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18 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

All-Inclusive BelleVue Beach Paradise Cancún Trip with Airfare $699

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Groupon is offering an All-Inclusive BelleVue Beach Paradise 4 Night trip w/Airfare for only $699.  24 options available, including departures in January, February, March, and April 2015 from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Washington DC, Indianapolis, Orlando, Buffalo, Chicago, New York, or Boston.

Spend 4 nights strolling the sugar-fine beaches of the Caribbean sea on this all-inclusive vacation from Travel by Jen. All trips include:

  • Round-trip airfare from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Washington DC, Indianapolis, Orlando, Buffalo, Chicago, New York, or Boston
  • 4 nights of accommodations at BelleVue Beach Paradise
  • All meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Daily and nightly activities
  • Introductory scuba lessons in pool
  • Kid’s club
  • Nightly live entertainment
  • All gratuities

This includes Taxes and Fees. Price per Person Based on Double Occupancy.

Get this deal here —>

18 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

How to Get a Last Minute Birth Certificate for Miami Cruise

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This one comes from personal experience. We were doing a cruise out of Miami and a person in our party brought her real birth certificate (the one with the feet prints) not a certified copy. This is not acceptible to board most ships – especially not Carnival. They have very nice people at the Carnival office that were trying to help but weren’t very helpful. What it came down to was we needed an original copy and FAST! We had approximately 1 hour until the boat left.

I got on my trusty laptop and started looking. Turns out the Clerk of Courts for Miami is only a few minutes form the port. Why in the world didn’t the people at the Carnival office tell us this??????

Yes, they did not know you could go right around the corner and get one for only $10. Now we are Florida residents so I am not 100% sure everyone can do this, but it is definitely worth a shot if you are stuck in the Miami port and need one!

10 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Automated Immigration Kiosks – MUCH Faster Re-entry Times!

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When we landed in Miami last week we were dreading the hour (to two hour) wait to get through Immigration. We were pleasantly surprised to see a new system in place. They now have automated kiosk that really speed up the Immigration process.

So far four airports have these new kiosks: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International, New York-JFK International Airport and Miami International Airport.

How it works:

You scan your passport, confirm your flight information is correct, answer a few questions about what you are bringing back into the country and then a camera snaps your photo. My guess is they are using facial recognition software to match the passport photo to the person. A receipt with your photo is printed and you proceed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who then speaks with you and proceeds to stamp your passport.

We were fortunate enough to be flagged so my husband received a nice X over his slip. When this happens you are redirected to another line where you must go through a more thorough examination. Nothing too painful, just another line. I wasn’t flagged but they still allowed me to go with him so we weren’t separated. The entire process took about another 15 minutes.

Once you claim your luggage, you hand the receipt to the agent and the process is complete. Sort of a pain if you have a connecting flight because you need to check your luggage in again but not too bad.

Frequent International Traveler?

You can also sign up for an Global Entry account which means you can use the kiosk before you reach Immigration to speed up the process even more. You can go here to sign up and learn more.

You can learn more about the Global Entry Program here. Kudos to the govt – this is a much better system!

Photo Source: GoKiosk

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22 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Smithsonian Museum Day: Free Admission 9/28

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The Smithsonian Museum Day is on 9/28/13 so make sure to reserve your tickets now!

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

22 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

2 Nights at Any Days Inn for 2 Adults and 2 Kids only $99

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WOW right now for $99 you can purchase a 2 night stay at any 1 of the 1500 Days Inn locations around the United States – that is like paying $49 per night. This deal includes Orlando, the beach, the mountains and more!

You can travel anytime between September 25th, 2013 – September 25th, 2014 except for these dates: 11/20/13-11/27/13, 12/22/13-1/3/14, 4/18/14-4/20/14, 5/24/14-5/26/14, 7/3/14-7/6/14, 8/29/14-9/1/14. Reservations must be made at least 35 days in advance (no exceptions); Travel must be completed by 9/25/2014.

04 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Groupon: Two-Night Cruise for Two Guests $99 Each

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Right now you can score a Two-Night Cruise for Two Guests (Up to $478 Value) from Celebration Cruise Line for only $199 – $99 per person!  This includes an Ocean-View Cabin for Two People and meals.  What a great way to spend a long weekend!

This cruise leaves from West Palm Beach, FL and air fare is not included. $64.08 tax per person and $12 gratuity per person per day not included. Read the details as there are some excluded dates.

New to Groupon? Click here to sign up first!

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21 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Packing Like a Cruising Pro

Packing for a Cruise
You’ve got your passport, driver’s license and tickets on your person and a suitcase full of clothes. What else could you possible need to pack for a cruise?

The answer is plenty. Sure, the ship sells everything you need, but it may be expensive and not your preferred brand. We’ve included a few tips on those little extra to put in your suitcase or carry-on that will make you look like the ultimate prepared traveler.

  1. Clothes: You know to pack at least one formal outfit as well as a bathing suit or two. Beyond that, try to pack “dual purpose” clothing. A sarong that can be used as a swim cover-up as well as a long skirt for casual shore excursions. A simple dress that can be worn with sandals during the day and then, with the addition of accessories and different shoes, worn for dinner another night. Make life easy on yourself and go for wrinkle-free items if you can.
  2. Electronics: Even if you promise not to check email and work on this vacation, you will need to pack your charging cords for any cell phones, laptops and iPods. Try putting them all in a plastic zip top freezer bag so they won’t get jumbled in your luggage.
  3. The Sun: Sunburns can ruin a cruise for many travelers. In fact, they can make a vacation downright unbearable. Pack sunscreen, obviously, but also pack      aspirin and your preferred “cure” in case you do get burnt. Some people swear by vinegar, aloe or Noxzema; whatever you swear by, just be sure to pack it ahead of time.
  4. Bug Spray: Stick some in a handy zip top bag and be prepared when you sign up for an excursion that takes you on a jungle hike.  Bugs don’t bother the prepared traveler.
  5. A Deck of Cards: Yes, the ship will have plenty of on-board entertainment and activities much more exciting than a plain deck of cards. All the same, a deck of cards can be a life-saver during any travel delays before arriving at your cruise.
  6. A Suitcase: An extra, collapsible suitcase can be used for trips ashore and for carrying home souvenirs as well as for storing wet, dirty laundry.
  7. Walkie-Talkie: If you are traveling with kids or young adults, chances are they won’t want to spend every waking moment with you (or vice versa). A simple set of walkie-talkies can give you peace of mind and privacy.

Being prepared is more than just grabbing a good book to read on your way out the door. Follow these tips, add a few of your own, and you will be on your way to becoming the prepared traveler that everyone else aspires to be.

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