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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 1/19/19 – Destination Weddings

Episode 32 – Destination Weddings

Special Guest

Heidi Radkiewicz – Veteran, Mom & Author of Honeymoon in Baghdad

https://www.amazon.com/Honeymoon-Baghdad-Heidi-Radkiewicz/dp/1947368753

Colleen & Catie’s Weddings

Colleen – Salzburg, Austria

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Accommodations: Schönbrunn Palace, Hotel Schloss Mönchstein

Food: Filet mignon

First Dance Song: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Honeymoon: Salzburg, Austria

Wedding Tip: For a destination wedding, hire a coordinator

Catie – The Palmer House – Chicago

Location: The Palmer House

Accommodations: The Palmer House

Food: Steak and chicken

First Dance Song: Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Honeymoon: 3 days in San Francisco

Wedding Tip: Invest in a good photographer. Nobody remembers the favor you gave, or how many desserts were on the table. Your photos are memories you’ll have for your special day.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?

Bliss Ball Bath Bombs from Life Elements – Starting at $14, these bath bombs are perfect for soothing away the stresses before your special day, or even relaxing on your honeymoon!  They even offer anti-inflammatory benefits and are cruelty free and organic. https://lifeelements.com/products/bliss-ball-bath-bombs

What’s on your phone?

BACtrack Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer – $99 on Amazon or $21.99 for a keychain version.

This is a police-grade quality breathalyzer  connects with your smartphone to give you an accurate reading of your alcohol level before you drive.

What’s the tip?

Tips for How to Plan a Destination Wedding (from brides.com)

  1. Choose a meaningful location – But also keep in mind that your destination must have all of the resources you need.
  2. Notify guests well in advance – This is one of the most important destination wedding tips. It’s important to give your nearest and dearest have plenty of time to calculate if they can afford the cost of traveling to your ceremony and reception
  3. Embrace the setting to save big – Slash your décor budget by incorporating local blooms and serve local specialties at the reception.
  4. Consider your guests – Try to put everyone in one reasonably affordable hotel. If price is an issue, find a less expensive spot 10 – 15 minutes away. Don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone.
  5. Hire a pro – Make sure to find a planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings to avoid a language barrier or having to make executive decisions from miles away. If a planner isn’t in your budget, look for a resort with an on-site coordinator.
  6. Visit in advance – Ideally, you’d see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalize details. If a second trip’s not possible, arrive at least five days early to make those decisions and do a hair and makeup trial.
  7. Pick your vendors in person – In advance of your first site visit, set up meetings with the better-known florists and rental companies in your destination. But also ask for referrals from your venue on the ground; you might uncover local talent you didn’t know about.
  8. Budget for vendors – If you decide to bring specialists from home, expect to cover their travel and lodging costs; a clean, safe hotel within 30 minutes of your venue is a must. Negotiate these expenses up front so things don’t get out of control.
  9. Stuff that suitcase – Shipping overseas is risky and expensive, so I always pack as much as possible into checked luggage.
  10. Tailor your wedding dress to the destination – Breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations.
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Trip Sisters – LIVE BROADCAST at the Travel and Adventure Show 1/12/19

Episode 31 – Live Broadcast at Travel & Adventure Show

Attend Travel & Adventure Show Chicago / January 12 – 13, 2019 to explore destinations from all over the world and enter for your chance to win some amazing giveaways, like an MSC Cruise!

Go to https://travelshows.com/shows/chicago/ for more information.

Use the Promo Code TRIPSIS or go to the link below for $5 off admission! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-chicago-travel-adventure-show-tickets-50284486252?discount=TRIPSIS

Be sure to follow us on social at @TheTripSisters and if you’re visiting the Travel & Adventure Show, share your experiences with us using the hashtags #ChicagoTravelShow and #TripSistersRadio

 

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Tips for Attending the Travel & Adventure Show

  • Allow time for parking, and park in the parking garage  – $15
  • Wear comfortable shoes – You’ll be walking around a lot!
  • Go to TravelShows.com ahead of time to check out the floor plan and see what booths you want to stop by. You can also check out the activities and speaker schedules.
  • You can even apply for your passport at the Travel & Adventure Show. You need to bring your birth certificate and a few other documents. Details can be found at TravelShows.com
  • Get your tickets ahead of time on EventBrite and use the code TRIPSIS to save $5 off admission.
  • Be sure to bring cash! If you buy your tickets on-site, CASH ONLY is accepted. ATMs are available at the Convention Center.
        • One Day Adult Ticket:  $15.00
        • Two Day Adult Ticket:  $22.00

Top Travel Trends for 2019 (from Elle.com)

The Year of Bite-Sized Travel

  • 53% of global travellers report that they plan to take more weekend trips in 2019.
  • This will mean more business for local economies.
  • Micro trips will also be more affordable due to improvements in flight routes, cheaper flights, and on-demand car rentals and accommodations.
  • Staying in unique types of accommodations during short getaways will also reportedly become more trendy.

 

The Year of the Conscious Traveler

  • Many factors, from human rights and equality to working conditions and environmental issues will influence people’s decisions about travel destinations.
  • Nearly 50% of travellers told Booking.com that they feel social issues in possible travel destinations are important to them.
  • Over 50% would choose not to go to a destination if they feel it will negatively impact the people who live there.
  • Safety is also of great importance to explorers.
  • Platforms like Destination Pride provide a ranking of how LGBTQ friendly certain travel destinations are.
  • Other destinations will increasingly step up their support for women travelling alone.

 

Technology and Traveling

  • Artificial intelligence will continue to grow and affect the way we travel in 2019.
  • 57% of travellers are now more enthusiastic about real-time luggage tracking through a mobile app
  • 57% like the idea of having a single app for all their planning, booking and travel needs
  • 2019 will also see more tech developed for use pre-trip at research stage, like a virtual travel agent, so people can familiarise themselves with a destination before they arrive.
  • Exploring Uncharted Territory
  • People are looking to explore more uncharted territory and adventurous travel in 2019
  • 60% of travellers say they they want to stay in accommodation under the sea.

 

Trips with a Purpose

  • Generation Z will reportedly become more acutely aware of the need to question expensive university degrees over and against life skills that can be learned while travelling.
  • Trips with a purpose will become more popular in 2019, with 68% of global travellers considering taking part in cultural exchanges to learn a new skill
  • 54% will consider taking a volunteering trip
  • 52% will look for international work placements

 

Environmentally Conscious Trips

  • Booking.com predicts millennials and Gen Z travellers will look for sustainable experiences in their destination choices
  • Accommodation providers will look to reduce their plastic usage and increase their sustainable credentials.
  • 86% of global travellers reportedly told Booking.com they would be willing to spend some time on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay
  • Over 37% being willing to clear plastic and litter from a beach or other tourist attraction.

 

 

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“I think it’s possible I will be framed” – Political consultant Roger Stone on Mancow

Political consultant Roger Stone (Nixon, Reagan, Kemp, Dole, Trump) calls in to Mancow and talks about the Mueller investigation.

Highlights:

  • Trump’s border speech: “I thought it was flat. I thought it was weak.”
  • “(Trump) has the authority to seal the border. He needs to act.”
  • Mueller investigation: “I think it’s possible I will be framed.”
  • “They can’t find any Russian collusion … any WikiLeaks collaboration.”
  • Uranium One deal with Russia: “the largest treasonous financial crime in American history.”
  • The Uranium deal is “to cover up (the Clintons) own crimes”

Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 1/5/19 – Travel and Adventure Show

Episode 30 – Travel & Adventure Show

Those interested in donating to 102 year-old skydiver Irene O’Shea’s charitable cause can do so at www.mndsa.org.au

The “Trip Sisters” will be doing a live broadcast from the Travel & Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Saturday, January 12 at 2pm CT on WLS-AM 890!

There will also be an MSC Cruise Giveaway at the Travel & Adventure Show – A cruise for 2 adults for the Caribbean Season 2019-2020 with MSC Cruises.

Attend Travel & Adventure Show Chicago / January 12 – 13, 2019 to enter for a chance to win!

Go to https://travelshows.com/shows/chicago/ for tickets and more information!

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for the Travel & Adventure Show

Colleen
Favorite Travel Trend for 2019 – I love the underground dinner movement or eating with local families. Never done the underground but want to try it. Also, the chef dinners at pop up locations not known until the night before.

Accommodations for Travel & Adventure Show – Hyatt or Hilton at Rosemont

Favorite thing about Travel & Adventure Show – Camel Rides and the amazing deals you can get at the show. Plus the expert travel speakers with their great tips.

Favorite Destination Featured at Travel & Adventure Show – MSC Cruises and Hawaii

Catie
Favorite Travel Trend for 2019 – The “new wave” of cruises.

Accommodations for Travel & Adventure Show – Stay downtown Chicago and take the L to the show. L Stop is right nearby.

Favorite thing about Travel & Adventure Show – Camel rides my favorite! Also meeting other people who love to travel.

Favorite Destination Featured at Travel & Adventure Show – Arizona Office of Tourism

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
The J-Pillow Travel Pillow
Cost: $29.95 on www.jpillow.com
Created by a former flight attendant, this travel pillow offers a unique 3-way support system that helps travelers get the best rest possible. It’s made with super soft material for comfortable travel and it’s machine washable!

What’s on your phone?
Mobile Passport App – Free, Available on iOS/Android
The Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app helps U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors expedite entry by submitting passport and declaration information with your mobile device.

What’s the tip?
Small Ways to Boost Your Travel Wardrobe
From www.smartertravel.com
Buy a Basic T-Shirt – One that fits well to your body can be worn tucked into a pencil skirt for a dressy or business-friendly look or with jeans for a casual day of sightseeing. For men, a tailored tee can even be worn under a blazer. Rollable and relatively wrinkle-free, the basic tee will extend your wardrobe by days.
Wear Reversible Clothes – Reversible clothes can add color to your travel wardrobe and give you plenty of options, all in one garment.
Neutrals Are Your Friends – When in doubt, pack a palette of neutrals: White, black, creams, and grays are generally good base colors for summer or winter vacation wardrobes.
Invest In Versatile Footwear – Pack ballet flats that are comfortable for walking around museums but also look elegant enough for a cocktail party. Pull-on riding boots can be worn with jeans or dresses and are a great option for airport security lines since they slip on and off. In general, high-quality shoes with solid soles are your best bets for traveling.
Bring Smart Accessories – Pack chunky, colorful necklaces that won’t tangle and bright, lightweight scarves to give your travel outfits a bit of pop without weighing down your carry-on.
Look For Garments That Perform Double Duty – For example, a wrap with 50 UPF sun protection and, for men, sun-blocking shirts. Convertible bags will also extend your wardrobe and lighten your carry-on load.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/29/18 – Cruise into New Years

Episode 29 – Cruise into New Years

Special Guest:

www.msccruisesusa.com

www.cruisetipstv.com

CruiseTipsTV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyAyIfOlHYZejLC8lLo9DcA

@CruiseTipsTV

 

Come see Colleen & Catie broadcasting live from the Travel & Adventure Show in Chicago!

Saturday, January 12 at 2pm CT at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and on WLS-AM 890

There will also be an MSC Cruise Giveaway at the Travel & Adventure Show.

Giveaway Includes:

  • The cruise is for 2 adults for the Caribbean Season 2019-2020 for a Balcony State Room.  
  • It is valid for one year from the date given and the winners must sail within this time frame.
  • The cruise departs out of Miami roundtrip.  We will provide 2RT tickets from a major airport into Miami.
  • Winner will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the airports and ship. This does include food (like cafeteria) there are upgrades available but the winner would have to pay for it.
  • Winners have a choice to choose from Eastern or Western Caribbean sailings on the MSC Seaside.
  • The certificate is only valid for the cruise fare and port taxes.  Guest are to pay Government fees and taxes that would be a total of no more than $170pp.
  • You have to attend Travel & Adventure Show Chicago / January 12 – 13, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont to enter for a chance to win

 

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?

MSC Cruises offers MSC for Me bracelets

With the bracelet, guests can unlock their stateroom, book services, or pay for items on board. The cost of the bracelet is either $5 per person for the sailing or free, depending on the category of stateroom booked.

 

What’s on your phone?

MSC Cruises App

Free for Android or iOS. Only the official MSC Cruises app gives you access to a range of services and benefits. By downloading the official MSC Cruises app you’ll have access to the ultimate cruise planning tool.

 

What’s the tip?

  • Bring goggles (most cruises have saltwater pools)
  • Bring liquid bandages (to protect wounds from the saltwater)
  • Bring all your prescriptions with you
  • Bring a little travel backpack
  • Purchase packages (such as a soda or beverage pass)
  • Bring spray tan/self-tanner if you need it (no spray tan booths)
  • For Seasickness:
    • Book your cabin in the middle of the ship because it doesn’t rock as much (with a balcony or window if possible)
    • Bring medicines (little sticker for behind your ear, wristbands, dramamine)
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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/22/18 – Holiday Travel

Episode 28 – Holiday Travel

 

Special Guest

Katherine Firestone, Founder of Fireborn Institute

Traveling with Kids this Holiday Season

www.fireborninstitute.org

 

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for the Holidays

 

Colleen

Holiday Song: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Accommodations: Drake Hotel

Restaurant: Chicago Cut

Activity: Christkindlmarket in Chicago

Baked Good: Homemade Christmas Cookies

Way to give back: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. See how you can get involved at – https://www.stjude.org/

Holiday Tradition: Listening to Christmas music, decorating the house with the kids, having hot chocolate

 

Catie

Holiday Song: Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas (She has made $60 million on that song!)

Accommodations: The Peninsula Chicago

Restaurant: Chicago Cut

Activity: Going on the CTA holiday train and Ice skating inside the Peninsula.

Baked Good: Christmas cookies- decorating is my favorite part!

Way to give back: Believe in Yourself – Making a difference by providing dresses to underprivileged girls. See how you can get involved at – www.believeinyourself.org

Holiday Tradition: We spend the night at Peninsula every Christmas and go to Midnight mass at Old St. Pats and Chicago Cut for dinner.

 

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

 

What’s in Your Suitcase?

Treemote – A Christmas-tree shaped wireless remote that lets you turn your Christmas lights or tree lights on or off without having to unplug the cord each time. Currently available at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Wegmans, Meijer and select Ace Hardware locations. Cost: $19.99

 

What’s on your phone?

Ring Doorbell – Home security system and app. When someone rings your doorbell, you can look at your Ring app from wherever you are and see who’s at your door. Available at ring.com, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers. Starts at around $99  

 

What’s the tip?

Keeping your home safe while traveling

  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times. This is true even when you are home, and even when it’s light out. In fact, many burglaries actually happen in broad daylight when people are less likely home.
  • Use door reinforcements and top-flight locks.
  • Keep the curtains and blinds closed. This will ensure that no one can take a peek at your valuables.
  • Give your home a “lived-in” look with a home automation technology system. Many of these can be controlled by a model device or scheduled to turn lights on or off at a specific time.
  • Collect your newspaper and mail as soon as they arrive.
  • If you have a garage, make sure you are packing and unpacking gifts from the car inside of the garage so no one can see what you purchased.
  • Don’t advertise your Christmas gift purchases on social media, as many thieves use social media to find potential victims.
  • Also don’t post on social media that you’re going out of town or if you are out of town.
  • Make an investment into a home security system. The best systems provide a clear view of what is happening in the home on your mobile device when you are not there.
  • If you can’t afford a real security system, you can purchase fake cameras and ADT home security stickers for your windows. Sensor lights can be fairly inexpensive as well.
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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/15/18 – Winter Travel

Episode 27 – Winter Travel

Special Guest: Trip Beat
Join Trip Beat, a discount vacation club, for exclusive deals.
Go to www.TripBeat.com/familytravel and click “Join For Free” to become a member and receive your $30 promo code!

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Big Cities

Colleen – The Abbey – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
www.theabbeyresort.com
Accommodations: The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Stunning resort complete with 334 recently updated suites and guest rooms, plus 14 luxury villas.

Restaurants:
240 West at The Abbey – Higher end, delicious food!
Waterfront Restaurant at The Abbey – Burgers, more casual

Activity:
Ice skating at the Abbey’s outdoor rink, treating yourself to the Avani Spa at the Abbey, indoor and outdoor pools, and even enjoy a Santa Cruise on the lake.

Packages/Events at The Abbey Resort:
1) Quarterly Long Table Dinner Series – The Abbey’s quarterly Long Table Dinners featuring a special four-course, farm-to-fork menu prepared by Executive Chef Joshua North. Dates are set quarterly – check the website for dates and additional menu specifics.
2) Stay and Ski Package – Stay at the Abbey Resort and ski at one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations, Wilmot Mountain which is now owned and operated by world-class Vail Resorts!
3) Immersion Family Package – Enjoy overnight accommodations, $50 credit to be used in any resort dining outlet including Immersion Café, and four 15-minute sessions in the area’s first virtual reality gaming center, Immersion.
4) Parent’s Escape Package – This escape includes overnight accommodations, $130 spa credit per stay as well as all day spa access, and at the end of the night, unwind in your room with champagne and locally-handcrafted chocolate. Package is worth a savings of more than $80.
5) Sweet Retreat Package – This escape includes overnight accommodations, in-room amenity of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, $100 dining allowance to the resort’s keynote restaurant 240 West, post-dinner pairing of spirits and locally-made handcrafted truffles from Ethereal Confections, and a complimentary turndown service with an Ethereal Confections chocolate bar.

Catie – Scottsdale, Arizona
Accommodations: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Located in Sonoran Desert, home to five top-ranked Arizona restaurants and bars, an innovative spa and fitness programs at Well & Being Spa, six sparkling pools, and even a championship golf course.

Restaurant: Old Scottsdale

Activity: Hiking, horseback riding, shopping in downtown Scottsdale

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
The Heat Holders – Hat, socks, footies – We used these when filming an episode of “Family Travel” in Quebec. They’re known as the world’s warmest socks and are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks! The socks start around $9.99 and hats and gloves around $19.99 and you can buy them at www.heatholders.com

What’s on your phone?
WeatherBug: Forecast, Radar & Alerts – The WeatherBug app is one of the most accurate, real-time current and future weather apps that helps you track any oncoming winter storms. Free for your Android or iOS and there’s also an Elite, ad-free version available for $9.99.

What’s the tip?
Add fresh squeezed citrus juices to help provide immune cells with an energy boost and promote faster recovery from illnesses like colds and the flu
Add Flax seed powder to your oatmeal or yogurt. Then add cashews and almonds to add healthy zinc & omega fatty acids for clean energy. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt can reduce your risk of catching a bug by 27%
Get at least 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep
Your vitamin D levels may run on E in winter. Vitamin D can spur your body to fight off colds. In fact, taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a week may cut your risk of upper respiratory infection in half.
Don’t touch your face. People who occasionally touch their eyes and nose are 41 percent more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than hands-off folks, a 2013 study in the Journal of Occupational Health found.
Get a Flu Shot – And workout right before hand. When you exercise prior to receiving a flu shot, the post-exercise inflammation boosts your body’s immune response to the virus in the vaccine
To Stay Healthy While Flying:
Drink plenty of water before and during your flight
Opt for hot beverages, like tea, to drink on your flight
Eat beforehand (if possible) to avoid food contamination on flights
If you must eat on your flight, opt for warm foods vs. cold salads
Bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down your seat and area first

Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/8/18 – City Travel

Episode 26 – City Travel

Special Guest: Jamie Allan – iMagician
Tickets on sale now for Jamie Allan’s iMagician Show coming to Chicago’s Harris Theater December 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019!
For tickets visit: www.harristheaterchicago.com
For more information about Jamie: http://www.magicjamie.com/

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Big Cities

Colleen – Philadelphia/Baltimore
Accommodations: Rittenhouse – Philadelphia – This luxury hotel is a beautiful way to experience Philly the way it’s meant to be seen, with all its history and charm. Located right on Rittenhouse Square, this hotel is within walking distance from Museum Mile, Old City’s historical sites, and some delicious restaurants.

Restaurants:
Rittenhouse – Lacroix – High-end, great for genuine foodies.
Baltimore – L.P. Steamers – Neighborhood restaurant with amazing seafood and local charm.

Activity:
Baltimore – Walking along the harbor, exploring the city, learning the rich history, eating crab cakes.

Catie – New York/Chicago
Accommodations: citizenM Hotel – NYC – Boutique hotel located in Times Square in the theatre district of midtown NYC

Restaurant:
River Cafe – Brooklyn – A landmark eatery with a New American menu and gorgeous views of Manhattan.
Chicago Cut – High-end steak house in Chicago with beautiful city views and great food.

Activity: Jamie Allan’s iMagician Show at the Harris Theater in Chicago, running December 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Tickets now on sale at www.harristheaterchicago.com

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
AIRLIFT Electric Sit-to-Stand Adjustable Desktop Converter

What’s on your phone?
Citymapper App
Free on Android and iOS – Citymapper is a transit app that helps clue you into the different transit routes in the city you are visiting.

What’s the tip?

Beware “carrier-imposed fees” on international flights when searching for frequent-flier award tickets.
Many airlines charge the fee on frequent-flier award tickets along with required government taxes and fees.
The “free” ticket you buy with miles may require an additional $400, $500 or more—most of that pocketed by the airline.
The British Airways website says its highest taxes, fees and carrier charges amount across all routes round trip has been $910 in economy class.
Sometimes you can pay the surcharges in miles. Lufthansa allows you to spend an extra 15,000 miles to cover all taxes, fees and surcharges.
Airlines don’t publish any sort of chart or schedule of their international fees. And they’re reluctant to talk about the fare structure as well.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/1/8 – Island Hopping

Episode 25 – Island Hopping

Colleen & Catie’s Island Getaway Picks

Colleen – Bermuda
Accommodations:
The Reefs – www.thereefs.com – Family owned boutique resort, complete with beautiful beaches, restaurants and a spa. There are three restaurants on property and they also have an eight treatment room spa

Fairmont Southampton – www.fairmont.com/Southampton/Bermuda – Great resort for families and avid golfers, this resort offers and Explorer Camp for kids and The Turtle Hill Golf Club, an award winning 18-hole Championship Par-3 golf course for golfers. There’s also several on-site restaurants and a spa.

Restaurant: The Reefs – Aqua Terra – Enjoy a traditional English breakfast/brunch on the outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean or enjoy the panoramic ocean views inside through their curved wall of windows.

Activities:
The Reefs – Complimentary kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear.
Fairmont – PADI dive center, snorkeling rentals, tennis courts and more.

Catie –
Accommodations: Westin Maui Resort & Spa – Westin with beautiful views. On 4th of July, their tradition is to rain thousands of fresh orchids down on guests, the resort’s environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks.

Restaurant: Mama’s Fish House – This local landmark offers fresh seafood, polynesian decor and beautiful ocean views.

Activities: Snorkeling, lei making, and swimming with turtles

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Aunt Fannie’s Mosquito Wipes – $9.99
Available: Online at www.auntfannies.com and Target Stores
Aunt Fannie’s Mosquito Wipes repel mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and black flies, among other pesky insects. Plus, they’re DEET-free!

What’s on your phone?

Diving Buddy – Scuba Pre-Dive Check Aid
$6.99 only for iOS, this app is great for divers of all skill levels, allowing you to access easy unit conversions and helpful guides for ultimate safety.

What’s the tip?

Island Getaway Tips
Be sure to bring ziplock bags or waterproof bags – If you’re lounging by the pool or beach, or even if you’re in the water, you’ll be grateful for these to put your phone and other necessities in
Don’t put your wet swimsuit in a plastic bag – It will mold, fast. Air dry your suit or hang it up until it’s completely dry. Even once it is, wrap it in a towel or old shirt before putting it in a bag to ensure no moisture gets in.
Leave your beach towels at home – Most hotels or resorts offer beach towels to their guests. You don’t need one more thing to pack!

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Early voting brings an absurdity to April runoff elections

When they were writing the new early voting statute in Springfield, Jim Allen at the Chicago Board of Elections says they bungled into this.
“The law was a cut and paste with 40 days of early voting and technically if we were to follow that, we’d have to have early voting for the run off before people voted on February 26th, so it’s not gonna work.”
So here’s the plan.
“We wait. We postpone. We hope that the legislature changes that law and makes it right.”
Lawmakers are back in Springfield today but there’s no fix on the agenda because it’s a veto session.
Bill Cameron, WLS-AM
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‘Dibs’: Which candidates are for and against it?

Bu Bill Cameron, WLS-AM News
(CHICAGO) It’s the last day for candidates for mayor to file their nominating petitions and after four of them did, Bill Cameron took their temperatures on dibs, the well-honored practice of reserving a parking place on the street with a piece of furniture after you clear the snow and ice from it.
On the day of a blizzard of all things, former police supt Garry McCarthy came out against dibs: “I think that’s a bad idea. It just causing conflict. Anything that causes conflict I think is a bad idea.”
Dorothy Brown, the Circuit Court Clerk, didn’t know what dibs is: “Dibs? I’m not familiar with that.”
On dibs, Gerry Chico ducked: “You mean the chair? I’m not answering that question!” But Chico admitted he used to do it.
And here’s where Bill Daley is on dibs: “I’m nowhere on dibs! Where are you on dibs?
If I were a candidate for mayor, I’d certainly be pro-dibs.
@ WLS-AM News
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UPDATE: 176K power outages reported in Chicago area after heavy snowfall

More than 176,000 people were left without power throughout the Chicago area after a winter storm pummeled northern Illinois with snow from Sunday to Monday.

As of 8:45 a.m. Monday, 91,816 ComEd customers in Cook County were affected by power outages, with 24,150 of those in Chicago, according to the company’s outage map.

DuPage County saw 27,278 customers reporting outages, the second-highest total outside Cook County, according to ComEd; 20,482 were reported Lake County, 11,990 in Kane County, 909 in McHenry County, 3,643 in Kendall County and 11,730 in Will County.

The total number of outages in ComEd’s service area was 176,814. Customers can report outages and emergencies to ComEd 24/7 at 800-EDISON-1.

On Sunday morning, the electricity and heat service said they were increasing staffing to accommodate the blizzard’s swift winds and whiteout conditions.

Customers should stay away from downed power lines and flooded basements, as they pose dangers of electrocution, ComEd said. Trees, tree limbs and storm-damaged buildings should also be avoided.

The National Weather Service announced a blizzard warning Sunday afternoon to early Monday across most of northern Illinois, with the storm causing “life threatening travel conditions” Sunday night.

Thunderstorms also began to spark across the area about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, creating additional risk for being outside.

Holiday travelers were already facing heavy delays and cancellations at both of the city’s airports throughout the weekend.

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Post-blizzard roads snarl Chicago-area morning commutes

Snowfall was winding down in the Chicago area early Monday, following a blizzard that caused white-out conditions and dumped up to a foot of snow as millions of travelers headed home at the end of the holiday weekend.

The blizzard warning was in effect until Monday morning across much of northern Illinois, creating “life threatening travel conditions” Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. During the storm, heavy snowfall and wind gusts up to 50 mph impacted the area.

Just before rush hour, the NWS downgraded the warning in Cook, DuPage and Will counties from a blizzard to a winter storm that will last until 9 a.m. Blizzard warnings mostly remained in place across the rest of the Chicago area and northern Illinois until 6 a.m.

The Illinois Department of Transportation was warning of ice and snow-slicked roads just before rush hour. As of about 6:30 a.m., the Edens, Kennedy and Stevenson Expressways were mostly covered with ice or snow, while the Dan Ryan and the I-57 were partly covered, the weather service said.

As of 6 a.m., 7.4 inches of snow had fallen at O’Hare International Airport, marking the fifth-largest two-day snowfall in recorded history for the month of November, the weather service said. Strong winds continued at 40 mph, and “blowing and drifting” snow was expected through the morning, mainly north and west of the city.

Chicago’s biggest November storm on record dropped 12 inches on the city between Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 1895, according to the weather service.

Lakeshore flooding also coincided with the storm, creating waves as high as 16 feet in Cook County, the weather service said. A flood warning was in effect until noon Monday.

Just before 4 a.m., waves from Lake Michigan were reportedly inching close to Lake Shore Drive, the NWS said. The lakeshore bike path from Oak Street to North Avenue was submerged early Monday.

Those riding the Metra into the city were met with bad luck Monday morning. Over three dozen trains were either behind schedule or canceled, according to the transit agency’s online tracker. The most impacted routes included the Metra Electric, Union Pacific, North Central and Milwaukee District lines.

As of 6 a.m., 7.4 inches of snow had fallen in the city’s northwestern part by midnight, the weather service said. Strong winds continued at 40 mph, and “blowing and drifting” snow was expected through the morning, mainly north and west of the city.

Chicago’s biggest November storm on record dropped 12 inches on the city between Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 1895, according to the weather service.

Lakeshore flooding also coincided with the storm, creating waves as high as 16 feet in Cook County, the weather service said. A flood warning was in effect until noon Monday.

Just before 4 a.m., waves from Lake Michigan were reportedly inching close to Lake Shore Drive, the NWS said. The lakeshore bike path from Oak Street to North Avenue was submerged early Monday.

Due to the conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard advised people to stay off of Lake Michigan and away from beaches and other areas near the shore.

“Unsuspecting waves can sweep you into the Lake,” Master Chief Alan Haraf said in a statement. “Once that happens, high waves, churning waters and hypothermia, which will set in quickly, can make it nearly impossible to get out of the water alive.”

“Due to the high waves predicted, first responders will not be able to launch rescues crews on the water,” added Haraf, who noted that 39 people have already drowned in Lake Michigan this year.

At about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, many parts of the city began experiencing “thundersnow” – an unusual phenomenon where thunderstorms hit with temperatures cold enough to produce snow, according to the weather service.

The weather service advised Chicagoans to put off outdoor activities like snow blowing and shoveling to avoid potential lightening strikes during the storm. The last time Chicago experienced a thundersnow storm was in 2011, the service said.

“Just because it is snowing, does not diminish the dangers from lightning,” NWS tweeted. “Remember, if you’re close enough to hear thunder or see lightning, you should seek shelter indoors.”

Downed tree limbs and power lines overnight were also causing power troubles throughout northern Illinois, the weather service said. The Chicago area was reporting tens of thousands of power outages — 24,150 of them in the city as of Monday 7 a.m.

Snow fell as quickly as two inches per hour and caused periodic life-threatening blizzard conditions through 4 a.m., with the heaviest snowfall coming in the northwest suburbs. As of 12 a.m. Monday, 11.7 inches of snow had fallen in north suburban Rockford, breaking that city’s record for the heaviest snowfall in November. The previous record was 9.5 inches in 1951, the weather service said.

Conditions were most severe through 4 a.m. Monday south of the city and through 2 a.m. Monday toward the west, according to the weather service.

Holiday travelers were already facing delays and cancellations at both of the city’s airports as the storm pushed into the area.

As of 5 a.m. Monday, 348 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International Airport, while 92 were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway International Airport, 66 flights had been canceled and seven more were delayed.

Average delays at O’Hare were lasting 24 minutes, the CDA said. Midway was seeing less than 15 minutes in delays.

The National Weather Service published a “traveler’s guide” Sunday evening, warning motorists that driving during a blizzard warning is “not advised.”

“We urge you to postpone non-emergency travel,” the weather service said on Twitter.

During the blizzard, Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications advised drivers to travel with “essential items,” like jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, traction material, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, a cellphone and a mobile charger.

Temperatures reached 39 degrees Sunday afternoon before dipping to the low-30s at night, the weather service said.

Monday’s forecast calls for partly sunny conditions and a chance of more snowfall, the weather service said. Daytime temperatures are expected to stay above 30 degrees before falling into the teens during the nighttime hours.

A light snowfall was expected to continue through Monday afternoon with cloudy skies and high winds. Temperatures are expected to drop as low as 13 degrees, according to ABC.

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Lakeshore flood warning in effect

The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood warning that remains in effect until noon on Monday.

From the NWS: Abnormally high lake levels combined with strong onshore winds, potentially gusting over 50 mph, and waves of 12 to 16 ft along the Cook County shore… will likely result in lake shore flooding.

In other words: As you’re preparing for an already-challenging morning commute, take Lake Shore Drive off your list of potential ways to get where you’re going.

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Winter storm prompts hundreds of flight cancellations at O’Hare, Midway

Holiday travelers were facing delays and cancellations at both of Chicago’s major airports as a winter storm moved into the area on Sunday.

As of 3:15 p.m., 442 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International Airport, while 282 others were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway International Airport, 122 flights had been canceled and 58 more were delayed.

Average delays at both airports were lasting less than 15 minutes, the CDA said.

From 6 p.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Monday, heavy snow and wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected to move through Cook, DuPage, Grundy and Will counties, according to the National Weather Service. In addition, portions of Boone, McHenry, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb and Kane counties will remain under a blizzard warning from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.

Snow could fall as fast as two inches per hour and cause periodic life-threatening blizzard conditions, the weather service said. Travelers should look out for rain transitioning with little notice into heavy, wet snow on Sunday afternoon.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 11/24/18 (Island Hopping)

Episode 25 – Island Hopping

Colleen & Catie’s Island Getaway Picks

Colleen – Bermuda
Accommodations:
The Reefs – www.thereefs.com – Family owned boutique resort, complete with beautiful beaches, restaurants and a spa. There are three restaurants on property and they also have an eight treatment room spa

Fairmont Southampton – www.fairmont.com/Southampton/Bermuda – Great resort for families and avid golfers, this resort offers and Explorer Camp for kids and The Turtle Hill Golf Club, an award winning 18-hole Championship Par-3 golf course for golfers. There’s also several on-site restaurants and a spa.

Restaurant: The Reefs – Aqua Terra – Enjoy a traditional English breakfast/brunch on the outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean or enjoy the panoramic ocean views inside through their curved wall of windows.

Activities:
The Reefs – Complimentary kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear.
Fairmont – PADI dive center, snorkeling rentals, tennis courts and more.

Catie –
Accommodations: Westin Maui Resort & Spa – Westin with beautiful views. On 4th of July, their tradition is to rain thousands of fresh orchids down on guests, the resort’s environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks.

Restaurant: Mama’s Fish House – This local landmark offers fresh seafood, polynesian decor and beautiful ocean views.

Activities: Snorkeling, lei making, and swimming with turtles

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Aunt Fannie’s Mosquito Wipes – $9.99
Available: Online at www.auntfannies.com and Target Stores
Aunt Fannie’s Mosquito Wipes repel mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and black flies, among other pesky insects. Plus, they’re DEET-free!

What’s on your phone?
Diving Buddy – Scuba Pre-Dive Check Aid
$6.99 only for iOS, this app is great for divers of all skill levels, allowing you to access easy unit conversions and helpful guides for ultimate safety.

What’s the tip?
Island Getaway Tips
Be sure to bring ziplock bags or waterproof bags – If you’re lounging by the pool or beach, or even if you’re in the water, you’ll be grateful for these to put your phone and other necessities in
Don’t put your wet swimsuit in a plastic bag – It will mold, fast. Air dry your suit or hang it up until it’s completely dry. Even once it is, wrap it in a towel or old shirt before putting it in a bag to ensure no moisture gets in.
Leave your beach towels at home – Most hotels or resorts offer beach towels to their guests. You don’t need one more thing to pack!

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Funeral for Fallen CPD Officer to be Held Monday

Jennifer Keiper, WLS-AM 890 News
 
The funeral for a Chicago Police Officer, killed in the line of duty this week, has been scheduled for Monday.

When shots rang out at Mercy Hospital in Chicago Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, responded.  The officer, along with Dr. Tamara O’Neal, and Pharmacy Tech Dayna Less were shot and died of their wounds.
 
The gunman, Dr. O’Neal’s ex-fiance, was shot by police and turned the gun on himself. He also died.
 
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has paid tribute to Officer Jimenez.  “He went towards the danger.  He ran towards the sound of gunshots and he did that so that the rest of us could run away from the danger.  He and his fellow officers saved a lot of lives on Monday,” said Whittaker
 
The wake for Officer Samuel Jimenez will be held on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Oehler Funeral Home at 2099 Miner Street in Des Plaines.
 
The funeral mass will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Chapel of St. Joseph at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.  A private burial service will follow.
 
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