Episode 67 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Sept. 22, 2019
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Hans Miller – CEO of Airside, the maker of Mobile Passport
Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Coastal Destinations
Destination: Pensacola, Florida – Located on the Florida panhandle on Pensacola Bay (an arm of the Gulf of Mexico).
Accommodations: Surf & Sand Hotel Pensacola Beach
Restaurant: The Oar House – seafood and american and outside on the water. Any catch and cook restaurant too!
Watch the Blue Angels fly, deep sea fishing, water sports and a great beach
Naval Aviation Museum
Blue Wahoos Ballpark for a minor league game
Tips: Condo, townhouse, or house rentals are another great option for accommodations, especially for families!
Destination: Carmel by the Sea, California
Accommodations: Tradewinds Carmel – Personal touches like a handwritten note and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival make a stay at this historic Carmel gem extra sweet.
Restaurant: Il Tegamino – A romantic, off-the-beaten-path restaurant, with a very European feel, from the space itself to the Italian comfort food.
The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach, with a scuba entry point.
Check out the sea animals like sea lions and whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
Hit the green at world-famous golf course, Pebble Beach.
Check out the Sunset Cultural Center, a vibrant performing arts center that hosts hundreds of performances a year, or the beloved Carmel Art Walk.
Carmel Beach – Enjoy everything from swimming and surfing to volleyball and beachcombing. Pack a picnic lunch… and don’t forget the wine!
Don’t leave without: Taking the 17-Mile Drive tour. There are no ugly views on this scenic drive — think dramatic, majestic cliffs, secluded beaches, even magical redwood forests.
Very walkable town – Wear comfortable shoes!
For two years in the ‘80s, Clint Eastwood presided over this town as mayor.
The rocky bit of coastline located in Carmel-by-the-Sea appears in some of the Big Little Lies beach scenes.
“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”
What’s in Your Suitcase?
VONT Collapsible LED Lantern – www.thegrommet.com
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What’s on your phone?
As a part of Florida’s Healthy Beaches Program, you can use this interactive map to see the water quality at your possible destination.
What’s the tip?
Travel Tips for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season extends from the beginning of June to the end of November in the Atlantic and from mid-May to the end of November in the Eastern Pacific. The peak is from mid-August until October, with most of the major storms hitting through the month of September.
You can get some great bargains traveling to destinations that are prone to hurricanes, you just need to educate yourself on how to travel safely.
Be Proactive – Subscribe to STEP (Smart Traveler Enrolment Program) which will get you in touch with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to make them aware of your presence in the area. Registration in these programs will subscribe you to text and email weather alerts. Getting a Red Cross app on your phone will link you into weather alerts as well.
Get Travel Insurance – Make sure your insurance covers trip interruption and trip cancellation. Usually, a comprehensive plan is the best way to go, but make sure you read the fine print around weather, acts of nature and catastrophic events. Also, make sure you’ve got medical coverage- either through your health care plan or through additional travel insurance.
Pack a Smart Carry-On – When traveling during a season where weather can be unpredictable, the likelihood of flight delays and losing your luggage increases. Reduce this stress by packing a quality carry-on with all of the necessities you might need for a couple of days.
Refunds – Check with your hotel before you go on what their hurricane policies are. Some offer refunds, but most hotels will offer guests a credit or a discount to come back and stay at a later date. Airlines typically will allow you to change your flight plans without penalty.
Extra Packing – Bring a travel first aid kit, a battery operated radio and a flashlight for starters.