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Kate Approved: Strategy

November 30th, 2017

I miss those “freewheeling” “let’s just see what happens” kind of trips.  The ones where you start out the day just seeing where it goes – you may have done that kind of trip at one time.  I did.  But not anymore; I need a travel strategy.  Actually I need a life strategy but here Continue Reading

Kate Approved: Acceptance

November 9th, 2017

Two places in the world that have always captured my attention:  The Blarney Stone and the Taj Mahal.  Yeah, I know pretty disparate interests but these are my places.  Everybody gets to have their own places and these are mine. In my life, I’ve been pretty lucky to see both of these places.  My way Continue Reading

Kate Approved: Group Land Travel

November 1st, 2017

In almost any place you want to visit there is an escorted group going to that place. Will traveling with an escorted group work for you?  Just as with independent travel, there are lots of variables to group travel but here are some Pros and Cons. Group Pros:  efficient way to see a destination; points Continue Reading

Kate Approved: Independent Land Travel

October 25th, 2017

Travel can be land, air and sea.  Lots of other subdivisions but for right now I’m talking about land travel.  For the moment, let’s set aside the trip you make to Aunt Minnie’s for the family reunion and focus on the trip you’ve wanted to take for years to the place you have never been.  Continue Reading

Kate Approved: Traveling with a Partner

October 19th, 2017

When you acknowledge that you have some “issues” in mobility, hearing, medical or just getting older, I strongly suggest you travel with another person.  In my case, I am fortunate to a have a great husband who is most often my traveling partner.  But I have traveled with a sibling, colleague or friend, someone who Continue Reading

Kate Approved: I Made a Mistake…

September 14th, 2017

Yep, even a travel professional can make a mistake and this was truly my mistake. On our last cruise vacation, we arrived in Miami this night before the cruise departed.  So far, so good.  It was an early evening flight, so we didn’t arrive at the hotel until almost 9 PM and this was the Continue Reading

Good Wheelchairs, Bad Wheelchairs

August 28th, 2017

All airport wheelchair services are not created equal.  Many airports subcontract their wheelchair services to outside companies.  Some airports have the major carriers provide the wheelchair services at their gates.  For instance, Paris subcontracts service; Montreal does not. After six wonderful days in Paris, we encountered the worst wheelchair service in 20 years of travel.  Continue Reading

Kate Approved: Making Travel Easier on Yourself

August 16th, 2017

Can you hear it now, “I don’t need a wheelchair at the airport”.  No, I’m sure you’d rather be exhausted when you arrive at the gate; worry about find the connecting gate and getting there in time.  It’s hard admitting you can’t do what you used to do.  Using a wheelchair in an airport can Continue Reading

Kate Approved: Where do you want to travel next

August 7th, 2017

First, here come the excuses; you are too old, you have a mobility issue, and you don’t have the flexibility you used to have with food or time change?  Pick one or all of the above for an answer. Now, some advice:  it’s time to get moving and do the things you’ve always wanted to Continue Reading

I’ve always wanted to do this!

April 25th, 2016

Do what?  Organize a Women Only trip and what a great place to do a Women Only – PARIS!  The itinerary takes into account that this a trip for First-Time Visitors as well as Repeat Visitors.  Take a look at the itinerary and let me know if this is the trip for you. Paris – Continue Reading

Rachel Kohl Library Outlander Tour, Sept. 23 – Oct. 1, 2016

January 18th, 2016

Rachel Kohl Library, Concord Township, Delaware Co, PA and Kate DeLosso Travel are working together on an Outlander tour to Scotland, September 23 – October 1, 2016.  The tour itinerary based on the popular series of novels, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon will begin and end in Edinburgh.  For complete details including price and day-by day Continue Reading

Tips for Handling Money Overseas

November 23rd, 2015

I get questions about handling money overseas all the time.  So when I saw this great article by Larissa and Michael Milne, I wanted to share with everyone. Bring about $500 in cash with you for emergencies or as backup for those times when you don’t have access to an ATM or local currency. Split Continue Reading

Air China Adds Flights Beijing to Newark

October 30th, 2015

Starting October 26, 2015, Air China will add more flight to its Beijing – USA schedule.  Non-stop flights from Newark to Beijing will operate Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on Boeing 777-300 Jets.  Air China operates two non-stop flights from New York’s JFK airport to Beijing.  By the end of 2015, Air China will operate Continue Reading

Why Thailand is the Perfect Honeymoon Destination.

March 12th, 2015

Since my days as a retail travel agent, I’ve touted Thailand as the perfect honeymoon destination. Time and again, engaged couples would sit at my desk looking for something beyond your typical Caribbean honeymoon. “How about Thailand?” I’d say,”It has everything.” And it does. The variety of experiences available in Thailand is impressive, from the Continue Reading

A China Experience

January 25th, 2015

For me, there are two important ingredients to arranging travel to China:  (1) current knowledge of the destination and (2) reliability of the tour operator in country.  Everything in China is changing so fast.  From which airlines services which destinations, new hotels, new fast trains, new sightseeing venues, it can be difficult to keep up Continue Reading

China Travel News October 2014

September 26th, 2014

China Plans to Expand Visa-Free Policy  The Chinese government is considering further expanding its 72-hour visa-free policy to additional areas throughout China, as well as continuing its efforts in expediting visa processing to other areas of China. A 72-hour visa-free policy is currently in place for travelers from the United States, Canada and 49 other Continue Reading

Tokyo Just Got Easier to Visit!

May 29th, 2014

Using the Tokyo Subway Navigation and the unlimited Tokyo subway ticket for foreign tourists is an expensive way to get around Tokyo on your own.  For more info click on the links below.  The Tokyo Metro Starts a Free App “Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourist” Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists enables travelers to use the Continue Reading

Cruising Asia with Azamara Club Cruises

April 10th, 2014

After returning from an amazing voyage on the Azamara Quest recently, I wanted to let everyone know about this truly incredible cruise line. Arriving in Asia, imagine boarding your Azamara home away from home to being a relaxing cruise.   There are several countries with long stretches of coastlines that make the idea of cruising in Continue Reading

Treasures from Korea

November 22nd, 2013

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 Philadelphia Museum of Art March 2 – May 26, 2014 The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the new year will bring a rare and exciting opportunity for American audiences to see some of Korea’s finest artistic masterpieces of the celebrated Joseon Continue Reading

More on Finding the Right Travel Agent

November 8th, 2013

Questions a travel agent should ask you. The agent should ask you a lot of questions; just to be sure you’re on the same page. Communication is key.  In that conversation, you should share this information and be as specific as possible: Ages and preferences of your party Financial commitment for the trip Primary goal. Continue Reading

I’ve never used a travel agent …

November 2nd, 2013

In the past few months I’ve heard from a number of people who said they have never worked with a travel agent.  So the next few blog entries will be devoted to Travel Basics such as Finding a travel agent, questions a travel agent should ask you, when to use a travel agent and the value of Continue Reading

Orphanage Visits in Guangdong Province, China

October 31st, 2013

Adoptive families returning to China with their older adopted children believe that a visit to their child’s orphanage is an integral part of their trip.  Often the families did not get a chance to visit the orphanage on the first visit to China to pick up their child. While being given permission to visit an Continue Reading

Escorted Tours to China

July 27th, 2013

If you are one of those travelers who insist on traveling in a group to a foreign destination, one of the best tours companies offering escorted tours to China has to be Wendy Wu Tours.  Wendy Wu Tours has been in business a number of years but has offered tours to US clients for only Continue Reading

Culinary Tour of China

April 12th, 2013

Major tour operators are getting into the Culinary Tourism business.  This came across my email recently from a well-known tour operator and provides an interesting overview of Chinese cuisine.   Not for the true foodie or professional cook, but good for beginners who want to add an culinary aspect to their tour of China. Culinary Tour is Continue Reading

Free! Free! If it seems to good to be true …

February 18th, 2013

We’ve all heard that warning and in this case I’m referring to two different travel companies that are offering “Kids Travel Free” for Motherland or Heritage Tours to China.  Specifically the “free” means one adopted child in the family travels for free on the China itinerary when traveling with two adults sharing one room. This Continue Reading

New: Beijing Now Has A 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay Policy

January 31st, 2013

As of January 2013, an American traveler can now stay in Beijing without a visa.  China’s intention is to make Beijing more accessible to travelers who are stopping in Beijing for a few hours.  Actually, this new visa-free rule allows a traveler to stay in Beijing for up to 72 hours.  The Beijing Capital International Continue Reading

The BIG Question: Cost of a Motherland or Birth Country Tour

January 3rd, 2013

After people make the decision to go on a Motherland or Birth Country Tour, the next question is always:  What is this going to cost me? An INDEPENDENT tour of China and Korea will end up costing about the same per day per traveler.  In China, hotel accommodations and English-speaking guides can be reasonable, there Continue Reading

The HOW of a Motherland or Birth Country Tour

December 28th, 2012

The when, what and where have been discussed, so now we move onto the HOW. A Motherland or Birth Country Tour can be one of the most important trips of your life.  This is so much more than getting on the internet and making some reservations.  Carefully consider your travel options and keep in mind Continue Reading

The WHERE of a Motherland Tour

December 19th, 2012

Before you decide WHERE you want to go on your own Motherland Tour, think about the amount of time you want to spend traveling.  I refer to this as a “feet on the ground” itinerary planning.  Taking into account the amount of time it takes to get to your destination and return, you can lose Continue Reading

WHEN to take a Motherland Tour

November 29th, 2012

WHEN the “best” time to take a Motherland Tour is  really two separate issues:  what age and what time of year. Age is really an individual decision.  For younger adoptees, my suggestion is 8 yrs. and older.  By 8 years, an adoptee should be able to handle international travel, understanding what it is they are Continue Reading

What is a Motherland Tour?

November 14th, 2012

Motherland tours, birth country tours, homeland tours, no matter what the name, refers to a tour for adoptees that were born outside the US and adopted by American family to return to the country in which they were born. South Korea has one of the oldest international adoption programs and adoptees can range from young Continue Reading

Peking Duck in Beijing

October 23rd, 2012

Imagine my delight when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published an article about “Beijing’s Most Exquisite Peking Duck” and listed my own favorite and touristy Quanjude Peking Duck Restaurant.  My very first Peking Duck in Beijing was at Quanjude and each time I return to Beijing, I insist on revisiting Quanjude.  It certainly is Continue Reading

China, Korea, Japan Travel News

October 11th, 2012

JAPAN OK, you’ve done the one day tour of Tokyo but Tokyo is so much more than a guided tour.  Here are some experiences you can have in Tokyo exploring on your own without spending a lot of money.  For foodies, the Tsukiji Fish Market is a must.  Here is further information: Tsukiji Fish Day Continue Reading

What’s on your Bucket List?

September 17th, 2012

What’s a Bucket List and does everyone have one?   Haven’t you said to yourself at one time, “I’ve always wanted to do that/go there/see that”.  Well, those are the things that make up a Bucket List.  Everyone’s list is different influenced by the life you’ve led but in my opinion, a Bucket List makes life Continue Reading