Posted by: Sandi & Susan | August 4, 2012

Discover Beaches Resorts this Fall!

Great news at Beaches this fall if you are a single parent, a military family or girls that just wanna have fun!


Single Parent Fun (SPF)

Sandals Beaches Resorts are waiving the single supplement fee of up to $220 per night.  A fantastic opportunity to enjoy all that Beaches has to offer for your family.  There is “something for everyone”!   Mom can enjoy the spa, and your tweens and teens can participate in numerous activities from Family Game Night, the Scratch DJ Academy, as well as relaxing at the end of the day at the family Beach Bonfire.  Perhaps plan your fall getaway around Halloween, read below for the “Fall-o-Ween” extravaganza ….

 
“Live It Up N’ Dive”

For the avid scuba diver, now is the time to dive with your family at the largest dive operation in the Caribbean.  Participate in daily dives, including FREE PADI Boat dive courses.  Finish your day dining at the exceptional restaurants.

Fall Military Program

In honor of the men and women who serve our country, Beaches Resort is offering military families a 15% savings off their current promotions, as well as 15% off any Island Routes Catamaran Cruises.

A limited time offer is also available for a “Military Friends and Family” program.  Military personnel can apply their 15% discount with non-military friends and family, reserving up to 3 rooms.  This offer applies to both U.S. and Canadian military for travel between September 4-October 31.

Beaches Friends Forever Girls Getaway

What a better way to spend special time with your best friends, enjoying an exclusive private catamaran cruise and a $200 Red Lane Spa credit.  A great idea to celebrate a pre-wedding “girls night” getaway instead of the “usual” with your friends!

Fall-O-Ween Stage Show

Looking for something a little different this year than running around the neighborhood in the cold and rain?  This will be a Halloween your kids won’t forget!

Your family’s chance to “show off” their favorite costumes, and grab a great seat for the Sesame Street Show.  Sing along with the Count and see all your favorite characters perform.

To learn more about what YOU can do this fall at Beaches Resorts, call us at Skyland World Travel, your Sandals Destination Specialists, so we can plan your “Wonder Fall”!

www.skylandworldtravel.com

(908) 852-7081

 

 

Posted by: Sandi & Susan | July 29, 2012

My favorite things at Sandals

What is on your list of favorite things when you travel?

I have visited all the Sandals properties around the Caribbean, and recently returned from their newest resort, “Whitehouse” in Jamaica.

It is a beautiful place to connect as a couple.  It is “all about each other” and not partying until dawn.  You can watch the sunrise and sunset from the long beach, and relax in 3 swimming pools with 2 swim up bars. I also enjoyed the fact that the flight to Jamaica was not a long flight from Newark.

Each morning I indulged in a chocolate croissant, latte and/or cappuccino at their French Patisserie, where they also prepared delicious crepes. The two martini bars with two types of chocolate martinis also added to my relaxing experience after a day of activities (all included). One of the martinis tasted like a Tootsie Roll and the other like chocolate milk.  A decadent treat for people who enjoy a martini and chocolate!

My favorite thing about staying at Sandals All Inclusive Resorts, besides the martini bar, is the personal butler service.  At check in, I was given a cell phone so I could contact him when I needed, “every wish was his command”.  Have you imagined what it would be like to enjoy the service of a butler at least once in your lifetime?  They are professionally trained and help to create a unique, memorable vacation.

A new romantic feature at all the Sandals properties are the fire pits, where I saw people relaxing under the stars with their special someone.  I think this would  be a wonderful place to propose, don’t you?

I must remember to take my special someone next time and share my butler.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about all the other favorite things and inclusives at Sandals.

Please visit our website http://www.skylandworldtravel.com under Weddings and Honeymoons.

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Posted by: Sandi & Susan | July 12, 2012

Why not stay at a hotel from one of your favorite movies?

10 Hotels in Movies

Ever wonder what it would be like to stay in the same hotel as Bill Murray in Lost in Translation or wake up in a penthouse suite in Caesars like the guys from the Hangover? Well this is your chance. This is a list of ten hotels which were featured in movies and we can offer you a chance to live large like a movie star with one of our vacation packages.

Caesars Palace

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Movie: The Hangover (2009)

The true comedy of The Hangover begins when three friends Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis wake up in their Caesars’ suite without their groom-to-be friend Justin Bartha. Caesars Palace is famous worldwide for its magnificent beauty and impeccable service. This majestic Las Vegas hotel offers a 129,000 square foot casino, 26 restaurants and cafes, sprawling gardens and pools, a world-class spa, and the renowned Colosseum spotlighting world-class stars. Caesars will allow its guests to find out whether the tagline from The Hangover, “Some guys just can’t handle Vegas,” includes them or not.

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Location: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Movie: Couples Retreat (2009)

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort provided a perfect setting for the Vince Vaughn comedy Couples Retreat where couples in struggling relationships come to this beautiful resort to try to fix their problems. From the Oasis Pool; to the central pool, with a swim-up bar; to the saltwater private lagoon, full of native fish and stingrays, St. Regis allows guests to dive into the many pleasures of paradise. Private villas offer guests a chance to experience one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the Pacific.

Bellagio

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Movie: Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), & Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

The Bellagio is home to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s movies which were jam-packed with A-list actors such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. The hotel provides its guests with a retreat unto themselves, the 3,933 Guest Rooms and Suites are an extension of its AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Las Vegas hotel. Bellagio provides a Las Vegas entertainment experience for everyone, whether you prefer high-energy or a more intimate experience.

Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel

Location: Tokyo, Japan Movie: Lost in Translation (2003)

This five star hotel, located right in the heart of Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s best known business districts, provided the main setting of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation featuring actors Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.  Occupying the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel overlooks Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji. Located in the Shinjuku district, this hotel is close to Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku Park, Nishi Shinjuku and areas of Shibuya and Aoyama.

Fontainebleau

Location: Miami, Florida Movie: Goldfinger (1964), The Bodyguard (1992), & Scarface (1983)

Whether it was Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, Kevin Costner protecting the star singer Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard, or Al Pacino as the gangster Tony Montana in Scarface this beautiful hotel in Miami Beach has provided the movie industry with a perfect set location for many memorable films. Fontainebleau’s  striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology merge into a vibrant new kind of guest experience. The 22-acre oceanfront hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a two-story, 40,000-square-foot spa, expansive poolscape, a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities.

The Grand Hotel

Location:Taipei, China Movie: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994)

The Grand Hotel in Taipei was the location of the Academy Award nominated movie Eat Drink Man Woman. Supported by red columns and with golden roof tiling, the Grand Hotel stands much like a majestic 14-story palace. The hotel is equipped with 487 rooms which offer a birds-eye-view of bustling Taipei in the day and a serene city at night. The Grand Hotel offers a variety of dining choices, including Chinese, Western and Japanese restaurants.

The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

Location: Lake Lure, North Carolina Movie: Dirty Dancing (1987)

The Lake Lure Inn was one of the locations used in the romantic film Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Whether you’re an adventurer seeking a “Dirty Dancing” themed cabin, prefer the nostalgia of the historic Inn, or just need a relaxing weekend laying by the pool the Lake Lure Inn has what you are looking for. From its boat rental service, to its perfect wedding scenery, the Lake Lure Inn will provide guests with a perfect vacation location.

Stanley Hotel

Location: Estes Park, Colorado Movie: The Shining (1980)

Although the movie itself was not filmed in the Stanley Hotel, the book that inspired it was written about Steven Kings stay in room 217 of the Stanley. Whether you are a big Jack Nicholson fan or Steven King fan, the hotel will bring memories of The Shining to anyone who visits. The Stanley Hotel is a historic landmark hotel in a spectacular mountain-view location, offering old-world charm matched with the latest of modern amenities. Guests can take a ghost and history tour, use the full-service spa or just relax and enjoy the view from your room or suite. The Stanley Hotel sits 7,500 feet above the ordinary in beautiful Estes Park, an hour from Denver and minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hotel Des Mille Collines

Location: Kigali, Rwanda Movie: Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Hotel Des Mille Collines is the hotel which was used by Don Cheadle as a shelter to save his fellow countrymen in Rwanda from genocide. The Mille Collines is a four star hotel with a fine setting and personalized service situated in a large exotic garden in downtown Kigali, Rwanda. Enjoy culinary delights and international cuisine in the top floor Restaurant “Le Panorama” with its magnificent view over Kigali.

Beverly Wilshire

Location: Beverly Hills, California Movie: Pretty Woman (1990) & Beverly Hills Cop (1984

This five star hotel was where Julia Roberts and Richard Gere stayed in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman, and also where Eddie Murphy lived in the hilarious comedy Beverley Hills Cop. In the heart of Beverly Hills this historic hotel buzzes with vitality from dramatic renovations, blending tradition and trend. See-and-be-seen dining and glamorous events are balanced by quiet, personal comfort in the spa, the pool and luxury guest rooms.

If you DREAM it, we can make it HAPPEN!

Skyland World Travel

 

 

Posted by: Sandi & Susan | July 5, 2012

Discover the Galapagos

Recognizing an Inconvenient Truth

By: Globus

The Galapagos ranks as one of the most important sites in the Western Hemisphere in regards to biodiversity and scientific research.  As such, the Ecuadorian government is one of the first countries to include environmental legislation in the form of a constitutional amendment. The Special Law for the Galapagos is a landmark piece of legislation which has far-reaching and unprecedented language to protect biodiversity and foster a culture of conservation.  The law aims to promote conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development of the Providence of Galapagos. The legislation recognizes not only the biological framework necessary to protect Galapagos, but also the intellectual and sociological aspects. The principal goal of this piece of legislation is to create a harmonious existence between people and the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. So enjoy the lush scenery, plants and animals that await you because they are heavily treasured and guarded in these pristine Islands! What story might you discover on a Globus vacation in The Galapagos with Skyland World Travel?

Posted by: Sandi & Susan | June 22, 2012

Skip the heat – Wouldn’t you love to be on a river cruise?

Be Inspired by the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways

By: Avalon Waterways

As it winds through castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and picturesque Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance. Born as an untamed river in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine takes the scenic route to the North Sea, illuminating some of Europe’s most fascinating sights and customs. Historically and culturally, the Rhine has been a crucial source of sustenance, pride and inspiration. Fortresses and castles along the Rhine’s embankments highlight the value ancient empires placed on these waters. While ancient times saw the Rhine as a dividing force, today the cities along its shores are an intriguing blend of cultures. Vineyards along the Rhine produce world-renowned vintages and riverside cafés and restaurants celebrate the region by pairing local wines with delectably fresh fare. With scenic splendor and enriching surprises around every bend, the waters of the Rhine set the stage for the very finest moments to be had in Europe.

15th century Attractions. 21st century amenities. Contact Skyland World Travel and come experience the comfort of an Avalon Waterways Rhine river cruise.

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Posted by: Sandi & Susan | June 9, 2012

SKYLAND WORLD TRAVEL PRESENTS “CHRISTMAS MARKETS”

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Skyland World Travel presents

Classic Christmas Markets!

Join us for a FREE online presentation on June 14, 2012
Space is limited. Reserve your online presentation seat now at: www.gotomeeting.com/202709178
You are invited to join Skyland World Travel for an entertaining online travel presentation. Discover the people and places that make our tours special and do it from the comfort of your own computer. Take that first step towards Germany, France and Austria! You can even ask real-time questions of our travel experts. See you then.

Classic Christmas Markets featuring markets in Munich, Innsbruck, Wurzburg, Nuremberg and Strasbourg: December 1 – 9, 2012
Sip mulled wine and collect unique handicrafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Spend three nights in the traditional Alpine Village of Oberammergau and two in the heart of the Black Forest. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Innsbruck, capital of Tyrolean Austria. Visit historic Nuremberg, Wurzburg and Rothenburg. Explore Strasbourg’s Petit France and its quaint market stalls huddled around the imposing cathedral. Attend a private choir performance in an 850-year-old church in the enchanting Black Forest followed by a traditional Black Forest dinner.
For more information contact Skyland World Travel ● skylandss@comcast.net (908) 852-7081

Title: Skyland World Travel presents Classic Christmas Markets!
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT
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Top 5 New York City Bars

Is New York City calling you? If you are thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple, here are a few of the best night life options to give you a good time and an incredible view of the city.

The Plunge
Location: 420 Park Avenue at the Gansevoort Park Hotel

The Plunge Rooftop Bar and Grill is located 20 stories high above Manhattan at the luxurious Gansevoort Park Hotel. This wonderful rooftop setting provides everyone with amazing unobstructed views of the city including an unbelievable view of the Empire State Building. The focus of the rooftop is the black lit bar. With its high ceilings, a window wall which sweeps the New York City skyline, and the VIP room Blue Room, Plunge provides everyone who visits an experience they will not soon forget. The Blue Room provides even more incentive for partygoers because it sets a perfect stage for some of the world’s best deejays to come, and you can be certain that when the best deejays come to town so do some A-list celebrities. Once you have had enough of the VIP room you can go relax out on the Rooftop sundeck which will provide you with 360 degree views of the city. If you are looking for a similar experience in a different part of the city, this bar also has a sister bar on the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

230 Fifth
Location: 230 Fifth Avenue

The 20th floor rooftop lounge and bar which is 230 Fifth is a location which is unparalleled by most rooftop hotspots in New York City. 230 Fifth made its mark quickly. Within its first year of opening in 2006, 230 Fifth was named the #1 Rooftop Garden and fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge/Bar in New York. Boasting one of the largest rooftop lounges in the city 230 Fifth is a perfect location for a night out or hosting a private function. It is hard to complain about the fact that it is open year round, and it is free admission everyday to the public. Inside the lounge provides panoramic views of the skyline while the outside benches provide room for more than 500 people to take in breathtaking views of the city.

Bar 13
Location: 35 East 13th Street

If you are looking for a bar with a slightly younger crowd, Bar 13 is the place to go. While people of all ages do flow into Bar 13, it has a strong following from collegiate students. The bar is three floors containing two inside bars and a rooftop bar. The first floor is famous for its two-for-one drink specials and its spacious dance floor. Moving up to the second floor one can find another bar and deejays playing all of the latest house music providing an international club feel without having to leave New York. Finally the rooftop bar provides people with an escape from the wild dancing and loud music. It gives them a chance to take a glimpse of the romantic skyline of New York City.

Rooftop at Rivington
Location: 107 Rivington Street at the Rivington Hotel

The Rooftop at Rivington provides one of the most stunning views of New York City you could find. On the 20th floor of the Rivington Hotel, you won’t believe what you see all around you. If you are looking for a place that is more focused around the scenery and view than the bar or nightclub experience itself, this is the ideal bar for you. Although the bar and nightclub life are still fun, the focus of this bar is to captivate everyone with its tremendous panoramic views of the city. They even have a bathtub on the rooftop! If the rooftop scene gets to be too much, you can go relax on the other two indoor floors of the hotel which also provide unbelievable views of the city with ceiling to floor windows.

Roof Garden Café
Location: 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking to get the most out of a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well the Roof Garden Café located on the 5th floor of the Met is what you need. Bring your family, friends, or just come by yourself and see one of the best views of Central Park the city has to offer. With the great scenery the art provides, on top of being able to sip on a drink while overlooking New York’s famous Central Park, the Roof Garden Café provides a great relaxing rooftop experience for anyone. This is not the place for late niters because it closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on the weekends, but if you are lucky enough you should stay to watch the beautiful sunset over New York City and Central Park.

Posted by: Sandi & Susan | October 7, 2011

2 NIGHTS 3 DAYS 5 RESORTS OH MY!

Sandi and Pauline have just returned from experiencing the Luxury Included Vacation first hand at five Sandals Resorts this past week.  They participated in the Sandals Mega Familarization Trip, a whirlwind site inspection that covered five resorts on two islands in three days!  They are ready and able to direct their clients to the Sandals Resort that would be a perfect fit for that upcoming luxury vacation.  Their tour included Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, Sandals Halcyon Beach, Saint Lucia and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa.

2 NIGHTS   3 DAYS   100′s OF RESORTS!  OH MY!

At the same time, Susan and Janice had the opportunity to expand their knowledge last week at MLT Travel University in Minnesota.  While they were not as fortunate to be on site with their toes in the sand, the classroom settings and the large travel convention full of suppliers, was a wealth of valuable information.  The packages and tours offered by Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines Vacations consisted of destinations and resorts around the world!  Did you know that if you book one of these vacations that you can earn frequent flyer points on the land portion along with the air?

Contact http://www.skylandworldtravel.com or 908 852-7081 for more information!

Join Susan and Sandi at 11:05 AM EST on WRNJ Radio and streaming live at http://www.skylandworldtravel.com for the start of another great travel season.  Listen in to find out what has happened over the past few months in the travel world and what to expect for this upcoming travel season!

Posted by: Sandi & Susan | August 26, 2011

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Being your travel advisor is more than offering you enchanting vacations to the far reaches of the globe. It also involves offering you personal support and helpful advice to enhance all your travel experiences, whether near or far.The Travel Tips below are chock-full of important information that will help you travel the world safely and efficiently. Our agency simply wants you to have the best experiences possible, wherever you travel.

As always, please feel free to contact us about your future travel plans.

Happy travels!
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In This Quarterly:
One Photography Tips for Fall Foliage
Two Choosing the Perfect African Safari
Three Travel Etiquette 101: China & South Africa
Four Car Rental Insurance: Are You Covered?
Photography Tips for Fall Foliage

Every October the National Park Foundation announces the peak parks for viewing autumn’s colorful transformation to winter. While the 2011 list is not out yet, you can bet that perennial favorites such as Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway, Maine’s Acadia National Park and California’s Yosemite National Park will be included.

If you are fortunate enough to view the fall foliage at one of these top spots, or if you are simply standing in your backyard, staring with awe at your favorite oak tree, you’ll want to snap a few pictures. Here are some tips to get the best snaps of your leafy models:

  • Shoot on an overcast day, or when the sun sneaks behind a passing cloud, which will make the color of the leaves pop out. If shooting during an overcast day, minimize the amount of sky in your shots—focus only on the trees.
  • On clear days, aim to shoot in the morning or evening to take advantage of the “golden hours.” Plus, the air is cleaner in the mornings, so your shots will turn out less hazy.
  • Change the angle of your shot. Lie on your back and shoot up or aim down for a reflection in a clear rain puddle.
  • Don’t forget about the evergreens. A well-placed evergreen tree in your shot will contrast wonderfully with the turning trees.
  • While the trees are breathtaking as a whole, also focus on individual leaves, preferably shot with a soft, out-of-focus background.
  • Backlighting the tree, with the sun directly behind it, can create a dramatic shot.
  • Bring a lens cloth. Your lens will be besieged with dust and moisture while shooting outside for a long period of time.
  • Your camera’s “vivid” mode was created for this time of the year. Use it.
Choosing the Perfect African Safari

The words “African safari” conjure up different images in people’s minds. Some imagine slicing through the jungle with machetes in search of big game, while others envision tranquil drives in air–conditioned 4x4s. Safaris do, in fact, come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a rundown so that you–with the assistance of your safari–savvy travel agent–can find the perfect fit.

Luxury Lodge Safari – Safaris that combine the best qualities of a 5-star hotel with a relaxing drive into the wilderness to capture wild animals with your telephoto lens.

Bush Camp Safari – Similar to luxury lodges except your hotel is a semi-permanent tent set up in nature for a more up-close and personal experience, creating some unique and unforgettable moments, such as an elephant roar waking you up.

Walking Safari – While following a trained guide, you hike through the countryside where the 4x4s can’t go, tracking the animals you want to find while avoiding the ones that want to find you.

Self-Drive Safari – A few places in Africa, namely Namibia and South Africa, have areas set up for you to drive and explore without a guide, trusting your instincts to find wild game.

Specific Game Viewing – Some outfits feature safaris designed to find specific animals, such as gorillas, elephants or even exotic birds.

Elephant Back Safaris – Elephants provide both a unique and protected way to traverse the wilds.

By Air – You can either fly to a remote area to increase your chances of spotting the best beasts, or you can take a hot air balloon ride over the savannah to increase your chances of getting vertigo.

Whichever you choose, choose to consult your travel agent first. Agents like us know which countries are the safest to travel in, which guides have the best reputation, and which end of a warthog is best to photograph (they’re better looking from the backside).

Travel Etiquette 101: China & South Africa

When traversing the globe, we should never forget that we are guests in the countries we visit. Acting respectfully of the local customs is not just preferred but expected, so you should be prepared and know which actions are acceptable. With that in mind, here are general etiquette introductions to China and South Africa.

China

Bow Now? While bowing slightly from the shoulders is a popular way to respectfully greet someone, shaking the person’s hand is also acceptable if that person initiates the hand-to-hand contact. Their handshake may be gentle, so respond in a gentle manner. Also, when meeting a group of people, you should address the most senior person first.

Last is First – Respect and formality are important in China, so address someone with their title and surname, which is their first name when they were introduced to you. For example, international basketball star Yao Ming would be addressed as Mr. Yao, since Yao is his surname.

Saving Face – Public displays of emotion are frowned upon in China, since self-control and self-respect—two concepts behind “mianzi,’ or the public face one puts forth—are held in high regard. If someone appears shy or aloof when speaking with you, it is a sign of respect, not unfriendliness.

Hold Your Hand – Hands do not play a part in Chinese conversation, so do not gesticulate wildly when conversing. Yet hands do come into play when two same-sex friends are in public, for you’ll often find them holding hands. Do not mistake this as a public display of affection, which is not tolerated. Additional hand-related no-nos: don’t put your hand in your mouth, bite your nails or point with your index finger—all considered rude.

Table Manners – Forget what your mother told you, for burping, slurping and talking with your mouth full are all acceptable and, in some cases, signs of gratitude.

South Africa

Respect the Community – Since South Africa is a very multi-cultural nation, citizens form tight bonds within their families, tribes and communities, so never show disrespect to the greater group.

Dress for the Greens – While most occasions call for informal dress in South Africa, one place where jeans are not allowed is at the golf course. Another thing that is looked down upon during a round of golf is skipping the halfway house, which is a small restaurant golfers visit after the ninth hole for a drink and a snack. Even if you’re not hungry, other golfers find it rude to skip this pivotal break.

Voice Volume – When speaking with a resident, raising your voice will make you appear overly aggressive and challenging, while lowering your voice to a whisper will make it seem that you are spreading gossip. Speak at a normal tone if you want keep the conversation civil, and keep your hands out of your pockets while speaking, since this is considered rude.

Car Rental Insurance: Are You Covered?

There’s always a moment of hesitation when you’re standing at the car rental counter and the clerk asks, “Do you want additional insurance?” Do I, you ask yourself, quickly wondering what your personal auto policy or credit card do and do not cover while driving a rental car. As your travel agent, we have answers to all your travel-related questions, even this one.

Your personal auto policy does cover you when driving a rental car, but how much depends on your policy. If you already have comprehensive and collision insurance for your own car, then buying the rental insurance, called CDW (collision damage waiver – also known as LDW, or loss damage waiver), would simply duplicate coverage. If you turn down the CDW, you still have to pay your deductible if the car is stolen, vandalized or damaged in a crash. If you have a bare-bones auto policy without comprehensive and collision coverage, the rental insurance is a wise investment.

Credit cards can include collision and theft protection if you charge the rental, but coverage varies. Some credit card policies cover only damage to your rental car but not to other cars, while some fail to offer personal liability coverage for injury or death claims. The benefits they offer are secondary to your auto policy, which means you will need to pay the deductible of your personal insurance in the event of a claim, which may cause your rates to increase.

Insider’s tip! Those of you with an American Express® card can purchase Premium Car Rental Protection, which provides up to 42 days of protection for a one-time charge of $24.95. This plan offers primary coverage for damage to or theft of your rental vehicle, so you can bypass your personal insurance company if you need to make a claim.

So why choose the CDW? By purchasing the CDW, you are no longer responsible if the rental vehicle is damaged by an accident, vandalism or theft loss. That is, as long as you do not violate the rental agreement by driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol, which would void the waiver.

The issues here are complex, so before your next trip to the rental car counter, do your homework. Find out how much your personal policy covers, which will be a good indicator on whether or not you should purchase the CDW.

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