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Understanding The Future of Travel

Until a reliable Vaccine is available to the World we must adjust. Travel has made many changes to evolve through this Pandemic. I have out lined several things you should know.

 

 

Travel on a budget…

Most of us fall into this category. If you like a bargain avoid the urge to be your own Travel Agent.  Why use an Agent, Advisor, Planner?  We are up to date on what really is open and what safety measures are being taken. We are here for you in the middle of the night. Does a live person answer your call from that online site ? We sit on hold for hours getting you answers and making changes so you can continue on with your plans.

We can advise you on cancellation policies and what is your best option.

Many online booking sites have pre-loaded inventory which can allow a purchase on Unavailable Hotels and Resorts etc.

Online deals look good until you add in the fees and added charges to the bottom line.

Planning now for a better trip next year can still be exciting and may alleviate the need to change plans several times. If you can’t wait, do your homework and visit the CDC website.

Do not plan on leaving the US 48, you want to have the option to drive home if something prevents Airline Travel again. Be sure your Passports are Valid; no offices are open. When they do re open the backlog will be tremendous.

If you do book something on your own, know that no matter the situation a refund is unlikely. Cancellations from flight issues and CDC regulations are to be expected. Do not buy basic economy. Enroll in the STEP traveler program.

One of the best parts of a Vacation is often the food, but most places are still only allowed take out.  Hotels and Resorts have other limitations as well, pools and spas may be closed. You can not always see these things online.

Certified Travel Agents like myself, offer reliable companies that have created special policies during this crisis that allows for the unexpected so you can make changes at the last minute without fear of totally losing your hard-earned money.

Endless Budget…

If you do plan to leave the Country, do you have a reliable person to care for your home for an extended period of time? Most destinations are requiring a Quarantine period by visitors that is an added expense you will pay for. If there is a sudden increase in new Corona Cases causing another Border disruption, repatriation flights may be weeks or months away. Since this is all part of the Pandemic, Insurance does not cover most of these situations. This costly process again falls on the traveler.

Cruise on…

Later this fall as the Cruise Industry starts, clients that have rebooked from previously cancelled trips will be enjoying some great perks they received for their troubles. This is one industry where your being stuck in quarantine although still uncomfortable would not be costing you extra for room and board or even food like a land-based trip. Keep that in mind if you do not have an endless budget but wish to leave the country.

Who ever you choose remember local Businesses are the ones supporting other local Businesses. They are the ones everyone asks for help and donations. They care about you and your community.

Travel is sharing…… customs, music, food, entertainment, life, and understanding. 

 

 

 

 

 

Cayman Islands

Being the largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman naturally offers the most properties and the biggest choice. Visitors will find full-service resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa, and Sunshine Suites Resort, as well as other known U.S. chains such as Comfort Suites and Resort.

Cayman Tiki Bar on 7 mile beach

Seven Mile Beach is considered to be the hub of activity, and where the majority of the hotels and condominiums are located. I love Seven Mile Beach area , there are bath houses to shower and change as well as rentals for paddle boards,snorkel gear and much more. When you are tired of soaking up the sun visit the beautiful Cabana Bar for some refreshing local beverages. Other properties can be found throughout the island, offering a quieter vacation getaway. For descriptions of, and to make reservations at, Grand Cayman’s resorts, hotels, condos, villas and bed-and-breakfasts give me a call or visit my travel website www.atouristlifetravel.com 
Stingray City, Grand Cayman Vacation
Ever pet a stingray in an aquarium? How about petting a few dozen while wading in the Caribbean? The Stingray City Sandbar is one of the top Cayman attractions and a must-do on your Grand Cayman vacation. Stingray City is home to a whole fleet of southern stingrays who congregate near the shore.

The stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman used to clean fish on the shallow sand bars. The stingrays would forget their normally shy dispositions and feast on the guts of the cleaned fish. Soon the stingrays began to associate the sound of a boat motor with food. In the late 1980s, divers started feeding squid to the stingrays, one of their favourites.

Today, Stingray City is a readily accessible, once-in-a-lifetime Grand Cayman experience for anyone who wishes to see one of nature’s most majestic creatures up close.

As you enter the clear waters, the graceful southern stingrays glide tranquilly past in their natural habitat. Experience the majestic wildlife of Grand Cayman diving, standing in only three feet of water. At any time, you could be surrounded by more than two dozen friendly stingrays. An experience in Stingray City is unlike any other brush with sea life and is sure to make your Cayman Islands vacation unforgettable.

Cayman Islands Snorkelling

Snorkelling is Cayman’s greatest, easiest underwater adventure and an activity the whole family can enjoy. If you’ve only fantasized about peeking beneath the sea, there is no safer, gentler and more exciting place to learn this sport than in Cayman’s clear, current-free waters. From toddlers to great-grandparents, Cayman snorkelling is ideal for all ages. Our skilled watersports operators are ready to teach you safe snorkelling techniques from the basic levels. You’ll practically rub noses with neon fish, float over coral gardens or even stroke a friendly stingray at Stingray City! Watch a parrot fish have lunch, and help keep our beautiful Caribbean beaches covered with pure white sand! Stand up to a patrol of cheeky Sergeant Majors, inspecting you for handouts or float over the wall and marvel as divers from all over the world disappear into the breathtaking, mysterious cobalt blue waters of the Caribbean.

Cayman’s reputation as of the world’s top diving destinations has meant that we sometimes forget to brag about the best snorkelling in the Caribbean, found off our three islands.There are many ways to enjoy snorkelling. Don’t miss the original Cayman Islands attraction, a North Sound Stingray City trip with a gregarious Caymanian captain. Later, hover over tarpon at Devils Grotto and Eden Rock or splurge on a half day cruise with lunch and a sampling of snorkelling stops. You can even join a dive boat and watch divers below. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman offer many gentle adventures on shallow reefs right offshore, as well as snorkelling trips with beach picnics.Thanks to Cayman’s Marine Park laws, our protected healthy coral reefs and abundant marine life remain our greatest natural attraction. Grab your snorkel gear and discover an unforgettable underwater world for an unforgettable Caribbean vacation!     Jamaica 2012 106

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