www.chicagotribune.com/travel/la-tr-wreck-20110626,0,33083.story

Above link from the Chicago Tribune is good advice on car rental insurance coverage.

One big mistake car renters make is assuming personal insurance coverage also covers a rental car.  Maybe not. . .

  • If the driver is not listed on the rental contract as an extra driver, his/her or the personal auto insurance coverage of the renter might not cover costs associated with damage to the rental.   (The more economical car insurance companies charge a fee for extra drivers, so sometimes is less expensive to go with a premium car rental company when more than one person will be driving the rental car.)
  • If damage to the rental car due to something prohibited in the rental contract (e.g., driving off-road or even a gravel or dirt road or driveway), personal car rental policies might not cover the damage.

Remember, you are liable for the deductible on your personal car insurance policy for damage to the rental car.

Do consider purchasing the car rental option with travel insurance coverage for your trip offered by companies specializing in trip insurance (TravelEx, Travel Guard, etc.).  It is often less expensive than either the liability coverage offered by the car rental companies or the deductible on your personal car insurance, but you get COMPLETE trip coverage (baggage loss and delays, refund of trip costs for covered cancellation, medical treatment and evacuation, etc.).

I can help you with insurance details for you trip, whether it be complete “cancel-for-any-reason” coverage, or just enough to cover basics, such as a car rental mishap.

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Great advice from our host agency’s CEO, Robert Polk, about personal safety when traveling, especially to Mexico. http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/denver-loves-mexican-vacations

From a steamy seduction scene of double entendre to a honeymoon in the upper berth, Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint sizzle during the cross-country train scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller, North By Northwest.  As Grant deadpanned, “Beats flying, doesn’t it?”

Hitchcock apparently thought so, setting scenes on trains throughout his illustrious directing career on both sides of The Pond:  The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, Shadow of a Doubt, and The Lady Vanishes, to name just a few.  Such was the Golden Era of Streamliner travel.

Train Holidays creates the ambiance of that era with a limited opportunity for glamorous seduction North by Northwest aboard a beautifully restored 1940’s-style private Streamliner Train.  For four trips only this Summer, 30 passengers will travel the Canadian Rockies from Seattle to Banff.  The Great Western Limited rolls through majestic scenery over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, passing through the Cascade Mountains along the Skykomish River by day.  Fully hosted, the 8-day journey includes stops with sightseeing at Whitefish, Glacier National Park, Waterton Lake, Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and 4 fabulous nights in Banff.

A choice of Pullman accommodations onboard features  luxurious bedding, turn-down service and private facilities.   Sumptuous meals are freshly prepared by the onboard chef and served in the dining and lounge areas with the gracious elegance of white linen and fresh roses on each table.

The tariff includes:

  • Accommodations and all meals, wines and spirits aboard the train.
  • Overnight deluxe hotel accommodations at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish; Prince of Wales Lodge at Waterton Lake; and 4 nights at the Banff Park Lodge.
  • Daily breakfast , one day at Chateau Lake Louise; lunch at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump; and dinner at Le Beaujolais overlooking the Bow River.
  • Complete sightseeing including “Going to the Sun Highway” and Lake McDonald cruise at Glacier National Park; and gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, Yoho National Park while in Banff.
  • Services of a professional tour manager for entire trip.
  • Transfers to Calgary airport.

Tours depart June 24, July 22, August 19 and September 16.  Availability limited.

For complete details, quotes and reservations on this Unforgettable Journey, contact Judy Duran, CTA, 720 270-5767; durandenver@msn.com.

Just got an e-mail flash with a link to the Terry Fator website.  If you go to Las Vegas, don’t miss his incredible show — I’ve seen it twice in one year!

2007 winner of America’s Got Talent, Fator is, indeed, a remarkably talented man:  Ventriliquist, impressionist, comedian and puppet creator.  Fator appears most Tuesdays through Saturdays in The Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage .

But more than talent, Fator is simply a nice guy.  He allows the use of flash photography and recording devices during his performance.  He signs autographs after most shows until the last fan leaves.  The profits from his Mirage gift shop go towards assisting the families of US service men and women deployed overseas.  He supports several charities.  His show is full of patriotic pride and clean enough for my 86-year-old mother to enjoy.  While his humor is adult, unlike so many comic acts and Las Vegas shows, his performance is not profane or raunchy.

Fator’s proverbial white hat goodness comes from a sincere gratitude for his fans.  He quite frankly tells his audience he was able to break out of one-night-stands in Tippacanoe and Tyler, too, into a reported $100 million 5-year contract at the Mirage because his fans voted him into the America’s Got Talent top slot.  With so many celebrities blaming their woes on the zealous pursuit of their fans, it’s refreshing to encounter a talent who actually appreciates his fans and the recognition they’ve given him.

My favorite Fator characters are country singer Walter T Airedale, the character Fator has worked with the longest; Vicki the Cougar who compares herself to fine wine (the older she gets, the easier she goes down!); and Duggie Scott Walker, Fator’s annoying Mary Jane-smoking neighbor who sees strobe lights and hears heavy metal music everywhere.  What Fator does with Cher and a little audience participation is absolutely side-splitting!

Fator’s website is www.terryfator.com, which has links to his blog, charities, performance schedule, etc.

Here’s a ticket tip for Fator’s Mirage performances:  If you arrive in Las Vegas without tickets to Fator’s show, the box office at the Mirage often has same-day performance tickets for MUCH less than the vendors hawking last-minute tickets along the strip.  Show up in person at the box office in the Mirage Casino.  Don’t be put off if the only seats left are in the last row — the first time I saw Fator, this is exactly where I sat.  I can honestly say there is not a bad seat in the house, including those in the last row.  It’s a fairly small theater with closed-circuit TV’s throughout.

Better yet, get your seats before you arrive as part of your Las Vegas vacation package.  Contact me for details on this Unforgettable Journey:  Judy Duran, CTA; 720 270-5767; durandenver@msn.com.

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Sometimes pictures says it all!  This is from a custom safari operator in Eastern Africa.

Trypp recognizes the big fella as one of her redneck cousins. . .

The advantages of using a travel agent are manifold.  But I don’t have to blow my own horn!  Suppliers will do it for me!

From APPLE VACATIONS:

Travel Agent Appreciation Month

By Gina West, May 12, 2011

Every year, Apple Vacations celebrates Travel Agent Appreciation Month during the month of May. This year is no exception. As a Senior Sales Manager with Apple Vacations, my primary role is to work hand-in-hand with our travel agent partners to keep them up-to-date on any new destinations, resorts and the
latest hot deals. Yet, whenever I meet someone new and they discover what I do for a living, I’m often asked, “With all of the resources on the internet, why would anyone need to use a travel agent?”

Travel agents literally spend hundreds of hours each year continuing their education of destinations and resorts by participating in educational seminars and familiarization trips (FAMs) to keep their knowledge current. The internet is a great tool but the information is often conflicting, contradictory and confusing. A good travel agent uses all available resources plus their personal studies and experiences to ask the right questions and recommend the vacation that best fits your needs. In the long run, planning your vacation takes less time to qualify you and your family for the right vacation by using a travel agent.

If you’re still not convinced that it makes sense to use the services of a travel agent, consider this … Apple Vacations considers the travel agent’s input so critical to successful vacation planning that the cost of the travel agent’s services are already included in the cost of each and every Apple Vacation. That’s right – the cost of your Apple Vacation includes paying your travel agent to book your vacation with us for you so by not using a travel agent, you are in essence short-changing yourself and not getting the full benefit of the Apple Vacation product and service. Since your travel agent’s service is included in the cost of your trip, why not get all of your monies worth?

So, during the month of May, I hope you’ll join Apple Vacations and say “Thank You” for a job well done to the person who cares so much about you and your vacation experience… your local travel agent!

Leave Vacation Planning to the Professionals 

Consumers are more inundated than ever with seemingly too-good-to-be-true vacation prices, especially on-line.  How can even the most seasoned travelers be expected to cut through the clutter and make the
right decision?  Part personal shopper and part matchmaker, a professional travel agent can match up options from hundreds of travel deals with your personal preferences, and take the stress out of the vacation planning process. Consider the following:

  • First-Hand Experience – Chances are good that your travel agent has experienced the resort first-hand or has received personal feedback from clients who have. With so many websites      containing outdated or misleading information, the expert advice and personal recommendation of a travel professional can be far more reliable and less biased than a travel brochure or web posting.
  • Interpreting the Fine Print – Professional travel agents are familiar with the disclaimers and hidden      fees that could cost you far more than you bargained for. They’ll provide expert advice on everything from optional resort excursions to the real value of travel insurance.
  • Convenience, Cost and Value Recognition – By sifting through the web or making countless phone calls to hotels and airlines, you may be able to find a lower price on your own. But more likely, a travel agent will find you the best value in far less time, and you can avoid making a decision that may cost you dearly. Knowledgeable travel agents can discern the difference between a low price and a good value. When you book a vacation, you’re investing not only hard-earned dollars but also valuable vacation time. It pays to get it right.
  • Clout – With a travel agent, you have someone who will go to bat for you should the unexpected happen.  Experienced travel agents have long-standing relationships with travel suppliers. They have the right contacts and know how to get things done in the most efficient and timely manner.

Apple Vacations, one of the nation’s leading wholesale vacation companies, recommends booking through a professional, retail travel agent for the right advice and best price.

So why use an agent when you can go online and book yourself? Perhaps the question should be, why not?

With so many vacation options available, it’s helpful to work with someone who has “been there, done that” and can guide you through the entire planning process – finding the right destination, choosing the perfect hotel…a friend in the business who can give you insider tips to help you have a unique and memorable experience.

So, even if you like to do your own research, we recommend discussing your options with a professional travel agent. Apple Vacations provides you with a free listing of travel agencies that specialize in our destinations and can give you great advice throughout your planning process. The expertise, guidance, and personal service these partners provide are invaluable. All you need to do is . . . find a travel agent ready to help.

Golden Apple – These are agencies that send hundreds, sometimes thousands, of passengers on Apple Vacations each year. They receive one-on-one training from us about our destinations, products, and services. Some of these agencies may have nationwide affiliations and industry endorsements.

Red Apple – These agencies are also highly qualified to book Apple Vacations. In addition to receiving ongoing product training, they also send large numbers of passengers to Apple destinations. These agents may have a more local customer focus and are equally capable of finding the perfect vacation for you.