Tyus Tours & Travel Blog

Information for Travel

We Create Dream Vacations

"With so many travel options out there, it can be overwhelming. As your travel agency we will work as your 'value interpreter'. Using our expertise, we will find amazing experiences that exceed your every desire, but not your budget. With our services, you will be confident that your Dream Vacation will be perfectly planned, hassle-free, and filled with monents you'll never forget."

  • What To Do and Where To Go This Holiday Season

    9/16/2019 1:35:03 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Ok. We agree. We don't want to think about the end of summer, but now is the time to start thinking about where to go and what to do for the holiday season. Well, we've got some ideas on how to make your Bucket List dreams come true - in New York City!

    Thanksgiving and the Big Parade!

    Our array of Thanksgiving Parade route and area hotels, viewing options, holiday meals, tours and activities give you a unique opportunity to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Parade the way you want to - comfortably!

    Our famous Thanksgiving Parade viewing parties are the BEST way to see the world's most famous parade! Choose indoor events with wide, expansive window views, or outdoor sidewalk view - either way, you will fulfill your "bucket list" as you watch the floats, balloons, bands and celebrities pass right in front of you.

    Visit our Facebook page @MacysParadeTraveltips for all the inside information on the parade or tune into our Podcast, “Its Your Time 2 Travel” on talktainmentradio.com. (The Live Broadcast is Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8 pm. You can join the conversation by calling 877-932-9766 and our Podcast will be available starting Friday, September 20, 2019.)

    There's More Holiday Excitement!

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Party You can be special guests inside Rockefeller Center at an exclusive cocktail party as the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit! Brasserie Ruhlmann is the location for this unique event, just steps from the tree. You can mingle along with locals and visitors from around the world as hors d'oeuvres are passed throughout the elegant Brasserie located in the center of Rockefeller Plaza. Step outside to the private patio reserved just for this event - for a view of the Christmas Tree in all its holiday splendor.

    New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Vacation. Sure to be the party of a lifetime! As New Year's Eve Times Square revelers stand in the cold, shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you will be overlooking them at an exclusive party right in the middle of it all—high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop!

    Why New York, because New York City is the hottest destination in the world! To book or for more information call 614-323-0858.

  • The Key to Cheap Internet Service: A Local SIM Card

    9/9/2019 4:11:50 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Want cheap data and phone calls when you’re abroad? Here’s how.

    There’s an easy way to get zero roaming fees, inexpensive internet service and cheap phone calls when you travel. The trick is the SIM card, a tiny, removable chip, inside your phone.

    What is a SIM card?

    Subscriber Identity Module cards are roughly the same size, and indeed look like, the microSD memory cards you’d find in a digital camera. (Some phones actually have both microSD and SIM cards, but most just have the latter.) The main purpose of a SIM card is to store a small amount of data that lets the closest cell tower know, among other things, what wireless company you’ve subscribed to. For example, if you’re on Verizon, the SIM card will let Verizon’s tower know that, yep, you’re on Verizon.

    When you’re traveling, this creates a problem. When your phone connects to the tower in a different country, the tower effectively says “I don’t know you,” and either denies you service, or tells Verizon you’re roaming. If the latter, you get whatever speed Verizon and that provider have determined is acceptable, and you get charged exorbitant roaming rates. AT&T works similarly, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Google Fi are different, but we’ll get to them later.

    If you’re wondering if you can just get a different SIM card that will work on a different network, you can.

    For years that’s how I’ve gotten cheap data in dozens of countries all over the world. I’d arrive in a city, head to a local cellphone company store (like Vodafone, 3, or Orange), and buy a SIM and a month of service. These would have different names, like “pay-as-you-go” or “prepaid.” but in every store I’d just say I was traveling and wanted a SIM for a few weeks, and they all knew what I was looking for. Put the new SIM in your phone (make sure you don’t lose your old one, you’ll need it when you go home!) and you’re all set. If you’re not sure how to do that, the store will probably do it for you. You can be in and out with cheap high-speed data in less than 30 minutes.

    How much does a local SIM cost?

    The prices vary depending on country and provider, but on average I’ve paid around $20 for a month’s worth of 4G data and calls in that country. You read that right. Most roaming packages charge that for a few days, and are slow and data-limited as well. Most companies want to look at your passport, so make sure you bring it. A handful of countries have other requirements, so a quick Google search before you go is a good idea.

    The catch, and you knew there’d have to be one, is that your phone has to be unlocked. This means your cellphone company has to enable a setting on your phone that allows you to use it on a different network. The process to do this varies, but in most cases you need to have paid off your phone. The actual unlocking process is free, though. I wrote about how this works over at Wirecutter, the product review site owned by The New York Times Company.

    Not every phone will work in every country, but most new phones should be fine. Best to check with your current cellphone company to verify that your phone will work, and if it needs to be unlocked.

    A handful of phones have dual-SIMs, which is exactly what it sounds like: two SIM card slots. This lets you keep your home SIM and your “away” SIM in the same phone. Not necessary for infrequent travelers, but for anyone who regularly goes to another country, quite handy.

    Call Tyus Tours & Travel to create your Dream Vacation at 614-323-0858 or visit www.tyustours.com.

  • Last-Minute 2019 Labor Day Hotel Deals

    8/29/2019 2:23:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Labor Day Savings

    Summer isn't over yet and neither is the savings. In the coming days, alert travelers can take advantage of special discounts, exceptionally low room rates and free perks at hotels and resorts in coveted destinations such as New York City, Las Vegas and Cancun. Here are some of the best deals you'll find to close out the season.

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

    For big savings on your next Las Vegas vacation, head to hardrockhotel.com between Thursday, August 29 and September 3, 2019, and use the booking code HHNRF9P and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will waive your resort fee for travel through December 28, 2019.

    La Coleccion Resorts

    Save up to 50 percent on La Coleccion Resorts properties in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Chetumal, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and San Miguel de Allende when you book between Tuesday, August 27 and September 5, 2019, for travel through June 30, 2020.

    Palms Casino Resort

    The new-and-improved Palms Casino Resort is offering up to 40 percent off room rates for the Ivory Tower in addition to a daily $50 food and beverage credit when you book between now and September 6, 2019. The offer is good for travel through December 24, 2019, and must be booked directly through palms.com using the booking code ENDLESS19.

    Temptation Cancun Resort

    This adult playground in beautiful Cancun is celebrating the second anniversary of its 2017 renovation by offering travelers up to 65 percent off nightly rates and a free one-way transfer when they book three or more nights with the promo code TMBDAY by this coming Saturday, August 31 for travel before December 25, 2019.

    Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort

    If a last-minute getaway to Cabo sounds more like your style, consider a stay at the Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort during its Summer-Fall Special. Book by Saturday, August 31 for travel up to September 30, 2019, and you could earn 63 percent off per room per night.

    Wynn Las Vegas

    One of many last-minute Labor Day deals available in Sin City, Wynn Las Vegas is offering up to 35 percent off room rates through Labor Day weekend when guests book at wynnlasvegas.com using the code WY7248.

    YOTEL New York

    Budget-friendly Yotel New York will be even more affordable this week as it's offering a 25 percent discount on any three-night stay between Tuesday, August 27 and September 2, 2019. With locals out of town for the long holiday weekend, guests can look forward to fewer crowds while taking in awesome events such as a Central Park Summerstage show or the Electric Zoo music festival.

    Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

    Iberostar Hotels & Resorts' Labor Day Sale features a slew of exciting perks, including up to 50 percent off, free transfers, free stays for kids and up to $800 in resort credits. The special offer is valid for reservations made through September 2 for stays from September 1 through October 31, 2019, at Iberostar hotels in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and New York.

    Caesars Entertainment

    Caesars Entertainment's Labor Day flash sale for Las Vegas hotel bookings on Caesars.com kicks off Wednesday and runs through September 4, 2019. During that period, guests can take advantage of up to 40 percent off rooms, starting from $28 per night, depending on their travel dates through May 31, 2020.

    Bermuda Resort Savings

    Several resorts in Bermuda have teamed up with the island territory's tourism authority to extend Splash Sale savings featuring discounts up to 50 percent off at select properties. The offer is valid for bookings made now through September 10 for travel between September 3, 2019 and April 30, 2020. Properties on sale include Aunt Nea’s Inn in St. George, the adults-only Coral Beach and Tennis Club and the Fairmont Southampton, among others.

    Brisas Hotels & Resorts

    Brisas Hotels and Resorts' beautiful beachside resorts in Mexico are offering up some tremendous savings this Labor Day with room rates at Las Hadas Golf Resort & Marina and Las Brisas Huatulco available for under $100 per night. Other properties such as Las Brisas Acapulco, Las Brisas Ixtapa and Galeria Plaza Reforma (located near Mexico City's historic center) are also offering budget-friendly rates heading into September.

  • Here's How to Watch and Stream the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

    8/20/2019 11:54:19 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The iconic holiday parade has been around since 1924!

    When fall officially arrives on September 23, the countdown for Thanksgiving will commence, because when did we ever stop thinking about turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie? Of course, we’re also excited for Halloween (hello, haunted houses and scary stories), but there’s nothing quite like waking up on Thanksgiving Day and watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the whole family.

    If you’re planning to see the star-studded parade in-person, remember to bundle up for the chilly fall weather or if you’re looking forward to watching from bed, make sure to grab a cup of hot cocoa before the event begins.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade :

    When is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
    Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thanksgiving Day in the United States. This year, the holiday falls on Thursday, November 28. The long-standing tradition started in 1924 when the infamous parade first debuted and was later televised for the first time in 1946.

    What time does Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start?
    Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. in all time zones. In the three-hour event, bands from across the country, Broadway performers, and musical guests will make their way through the 2.5-mile route on Macy’s signature floats—starting at 77th Street and Central Park West before heading south to Herald Square at 34th Street.

    How can I watch and live stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
    If you’re staying cozy at home, there are several ways to watch and live stream Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. NBC’s live coverage will begin at 9 a.m. on your local TV channel and on the NBC website. In case you’re watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from your laptop, tablet, or phone, you can live stream it through the NBC app—available on iOS and Android.

    CBS’s live coverage will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern with delayed coverage at 1 p.m. Pacific. Tune into your local TV channel or head over to the CBS website. If you’re planning on watching from a device, you can live stream it on the CBS app—available on iOS and Android.

    Both NBC and CBS are available to live stream from their respective apps on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and, Roku. Other live streaming options include: Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue.

  • How to get around Tokyo Japan for the Summer Games

    8/1/2019 2:08:36 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Tokyo is sure to be in its prime during the Summer Games. As is usually the case when traveling outside of your familiar surroundings, there are always challenges present.


    As is the case in most great cities of the world, traffic and congestion can be an issue in Tokyo. Add to that the confusing address system and getting around can be a challenge.

    In addition, traffic during the Games often isn’t as bad as expected. Some schools and businesses will shut down for the competition period and a portion of local commuter traffic is reduced from the equation.

    Another upside is that Tokyo has a notoriously punctual train system, which will make getting to the Summer Games venues quick and comfortable.

    In addition to the efficient train system, taxis and ride sharing services like Uber are also plentiful in Tokyo. It’s worthwhile to note that most taxi drivers will not speak English so having your destination written in Japanese is helpful when possible (our local hosts and hotel concierge can assist with this). On Japanese taxis, a red light illuminated in the front window indicates that the vehicle is available for hire.

    The bottom line: this is still one of the biggest events in the world and our best advice is to plan for extra time, be flexible, and bring along a good pair of walking shoes as many games' venues have wide security parameters. But don’t think you’re in this alone; it’s the goal of our host team to make your experience as seamless as possible.

    Tyus Tours & Travel has reserved space on two Asia cruises that will have you in Toyko during the Olympics for 3 days/2 nights, August 1 to August 3, 2020, plus visit ports, Hong Kong, Kochi Japan, Osaka Japan, Nagoya, Kobe Japan and Okinawa.

    For more information on the cruises visit http://bit.ly/2yasEGn or http://bit.ly/32R63MR or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Tokyo Reportedly Looks to Cruise Ships to Resolve Olympic Hotel Shortage

    7/26/2019 2:33:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The 2020 Summer Olympic Games is headed to Tokyo, but the city is anticipating a shortage of accommodations with the influx in visitors.

    According to a report in Agency France Presse (AFP), the city is looking to cruise ships to serve as floating hotels to resolve the problem.

    Even a construction boom cannot resolve the problem of a shortage. The report suggests Tokyo could be short as many as 14,000 rooms for Olympic-related tourists.

    Local officials are suggesting mooring ships in harbors in Tokyo and nearby Yokohama to house people during the Games.

    Tyus Tours & Travel has reserved space on two Asia cruises that will have you in Toyko during the Olympics for 3 days/2 nights, August 1 to August 3, 2020, plus visit ports, Hong Kong, Kochi Japan, Osaka Japan, Nagoya, Kobe Japan and Okinawa.

    For more information on the cruises visit http://bit.ly/2yasEGn or http://bit.ly/32R63MR or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • Adventure Seekers? Head to the Friendly Isle of Molokai Hawaii

    7/15/2019 1:31:57 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Come to Molokai to get off the beaten path and the “Friendly Isle” will be happy to oblige. You may have heard of Kalaupapa National Historical Park, but for a different view take a drive to Palaau State Park, the 34-acre recreation area in Central Molokai with magnificent views overlooking the peninsula. And while Kamakou Preserve is an off the beaten path treasure, the dunes of Moomomi Preserve in northwest Molokai, also under the care of the Nature Conservancy, provides another unexpected adventure.

    Light up your summer with Independence Day savings to Hawaii.

    Save up to 30%, take advantage of free nights, and much more. To find out more click here or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

Online Agency Travel Websites