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How to Prepare for an International Flight

Flying is a necessary evil part of vacationing these days. Though, it doesn’t have to be as dreadful as you might think. We have flown quite a bit here at Travel Machine and have a few tips and tricks that will make the flight a little more bearable.

Before you fly: It starts even before you take off! Taking care of your health is an important aspect to remember before embarking on those long-haul flights. Don’t pull an all-nighter because losing sleep will weaken your immune system. Also, adding a little extra Vitamin-C to your diet won’t hurt either!

Keep yourself entertained: The sheer number of hours that you are going to be in the air can be intimidating. Make sure you are prepared beforehand so you won’t just be sitting twiddling your thumbs the entire flight. Check to make sure that your phone/tablet is fully charged before you take off. We always recommend taking along a good book and depending on the length of the flight, the airline should have a decent entertainment system filled with lots of movies and tv shows. Another way of keeping yourself entertained are podcasts! Podcasts have really exploded in recent years and become a great tool of entertainment. They can range anywhere from travel related to true crime to pop culture and pretty much any other subject you can think of!

Bring your essentials: If you are flying during the nighttime to get to your destination, you should absolutely try and sleep on the flight if you can. To help with this task, a sleep mask and neck pillow are some essentials that we recommend you bring.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!: It is sooo very important that you are drinking tons of water on your flight. Those long-haul flights will definitely dehydrate you which can lead to more exhaustion. The little plastic cups that they pass around won’t be enough, so we suggest either purchasing a large bottle of water in the airport (after security of course) or bringing an empty bottle and filling it up before you get on your flight.

Eat well….or as well as you can: Airplane food sucks. It just does. We suggest eating a big heathly-ish meal at the airport before getting on board, and then bringing a bunch of your favorite snacks with you.

If you are looking to plan an international trip in the near future, we would LOVE to help make your bucket list trip come to life!

(337) 981-7870 / info@travelmachine.net

 

#TravelTuesday- Consultant Spotlight- Kasey G.

It’s #TravelTuesday! Today’s travel consultant feature is Kasey Guidry!

Kasey received her start in the Travel Industry right out of college in 2013. Her degree in Hospitality Management helped pushed her into the service industry. It pushed her towards the best job around, travel! She is proud to have a helping hand in you succeeding in the travel world, and she is just a phone call away. She manages your reservation from start to finish answering any and all questions. Giving insight along the way and helping you feel prepared for your vacation.

How long have you worked in the travel industry?

  • Coming up on 6 years this May

What do you do when you’re not traveling?

  • I’m usually planning my next trip but other than that, my husband and I like to go to festivals and hang out with our dogs

What’s your favorite destination?

  • So far that I’ve been too, Panama City, Panama! And London, we loved their British accents

What’s on your travel bucket list?

  • Galapagos Islands, Africa, New York, Hawaii, Pompeii, Machu Pichu, Mallorca, Seychelles, Maldives, Mykonos, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia, Dublin, Singapore, Palawan, anywhere in the South Pacific…. the list goes on and on

Travel related specialties?

  • Honeymoons, destination weddings, boutique Caribbean, Adventure

What is the most interesting trip you’ve planned for a client?

  • A honeymoon to Mal Pais, Costa Rica at Casa Chameleon. It was very adventurous and different, so I loved every minute of planning it!

A memory that stands out to you from booking travel? 

  • I did a trip to Whitehorse, Yukon with an overnight stay in an igloo and train ride. it was extraordinary! Wife wanted to see the northern lights, so she finally got the husband on board haha!

You can contact Kasey for your next vacation!!  (337)-981-7870  – kasey@travelmachine.net

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What You Need to Know About the REAL ID

In the past few years, many conversations have taken place to discuss the Real ID Act and how it will affect air travelers. As of October 1, 2020, if you are planning to fly anywhere in the continental U.S. on a domestic flight, you will need to take a visit to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles prior to your travels to obtain a Real ID compliant driver’s license or identification card. Previous deadlines have been extended, but there are no plans to extend the deadline any further.  A Real ID driver’s license or identification card will display a gold circle with a star cutout, as shown below.

What exactly is the Real ID Act?

The act is part of a larger effort by the federal government to increase security, monitoring travelers on domestic flights, and people needing to enter federal buildings.

If you do not have a REAL ID to board a domestic flight, you will need to show your non-REAL ID and a passport as a second form of identification. The ID will also be needed to gain access to any Federal Building.

Please see below the items you will need to obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card:

 

The following FIVE Items must be verified: 

  1. Identity
  2. Lawful Status
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Social Security Number
  5. Proof of residence (two documents)

For example, if you currently have a valid Louisiana Driver’s license, presenting your original or certified copy of your birth certificate issued from a state or territory of the United States and your Social Security card would provide the first 4 items on the list. Unless you are changing your address, your valid Louisiana driver’s license can be utilized as one form of proof of residence, a second form could be a utility bill in your name with that same address.

Commonly used primary and secondary documents are:

  • Original or Certified copy of birth certificate issued by a state within the United States (primary)
  • Unexpired U.S. passport (primary)
  • Permanent Resident Card (primary)
  • Social Security Card (secondary)
  • Voter Registration Card (secondary)

 

Disney Cruise is coming to New Orleans!

 

You heard that right folks! For the first time ever Disney Cruise will be right in our own backyard. The Disney Wonder will be heading to the Port of New Orleans after its run in Galveston. Contact any one of our Disney Professionals TODAY to help you get prices for your next MAGICAL cruise!

(337) 981-7870 – info@travelmachine.net

 

  

Memorable Costa Rica Adventure

 

Our agent, Delia Kolb, had the opportunity to travel with Memorable Costa Rica and experience all that Costa Rica has to offer. Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream filled with adventure, animals, and lush greenery. We recommend this destination for the adventurous or for someone who is looking for complete relaxation with natural wildlife. Costa Rica is known for its coffee, cattle, dairy, seafood and amazing fruity and natural juices. At every resort Delia stayed at, they were met with cool towels and great drinks that were made with natural fruit juices straight from the island.

  

Her trip started off in San Jose, where they headed off to have a comfortable stay at Grano de Oro Hotel, a small boutique hotel. They headed off to La Paz Waterfall and Gardens, which is part of a sanctuary for Costa Rica animals not fit for the wild. The whole group got a big dose of wildlife at the Gardens. That afternoon Delia had the opportunity to visit the Real Intercontinental Hotel for her last night stay in San Jose. The Real Intercontinental was Delia’s favorite hotel in the area.

Delia’s favorite resort in Costa Rica was the Tabacon Springs Resort in Mt. Arenal. The resort has lots of beautiful woodwork and is great for families with the activity center on the river with lots of water activities, tubing, rafting, hikes, horseback riding, and a small animal sanctuary. One of the biggest highlights of the resort is the acres and acres of extremely lush tropical gardens and natural spring waterfalls, pools and jacuzzis.  The rooms were huge and the balconies have rockings chairs and hammocks all with gorgeous views of the volcano.  The activities and wildlife in Mt. Arenal are endless! Delia had the opportunity to repel down a 120 ft waterfall with her fellow resort guests! While she says it was beautiful it is not for the faint of heart.

  

Rio Perdido was the next stop for Delia, which is just North of Palo Verde National Park. This resort offers complete relaxation in the middle of the jungle! You are guaranteed to see monkeys and many types of beautiful birds, along with many cool and warm pools along with natural springs and mud baths are what really draws everyone to this resort. The approach to the property is a little rustic with the last two miles of the journey being on a gravel road. Rio Perdido translates to “lost river”. Winding trails lead down to the river and several thermal pools.

The 5 Star Andaz Peninsula Papagallo resort located in Guanacaste beach. This resort is made up of amazing rooms and suites with showers that open straight to your balcony with ocean views. The spa sits on a black sand beach with many lush gardens to shade you from the heat of the sun. A high-end resort wonderful for honeymooners!

 

You can always count on Travel Machine to have the best first-hand knowledge about a destination because we get to experience it first for you! Make sure you contact Delia Kolb for more information about Costa Rica and for any of your vacation needs! delia@travelmachine.net

 

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Your Next Great Adventure

CJ & Debbie Ray are hitting the high seas, this time on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas©! No matter how you like to cruise, you’ve never done it like this before. The revolutionary Anthem of the Seas© fits the bill without running it up. Feel the rush of skydiving without even leaving the ship. Unleash your foodie frenzy at an array of world-class dining options. Go roller skating, bumper car tailgating, and trapeze training. Most importantly enjoy breathtaking island sights from the best seat in any house. All while traveling with the best group from Acadiana! Take a look below at all this ship has to offer!

If you are looking to have a blast on your cruise, have a wide variety of choices for dining, bars and mind-blowing entertainment then this is the ship for you! Contact our office TODAY to save your spot on the CJ & Debbie Ray Sail Away 2019! We have limited availability and we don’t want you to miss out on this amazing vacation!

Contact our office TODAY (337) 981-7870 / info@travelmachine.net

        

Ultimate VIP Christmas Lighting of Graceland with CJ

There’s nothing like Elvis Presley’s Graceland at Christmas! Join CJ from KTDY & Travel Machine on another adventure to Graceland this November! This trip is going to be jam-packed with excitement and exclusives that you can only get by booking through Travel Machine!

DAY 1- November 14th 

    

We are starting the trip with a bright and early departure from Lafayette by Luxury Motor Coach and make our way to Memphis, Tennessee! The first stop on our tour will be to visit Elvis’ childhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi. After our visit, we will hop back on the motorcoach and finish the journey to Memphis. Once the group arrives we will check into our home for the next couple of days, The Guest House at Graceland.

DAY 2- November 15th 

A day packed full of touring & Elvis! From VIP tours of Graceland with a personal guide to touring Elvis’ private custom jets! You will also visit Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex. Christmas was one of Elvis’ favorite times of the year and now you can experience the magic of the holiday season with the annual Graceland Lighting Ceremony starting at 6:00 PM. Dinner will be provided at Vernon’s Smokehouse this evening.

   

DAY 3- November 16th 

Starting our day off with a visit to the Peabody Hotel to view The Peabody Memphis Ducks! That afternoon we will see Rock N’ Roll at its best with a tour of Sun Studio. Get your taste buds ready because we are finishing up the afternoon at Old Dominick Distillery for a tasting & tour. The evening will continue with a bar crawl down Beal Street!

     

DAY 4- November 17

We say our goodbyes to Elvis and depart Memphis mid-morning to head home back to Lafayette. Make sure you contact our office TODAY for more information on this amazing opportunity!

  

Contact Cat Terrebonne

cat@travelmachine.net – (337) 981-7870

 

#TravelTuesday- Consultant Spotlight- Tricia R.

It’s #TravelTuesday! Today’s travel consultant feature is Tricia Romero!

How long have you worked in the travel industry?

  • 6 years

What do you do when you’re not traveling?

  • My 2 children keep me busy. I also work with my husband, Dr. Jeremy Romero who is a chiropractor. We have our own business in Abbeville.

What’s your favorite destination?

  • Santorini, Greece

What’s on your travel bucket list?

  • Australia & Croatia

Travel related specialties?

  • Disney, Hawaii, and the Caribbean

What is the most interesting trip you’ve planned for a client?

  • A trip to Europe (they started in Rome, Vatican City, then did a 9-night cruise in the Mediterranean) Ephesus in Turkey was on that itinerary, which is where Mary lived for a short time. They also visited the first Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece. They were able to visit 4 countries in 2 weeks.

A memory that stands out to from booking travel? 

  • When Hurricane Maria hit the islands and I had a group of clients that were headed to St. Thomas that I was able to help them get refunded for their bookings.

You can contact Tricia for your next vacation!!  (337)-517-3873  – tricia@travelmachine.net

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#TravelTuesday- Consultant Spotlight- Delia K.

It’s #TravelTuesday! Today’s travel consultant feature is Delia Kolb!

Over the years Delia has had the opportunity to travel to many different destinations on educational trips. She is here to help you complete your bucket list and save you money!

How long have you worked in the travel industry?

  • 28 years

What do you do when you’re not traveling?

  • When I am not in the office or on an educational trip I love to spend my free time fishing with my family and going for bike rides.

What’s your favorite destination?

  • The Canadian Rocky Mountains

What’s on your travel bucket list?

  • Fall Foliage along the East Coast, Alaska, Greece

Travel related specialties?

  • All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico for families and at adults-only properties

What’s the most interesting trip you’ve planned for a client?

  • I booked my client’s bucket list dream vacation to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Pichu.

A memory that stands out from booking travel?

  • A honeymoon couple had an airline schedule change and did not have anyone to drive them to the airport for their flight so I took our company jeep and drove them at 3:00 AM an hour away and dropped them at the airport after their wedding. Going that extra mile to make sure that my clients had a wonderful honeymoon!

 

You can contact Delia for your next vacation! (337) 524-1971 – delia@travelmachine.net

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(Delia & her husband in Antigua)

#TravelTuesday- Consultant Spotlight – Ginger L.

It’s #TravelTuesday! Today’s travel consultant feature is Ginger Latiolais!

Ginger is a retired school teacher with a passion for travel and a great love of Louisiana. You can join Ginger on one of her many day trips across Louisiana, or one of her overnight or short destination trips by land, rail, or air to amazing locations throughout North America!

How long have you worked in the travel industry? 

  • Since February 2013

What do you do when you’re not traveling?

  • I work on marketing, planning, and pricing my trips. I do site visits for projected trips and attend travel conferences. I also volunteer every Monday morning at the Lafayette Visitor’s Center when I’m not on the road.

What’s your favorite destination?

  • My favorite destination that I do annually is New York City. I am working on doing a similar trip to San Franciso.

What’s on your travel bucket list?

  • Three states that I have never visited: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. That will complete all 50 states for me.

Travel related specialties?

  • Group travel by motorcoach, rail, and air

What’s the most interesting trip you’ve planned for a client?

  • I normally plan for groups, but was able to plan a trip for a Travel Machine client in 2016 where we traveled by rail to Arizona, then drove her family by 15 passenger van through the national parks of Arizona and Utah.

 

You can check out all of Ginger’s current trips on her Website or follow her on Facebook!

(337) 962-5709 / ginger@travelmachine.net

 

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