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Important news before you travel:

If you live in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.

For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website.


          
https://travel.state.gov


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          AIRPORT TIPS


To make your way to a flight on time and to get throught security as quickly as possible you can try the following tips:

1) Sign up. The TSA's PreCheck, a trusted traveler program, has spread to more cities across the U.S. and is now available at some 40 airports. Members of the program are pre-screened and can then whiz through security, sometimes without having to take off their shoes or remove laptops from cases. The U.S. Customs Department's Global Entry program is another shortcut for frequent international travelers, especially as the federal government contracts and customs lines potentially get longer.

Critical Security Checkpoints:
To make clearing security as easy as possible...
-Review the guidelines for liquids and gels on your Flight carriers Carry-On Baggage page before your flight.
-Have your government-issued photo identification and boarding pass ready for inspection.
-Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, since all footwear must be x-rayed.
-Remember to place all coats and jackets in a bin for x-ray screening.
-Make your laptop easily accessible for inspection.
-Avoid wearing anything metal or place these items in your carry-on baggage for screening

2) Check flight status. Although this is obvious, many people often fail to do this one simple but critical thing.

I recommend doing the same before abandoning your ride or your car just before you head to the terminal; flight status updates change by the minute, so a last-second check is always a good idea.

Most airlines will text you flight status updates if you sign up on their Web sites, and sites like Flightaware.com do the same by text, on the Web and through smartphone apps.

4) Check in online. Especially if you are not checking bags, this can save you a heap of time. I have found that when checking bags, having the pre-printed boarding pass in your hand doesn't help all that much, and check-in agents often reissue another boarding pass when you check in your bags -- but it sure doesn't hurt.

5) Before you leave for the airport, put your ID, credit card and boarding pass (if applicable) in an easily accessible part of your wallet or bag. There are two reasons for this: one, by going through this exercise, you make sure that you don't leave home without these crucial items. Two, you don't waste your (and other people's) time fumbling around for them at the moment you need them.

Check the airport parking situation online. Knowing ahead of time where to park, which lots are open and how far they are from the terminal can save you a lot of anxiety on your drive in, as well as keep you safer as you navigate tortuous and almost always poorly marked airport ring roads. Additionally, during peak travel periods, lots fill up quickly, so you will want an alternate parking plan.

When you are ready to board always take inventory of what you will need to do when you get to the front of the security line. Do a quick mental review of everything you are wearing that you will need to remove (such as shoes, jewelry, watch, jacket), and what you have inside your carry-on bag that might need to be taken out (liquids, electronics). When you get to the front of the line, blast through your mental inventory and make it happen. Done well, you can go from fully clad for winter weather, with laptops and iPads in your bag, to a T-shirt, pants and socks, and all your sensitive electronics in their own bins, in seconds.

Using these tips will get you through the airport, on your flight and towards your destination as quickly as possible.

more traveler informaiton tips available at the TSA website:  https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/faq
         NEW YORK'S JFK AIRPORT

JFK international airport is located 15 miles by highway from midtown Manhattan. JFK’s terminals, parking lots and hotels operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and cover more than 880 acres.

If you choose to enter the terminal with the passenger, please be aware that only ticketed passengers will be allowed past the security checkpoint. However, you may enjoy any of the areas before security. As an alternative, you may drop off your passengers at the Kiss and Fly located at the Lefferts Boulevard AirTrain Station where they can ride AirTrain free of charge to their terminal in just 10 minutes.

Electric Vehicle Charging
Air travelers who own electric vehicles can charge them at Kennedy International.
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  BOOKING THE RIGHT  HOTEL


Hotels are more than just a place to sleep. The best hotels offer information and services that help familiarize you with your location, address the special needs of families and business travelers and, they hope, give you something to write home about.

When it comes to choosing a hotel, it’s better not to rely on star ratings.  Because the criteria for these star ratings are sometimes based on insignificant details, they don’t always accurately represent the quality of a hotel, with some 4 star hotels being of much higher quality than some 5 star hotels, but losing a star because they don’t include a mini-fridge in every room. 

You can receive “five-star service” in a one-star hotel. That small hotel/B&B will many times be family-owned and run, not always have a fancy reception desk (reception may be a small table or desk where a computer, phone and registration book is kept), but they will be willing to sit down with you and give you information such as the best restaurants in the neighbourhood.

The best way to get the most out of your time in the city, help you plan your days, suggest things to do, issue attraction tickets, book a taxi (many smaller hotels/B&Bs have certain companies they work with and trust), and many other things.  The five-star hotel may not have time to spend with you like that.

Star ratings will generally not be an indication of cleanliness and comfort. A one-star hotel/B&B can offer you the same shiny bathroom tiles, clean carpeting and spotless sheets and towels that a two, three or more star hotel can.

there are many websites online with information on hotels and ratings by reviewer's which can offer valuable information in determing which hotel you book on your next trip.

Sometimes making a decision on where to stay can be easy, especially when your finances allow you to book hotels at any price. For those of us who may be on a budget, doing a little search online can often end up saving us hundreds of dollars on our lodging.

No matter where you are or where you are going, booking a hotel is something you want to make sure you do right the first time. Besides, one man's 3 star hotel can be another man's 5 star hotel.

Choosing a hotel with a good location is critical to making your trip a great one. But what does a good location really mean? That depends on what you'll be doing while you're staying at the hotel. You don't need to plan your entire itinerary in order to choose a hotel, but you should have a general idea of what you need or want to do once you arrive at your destination....
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             HISTORIC BERLIN GERMANY

Founded in the 13th century, Berlin has had an eventful history. Excavations from 2008 suggest that the city may be even older than was previously assumed: state archaeologists have discovered an oak beam that probably dates back to 1183.

Almost no other metropolis has experienced such frequent, radical change transforming ...
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        YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. More than 5 million people visit Yosemite each year....read more

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WHISTLER SKI RESORT HOTELS
& PROPERTY RENTALS



Whistler is one of the best North American ski resorts; highest vertical drop, acreage of groomed runs and variety of expert terrain. Accomadations offer many choices of hotels and a variety of rentals, condos and cabins.

Many of the properties at Whistler vary along three key dimensions: size, quality and location. There are a wide range of properties available  from 350 sq ft to beautiful chalets of 6000 square feet or more. Most people go to the many hotels in the area but there is a growing trend of property rental.

Many of the Hotels are found at convenient locations in Whistler from the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, throughout Whistler Village and Whistler Creekside. Whistler has hotel accommodation for travellers with a range of budgets and travel needs. All hotels offer 24-hour check-in and include services such as concierge, hotel shuttle, room service, daily housekeeping and ski valet.

Luxury Hotels
*****: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler,  Four Seasons Private Residences, Four Seasons Resort Whistler, The Westin Resort & Spa, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, Nita Lake Lodge, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Delta Whistler Village Suites

Deluxe Hotels 
****: Aava Whistler Hotel, Crystal Lodge & Suites Legends, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel Sundial Boutique Hotel

Moderate Hotels
***: Blackcomb Lodge, Cascade Lodge, Coast Blackcomb Suites, Whistler Peak Lodge, Listel Hotel Whistler, Tantalus Resort Lodge, Whistler Village Inn & Suites, Adara Hotel, Mountainside Lodge, Mountain Side Hotel by Executive, Executive The Inn at Whistler Village, Pinnacle Hotel

Luxury Condo & Townhomes: 4.5+ star condos offer apartment-style living, First Tracks Lodge, Evolution, Montebello, Northern Lights, Pinnacle Ridge, Telemark.

Deluxe Condo & Townhomes: Carleton Lodge, Legends, Greystone Lodge, Le Chamois, Glacier Lodge, Horstman House, Woodrun Lodge, Aspens on Blackcomb, Mountain Star, Blackcomb Greens, Cedar Hollow, Painted Cliff, Town Plaza Suites, Valhalla, Forest Creek, Glen Eagle, Stoney Creek Lagoons, Stoney Creek Sunpath, Stoney Creek Northstar, Treeline, Arrowhead Point.

Moderate Condo & Townhomes:  Alpenglow Lodge, Lost Lake Lodge, Marquise, Wildwood Lodge, Lake Placid Lodge, Marketplace Lodge, Tyndall Stone Lodge, Alpine Greens, Market Pavilion, Symphony, Forest Trails, Glaciers Reach, Granite Court, Powderhorn, Snowgoose, Symphony.

Whistler Homes & Chalets: A chalet or private home may be the perfect accommodation option for you. Whistler’s 4 to 4.5 Star homes offer spacious and well-crafted accommodations that are close to Whistler‘s attractions but still private and quiet:
Deluxe and Luxury Homes, Falcons Nest Estate, Northern Lights, Pinnacle Ridge, Montebello, Cedar Hollow, Cedar Ridge, Glacier View Chalet, Falcon Chalet.

















Location is perhaps the key issue in choosing your Whistler rental. There are many different areas you can choose from for your vacation, and each of them have a unique and comfortable setting.

The Village is the place for proximity to bars and restaurants, and for being a relatively short walk to the lifts. However most of the inventory in the Village is small, with one or two-bedrooms units dominant in the mix, and it was all built to a cheap standard. It is critical to find a unit that has received a recent quality renovation. There are also one or two units that are larger, but you may have to search hard to find them.

The Upper Village is on the lower slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. This is the location for ski-in, ski-out units that are also reasonably accessible to the Village. However, if you want ski-in, ski-out make sure that you check what this means. Some properties are actually on the slopes; others, still styling themselves 'ski-in, ski-out' may be up to 5 minutes walk away. Still others are ski-in, but not ski-out.

The second main location for ski-in, ski-out units is Taluswood on the lower slopes of Whistler Mountain. This is a very upscale area with a variety of accommodation, but all of a high quality standard using peeled logs, natural materials and quality décor. Access to the slopes is very easy, with no more than a 2 minute walk from most properties. However you need a vehicle to get to shops and restaurants, as this area is not served by either the free shuttle or by municipal buses.

The fourth location is Creekside, the original location of Whistler. This used to be a very downmarket area, but recent heavy investment has made it a decent alternative to the Village. The Creekside gondola is always less crowded than the lifts in the Village, and there is now a great selection of shops and restaurants in town. The quality of accommodation is very mixed, with many unattractive older properties and a few newer, luxury chalets that are equal to any in Whistler. You can walk to the lifts from most locations in Creekside.

Finally, there is a selection of other locations, including Blueberry Hill, Nicklaus North and Alpine Meadows. Here you will generally find larger homes, but they are not ski-in, ski-out and you will have to drive to the Village as well. However, you will get more for your money in terms of the quality and size of the property itself here.
More info at: Whistler



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