This is the time of the year when the travelgirl's thoughts
are turning to Spring and Summer getaways!
Don't wait a minute longer so that you
get to select exactly what you want rather than settle for what
Here are some thoughts for destinations
near and far and some tips to make your travels smooth sailing
along the way:
• May is the most beautiful month
on the planet but it's still a bit cold in places like Alaska.
On the other hand, because May is early in the season for travel
to Alaska, you'll find more space, better value, and less crowded
attractions and shops which translates into more attention for
you! Remember that Juneau, the only US capital that cannot be
reached by car, is in a mild, more temperate climate, and you'll
find a rainforest, totem poles, a wildlife preserve and boat
trips you can take for the day to visit glaciers, waterfalls,
whales, and bears without committing to a week-long cruise.
You can also travel with ferries to all of the ports you've
heard about and immerse yourself in the fascinating culture
of Alaska. You'll have an up-close and personal Alaskan experience
• Ifyou're travels require an overnight
airport stay for a flight or connection and you're looking for
a little pampering, look for that French touch of elegance and
joie de vivre that you can find worldwide at Sofitel Hotels.
Most airport hotels offer convenience and express treatment
but most Sofitels can provide that extra service you'd only
expect at a resort including spa facilities and great dining!
If you have to fly to another city, almost anywhere in the world,
to meet colleagues for a meeting and an overnight stay before
flying onward, see if there's a Sofitel on your route. With
orchids everywhere in sight and streamlined elegance coupled
with meeting space, gourmet food service, spas, swimming pools,
and services you'd never expect at an airport location, recharge
your batteries a la francaise! Sofitel Miami and Sofitel O'Hare
Airport are 2 of my favorites!
• If you can travel to Europe before
summer is in full-swing, you'll be able to catch more economical
airfares and less crowded planes and airports. For a great website
with economical fares, backed up by travel professionals with
buying clout and experience, ready to help and serve you, visit
That's also a great place to start any adventure! You'll find
information and airfares to get you to every continent, to countries
big and small, and to Caribbean destinations. You'll also find
some business and first class fares at savings for select destinations
using major airlines worldwide.
• Watchthat luggage! The last thing
a travelgirl needs is an aching back and what I call "luggage
elbow," that awful ache from dragging around and lifting
far too much. After you've packed everything, put your luggage
on a scale and check the allowable rate for free luggage service
with your air carrier. If you are flying across the Atlantic
or Pacific and then flying onward when you arrive, there is
a good chance that you will be allowed 70 pounds of luggage.
But if you are continuing onward when you arrive at your destination,
you may find that you are only allowed 50 pounds! That means
that you are now 20 pounds overweight for which you will incur
a fee or be asked to eliminate the over-weight portion! Solution:
Pack your luggage for the least allowable amount so that you
will be underweight for your ocean crossing and right on target
for the rest of the trip. Note that the 2 most dangerous times
to handle luggage are when you are removing your luggage from
the trunk of a car and when you are lifting your carry-on to
place in the overhead compartment. You can do damage to your
back very easily if you don't pay attention to using your leg
and arm muscles instead of your back!
• If you're trying to minimize your
luggage weight, start out with a lightweight suitcase. Some
suitcases weigh as much as 30 pounds or more. They may be beautiful
but they are using up your allowance! Find those big bags that
boast they are the lightest. My favorite suitcase only weighs
12 pounds and I take it everywhere, giving me all the space
and weight I need for my favorite travel items.
• Choose light weight fabrics, pick
a color combination, and stick with it! I find the easiest way
to slim down the items I'm packing is to stick with black and
navy slacks and dresses and red, white and pink tops with a
few scarves. Wear that heavy sweater on the plane. . . it'll
be cold at 35,000 feet anyway. . . and boots or rain shoes rather
than packing those heavy items. Pack one pair of black dress
shoes and your walking shoes and/or sneakers and stick to your
commitment to travel light! After I'm all packed, I take out
20% of what is in my suitcase and I still come home with items
I never wore! If you find you've really underpacked, what a
good excuse the go shopping and by wonderful items that continue
to remind you of your adventure long after the trip is over!
• Don't waste luggage space with big
cosmetic bottles and detergent to rinse your lingerie as you
travel. Those items add weight quickly to your suitcase. Buy
those travel sized items or small plastic bottles to fill from
your bottles at home. And for your nightly rinse-outs of stockings
and personal items, use your shampoo or those left for you at
your hotel. Shampoo is a mild detergent and makes a great substitute
for those travel detergents on the market.
• Fill your pockets and purse with 2
essentials: tissues and sanitizing hand-wipes. It's your best
defense again germy encounters like the handrails in airports
and other crowded public places. When you are in a busy airport
or foreign destination whose customs and sanitary conditions
don't quite meet the travelgirl's standards, having a supply
of tissues often saves the day! So simple but so necessary!
• If you're looking for real economy,
choose out of season destinations when you travel. Try the Caribbean
in the summer for more value. And if you want to know how much
the trip is really going to cost you before you leave home,
buy a package at an all-inclusive resort. Check with your travel
agent who will be able to give you insights into what your money
is buying. It's not only about the cost but about the quality
of your vacation experience! Looking for a new and trendy place?
• Check out Sun
Village Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic where
the new film, LoveWrecked, expected out in this summer, was
filmed. With 7 swimming pools, suites and villas with private
pools, gorgeous architecture and lush tropical landscaping,
this all-inclusive resort is a real bargain in the off-season
and an incredible value in the height of season.
• Check out their Celebration Series
of events with Food & Wine Festival and their International
Film Festival, www.sunvillageresorts.com.
Right now, Robert Dinero and Angelina Jolie are in the Dominican
Republic making their newest film. Clearly, every travelgirl
needs to see why this beautiful destination makes for a great
• Be sure to visit my award-winning
for travel tips, travel news and information and scheduled guests
on my radio shows!
• March 2006
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Other TravelGirl Editorials by Stephanie Abrams:
March 2006, Spring
May 2006, (coming soon)
September 2006, Castle
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