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This Travel Hack Will Let You Transport Your Favorite Beverage Through Security

What a clever hack! Won't work for alcohol though and the liquid needs to be frozen solid. #TravelHacks This travel hack will allow you to take your favorite beverage on the plane.

Alaska Cruise - Alaskan Cruises - Holland America Line

Rarely are there last-minute deals to be had on round-trip Alaska itineraries out of Seattle. However, fares for the August 28th sailing of the ms Amsterdam (14-nights) are starting at $1,099 per person. Very good price for a two-week vacation so any of you Seattle locals who have considered an Alaska cruise, this is a great option. I would consider it but I'll be on the ms Oosterdam at the same time. Contact me for more information but do it soon. #AlaskaCruises #HollandAmerica Book an unforgettable cruise to Alaska from Holland America Line and experience majestic scenery and northern excursions.

Stop taking these travel photos

I am guilty of #1, occasionally #6 and have been part of a selfie stick group (although I have given away two selfie sticks that have been given to me...there is one benefit to having long arms). #NoSelfieSticks Stop taking these travel photos

For those of you who have been hearing that a driver's license will not be an acceptable form of flight ID in 2018 for residents of eight states (including Washington state), please know that Homeland Security has extended the deadline for compliance. Having a passport is a good idea but will not be necessary to fly domestically in 2018. #RealID

British Airways safety video - director's cut

I do so enjoy it when airlines like #BritishAirways put together an entertaining flight #safetyvideo

We hope you enjoy our new safety video, which we’ve created in collaboration with Comic Relief and some famous faces you’ll probably recognise. You’ll be abl...

Which Airline Has the Least Evil Basic Economy Fares? | Frugal Travel Guy

American, Delta, and United have all introduced Basic Economy fares. This short article provides a comparison of fares from each airline. These fares can save you money but BE AWARE of what you give up. #BasicEconomyFares #AmericanAirlines #Delta #UnitedAirlines We’ve heard about the horrors of purchasing basic economy fare airline tickets. The restrictions may include, but are certainly not limited to: no seat, no miles, no luggage, no food, no drinks, no talking to your seatmate, no lavatory use, no touching the armrest, and certainly you’ll be boarding l...

Ratatouille Ride coming to Epcot’s France Pavilion and More News You Need! | DVC Resale Market

I don't normally post Disney Parks rumors (as speculation can just be a waste of time) but I am sooo excited to see Ratatouille: The Adventure make it's way to EPCOT. Except for the way-too-small ride vehicles (the French are not known to be a tall people), I thoroughly enjoyed this Disneyland Paris attraction. Welcome to the News You Need! June brought us tons of news that will affect DVC members and Disney Parks guests alike, and so much of it’s exciting! Let’s find out what’s happening in the world of Disney vacationing!

Classics Come Back to Disneyland Park this Summer with the Return of ‘Fantasmic!,’ Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad

Now is a great time to visit Disneyland! Tom Sawyer Island is now open, a reworked Fantasmic! (with new scenes) returns on July 17th and all the river boats and the railroad start up again on July 29th! Let me know if you want to experience the new Frontierland.

And for those of you who have only seen the Florida version of Fantasmic!, the California version is waaay better. Just saying. This summer, iconic Disneyland park attractions make their return with the reopening of “Fantasmic!,” the Rivers of America attractions and the Disneyland Railroad. We know these classic attractions - many of which have delighted guests since the

12 Unique Adventure Cruise Experiences to Take ASAP : TravelAge West

If you enjoy adventure travel, this article will give you some ideas for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Several of these can only be done by ship and our agency has a working relationship with most of these suppliers, so I might be able to get you an additional amentiy or discount. Today’s expedition cruises offer the kind of adventures once only attainable by watching television, from camping in Antarctica to canoeing in Papua New Guinea

[06/17/17]   American Society of Travel Agents' Statement on President Trump's Announcement on Changes to Cuba Travel, Trade Policy

The basic upshot is that "people to people" programs will once again only be allowed under authorized package tours. However, the specific regulations will be put in place over the coming months.

You want to go to Cuba....go now! Contact me for more information.

June 16, 2017
ASTA Members:

Today, President Donald Trump announced a rollback of parts of former President Barack Obama's 2014 accord with Cuba by imposing new restrictions on trade and travel to the island. Here are the main provisions affecting the travel industry:

Prohibition on Individual People-to-People Travel: Americans traveling under the educational "people-to-people" license will have to do so as part of a licensed tour group, as was the case before last year. In March 2016, the Obama Administration removed the requirement that "people-to-people" educational travel be conducted under the auspices of an organization that sponsors such exchanges (i.e. packaged tours), meaning Americans could undertake that travel on their own.
No Transactions with Companies Controlled by Cuban Military: The President's directive institutes a broad prohibition on financial transactions with companies significantly controlled by the Communist government's military, its subsidiaries or affiliated companies, and certain other state-controlled entities. According to a POLITICO article, "the business arm of the Cuban military that controls a vast swath of the country's economy, including most of Cuba's foreign-run much as 80 percent of the tourism economy is controlled by the military-run holding company."

Stepped-Up Audits of Cuba Trips: The President has further directed the Treasury Secretary to regularly audit Cuba travel to make sure Americans are following the new rules prohibiting transactions linked to the Cuban military. Those who do go to the island will need to keep detailed notes proving they are in compliance with the new directive, or risk fines.

At the same time, many parts of the Obama Administration's Cuba opening will be left as-is, including the U.S. and Cuban embassies in Washington and Havana, relaxed limits on Cuban-American travel and remittances to Cuba and the amount of rum, cigars, etc. Americans can bring back to the U.S.

These changes are not yet in effect – the directive instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days, with final regulations issued "in the coming months." Until then, the current rules apply. In terms of how this applies to trips paid for but not taken yet, an OFAC FAQ document says "Provided that the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to the President's announcement...all additional travel-related transactions for that trip...would also be authorized."
Much will depend on what the final rules look like – and ASTA intends to fully participate in the rulemaking process with an eye toward keeping Cuba a viable destination for U.S. travelers to the extent possible. We will keep you updated every step of the way.


ASTA Statement on President Trump's Cuba Policy Announcement

Alexandria, VA, June 16, 2017 – Zane Kerby, President & CEO of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement of changes to regulations governing trade and travel between the U.S. and Cuba:

"ASTA is disappointed with the Trump Administration's announcement that it plans to turn back the clock on expanded travel and trade between the U.S. and Cuba. For our members, much will depend on the details of new Treasury and Commerce Department regulations coming in the next few months, and ASTA plans to fully participate in that process. While challenges remain in terms of Cuba's readiness for large volumes of American travelers, the past few years have seen a growth in business for U.S. travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, hotel and other travel companies. That progress is now at risk.

"ASTA continues to believe that the American people are the best ambassadors of U.S. values abroad, and should be allowed to freely travel to any destination they wish without restriction from their own government. Rather than shutting the door to this market 90 miles off our shores, we call on policymakers to enact legislation to do away with the statutory Cuba travel ban once and for all. While today is a setback, we will continue to advocate toward Cuba travel freedom and look forward to the day it becomes reality."


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