JUST A QUICK REMINDER for those of you who may not travel with us a regularly as others: We have been using our new pickup location in West Covina now for 3 months, and we love it! There is plenty of parking space and it is freeway accessible. Our special thanks to the West Covina Senior Center, located on Cortez Street at the corner of Citrus Avenue (south of I-10 Fwy.).
WE ARE DEFINITELY IN THE “Dog Days of Summer”, so, happy September to all . . . cooler days are ahead!!! We’ve had a lot of wonderful summer tours: Zion National Park Weekend and a 2nd 5-Day Amtrak Getaway Tour, both in late June, followed by a FANTASTIC Yellowstone National Park/Mt. Rushmore Tour in early July (if you haven’t done it already, you must join us next year!). And our late July Mammoth Mountain Cooler went just great as well: clear skies, cool weather and lots to see and do. Robert takes some wonderful photos of all our tours and posts them to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/traveltimetours1976).
NEW FOR 2020: Be sure to check out a couple of new destinations TTT has scheduled for next year: Mexico's Copper Canyon has returned (March), Grand Canyon National Park will also be returning next year (May), Boston/Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard is new for 2020 (late May) PLUS, how about The Very Best Cities of Italy in late July and a fully escorted from Los Angeles London/Paris Getaway already scheduled for early September next year???
PACKING & TRAVEL TIPS: An interesting fact, the traditional one-or-2-week vacation is a thing of the past. Yes, only 57% of Americans have taken vacations of 4 nights or less in the past year. The younger you are , the likelier you are to take a short vacation. So, let’s hear it for the “over-50” crowd who still know how to have fun . . . . and have the time to make it happen! Some of the reasons for the shorter vacations range from a deficit of vacation time, to the feeling that taking a long vacation creates a backlog of work when they return home (think, Ralph).
WE LOVE LETTERS: We received a nice note about our May Grand Alaska Land Tour from Sara R. of Ontario, “…the Alaska trip was wonderful!”, and from Valerie F-V of Azusa on the Zion National Park Tour, “Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed last weekend’s trip to Zion. As usual, Jean was an excellent tour guide! Our lodging was great and an Elvis contest, too! We enjoyed Robert, too, on this trip!” Kerry W. of San Gabriel, upon returning from our Yellowstone/Mt. Rushmore Tour, writes, “...We really enjoyed the trip and all the sights we saw. Thanks to you, Jean and the entire staff of Travel Time Tours for their efforts in putting on this scenic, enjoyable trip.” A special “thank you” to all of our loyal travelers, and thanks to all those who wrote.
BUSINESS NOTES: Don’t mean to be a nag (!) . . . . but we are still noticing suitcases at the pick-up points without any identification. Please put your name and telephone number on every bag, even the ones you bring with you on the bus. It’s for your protection. Thank you. And another reminder: If you have an “issue” the night before or the morning of the tour, kindly call or text your escort (and NOT our office, please). Escort’s number is always listed on your itinerary. And speaking of times changing, we were recently notified that ALL the National Parks have increased their entry fees starting this Fall. Travel Time is trying to absorb most of the increase without affecting our travelers. How ugly is it? Yosemite, for example, what used to be a flat $300 entry per bus in now a $20.00 per person ($20.00 X 50 passengers = $1000. per bus). OUCH!!!