Welcome Back to Travel

Welcome Back to Travel

What a year 2020 has been!


With a COVID-19 vaccine expected to be widely rolled out in 2021, multitudes of people who have been quarantined, locked down, or otherwise stuck at home will be aching to travel again. It is hardly the end of the story, but a positive note to end 2020 with and usher in the New Year.


2021 is shaping up to be a banner year for international travel, and Perfect Journeys is ready to welcome travelers and give them the post-COVID travel experience of a lifetime.


“Kenya’s Great Migration Safari and Victoria Falls,” an 11-day private small-group trip from Perfect Journeys, could be just what’s needed for anyone longing to get out of the house, get out of the country, and get into an unforgettable adventure. 


The safari tour will take place Sept. 15-25, 2021, and Judy and Jim Newell will accompany the group, which will have a maximum of 12 guests.


Research indicates travelers are looking to reconnect with nature and the great outdoors. With its vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope and the largest elephants in Africa, not to mention the extraordinary big cat population and over 450 species of birds, Kenya offers nature lovers a rich buffet of enticing experiences.


The tour starts with two nights in Nairobi, followed by safaris in the Masai Mara National Park, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli National Park, then three days in Victoria Falls, followed by a five day optional extension in Cape Town, South Africa. 


The cost for the 11-day “Kenya’s Great Migration Safari and Victoria Falls” tour is US$5,226 per person sharing, and the single supplement is US$991. The price is based on 12 persons traveling and is subject to change if this number changes. 


Intra-Africa airfare is from US$1,287 per person (Nairobi/Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Livingstone/Johannesburg, or Cape Town). Deposits must be made prior to Feb. 28.


Wherever you want to travel, Judy Newell is committed to ensuring a safe, secure, and sustainable tourism future. Please call or email her with any questions and for full itineraries. 


Anticipating good things ahead is a balm for the spirit, and I hope that the New Year brings many wonderful blessings.


Mexico News

Airlines increase flights to Cancun as tourism booms

Several airlines are adding new flights to Cancun, as the Mexican resort city has shown resilience to the coronavirus pandemic and is drawing a plethora of tourists.

The hotspot is approaching three million visitors since reopening back in June, certainly enough to entice airlines who service Cancun to add flights during the winter months ahead.


Here are the new flights already scheduled:


› Turkish Airlines from Istanbul, started Dec. 3 

› British Airways from London, started Dec. 13 

› Spirit Airlines from Orlando, started Dec. 16, six days a week

› Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles, started Dec. 17

› Air Canada from Calgary, started Dec. 19

› American Airlines from Indianapolis started Dec. 19, once weekly

› Charlotte will increase to four daily flights

› Dallas will increase to six daily flights

› WestJet from Calgary beginning Jan. 3, 2021

› Frontier Airlines from Orlando will begin Feb. 11, 2021, four flights per week

› Miami starts Mar. 11, 2021, four times a week


Cruise News

New on Pacific Northwest rivers

UnCruise Adventures’ newly renamed week-long “Rivers of Adventure and Wine” itinerary operates a roundtrip from Portland, Oregon, between August and October 2021. Also renamed is the ship operating that itinerary, the 86-passenger Wilderness Legacy. The new name is designed to better reflect the ship’s adventures, including hiking, kayaking, rafting, paddling, and skiff activities. 

Another small-ship oceangoing line sailing on the Columbia and Snake rivers with several vessels is Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. One highlight of the April 14-21 and April 21-28, 2021 cruises of the 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion is that acclaimed professional photographer Melissa Farlow will sail and offer photo enrichment. She’s a Pulitzer Prize winner and has had her photos published in National Geographic and more than 70 books. 


Deal of the Week

Buy one, gift one with Holland America Line

Free Staterooms!* Book now for up to US$3,800 in extras on select 2021 and 2022 cruises.

That’s right; you will get a Free Inside Stateroom* with the purchase of a Verandah Stateroom or Suite. Holland America’s incredible Buy One, Gift One offer is only valid until Jan. 5, 2021. 


Buy One: Book a verandah or suite on “View and Verandah” 

The Ultimate Upgrade Event. Get up to US$3,800 in extras: big stateroom upgrades, free drinks , and specialty dining, 10 percent off excursions, and more. Plus, book by Jan. 5, and get free stateroom gratuities.

  • Big stateroom upgrades to verandah or ocean-view
  • Signature Beverage Package
  • Free one-night specialty dining
  • 10% off all shore excursions
  • 50% reduced deposit
  • Free and reduced fares for kids 

Gift One: Free inside stateroom* 

  • Same sailing as purchased stateroom
  • Upgradeable for the difference in fare 

*Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional. This offer will only be available until Jan. 5, 2021. 


Judy Newell, an international travel consultant since 1971, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, physical abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel. Cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. 


Sources: Travel Pulse, Travel Agent Central, Holland America Line