Disney Cruise Line Returns to Texas!

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Disney Cruise Line will once again be sailing from Galveston, Texas! During the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Lines will be sailing from Galveston to both The Bahamas and the Caribbean with stop at Disney private island paradise, Castaway Cay. Booking your reservations for Fall 2016 will become available on Wednesday, May 20th (that’s just a couple of days away).

There are so many amazing choices coming in 2016. Just look at them:

Destinations

  • Bahamas — All of these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. Special sailings from New York, stop off at Walt Disney World Resort!
  • British Isles— A magical tour of the sights of Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and France.
  • Northern Europe — Explore the Baltic region with stops in Denmark, Sweden and Russia.
  • Norwegian Fjords — See the snow-capped mountains and glittering waters among the fjords of Norway.
  • Mediterranean — From the seaside villages to the ancient ruins – Spain, France and Italy.
  • Mediterranean & Greek Isles — The Mediterranean – Spain, France and Italy and the islands of Greece.
  • Canada —Visit the port towns of the “Great White North” as you travel up the Canadian coast.
  • Alaska
  • Southern Caribbean — San Juan, Puerto Rico – four cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including to the French island of Martinique.
  • Western Caribbean — Explore Western Caribbean stops, plus on 8 select sailings experience Star Wars Day at Sea.
  • Eastern Caribbean — The Eastern Caribbean includes a stop at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Visit Disney Cruise Line for more information and to book your Disney Cruise!

© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

The CLEAR Answer to Making Air Travel Easier #ToolsForTravel

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It is no secret I love to travel. Summer is right around the corner and I’m ready. While I love to fly, I don’t love the long lines at the airport. Don’t you wish you could skip the airport line? I hate having to get there so early the airport staff isn’t even there yet just because I don’t know how long the lines are going to be to get through security. That happened to me on my trip to Turks & Caicos last fall. My husband was so worried about the security lines I ended up being there long before I needed to. I was there at some weird morning hour like 3 or 4 a.m.

Can you imagine if I had had my kids with me too? How crazy would that have been? The whole security line thing is stressful enough for special needs children, I cringe every time I think about having to take my son through it. Waking him up to sit there with me at 3 a.m.? Oh that would not have been good. And then to make him wait in a long, slow moving line with lots of people. That just isn’t a good combination for a child with autism.

As a parent I’m all up for making family travel easier. Just a couple of my #ToolsForTravel tips that work for us:

  • Pack snacks for the flight
  • Scheduling flights with enough time to eat at home
  • Take ear plugs, iPods and any other items that will help alleviate any stress.

Vacations should be as stress free as possible as far as I’m concerned, that’s why I don’t want those long security lines stressing us all out before we even get off the ground.

So how do you skip the airport line? With CLEAR!

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CLEAR is a membership-based service that allows travelers to get through airport security faster. One of the benefits I love about CLEAR is that kids under 18 are free if they are traveling with a CLEAR member! Great for parents with little ones. Right now you can get a Free Trial of CLEAR for 2 months! Simply use code – CLEAR2M22 Perfect timing for summer travel isn’t it?

CLEAR is now open in 11 major airports with more opening very soon. Right now CLEAR lanes are available in San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Las Vegas (LAS), Denver (DEN), both Houston airports (IAH & HOU), San Antonio (SAT), Dallas (DFW), Orlando (MCO), Baltimore (BWI), Westchester (HPN), and Miami (MIA) coming soon.

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To enroll in CLEAR, you must present either an US Passport or US issued Permanent Resident/Alien Registration Card PLUS an approved secondary ID (State Issued ID, Drivers License, Military ID, or Foreign Passport). All IDs must be valid, unamended, and unexpired. You must be at least 18 years old.

Remember my #ToolsForTravel tips and add CLEARme Security to your list too with the Free Trial of CLEAR. Don’t forget to use code – CLEAR2M22

What #ToolsForTravel tips do you have?

© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

Social Media on the Sand Dates Announced! #beachesmoms

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Last year I was privileged to attend the Social Media on the Sand Conference at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa and I have been dreaming of returning ever since. Today the dates and location for the 2015 conference were announced!

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It’s heading back to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa and it’s been extended! This year the Social Media on  the Sand Conference will be 5 days/4 nights long. And it’s scheduled to take place October 21-25, 2015!

Five days in paradise – this just sounds heavenly.

One of the things that impressed upon my heart the most on my last visit was the generosity and giving to the children of Turks & Caicos by the Sandals Foundation.  And as I read over the tentative schedule, this caught my eye:

Thursday, October 22nd
Morning: Sandals Foundation Reading Road Trip

Oh my would I love to be part of this!

To say that I hope to be invited again this year is an understatement but that remains to be seen as this is an invite-only conference. Until invitations go out, I’ll just sit back and reminisce about BeachesMoms 2014 (with my passport close by ;-)!)

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Find out more about the Social Media on the Sand Conference 

© 2015, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.