Travel Books

2018


Booking A Ski Lodge? Do These Five Things First

By Morris Raymond 

When winter comes along, it's a little hard not to get a little discouraged by the cold. Then again, if you're going to be spending part of your winter basking in the awesomeness of a ski lodge, winter may just be the best season of the year.

After all, there aren't a lot of people who can say they've spent time in a ski lodge, and just the name itself elicits a certain amount of allure and luxury. And while this housing alternative certainly has a lot to offer to guests, there has been a greater push to have ski lodges and resort towns be more accessible to the regular guy just looking to 'wow' his family during the dreary months of winter.

If this is actually your first time heading out to a ski lodge, you may not be fully aware of what to do and what needs to be in place when you book your trip. This may seem like something stressful, but rest assured, it's not necessarily too far off from the usual trip planning.

Here are five things you need to get taken care of when you're about to book a ski lodge:

Set Dates & Schedule - Before you book any trip, you definitely want to know when you'll be taking the trip and what type of schedule you'll maintain during your trip. While this is important for all trips, ski getaways are massively popular, which means if you're not really on the ball, you may not have a booking available.

Get Input from Your Family - Being able to form a trip schedule means knowing what activities you want to be a part of while your away. Get your family together and see what types of things everyone wants to do. You may find that you're on the same page. Even better, ski lodges have great websites showing their amenities, a tour of their facilities, and a breakdown of things to do during your stay.

Plan Your Packing - This is mostly a note for parents who want to make sure their kids are packing what's needed. However, if you're a person that tends to be bad at packing, you might get some practice in, especially if you're packing a little differently for your lodge.

Rent or Buy Gear? - If you'll be doing skiing or snowboarding, for example, you might want to find out if it's better for you to rent your gear or buy it. If you buy it before you leave, remember that you'll have to figure out how to travel with it.

Decide How You Will Get Around - You only have so much time for your vacation period, so make the most of it. If you're still trying to decide on a lodge, take into consideration how long it takes to travel there, whether you'll rent a car there, and how far away from things your lodge stands. If too much time is used to travel & move around, it may not be the lodge for you.

Don't be too taken back by the idea of booking a ski lodge for the first time. With these helpful hints, you're sure to feel a bit more at ease. And even if you are a regular trip planner, these tips may actually be helpful in getting your mindset ready when booking season comes along. The most important thing to take away is to not fret too much every little thing. Look forward to having a great time and, most importantly, trying to figure out when you can start planning your next trip.

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Book a Flight Online and Save Money Using These Tips

By George Botwin 

Whether you need to travel to another city or another country, it's never been easier to book a flight. There are many options for travelers. The airline companies themselves offer booking services via the internet, phone, and in person. There are also budget travel sites that simplify the whole process by allowing you to compare all of the rates from every airline at once and choose which one would most suit your preferences.

There are many things to consider when booking a flight: departure city, departure date, arrival city, arrival date, whether or not you want a round trip, number of nights you'll be at your destination, whether or not you want to book a car rental and/or hotel along with the flight, and so forth. Luckily, all of this is made easy with the use of online search and comparison tools. You can experiment with the dates and times as well as the destinations to get an idea of the price range. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to get a cheaper price.

Age is an important factor as well - especially if you'll be traveling with children or the elderly. Ticket prices are different for adults and children 17 and under. For older adults, senior discounts may be available. While credit / debit cards are the primary methods of payment preferred by the airline industry, there are a few airlines who accept PayPal and unused travel funds. You might also have flyer points or gift cards that you can redeem.

Price Alerts Will Help You Book a Flight

Be sure to sign up for price alerts before you book a flight. Tickets can fluctuate considerably - even on a daily basis. Even a small decrease can result in large savings if you have to buy tickets for relatives or associates. Some online sites and tools even allow you to set your own budget, and will notify you when a ticket becomes available within your budget range.

Determine whether or not it would be cheaper to book a long haul flight yourself. If you are flying a long distance, consider that it might be cheaper to book two or three legs of the trip separately by adding another destination or two to the trip. For example, if you need to fly from Europe to Alaska, it might be cheaper to first book a trip to Atlanta, then book a trip from Atlanta to Chicago, then fly from Chicago to Seattle, and then finally onto Alaska by taking budget airlines who offer smaller trips.

The best thing to do is to use a travel shopping comparison site that will allow you to compare all of the prices from all of the airlines on the dates you enter at once. Choose the option that best suits your needs and book a flight as well as hotel room and car rental if you need to.

Whether you want to book a flight for a business trip or a vacation, the best place to begin your search is online. The site will not only uncover the best airfare rates, but hotel rates and car rental discounts as well. You can create your entire itinerary and save money in the process by using online coupons.

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The Lodging Secret Every Traveler Needs To Know

By Christopher Rivera 

Traveling can be the adventure of a lifetime. When traveling with your loved ones or family, the experiences shared and the memories made are sure to last a lifetime. Getting out of your comfort zone and exploring a new location can come with its own small hassles too but it teaches you to learn how to think on your feet and solve problems. The more experienced you become, the more tricks of the trade you learn. Here is the lodging secret every traveler needs to know.

It can be a stressful situation to find yourself in a new destination and have some issues arise with your hotels. Knowing you have a place to stay that is comfortable and cozy causes the entire trip to be that much more entertaining and relaxing. Regardless, sometimes issues arise and you need to know this one secret:

Be Resourceful

At any moment there are a variety of ways you can quickly find the travel information you need so that you and your significant other or family are not stranded some place without warm beds to sleep in. Use this guide to help you find a place to stay during your travels.

1. Local searches online

Hopping online and doing a search for hotels near me can yield some promising results. However, most of the results that pop up will be heavily paid for by corporate chains and bigger hotel conglomerates. You may be able to find better deals by skipping a few pages and looking at the local results that come through. Downloading an app on your phone or tablet is a good resource too. You can often do a location sweep and find good options within a specified radius of where you are.

2.  Try a travel website

There are some top travel sites that can help you book flights, find hotel packages near the city or airport you will be close to, or help with discounts at restaurants and car rental companies. These sites can sometimes find you specials at hotels that may not ordinarily be advertised directly- so they are always worth a try.

3.  Locally operated bed and breakfasts

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. There is a reason why the locals prefer to stay at and support their bed and breakfast spots that are locally owned and operated. They often provide some of the best lodging as well as amenities to help you feel right at home. Most will provide a delicious breakfast in the morning as well as spots to grill, relax by a fire pit, swim, or hot tub. Also, the rooms are usually designed to be extra comfortable and are especially perfect for romantic get-aways.

Now that you know the secret, get out there and plan your fun travel experience today.

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8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel

By Burton L Robertson 

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you're driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it's fun to let go a little and eat things you wouldn't normally eat during a week at home, that's part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we've had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you're someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it's easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you're away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you're taking in the best moments of your trip:

1.        Plan ahead. Often when we're traveling, we're out of routine and aren't eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to "save room" for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as "mini-starvations" and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you're out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

If you know where you're staying, scout out restaurants in the area of your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what's available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

2.  Don't forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You'll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You'll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.

3.  Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you're traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don't forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can't get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.

4.  Speaking of morning smoothies... if you're really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This might seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.

5.  Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.

6.  Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)

7.  Try to get your eight hours' beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.

8.  Try the "one and done" rule. Let yourself have treats and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that's happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There's always more.

However you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we'd love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can offer you insider tips on transportation, accommodations, and entertainment and so much more.

If you're ready to start planning your next trip, Contact Latitudes Travel Today.

We can't wait to chat and help you get started!

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INNKEEPERS and SPA

NEW ORLEANS

Hubbard Mansion
DESCRIPTION: Don Hubbard presents a fabulous Greek Revival house filled with intergenerational wonders and Victorian antiques; beyond the wrought iron gates, the home flaunts a four-column ivory portico preceding seven-foot windows and balconies that overlook the Avenue; magnificent foyer and spiraling staircase, private quarters reveal king-size legacies of perfection, imperial mahogany beds and regal armoires with matching chaise lounges compliment hardwood floors blanketed by oriental rugs; marble whirlpool, carriage house, living and dining areas, fully-furnished kitchen, washer and dryer and 2 1/2 baths are featured as well

BREAKFAST: Deluxe Continental
PRICING: $150-$350 per night, two nights minimum
ADDRESS: 3535 St. Charles Avenue  MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar is in front
PHONE: 504-897-3535
WEBSITE: http://www.hubbardmansion.com

MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Martha's Vineyard Inn
DESCRIPTION: Within walking distance to the center of Vineyard Haven and West Chop; when you enter the 5-room inn with spa, you are greeted by an old trunk in which you leave your old stresses. Wake up for breakfast and then unwind in our relaxing hot tub; find Victorian furnishings, fine paintings, and hardwood floors; our living room is designed for with a high tea server in the afternoon; enjoy natural spa treatments such as massage, yoga, sauna and mineral baths

ADDRESS: Vineyard Haven
PHONE: 800-595-9996 or 508-693-0001
WEBSITE: http://www.marthasvineyardinn.com

East Marion, NY

Quintessentials Bed & Breakfast and Spa
DESCRIPTION: Started in 1994 by Jamaican, Sylvia Daley as the first bed & breakfast and full-service spa on the North Fork, Long Island; a romantic, 1840 Victorian inn, Quintessentials blends Caribbean flavor with European style, featuring deluxe suites and rooms with gas fireplaces, private sundecks and whirlpool baths; a full-service spa, personal image development service in relaxing, elegant surroundings in Long Island Wine Country; indulge for an hour or a day in stress-relieving treatments from a relaxing hot stone massage, reflexology, effective, results-oriented skincare, steam room, Reiki energy balancing, or their signature marine and vino therapies that incorporate wine, grape seed, seaweed, Caribbean herbs and essential oils; many patrons also enjoy the spa parties and wine tours on the East End and Hamptons

PRICES: $250-$300 per night
ADDRESS: 8985 Main Road (Route 25A)  MAP
PHONE: 800-444-9112 or 631-477-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.quintessentialsinc.com

Newport News, VA

Divine Alkhemi Wholistic Skincare Boutique
DESCRIPTION: Malikah Divine first began her natural beauty experience at the age of 21 when introduced to the world of natural skin care by a beautiful West African woman in Harlem by the name of Folasade', the owner of Sade Skin Care; her skincare boutique located in Historic Hilton Village; provides natural skin care to treat and prevent skin disorders and to maintain the skin of men, women and teens; other clients use their service for special occasions such as weddings, fashions shows and photo shoots; spa treatments and packages, catering to pamper parties, bridal parties are available; the retail shop features deluxe, handcrafted skin care products

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 11a-6p; Sat by appt only
PRICES: begin at $10-20
ADDRESS: 10202 Warwick Blvd  MAP
PARKING: free behind the boutique
PHONE: 757-246-2324
WEBSITE: http://www.divinealkhemi.com

Beverly Hills, CA

Lady Dee's Day Spa & Skincare Studio
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1988, Lady Dee offers a wide range of services and packages to treat clients spirit and physique; the spa feature 11 relaxing parlor rooms in a 3,000 square feet spa and a well-stocked gift shop; her spa specializes in treating all skin types and hyper-pigmentation caused by child birth, sun damage and birth control pills; Lady Dee was mentored by Dr. James Fulton who cleared up her severe acne problem in college; services include chemical peels, waxing, electrolysis, facials, body wraps; the massages will make you a repeat patron – they are really good; Black celebrity clients include Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Lonette McKee, Nancy Wilson, Nia Long, Toni Braxton, Chris Tucker, Tommy Davidson, Eddie Griffin, Kenny Lattimore and Natalie Cole

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-9p, Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 155 South Robertson Blvd  MAP
PARKING: street
PHONE: 800-6LADYDEE or 310-659-7082
WEBSITE: http://www.ladydspa.com

New York, NY

Sugar Hill Harlem Inn
DESCRIPTION: Located on Sugar Hill, high on the cliffs overlooking Harlem in a limestone townhouse renovated in 2001; the area known as Sugar Hill is steeped in the history of the Harlem Renaissance; Sugar Hill Inn is focused on this history and all of their terrific non-smoking rooms are dedicated to the many great artists and civil rights leaders who were associated with this area; celebrity-themed rooms were meticulously designed and decorated by Carol Donawa, a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design

PRICES: $125-$275 per night
ADDRESS: 460 West 141st Street  MAP
TRANSIT: near 1, A, B , C & Dsubway lines
PHONE: 917-464-3528
WEBSITE: http://www.sugarhillharleminn.com

Pampered Man Pampered Woman Spa
DESCRIPTION: Walking through the doors is like entering your own private sanctuary filled with relaxing sounds of instrumentals, the gurgle of water flowing over polished stones in a copper-bowl fountain and a gracious smiling staff; offers facials, natural nail care, therapeutic massage and a variety of body treatments while strongly reflecting the flavor of Oakland -- a lobby display features hair and beauty products manufactured in the city;; by spa standards, prices are affordable, particularly combination packages; one excellent value is the 3-hour long Completely Pampered Man or Woman package, which includes a 30-minute massage, a spa pedicure, a pampered manicure and an express facial

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed Noon-7p, Thu-Sat 10a-7p
PARKING: on street
ADDRESS: 458 Perkins Street, Suite 104  MAP
PHONE: 510-418-2252
WEBSITE: none


2019 EVENTS



Black Cruise 2018 Calendar

MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2018


The 2018 NPN LEADERSHIP WEEKEND & MUSIC FESTIVAL AT SEA
Place: Miami, Florida • Day at Sea Cozumel, Mexico • Day at Sea
Date: November 9 – 12, 2018

4-NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE CRUISE

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International – “NEW” Symphony of the Seas

THE UBERSOCA CRUISE 2018
Cruise Dates: November TBA 2018
Port Of Embarkation: TBA

Ports-of-Call: Miami to Jamaica

MONTH OF DECEMBER 2018


THE 5TH ANNUAL WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE 2018
When: December 1-6, 2018

Place: Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Falmouth, Jamaica


2019 CALENDAR