Hooray, Hooray followed by a long applause and shouts of Joy!!!! This is what we heard from fellow passengers when the captain of our recent Southwest flight on layover from Houston to Ft. Lauderdale announced over the PA system the breaking news that Southwest airlines like other airlines was now making masking optional onboard their aircraft due to the recent ruling from a Federal Judge blocking the CDC's mask mandate.
Immediately, my wife and I along with 80% of the flight crew and passengers tore our masks off and enjoyed breathing freely while giving fellow passengers high fives. After two long years it was an incredible feeling to fly unencumbered without a mask and make personal connections again with fellow travelers just by trading smiles and expressions. It was also amazing to see some of the emotional reactions of the flight crew who have had to wear masks and strictly enforce this policy on others for two years.
OPA! Are you dreaming of visiting Greece to walk around the ancient sites and see the azure waters surrounding the iconic Greek Islands or did you just return from your Greece vacation but already want to go back?
The entire country of Greece is affectionately referred to as a fairytale movie set style location. In preparing for our own "2023 Greek Island Hopper Group Adventure" we compiled the ten must-watch movies filmed in Greece that will instantly transport you to the ancient sites, clear blue skies, white sandy beaches, and stunning landscapes that continues to uphold Greece’s stature as a top-rated travel destination.
The scenes you’ll see in these movies, whether filmed all in one location or using multiple sites along with some “Hollywood imagery” will offer a glimpses and tastes of the beautiful Greek geography and culture.
What's your favorite movie filmed in Greece? Let's count them down...
After 2 plus years of COVID, the pandemic has taught us that travel or attending an event is a privilege and not a right. Travel is more challenging than it was a few years ago and advance planning Is now required.
The only sure thing is there is not a sure thing. When we fondly look back on the “Good Ole Days of Pre-Covid Travel,” it is with a new reality that they may never come back in the same way. but life goes on.
However, I am personally excited about traveling more in 2022 and exploring this "in between time" as the pandemic slowly evolves into an endemic.
Read on for my 2022 Travel predictions and advice including my bonus of popular travel destinations in 2022.
The Gift of Travel is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and others.
Nothing says I love you more than sharing an incredible experience together in a movie-set style, legendary location.
Travel has a great shelf life when you factor in the pre-trip anticipation and planning, actual time on vacation and forever memories. Our world is changing daily so visit the famous locations on your list while you can as they may be gone forever. Best of all, travel is open now with no supply-chain issues and offers immediate satisfaction.
Check out our 6 reasons to Give the Gift of Travel.
Yay, holiday travel is back and even higher than pre-Covid levels!. However, airlines and airports are still dealing with lower staffing and changing weather and other unforeseen factors can easily disrupt your best plans.
Check out these 12 tips to make you and your loved one’s air travel easier and smoother….
Thankfully, we can see the end of COVID-19 and worldwide travel is starting to open, especially for fully vaccinated travelers. Now is also the time to check your documents and get ready as there are many great travel deals, events and opportunities to take advantage of for lost time.
With this in mind, make sure your documents and apps are updated, ready and compliant so you're not denied access. FYI, these documents can also make perfect gifts for the holidays as the gift of travel or a shared adventure is always priceless.
Let's get started...
France joins a growing list of European countries banning unvaccinated US travelers.
Beginning Sunday, September 12th, only Vaccinated US travelers will be permitted to enter France on vacation or non-essential travel.
Non-vaccinated travelers can only visit for essential reasons and need a negative COVID-19 test. They also must isolate for seven days upon arrival.
On the positive side, vaccinated US travelers should feel safe once they arrive into France and will enjoy an open and mainly unrestricted country due to the high vaccination rate of citizens and residents.
Visitors will still need to show vaccination proof to visit restaurants and ride on trains as well as visit popular tourist destinations such as museums and the Eiffel Tower but once admitted masks are often not required.
Check out what other European countries are also banning non-vaccinated US travelers.
Hooray and Cheers! Thanks to an approximately 90% adult vaccination rate and low daily COVID19 infection rate, Ireland's Prime Minister announced plans to drop most of their COVID restrictions as of October 19, 2021. After a series of phased easing of restrictions, there will no longer be requirements for physical distancing or wearing a mask while either indoors or outdoors beginning October 22, 2021.
Hooray!! Finally, travel is reopening again globally. Despite some temporary setbacks due to the latest surge in the Delta Variant, travel continues to reopen around the world for fully vaccinated travelers.
We expect this trend to continue as vaccination rates increase internationally. Cruising is also coming back with success thanks to the cruise line’s requirements for 100% staff and guest vaccinations.
If you’re currently unvaccinated your international travel choices are declining daily. However, you can still travel to most US domestic locations on independent travel with fewer restrictions. Check out my favorite countries you can travel to now without many restrictions.
Your Italian Dreams are coming true. This Summer and Fall you can now Live the "La Dolce Vita (Good Life)" in Italy. Effective immediately, Italy has officially reopened to American tourists for quarantine-free travel. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful and fully sanitized epic cities, structures, architecture, cuisine and culture with no crowds.
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