Newsletter – February 2019

February 5, 2019 by Brenda Fairfax No Comment

Greetings!

Nomadic Star Travel, LLC is 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. Now is the time to plan your travel. We offer travel by land, air and sea. We offer travel to individuals and groups, and have convenient payment plans to fit most budgets.

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 college or university staff.

We are going to cut through the chase and tell you why we recommend the use of a travel advisor for your travels as opposed to booking your travel online. Nomadic Star Travel, LLC makes your travel less stressful.

  • When booking your vacation, destination wedding or honey, the last thing a traveler should have to do is worry.
  • We have access to special discount codes and promotions through suppliers that you would not be able to book through an online travel agency.
  • We do not charge hidden fees – all fees are shared with the traveler in advance.
  • We provide personalized attention, as opposed to online travel agencies that provide a one-size fits-all service.
  • We are specialist in our field.
  • Airfare must be paid for at time of booking.

Did You Know?

  • Nomadic Star Travel, LLC has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau?
  • Nomadic Star Travel, LLC travel advisors are certified?
  • Nomadic Star Travel has travel specials that you cannot find online due to its membership with the consortium, Travel Leaders Network?
  • Delta Air Lines will give First Class guests on more than 1,000 weekly flights the option of pre-selecting their meals. Delta had been offering the option only to guests on service with a Delta One cabin, but will now offer it on domestic flights and flights between the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Anyone scheduled to fly First Class with Delta will be sent an email prior to their flight asking them to pick their meal, which varies depending on routes.
  • Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines offers Air2Sea? This allows the client to add the airfare to the cruise and pay the balance of the airfare 90 days prior to the cruise.
  • Holland America Line is expanding its live onboard cooking program America’s Test Kitchen in 2019 with five new shows, all set to kick off this month. The shows will feature on all of Holland America’s ships (except Maasdam), giving the line 19 total Test Kitchen Shows, all hosted by Holland America chefs. The new shows include Sweet and Fruity Deserts, where guests will learn how to make apple crisp and cheese blintzes with raspberry sauce; Dinner Classics for Two, which feature chicken marsala, rice pilaf, and chocolate fudge cakes; Mediterranean Medley that includes hummus, lamb meatballs, couscous, and yogurt sauce; two sets of Serious Tacos, one from chicken braised in chilies and tomatoes and one composed from crispy shrimp; and Make Your Own Takeout, which features pad thai and scallion pancakes.
  • Louisville International Airport is changing its name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport after the late boxer and humanitarian who was born and spent a lot of his life in the city. The news came a day before Ali would have turned 77-years-old.
  • Cuba travel demands remain steady. Travel agents can book their clients on a variety of trip itineraries, including FITs, just as they could in early 2017, under regulations that were issued under the Obama Administration after it restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. Even last year’s move to restrict the hotels where U.S. travelers can stay “largely do not impact American-used facilities.”

Engagement. If you are interested in receiving specials (by email or postal mail) please visit the website and complete the Contact Us link. We will need your address (not PO Box) and telephone number. We will only mail specials that we think you may be interested, for example: we will not mail Disney specials if you do not have children.

U.S. Passports Cost More. Starting this spring, getting a passport will cost $10 more for all U.S. travelers. The Department of State announced this week that the passport execution fee will be $35 starting on April 2, which means that adult passport books will now cost $145, up from $135, while child passports (aged 16-years-old and young) will now cost $115, up from $105.Individuals who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase.

REAL ID Extension.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may continue to grant state extensions in short order and that we will not see widespread travel disruptions come this month. The news means that travelers from the states still not in compliance and without a deadline extension — Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington — will not have to worry about traveling domestically without a passport until October 2020 at the earliest. These states have been granted extensions.

  • States in full compliance as of November 2017, are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • These states were granted an extensive until October 2018: Alaska, California, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington.
  • American Samoa, Guam, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands are awaiting a review of their extension requests from DHS.

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.

Top 10 Regions for 2019

  • Piedmont, Italy
  • The Catskills, USA
  • Northern Peru
  • The Red Centre, Australia
  • Scotland’s Highlands and islands
  • Russian Far East
  • Gujarat, India
  • Manitoba, Canada
  • Normandy, France
  • Elqui Valley, Chile

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

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

Travel is a huge investment … please let us help you.

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