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Top 5 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been a favorite of ours, whether as a beginning to a river cruise, or a destination before a multi-country European tour.  And it is delightful year-round, whether in the spring when the tulips are in bloom or the famous Christmas markets.

It’s no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, we’ve decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you’re in Amsterdam.

Activities, Amsterdam, Europe

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Arizona Highways

In the year of COVID-19, the open road beckoned when at last I could no longer stay inside.  And the perfect road trip for quiet miles of nearly empty roads is Arizona.  When I was growing up my parents had a subscription to the magazine Arizona Highways, and I could spend hours looking at the gorgeous photos of canyons, cactus, deserts, mountains and enormous skies.  No wonder that Arizona beckoned!

Bill and I decided to take a few days in July to continue our travel on the famous Mother Road  – Route 66.  In the past we’ve also spent time traveling on the historic US Highway 89 known as the Highway of National Parks, traversing from the Mexico border to the Canadian border.

Arizona, Canyon Ranch, Flagstaff, Road trips, Route 66, Scottsdale, Sedona, Tucson

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To Fly Or Not To Fly

When the pandemic started, most people cancelled their travel plans and did not want to travel by plane.  As summer approached, Paul and I were trying to decide if we would make our annual summer trip to Bay View, Michigan, I have never missed a summer there in my life.  And when the airlines came out with the policy of waiving penalties for any changes, we thought, what the heck, we will plan and see what happens next.  Fast forward to July, with our travel dates approaching and the worsening of the pandemic, we were questioned by friends and family, are you really going to fly?   I had been following the industry announcements and webinars with great interest and was confident that if the proper protocols were in place, we would be safe flying.  So, on July 17th, we boarded our flight to Chicago armed with masks, face shields, wipes, and hand sanitizer.

 

covid, safety, travel tips

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Beautiful Places Aboard Rocky Mountaineer

I had the privilege of taking my parents – at the time both in their early 80’s – for their last vacation together aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.  And I’ll never forget my father standing overlooking Banff and commenting, “I believe this is the most beautiful place on earth.”  My Dad was a world traveler as an Air Force officer and he and my mother had enjoyed several fantastic journeys together to Europe, Hawaii and Alaska.  He was also a quiet man, so this was high praise coming from him!

Banff, Canada, Lake Louise, Luxury Train, Rocky Mountaineer

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

At Bay World Travel, our highest priority is the safety and well being of our travelers. As we continue to see COVID-19 (Coronavirus) all over the news, we’ve been working to compile the most reliable information from local, state and national governments, as well as from travel industry sources. We understand that every traveler has a unique set of circumstances and your own individual risk tolerance when it comes to making a travel decision. We hope to provide as much information as possible so we can help you make the best decision that you’re most comfortable with regarding your trip. Please keep in mind that much of this information is changing daily and we’ll continue monitoring any announcements and provide general updates on this page as frequently as we can. Here is list of travel specific resources and guidelines that we’ve been using to stay up to date:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

State Department Travel Advisories

Travel Insured International