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Resort Spas offer more than massages and body treatments

Your resort (or substitute cruise ship or hotel) most often will have a spa on site.

While most people associate a spa with massages, facials and body treatments designed to relax, detoxify and turn you into a noodle, what services are you booking?they also offer simpler services like manicures, pedicures … and hair salons.

Consider that night that you’ve booked the specialty restaurant for the romantic Italian dinner. You know the wine will be divine, the lighting will be relaxed and the ambiance will be romantic. You have that classic “little black dress” you bought just for such a night, why not make a spa booking for the afternoon and spend an hour getting your hair and nails done?

Don’t you think the pampering and the little added touches will add those little nuances to help frame the night and celebrate you as the center of attention? We know it will!

~ GG Staff

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Accessible rooms on a cruise ship are HUGE

If you are traveling with older parents or with a family member who has some mobility challenges, that little extra space comes in handy in the room and bathroom. Especially on a cruise ship where the rooms are super tiny to begin with, this makes a huge difference.

large accessible stateroomsOn a recent cruise with our family and my parents, dad needed a motorized scooter to get around after some knee surgery [Note: we pre-booked the motorized scooter to be ready in his stateroom as he arrived powered and good to go]. We asked about and received one of their accessible rooms. It was massive – at least double our upper deck staterooms with a wider door to get the wheelchair/scooter in and out, the room was massive with an extra couch and the bathroom had handles and supports that helped without a lip on a triple-sized walk-in shower (compared to standard cruise shower). We were jealous! Now, the room was on Deck 3 where the embarkation and debarkation happened for easier on and off access – so no balcony option. But for the added space and compfort the room offered, mom and dad were very happy.

Those extra amenities offered in the super-large accessible rooms made getting around the room easier and safer.

~ GG Staff

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Portable Chargers for your devices

Why is it that your phone battery (or tablet, or laptop) never lasts as long as you need it?

You’d think with all the technological advances of the 21st century and with electric cars needing to get from point A to point B that they’d be able to make a phone battery that lasts more than 6 hours. I’m sure a few billion people would shell out an extra $50 for a phone battery that lasts a week!

In the meantime, Portable Chargers (also called power banks or mobile battery packs) are the solution and there’s a plethora of options. Which is the right one for you?

  • Consider your battery needs? How many recharges do you need before you get back home to charge the device(s) fully.
  • Anker Portable ChargerConsider how much power in the backup to buy? Measured in mAh (milliamp-hours – 2000 mAh to 20,000+ mAh)
  • Consider the speed of the charge – measured in W (Watts – 5W to 24 W) with the higher being quick-charge capabilities.
  • Consider how many USB connections and the size of the device.

Note a few charging specs for 1 charge:

  • A typical iPhone 8 battery capacity is 1820mAh (the iPhone 8plus about 2675 mAh)
  • An iPad capacity requires about 8000 mAh to charge
  • An Android Galaxy s10 battery capacity is 4100 mAh, Android tablets around 8000 mAh

Our solution for travel – We purchased the Anker PowerCore Portable Charger (20100mAh) with Dual USB ports and fast-charge capabilities. With us each having a phone and tablets and sometimes a long flight or disconnected destination, this was our solution to keep us powered as we needed the boost. Very well-priced on Amazon for its capacity and Anker’s high rating with PCmag, it has been our go-to charging solution for a few trips now and lasted very well.

Until the manufacturers invest in proper battery solutions for our devices, these portable chargers will become our fall-back to keep us powered.

~ GG Staff

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Flights - Arranging Group Seats Together - don't take the chance!

  • Do you fly solo, as a couple or as a large group sometimes?
  • How important is it to sit together?

To some travelers, seat choice is a major factor for comfort and efficiency (window, aisle, front of the plane or back). With the lowest economy fares for many airlines removing the seat choice option, seat selection is costing more and prioritized to the passengers who opt in for the higher seat rates.

is it important to sit together?Especially when you travel with a group (like our family of 11 traveling down to a family cruise), sitting together was part of the experience with excited conversations continuing. In this case we opted for the extra fees and called the airline early to coordinate seating by couple and within a batch of 4 rows together. To have everyone split up and disconnected wasn’t an option in the group experience we wanted to have.

For solo travelers, couples or groups where it’s not as critical to sit together, the best advice we have is:

  • Once seats are booked and ticketed, after a day or two go to the airlines “manage my flight” web page, log in with your name and flight reference number and see if better seating is available to get that window seat or behind the wing option.
  • “check in” as early as your airline allows to choose from the best remaining seats available.
  • As you are checking your luggage the day of your flight, ask the check in desk if there are upgrade or “better” seat options to get the seat you want.

~ GG Staff

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Book that Excursion in Advance for the "Must Do's" - Like that Vintage Convertible Tour in Cuba

GoGirlfriend loves to travel, and we travel with a purpose or destination in mind – often with the aim to satisfy a bucket-list item! When we know a destination has so many “A” options (THE bucket list item) and so many “B” options, we never scrimp on the “A’s”. That excursion or experience is booked well in advance and confirmed as soon as we know the details of the trip are locked and loaded. There may be many chances to still get our “A” choice once we arrive, but as important as it is, we feel it’s best not left to chance.

1958 Pontiac Chieftain in HavanaOn a recent Havana trip with our parents, Dad had always wanted to tour Cuba in a vintage convertible (in this case we booked a 1958 Pontiac Chieftain with Old Car Tours). Upon arriving in Havana, there were vintage cars for rent everywhere that we could have booked. But in reading reviews on the car companies and that we wanted an English speaking guide and an extra hour added to tour the Romeo y Julietta cigar factory, we are very happy we booked in advance with Old Car Tours. We had a spectacular vintage convertible with a really great driver and guide (Carlos and Nacho) - and had a spectacular adventure without the stress of waiting til our arrival in Havana – and saved some money as we compared against the cars available for rent on the spot.

Win, Win, bucket list item checked off!!

~ GG Staff

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Travel Power Adapters - add the USB ports and 3-prong for laptops

We all like our gadgets – phones, tablets, fitness watches, ereaders, and often need our laptops for that infrequent business check-in. Stay powered and ready-to-go with a simply travel adapter solution.

Traveling outside your home country may offer a few challenges to maintain the power in these devices if you are not aware of these few simple points:

  • Power outlets are most often different when traveling abroad with 110-120V outlets in some countries and 220V outlets and higher in others.
  • Some power adapters simply adapt from your new visiting country to your home company without converting the power strength (220V down to 110V) – this can cause some devices a power short.
  • Travel Power adapterMake sure your adapter steps down the voltage (220V to 110V) as well as converts the plugs to your home standard.
  • Note many laptop power blocks state they adapt to 110V or 220V through the laptops native power pack – check all device specs before making an assumption.

Our solution - We love the Universal Travel Adapters that adapt to many international power outlets, act as a power step-down device (from 220V to 110V) so your equipment stays safe … and has 4 USB ports for ereaders, tablets and phones … often with a bonus USB-C port. These are available at your local electronics store or easily on amazon and will guarantee your electronics up-time when you need to read at the beach!

~ GG Staff

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Wheelchair Assistance while Traveling

For travelers with mobility restrictions, the thought of navigating through a large airport without a wheelchair seems a daunting step. And taking a flight with a wheelchair equally stressful. Most airlines are happy to accommodate and make as stress-free as possible your experience.

  • traveling with mobility restrictionsCalling ahead to your airline to inform them of a mobility need allows them to factor that into your service experience.
  • Make sure you mention the mobility need and whether a seat with extra leg room is required.
  • Meet the airline team at the check-in station where they can have a wheelchair and attendant available to assist you through security and to the boarding area of your flight.
  • Security becomes a breeze as they guide you through an accelerated process for you and family traveling with you.
  • Often priority boarding allows you more time to get on the plane and seated.
  • Upon landing, a wheelchair and attendant is waiting at the gate to escort you through arrival to the baggage area and to your transportation.
  • Shipping of your personal mobility devices (walkers, wheelchairs and other needs) is free by most airlines.

With customer service geared to make your experience as smooth as possible, most airlines have stepped up very well to assist and accommodate passengers when they know the needs to support them. 

~ GG Staff

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