I don't know about you but I am tired of
being nickel and dime to death by the
airlines. This past week I flew with my
daughter to NYC. On economical Southwest
there is NO charge for two checked bags. But
on United there is a fee for every checked
bag, unless you fly business or first class.
In fact, we met a lady in the airport who was
traveling with her two little dogs who stated
that the fee use to be $50 each way for each
pooch but now the fee has increased to $150
p/way and for each pooch - so she now hides
them and pays nothing!
I would rather take less luggage on vacation
and shop while on vacation because if I need
something I would rather spend the money on
me than give it to the airlines.
While flying I was informed by a gentleman
from Europe that the low cost carriers who
fly in Europe now charge to use the bathroom.
This is incredible to me - when will it end?
And now with the proposed merger with United
and Continental what we are seeing is a
consolidation of sorts between the mega
airlines, which can only mean less
competition resulting in higher fares for you
When I first traveled on an airplane back in
the early 1970's travelers use to get dressed
for the "plane" as your vacation started once
you boarded the aircraft. Air travel in the
last 10 years has done a 180. Gone are the
days when you were treated as a valued patron
by the airlines - welcome now to the cattle
call of travel.
However, I must say I have not flown all US
carriers. The ones that I feel stand apart
are Southwest and Virgin America.
For those with any thoughts you can email
|Costa Rica, the Jewel of Central America
Known as Central America's jewel, Costa Rica
is one of the best places to experience the
tropics. It's mostly coastline, which means
great surfing, beaches galore and a fabulous
climate. The lush jungles are home to playful
monkeys, languid sloths, crocodiles,
countless lizards, poison-dart frogs and a
mind-boggling assortment of exotic birds,
insects and butterflies. The endangered sea
turtles nest on both the Pacific and
Caribbean coasts. The majestic cloud forests
protect elusive birds and jungle cats.
My friend is afraid of going to the Big
Island because of Pele. What is Pele? Should
we be afraid?
Fearful in Vancouver
|Top Ten Reasons to Choose a Cruise Vacation
Wondering what to do to recharge your
batteries? Think of cruising for your next
vacation experience. According to the Cruise
Line Industry Association, the top ten
reasons to choose a cruise are
|RECIPE - Margaritas!!!
With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner
many of us will be sipping on one of my
favorite adult beverages - the Margarita. So
below is a fun video on how to make a
variation of this classic beverage,
demonstrated by Mixologist Eben Freeman, of
Tailor restaurant in New York City.
Perfectly situated just in front of the
glorious Arenal volcano, the Arenal Paraiso
hotel is the ideal place to enjoy Costa
Rica's real spirit of peace, nature and
adventure. The hotel has a quiet and cozy
atmosphere that blends to perfection with the
powerful view of the volcano and the
exuberant tropical gardens.
Welcome to the Gathering Island
Do you know where the only royal palace on
US soil is located? Welcome to Oahu, the home
of the last Hawaiian Monarchy.
On your next trip to the islands be sure to
plan to spend a few days in Oahu. Known as
'The Gathering Island," it is one of the
smaller islands but has a larger population
than all of the other Hawaiian Islands
combined. There is something for everyone on
Oahu - unbelievably beautiful beaches,
incredible restaurants, great shopping, and
many tourist attractions. It is because of
this variety that Oahu has such great appeal.
If you like the hustle and bustle of a big
tourist city then head down to Waikiki or
downtown Honolulu. If you are looking for a
more relaxing atmosphere, Oahu has that also.
Slip away to one of the small surf towns or
serene beaches on the north shore or the
windward side of the island.