Friday, January 24, 2020

What is REAL ID?

 
 
 
What is a REAL ID?
After the terrorist attack on 9/11, the government identified a major issue with DMVs across the country. They were not collecting adequate identity information when issuing photo IDs and driver licenses. A set of reforms was put into place including REAL ID. Obtaining a REAL ID requires you to present additional identity information to secure your government photo  ID.
 
Why should I get one?
Beginning October 2020, a REAL ID will be required to access Federal facilities, enter nuclear power plants, and, board federally regulated commercial aircraft.

How do I get one?
You may already have one. Many states implemented the REAL ID requirements early. Check your license for a gold star or contact your local DMV to confirm if you have a REAL ID. If you don't, your local DMV should be able to issue one. Be sure to specify that you want a REAL ID. It may have an additional fee.

Do I need a separate REAL ID if I have an Enhanced Driver’s License or Passport?
People who live in border states may have the option to get an Enhanced Driver’s License. This allows passage between the US and Mexico and Canada by land. This counts as a REAL ID. A passport is also a REAL ID. I personally got a REAL ID driver’s license in addition to my passport so I don’t have to take my passport on flights within the United States.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Family All Inclusive Resort - Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta is a family all inclusive resort in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. It's a great headquarters if you'd like to explore the downtown. It's worth the upgrade to the Club level for access to the great upper level adults only area and the Veranda deck for a special happy hour.  I think this resort is a great value and the whole family will enjoy the swimmable beach and large pool.
 
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta



 
 
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a family all inclusive resort with gorgeous views. The beach is public, but feels exclusive since large rocks block walking access on each side of the beach. The pools are infinity pools facing the ocean. 
 
I love how you can have a la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
 
One of my favorite room categories is the Club Level Swim Up Suites because the bar waiters will visit your swim up pool. The resort also has two adults only pools. The resort has two towers. One tower does not have balconies. The Club Level Tower has balconies.
 
Take a peek:
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

 
Now Amber is a family all inclusive resort in downtown Puerto Vallarta. It has an active pool vibe and a swimmable beach. The rooms are large and I love that you can book guaranteed connecting rooms. The Explorers' Club for ages 3 - 12 is large and one of the best I've seen at a Now resort.

One unique feature is that Now Amber is the only all inclusive resort with a casino inside. It's only open hotel guests and includes a sports bar.

The Secrets adults only resort is right next door, but Now guests do not have exchange privileges except for one adults only dinner you can set up through the Sip, Savor and See program.
 
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Best Honeymoon Resorts 2019


Best Honeymoon Resorts 2019
best honeymoon
 

Each year I visit a minimum of 52 all inclusive resorts.  I do this to help my clients make the best choice for their vacation. Travelers who book their vacation with me benefit from my personal experience visiting these resorts as we discuss the pros and cons of various resorts based on what’s important to them.

In this post, I want to share what I consider to be the best all inclusive resorts for a honeymoon. These resorts would also be great for anytime of couples trip.   If you'd like a larger list of my favorite resorts, you can request it by clicking here.
 

 Unico 20’87 is one of the best honeymoon resorts because of the great dining and great choices for activities.


If you worry about having enough to do, Unico 20’87 is perfect.

·       Select excursions and spa treatments are included. You only pay a 25% service charge.

·       Excellent Dining

·       Spacious rooms

·       Great pools
 
 


Best Family All Inclusive Resorts 2019


Best Family All Inclusive Resort 2019

 
best family resorts


Each year I visit a minimum of 52 all inclusive resorts.  I do this to help my clients make the best choice for their vacation. Travelers who book their vacation with me benefit from my personal experience visiting these resorts as we discuss the pros and cons of various resorts based on what’s important to them.
In this post, I want to share what I consider to be the best all inclusive family resorts.   You can also request a list of my favorite resorts by clicking here.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya is one of the best all inclusive resorts because it has so much to do.

This resort really sets itself apart with Rockaway Bay Water Park, small cove beaches with calm waters for smaller swimmers, and Woodward Academy – A 29,000 square foot indoor space dedicate to extreme sports: skateboarding, ninja obstacle course, indoor skiing and snowboarding, cheerleading,  tumbling, and foam pits.  Plus, select excursions and spa treatments are included. You only pay a 25% service charge.

 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Flight Tips

 
 

 
Weigh your bags at home if you are checking a bag. Overweight bags are very expensive. You can find baggage weight limits on your airline's website.

TSA does not like wrapped presents especially in carry-ons. I packed gift bags and tissue paper.

Check your flight status at least 2 days prior. Look at the airline's website to see if there are "notifications". If a storm is coming, the airline may let you change your flight at no cost to avoid the storm.


 
If delays do start, head to the gate of any earlier flights to see if you can be out on the stand by list. They usually only let you do this if you have carry on bags. In the case of major weather delays, they can be more accommodating.

If a delay means you will miss your connection, tell the gate agent. They may be able to route you on a different flight. If you will end up having to spend the night somewhere, ask if they can route you through a city where you know someone or if they can get you to a city where you could drive home.

And my best tip - Tell the agent your problem and then shut your mouth. 🤐 Give them a minute to think about how to solve it. If you are still having trouble, ask "What would you do in my situation?" This may trigger a different way of thinking about the problem.

It's a stressful time of year. Everyone is working long hours to help get you to where you want to go. All these employees are away from their families and their holiday to do list. Be kind. Safe travels.