Many of our No Worries Travellers are seeking that perfect stretch of sand, and it’s always a good idea to be aware of hidden hazards in the sea, along with areas not to visit because of their cultural significance or “locals only” status.
Here are four less travelled options offering some worry-free seclusion:
Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii Island
Hawaii Island’s beaches are found along rocky shoreline of caves and cliffs. Her beaches come and go with the tides based on lava flows and currents — while you keep your eyes open for these “pop-up” beaches, here’s another option that’s always there for you.
At Kealakekua Bay you’ll find the quiet, culturally treasured site of the Hikiau Heiau Temple. There is parking at the temple, with spots to picnic and relax. Listening to sounds of the surf, you can walk along the shore, rest under a tree or sit on the stony beach in the company of the local rock crabs.
Polihua Beach, Lanai
Most spots are Lanai are secluded — it’s only populated by 3,000 people with no traffic lights — but at the northwest tip of the island, Polihua Beach has even fewer visitors.
Polihua is on the other side of the island from most resorts, and you’ll need a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle to get there. Once you arrive, the views of Molokai from the fine sands are fabulous, and you can even see Oahu on clear days. The strong currents make this beach un-swimmable, so enjoy tanning along with the local green sea turtles. Since they are endangered, mahalo for enjoying them from afar. This site’s miles from anything, so bring plenty of water, and be sure to let your car rental company and hotel know where you’re going.
Secret Beach, Oahu
The Ko Olina Resort complex is between Waikiki and the North Shore, with a little beach that has a royal past. Secret Beach is a short walk for the resort hotels, and is a more natural experience than the manufactured lagoons you’ll find on the property. It is only accessible to resort guests, and its calm surf, tranquil swimming and general solitude were enjoyed daily by Queen Kaahumanu, consort to King Kamehameha I.
This property remains exclusive, with private property nearby — look for posted signs to stay within the public areas.
Waimea Beach, Kauai
The sunny west side of Kauai Island is dry, with road access to one of her least crowded coasts. The fine brown-black sand of Waimea Beach is great for leisurely strolls, and you’ll have views of the island of Niihau across the channel. This is another beach where water conditions aren’t good for swimming — being near the river mouth makes the water murky, keeping away the crowds and luring in some of the local hungry, sharp-toothed fishies.
The lazy beach is near historic Waimea Plantation Cottages, with no real development other than the historic rural character of old Hawaii. Even Captain Cook appreciated her charms when he anchored offshore in January 1778.
Mike’s Maui and Oahu roots have given your No Worries Travel Agents ample time to explore Hawai’i and her islands. We’re always happy to use our personal history and preferred supplier connections to book your No Worries Travel, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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No Worries Travellers often ask us about the least crowded time to visit the Disneyland Resort for the winter holidays. Our answer? Well, if the goal is to avoid crowds, our favorite time to visit is the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend.
Why? Well … while the parks are all spruced up for the holidays, most folks have already returned home after their turkey-day visits with loved ones — leaving the parks completely festive, and relatively free of crowds.
We love seeing the themes of the season integrated into familiar park spaces and attractions. And, the special events are a magical start to get everyone into the holiday spirit. When this time period coincides with Walt’s birthday on December 5th, look for some extra magic off the beaten park path. Be sure to ask Dana what she did at the celebration of Walt’s 100th birthday 🙂
You haven’t been? Wanna go? Contact your very own No Worries Travel Agent.
Sharing an Ancient Travel Agent Secret…this is WAVE SEASON.
In lay terms, that means that some of the absolute best cruise specials are available between now and January 31st! Don’t miss out — reach out to your very own No Worries Travel Agent for your very best booking options. Remember to follow No Worries Travel and @noworriestravelagent to be sure and catch what we’re posting there, too!
Our No Worries Travellers rely on our concierge service when air travel is disrupted, and we’re sharing key lessons we’ve learned over the years through booking worry-free travel for clients just like you.
When flights are changed, here are our FIVE top tips to avoid additional, uncessary trip disruptions:
1) Security Delays – With the increase in security measures across international airports, some of our travellers are taking longer than usual to go through immigration and customs. These delays can impact the transfer service taking you from the airport to your hotels. While transfer services monitor flight delays, they don’t typically account for flight changes, cancellations or lengthy wait times for customs. To help avoid missing a transfer, contact your transfer service once you land.
2) Air Strikes – No Worries Travellers benefit from our relationships with the premier providers of travel services. Air teams with our suppliers are typically notified several hours prior to labor strikes. We count on them to review all impacted tickets, adjust itineraries, and secure new flights with the least disruption possible to our clients.
We will contact you and advise of the situation and new flight information once we are notified, but you also want to be sure that your airlines are able to contact you directly.
To help ensure that you’re noticed about any air impacts in a timely manner, it is critical for you to provide your airlines with your personal contact information. If you’re travelling in a group, all travellers should provide their contacts, too.
3) Air Schedule Changes – Airlines modify their schedules constantly. Almost daily, the teams at our preferred suppliers process hundreds of schedule changes. If a No Worries Traveller’s flight is changed, we receive notice and are able to advise you of the schedule change. We work with our suppliers to determine any available alternate schedules that are closest to the original schedule. Keep an eye out for all communications from us pre-travel and during travel to ensure you’re informed of impacts and resolutions related to your trip.
4) Missed Flight – If you miss a flight at your own expense (ie. late to the airport, don’t show up, etc.) you will automatically have the remainder of your flights cancelled under the same flight record number. When travellers do not arrive on time, they’re considered a “no-show” and the airline assumes they will be missing the remainder of their flights. Alerts to No Worries Travel and your airline are critical to avoid further unecessary flight cancellations and/or trip delays.
5) Flight Delay or Cancellation – When flights are delayed or cancelled, we are all truly 100% at the mercy of the airline. The airline’s representatives are in full control of re-booking your flight. You’ll want to be first to the counter to discuss your options in a friendly and calm manner. Again, the airline representative is in full control of rebooking the flight.
Impacts on Transfer Services:
Delayed: Transfer services monitor flight delays and should be prepared to pick-up at the new estimated arrival time. However, we recommend an alert to them to be sure they are there to pick you up at your new time. In a scenario where you have a forced overnight delay, we work to advise the hotel and transfer services. Keeping No Worries Travel in the loop is critical to help minimize further trip disruptions.
Cancelled: If the flight is cancelled, transfer services need to be contacted timely to advise of the new flight details. We will help with that, if you notice us, and you must also give them a call.
Our No Worries Travel commitment to our clients is that we book travel in a way that is worry-free. Sharing the best of our leisure travel experience, our signature concierge service to select destinations, is what we do.
Enjoy. Book. Travel, worry-free.
*These tips were inspired by Europe Express’ “Air Issues 101” and are provided as general reference. These tips may not be reflective of the experience of actual travellers or supplier practice.
ROLLED! Ten days in Europe and one carry-on bag — four casual dresses, two dinner dresses, two pairs of jeans and one pair of shorts, two sweaters and three blouses, two nightgowns and undies, workout clothes and shoes, a pair of flats, three sandals, three hats, two belts, two scarves, one bathing suit, and one jean jacket.
There was plenty of room for travel-size toiletries and hot rollers, along with straightening and curling irons. It all fit, within weight limits, too 🙂
Always check your air and cruise lines for weight and suitcase dimensions.
Travel worry-free, fashionably — it’s what we do!
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So you’re heading off for a long-awaited vacation. Here are your No Worries Travel Agents’ Top Five recommendations for a worry-free trip:
- MONEY – Confirm your daily withdrawal limits to be sure that you can withdraw any cash you need pre-travel, and confirm a branch where you can trade the currency of the country you’re visiting BEFORE you depart. For real-time exchange rates we use www.xe.com
- FRAUD – Alert your bank and credit card company to dates of travel and destinations to ensure that you have access to funds during your trip, and help them to alert you to any fraudulent use of your accounts.
- CELL and INTERNET – Contact your cell phone provider to understand text and call capabilities during travel, along with a full listing of options for any travel packages that they offer. You may also want to consider secure internet options that help protect you while on-line, like www.skyroam.com.
- CONTACTS – Provide your airline or cruiseline with contact information for any in-travel itinerary changes. Someone at home should also have emergency numbers for your trusted repair folk and neighbors so they can be prepared to help, if needed.
- KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – Review State Department and Center for Disease Control updates for any key facts you’ll need to know about your destination, along with the terms and contact numbers for your trip insurance.
Making travel worry-free. It’s what we do.
Planning a trip? Contact your No Worries Travel Agent to book today at 408.440.2778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“How does it feel to be a tourist in your own home town?”
Now there’s a question worth answering … Returning to Monterey for a very special reunion, we thought about things we wish we’d had when we were growing up along this iconic coastline.
Here are our top five:
Five – The best clam chowder is in the palate of the beholder. Tastings are available as you make your way down the wharf. Our favorite is at Old Fisherman’s Grotto.
Four – Walking along the coastline is much improved now that the railroad tracks of our youth are nicely paved and beautifully landscaped walkways. Better yet, rent a bike and enjoy.
Three – Picnic spots have multiplied with great options from the wharf to the Coast Guard Pier and throughout Cannery Row. Our favorite sandwiches still come from Troia’s Market.
Two – Since we weren’t of drinking age, we didn’t appreciate the option of enjoying a glass of wine on the outdoor tables at the Monterey Plaza Hotel but we can now 🙂
One – Our all-time favorite Monterey re-dux. Cruising along The Asilomar at sunset was a favorite past-time, and is even better with the mini-cars available at the Portola Hotel.
For trips and tips, contact your No Worries Travel Agent at 408.440.2778.
Enjoy. Book. Travel.