March 2019 Newsletter

March 3, 2019 by Brenda Fairfax No Comment

Greetings!

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
  • Germany
  • Zimbabwe
  • Panama
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Jordan
  • Indonesia
  • Belarus
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Belize

 

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