Posts by Betty Obrien

Betty O'Brien, CTA, BS has been in the travel industry more than two decades. Betty is an independent affiliate finding the best value and obtaining the most up to date information to make your travel easy and one you will rave about for years to come. All adventures are met with the same dedication and enthusiasm, whether they are short vacations, or cruises from 1 day to 120 days, or advanced worldwide travel. She prides herself on personalized service and attention to detail, and strives to make your trip one that you will love to remember. Over the last 20 years Betty has developed a unique perspective on the travel industry, and has determined that a one-size-fits-all approach to travel rarely ever works. Consultations with her are highly specialized; just as every person is different, every trip Betty designs is specifically tailored to fit the people who are taking it. Whether it is a short vacation, a cruise from 1 day to 120 days, or advanced worldwide travel, all adventures are met with the same dedication and enthusiasm. She believes in being honest with her clients, and helping them to truly make their vacation theirs. She also holds the title of Aussie Specialist: a designation made by the Australia Tourism board that is only awarded to select individuals who have completed hours of testing, as well as multiple in depth trips to Australia to experience the country up front and personal. Her in-depth personal knowledge enriches the experiences of her clients as she assists them in designing their trips to Australia, Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand, or worldwide cruises. Let’s take advantage of her expertise now. Don’t find yourself wondering where the time has gone; don’t push this off. Now is the time travel, relax, and spend time with the ones we love. Now is the time for vacation!

National Parks that deserve a visit

If you haven’t visited your local National Park maybe it is time to do so.  Our Parks are so beautiful and are in almost every state of the US be it contiguous or island.  On our island of Hawaii (formerly known as Big Island) we have Volcano National Park on the Hilo side.  This is the home of the shield …

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Sydney Opera House Touring

This adventure started with visiting Sydney Harbor on my way to board the beautiful Oceania Sirena on 6 March 2017 for her inaugural circumnavigate Australia. Every visitor to Australia should see this magnificent structure of the Sydney Opera House. I had visited the Opera House before and had a short tour of the public spaces but this extensive tour took …

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Alaska, a land of beauty and adventure

My travels have taken me through the Yukon and over many passes, and I’ve been lucky enough to visit such “wild” places as Dawson, Chicken and Eagle. I have visited the University in Fairbanks and several fisheries and canneries along the way.   I wanted to share with you some of my adventures in Alaska, as well as other things …

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Explore Australia

 Have you been to the Land Down Under? I have 9 times and will make number 10 a trip of a lifetime by circumnavigating this wonderful continent. The people are so warm and inviting and what can I say about the unique animals! Kangaroos and Kookaburras are easy to spot when you leave the city centers. One of my favorite …

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2017 Trends from Travel Pulse

As 2017 is upon us, and there is already plenty to be excited for in the new year for cruise travel. However, there are still those things that we would like to see more or less of, and below is our annual wish list that follows. Less Charging for Internet Access It’s all fine and good that cruise lines love to …

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Cuba is now open for Visitors

Cuba is now open to the American visitor and people are starting to flock there.  This “forgotten” part of the world is now experiencing such a growth in tourism that is is amazing and astonishing.   Be one of  the first to experience Cuba as it was and before it changes and is “modernized” by the influx of people.the people are warm …

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First Time Cruiser Hints

Have your boarding “pass” and all your documents (passports, driver’s license, or id credentials) ready and in hand when you arrive at the embarkation port. Be ready to smile at the camera which will take your picture for ship board identification. You will use this card when you are making purchases, to get in and out of your stateroom, to …

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Packing tips for a River Cruise

River cruises are so much fun and are fast becoming a popular vacation adventure, especially in Europe. However, like many vacations, packing for a river cruise can be a challenge. What do you bring? How much can you jam into your carry on? Here are a few packing tips to simplify your packing and focus more on your cruise.   …

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