March 2019 Newsletter
March 3, 2019 by Brenda Fairfax No Comment
Even though some states are still experiencing the weather of winter, believe me, spring is in the air in other states, so hang in there! The owners of Nomadic Star Travel recently completed an action-packed, fun-filled cruise on the Smooth Jazz Cruise that is produced by Entertainment Cruise Productions. Some of our repeat clients from Maryland, Illinois, Florida, and Virginia joined us, and new clients from Virginia and Maryland had their first “taste” of the Smooth Jazz Cruise with us also. Guess what? All of the guests rebooked prior to disembarking the ship, and we are grateful they were happy and appreciate their business. If you are interested, please contact us.
Nomadic Star Travel, LLCis a full-service travel agency dedicated to giving the client personal attention to each and every travel request. We are happy to provide one quote free, so sharing your budget and all required details are important, as we do not want to offer travel that is not within your budget. We accept all major credit/debit cards and personal checks as long as checks are made payable to the agency and arrive seven (7) days prior to payment date.
We offer travel by land, air and sea. We offer travel to individuals and groups, and have convenient payment plans to fit most budgets. Travel advisors stay abreast of the latest travel trends by attending conferences and seminars.
Hours of operation for Nomadic Star Travel, LLC:
- Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
- Friday: 9am-4pm
- Closed Saturday, Sunday, and ALL major holidays
There is one caveat to our hours of operation. When we have students traveling abroad, we can always be contacted by telephone or email by the institution’s staff.We recommend the use of a travel advisor for your travels as opposed to booking your travel online, and you can count on Nomadic Star Travel, LLC to make your travel less stressful.
Importance of Purchasing Travel Insurance
We cannot stress enough the importance of purchasing travel, accident, and baggage insurance. Nomadic Star Travel, LLC sells travel insurance to all of its clients. After reading travel news, we are sharing the following with you that occurred recently, and I removed the traveler’s name:
The death of a Winnipeg woman vacationing in the Dominican Republic has been complicated by the fact that she had not purchased travel insurance for the trip.
As a result, the already suffering family could be on the hook for more than $10,000 to cover medical bills and funeral costs, while also dealing with the complex regulations governing the repatriation of her body to her country.
She was vacationing at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana with her 26-year-old daughter, when security woke her to tell her that her daughter had been found on the grounds, apparently the victim of a three-story fall.
The daughter was taken to a local hospital where the mother said she was put on life support before passing away later that day.
She did not have travel insurance, and her stay at the hospital incurred $6,000 in expenses. In addition, a local funeral parlor requested an additional $5,100 for the body to be released.
Please, please purchase your travel, accident, and baggage insurance when Nomadic Star Travel books your travel, and children are automatically enrolled under their parent’s policy. Travel insurance should be purchased within the first 15 days of booking your travel to be covered for pre-existing conditions.
Most Countries Require Tourists Purchase Travel Insurance. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland require travel insurance for visitors, students and expats before they enter their borders. As tourism has grown, so has the hospitalization and medical cost many countries have had to cover for vacationers who required healthcare services while visiting. Additionally, Cuba, Ecuador, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. are requiring the same. On August 28, 2018, Egypt announced its plans to introduce mandatory compulsory insurance; and Thailand is currently undergoing a debate on mandatory travel insurance for visiting tourists. Visitors who cannot provide proof of travel insurance may be required to either purchase a policy onsite or be denied entry into the country, which is one reason Nomadic Star Travel, LLC strongly encourages all to purchase travel, accident, and baggage insurance.
Giving quotes for airfare.
Please, unless you are ready to book airfare, do not ask for a quote as the quote given is the airfare in real time. Airlines can and do change the fare within a moment’s notice. If you are price shopping, please contact the airlines directly as we take time to search our database for the airline you request, and it is time-consuming to give you a quote, and you do not book, yet say you will call back.
All-inclusive resorts include airfare, transfers to/from resort, all activities at the resort (food and drink). The airfare must be paid for at time of booking, in addition to a deposit for the adults land portion.
Infants to have own seats on airplanes … stay tuned!
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to stop allowing lap children (under the age of two) who fly for free in their parent’s lap on most airlines—and require that young infants and babies have their own seat. The NTSB asked for similar infant airline regulations in Beyond just getting their own seat, the NTSB suggests all passengers with kids under 2 use an FAA-approved car seat, strapped into its own seat next to a parent, or a safety restraint system, like the Cares Child Airplane Travel Harness, the only FAA-approved child safety device for children over the age of one.
Just because the NTSB wants the FAA to make new regulations and enforce seats for infants doesn’t mean it will happen. The NTSB—which is in charge of investigating every aviation accident, along with every major accident on railroads, pipelines, highways, and across oceans—is completely separate from the FAA, which creates and enforces aviation safety regulations and manages air traffic.
Public transportation free for children
Starting September Parisplans to make public transit free for children under the age of 11. Metro and bus rides have been, and still are, free for children under four, and half price for children ages 4-11. The new deal would give all children under the age of 11 free rides—and their parents aren’t the only ones to benefit. Parisians with disabilities under the age of 20 will ride for free. Luxembourgjust started offering free public transit for everyone. In New York Cityit depends on how tall the children are … up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Infants (under two years of age) ride express buses free if the child sits on the lap of the accompanying adult.
Plan Ahead – Best Places to Travel in April
Setouchi, Japan. Japan’s southwestern region of Setouchi is anchored by the city of Hiroshima, where the Peace Memorial will reopen this month after an eight-year, $51 million refurbishment, just before the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing next year. Combine a trip to this important site with an exploration of the Seto Inland Sea nearby, where a cluster of islands is transformed beginning this month for the Setouchi Triennale, a contemporary art fest held every three years that brings the work of 150 artists to rural Japan. The Triennale is held in three so-called semesters throughout 2019, the first of which runs from late April.
Cape Town. South Africa’s southernmost city has rebounded from its water shortages last year and that is a good thing, since April is one of the its driest months. For visitors, of course, the lack of rainfall makes this month an ideal time for a visit. In the city, hunker down at the waterfront One&Only Cape Town, a luxe perch in the heart of town, and linger in the astonishing converted grain silos of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, the world’s largest such institution dedicated to arts from the continent and its diaspora. If you’re feeling energetic, sign up for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Easter Sunday, whose scenic route is an ideal, if sweaty, way to see the city’s far reaches. For a less strenuous al fresco experience, head inland to the wine country in and around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, where fall marks the beginning of the annual harvest.
Coachella Valley.The desert outside Palm Springs hosts three pilgrimage-worthy bashes this month—two for festival fans, and another for the arterati. It’s the 20th anniversary of Coachella, which for two weekends will lure fringed-jacket wearers and those who love them to see headliners like Thank U Next-er Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino; later in the month, on the same polo fields in the town of Indio, pack a Stetson and some swagger for Stagecoach, when country music’s top talent, including Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, will perform live here.
New Orleans. April marks the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the four-day celebration of the music-soaked history of the Crescent City. As ever, it’s drawn an A-list line-up, including Diana Ross, Jimmy Buffett, plus joint headliners—the generation-spanning pairing of Katy Perry and the Rolling Stones. There are other reasons to head to New Orleans this month, too, not least because it marks your last chance to stroll outdoors before the summer stickiness begins to bite. The five-day Wine & Food Experience is hosted by more than 100 of the city’s fine restaurants, and offers special dinners with pairings for vintages around the world. Look for crawfish on the menu, as the signature dish is finally in season, and boils become ubiquitous at the best restaurants.
New Zealand. The balmy weather this month is a boon for the outdoorsy mecca of the South Island, the spiritual home of adventure sports.
Milan.The design world hijacks Italy’s fashion capital this month, as it descends en masse for the Salone del Mobile Milano (known in English as the Milan Furniture Fair, though insiders in all languages just call it Salone). The 58th edition brings 2,500 exhibitors to the city, showcasing the best in international design.
U.S. Passports Cost Increased. Getting a passport will cost $10 more for all U.S. travelers. The passport execution fee will be $35, which means that adult passport books will now cost $145, up from $135, while child passports (aged 16-years-old and younger) will now cost $115, up from $105. Individuals who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase.
REAL ID. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will enforce the REAL ID in October 2020. All travelers will be required to have the REAL ID to clear airport security. Passports, military IDs and Global Entry cards are perfectly acceptable to clear airport security. Travels under the age of 18 do not require identification, as the ID of the adults with whom they travel will cover them. Getting a Real ID-compliant driver’s license requires showing a birth certificate or passport, so the name on some licenses might change.
Top 10 Cities for 2019
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Shēnzhèn, China
- Novi Sad, Serbia
- Miami, Florida, USA
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Dakar, Senegal
- Seattle, USA
- Zadar, Croatia
- Meknès, Morocco
Top 10 Countries for 2019 – Other picks for 2019 include Zimbabwe, whose Victoria Falls and Mana Pools national parks are back on the tourist maps after years of being avoided.
- Sri Lanka
- São Tomé and Príncipe
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“Where do I begin? This cruise was my first cruise. Does the wordrelaxing mean anything? It certainly does for me. The trip was refreshing, calming, and most of all just plain fun. Imagine been catered 24/7 with nearlyeverything being done for you, you just simple have to enjoy the moments.Our cabin was perfect with a balcony giving us a great view of the sea. Let me say, the morning breakfasts were to “die” for and dinners were spectacular.The events on the ship were numerous, there was entertainment so no boredom set in, and if anyone was bored, it is because you chose to be bored! to anextreme, so if you got bored on the cruise, it’s because you just wantedto be bored. I can not say anything negative about cruising on MSC’s Seaside. Looking forward to cruising on other cruise lines now! Thanks Nomadic Star Travel – you provided excellent service!”F. Moore (Alexandria, VA)First Cruise - Impressive on MSC
“You did it again! The Disney cruise was wonderful. My entire family had an amazing time. The adjoining staterooms and verandahs gave us plenty of room for the grandchildren to run and play and made babysitting so convenient. If this trip wasn’t as good as St. Lucia it was very close. Thank you for your expertise and attention to detail. Hawaii here we come!”Dr. S. Carraway (Winterville, NC)
W. Carlton (Durham, NC)
“The cruise was more than I expected, although I had issues with my knees. Services from your agency was good, although I had a glitch with receiving my documents (Oceania’s problem). The experience was great. Long range goal is to do this again. Thank you for working with us.”
Brenda and Jim,I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the marvelous service you provided to me and my group for my retirement cruise. Working with a group of 35 was no easy task but you went above and beyond expectations to insure that everyone’s needs were met. You gave new meaning to the term full service travel agency. I will cherish the many memories of our group as I move into retirement. Thanks again for you attention to details and for the way you pampered us. Please know that Nomadic Star Travel is now the official travel agency for Union Baptist Church.I am looking forward to planning more cruises and travel opportunities in the very near future.Wishing you all the best,Kenneth Hammond, Senior Pastor (Durham, NC)
“The Mediterrean Cruise to Monaco, France, Italy and Spain was a dream of a lifetime. Doing a cruise like this one was on my bucket list. The seven days on the Riveria were beautiful even though the weather was hot!!!!!! I’m used to hot weather, but the weather In those countries seemed a wee bit hotter than in Norh Carolina. The excursions and the visits in the cities were exciting and remarkable; however, the Riveria was something to behold. The hospitality and service were excellent and we enjoyed “our butler”, Leslie. Again, thanks for the opportunity to sail with you and Jim and we look forward to doing it again.”E. Edwards (Durham, NC)
Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC is in the infant stages of its international study abroad global initiative. This program includes sending Livingstone College students to other parts of the world and having students from institutions abroad come to Livingstone. To date there have been two students who travelled to Peru, South America, six students to Invertis University, Bareilly, India, and six students from Invertis University to Livingstone College from August- December 2016 and three Livingstone students for summer 2016 study in China.
Livingstone College used Nomadic Star Travel as the travel agent of record for Livingstone College student travel. When there are students and faculty travelling to distant parts of the world many things can happen to interrupt travel plans. For example, two students travelling to China arrived in Chicago only to discover their American Airlines flight to Beijing had been cancelled. Within minutes after being notified by my students, the Nomadic Star representative had me on a three-way call with the agent at the gate assisting my students. I was kept on the telephone until the students were re-routed via Japan to Shanghai, China.
Other instances of changes of departure and return flight times and dates were performed well by Nomadic Star Travel. Through this agent, Livingstone College was able to secure all of the necessary insurance coverages for international travel. Livingstone College is very pleased with the performance of Nomadic Star Travel, LLC.
E. M. Brown, Jr., Director, International Program
“Dear Brenda,A note to thank you so much for your extraordinary work in arranging our family trip to South Africa!! It was a beautiful, fun, fantastic adventure and we will remember it forever! That you took such great care, with grace and ease, in working out all the logistics for our group of ten is truly appreciated.Oceania is a wonderful company and does many things absolutely top notch on their beautiful ships. We especially enjoyed the terrific service, yummy cuisine, interesting excursions, the guest speakers and music groups and the very nice rooms with balconies that were awesome for viewing whales and sea lions! We had a delightful experience that included many individual, thoughtful surprises – including balloons in our room, singing and a special cake for Mom’s birthday celebrated on the ship. The holidays were also celebrated beautifully and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.South Africa is an awesome part of the world – not to be missed. The beautiful people, breathtaking and diverse environments, spectacular animals in the wild and in the sea…so much to enjoy and experience deeply. We were welcomed everywhere and treated kindly in every port. The days at sea on the Indian and Atlantic Oceans were beautiful and peaceful with an abundance of sights to observe and enjoy.We had SO much fun!!!Again, many thanks for your skill and efforts in making this wonderful trip possible of our family! Hope you like the pics…Nomadic Star Travel rocks!!With gratitude and appreciation,Dee and Daureen”Dee (Oregon) & Daureen (Chicago)
“WOW! What great help, for a great trip. Brenda and Nomadic Star helped the fifteen of us that traveled out to San Diego from Raleigh. We didn’t have one question about anything! Everything flowed together vey nicely for our trip. Thanks again!”L. Pippin (Greenville, NC)
“Thank you so much for all of your help with making this trip possible. Everything went very smoothly on the hotel end and we have no complaints. We had a very pleasant stay at the Double Tree. Thank you for your assistance I am so very appreciative as this was a huge commitment. We are very much looking forward to working with you again!”B. A. (Farmville, NC)
Just wanted to take a moment to send you a Heartfelt Thank You! I soooo enjoyed the Smooth Jazz Cruise and enjoyed both you and your husband Jim even more. I truly had a FANTASTIC time and look forward to doing business with you in the future. I will be recommending you to anyone that is in need of a GREAT Travel Agent! I am also extremely happy to be a part of the “family”!!!! Again, thank you so very much for all your help! I had a BLAST!!!!”S. Fondren (Lansing, IL)
“Hello Brenda, winning the cruise in the silent auction was truly a blessing for us. We are travelers, and once we got on the ship, a great time was had by all. We took full advantage of most cruise activities. We dined most meals in the formal dining room – all meals served and prepared to the finest. We now plan to incorporate additional cruises in our future. Thanks again Brenda!”Renee D. B-H. (Greenville, NC)
“We had a wonderful time on the Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015, and look forward to joining you again in the future.”Mel & Marsha W. (Naperville, IL)
Still on a cruise high since returning from Smooth Jazz Cruise. I had a great time.D. Pattani (Philadelphia, PA)
Thanks for everything.
“Oscar and I had so much fun on the Smooth Jazz Cruise, January 11-18, 2015. You and Jim were the perfect hosts from the time we met at the hotel with friends we had not seen since the last cruise. We especially liked you greeting us each night at dinner with great conversation about the fun activities of the day. Oscar and I really appreciate the reserved seating each night at shows. Nomadic Star Travel, YOU ROCK!”I. & O. Little (Baltimore, MD)
I am writing to thank you for our marvelous experience in the Bahamas on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Nomadic Star Travels provides the extra level of customer service that travelers need. From proactively sending me passport applications to checking on my family once we returned, Brenda Fairfax goes the extra mile. Mrs. Fairfax is courteous and prompt which adds value to time-starved mothers like myself who do not want to be involved in non-value added activities related to excessive follow-up. My sons are still talking about the cruise three months later. I would strongly recommend using Nomadic Star Travel to meet all of your travel needs.
Dr. M. Patterson (Greenville, NC)
“Many thanks to Mrs Fairfax for making my summer vacation worry-free and very affordable. I recently had to travel to Providence, RI and Baltimore, MD. I had limited time and funds for the trip. I attempted to make arrangements but had trouble coordinating flight schedules to be compatible with my need to be at several places at specific times. Arriving in Providence in time for my meeting without having to spend extra time there gave me the extra time I needed for Baltimore. I tried to do this myself without much success and my wife suggested Mrs. Fairfax who had successfully arranged other travel for her. Once I contacted Mrs Fairfax everything was handled more efficiently and inexpensively than what I was able to do on my on. The next time I travel I now have to make only one call!!Mr. E. German (Riverside, CA)
“Thanks Nomadic Star Travel for excellent service. Our graduation cruise in June 2014 was very nice. We enjoyed every thing and thanks for the t-shirts.”B. Matthews (Ellenwood, GA)
“Excellent service provided by Nomadic Star Travel. Wore burgundy t-shirts while onboard Queen Mary 2 in July 2014.”Dr. J. McKenzie (Hampton, VA)
“The cruise was wonderful! Everything went well. The food was delicious, the weather was very nice, the beach at Great Stirrup Cay was very relaxing for us. We enjoyed the straw markets on shore at Nassau and other shopping areas. NCL is the way to cruise! Thanks Nomadic Star Travel.”V. Boyd (Falkland, NC)
“The hotel was great. They even had complimentary cookies for all of us. They were extremely accommodating to our needs. We thank you for all that you have done as well. – Middle High School Trip to Washington, DC”L. V. (Farmville, NC)
“My first travel agent happens to be my very dear friend, Brenda (Nomadic Star Travel). All of my personal trips are completely taken care of by Brenda. I do not have to worry as she takes care of all details as if she was booking her own travel. I highly recommend Nomadic Star Travel if you are looking for travel agents that have that “personal” touch. Thanks Brenda.”G. Fanning (Alexandria, VA)
“I took my first and certainly not my last International trip to Spain and Europe with Jim and Brenda Fairfax of Nomadic Star Travel. It was an awesome experience, stellar service. You’re not just a client; you’re a friend and part of the family; the Nomadic Star Family! From the onset (booking, reservations) to culmination (departures, return), the trip was well organized, planned, and executed. Jim and Brenda are committed to their clients having a good time, their comfort, safety, and ensuring that your needs are met! They go above and beyond…From Artist to Entreprenuer, I can’t begin to tell you the people I’ve met while traveling with them and places I’ve experienced. Nomadic Star Travel is always my first travel choice!!! They provide that personal touch of elegance and luxury; service above and beyond.”S. Bymun (Chicago, IL)
“Awesome Smooth Jazz Cruise in January 2014. Wonderful group hosted by our friends, Jim and Brenda, owners of Nomadic Star Travel (NST). Delightful company, great music, fantastic food (group treated to specialty restaurant by owners one night while onboard), and superb service by NST. We were notified of all required actions from documentation, payment status, check-in status, and lodging accommodations prior to the cruise ~ kept abreast of every thing! If you have not traveled and want an agency that will provide personal attention to your travel needs, I highly recommend Nomadic Star Travel … they are true professionals! Your experience(s) will be memorable.”Oscar & Irene L. (Baltimore, MD)
“The services provided by Nomadic Star were personable, professional, efficient and all details were covered. Brenda is thoughtful and communicates everything needed for a successful trip. On a scale of 1 – 10 with 10 being the highest, I rate customer service for the company a 10. Thanks Brenda and James!”Jacqueline E. (New Jersey)
“Fantastic, outstanding, fun-filled nonstop entertainment on Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014. Dinner sponsored by Nomadic Star Travel owners for group was outstanding. Service impeccable!”Dallas & Pat P. (Port Orange, FL)
“Brenda expertly arranged everything for a seamless vacation! We greatly appreciate her attention to detail and her availability by text, email, phone, and in person to meet our needs. Brenda took the stress out of planning a vacation so we could relax and have a wonderful time together. Thank you so much Brenda.”
Dr. L. Surles (Greenville, NC)
“Nomadic Star Travel Agency provided their excellent services for my group trip to the Bahamas via Carnival Cruise lines. With their services we were able to obtain flexible payment plans, conveniently have our staterooms located near each other, and a hassle free planning experience. Not only did we use their travel services they most importantly built a wonderful relationships with us! Nomadic Star Travel Agency is the way to go! We will be using their expertise in traveling in the near future!”D. Day (Arlington, VA)
“Nomadic Star Travel provided us with outstanding TLC in the planning of our cruise on the Oceania cruise ship, Marina. For almost one year before the cruise, we were contacted about upgrades and other information relevant to making our travel experience including the flights and cruise to Greece, Italy, France, and Spain, a carefree one. Congratulations and thanks to Brenda and James Fairfax, owners, for an excellent travel experience.”Glen & Betty S. (Yeadon, PA)
“I used Nomadic Star Travel on my last trip. The service I received was outstanding. I got prompt service, competitive pricing, and staff went the extra step to ensure my total satisfaction and enjoyment while traveling.”K. Greaves (Alexandria, VA)
“Nomadic Star Travel guided our school through the entire planning process. They were essential in providing a great educational trip at an affordable cost.”S. Jones (Greenville, NC)
“I travel to Poland every 6 months for several years. Since I started getting very friendly help from Nomadic Star Travel all my problems with making reservations disappeared. Thank you.”M.S. (Greenville, NC)
“We were very happy with Nomadic Star Travel. Brenda knew which cruise would be perfect for us and made all the arrangements. All we had to do was show up. Brenda went above and beyond to be sure all our questions were answered and expectations were met. She even checked in with us while we were on the cruise to be sure we were having a good time. We had a fabulous time and look forward to the next cruise booked through Nomadic Star Travel. P.S. If you like smooth jazz music, have Brenda sign you up for the Smooth Jazz Cruise. Amazing!”L. Gies & C. Finfrock (Tucson, AZ)
“I really did not know what to expect, but I can tell you I was never caught off guard or lost sight of important developments during the booking process. … The cruise was wonderful and I have Nomadic Star Travel to thank!”Barby J. (Alexandria, VA)
“Nomadic Star Travel took care of my airline reservations promptly. All I had to do was provide the payment information … all was handled with ease. I will certainly use NST again … courteous, professional personnel.”Carolyn J. (Montclair, NJ)
“Nomadic Star Travel booked several cabins on the 2010 Smooth Jazz Cruise for me. Rest assured, NST personnel will keep you updated. [They] displayed exceptional energy and drive. I will not hesitate to contact in the future for future cruises.”Norma J. (Ft. Washington, MD)
“Our last minute travel plans to the all-inclusive Runaway Breezes Resort in Jamaica were made so quickly with Nomadic Star. Service was superb! Definitely plan to contact them for future travel needs.”Franklin M. ( Alexandria, VA)