Travel Tools

Travel Information & Tools

We realize that not all trips require our expertise and connections. If you are planning a simple DIY trip, here are some links to our favorite planning tools for different components of your trip. 

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Trip Planning Links


Book the accommodation that best suits the needs of your trip. Find a property that has great reviews and fits your budget.

>> Search hotels

We have access to unpublished rates for our custom trip packages. These are sometimes available to others without a package rate. Inquire for details.

Activities & Excursions

Activities, tours, and excursions during your vacation is always good to have planned ahead. However, I know that researching and creating an itinerary can take up a lot of time. Find the best things to do in destinations around the world on these useful links.

>> Project Expedition

>> Viator

>>Get Your Guide

>> Tours by Locals (find private guides in destinations around the world)



Import your cruise itinerary and easily discover shore excursions in each port-of-call. Choose from thousands of experiences that include unique benefits for cruise passengers.

>> Shore Excursion Group

>> Project Expedition


>> Amawaterways


>> Virgin Voyages


Pre-arrange transfers to or from the airport, cruise port, or train station to ensure you have a smooth trip.

>> Book a transfer

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Travel Insurance

Ensuring you are fully protected if vacation days are revoked from work, someone you are traveling with or a close family member become ill and you can no longer travel, or if you run into issues with missed or cancelled flights affecting your other plans, insurance is an essential piece. Here is the provider I recommend to all of my clients and also purchase for my family travel.

Protect any non-refundable amounts of your trip with affordable insurance. Kids are free with paying adults on the Pro Plus plan. Book within 21 days of deposit for full policy benefits. Covers military leave being revoked. Use your US state of residency for a quote.

>> Get an instant quote

(Purchase within 14 or 21 days of deposit for the most comprehensive coverage)


Travel Tools

See more helpful tools that make traveling to other countries more comfortable. They help to prepare you for your trip and save you unnecessary stress. I have been using them for my own travels and always advise them to my clients as well.

>> Currency Converter

>> Time Zone Converter

>> Frommer's Destination Info

>> Flight Tracker

>> Seat Guru

If you will be traveling internationally, it is imperative that you have the proper documentation required for your travel. Many countries now require passports to be valid for 6 months past your travel dates in order to enter the country. Find information related to international travel and applying for passports or visas.  

>> Government Passport and Visa Information

>> Apply for Passport

>> Lost or Stolen Passport

>> Travel Advisories

>> Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Find the latest passenger screening processes and procedures including prohibited items allowed in carry-on baggage. Access important information and resources for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.

>> TSA Security Screening

>> Travel Checklist for Airport Security

>> Global Entry

>> TSA Pre✓

You may be interested in some planning tips and inspiration for Europe, download your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Europe for Military Families or a River Cruise Comparison chart.