January 2020 Newsletter
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Happy New Year! 
Have you thought of what you would like and want for the New Year? I love travel, especially to new places that tell a story. Every country and place has a story to tell.  The history in back of each place I visit is a story.  The people in each country and place are so interesting. This is where I come in as a Travel Planner-- to help plan that wonderful vacation experience.  Not everyone is right for every trip.  It all depends in who you are and what you want to experience.  
For example, if you love art, history, architecture, and culinary experiences, then Europe is the best place to start!  My job is to have you experince all of this in a wonderful way.  I would like to plan all of this for you this year.  

This past Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of planning a trip for Tara George into New York City for the holiday. She was able to experience the Thanksgiving Day Parade while indoors having brunch.  Tara also had a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner that afternoon at the Manhattan Club at Rosie O'Grady's.  She went on some fun tours, such as of the Holiday Light Tour and The Metropolitan Museum.  She saw the amazing windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (Sak's collaborated with Disney to create windows inspired by "Frozen 2" theme this year). What a great time she had, as you can see from the pictures below.   

I get so much enjoyment when planning dream vacations for all my clients.  Let me have the opportunity to help plan your vacation or perhaps you may want to join one of my groups this year!  
Are you the type of person who does not want to go too far?  Well I have just the trip for you: Bermuda on Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas.  Bermuda is big on history, personality and charm, from pink-sand beaches to historic forts, and their British accents. This cruise leaves from Cape Liberty, NJ. 

And! The secret is out-- I am having a New Years Eve Cruise 2020 on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, Dec. 27, 2020 to Jan 4, 2021. The best part is that we leave out of Cape Liberty, NJ (no air).  We are going to Orlando, Florida, Coco Cay, and Nassau, Bahamas. The perfect New Year's Eve, ever!
I still have some room on the France River Cruise Oct.5th-13th (with a pre-cruise adventure in Paris, including a tour of Paris, and some downtime post cruise, in Paris).  Check out the details below!  

My hot travel picks for the Month- Don't miss these amazing adventures!! 

*** Bermuda- Royal Caribbean- Empress of the Seas- June 29-July 6, 2020 **Special group rate expires Mar.1, 2020
*** Paris to Normandy River Cruise - Journey's Connect- Avalon Tapestry II- Oct. 3-14 (includes Pre and post dates) ** Special group rate expires June 10, 2020

Enjoy each moment of our beautiful winter!
Kathy and Mac


Upcoming trips for 2019 and 2020:

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We can customize any trip, vacation or destination that you desire.  You show up, we do the rest! We handle everything here-- and there!
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Mac's Hot Safety Travel Tips​

Mac’s Tips- Donald "Mac" MacConnell, is a retired police Chief, has served with the PA State Police and was an MP for the Army, is a graduate of the FBI Academy, NA. 
Mac has learned a few things through his experience with law enforcement and graciously shares them with our subscribers for their safety.

Don't get distracted!
> If kids (or anyone else) ever come up to you begging or holding out a piece of paper/ cardboard or something else in front of them, push it away immediately and secure your belongings.  This is often just a distraction so their nifty little fingers can get at your valuables.   


My physical therapist from Priority Physical Therapy, Allison Brewer, has some great tips on protecting your body from travel injuries.  Here are a few she shared with me:

Keep that neck flexible! 
> Run through a few neck stretches before you go out sightseeing.  With all that looking up, you don't want to get a stiff neck.  
> Run through some head circles and head nods before you go out. 

Priority Physical Therapy LLC
Allison Brewer PT, DPT
Allentown, PA

Tara on the 19th floor of her hotel, the Sheraton Times Square, in NYC.

Thanksgiving dinner at the Manhattan Club Rosie O'Grady's. 

****Scotland- History, Skye & the Highlands Adventure- Journey's Connect - Apr. 15-22, 2020 **Special group rate expired December 18, 2019/ wait list available

Travel through Charming villages and visit the most historic castles in Scotland. See the most famous of all-- Edinburgh Castle with the city’s Georgian architecture. Visit Glasgow, Culloden Battlefield, Blair Athol Distillery, with whisky tasting. We'll have our own private driver and guides. Truly a trip of a lifetime! 
Deposit $200.00 per person

For more information click on the link below:

Bermuda- and Newport RI- Celebrity Cruises - Summit- June 28-July 5, 2020- 7 Nights

7 Nights Bermuda and Newport RI: Departs Cape Liberty, NJ
Visiting Bermuda and Newport, RI 
King's Wharf, Bermuda, downtown Hamilton, Gibbs Lighthouse, the Aquarium. And of course, beautiful Horseshoe bay with it's pink sand! 
Newport, RI offers a true taste of New England charm and heritage. Colonial era architecture, and the freshest seafood around!
Deposit $250.00 per person. 
For more information click on the link below:

Bermuda- Royal Caribbean- Empress of the Seas- June 29- July 6, 2020- 7 Nights

Old world charm meets paradise! Discover a history-filled paradise and luxurious pink sand beaches in Bermuda.
Departs Cape Liberty, NJ 
  • Explore British colonial landmarks like the Royal Navy Dockyard. 
  • Take a dip, and snorkel in the crystal clear blue waters at Horseshoe Bay. 
  • Shop and wander through the vibrantly painted streets of St. George's and Hamilton, and see the Gothic-style towers of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. 
  • Hike the Railway Trail and take in views of the clear-water coast, or snorkel among shipwrecks and coral reefs at Tobacco Bay.
  • While here, you must visit the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo!
Deposit $250. per person
For more information click on the link below:

Perfect Day Bahamas Cruise- Royal Caribbean- Oasis of the Seas- July 25-Aug1, 2020

7 Nights Perfect Day Bahamas Cruise-  
Departs Cape Liberty, NJ 
Visiting Cococay and Nassau Bahamas
Royal Caribbean has outdone themselves on refurbishing this gorgeous ship! There are 13 beautiful bars and lounges, flip-flop and family friendly restaurants, award winning shows, pools and creative activities for adults and children!
Deposit $200. per person
For more information click on the link below:

Paris to Normandy River Cruise- Oct 3-14, 2020 (Pre/Post dates)

You'll fall in love with... This fabulous river cruise that combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! guided walk through the historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. 
Deposit $250. per person
For more information click on the link below:


St Marten, Martinique, Grenada, Aruba Ocean Cay, Miami- MSC Cruises- Meraviglia - Oct. 22- Nov. 3, 2020 - 12 Nights

12 Night Grand Voyage - Departs NYC 
Visiting St. Marten, Martinique, Grenada, Aruba and a private Island in the Bahamas Ocean Cay, then to Miami. 
Exquisite, authentic dining options, Cirque Du Soleil, gorgeous state rooms with perfect blend of comfort and style. 
Deposit $250.00pp 
For more information click on the link below:


Bahamas- Royal Caribbean- Anthem of the Seas- Dec. 27, 2020 to Jan. 4, 2021- 8 Nights

8 Nights-  Departs Cape Liberty, NJ 
Visiting Orlando FL, Coco Cay and Nassau Bahamas
Deposit $250.00pp
For more information click on the link below:


Why use KathyMac’s Travel services to plan your dream vacation instead of booking the trip on your own?
The internet is a wonderful, useful tool to book your own trip.  In some cases, you may find great deals, and it is tempting to grab the best price for your vacation.  However, those prices don’t always include fees, taxes and other service charges. Nor do they give you assistance on traveling to and from airports, or have a contact should you have an issue during your trip.  You are on your own.  If you’re traveling to a foreign country, this can be very scary and possibly dangerous. 
When you book your vacation with KathyMac’s Travel, you will always get exact prices, and no hidden costly surprises. Guaranteed.  You have the peace of mind that you and your family have someone to take care of any issues that might arise during your trip.  KathyMac’s Travel is with you every step of the way, in case you need help, and will work on your behalf should you need assistance.  We offer peace of mind and valuable vacation experiences! Group and individual travel.

What we do for you- 

  1. Meet with clients to discuss trip, budget, expectations. 
  2. Contact vendors to get best price and accommodations. Research tours and other sites that would make the trip more meaningful. 
  3. Arrange for Pre- and Post- packages** when applicable. 
  4. Arrange for transportation to and from the airport or cruise port.
  5. During your trip, should any issues arise, KathyMac’s Travel is there for you 24/7 

** Pre packages include transportation to hotel near departure airport the day before trip, which gives peace of mind and no worries about delays in traffic to get to the airport. In some cases, local tours are included. 
** Post packages (applies to Cruise’s only) include transportation from the cruise ship to a hotel or the airport, whichever is appropriate for the trip.  

Should you get travel insurance- Yes or No? 

KathyMac’s Travel offers Travel Guard through AIG.  We ALWAYS recommend purchasing travel insurance when traveling—especially when traveling out of the country.  The cost is so minimal for the peace of mind and benefits that the coverage offers.  
Coverage includes**: 
  • Travel medical assistance- emergency medical requests, including prescription replacement assistance, physician referrals, medical evacuations (if you need to be flown home for medical reasons). Will speak with medical personnel on your behalf at medical facility regarding payment. Will arrange and pay for for professional medical assistance, if necessary, to accompany you when traveling home.
  • Worldwide Travel Assistance- any travel emergency including lost, stolen or delayed baggage, replacing lost passport , emergency cash transfers, 24hr hotline to make emergency travel changes, such as rebooking flights, hotel reservations, tracking lost luggage. 
  • Concierge Services- Assists with restaurant referrals and reservations, tee time reservations, sporting or theater tickets, etc. 
  • Personal Security Assistance- includes evacuation assistance and safety advisories 
100% reimbursement of trip cost for cancellation**
150% reimbursement of trip cost for interruption
$750. Trip interruption- return air only
$750. Trip Delay (Max. $150.00/day)- pays for
accommodations while you’re delayed
$250. Missed connection – pays towards your rescheduled flight
$1000. Baggage & Personal Effects- If your baggage is lost or stolen
$300. Baggage delay- in case of delayed baggage and you need to purchase clothing and personal items.
$25,000- Accident Sickness Medical Expense
$500,000- Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains
$10,000- Accidental Death & Dismemberment

** Limitations apply
** Even if you have life, health, home and auto insurance policies coverage, there may be limitations if you travel out of the United States.  
** This summary is a general overview of the GOLD coverage through TravelGuard.  Please feel free to inquire about the details of your specific needs. 
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