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Experience Versus “Stuff”

It's the time of year for gift-giving -- have you considered the gift of travel?  A weekend in New York, a romantic rendezvous in Paris... whatever your budget, time-frame, and interests, a trip is so much more than a "thing".   It's anticipation, experience, and lasting memories... And while we can provide the gift certificate NOW, you don't pay for anything until you actually book the trip.  
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The Aircraft You Choose Can Make A Difference

Amidst all of the things on your pre-travel checklist checking on your flight equipment probably never crossed your mind; but as we approach the snowy days of winter it can make all the difference between an on-time departure and miserable hours of delay. Due to the choices that each airline makes regarding the operation of each specific plane type, particular models are significantly more prone to delays and cancellations.  Another factor to consider is each airline's willingness to perform preventative maintenance. Delta in particular is leading the pack in anticipatory maintenance; and their preventative measures have reduced their flight cancellation rate from 5,600 in 2010 to 303 in 2016. 5 more factors to consider when flying: 1.  Regional jets have a record of delays and cancellations far worse than larger jets. 2.  Boeing 737's are THE most reliable aircraft type. 3.  Discount airlines tend to have a weaker reliability record than larger carriers. 4.  Planes with fancy lie-flat seats tend to have more frequent delays and cancellations. 5.  Older jets generally have worse reliability records than younger jets -- except at Delta.
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The United States and Turkey

On October 8th the U.S.Embassy in Ankara suspended all non-immigrant visa services to Turks. In response, Turkey suspended all visa services to US Citizens, including online and physical "sticker" visas at border points. The visa suspension does NOT affect Americans who are connecting through Istanbul to destinations outside of Turkey.
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More than airbnb

Looking for accommodations for your summer vacation?  There's more than Airbnb and vrbo - much more!  For example, if you're traveling with little ones, you may want to check out kidandcoe.com. With over 1200 listings in 49 countries (many in France, Italy and the U.S.), family-friendly highlights are itemized for each property; i.e., baby monitor, crib, etc.  If on the other hand, chic and elegant is your thing, check out boutique-homes.com.  There's a home, an apartment or a room for every taste and budget.  Just give us a ring; we're happy to share the options.  
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