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Written by Joy Thrun. One of the hottest trends in the travel industry these days is river cruising. Born in Europe and growing around the world, almost every major river on the planet features exciting itineraries on beautiful new ships. If you have not taken a river cruise yet, you are probably intrigued and if… [Read More]

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Written by Linda Dolecki. Riviera Maya offers the perfect setting for your destination wedding, featuring stunning white sand beaches, turquoise Caribbean waters, tropical jungles, and ancient Mayan ruins. The first thing you should know about planning a destination wedding is to use a travel agent. I have the expertise to match you with your ideal destination… [Read More]

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Written by Julianne Lake (Classic Travel Intern, Summer 2015). I’m extremely lucky. From the time I was very little, in fact, as far back as I can remember, my parents have made it a priority to show us the world. There are five of us kids, so the natural first trip we went on was… [Read More]

Written by Caroline Rysenga (Classic Travel Intern, Spring 2015). Travel filming is becoming more and more popular among globetrotters, and putting together a video of your excursions is a great way to remember your adventures and possibly show off all the interesting things you did to your friends and family. Not everyone has access to… [Read More]

Prepare your 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag of liquids before arriving at the airport. Monitor local broadcasts for announcements of security checkpoint delays at local airports. Pack all your coats and jackets in your checked baggage when possible. Do not wrap gifts. Check-in online. Check your flight status online. Review TSA's security procedures. Wear… [Read More]

A basic packing checklist for children is below. Tickets Medical Insurance cards State Issued Birth Certificate or Passport if needed Gum or Suckers for plane Card with parents names, address and contact phone numbers - both home and at destination Pocket Itinerary Snacks Crayons, Colored pencils and Drawing Pad Books Small toys or travel games… [Read More]

A basic packing checklist for men is below. Tickets Hotel confirmation / other trip-related documents Photo ID Passport Phone numbers (Classic Travel 1-800 number and other emergency numbers) Money (have some small bills for tipping at airports, hotels, etc.) Travel checks (keep replacement information separate) Credit cards Reading glasses / reading material (book, magazine, etc.) Prescription… [Read More]

A basic packing checklist for women is below. Tickets Hotel confirmation / other trip-related documents Photo ID Passport Phone numbers (Classic Travel 1-800 number and other emergency numbers) Money (have some small bills for tipping at airports, hotels, etc.) Travel checks (keep replacement information separate) Jewelry (if you must bring jewelry, do not check any valuable items)… [Read More]

Q: Why should I use a travel consultant? A: Using a travel consultant allows you to take advantage of industry-trained professionals to find low fares, arrange custom itineraries, and offer expertise in traveling worldwide. Many agencies charge nominal fees for certain services however, the savings you may receive far outweigh those costs. Travel consultants stay… [Read More]

Now, more than ever, travelers should protect themselves and their trip investment with a quality protection plan. The right plan provides peace of mind and safeguards against the unexpected. There are two main types of plans: those that offer trip cancellation / interruption coverage and those that focus on "post-departure" or health and medical coverage… [Read More]

Advance Purchase Requirement - An airfare that must be purchased a certain number of days ahead of departure, usually 7, 14, or 21 days, for the best fare. Aft - Toward the rear of a ship. Air Mile - A distance of approx. 6076 feet. Airport Transfer - A transport service to/from an airport to hotel, etc., normally prepaid as… [Read More]

Nothing seems to cause more pre-travel anxiety than packing. To help ease the pain, we have some simple tips that will help you travel comfortably and fashionably. Whatever you do, make sure your "daily" shoes are comfortable and that your socks fit! You'll probably find yourself walking much more than you do at home and… [Read More]

Whether you're going abroad or traveling within the US, you'll quickly realize that they do things differently than they do back home. Knowing the culture of where you're going and what to expect can greatly enhance the experience. Be prepared that you won't be able to speed up the pace of Mexico or slow down… [Read More]

Written by Molly Brunette. Start out first thing in the morning, when everyone is well rested, for activities such as the zoo or Sea World. Don't try to do too much. Little people have small attention spans and are not going to care if you haven't covered every square inch of Sea World or haven't… [Read More]

Written by Joy Thrun. I have owned and operated Classic Travel since its beginning in 1980. I counsel clients (the best part of my job), so I not only have an opinion, but have accumulated opinions from some of the country's most avid travelers (an advantage of having an agency in the affluent community of… [Read More]

Every traveler knows long plane rides are physically demanding. Here's a simple isometric routine you can do right in your seat. Envision a slow jog through your favorite park. Using simple, rhythmic movements, alternately raise your heels as high as possible and rock slowly forward and back. Next, imagine that same jog, but with your… [Read More]

You may not think of self-defense training as a curriculum for travel agents, but having completed two Cobra Force focus classes, we feel it is essential training for all woman. Women should know how to defend themselves whether it's in a different country or their own backyard. So, when we learned of Cobra Force's “Street… [Read More]

Use concealed bag tags. Spend as little time as possible in airports. Pass through security checks quickly. Do not remain in vicinity of checkpoints. Once through these areas, go to a lounge or other open area away from baggage lockers and find a seat with a good view of the area. If possible sit with… [Read More]

Written by Dan Suits. European travel used to involve endless hassle with foreign currencies. In the first place, hotel, restaurant and other charges had to be settled in cash, so you had to get two or three thousand dollars in traveler's checks from your bank at home, carry them around and keep them secure during… [Read More]

Purchase trip interruption insurance. It's is worth the nominal investment. Review your cruise documents in advance for important guidelines and travel tips. Prior to leaving home, double-check your flight schedule for flight departure and arrival updates. Arrive to the airport early - at least 2 hours prior to departure unless local circumstances dictate allowing a longer time. Security screenings… [Read More]