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Cruising With A Disability

Twenty years ago this week, the United States passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is said that approximately 54 million Americans have a disability. The definition given by the ADA is a “person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” Thanks to this act, people who meet this definition have gained independence and a better quality of life. One area that has greatly improved for the disabled is travel by cruise.

FAQ’s For First-Time Cruisers

If you are considering booking your first cruise but have some questions or concerns, look no further! Here are the top ten most frequently asked questions about Ocean Cruising that I receive from my clients

Gulf Oil Spill Effect on Cruising

With the massive explosion of the British Petroleum oil rig off the coast of Louisiana many people are worried about the future of the cruises which leave from ports in New Orleans, Mobile, Galveston, and potentially Florida.

Happy Anniversary, Echelon Travels!

This month, Echelon Travels is celebrating one year since it hit the web! It’s been a great year with a lot of changes – a very successful first year!

Major Changes to Echelon Travels & Cruises!

Posted by JenW On February - 12 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

I am happy to announce that Echelon Travels has joined American Discount Cruises & Travel and will now be able to offer my readers an enhanced travel planning service! This new partnership has given me the opportunity to provide competitive discount pricing for cruises and land vacations along with personal service for my clients.

It has always been the goal of Echelon Travels to provide information on how to experience luxurious yet affordable vacation destinations. This new endeavor with American Discount Cruises will take that mission statement... more

New Security Policies from the TSA

Posted by JenW On December - 30 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

In light of the recent near-disaster of Northwest Airlines flight 253, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new security measures for safer air travel. What are these changes and how will they affect travelers?

Most notably, security for International air travel will be affected the most, especially for flights that will arrive in the United States. Travelers can expect to be subjected to more vigorous screenings before boarding a plane. These increased gate screenings may include searching your personal belongings or... more

Give the Gift of Travel!

Posted by JenW On November - 30 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what would be the perfect gift for your family and friends. Why not consider doing something a little different and memorable this year? Give the gift of travel!

For a wonderful and thoughtful gift for the romantics on your list, I recommend giving a gift certificate for a cozy retreat at a bed and breakfast. allows you to purchase gift cards for use at one of their 4,000 recommended locations for any amount you wish. There are no fees or blackout dates... more

Travel for Sports Fans

Posted by JenW On October - 5 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Fall ushers in the start of my favorite sport, football! I can’t help but wish for my team (the New York Giants) to once again make it to the Super Bowl. If baseball is your passion, you will soon be looking forward to the World Series or you are excited that hockey season has now begun and your team will bring home the Stanley Cup. If you are a true fan like me, you will want to think ahead about making plans to attend every event so you don’t miss history!

First and foremost, you want to secure those hard to get tickets to major sporting... more

What Happens in Vegas… is Awesome!

Posted by JenW On August - 14 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

If the lights and glitter of Vegas are calling your name, and you have never had the chance to visit, now is the perfect time to check out all that Las Vegas has to offer!

Of course, Vegas is known mostly for being the gambling capital of the world. But even if you are not a gambler, a wonderful and luxurious vacation can be found in this famous Nevada city. Here are some helpful tips for planning the ultimate trip to Las Vegas!

When is the best time to visit Las Vegas?

Vegas does have a peak season when you will pay top dollar for... more

Everyone wants to get the most for their money when they travel, and it is often recommended to travel off-season for many destinations in order to benefit from this. While this idea has many advantages, you must also weigh the disadvantages so you don’t end up in the middle of a vacation nightmare!

First, try to narrow down where you would like to go. Would it be fun to travel to Vermont or Colorado in the summer? Sure, you won’t be going to ski, however you could stay in a 4 or 5 star luxury hotel at 75% off of the regular winter... more

About Me

about me

Through many years in the travel industry, I have become a travel concierge which allows me to pass along my personal insider expertise to help you decide what your next vacation adventure will be. It is my goal that you create and enjoy perfectly tailored vacations to the greatest destinations around the world! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.