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Jul 172017
 

(BPT) – Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.

According to research from Airlines for America, a record 234.1 million passengers are expected to travel by air this summer on United States-based airlines. That figure represents an increase of 4 percent over last year.

So why are so many people taking to the skies? Below are five reasons air travel is going to be hot this season. They might just motivate you to go and book your trip.

* More disposable income. An increase in the United States’ gross domestic product, coupled with a lower unemployment rate, means more Americans have disposable income they can use to travel. Trips that were once considered road destinations are now being targeted for flights, allowing travelers to spend more time at their final destination and less time trying to get there.

* Increased entertainment options. The days of planning to simply sleep on a plane are over. Travelers now have access to fast, consistent and global in-flight Wi-Fi with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, powered by Honeywell’s JetWave hardware so they can stream their favorite Netflix shows, YouTube videos and even use Facebook Live. This advancement provides high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi with the reliability travelers are used to having at home or in the office. And best of all, this Wi-Fi is the first service to span the globe, meaning you can stay connected traveling at 35,000 feet around the world.

* Reduced travel expenses. Air flight used to be seen as a luxury expense, but that is no longer true. Improved airline efficiency and increased competition in the market have sent the price of airline travel down for several years. The reasonable price of crude oil has also helped keep airfare a much more affordable option for summer travels than it was even five years ago.

* A more comfortable, reliable flight. A flight delay or turbulence can start any summer trip on a negative note. According to a recent survey by YouGov, 47 percent of U.S. adults who’ve flown in the past 12 months are most frustrated by late arrivals or departures while 35 percent said on-time arrivals and departures would make them most excited to fly again. Improved technology is reducing those risks while making the entire flight more comfortable. Honeywell’s GoDirect Weather provides data that pilots can access through a mobile app to find real-time weather reports along their flight path. GoDirect Weather also provides crowd-sourced, real-time weather data that’s shared from other planes flying in the sky. Pilots can then use this data to adjust their flight paths in response to the conditions they will face, meaning fewer flight delays and a safer, smoother flight for travelers.

* Still the safest way to travel. You’ve heard the statistics that you’re more likely to suffer a fatal collision on your way to the airport than in the air, and it’s true. Every year, the number of fatalities associated with flying dramatically pales in comparison with driving, and this trend is expected to continue. New flight technologies introduced every year are helping pilots avoid bad weather and overcome maintenance problems that can cause airline accidents, resulting in an increased number of safe, uneventful flights. So plan your vacation with a flight in mind. It’s a secure, quick way to make the most of your summer trip this year.

Read more about Honeywell Aerospace on the Follow the Aero blog.

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May 282017
 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Calgary International Airport (YYC) is shown on Thursday, September 15, 2016 for security protocol and how non-passengers screening works for The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN / For CATSA –

(NC) Travelling in the summer, the busiest time of year at Canada’s airports, can mean longer lines. Here are some tips to speed things up before you even leave for the airport recommended by the experts at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Dress for screening success. Avoid wearing large metallic accessories, such as heavy jewelry, big belt buckles and shoes with metal pieces that will set off the metal detector.

Pack for security. Place small electronics in your carry-on and leave them there for screening. Only large items like laptops and game consoles need to be taken out and placed in bins. If you’re packing liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on, make sure they’re in quantities of 100 millilitres or less and are placed together in a clear, resealable one litre plastic bag. Medications, as well as liquids for children under two years of age (such as milk and juice), are exempt from this rule, but any other liquids exceeding the limit must be packed in checked baggage.

Arrive early. This is especially important during busy periods, like summer and the holidays. Giving yourself plenty of time to get through security will reduce stress and allow you time to enjoy the airport amenities.

Ask questions. You can check out CATSA’s website or mobile app for more tips to help you breeze through security. You can contact them on Facebook and Twitter to ask questions if you need clarification or more info.

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Jan 302017
 

(NC) If you’re planning an escape from one of the harshest winters in recent memory, check out these clever tips that benefit both seasoned travellers and first-time explorers alike.

  1. Understand your passenger rights. The tariff is the contract of carriage between you and your air carrier. It covers your rights and obligations as a passenger and your carrier’s rights and its responsibilities to you.

  2. Check in early. Carriers are offering more and more convenient ways for passengers to check in and obtain boarding passes for their flights, including via the internet or from mobile devices. When available, check in online up to 24 hours in advance of your flight. Arrive at the airport early to check in, drop off your baggage, get through the security screening process. Then take a seat, power up your device and take advantage of the airport’s free Wi-Fi to ensure you’re available for boarding at the gate in good time.

  3. Know the fare rules for your ticket and who to contact if things for awry. Note or print the fare rules before purchasing and carry them with you when you travel ( Keep your travel agent or airline’s contact information on hand to easily access in an emergency.

  4. Call ahead. From carrying sports equipment and musical instruments, to dietary restrictions, medical conditions and disability-related needs, most carriers require up to 48 hours’ notice to accommodate special requests.

  5. Know your baggage allowance. Each carrier sets out its own limits for carry-on and checked baggage, and some charge extra for checked bags. Find out about limits and fees early to avoid surprises at check-in.

  6. Pack wisely. Include your contact information and your destination contact information inside and outside each piece of baggage. Always carry essential and valuable items with you on board ( your passport, identification and return tickets; medicines and medical devices; money, jewellery and electronic equipment; and essential overnight items.

  7. Have all travel documents organized. It’s your responsibility to have the proper travel documents to enter a foreign country and return to Canada. Consult the diplomatic mission of each country you intend to visit for its entry requirements. Ensure that the name on your I.D. is the same as on your airline ticket.

  8. Consider insurance. Include protection against baggage loss, delay, damage or theft; trip cancellation or interruption; personal injury or death; and sufficient medical coverage.

  9. Don’t miss your flight. When available, pre-select your seat in advance of departure. Confirm your return flight at least 72 hours in advance. Check your flight’s status for departure time changes and cancellations at least 24 hours before departure and leaving for the airport and provide your airline with your local contact information.

  10. Know where to find help. If you experience a problem while flying, you can file a complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency. Their job is to help resolve complaints between passengers and airlines. Find more information online at cta.gc.ca/air-travel-complaints.

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Dec 172016
 

(BPT) – If you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place known for its wildlife.

If your focus is the latter, no bucket list is complete without an authentic African safari that provides the opportunity to step into the native habitats of Africa’s big five animals, rare birds, and great apes. If this type of intimate animal experience is on your must-do travel list, here are five reasons Uganda is the perfect destination for your African adventure.

You can get up close and personal with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees

Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to see these majestic creatures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a top bucket list item for nature enthusiasts. The country is also a prime location for those hoping to catch sight of chimpanzees, as Budongo Forest Reserve is home to 700 of these playful primates, including three groups that have been habituated and can be visited by humans.

See it all at Murchison Falls National Park

You can see it all at Murchison Falls National Park, which is a four-hour drive northwest of the capital city of Kampala. Bisected by the Nile River, Murchison Falls boasts 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. The park is home to iconic African game such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and giraffes, as well as river-loving animals like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The dramatic falls, created by a remnant rift that plunges water 150 feet down the valley wall, provide a picture perfect photo opportunity.

Catch a glimpse of the southern white rhino at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is home to 15 southern white rhinoceroses and is the only place in Uganda to see this majestic creature. The ranch, a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, serves as a sanctuary where the animals can live and breed in a protected environment. In addition to the rhinos, more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds call Ziwa home. Those who visit leave invigorated by the power of conservation and the work the ranch is doing to protect its residents for generations to come.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is for the birds, and you

Bird is the word at Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda, where 600 different species of birds can be found – more than any other park on the eastern half of the continent. Here, you will have a chance to see some of Africa’s most sensational birds such as the Shoebill, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer and Pink-backed Pelican.

Seize the opportunity to enjoy authentic, immersive cultural experiences

Uganda is home to more than 50 distinct tribes, and meeting individuals from any of them offers a unique opportunity to experience their way of life and make lasting personal connections. Join the Batwa Experience for a glimpse into the living history of a tribe that once called Uganda’s forests home. You can also learn the art of basket weaving or beekeeping from communities across Uganda who use these arts to sustain their villages. A number of lodges connect travelers directly to these local communities, providing the chance to experience unique cultural performances of dance, music and song that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul.

Uganda is often referred to as “The Pearl of Africa,” and those who visit quickly understand why. Some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and mesmerizing cultural interactions await adventurous travelers, and there is no better time to plan a visit than right now. To get started, head to www.visituganda.com and begin preparing for the African adventure of a lifetime.

IMAGE CAPTIONS: ——————————————- Caption 1: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the world’s top wildlife experiences. Caption 2: The Nile River spills over Murchison Falls in Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.

Aug 292016
 

(BPT) – Before those magical summer days vanish into fall, now is a good time to pack your suitcases, load up the car and escape on a final summer adventure.d13acaffb3a4238f84d41d5bb9294bf5

The late days of summer offer much to enjoy for a new segment of traveler: the Seekender. They are bold adventurers who take advantage of the weekend to pursue their passions.

Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton knows a few things about the Seekender lifestyle.

“With my family, we seek to live the life we love together, especially on the weekend of busy work-filled weeks,” Bethany says.

Does this sound like you and your family? Get out the map, choose a place you haven’t experienced yet and get ready for a fun weekend. This is how Bethany does it:

Put a cap on drive time: Don’t waste the weekend with hours and hours in the car. Bethany tries to avoid ultra-long travel days, so her little one can get a nap in. Find a destination you can reach without hassle within three hours or so, while the kids doze and relax in the back seat. On Saturday, you’ll wake up at your getaway spot, ready to seize the weekend.

Think simple: Don’t book every hour of the day with an activity. Back off a bit on the planning, and set your sights on one or two spots you’d like to visit each day. Leave some space for relaxation and spontaneity. Go with the flow and consider letting the kids help make the plans for the day. Involving them in the planning will keep everyone’s mood elevated and allow for a stress-free trip.

Be on the lookout for family friendly activities: Along with the usual parks and museums, don’t forget to check for special weekend events in your area. In the final weeks of summer, for example, fair and festival season is in full swing. Set aside some time for the destination’s local festivals or state fairs, where the kids can enjoy carnival rides, local music and food.

Get outdoors: Embrace the outdoors and the warm weather before it cools down in the fall. Did you know that the National Parks Service maintains 397 parks and 2,461 national landmarks? Bethany has added Yellowstone National Park to her travel bucket list and hopes to experience its natural wonders with her family soon. Check out this interactive map to see if you’ve missed any exciting stops in your region. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, this is a perfect time of year to visit the mountains. In the summer months, the parks often offer alpine slides and mountain biking trails, which makes an excellent day trip outing under the sun.

Pick the right hotel: Choose a hotel that offers a variety of locations so your entire family can have a good night’s sleep wherever you land. For example, with over 2,100 properties globally, Hampton by Hilton is the perfect option for your family weekend getaway. With a free hot breakfast for every guest and takeaway bags for families on-the-go, you don’t have the hassle of planning breakfast — plus there’s plenty of fresh tea and hazelnut coffee to keep parents caffeinated. Downtime at the hotel is also easy and relaxing, with free Wi-Fi, and, at most locations, an exercise room and a pool.

Pack up the bags and begin planning your next three-day weekend trip with your family. For inspiration, follow Bethany’s Seekender adventures on HamptonSeekender.com and join the conversation on social media at #Seekender.

 

Jun 082016
 

(NC) With the low Canadian dollar and seasonal commitments for everything from weddings to camp programs keeping you at home this summer, why not take the opportunity to explore a city right here in our home and native land? Here’s a handy guide to 5 great Canadian cities that are perfect for that last-minute getaway and offer the best in food, culture and unique experiences.travel

  1. Calgary: If there you want to follow in the royal footsteps of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you only need one reason to visit this Albertan city — its world-famous Calgary Stampede which happens every July. Also enjoy breathtaking views at the Calgary Tower, visit your favourite animal at the Calgary Zoo and revel in first-rate shopping and dining on Stephen Avenue. Stay at the Calgary Marriot Downtown hotel and be close to it all.

  2. Quebec City: This provincial capital has more to offer than wintertime Carnaval. For culture, check out the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec or the Musée de la civilisation, and for animals visit the Parc Aquarium du Québec. Don’t forget to tour architectural buildings like the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Visit late June for the Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations or in July for the Quebec City Summer Festival.

  3. Toronto: Explore the southern tip of the city by staying at the sleek Delta Toronto Hotel, and be at the heart of Toronto’s top attractions including the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and Harbourfront Centre. Plan your trip to catch your favourite artist in concert at nearby Air Canada Centre or Rogers Centre, or to cheer on a Torontonian sports team on home turf.

  4. Ottawa: Our national capital is a must-visit any time of year. Explore world-class museums like the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, which is technically in Quebec but only a short walk across a beautiful bridge away. For nightlife and great dining, head over to ByWard Market — the Heart and Crown is a local favourite with delicious pub fare. Bonus tip: Parliament Hill tours are free but fill up quickly so be sure to come early morning to reserve your spot.

  5. Vancouver: The gorgeous west coast locale plans to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Get in touch with nature with Vancouver’s close proximity to oceans, mountains, river and lakes. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, know that Vancouver is the home port for Alaska cruises now through October.

Pro saving tip: Nowadays most people book their hotel online, but you can find the best rates and special promotions to earn points for future stays by going directly to the hotel’s website. Find ways to save on your hotel stay at these and other cities in Canada at www.marriott.com/rewards/promotion.mi?promotion=SB16.

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May 102016
 

Cruise Vacations For Seniors

Submitted by: Burt Cotton

In many areas of the world, including the United States, we often view senior citizens as having limits. While health issues may plague some senior citizens, most individuals are healthy and happy. In fact, many consider their senior years to be the prime of their live. If you are one of those individuals, you could experience fun and excitement aboard a cruise ship.

One of the most common concerns aboard a cruise is safety. Many senior citizens and their family members are concerned with the health risks of taking a cruise. If you or your family has fears associated with extended cruises, you may want to seek guidance from your family physician. With a simple visit, your physician may easily be able to determine whether or not you are up for the voyage.vacation

If and when you receive the okay from your doctor, you can begin to further examine vacationing aboard a cruise ship. When examining cruise ships, you are encouraged to examine a number of cruise lines and each of the ships that they have available. To get started on your search, it is advised that you examine Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruises. The foresaid cruise lines are just a few of the many that service travelers; however, they are often considered the most popular.

When examining a particular cruise ship, you are encouraged to search for activities and services that you are attracted to. These services are important because they are often the only way for seniors to find the perfect cruise ship. At the current time, there is not a large, well-known cruise ship company that offers cruises specifically for senior citizens. That does not mean that you shouldn’t take a cruise. It does; however, mean that you may need to spend more time researching your available options.

You can and should search for cruise ship activities based on your own preferences. Many seniors prefer cruise ships that offer elegant dinning facilities and activities geared towards mature crowds. If safety is a concern, you may wish to vacation aboard a family fun cruise. These cruises are geared towards individuals and families of all ages. Many times, a family fun cruise has a more appropriate environment. Seniors, including yourself, may find this environment warm and welcoming.

Once you have made the decision to take a cruise ship vacation, you may be excited to book your reservations. Senior citizens are urged to refrain from purchasing tickets and making travel accommodations on a whim. This is because many seniors qualify for cruise ship and other travel discounts. Many of these discounts are offered by AARP, Triple A, and other membership clubs. Even if you may not qualify for travel deals and discounts, you should still see if they exist. Until you look, you never know if you can book a cruise at a discounted price.

Cruise ship travel is a fun, exciting, and rewarding experience, no matter what your age. All most all cruise ships are safe enough that you can even vacation alone. If you are concerned with your safety while traveling alone, you may want to invite along family or your senior friends. With a large number of discounts, it is quite possible that you can all enjoy a vacation aboard a cruise ship, without having to go broke.

About the Author: Burt Cotton
http://www.last-minute-cruises.net

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