Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-Era Engagement With Cuba – The New York Times

Good-morning! This diversion from my morning’s agenda needs to be clarified a little before I can move forward with my day! Also keep in mind that nothing has been set in stone yet!

Here is my understanding as reported, in a nutshell;  ABOUT #CubaTravel moving forward:–> ” #TRAVEL to #CUBA is STILL LEGAL. Anyone who purchased a flight, reserved a room or completed any “travel-related transaction” before Friday will be UNAFFECTED by the changes, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Traveling to Cuba IN THE FUTURE will still be allowed for the same 12 authorized categories, with one exception: educational travel MUST BE WITH A GROUP, which must include AN AGENT who makes sure everyone follows the itinerary. That can be a GUIDE from a #TRAVELAGENCY.”  -via- Tampa Bay Times

 

It’s Flashback Friday! I hope you will have family vacation memories to share too!

Happy Friday! One of my hopes to-do on this Friday is to continue encouraging parents to make sure that you plan to travel with your kids too if you can!  On this Flashback Friday I am remembering Florida family vacations.  Orlando has so much to offer a family to experience and enjoy together.  So much has changed and evolved there since my last visit so I know that I’ll need to get back to see all the new expansions soon.

It’s not too late to book your 2017 family getaway if you haven’t done so already! It’s also not too early to begin planning for your 2018 vacation either!

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Disney World 1986; Orlando, Florida! Those little girls are 35 years old now!

I was a newbie Travel Agent back in 1986! This was my 2nd trip to Disney World when I took my oldest daughter and my niece to visit the Mickey Mouse neighborhood, 30 years ago!

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My niece and oldest daughter (now 35 yrs old) met Minnie Mouse 30 years ago at Disney World Orlando!

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We traveled from Disney World in Orlando to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa on the same vacation in 1986.

 

Disney World 2005

2005, my 3rd trip to Disney World taking my two youngest kids who are now 18 and 20 years old.

My now 18 & 20yr olds at SeaWorld in 2005

We made sure to include a visit to SeaWorld on our family vacation in 2005.

 

We realize that many families can’t or are just not that interested in traveling out-of the country with their children.  TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises is commited to including affordable domestic-travel vacation options for families to enjoy too.

Be sure to follow-us on Facebook for family vacation offers, especially from Disney Parks, Universal Resorts, and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fl.

Family Vacations, the benefits are numerous, the memories are priceless! Contact us for assistance with planning and booking your next/first family vacation.

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Plan to Travel WITH Your Kids! #TLCTravels!

 

 

The savvy travelers had their Travel Agent on Speed Dial! – Brawl breaks out after flight canceled.

Wondering how many of those stranded passengers at the airport had a trusted travel planner #TravelAgent on their ICE contacts list to call for HELP during this melee!!!

Times like this is why you work with a Travel Professional when you #Plan2Travel !! We are available for our clients before, DURING and after their trip!

Screams and commotion took over Fort Lauderdale’s airport Monday as travelers clashed with Spirit Airlines employees and police.

Source: Spirit Airlines cancels flight, passenger brawl breaks out – CNN.com

Many think that it’s so easy to just book yourself online so why work with a Travel Agent? Well, crap happens, even when we travel. Establishing a working relationship with a travel agent professional is what smart and savvy travelers do. Your travel professional will not only help you plan and book your trip, he/she knows your itinerary and is just a telephone call away, if/when something like this or worse happens.

Use a Travel Agent when you plan to travel. I’m sure there were many in that crowd who didn’t know the first thing to do or who to call when all hell broke loose.  Don’t let that be you.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Owner/Travel Consultant at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

Keep Calm and Call Your Travel Agent,…if you have one!

The Gift of Travel is Always a GREAT Idea!

Travel is more than a gift, it’s a heartfelt memory!”

If you are looking for a Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, or ANY day gift for yourself or a loved one, the gift of Travel is always a fantastic way to go!
TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises’ has many exciting land packages and cruises for the travel-minded gift-giver to choose from! Consider this for 2018;
a Pre-Mother’s Day, Eight-Day Southern Caribbean #Cruise!
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Book this Cruise with TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises by 5/31/2017 with a low $50 per person ($100 per cabin) REDUCED DEPOSIT and follow our budget-friendly monthly payment plan. Final payment is due February 1, 2018!!
Also, our Special Offer for ***Family/Friends #Groups*** :
**Book 4 or more cabins with us on this sailing and receive $100 Onboard Credits per cabin to spend on the ship while cruising!!!**
Make plans with us NOW at TLC Travel’s Tours and Cruises to travel with your family, friends or go solo and visit #Aruba, #Curacao, Grand Cayman and the Dominican Republic all on one fantastic vacation celebrating Mother’s Day 2018!
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Based on double occupancy in an Inside/Interior stateroom, cruise rates are starting from $849 per person;
Additional costs:
Taxes and Fees = $119.75 per person and Onboard Gratuities = $103.60pp.
Rates, special offers and availability are always subject to change prior to booking with the required deposit payment so contact us ASAP for reservations and more info.

 

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FYI About Carnival Cruise’s Early Saver Rates;

Things to Know

  • Deposit is non-refundable & non-transferable.
  • Early Saver has a price protection policy.
  • Changes made to the reservation may result in the assessment of cancellation penalties or service fees.
  • Guest may select the stateroom once the full required deposit amount is paid, (usually excludes most Reduced Deposit offers).
  • When re-pricing to a new promotion guest assumes all terms & conditions of the new promo & may forfeit any or all features associated with the original fare.

 

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Remember, it’s best to work with a Professional #Travel planner when you #Plan2Travel, preferably, one with a First/Last name that you can add to your ICE contacts list -> (In Case of Emergency).  If you have not already established a business relationship with a #TravelAgent you can trust and depend on to be available for you before, during and after your trip, please do contact us for #Travel planning and booking assistance.

TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises! ~ Tina Little-Coltrane: Owner/Travel Consultant

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” — Frank Herbert – #JustGo !!

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Beaches Resorts Welcomes Walkaround Julia to Their Sesame Street Team in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos!

By now, I am sure that you have heard all about Julia the Muppet who has Autism being the newest  character to join the Sesame Street crew. Julia made her debut on an episode of Sesame Street recently with a primary focus of bringing awareness and knowledge about #Autism.

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Julia, the 4-year old, red-haired Mupphet with Autism is scheduled to be included this Fall in the Sesame Street cast of characters that can be found interacting with children and families vacationing at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos! Beaches is also now home to the #Caribbean’s first Autism-Friendly Kids Camps! Beaches is the first resort company in the world to complete the rigorous IBCCES (The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) training and Autism Certification!

 

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Credit: Sesame Workshop
In a press release we received 4/11/2017, #BeachesResorts announced the following statement:

“Following the landmark television debut of Julia, a new Sesame Street Muppet with autism, Beaches Resorts is proud to announce the walkaround character’s arrival to its resorts in #Jamaica and #Turks_Caicos beginning this fall. With a new exciting activity in tow, Julia’s debut also continues Beaches Resorts’ partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and expands the resort company’s exclusive Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street® program, now in its 13th year of partnership.
“We created #BeachesResorts as a concept for everyone and it’s our privilege, particularly during #AutismAwarenessMonth, to announce the addition of Julia this fall as part of our exclusive relationship with Sesame Workshop,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Beaches Resorts. “As a resort company that also celebrates that children have a remarkable ability to see amazing in all people, we are excited to introduce more inclusive programming for families with children on the #spectrum of which Julia will play a part in,” he concluded. As a proud sponsor of #SesameStreet, Beaches Resorts is the only #Caribbean resort company to offer engaging activities with a colorful cast of walkaround characters including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover, Zoe, Bert and Ernie, Abby Cadabby, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and, soon, Julia. With an already exciting roster of hands-on activities available at Beaches Resorts, from Baking with Cookie Monster to Story Time with Elmo, Julia will bring forth a new activity, Amazing Art with Julia, just in time for the fall season. In this activity, children will be greeted by Julia a 4-year-old girl character who has #Autism. Julia, who loves to paint, will highlight how people can express themselves through art. Using a range of materials, children will have the opportunity to explore, experiment and create in this open-ended art activity. Afterwards, children will talk about how they created their piece (colors, lines, shapes, etc.) and how their artwork is a celebration of who they are and their unique self!
“We launched our autism initiative, ‘See Amazing in All Children‘ to promote awareness and acceptance and to combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families,” said Steve Youngwood, COO, Sesame Workshop. “Initially a digital character, Julia has come to life on Sesame Street, and now as a walkaround character who is sure to bring joy to children. We’re thrilled to work with our long-time partner, Beaches Resorts, to extend our work around diversity, acceptance, and kindness.”

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“Sesame Workshop debuted Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children in 2015 to help increase awareness and understanding of autism. Julia, introduced last year in digital form, now comes to life as a Muppet on a special Sesame Street episode. Other Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children resources include digital videos, books, and e-books, available in both English and Spanish. For more information, please visit sesamestreet.org/autism.

As part of Beaches Resorts’ brand-wide efforts to increase awareness of autism, staff underwent initial training with “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children resources. Complementing these efforts and continuing its commitment to create memorable experiences for all families, Beaches Resorts has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification programs, created to meet the training needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs and cognitive disorders.

Through the partnership, which is ongoing and provides intensive training for team members, each of the resorts’ Kids Camps and its early childcare staff have earned the distinction of Certified Autism Centers, ensuring team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to cater to all children. As the first Caribbean resort company to complete the rigorous IBCCES training and certification, Beaches Resorts has demonstrated it provides a safe, fun and comfortable experience for families with children with autism and other special needs so that all families may enjoy the resort company’s award-winning experience.”

Sesame Street Character Dining

For more information on the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventures in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos with Sesame Street or Beaches Resorts autism-certified kids camps, please visit www.beaches.com/autism-friendly-resorts or contact us at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises For online info and reservations assistance. –> TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises! 

 

Are you ready to take your Holiday Traditions to another level?

“You cannot keep doing the same thing, the same way, and keep expecting something different to happen.” Beth Moore –

Well, maybe you can. Depends on who you ask. Many are  quite content with doing the same thing, year after year so if that describes you then this post is not speaking to you. Alternately, if you are someone who is tired of this repetitive, egocentric consumerist mentality of being, somewhat due to past generations creating materialistic Holiday traditions, then please, by all means, understand that you do have other options.

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Doing the same thing year after year? Expecting something different? Buying more stuff? Stop it! Consider GIVING the Gift of a #TRAVEL experience to yourself or a loved one! Invest in new experiences, make memories in new places, educate you and yours about other cultures. Volunteer on a Holiday trip! Make Travel Memories! Just make a decision to go somewhere to do something different! Your Travel options are endless! And remember, when you plan to Travel, work with #TravelAgent Professional that you can trust and rely on for support before, during and after your trip!!

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The Secret to Happiness? Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Be honest with yourself, are those $500 jeans going to make you happy tomorrow? Next week? Now how about a $100 pair of jeans and a $100 massage every Friday for the next four weeks? Trying to look like a movie star or a fashion model is a pricy endeavor and in the end the only one who comes out ahead is your credit card company. Instead of spending your hard earned bread on clothes and jewelry to make yourself look better, spend that money on activities that will make you feel better.

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Holiday Cruising: Celebrate Family on a Princess Cruise!

Is it time to upgrade your family’s Holiday traditions? It’s not too late to book your 2016 #Cruise with Princess Cruises and it’s actually the perfect time to start planning for 2017 Holiday Travel right now!

Start new traditions and celebrate the holiday season at sea! Revel in time-honored traditions, warm and welcoming service, world-class cuisine & exciting ports of call during the holidays!

Experience the holidays onboard a Princess Cruise. From extravagant feasts, to the annual snowfall in the atrium, the excitement of a Princess Cruise is enhanced during the holiday season.

Source: Holiday Cruises – Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years – Princess Cruises

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