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Category: Passionate Travel

MAD About Everything–In All the Best Ways

Unlike many designers and architects, Timothy Jung, the creator of MAD Designer Stage, does not have a fixed style and direction in design. As Jung says, “There’s nothing new in this world. To me, the most important thing, is how to use different inspirations, styles, collective unconsciousness, emotions, materials and knowledge from others to weave an unprecedented new tapestry. It is about making irrelevant objects, artifacts, decors coexist in a spatial space in harmony, transcending norms, trend and fashion. We don’t like expected answers! We learn through observations and first-hand experiences with no hypothesis to start with, because they...

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Summer “Pet-iquette”

Written by Randi Winter, Edited by Christine Sallas Summer means travel for most families, by air, land, or sea. The least stressful vacations are usually the ones where you have all aspects covered for each of the passengers. Many families have four-legged pets that may have never travelled farther than the grocery store or family cottage. Once you are outside of your own home, there is a whole list of other criteria to consider. Of course, all the same precautions and preparations apply if you are moving long distances. Just ask Luxe Beat Magazine Publisher, Sherrie Wilkolaski, who picked...

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Travel Cancellation Penalties: Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to cancelling or changing airline, hotel or cruise bookings that have any kind of cancellation penalty, you need to know some critically important realities. Nothing New Under the Sun  When it comes to excuses, there is nothing new under the sun. There is not a story, excuse or scenario that the airline or hotel has not heard before…especially the death in the family; dog ate my confirmation; lost my job; my phone died; I thought I cancelled this in time–or I just broke up or divorced. Different employees have different levels of authority to waive, reduce or cancel penalties. You...

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Were you Booked or Planning a Cruise or Educational Tour Including Cuba?

CUBA a NO-GO for American Flagged or Owned Cruise Lines and Tour Companies As of June 4th, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced ending people-to-people travel to Cuba, and also the end to cruise travel for US citizens, and US owned tour companies and cruise lines. In a published statement to the U.S. Department of State website, a spokesperson wrote that along with the elimination of people-to-people trips “United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft.” That will effectively...

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Meditation on a Virgin-Richard Branson Style

People often ask me how can I fly and not get jetlagged and stressed? While I cannot always control the plane or what happens when my luggage is placed on the conveyor belt, I can take charge and prepare mentally and physically for the flight. I try not to dwell on what kind of adventures my luggage may have while separated from me. My last few flights included: my luggage never leaving my home airport; or, it arrives, but with a smashed-in side that barely holds the clothes in the bag; or, it falls off the plane conveyor and...

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