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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2018 Issue

Travel Savings Alerts
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Logan OH 43138
ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2018 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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In This Issue:
Kawachi Fuji Garden, Kitakyūshū City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

  • Disney Springs Hotels Summer Rates
  • Super Promotion Treasures of China Plus
  • Silver Airways Intro Fares to Branson
  • Nizuc Resort and Spa Offers
  • $200 Off Ireland Vacation
  • Almost 50% Savings on Santa Clara Packages
  • Air Tahiti Niu 3 Countries/1 Price
  • CroisiEurope Cruise Savings
  • TravelWild Suite Discount
  • "Mach Dunes Million" Hole-in-One Contest
  • Epic SchoolKids Program at Whistler Blackcomb
  • Save on 2018 and 2019 Wildlife Safaris
  • Free London Museums
  • Taos Ski Valley Pass
  • Smartcruiser.Com Anniversary Promotion
  • Frasers Hospitality Celebrates 20th Anniversary
  • Choice Hotels Spring Promotion
  • Busabout Contest to Explore Europe
  • 8 Tips for Road Trips with Pets
  • Holland America's Ready Set Sail Promotion

    • Disney Springs Hotels Summer Rates

      Experience what Walt Disney World Resort has to offer with the “Spring into The Incredible Summer” room rates offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, for stays to June 15, 2018. In addition to location at a value, these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.

      Plus, through Dec. 31, 2018, guests at the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels get the Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, with valid theme park admission. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks opens early or extends later for select attractions and during select dates. The Extra Magic Hours benefit may also be offered at a Disney Water Park. You can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar or request a copy of the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby. You need a valid, official Extra Magic Hours voucher from the hotel, and a valid Walt Disney World theme park ticket, to use the Extra Magic Hours benefit.

      Guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, who booked a Walt Disney Travel Company package, including a stay at one of the hotels and theme park admission, are also able to link their hotel reservation and with a linked, valid theme park ticket, you can utilize a 60-day booking window for FastPass+ selections.

      As a bonus, you receive the “2018 Disney Springs Passport” booklet that features discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining.

        The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ “Spring into The Incredible Summer” room rates for stays to June 15, 2018 are:
      • B Resort & Spa -- rates from $105 per room, per night
      • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – rates from $99 per room, per night
      • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando -- rates from $139 per suite, per night
      • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $139 per room, per night
      • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $122 per room, per night
      • Holiday Inn Orlando – rates from $99 per room, per night
      • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $82 per room, per night.

      The rates do not include the resort services fee or daily parking (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.

      Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels .

      Super Promotion Treasures of China Plus

      Tour operator Sinorama offers a 13 day Treasures of China Plus itinerary for select dates in 2018 and 2019. Prices start at $999 per person, based on double occupancy and include international airfare from Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Departures are available from other major U.S. cities at a cost of $100 to $400 more. Departures are guaranteed when there are at least 10 people in a group. Full payment is required at the time of booking.

      Visits include Beijing, Xi‘an, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Huangshan and Shanghai. Highlight include the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Terracotta Army, Yellow Mountain, Beijing Hutong, TiananMen Square, Longjing Dragon Well Tea, the Bund, Shanghai Museum and Nanjing Road.

        The price includes:
      • International flights
      • Intra-China transportation (air, high-speed train, and coach)
      • Five-star hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
      • Meals listed in the itinerary and featuring regional specialties
      • Admission fees to entertainment shows listed
      • English speaking guide
      • Taxes and fuel surcharges.
        The price does not include roundtrip business class upgrade at $5,000 per person
      • $130 service charge for guides, bus drivers and hotel porter fees
      • Chinese Visa application fee
      • Optional tours and activities
      • Travel insurance.
      • Postal fees.

      Sinorama or 866/930-9580.

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      Silver Airways Intro Fares to Branson

      Silver Airways starts daily nonstop service to Missouri’s Branson Airport (BKG) from New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Houston’s Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on Aug. 30, 2018.

      For a limited time, Silver offers sale fares of $99 at their website. The tickets are good for travel Aug. 30 through Dec. 19, 2018.

      Silver Airways starts daily nonstop service between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Huntsville International Airport (HSV) on May 23, 2018.

      The Branson routes will be operated with Silver’s new fleet of ATR-600 aircraft with leather seating, more leg room, and overhead bins that accommodate full-size, carry-on roller bags.

      Members of United’s MileagePlus and JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty programs can earn frequent flyer awards for travel throughout Silver’s network.

      Silver Airways operates the most routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas.

      Silver Airways.

      Nizuc Resort and Spa Offers

      The Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun offers two packages.

      Nizuc Bed and Breakfast package includes a daily buffet breakfast with champagne for up to two people per room. The buffet breakfast is only valid at Café de la Playa during breakfast hours. The offer is valid through Dec. 19, 2018.

      Third Night’s the Charm package offers one free night’s stay after reserving the first two nights. The offer is valid through Dec. 19, 2018.

      Nizuc Resort and Spa Offers.

      $200 Off Ireland Vacation

      BOOK BY MAY 4, 2018 - - Book a nine day Afford Ireland vacation with Right Travel and save $200 per couple when you book by May 4, 2018. Prices start from $1,649 per person for the Dec. 7, 2018 itinerary.

        The price includes:
      • Roundtrip flights New York/Dublin, Departures from other cities are available.
      • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
      • Seven nights’ accommodations with three nights in Dublin, one night in Kilkenny or Waterford, two nights in Killarney and one night in Galway
      • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
      • Hotel porterage
      • All transfers
      • 10 meals: seven breakfasts, three dinners with wine
      • Sightseeing in air-conditioned motor coach
      • English-speaking tour manager
      • Entrance fees per itinerary.
        Trip highlights include:
      • View the 8th century Book of Kells at Trinity College
      • Dine in a tavern, with traditional Irish music and dancing
      • Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom
      • Travel along the Ring of Kerry
      • View the Cliffs of Moher rising 700 feet above the ocean
      • Visit medieval Bunratty Castle
      • Walk through Folk Park dedicated to Irish life in the 19th century.

      Right Travel or 877/636-6660.

      The Color Run

      Almost 50% Savings on Santa Clara Packages

      Save on California's Great America theme park when you spend a night at participating Santa Clara, CA hotels. The discount packages represent an almost 50 percent savings compared to regular room and ticket cost. Hotel/theme park packages include one night's weekend accommodations and two California's Great America general admission tickets (extra tickets can be purchased at a discount at several participating hotels).

      Participating hotels are Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Embassy Suites Santa Clara, Hilton Santa Clara, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Santa Clara Marriott, and The Plaza Suites. Package prices start at $169. Sales tax is not included, and packages are subject to availability. Packages are good thru Oct. 28, 2018.

      California's Great America introduces a new single rail steel coaster, RailBlazer, for the 2018 season. The design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, the coaster will give riders an unobstructed view of the ground and air as they speed smoothly over the twisting track.

      Hotels participating in packages.

      Air Tahiti Niu 3 Countries/1 Price

      Air Tahiti Niu makes it easier to cross three countries off your bucket list: Tahiti, New Zealand or Australia, with its Three Country Explorer Pass. It's three countries for the price of one when you travel from Los Angeles and continue in one direction, either to Tahiti, New Zealand, then Sydney. Or circle the other direction to Sydney, New Zealand and Tahiti.

      Fares start from $1,342 per person and you must purchase your ticket before Dec. 31, 2018. The price is in U.S. dollars for an economy fare ticket that includes taxes, fees and fuel surcharges.

      Stopovers are permitted free of charge at Los Angeles; Papeete, French Polynesia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Syndey, Melbourne or Brisbane, Australia.

      Tickets don’t require a minimum stay but there is a three month maximum stay. There is a $100 change fee if you are rebooked in the same class. If you are rebooking into another class, you pay the change fee plus fare difference. There is no children’s or infant’s discount for these tickets and unaccompanied minors are not permitted at these rates.

      Air Tahiti Nui 877/824-4846.

      CroisiEurope Cruise Savings

      Pick your next vacation from CroisiEurope’s latest river cruise deals. You can discover the rivers of France, the Rhine and Danube in Northern and Central Europe, or Portugal, Spain, and Italy. There is a wide selection of river cruise itineraries for you to tour Europe.

      Select your departure date and receive up to 50 percent off for the second passenger, or two-for-one rates on a selection of river cruises.

        On all cruises CroisiEurope includes:
      • French cuisine
      • All-inclusive drinks at meals and bar
      • Free excursion package
      • Free wifi on board.

      Several cruise specials include:

      The six-day cruise from Budapest on July 9, 2018, offers a special rate from $1,856 per person. Use Ref. BUC_AIPP.

      The six-day cruise from Passau on July 4 and 10, 2018, offers a special rate from $1,733 per person. Use Ref. PAC_AIPP.

      The nine-day cruise from Budapest on Aug. 12 and 13, 2018, offers a special rate from $2,883 per person. Use Ref. BUE_AIPP.

      Nine-day cruises in Southern Africa with stops in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe are reduced $572 per cabin to $6,033 from $6,319. The price reduction is for select travel dates for trips with Ref. nos. 11A_CLPP or 11A_LCPP.

      Croisi Europe River Cruises or 800/768-7232.


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      TravelWild Suite Discount

      TravelWild Expeditions, small ship experts to off-the-beaten path destinations, offer 2018 savings of $2,500 off any suite cabin for North Pole top of the world cruises. Other Arctic cruises offer up to 30 percent off and/or free airfare.

      Spitsbergen cruise discounts offers discounts up to 20 percent off or free airfare.

      Antarctic cruises are discounted up to 30 percent.

      An early booking bonus of five percent is offered for all cabin categories for 2019 cruises when booked by Nov. 1, 2018.

      TravelWild Expeditions or 800/341-9891.

      "Mach Dunes Million" Hole-in-One Contest

      The Village at Machrihanish Dunes kick-offs its "Mach Dunes Million" hole-in-one contest where 12 participants could win $1,000,000.

      Through Sep. 30, 2018, register and play an 18-hole round at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club in Argyll, Scotland, and you will be entered into a set of random drawings that will determine 12 finalists to shoot for the "Mach Dunes Million" on Oct. 13, 2018.

      The millionaire-making shot attempts will take place on the fifth hole at Machrihanish Dunes, a dramatic, 139-yard, par-3 overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Each finalist must be an amateur golfer and will have one shot to make an ace. A successful and verified hole-in-one will land the golfer $1,000,000.

      To qualify for the drawing, you must be 18 years of age, pre-register at the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Shop and complete an 18-hole round at Machrihanish Dunes by Sep. 30, 2018. Golfers can play as many times as they like and will be entered into the drawing each time they play.

      Finalists will be chosen at random from the qualified and registered pool of entrants on six separate dates on the last Monday of each month. The two finalists chosen in each of the six drawings will be announced upon meeting contest requirements and confirming a commitment to return to Machrihanish Dunes for the "Mach Dunes Million" hole-in-one contest on Oct. 13, 2018.

      Full terms, conditions and prizes for this contest are available oneline.

      Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club.

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      Epic SchoolKids Program at Whistler Blackcomb

      As part of its 2018-19 winter pass options and early bird pricing, Vail Resorts introduces its Epic SchoolKids program at Whistler Blackcomb.

      Starting next winter, the program offers Canadian and Washington State kindergartners to grade five students five free days of skiing or snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb, along with one free lesson and equipment rental for first-time skiers and snowboarders.

      Free access is restricted on Dec. 26, to Dec. 31, 2018, Jan. 19, 2019 and Feb. 16 and 17, 2019.

      The program’s goal is to inspire the next generation of skiers and snowboarders, increasing access to their mountain environment.

      Epic SchoolKids program.

      Save on 2018 and 2019 Wildlife Safaris

      Save 15 to 20 percent and see rare animals in India and Nepal on a 2018 or 2019 wildlife safari with Exotic Journeys.

      Select one national park for a four-day safari or select multiple parks and reserves for longer itineraries of 12 to 22 days. You save 15 percent on four day safaris and 20 percent on 12 day or longer safaris. Book until Oct. 5, 2018 for travel to Dec. 31, 2019. Some parks may be closed from June 17 to Sep. 30, 2018 due to monsoon.

      The forests of India and Nepal host rare wildlife species with nearly 90,000 types of animals including more than 350 mammals, 1,200 bird species and 50,000 plant species. Many of these are only found on the sub-continent.

      Exotic Journeys’ offers safaris to the most popular national parks and tiger reserves including Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Kaziranga, Gir National Park, Periyar, Kabini and Chitwan, Periyar, Sariska, Jim Corbett, and Kanha.

      The wildlife authorities strictly enforce the number of park visitors and the size of lodges in the parks to follow preservation laws, maintain the pristine environ and not disturb the natural habitat.

      Two popular safaris include:

      Wildlife Safari with Taj Lodges is a 13 day safari traveling thru the national parks and tiger preserves of Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna in central India. Safari highlights include hotels and jungle lodges, private airport transfers, sightseeing tours, excursions, English speaking certified guides, naturalists, chauffeurs and cars, daily breakfast and all meals at the lodges, entrance fee to monuments, concierge service and a professional tour manager.

      The 22 day wildlife safari explores national parks and tiger preserves in India and Nepal and historic destinations in north India. The itinerary goes thru Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park, Jaipur, Ranthambore Tiger Preserve, Sariska, Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Agra and Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh National Park, Varanasi, Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The safari offers the same services as the 13 day safari.

      Exotic Journeys also custom designs wildlife safaris to all national parks and tiger reserves.

      Exotic Journeys or 800/554–6342.

      Free London Museums

      Planning a trip to London can be an expensive venture. Things cost more in London than most other European destinations.

      It is possible to live it up in London on a budget. One way is to visit London’s free museums and attractions. Most nationally-run museums and art galleries are publicly financed and don’t cost visitors a pence. Here’s a list of perennial London favorites that are free.

      British Library - World’s largest library holding with 150 million plus items.

      British Museum – Renowned artifacts from the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles.

      National Gallery - Stunning collection housing works from masters such as Cézanne and Van Gogh.

      Natural History Museum - Hands-on exhibits and millions of specimens.

      National Portrait Gallery - Depictions of the most famous Brits in history.

      Science Museum - Interactive exhibits, historic collections, and an IMAX theater.

      Tate Modern - Huge collection of modern art in a former power plant along the Thames.

      The Tate Britain - British art from 16th-century pieces to contemporary works.

      Victoria and Albert Museum - The world’s biggest destination for design and decorative arts.

      Bank of England Museum - The story of the U.K.’s main financial institution since 1694.

      Imperial War Museum - Showing the British wartime experience from World War I to present day.

      The Geffrey Museum - Living rooms highlighting furniture, textiles, and decorative arts.

      Museum of London - A timeline of the city at this urban history institution.

      National Maritime Museum - The world’s biggest collection of seafaring objects.

      Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology - 80,000 ancient artifacts from the Nile Valley.

      Royal Airforce Museum London – More than 100 military aircraft from historic to modern.

      Sir John Soane’s Museum - Personal art collection and effects in a stately townhouse.

      V&A Museum of Childhood - Huge collection of toys, games, and clothes in a historic space.

      Wallace Collection - 18th-century French painting, an armory, and more in a London townhouse.

      Wellcome Collection - Explores the intersection of medical history and art.

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      Taos Ski Valley Pass

      Taos Ski Valley's 2018-2019 season passes deliver value, choice and perks for adults, millennials, children, seniors and military personnel. Select Taos passes provide discounts to 16 resorts in the Mountain Collective, and free exchange days with select Colorado resorts while offering unlimited skiing throughout the season. Lowest pricing is available for a limited time.

      New for 2018-2019 is the Weekday Pass, offering adults unlimited skiing Mondays to Fridays for $350, and the Taos 4-Pack for $325 which offers a preloaded pass for four days of skiing/riding and direct-to-lift access.

      New next season is an increase in benefits for passholders including options that give a free stay at the Blake at Taos Ski Valley, 50 percent off buddy passes and exchange days at Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; lodging, dining and retail discounts; discounts on lessons, childcare, rentals and tuning. Purchase a season pass during the Spring Sale and be entered to win a Kings & Corn heli-skiing and fishing package for two people at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska, valued at $24,000.

      Taos' Kachina Pass is the best value for unlimited skiing with no blackout dates. At $895 during the early sale time, the Kachina Pass also includes six 'Sunrise Tracks' vouchers for early morning guided access and chance to catch the New Mexico sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

      The Taos Value Pass for adults 36 to 64 ($595 during Spring Sale), with nine blackout dates, and the Zia Pass for ages 18-35 ($350) offer the best season pass deals in the region. Rates for the Youth Pass (ages seven to 17) are $250, Military, First Responder Service and Senior (ages 65-79) season passes start at $350.

      Taos Ski Valley's pass offerings.

      Smartcruiser.Com Anniversary Promotion

      In celebration of 30 years in business, SmartCruiser.com, the internet cruise division of Smart Travel Group, has a limited-time anniversary offer. Book any cruise of seven nights or longer in a balcony cabin or above and receive a free Amazon Echo Dot. The promotion is valid on new bookings made through July 31, 2018. Sample pricing starts at $549 per person for a seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise. Pricing is subject to availability.

      Use promo code Smart30 to receive the free Amazon Echo Dot, one product per booking. The Amazon Echo Dot will be mailed 30 days after completion of your trip.

      SmartCruiser is an all-inclusive platform for planning cruise vacations that features information from every cruise line and brand. Through the site, you can book and pay online for a cruise vacation of your choice, including air arrangements, shore excursions and trip insurance.


      Frasers Hospitality Celebrates 20th Anniversary

      Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a campaign where 20 Golden Tickets worth 20,000 Fraser World points each are up for grabs, which can be used to redeemed for free stays. One winner will also walk away with a Grand Golden Ticket, which comes with 20 free nights and $20,000 cash.

      Themed 'A World of Thanks,' the promotional campaign is Frasers Hospitality's way of expressing its gratitude towards guests for their loyalty over the years. From two properties in 1998 to more than 150 properties in 2018, the hospitality brand is now in more than 80 cities worldwide.

      Through June 28, 2018, book directly with Frasers Hospitality and qualify for the 20th Anniversary lucky draw. Twenty guests will have a chance to win Golden Tickets worth 20,000 Fraser World points each, which can be converted into free stays at Frasers Hospitality properties worldwide, giving guests the chance to create new #FraserMoments. The draw will also choose a Grand Golden Ticket winner, who will win 20 free nights and $20,000 cash.

      In addition to the draw, the campaign includes a World of Thanks with 20 percent More Value. Fraser World members will earn an additional 20 percent Fraser World Points when they book a stay with Frasers Hospitality through June 28, 2018. You can redeem free stays using 20 percent less Fraser World Points through Dec. 31, 2018. Guests will receive 20 percent off vouchers for food and beverages and guest services at select Frasers Hospitality properties worldwide.

      Fraser Hospitality.

      Cheap Hotels Worldwide Sale

      Choice Hotels Spring Promotion

      Choice Privileges, the loyalty program from Choice Hotels International, offers a new promotion called Book. Stay. Repeat. Through May 25, 2018, two separate stays can earn Choice Privileges members enough rewards points to redeem for a future free night at more than 1,000 Choice Hotels properties worldwide, or bring members closer to a free night at more than 4,500 more properties. There is no limit to the number of free nights you may earn during the promotion.

      To participate in Book. Stay. Repeat., register for the promotion before check-out and book your travel directly through Choice Hotels online, on the app or by phone. Corporate travelers can book in their online booking tool, global distribution system, or with a travel agent.

      Membership in the Choice Privileges loyalty program is free, offers fast rewards and perks, and exclusive member rates when booking directly at www.choicehotels.com. Fast rewards include the free Choice Privileges Your Extras program, which offers exclusive rewards, including Choice Privileges bonus points, airline miles, gift cards for a premium coffee shop, fuel discounts, or shared ride credits at mid-week check-in, regardless of membership status.

      Choice Hotels Book. Stay. Repeat..

      Busabout Contest to Explore Europe

      Ever dreamed of being a travel blogger? This could be your chance. Busabout, a hop-on hop-off bus network across Europe, seeks four travel addicts to Instagram, blog, Snap, or vlog their way across Europe this summer during an all-expenses-paid adventure worth $7,000.

      Whether you have a way with words, are a pro at making a picture pop, or a master at inducing FOMO in a 10-second clip, there's a spot on the squad for you. Each member of Busabout's Ultimate Travel Squad will be selected based on their talent for creating content in one of four social platforms: one Instagrammer, one blogger, one vlogger, and a Snapchatter or Instagram Stories creator. If this sounds like you and three of your friends, you can even enter as a group.

      The four selected members of the Ultimate Travel Squad will explore Europe on Busabout's Hop-on Hop-off door-to-door bus network over three months, from early June to early September 2018. Each member of the squad will experience an adventure worth $7,000, which includes an Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Pass, accommodations, spending money, and a bonus fee at the end of the trip. Return flights from the U.S. are included.

      The itinerary will include spots such as Lake Bled, Kraków, San Sebastián, Grünau, Austria; and Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The three-month adventure will end with a week sailing in Croatia.

      To apply for a spot on the squad, select your preferred social platform (Instagram, YouTube, blogging or Snapchat/Instagram Stories,) and record a 60-second video showcasing why you're the only person for the position. Extra points will be awarded for creativity. Those wishing to apply as a duo, trio, or group of four can submit a video together, making sure to select a different social platform for each person. Videos can be submitted on the Busabout website.

      Apply for the Ultimate Travel Squad, here.

      Busabout and the Hop On-Hop Off coach network.

      8 Tips for Road Trips with Pets

      Many pet parents opt for a road trip with their pet instead of flying. Embrace Pet Insurance compiled a list of tips to make it a comfortable and safe journey for everyone. Here are some cat- and dog-friendly travel tips for when you decide to pack up your furry family member.

      1. Keeping Them Safe and Secure - As you're making a list of everything you need for your trip, add a well-ventilated pet carrier or crate. Whichever type you choose, make sure your pet can move around, stand, and sit in it. If you can't find a crate or carrier to meet your needs, a pet safety belt is the next best option.
      2. Bring Something Familiar - Does your pet have a favorite blanket, toy, or bed? It's ideal to bring cat and dog travel items with you as they can ease some anxiety and provide a sense of familiarity.
      3. Make Sure Your Pet is Comfortable with Car Rides - If your pet is used to car rides, you likely won't have any issues. However, if your pet isn't used to rides, start by taking them on short car rides around the block and then lengthen the ride to get them used to the car. If your pet isn't used to the car, don't just assume they will be fine. Dogs, and even cats, can experience anxiety about something new like traveling.
      4. A Quick Vet Check - Make sure your pet is physically healthy and ready for the trip with a quick check-up at the vet. Talk the trip over with your veterinarian to ensure your pet has the right temperament and health status to take on a lengthy trip and new surroundings.
      5. Think About Microchipping - Losing your pet would be a devastating experience. At your pre-trip check-up, talk to your vet about microchipping your pet. A microchip is about the size of a piece of rice and injected under the skin. The microchip comes with a registration number that can be read by using a scanning tool, which will then link to your information. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure all your information is current. Check their tags to make sure everything is up-to-date as well.
      6. Stop for Breaks - If your pet is used to a normal potty break and feeding routine, make sure to schedule your trip in a way that allows for the same breaks. It's not ideal to feed your pet in a moving vehicle, so make it a point to stop during regular feeding times. Before you venture out on your road trip, check online and see which rest stops along the way have dog walking areas. This will give your pup a break to stretch his legs.
      7. Make Sure Your Pet Keeps His Head Inside - While it's cute to see your dog stick his head out the window and take in fresh air, it's not safe. Oncoming traffic or flying objects could injure him. It's best for your dog to sit in a pet seat belt or a crate.
      8. Protect them with Pet Insurance - Unexpected accidents and illnesses can happen at any time and our dogs and cats aren't exempt from this. Having pet insurance is like having a safety net for unexpected veterinary bills. It provides you with peace of mind that if the unexpected happens, you're covered.

      Embrace Pet Insurance or 800/511-9172.

      Holland America's Ready Set Sail Promotion

      Plan ahead and book a future Holland America Line cruise vacation and receive the Ready Set Sail promotion with pre-paid gratuities and reduced deposits. Book your cruise by June 14, 2018, to be eligible to receive the offer. If you book a suite, you also will receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.

      All cruises between Sep. 1, 2018, and Aug. 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the Ready Set Sail promotion. The prepaid gratuities cover the hotel service charge, while 50 percent reduced deposits and attractive fares make it more affordable. Depending on the cruise length, guests booking suites will receive onboard spending money up to $300 per stateroom.

      Suite guests can use their onboard spending money for shipboard experiences and amenities such as spa and salon treatments, gift shop purchases, shore excursions, beverages or dinner at one of the specialty restaurants.

      Eligible Ready Set Sail destinations include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, the Far East, the South Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Australia and New Zealand.

      Holland America's Ready Set Sail Promotion or 877/724-5425.

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