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"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."

  • 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.

  • Why the Internet hasn't put Travel Advisors out of work?

    7/9/2019 10:15:55 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Americans are ambivalent when it comes to getting away. Americans left 658 million vacation days on the table and yet, when we do manage to get out of the house, we're splurging more.

    With so little vacation time and so much money at stake, the pressure is on to make every moment count. Maybe that's why the use of travel advisors has jumped more than 50 percent.

    Many experts recommend building a long-term relationship with a travel advisor so that person can get to know you, your family, and your travel preferences.

    Meet up with the travel advisor so that he or she can spend the time to understand your needs before actually sitting down to plan your vacation.

    Once you found that perfect someone what will he or she do for you? Plenty.

    Time and Money

    One big reason to use a travel agent is to get a better deal. The American Society of Travel Advisors estimates vacationers will save an average of $452 per trip plus about four hours of planning by using one. Time is your most precious commodity, so why waste yours combing through 38 travel websites, the average number that DIY vacationers typically visit before booking?

    Hidden Gems

    While travel advisors can't always secure lower prices than travel sites, they can often score you an upgrade on your rental car or your hotel room or other perks that will improve your vacation and stretch your budget. Plus, with their knowledge find you hidden gems that you won’t find on the internet.

    Peace of Mind

    Travel Advisors can help you feel confident that your vacation will match your expectations. Travel advisors can warn you the travel brochure price, while attractive, may not be exactly what you'll end up paying if there are hidden fees, extra activities, or meals that aren't included in the 'all-inclusive package.' " When you book through an advisor, that person should be able to clarify all your costs upfront.

    Help with Hiccups

    And what if something goes awry when you're on the road? It's not 'if' something goes wrong, it's 'when' something goes wrong. When that happens, your travel advisor should be able to find you new accommodations, book a flight, or get you an emergency rental car, leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your vacation fun.

    Good travel advisors, are experts at "planning and executing” experiences that you can't Google.

    Dream Vacations

    With so many travel options out there, it can be overwhelming. As your travel advisor 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 travel services, you will be confident that your Dream Vacation will be perfectly planned, hassle-free, and filled with moments you'll never forget.

    Meet Up

    So, let’s meet up to discuss your dream vacations. You can call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 to set up an appointment or visit us online at www.tyustours.com to request information and visit our Facebook page @tyustourstravel to add an appointment.

    Also, you can tune into our radio show “Its Your Time 2 Travel” on talktainmentradio.com every Tuesday at 8 pm or join the conversation by calling 877-932-9766. On Its Your Time 2 Travel we discuss vacation getaways all over the world as well as address the many health benefits in taking time for vacations.

  • All Eyes will be on Tokyo in 2020

    6/28/2019 9:44:36 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Every four years, the world unites for one of the biggest events in sport. All the excitement surrounding the Summer Games has shifted to Tokyo and 2020 can’t come soon enough. While most will enjoy the Summer Games from their televisions, those in attendance in the Tokyo 2020 venue will experience something extraordinary. They’ll watch history in the making while experiencing that electric atmosphere that seems to exist only at the Games. If there’s one sporting event that should be on your bucket list, it’s this one.

    Tokyo is sure to make a wonderful host city and will also have the honor of introducing 5 new sports to the Summer Games: sport climbing, karate, skateboarding, surfing, and the return of baseball/softball.

    An Epic Event in an Amazing Destination

    In terms of being an ideal Summer Games host, Tokyo has all the boxes checked. Having previously hosted the Games in 1964, the city has both the experience and the tourist appeal. Japan’s capital is brimming with impressive cultural attractions, outstanding shopping, and incredible gastronomy. And let’s not forget the abundance of neon lights, the affinity for electronic gadgets, and the spectacular nightlife. There really is nowhere else in the world like Tokyo and we can’t wait show you this fascinating city.

    We Take Care of all the Details

    Rest assured knowing that Tyus Tours & Travel has a highly qualified team who will take great care of you every step of the way.

    Before you leave, you’ll have access to a dedicated personal concierge who can assist with all the small details that will make your trip perfect? They are at your service to assist with recommendations and reservations for things like restaurants, tee times, and additional tours or excursions. Your personal concierge will ensure you have everything you need and that all your questions are answered before you embark on your Summer Games experience.

    During your stay in Tokyo you’ll receive high-touch service from our friendly onsite host team, made up of experienced event specialists and bilingual local experts. We want to take the stress out of traveling and make your experience as seamless as possible. We’ll meet you upon arrival, stay in close contact with you throughout your stay, and see you off when you depart. Our onsite host team is at your disposal via phone, text, email, or in person for anything you need during your visit to Tokyo.

    Summer Games in Tokyo Japan are July 24 2020 to August 9, 2020. Tyus Tours & Travel has several packages and travel options available to make this bucket list vacation a dream come true.

    For more information visit www.tyustours.com or call 866-547-5362

  • How To Choose a Family-Friendly Safari

    6/14/2019 2:24:57 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    When planning a family safari to South Africa, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is which lodge to choose. There are many choices in South Africa but the key is to choose a kid-friendly accommodation that fits your budget and lifestyle. Here are some things to consider when searching for the best family-friendly safari lodges in South Africa.

    Are children permitted on the safari game drives or walks?

    Each lodge has specific rules about the minimum age that children should be before going on a safari game drive. At most lodges in South Africa, the minimum age for children to participate in a safari game drive is six years old. For safety reasons, young children (under age 16) are rarely permitted on game walks. Most safari lodges will allow any aged children on a safari game drive if you reserve your own vehicle for your family. However, at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge any aged children are permitted on all safari game drives.

    What do kids do when they’re not on a safari game drive?

    Many lodges offer activities for children during the day. These can range from walks around the property, crafts, baking, treasure hunts and more. At Thornybush Game Lodge children receive a “Ranger-in-Training” pack, which contains a backpack, coloring book and crayons, and a safari-interactive toy. Thornybush also offers kids spa treatments in shorter time frames and with kid-friendly names, like the baboon chest rub.

    Does the safari lodge offer educational programming for children?

    Whether you are travel schooling or simply on vacation, families often want to include educational programs for children during their holiday in South Africa. For example, at Shamwari Game Reserve’s Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge, appointed staff meet with families upon arrival to talk about specific activities appropriate for the family’s size, children’s ages and weather considerations. There are various activities to teach humane and compassionate care for animals, such as visits to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre and the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre. There are also activities suited for indoors and other social and cultural activities to engage in.

    Does the safari lodge offer babysitting?

    Whether it is because parents would like to take part in a game drive together, go to the onsite spa or even relax for some time on their own, it is important that the safari lodge you stay at offers babysitting or “child minding” services. For example, if children are not permitted on game drives for safety reason, babysitting services are available (for a fee). Savanna Safari Lodge has a trained nanny on staff who keep kids busy in fun, engaging activities specially designed for “bush babies.”

    Does the safari lodge offer discounts for kids?

    A family safari trip to South Africa can be very expensive. To cut costs, consider staying at a lodge that offers a “kids eat” or “stay free” promotion. Also keep in mind the age classification for kids may vary from hotel to hotel. For example, at Madikwe Game Reserve the lodge’s children aged 0-5 stay for free and children 6-15 pay half the adult rate, with two paying adults.

    Can families share a room at a safari lodge?

    Many safari lodges have family suites or small houses/chalets to accommodate multi-generational or large families. Dependent on the lodge, there are age limits on how old kids can be to stay in a room with parents. At Kariega Game Reserve the Main Lodge offers three- and four-bedroom chalets ideal for multi-generation families or larger families.

    There are many great options for families to have a wonderful safari in South Africa. The key is to determine what your needs are and research your options. And of course, it is always helpful to have a trusted resource available (like the staff of Africa Specialists at Tyus Tours & Travel to help you find the best option to meet your needs.

  • Cuba Travel Ban Goes Into Effect

    6/7/2019 4:22:45 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island’s communist government.

    Cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba began in May 2016 during President Barack Obama’s opening with the island. It has become the most popular form of U.S. leisure travel to the island, bringing 142,721 people in the first four months of the year, a more than 300% increase over the same period last year. For travelers confused about the thicket of federal regulations governing travel to Cuba, cruises offered a simple, one-stop, guaranteed-legal way to travel.

    That now appears to be over, with an estimated 800,000 cruise passenger bookings affected, according to cruise industry group Cruise Lines International Association.

    The Cuban government imposed food rationing last month as a result of tightened U.S. sanctions and a drop in subsidized oil and other aid from Venezuela. For the Cuban government, cruise travel generated many millions of dollars a year in docking fees and payments for on-shore excursions, although those figures were never made public. Cuba also has become the most-requested destination for many South Florida-based cruise lines.

    I Megan King, a spokesperson for cruise industry group Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY that the new regulations were announced suddenly and will have massive implications.

    "Without warning, CLIA cruise line members are forced to eliminate all Cuba destinations from all itineraries effective immediately. This affects nearly 800,000 passenger bookings that are scheduled or already underway. All these bookings had been made under a general license previously issued by the United States Government that authorized “people to people” travel to Cuba."

    Unfortunately, King said, cruise lines are virtually powerless in this situation: "The new rules effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States. While this situation is completely beyond our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba."

    Commercial airline flights appear to be unaffected by the new measures and travel for university groups, academic research, journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed.

    Tyus Tours & Travel has land only tours available to Cuba for more information visit http://bit.ly/2SxIinr or call 866-547-5362.

  • Costa Rica World of Nature

    5/13/2019 4:45:38 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Photo by Isabella Jusková on Unsplash

    Immerse yourself in an emerald wonderland, where almendro trees climb high into a cloud forest, extraordinary animals roam free, and hundreds of bird species take flight. From discoveries on water to journeys terra firma, experience Costa Rica - a living Eden on Central America's isthmus. Experience the rainforest up close over 2 nights at a remote resort. Sample the fresh cacao during a visit to a local plantation. Savor the flavors of a farm-to-table lunch at a family owned finca. Give back to Costa Rica's preservation efforts during a visit to the green sea turtle research station in Tortuguero National Park, where more than a dozen of Costa Rica's endangered species live. Embark on a crocodile safari in the jungle, and a bird-watching cruise in a dense rainforests. Admire the white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, and stand suspended over the rainforest floor on a journey across a network of hanging bridges. Hike the lave fields of the world-famous Arena Volcano, or soar over jungle canopies on a zip line. This is the very best of Costa Rica - a world of nature.

    For more information on this amazing 12 day tour of Costa Rica visit https://www.tyustours.com/14434245_21812.htm or call 866-547-5362.

    This Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8pm, Tyus Tours & Travel will host “Its Your Time 2 Travel” on talktainmentradio.com where we will discuss “Discover Costa Rica”. Tune in or join the conversation by calling 877-932-9766.

  • 6 Simple Travel Tips for Better Sleep on Your Next Flight

    4/22/2019 12:37:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    There are so many things to be excited about when booking a trip. Unfortunately, an overnight flight isn’t one of them, especially if you struggle with sleeping on a plane. The good news: Despite being packed into an uncomfortable economy seat, it is possible to get some shut-eye. On your next flight, try the following.

    1. Pack an Ergonomic Body Pillow

    You may fly with a travel pillow, but do you actually think it’s comfortable? The problem is most don’t actually offer proper support, not to mention your head still falls forward. If you’re really craving some shut-eye on your next flight, opt instead for an ergonomic full-body pillow that cradles your head, like the Travelrest Travel Pillow.

    The pillow looks like a soft seat belt that attaches around you or your seat. It becomes wider at the top to gently hold your head in place. If you’re a minimalist, you’ll love that it can be deflated and rolled up to clip securely to your luggage.

    2. Load Your iPod with ASMR

    Also known as “autonomous sensory meridian response,” ASMR refers to a euphoric tingling that typically starts in the head and moves down the body for deep relaxation.

    It’s brought on by triggers — soothing sounds and sometimes gentle gestures — like tapping, scratching, whispering, page turning and a simulated spa treatment giving you personal attention.

    If the idea of getting your ears massaged by a stranger via your iPod sounds weird, scroll through YouTube and you’ll see that top ASMRists like GentleWhispering, ASMRRequests and Ricky7Whispers have hundreds of thousands of followers (because their voices are drug-free, sleep-inducing magic!).

    Tip: ASMR is best enjoyed with SleepPhones, soft, pillowy headphones you can lay your head on.

    3. Download Relaxation Apps

    Technology can keep you awake, whether from Facebook addiction or screens emitting blue light that disrupts snooze cycles; but sometimes it can also help you sleep. Take, for instance, relaxation apps.

    One to download before your next flight is Sleep Machine, which features a library of stereo sounds, ambient sounds and ambient music to choose from. You can play up to three tracks at one time to create your own sleep inducing soundtrack.

    There’s also Pzizz, which has a similar concept but through binaural beats, a phenomenon in which two tones create the illusion of a third tone — the binaural beat — being present. Interestingly, ancient cultures even tapped into the powers of consistent rhythmic beats, using them for relaxation and healing (though they typically used drums instead of iPhones).

    Finally, Headspace is a must-download app for any fliers who have ever said, “I can’t meditate.” The app is like meditation for dummies, teaching you exactly how to reach clarity and quiet those inner voices for easier plane rest.

    4. Shut Out Distractions

    A soft eye mask and ear plugs go a long way in making an airplane nap a possibility. For extra comfort, wear a shawl scarf to the airport, which doubles as an airplane blanket (since these are often not always free on planes anymore).

    5. Get the Right Seat

    Avoid sleeping near bathrooms where people often congregate (and lean on your seat like you’re not even there!). Instead, try snagging the bulkhead or emergency-exit row for more legroom — often with no added charge — and enough space that your seatmates won’t disturb you when getting up.

    You can also download the Seat Alerts app from ExpertFlyer, which shows you color-coded airplane maps so you can see which seat offers the best napping possibilities. It also alerts you when a seat you want opens up. Remember, there’s no industry standard on things like legroom and pitch, so oftentimes the amount of sleep you get could be increased with a seat change.

    6. Freshen the Air Up There

    Air travel is notoriously drying, but carrying liquid moisturizers through security can be a hassle. Instead, hydrate with moisturized wipes, and you won’t have to worry about carry-on lotion sizes.

    Choose e.l.f. Hydrating Water Cleansing Cloths with gentle aloe vera to leave your skin cleansed so your pores can breathe midair.

    To combat inflammation, pack a bottle of Yoga Balm to ease any aches and pains due to sitting down for several consecutive hours on the flight.

    Yoga Balm’s organic essential healing blend is used to spot-treat tense muscles, promote healing and enhance natural wellness. Its minty scent has the added benefit of aromatherapy to help freshen stale airplane air.

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