Covid-19 Partner Initiatives

Even though they can’t welcome guests right now, our fabulous partners have gotten incredibly creative delivering the best virtual experiences possible to keep you entertained and dreaming of travel while you’re sheltering at home. That’s one of the things we love about our preferred partners, they’re always focused on service and delivering high-quality experiences. There’s enough below to keep kids and adults occupied and learning for as long as necessary. There are some stress relievers, from meditation tips to cocktail recipes. We and our partners are here for you, and we can’t wait to welcome you back with open arms once we can all get back out into this great big world.

Paws Up: Via Instagram live, the Montana ranch resort is streaming yoga classes and cooking classes, teaching wilderness foraging and leading expeditions to identify the area’s animals. There will even be an expert angler offering virtual fly-fishing from the Blackfoot River.

Austin Adventures: Via Zoom, the U.S.-based adventure company is conducting Virtual Adventures for Kids, with topics including Yellowstone, a virtual zoo tour and bike maintenance 101. The webinars are designed for kids 6-12, and you can register at the link.

Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa: The wellness resort will put on Facebook live sessions on how to stay healthy at home each Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern. The videos will feature recipes, exercise tips and methods for maintaining mental health while cooped up at home.

&beyond: Since you can’t go to Africa, the luxury safari and tour operator is bringing Africa to you with recipes, music playlists, animals videos and book and movie recommendations for kids and adults.

Beyond Times Square:: Born and raised in New York, this tour operator has a virtual tour of NYC featuring the Met, MoMA, Central Park and panoramic view from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. For those looking to get away from crowded cities, BTSQ is introducing Stress-Free Getaways to places such as the Hudson Valley and Cape Cod, with sanitized vehicles, sanitizer provided and guides following CDC guidelines.

Natural Habitat Adventures: Each day at 3 p.m. Eastern, Nat Hab is offering a daily dose of nature. The hourlong webinars have titles such as “Why Do We Love Bears So Much” and “No Foolin’! You Can Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Own Backyard.”

Context Travel: Scholar-led Context Conversations seminars are $35 each and discuss Beijing through the ages, how Venice has dealt with disaster, disease and over tourism across the centuries, the aesthetics of Tokyo. The In Context podcast is free, providing updates from Rome and city overviews for when things open back up.

Lindblad Expeditions: Each day, Lindblad is posting a virtual program with wildlife videos, moments of bliss, photography tips and recipes (that last part is mostly for the parents, but the rest is family-friendly).

Canyon Ranch: Be strong, be well with meditation videos, tips for managing anxiety and ways to boost your immune system.

Four Seasons New York: This isn’t an interactive activity, but well worth highlighting: The Four Seasons New York, temporarily closed to reservations, is providing free rooms for doctors, nurses and other medical personnel working long hours on the front lines.

Dreaming of Travel

A leap of leopards lazing in a tree, taking refuge from the heat of the midday sun. An occasional flick of the tail to ward off a fly. A cup of coffee in a Parisian cafe, full of observers watching the rest of the city go about its day. Looking down over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a hot air balloon ride. Stepping foot onto Antarctica, marking your seventh continent visited. Watching the sun set in Hawaii, hoping to catch a glimpse of the green flash as it dips below the horizon.

These are the images that have been dancing through our heads the last couple of weeks as the world goes on pause and we have only our travel dreams to satisfy our wanderlust. Webcam’s such as the one at Georgia Seaquarium and the I Love You, Venice, Venice YouTube channel are helping us get by until we can get back out into the world again. So each week until the world’s borders open back up and we can personally experience the sights and sounds of our favorite places once more, we’ll highlight ways you can bring the world into your home. From movies set in stunning locales to recipes for international delicacies, we’ll try to keep your boredom at a minimum and your travel dreams alive.

If we all do our parts now and practice social distancing, we can contain the spread of the novel coronavirus faster and get the world back up and running. Travel will be back. Exchanging stories, exchanging culture and soaking up all the beauty this world has in store is one of the best parts of the human experience. And the best parts always return.

So while you may not be able to get to Rome to see the first days of spring in bloom along the Tiber, you can watch videos and take web classes on Roman history through the American Institute for Roman Culture, including a kids Q&A on Wednesdays. You can’t go to the world’s best museums right now, but you can take virtual tours of them with Google Arts & Culture. On the sites national parks landing page you can fly over an active volcano, kayak around icebergs or gaze into the night sky away from the sprawl of the city.

We know a lot of you had plans that had to be put aside, and many of you are waiting to see if your summer travels will still take place. If you can, we urge you to postpone rather than cancel your trip. You’ll still get a lifetime of memories and you’ll help the industry that brings the world right to us keep going. If you haven’t already signed up for Wanderlist, now would be a great time to plan years’ worth of vacations and be able to take advantage of specials once your favorite destinations reopen. If you’re like us, you’re itching to get out and rediscover the world. What will be the first place you go? Let us know at info@dmctraveltailor.com or (917) 653-9346.

Real ID Rules and Deadlines

Since the passage of the REAL ID Act in 2005, the deadline for states to comply has been extended a few times. Now, with every state and U.S. territory compliant, it appears the restrictions will go into effect Oct. 1, 2020. What this means for travelers is that starting from that date, they will need to show REAL ID-compliant identifications in order to board domestic flights.

The U.S. Travel Association estimates that 99 million Americans don’t currently have an ID that would qualify. If you’re not sure whether your driver’s license qualifies, look for a star in the upper right corner. If it’s not there, you won’t be able to get on a plane with that ID from Oct. 1 on. Acceptable forms of ID include: a U.S. passport or passport card, a U.S. military ID, a trusted traveler card (for those with Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST clearance). For other acceptable forms, visit www.tsa.gov.
The Department of Homeland Security is working with states and territories to ensure they are issuing REAL ID-compliant IDs by Oct. 1. If you need a REAL ID, check with your state’s DMV about issuance.

Largay Travel president Amanda Klimak was on Capitol Hill last week as part of a contingent from the American Society of Travel Advisors. As the lead advocacy group for travel advisors, providers and their clients, ASTA lobbied members of Congress in support of the Trusted Traveler Real ID Relief Act, which would allow travelers to use additional forms of ID, such as Known Traveler Numbers (obtained through TSA PreCheck and Global Entry programs), to board domestic flights.

“The safety of the traveling public is always a priority,” Klimak said. “However, the REAL ID bill was designed over 15 years ago and needs to be updated to reflect the current needs of the traveling public. If the bill remains as currently written, after Oct. 1, 2020, if you are traveling and your ID is lost or stolen, there is no provision that would allow you to return home, which currently exists in an alternate screening procedure.”

Also last week, DHS announced that residents of New York state are no longer eligible to enroll in Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST).

The last thing you want to do is show up at the airport and be surprised to learn that you don’t have what you need. You can always buy a toothbrush if you forgot yours, but if you don’t have the proper identification, you’re in real trouble. Make sure you are prepared with the right ID before Real ID goes into effect.

Traveling to Fiji? Don’t Miss These Must-See Hot Spots

Sun-drenched beaches, beautiful palm trees and crystal blue lagoons, what’s not to love about Fiji? The tropical paradise is a perfect location for a vacation getaway, especially during the colder winter months. Every year, thousands of people travel to the South Pacific to enjoy this island area. With so many islands to choose from, the destination is ideal for any traveler! If you are planning to visit Fiji in the future, be sure to hit all the hot spots we list below!

Hindu Temples
Fiji is full of cultural experiences, including beautiful Hindu temples. Vibrant festivals take place throughout the year at the temples, where travelers can get an inside glimpse into the religion. The most spectacular to see firsthand is the Sri Siva Subrahmanya Swami Temple in Nadi. The bright coloring seems unreal with towering spires and intricate architecture throughout.

Island Adventures
If you are up for a little adventure, why not travel to the Mamanucas and Yasawa islands of Fiji? These beautiful islands are perfect for a luxury getaway or if you want to backpack in the region. Resorts can be found on these islands that offer lovely views as well as plenty of activities to explore. With the help of companies like DMC Travel Tailor, you can easily plan your lodging while in Fiji.

Levuka
If you want to get to know the locals, travel to Levuka, a town in Fiji that is home to a colonial museum. Inside the museum, view pieces that tell the history of the region and how the area came to be. The locals are friendly and add to the quaintness of the area.

Hiking Waya Island
For the truly adventurous, take a boat to Waya Island and go on a hiking trip of a lifetime. With amazing ocean views and lush landscape, you will feel like you are in another world as you traverse the trails of the island.

Beqa Island
The even more daring will go from an amazing hike at Waya Island to a shark encounter at Beqa Island. The area is home to bull sharks and sometimes tiger sharks and travelers can easily participate in a shark-feeding dive off the shores of this island.

These are just a few of the amazing things you can do while in Fiji. Try a few or make your entire list filled with these exciting adventurous options!

Top Tips to Travel Italy like a Local

Italy is a beautiful region of the world that most people dream of visiting. If you have traveled to Italy before, then you want to go back as soon as you return home. Italy is filled with unique cultural experiences, history, art, architecture, wine and amazing food. Along with visiting the major tourist attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum, people often visit Italy to enjoy the way of life. Learning how to travel like a local can help you to enjoy a more unique experience in the region.

Starting the Day
When traveling in Italy, it can be fun to live like the locals. The classic Italian breakfast includes a sweet pastry and coffee or a cappuccino. Embrace the culture and start your day with something sweet. Head to a local café or even a bar and you can order a drink and croissant to begin your travels.

Food and More Food
Italians love food and three meals a day is usually not enough to enjoy the tasty cuisine. Plan your trip around multiple, smaller meals so you can truly enjoy the many amazing items the local cafés and restaurants have to offer. The locals often add a meal in-between lunch and dinner and you can too! Feel free to stretch you eating just a bit while in Italy to fully enjoy the local cuisine. Have help planning your meals by working with a travel company like DMC Travel Tailor as you get ready for your trip!

Take advantage of Riposino
Most travelers to Italy have no idea that shops often close for a lunch break, especially during the summer months. The heat in the early afternoon is stifling and everyone wants to go inside and take a break. The word riposino means nap in Italian and it is something that many locals take advantage. Take time during your travels to take a nap and awaken to open shops and a feeling of being fully rested.

Speak to Everyone
When traveling to Italy, it is important to speak to everyone you mean. While there may be a language barrier, Italians are happy to provide assistance or recommendations for restaurants or attractions. Get to know the locals and you might find that a few suggestions of entertainment take you off the beaten path to places you would have never explored before!

Planning A Trip To Africa Has Never Been Easier

There is something about Africa that stirs the imagination. You may have seen a long, beautiful grassy plain with acacia trees that glisten in the setting sun on television or in the movies. You have dreamt about observing lions, elephants and giraffes from the back of a jeep or on the deck of a treehouse. You are dying to see thousands of antelope when they migrate across the plains. You want to connect with the people you have seen, and you want to try the cuisine of the continent.

You are in luck. You can be one of the 30 million people who visit Africa each year. Let us tell you why you should use our luxury travel service.

Why Choose DMC Travel Tailor?

There are many reasons why you will want to choose us.

  • We plan your trip with you in mind. No more one-size-fits-all trips. Instead, we custom build your trip to Africa with you. Want to spend a night in the Serengeti? We can do that? Want to paddle down the Okavango Delta? We can plan that for you? Want to see as many countries as possible? No problem. Let us plan it for you.
  • You don’t waste time worrying. We plan and arrange everything for you. We also manage any travel issues that come up, which leaves you to enjoy your time with the people you love.
  • We have contacts all over the world. No matter where you want to go, we can make sure you get there.
  • Need to make plans for a large tour group of family and friends? We can handle large or small groups with personalized experiences.

If you are longing to see the beauty, wonder and majesty of Africa. We can help. Why not contact DMC Travel Tailor today, and let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime?