneously for several seconds.
- Cancel for Free – If you missed the cancellation window for your hotel, restaurant, or car booking but can still change the reservation date free of charge, move your reservation back by several weeks or months. Then call back to cancel with a different representative.
- Defend Your Legroom – For those passengers sitting behind the reclining ones, we have some solutions to defend your legroom from encroachment. The first is the controversial Knee Defender ($19.95), a pocket-sized plastic device that locks onto your tray table and prevents the seat in front of you from reclining. It won’t win you any friends, but it is approved by the FAA for use. The second solution? Just ask. I’ve had good luck with politely asking the flyer in front of me if they would refrain from reclining while I ate or used my laptop.
- Fix a Broken Suitcase Zipper – It’s happened to everyone: Your suitcase zips just fine when you leave, but upon packing for your return trip, it fails to close. Rather than replace your luggage, consider these quick zipper hacks. If the zipper appears to be stuck, rub Vaseline, lip balm, or bar soap on the teeth to get it moving. Zipper teeth no longer staying closed? Usually a single tooth is bent out of shape. Feel along the length of the zipper until you find the one that sticks out, and then a quick adjustment with pliers will do the trick. And if the zipper handle has snapped off from the slider completely, replace it by looping a souvenir keychain through the slider, creating a makeshift zipper pull. (An eye-catching keychain will also help you identify your bag on the luggage carousel.)
- Find Free Wi-Fi (Really) – Our favorite (above-board) tip is to download a program such as NetStumbler, which goes above and beyond your computer’s built-in Wi-Fi detector by locating “hidden” Wi-Fi networks your PC might have missed. If you’re on a Bluetooth-enabled Mac, iStumbler will provide the same service. Smartphone users can get apps like JiWire’s Free Wi-Fi Finder, whose directory tracks the exact location of nearly 150,000 free networks worldwide. If all else fails, find the inevitable Starbucks. Many locations offer free Wi-Fi (and you can usually perch right outside the entrance and secure a connection).
- Ask for a Free Phone Charger – Just landed, only to realize you forgot to pack your phone charger? Don’t run out to replace it just yet. We’ve recently discovered that the number-one most-common item left behind in hotels is the phone charger. So before you buy another, check with the hotel’s front desk for a spare.
- Check International Airline Websites for Deals – When booking international flights, don’t forget to compare fares to those on the airline’s foreign-language website. If the airline is running a sale in a different regional market, you may be able to score sizeable savings on your overseas flight. If your credit card has a low international-transaction fee, the savings could be well worth it.
- Avoid Commission Fees … with Coffee – Starbucks addicts, rejoice! SmarterTravel Editor Caroline Costello shares a clever way to avoid having to pay a commission fee to convert that last bit of foreign cash to US dollars at the end of a vacation. First, pick up a free reloadable Starbucks Card before your international trip. Then, Costello says, “If you have leftover money in the local currency when you’re on your way home, use it to reload your card at the Starbucks location in your international airport.”
- Smart Self-Defense Hacks – Purchase a second wallet or money clip to carry while traveling. “Pad the wallet with some small bills and make it look more real by slipping in one or two of those sample credit cards you get with offers in the mail,” recommends SmarterTravel Senior Editor Christine Sarkis. “In the scary and unlikely case of an actual mugging, it also gives you something to throw and run, buying you time to escape with your safety and your actual wallet.”
Artist of the Month
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