What should I pack?
What you should pack will be determined by the destination, the itinerary and what your tour operator and/or hotel/resort can provide. For example, if you are planning a vacation to an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, chances are that the resort will have most of items that you may need on site; you may want to bring your swimsuit, a pair of sunglasses and a good beach read. If you’re planning to take a holiday river cruise through Europe to experience its famed Christmas markets, you will want to bring much warmer clothing and, perhaps, an extra suitcase for any souvenirs or gifts acquired along the way. We can also help you find out more from the tour operator as to what is provided and what is not. To make sure that your luggage arrives on time, we can also make arrangements to have your bags forwarded to your trip address ahead of time, saving you any worry over lost luggage.
Do I need special travel documents to travel internationally?
Depending on your country of origin and your intended destination, passports and/or visas may be required for international travel. U.S. citizens need a passport valid for international travel and a visa is required, for example, for travel to China and Australia. Some countries may also have specific entry requirements that are dependent on age; this usually applies to children under age 17 who are traveling without both parents. For specific documentation requirements, U.S. residents should consult the U.S. State Department.
Do I need vaccinations to travel internationally?
In most instances, U.S. citizens traveling from the U.S. will not need additional vaccinations to travel internationally but there are some destinations that may require you to be vaccinated against such diseases as Yellow Fever. For example, if you plan to travel on safari to Kenya, it is highly recommended that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccine unless you plan to stay only in certain regions of the country not affected by Yellow Fever.
What type of cuisine can I expect to have?
When you book a tailor-made vacation you can expect to dine exquisitely, knowing that your meals are prepared with you in mind. Should you have any specific food preferences or allergies, you should alert us so we can help you to ensure that whatever meals you have during your travels accommodate your specific food requirements.
Will I have phone or internet access while traveling abroad?
Accessibility to phone and/or internet access is generally not a problem; most hotels, resorts and cruise vessels worldwide will have some sort of available phone or internet access available to travelers. Many airlines are also now beginning to adopt technology that allows you to access the internet wirelessly while in the air. Some exceptions to this general assumption, however, do apply in certain destinations and regions. For example, if you are traveling on safari in a remote region of Africa, it is highly likely that you will not be able to use your mobile phone or access the internet from your computer.
International mobile phone usage also depends on your service provider. Often, you may also be able to find mobile phones that are available for rent at major international airports for very reasonable rates. To ensure that you do not incur any international roaming charges, you should also consult with your mobile phone service provider before you embark on your vacation.