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Traveling to the airport with food and gifts

November 15th, 2010

Around this time of year my sister, niece, nephew and I bake an impressive medley of cookies to give as gifts. We drive to all our holiday parties so sharing treats is easy.  But if you’re one of the many travelers flying during the holidays, packing home-baked/homemade gifts to loved ones is a bit more challenging. Here’s the short and sweet list for traveling to the airport with food and gifts.

Food
Make life easy for you and everyone in line behind you: place any baked goods in your checked bags. Or better yet, ship them ahead.

You’re allowed to pack a variety of edibles including jam, cheese and wine, in your checked bags. Obviously, pack them well with lots of cushion. When I travel with anything liquid I like to wrap them in their own Ziploc bag, then around really bulky sweaters or tucked into shoes for extra protection.

You can, according to the TSA web site, bring wrapped pies and cakes through the security checkpoint. I’m a bit skeptical of this and think maybe that page just hasn’t been updated in awhile? The article does point out that these “carry-ons” are subject to additional screening. To be on the safe side I’d wait until reaching my destination….then whip up that famous pie or fruit cake.

Gifts
Do not wrap any gifts. Security officers may have to unwrap for security purposes. Again, the mantra here is a simple “ship ahead”. Or just wait until you arrive at your destination to wrap your gifts.

Read the full TSA article. Happy (and tasty) travels!

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What city do you (or would you) travel to holiday shop?

November 11th, 2010

Yes, I am already making my lists and have even purchased a few goodies for friends and family. I love this time of year and enjoy finding that perfect present.

I do plenty of online shopping but also peruse boutiques and local shops for unique gifts. One of the cities I enjoy for this is Vancouver, Canada. My husband and I live in Seattle and relish the 3-hour drive up north for Christmas shopping– so much so that it’s become an annual event for us. It’s as much about the weekend escape as it is about selecting gifts: I savor my first peppermint hot chocolate of the season, my husband happily snaps photos of the urban landscape, and Vancouver’s crisp air creates a lovely backdrop for the festive season.

Someday I’m going to hit New York for this annual “task”. Have you ever indulged in destination holiday shopping? Where are your favorite spots? Do tell!

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Fourth of July Cruise Deal: 4 is your Lucky Number

June 30th, 2010

Carnival Cruise Ship - Legend

The Fourth of July holiday has us in a celebratory mood and we’re ready to kick off the holiday with some great last minute cruise deals. How about you?

These Carnival Cruise Line adventures all depart in July and feature last minute pricing specials designed to sell out quick. We have partnered these low prices with a complimentary bar coupon booklet to get your cruise started right.

Call our Cruise Experts at 1-866-836-6963 to learn more about this offer and other opportunities that may be available. Be sure to tell them you read about it on the blog.

Meanwhile, here are six Carnival Cruises departing in July with special rates just for Last Minute Travel.

4 Nights – Western Caribbean
Carnival Imagination
Departs: 07/26/2010
From $379*
Sails from Miami

4 Nights – Western Caribbean
Carnival Triumph
Departs: 07/15/2010
From $499
Sails from New Orleans, LA

5 Nights – Bahamas
Carnival Fantasy
Departs: 07/30/2010
From $579
Sails From Charleston, SC

7 Nights – Western Caribbean
Carnival Legend
Departs: 07/112010
From 639*
Sails from Tampa. FL

7 Nights - Western Caribbean
Carnival Valor
Departs: 07/18/2010
From $699*
Sails from Miami, FL

7 Nights – Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Fantasy
Departs: 07/17/2010
From $729
Sails from Charleston, SC

More details below the jump:

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Increased Travel expected Memorial Day Weekend

May 25th, 2010

Travel this Memorial Day Weekend is expected to be the highest in three years. Growth of more than 5% is forecast by AAA thanks to the improved economy.

“While the economy continues to be rocked by waves of occasional uncertainty, improved economic performance from one year ago should cause more Americans to take vacations this Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said Glen MacDonell, director of AAA Travel Services.

This combined with low fuel prices at the pump will likely entice many more families to hit the road. What are your plans?

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