Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hiring a Limo in NYC

If you and family or several friends will be heading to the New York City area and want to make getting around easy on yourself, consider hiring a limo. Traffic in New York City is, to put it very bluntly, awful. Whether you have a special function you plan on attending or need to get out to one of the airports, you will probably be surprised to find out how reasonable the rental price can be, especially once you start calculating those exorbitant airport parking fees.

Limo NYC is a great place to start your search for limo service for anywhere in the tri-state area. It’s a company that is family owned and operated, and they are committed to provided the type of customer service often missing in the transportation industry (think airlines!).

Limo NYC owns a full range of vehicle sizes in their fleet and can be just the perfect fit to save you the hassle and expense of driving to and parking in the New York City metropolitan area. Whether you are going to a concert or sports even in New York City, or want to not have to worry about drinking and driving as you tour New York State’s many fine wineries, a limo is really the only way to go.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Visiting the New Jersey Shore

During a recent visit to our son and his family we spent a day at the New Jersey shore. We have been to Cape May several times. And we had also spent some time at North Wildwood. This time we stopped even further north and hit the beach near the Avalon pier. We loved it. The walk from the parking lot to the beach was very short. There were very attentive lifeguards along the waterfront. And the water, while a bit cool, was great.

I think that the next time we go we will continue to move further north to experience more of the New Jersey coastline. Looking at a New Jersey map, it seems our next beach visit will put us in Sea Isle City. Whenever I visit a beach city I always grab a few brochures and I’m sure I’ll be looking at rentals in Sea Isle City. I would love to be able to rent a place for a month, relaxing quietly during the week, and welcoming my children and my grandchildren on the weekends. I’m sure there are a lot of Sea Isle City rentals like there are in other ocean towns.

I love the beach. I love the water. I love sitting on my umbrella, enjoying the ocean breeze. Maybe one of these deals I’ll even do something daring like check out Sea Isle City real estate.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Travel Insurance

The subject of travel insurance is discussed often in a travel periodical that I subscribe to. Some people never buy travel insurance. And others will not travel without it.

We are among those that do not travel without it. Even though we have been fortunate enough to never have needed it, we have come close a few times. It was comforting to know that, if needed, we had it.

Like when we needed to make a decision about cutting short a cruise because of illness. The thought of the cost involved had absolutely no effect on our final decision because we knew we were covered for medical care and flight evacuation, if needed. Fortunately, it didn’t some to that but it was nice to know that cost was not one of the items we needed to consider.

My personal feeling is that, at minimum, travelers should have evacuation insurance. Many people think of just the cost of flying home. If you only travel to major cities, getting home might not be a problem. But if you travel to places where the tourist infrastructure is a bit weak, and perhaps you need a helicopter or medical transport to get you home, having insurance is the only way to go. Whether you are taking a pleasure trip or need to buy business travel insurance, I strongly recommend looking into this purchase before you depart.

Luxury Cruises

As any of my regular readers know, my husband and I love to cruise. We have been on everything from 16 passenger boats to 3500 passenger ships.

Our 16-passenger adventure was our visit to the Galapagos Islands. One really needs to go on a small ship to the Galapagos to make visiting the islands easy. The smaller boats are also locally owned and by choosing a small boat, we know we were helping the local economy. And, just as important, the smaller boats have less of an impact on the fragile environment than the larger cruise ships.

Our 3500-passenger experience was a cruise from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. We sailed around the north and south islands of New Zealand and then across the Tasmanian Sea to Australia. I have to admit, for sailing in waters like the Tasmanian Sea that is typically rough, I was happy to be in a large ship.

One type of sailing still on our ‘to do’ list is luxury cruises. Our travel agent is a member of a large, luxury consortium and she has sailed on luxury ships as both a guest and as a hostess. She has been trying to persuade my husband and me to come along with her on one of the itineraries that she hosts. With everything included, from shore excursions, to wine, to tips, she points out that when you add it all up, a luxury cruise doesn’t have to be that much more expensive than a large ship mainstream cruise.

We have a couple of trips planned over the next year and a half. Two of them are cruises. No luxury cruise on our agenda yet but I’m sure my travel agent will keep her eye out for us, watching for that perfect itinerary at the perfect price that will finally persuade us to take a luxury cruise.