One Year Back! And WOW, What a Year…

We are here for you - the world awaits

As you’ve heard and thought numerous times, who would have thought that we would have had the year we’ve all experienced when this all started back in March 2020?! But we are so happy to have weathered the storm and come out strong on the other side.

While we just celebrated our 47th year in business, it is now one year back in person in our offices, and we could not be more excited!

Travel is returning:

  • All-inclusive resorts are open and guests are having amazing experiences. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation where everything is ready and waiting for you, than check out the opportunities we have with Apple Vacations.
  • River cruises are sailing across Europe. What an amazing way to experience the world, having it pass by right out your window! We have many partners, destinations and itineraries for river cruising that are sure to spark interest.
  • Cruise ships will soon be sailing the open seas again! We have all been waiting anxiously for the opportunity to cruise again. Our cruise partners have been working diligently to ensure you have the best and safest experience that you have ever had. The world awaits, with cruising opportunities in the Caribbean,  Bermuda, Europe, the Mediterranean, Hawaii and Alaska. Talk to us about planning your next cruise today.
  • Amusements such as Disney, Universal, and all the fun of central Florida have been welcoming visitors for many months now, and our clients are coming back happy and ready to go back again.  Whether you travel on your own, or opt to use our exclusive Orlando Charter program, Florida fun awaits.
  • Touring new places – be it here in the U.S. or anywhere across the globe – is one of the best ways to learn and experience new cultures and the abundant history of our expansive world.  So go ahead and explore. With destinations from Hawaii and Alaska to Maine or as far off as Africa, Australia and Asia, we can help you plan the trip of your dreams.

We have been here for you throughout this difficult time, we are here for you now, and will be here well into the future. Our team of experienced travel experts are ready to help you plan your next adventure – simply stop in to any office located conveniently in your local Boscov’s. Not ready to meet in person? We understand, and are happy to assist via phone or email. Either way, we pride ourselves on personalized care and attention to detail that you cannot get with trying to coordinate a vacation on your own online. Now more than ever, the knowledge and support of a professional travel advisor can make or break your vacation experience. Welcome Back to Travel!

Best Destinations for SOLO Travelers of All Ages

People say traveling alone can really make a person grow. That all is great and sounds fun, but right away a fear sets in for me because I’m going to be alone! Is it safe to travel alone? Who will I talk to? All these questions run through my head. But so do the thoughts of “I can do whatever I want, when I want!” It gets me thinking what places are great to travel to if you are a solo traveler. This blog maps out what we think are the best places and best types of travel for people when traveling alone.

So, let’s get into what places we think are great destinations for you to travel to if you’re wanting a solo trip.

Iceland – This is on the top of our list and a bucket list destination. Iceland has a very low rate of crime, and is also considered one of the safest places to visit in the world! They have a strong sense of community and really look out for one another, even visitors. With the best scenic views around and voted #1 on the Global Peace Index you will feel confident to travel solo here.

Iceland
Iceland

Portugal – Portugal is another great country to visit, and is becoming a popular travel destination because of its beautiful scenery. We like to call this the hidden gem of Europe because you get the scenic views, the beaches, the historical monuments, and so much more but for some reason, people never make this a first choice to visit which keeps the tourist population low. Portugal is actually ranked as the 3rd safest country in the world. What is better than feeling safe while looking at picturesque views?

Portugal
Portugal

Canada – It’s fairly common to have solo travelers in Canada actually! Easy to navigate and friendly citizens you cannot go wrong in this scenic country. Canadians are known to be extremely nice and amazing people and are always willing to give tips to tourists. If you’re a fan of nature and a fan of solo travel, this is the country for you!

Canada
Canada

Cruising – Cruises are nice in the sense that you can do whatever you’re comfortable with. If you feel most comfortable sitting by the pool, so be it! If you want to hit the casino, go ahead! Also, when you get to ports you can decide to get off and explore or not. Even then, there so many group excursions through the cruise lines, you have the option to stay with people that are part of the cruise. Another great thing about cruises? That all-inclusive price!

Cruising
Cruising

Hawaii – When you think of Hawaii you just think of relaxation and that’s exactly what it is! Big things to do in Hawaii are hiking and snorkeling but we do not suggest doing this alone. Don’t worry though! If Hawaii is on your bucket list, think about joining a group tour, so you are not completely alone.  Another reason this is a great place to travel to? You feel like you left the country but you do not need a passport to visit the beautiful islands of Hawaii! Speaking of islands, when traveling alone everything is up to you! So, here’s a tip — try island hopping to visit different Islands and experience different things. Again, with this safe destination you would be able to achieve this and feel comfortable.

Hawaii
Hawaii

At the end of the day, trust your gut but we think you would enjoy these places solo! Obviously when you travel you want to make sure you are safe because no matter how safe you feel, you should always be aware of your surroundings. You are in unfamiliar territory all by yourself.  Just remember when traveling, you should spend the time and research the area before you go, and keep always in touch with family and friends. Best of all, ENJOY your vacation!

Is it time to plan your SOLO trip? Visit our destinations page to start planning!

Favorite Destinations – According to our Experts

As we begin to see light at the end of this pandemic tunnel we have all been in, we thought it would be fun to share some our Boscov’s Travel Advisors’ favorite destinations. We hope some of these spots and best things to see and do will give you ideas for your first “out of the pandemic” vacation plans.

Danube River Cruise

Of all the places in the world, actually 2 of our advisors – Amy Bressler of our Camp Hill office and Kelly Burton from the Neshaminy office – selected an AmaWaterways river cruise from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. Amy loved how up close and personal you stayed when cruising the river, and Kelly enjoyed the varied shore excursion options at each port town. From biking along the river, hiking up to a medieval castle or sampling wines at local vineyards, it was a beautiful trip. While they did not travel together, they both have a common favorite part – touring Salzburg, Austria! As fans of “Sound of Music”, seeing many of the filming sights was a bucket-list experience.

Wachau Valley Austria: Durnstein Castle
Wachau Valley Austria: Durnstein Castle
Salzburg, Austria: Sound of Music Von Trapp family home
Salzburg, Austria: Sound of Music Von Trapp family home

Exotic Tanzania Tour

Sue Blum of our Reading-East office has logged 16 trips to the African continent, so her choice is no surprise. After befriending and entrusting one of her guides from earlier trips, he hosted her in a very remote, authentic safari camp in southern Tanzania. She experienced hippos, crocodiles, zebras, antelopes, right by the camp that was set up amongst huge palm trees on a ridge overlooking the savannah. While remote, accommodations had every luxury in mind – private tents with mesh screening, comfortable bedding, canvas washstand areas, bucket showers and beautiful lantern-lit paths to the common dining area for cold beverages and gourmet foods. Time out in the savannah got her up close to lions and ostrich families, and experiencing the Great Migration of the Wildebeest herds. Truly a sight to see.

Tanzania, Africa: The Great Migration
Tanzania, Africa: The Great Migration

Bermuda Cruise

If you like sand and sun, then Erica Putt of our Lancaster office recommends a Bermuda cruise. The cruise is so relaxing, and once in port, there are so many activities for every interest. She mostly enjoys getting a transportation pass and exploring the island. Immersing yourself in the culture through history and cuisine is wonderful, and the locals are so friendly and happy to have you visit their beautiful island.

Bermuda: Horseshoe Bay
Bermuda: Horseshoe Bay

Banff National Park – Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada

When you’re headed into the Canadian Rockies, be sure to visit Banff National Park and treat yourself to a stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. According to Michelle Tymon in our Easton office, the sunrise canoe excursion on Lake Louise is well worth the early hour. And she is NOT a morning person! The colors are spectacular, and the rhythmic sound of the paddle cutting through the water make you instantly relax and immerse yourself in the awesome and majestic views. Once you’ve worked up an appetite paddling, you can enjoy an amazing breakfast at the Fairview Bar & Restaurant. The service and hospitality at the Fairmont Lake Louise will not disappoint.

Banff, Alberta, Canada: Canoes on Lake Louise
Banff, Alberta, Canada: Canoes on Lake Louise

Newport, Rhode Island

Not every getaway needs to be far away. Just ask Larissa Hayward of our Easton office. She fell in love with Newport, Rhode Island, with its lovely beaches, stunning architecture and great shopping and dining. If you love historical architecture, be sure to tour some of the “summer cottages” aka mansions like the Breakers and the Marble House. Her favorite was the Doris Duke Rough Point Mansion, which showcased the dedicated patron of the arts love for the finer things. Rough Point is filled with a truly unique collection of artwork and fine décor. You can get great views of these cottages from a leisurely stroll along the Cliff Walk too.

Newport, Rhode Island: Cliff Walk
Newport, Rhode Island: Cliff Walk

The French Riviera

Paula Heyman of our Moorestown, NJ office likes to say in one place, but still get to experience a number of different areas, and that’s just what she found in the French Riviera. There are so many places close by. She chose Monaco as home base for a single unpacking, but got to see some amazing nearby destinations like Nice, Menton, Eze, La Turbie and St. Tropez in France, as well as San Remo, Italy. It’s just a perfect spot for sight-seeing and as the playground for some of the rich-and-famous, has great people-watching.

France: Port of Monaco
France: Port of Monaco

Aruba

Don’t let this fun-in-the-sun destination fool you. Randy Laub of our Lebanon office says that while Aruba is known for great resorts, superb beaches, friendly people and excellent food and night life, you need to get off the beaten path. Try exploring the battered coast in a Jeep, following the trails made after years of Jeep exploration. But don’t go rogue off the trails…the cliffs can get you! This truly is “One Happy Island!”

Aruba: Island Jeep tours
Aruba: Island Jeep tours

Interlaken, Switzerland

Tracee Eroh of our Selinsgrove office suggests a visit to Switzerland to experience a whole other part of our world. The scenery is gorgeous. One of the best ways to see and do the area is to rent motorized bicycles and ride through the countryside visiting quaint little towns, seeing breathtaking waterfalls. Stop off in Gruyere, home of some of the best cheeses named after this town. More of a traditional swiss cheese fan? Then Emmental is the one for you. Enjoy some of the best cheese fondue you can imagine. Around here cheese is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to do some shopping for some traditional swiss finds like cuckoo clocks, watches and knives.

Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland

Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

If you know Dori, you know she’s always up for an adventure! Her cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean had her trekking to semi-active volcanos, riding a pirate ship around the island, swimming in hot springs, riding mules to the top of Santorini and taking the tram back down, walking through the streets surrounded by white-washed buildings with beautiful blue doors and roofs. The smells of sambuca and olive oil overtake your senses – it’s breathtakingly beautiful. On the other side of the island, she visited Vlichada Beach which is a bit pebbly so bring along some water shoes. Amazing that 15,500 people live on this volcanic caldera. It’s a trip of a lifetime!

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Hawaii

Susie Roth is one of our remote advisors, and recommends a trip to Hawaii to explore all the natural wonders of this island chain. While it seems like an exotic foreign destination, it’s still part of the U.S., making travel easy and safe. There is so much to see and do from adventurous outdoor and nature activities to relaxing resorts with some of the world’s best beaches. Every island is unique and offers something for everyone. You can’t beat the scenery, weather, culture and friendly people. Larissa of Easton also loved Maui, and recommends a road trip to Hana to hike to a waterfall, a drive out to see Kahakuloa Head in western Maui, as well as a bike ride down from Haleakala Crater, with spectacular views of the islands and Pacific Ocean from this highest point in Maui.

Maui, Hawaii: Kahakuloa Head
Maui, Hawaii: Kahakuloa Head

These are just some of the great places you can explore when you are ready to travel again. Our travel advisors have many miles and trips under their belts, and are happy to “talk travel” and inspire your next getaway. Meet our Advisors to learn more about their travel experiences.

The Boscov’s Travel BIG Cruise Sale 2021 is Here!

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Let’s face it – we all miss cruising.  In preparation for the waters to re-open and cruise lines to begin sailing again, we have worked with our cruise partners to get you some of the best offers available. There is no better time than now to plan and book your next cruise!

The Boscov’s Travel BIG Cruise Sale offers are valid March 8 – 26, 2021 for booking, with travel through 2022 in many cases. You can book your travel based on the criteria each of our cruise partners have outlined in their offers. These exclusive deals and perks are only available through Boscov’s Travel, and can be bundled and combined with the best national offers, with minimal restrictions.  So go ahead, start planning your future cruise NOW!

Participating Cruise Partner Offers:

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AmaWaterways: Receive $100 in onboard credit per stateroom on select Europe sailings.


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Avalon Waterways: Save $100 per person on select 2021 and 2022 6-nights or more European river cruises.


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Celebrity Cruises: Enjoy $300 onboard credit per cabin for balcony and above on any 2021 and 2022 sailing.


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Holland America Line: Earn up to $150 in onboard credit per cabin on cruises 7-nights or longer.


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MSC Cruises: Receive up to $200 in shipboard credit per cabin when booking any ALL-IN Caribbean Cruise.


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Norwegian Cruise Line: Receive up to $300 in onboard credit per cabin based on category on 5+ night cruises.


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Oceania Cruises: Earn a $250 in shipboard credit for new veranda and above stateroom bookings on all sailings, destinations and ships.


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Royal Caribbean: Receive up to $100 in onboard credit to spend at sea on any sailings, ship or destination.


 

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Protect Your Investment

Travel is a luxury at any cost, so be sure you protect your investment with our extensive plan options. We offer Worldwide Trip Protector and Worldwide Trip Protector Plus plans and you can add this option into your cruise plans and enjoy a $20 Boscov’s gift card when you purchase a protection plan at the time of cruise deposit.


Make Your Plans Today!

For full details on all of these great cruise savings and credits, be sure to visit the 2021 BIG Cruise Sale page. Then, talk with your local cruise specialist and plan the vacation of your dreams. We are excited to help you get back to cruising this year!

Let Your Taste Buds do the Traveling: Dishes Not to Miss in Unique Destinations

We may not be able to travel as we wish right now, but we can imagine…with FOOD! Have fun savoring some of these amazing eats around the world. We chose some fan favorite vacation spots and offered up some of the unique and adventurous dishes not to miss the next time you travel there. Some you may have heard of, but some may be new to you. Bon Appetit!

Italy – What is better than Italian food? Even better, Italian DESSERT! Italy is known to have great unique desserts that stay true to their cuisine. For example, Tiramisu. It’s sweet and has coffee, cocoa and mascarpone in it because, well, Italy…and they can never not have their coffee and sweet desserts.

tiramisu
Tiramisu

France – This may sound like a turn off to some but we promise you it’s a hit! L’Escargot, which are snails. Yes, you read that right. In this delicacy, snails are bathed in butter and cooked with some garlic and parsley. You’ve got to try it.

New Orleans – Of course we always have to pick a place right here in America. Get yourself a Poor Boy when in New Orleans. The Poor Boy or Po’boy is a traditional sandwich which consists usually of fried seafood (shrimp, crawfish, fish, soft shell crab, or oysters) or roast beef. It is served on French bread that has a crisp crust and fluffy center, then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, ketchup, and for real Cajun flavor, hot sauce! Who’s ready to take a trip to New Orleans soon?

Spain – If you really enjoy seafood and meats, this dish is for you. Paella, a traditional dish containing chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, peppers, beans, peas and so much more – this dish is a fan favorite. With lots of spice and lots of color this beautiful dish is well known and a must-try when in Spain.

paella
Paella

Africa Bunny Chow – Don’t worry, it’s not what it sounds like! Bunny chow is a half loaf of bread hollowed out completely and stuffed with spicy curry. You can add whatever meat you like or even make it vegetarian if you choose by adding lentils and beans, and you’re good to go! Don’t let the name get to you, it’s worth a try.

JapanOkonomiyaki, found through most of Japan, is a simple but unique combination you may not ever have considered. This great-tasting dish mixes batter and cabbage together, is flipped in a pan like a pancake, and topped with any number of savory toppings. Its name means “cook to one’s liking” so top it as you wish! In Japan, it’s typically meat, seafood, and cheese.

okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki
Some of dishes above are quite adventurous, so if you like to keep things simple, we haven’t left you out. Here are some basic, simple dishes at each destination. There’s always something for everyone!

ItalyGelato is such a simple and lovable dessert. It is pretty much like ice cream but denser and way smoother than ice cream. It is delicious. And really, who can say no?

gelato
Gelato

FranceBaguettes. Need we say more. Its CARBS! We can thank France for the best loaf of bread to ever exist. A long, thin, loaf known for crispy crust and chewy inside. Usually right in France at a bakery you can get these fresh and warm. Whose mouth is already watering from the thought of this?

baguettes
Baguettes

New Orleans – A popular soup and the official state cuisine is Gumbo, a thick soup that consists of a lot of flavored stock, shellfish or meats, sausage, peppers, celery, and onions. They even have veggie versions if you so choose. Best part is you can make this as spicy as you like. Even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy this yummy goodness, so we say head right to the pelican state to try it!

SpainGazpacho, a pretty basic soup made of blended vegetables, oil, garlic and herbs, but what makes it unique? It’s traditionally served cold. This is an authentic Spanish dish that even the not-so-adventurous eaters will enjoy.

gazpacho
Gazpacho

AfricanCouscous is considered a healthy side dish found in northern African cuisines. It’s very similar to rice in consistency, made of small steamed balls of crushed semolina and served with stews. Definitely a fan favorite if you’re looking for a healthy simple side dish.

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Couscous

Japan – Ever heard of Udon? They are thick, firm and chewy noodles usually served in a simple broth. Sounds like a great quick meal or starter.

Note: This is just a quick snapshot – our opinion only. There are so many exciting tastes to explore. Be sure to take some time on your next adventure and savor something local. Expand your palette as you explore the world. Be sure to ask your Boscov’s Travel Advisor what their favorites are when planning your next journey. Salute!

2021 Orlando Charters are Here

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We are continuing to provide convenient non-stop flights from select local airports in PA to Orlando, Florida so you can visit your favorite parks, attractions and beaches in 2021! With updated safety measures in place, we will be sure to make it as safe as possible for you.

Boscov’s Travel is both an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and Universal Preferred Travel Agency with a wealth of knowledge to customize your travel package any way you like. Come fly aboard a chartered Southwest Airlines 737 jet with us.

What’s included in the Boscov’s Travel charter?

Included in all Boscov’s Travel Orlando Charters:

  • Non-stop air aboard a Southwest Airlines® charter flight between your choice of local airport and Orlando, FL
  • The gift of one complimentary Boscov’s Travel cinch-sac per person

 

Additional Services you can add:

With all the recent changes in Disney travel and available packages, it can be confusing. Talk with your trusted Disney travel expert and they will guide you through all the new processes in place to make the most of your Orlando Charter. You choose your itinerary in Florida. Searching for sunshine and crystal-clear blue waters within the U.S. at one of the famed Gulf Coast beaches or a faster pace at Universal Orlando Resort? Planning for the most magical place on Earth? Enjoy travel arrangements for Magic KingdomEpcotDisney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus Disney’s Water Park options. Your Boscov’s Travel Advisor will customize your package any way you like. Learn more about Walt Disney World

 

Southwest Airlines 737 at the Reading Regional Airport

 

What are the benefits of flying from a local airport?

  • These airports offer less congestion than driving to regional airports, little or no fees for 7-day parking, shorter security lines, and overall, less hassle.

Southwest doesn’t offer reserved seating. Can I be guaranteed to sit with my family?

  • Because of our exclusive partnership with Southwest Airlines, we are able to offer you complimentary reserved seating.

What time are the flights?

  • Flights depart at approximately 8:00AM Sunday morning and return the following Saturday evening.

 

Universal Studios iconic world sculpture

 

What do you charge for Disney tickets? What about Universal Orlando tickets?

We offer competitive pricing for Disney vacations and Universal Orlando theme parks. Rates vary by season and available offers. Talk to an Advisor and request a quote today!

How much is parking at the airport?

  • Parking is free at Reading and Harrisburg airports. There is a nominal fee for parking at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport.

How much do you charge for luggage?

  • Your checked luggage flies free. Each passenger is entitled to one checked bag not to exceed 50 lbs., plus one carry-on bag and one personal item.

I’m ready to book my flight on Boscov’s Travel Exclusive Charter to Orlando!

Great! Visit our locations and hours page for find your closest Boscov’s Travel location to start planning today! Outside of the area? We are happy to assist you online and by phone at 800-755-8020.

11 Tips for Holiday Travel

The holidays are just around the corner. We understand the various travel restrictions and guidelines, but if you are planning to travel, whether by plane, train or automobile 😊 we want to be sure you stay safe. The best way to travel safely is to prepare. 

Tip 1: WASH YOUR HANDS!!

This sounds like an easy one yet it is one of the most effective defenses against germs. And it’s important whether you are traveling or staying home with family. If you cannot wash, use hand sanitizer. If you decide to travel by plane, TSA is now allowing each person to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer. These will need to be scanned separately at the airport since it exceeds the normal 3 ounce liquid limits, so be sure to add in extra time into your security if you plan on bringing it along (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).

Tip 2: Wear a mask – the proper way

We may not like them, but masks are now a staple checklist item whenever you leave the house – keys, wallet, mask. They protect you and those around you. Whether you are staying home or traveling this holiday season, let’s be extra cautious and make sure that mask is worn properly, covering your nose and mouth completely.

Tip 3: Practice social distancing

Another easy one ! Try to remember even though airports, Amtrak and transportation services are doing a great job at keeping people physically distanced, with limited seating, floor markers and reduced capacities, it can’t hurt to do your part. Remember to keep your distance and if you feel people are to close…just do your part and find ways to move yourself apart.

Tip 4: Put your things into a carry-on bag

Odd right, but the less you have to pull out of your pockets and toss into a bin is less things you and others will need to touch. This is a tip from TSA that we really like! Put everything in your carry-on bag (that is allowed) and send it through. That way, no one is touching your things and there is less exposure for your personal items.

Tip 5: Be Kind

This is not a tip as much as a friendly reminder. Travel is stressful enough. Travel during the holidays can double that even without the added stress of a pandemic. Everything is getting cleaned much more and companies are doing a great job at keeping the areas clean and safe for you. Remember to be kind and friendly and thank them for all they are doing to keep you as safe as possible! This one can also extend beyond travel. If staying home and managing your usual shopping, kindness goes a long way.

Tip 6: Use your phone as a boarding pass for contactless access

This might be one you already do, but if not it’s very easy. If you decide to travel this holiday season, be sure to download the app of your airline, and set up your profile. Your boarding pass will be digitally secure and ready to use. Simply scan your pass when needed and no one but you will be touching your boarding pass, making it contactless.

Tip 7: Is your destination within driving distance?

If flying is still not something you are 100% comfortable with, consider driving. That is the best way to stay within a controlled and personal space, and allows for much less contact with other people. Adding extra time for your travel may be just the thing to give you peace of mind.

Tip 8: If you drive, remember GLOVES!

When you stop for gas or at a rest area for a potty break, remember those gloves. They ensure you to have less physical contact especially if you dispose of them right away.

Tip 9: Amtrak

Amtrak is another mode of transportation who has established guidelines and restrictions to make train travel safe. They have done a great job of social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and make things contactless wherever possible.

Tip 10: Expect Delays

It’s the holidays and nothing has changed about that! Snow will be among us and weather conditions will be happening. Except delays and be prepared to be pretty flexible this year. Remember, this is where Tip 5 comes in – Be Kind.

Tip 11: Check State and Country Travel Guidelines

Last but certainly not least, we are recommending if you decide to travel to check your state’s travel policies as well as the policies of the state or country you are visiting. They are changing constantly so make sure to stay up to date with the most accurate information. Your travel advisor can assist you with this detail.

We at Boscov’s Travel wish you and your family and friends a wonderful, stress-free holiday season this year. Take Care, Be Safe, You Got This!

Disney – The New Normal

The newly painted Castle at Magic Kingdom

There is no better way to get information than through first-hand experience. That’s why I’m sharing my experience with you! My July 2020 trip to Walt Disney World in Florida was just weeks after the re-opening. My trip allowed me to experience their “new normal” in all 4 theme parks. Let me start off by saying Disney has done – and will keep doing – a fantastic job to keep everyone safe and feeling secure. Not ONE time did I ever feel uncomfortable or feel I made the wrong decision by going. Below are my tips and opinions on visiting the most magical place on earth in what can only be called the most unusual travel time in the world. First off, the question everyone dying to hear the answer:

Is the heat unbearable with a mask on!?

I’m not going to lie… it was HOT and something I had to get used to. The first day was definitely the slowest and hardest day for us (I went with a group of my closest girlfriends), which we planned on purpose because we knew we would need a lot of breaks. It was an adjustment wearing our mask non-stop in very hot temperatures (the hottest day reached 102 degrees). The saving grace for the day was an hour break at a relaxation station with plenty of water. My suggestion for getting used to wearing a mask all day while in the parks, would be to begin at home. Wear masks even when outside if you haven’t been. Then, pick a park for your first day that you think you can accomplish everything you set out to do in a shorter amount of time. We chose Epcot. This way you will become familiar with wearing a mask while still feeling like you didn’t miss anything. It does take time to get used to the mask, but don’t be discouraged – by day 4, I felt like a pro wearing the mask in the heat!

Tip: Bring a cooling mask and make sure it is cool on your neck or head all day. Also, if you stick your damp mask in a bag and place in resort fridge the night before, it seemed to stay cooler longer.
Animal Kingdom Crowd level
How were the crowds?

The crowd level was so low that it helped with waiting times for each ride and allowed for easy social distancing. If you have experienced Disney parks before, even on low-traffic times, the parks seemed empty comparatively speaking.  The only time I felt I saw a true crowd was right when the parks were opening, as people were lined up for temperature checks… 6-feet apart of course! Once inside, the crowds dispersed and went in any number of directions.

How were the ride/attraction lines?

A true misconception people have from looking at pictures is the lines. For example, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (one of the newest rides) was one of the longest lines I have seen in a while, even pre-pandemic. A cast member recommended we wait it out since in reality, the line seemed longer than it actually was due to 6-feet social distancing. We were so glad we did because at most it took us 20 minutes to get through the line (we rode it twice since it was so empty).

Tip: If you are a true Disney fanatic like I am, I truly feel like this is the best time to go. Less time waiting in lines (if there even WAS a wait, it was approximately 10 to 20 minutes per ride/attraction) freed up time to see and experience a lot more of each park.
Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars Land
How were the Disney Cast Members?

The cast members were nothing short of amazing! They all did a great job making sure everyone was 6-feet apart at all times, that masks were always worn PROPERLY while still managing to bring smiles and true Disney magic to guests’ faces! If someone had their mask under their nose a Disney Cast Member would kindly remind them about the proper way to wear the mask while in Disney. I even overheard someone speaking to a little girl, saying “you’ll need to pull your mask over your nose Princess” and the little girl giggled and did as she was asked.

We know how clean Walt Disney World is on any given day, but what additional cleaning procedures were done?

Because I always viewed Disney as being so clean to begin with, having additional cleaning protocols in place seemed like it would be hard to accomplish. But, as expected, Disney delivered. They would stop the rides for cleaning procedures for guest safety and you would always see cast members out and about cleaning and sanitizing. Additionally, there are sanitation stations in place at almost every corner. I brought so much hand sanitizer with me, but barely used it because of all of the automatic dispensers Disney had in place ALL over the parks and resorts.

New way to see the characters and music in Animal Kingdom!
Did they truly try to make it as close to a contact-less vacation as possible?

We went directly to our room and checked in virtually. At entrances, there was some contact with cast members, but it was done safely and securely. We scanned our own Magic Bands for contact-less entry into the parks. We paid everything virtually through the My Disney Experience app. The menus at the restaurants were either digital or able to be thrown away after each use. The quick-service restaurants all were mobile-order enabled. They wouldn’t let you inside the restaurant until your food was prepared and ready. Once the app told you it was ready, you were allowed in to pick up your food and take a seat. Of course, all dining seating was properly spaced 6-feet away from everyone else.

How was the park-to-resort and resort-to-park transportation?

Transportation was definitely different, but still very efficient for transporting large numbers of guests. The buses were more spread out timing wise, but seemed to have back-up buses in case one was full. It seemed as though they added more buses to each resort to accommodate the limited capacities for proper social distancing. There was one minor hiccup we had in traveling from our resort directly to another resort for a dining reservation, but was resolved timely by a cast member who went above and beyond to get us back to our resort.

Overall, the magic is still there!

I was thrilled with my experience at all the Disney parks and resorts we visited. I hope my experience helps you to understand what a visit to the NEW Disney experience is all about. When you’re ready to get back to the Magic of Disney, we have many options to chose, from individual packages to bundled charter trips. Contact your local Boscov’s Travel Advisor to start planning your next Disney vacation. You’ll be glad you did!

All-Inclusive Resorts Make Vacations Easy

All-inclusive resort with pool and beach
When you consider your next vacation, don’t forget about all-inclusive resorts. No matter how you say it – the works, the whole nine, the full monty, the whole shebang – that’s what you’ll get with an all-inclusive resort. Ask anyone who’s been to one and they can’t stop raving about it.
Here are a few reasons we can’t get enough of an all-inclusive vacation.

Leave the wallet at home (well, OK maybe not literally)

It’s rare to go on a vacation knowing exactly how much you’re going to spend. When you book an all-inclusive Apple Vacation with Boscov’s Travel, everything’s included so you know you’re within budget from the moment you leave.
Family of four on pool floats in the middle of a pool

Everything but the kitchen sink (yup, yet another way to say you want it all)

It’s in the name. All included means just that – from the flights and transfers to the resort, hotel accommodations to the daily entertainment, all meals and open bar, and any number of activities, it’s all one price. What could be simpler?
Pool side restaurant and grill

So many choices

With so many options including destinations, price points, and activities, it’s important to think about ways to narrow down your selection. Our suggestion is to start with your traveling party. Are you taking the family, is it a girls or guys getaway, or are you looking for a couples-only resort? Are you looking for fun around every corner with endless activities, or are you looking to relax and escape to a retreat? The following guide can help you zoom in on what will work best.
– If you’re looking for family-friendly resorts: Sunscape ($), Now ($), Dreams ($$)
– If you’re looking for adults and couples only + parties around every corner: Riu Palace ($$), Breathless ($$)
– If you’re looking for couples only + relaxation: Secrets ($$), Zoetry ($$$)
Couple relaxing pool side being served cocktails

Optional adventures abound!

Want to see more than just the resort? Sign up for optional excursions before you go with your Boscov’s Travel Advisor or at the resort with a dedicated AMResort representative. Here are just a few things to see and do in some of our favorite destinations:
Cancun, Mexico:
– Submarine ride to see one of the longest reefs in the world
– Swim with dolphins and meet a manatee
– Take a private fishing charter and cheers with included beer
– Explore Tulum’s ancient Mayan temples
– Zipline through the jungle
– Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on a catamaran
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic:
– Take to the high seas on a real life pirate ship and enjoy a show with your favorite scalawags
– Savor the scenery on a dinner cruise
– Learn about the culture on a heritage trip to an artisan village, cigar rolling factory and more
– Dance the night away in a cave converted to a discotheque
– Ride a horse through the countryside
– Take a trip to a private snorkeling and swimming spot
Montego Bay, Jamaica:
– Wade in the luminous lagoon, one of the most famous glowing lagoons
– Take an ATV adventure through the jungle
– Tee off at an 18-hole championship course
– Horseback ride in the water
– Ride down the shore on a river tube ride
– Bathe in a beautiful waterfall
Couple on bright colored hobie cat

What to bring?

– Sunscreen! The Caribbean is full of sunny days so be sure to pack a (Banana) boat-load! Of course if you do forget the lotion, you can always purchase at the resort gift shop…but expect to pay a premium.
– Your favorite sun hat (did we mention the sun?!)
– A copy of your booking – this will help ease the check-in process
– Break out your brightest, loudest, most fun beach towel! The resort will always have towels for you to use but if you want to find your chair easily, it’s best to mark with the your towel
– Dollar bills. Though you don’t need to, you may want to tip your favorite bartender or the helpful service staff. Perhaps you’ll want to enjoy a massage at the spa or go on an excursion, so having a few extra dollars isn’t a bad idea. Of course, none of these are required.
– Some dress-to-impress attire. Most resorts have specialty dining restaurants where you can enjoy French, Italian or Thai cuisine. Often resorts require nicer attire when dining at these special restaurants. If you prefer to stay casual, you can always hit the buffet or beach-side grills.
So who’s ready to go? You can learn more about all-inclusive vacation options on our website, and when you’re ready to travel, contact your local Boscov’s Travel office and make an appointment to talk to one of our all-inclusive specialists. Let us help make your dream vacation a reality.

Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces the Newly Refurbished Spirit

After two decades taking cruisers to dream destinations around the world, the Norwegian Spirit has been completely re-imagined for a whole new look and is set to take you to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Originally built in 1998, The Norwegian Spirit is 880 feet of amazing – brand new from bow to stern. Serving 2,000 passengers, the ship offers modern staterooms, updated bars and lounge areas, and dining experiences elevated and ready to entice all your senses

Specialty restaurants include Onda by Scarpetta, the Italian cuisine known for their famous spaghetti tomato and basil, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Le Bistro French restaurant and Teppanyaki Japanese. A 24-hour eatery, grill, buffets, a main dining room, and so much more are complimentary to all guests.

When you’re done spending the day exploring the tastes of the ship, it’s time to head to one of 10 bars and lounges. With this many options there is truly a place everyone can go to unwind from the day.

New-to-cruising clients always question if there is enough to do while onboard, especially smaller, more intimate ships like the Spirit. With complimentary entertainment for all onboard you will always have something to do! Head to the Stardust Theatre to see renowned Broadway and Vegas style shows. If that is not your thing, you can spend time on the basketball court to shoot some hoops, or head to the conference room to do some work. Practice your golf skills at the golf driving net, or test you luck at the brand new casino. Keep up with your exercise routine at the fitness center or running track. Or simply indulge in a refreshing swim at the pool, soak in the hot tubs, or relax and pamper yourself at the lavish Mandara Spa or salon. No matter what you do, you can’t go wrong sailing on the Norwegian Spirit. And this summer and fall, she’s sailing the beautiful Greek isles.

One of the top reasons to cruise is to maximize your time.  With the unique itineraries available, you are able to see multiple locations all within a weeks’ time. You get to explore difference cuisines, different cultures, and different countries, which is just one of the reasons why we love the Norwegian Spirit and her new itineraries in the Greek Isles. Starting in Athens, Greece you will discover the city that was once the epicenter of athletics, culture, and philosophy in the ancient world. The ship then heads to Rhodes, Greece where will you spend the day exploring. From there you head to Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey where you will spend time at each location exploring the lands. Visit a temple considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world or wander around and create your own plan. From there you will head to Mykonos, Greece. Here, you will get to see and take pictures of the iconic whitewashed houses and blue roofs that you think of when you think of the Greek Isles, along with the beautiful blue ocean in the scenic background! End the 7-day cruise in Santorini, Greece to explore the rich culture and picturesque sun-drenched beaches, tour historic ruins and learn about the Greek gods. This is truly a trip of a lifetime.

Start planning your trip now! Find current Norwegian Cruise Line deals and specials at boscovstravel.com/Norwegian or talk to your local Boscov’s Travel Advisor.