Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New documentation required for minors traveling to or from South Africa

Delta Airlines - important information
New Documentation Requirements for All Minors Traveling to or from South Africa

(May 12, 2015) - Effective June 1, 2015, the South African government will enforce new documentation requirements for all children under the age of 18 when traveling to or from South Africa. Regardless of nationality, children must travel with additional documentation as required by the Department of Home Affairs - South Africa (DHA).

Effective June 1, 2015, documentation requirements include, but are not limited to the following:

In addition to a passport, an original, unabridged, or certified (with seal or stamp) copy of the child’s full birth certificate issued within the last 3 months is required for all trips.

The new documentation requirements are applicable to all minors, under the age of 18. However, they may vary and additional documentation may be required, depending upon whether the minor is traveling alone, traveling with one parent or two parents or with another adult.

Children who are traveling unaccompanied, traveling with only one parent or traveling with an adult other than a parent must travel with an affidavit of consent executed by the non-traveling parent(s). To view a sample affidavit, please click here.
All travel documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.

Exceptions may apply. Details are outlined in the DHA final immigration regulation - section six (6): Admission and Departure Subsection 10 – 12.
Please note: Travelers who arrive in South Africa without the required documentation can be detained and/or deported immediately.

Contact Mary at 732-747-8187 or email Mary@thetravelbugonline.com for more information

Monday, May 11, 2015

Zipline in Costa Rica

This is so much fun! I did this zipline when I was in Costa Rica, but unfortunately I didn't have a GoPro to use at the time.  So take a look at this one and let me know what you think!

video credit: GoGo Worldwide Vacations

Contact Mary at 732-747-8187 or email Mary@thetravelbugonline.com for more information

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Super Bowl 2015



Fri, January 30-Mon, February 2, 2015

Package Includes:
* Three-nights hotel accommodations at a 
*Gainey Suites Hotel Scottsdale 
* Private hospitality check in suite with beverages
* Rental car for your entire stay in Phoenix
* Private motor coach transportation to the game and back
* Super Bowl pre-game extravaganza tailgate party
* Upper level ticket to the game (upgrades available)
* Ticket to the NFL Experience
* Round trip tailgate/game transfers
* Super Bowl commemorative pin & ticket holder
* VIP Super Bowl credential
* All taxes
* On-site representative throughout your entire trip
* *Hotel based on availabilitiy at the time of booking

Airfare available upon request

Contact Mary@TheTravelBugOnline.com or call 732-747-8187

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Travel Bug and Marnella Tours present Patagonia


For the adventurer in all of us, this program offers big city touring with the expansive frontier of the Patagonia! Stroll through Buenos Aires and one of its stylish neighborhoods, Recoleta, one day, and take a stroll under the Paine Massif in the heart of Patagonia and Torres Del Paine National Park the next. Get up close and personal with Perito Moreno Glacier, or cruise thru the mythical Cape Horn, separating the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Each day will begin with an opportunity for another adventure not found just anywhere, and each day ending with the comfort of personalized service at a warm hotel (or ship!!).

Whether it's one from the bucket list or the annual family getaway, this is bound to be a memorable experience!

Destination: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, El Calafate, Puerto Natales, & Torres Del Paine 
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Select Departures: 
2015 -  February 22, and March 22
* Additional departure dates are available on request, add-on fees may apply

Program Includes:
  • Three night's accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Tango Show & dinner
  • One night accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Three nights aboard the M/V Stella Australis
  • Daily guided excursions
  • All meals while onboard
  • Two night's accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Two night's accommodation in El Calafate
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • All museum & park entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes, service charges, and port fees
  • Airport transfers & portage
  • Breakfast daily

Not Included:
  • International & domestic airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Cabin Upgrades & Private Service Available

Contact Mary@TheTravelBugOnline.com or call 732-747-8187 for more information

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

There's still time to purchase your NCL All-Inclusive Package

Get more than you ever dreamed of with Norwegian Cruise Line's All-InclusivePackage. Worth over $2,400 per stateroom, you can purchase it today for at a greatly reduced rate. Plus, you'll also receive 10% off your cruise fare! 

Must be purchased by August 29, 2014 and valid for most 2015 sailings, exclusions apply.  
Purchase this package today and receive:

  • Ultimate Dining Package
  • Ultimate Beverage Package (including gratuities)
  • Up to 6 Bottles of Water (including gratuities)
  • Shore Excursion Credit of up to $200 per guest
  • 20 Photos, any size
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Bottle of Wine
  • 1 Bingo Session (3 Games)
  • 250 Minute Internet Package
  • Gratuities associated with package and Service Charges
  • PLUS - 10% off your cruise fare

Contact Mary at 732-747-8187 or email Mary@thetravelbugonline.com for more information

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Tourist card for the Dominican Republic

Did you know that Dominican Republic requires a fee to enter the country which is not included in the price of your ticket? Upon arrival to the airport you must wait in a line to purchase a tourist card for $10USD per person. (CASH ONLY!)

Travelers can purchase the tourist card (via credit card) online prior to departure and bypass the line when they arrive at the airport by using this link, following these steps:

1. Select" Buy your tourist card"
2. Translate to English
3. If you are not a citizen of one of the listed countries press "Select and Continue"
4. Fill in all applicable information
5. Accept the terms and conditions
6. Confirm your purchase using a credit card
7. Be sure to print out both portions of the tourist card and present them when you go through the Punta Cana airport.

Whether you would like to pre-purchase your entry card online with a credit card or bring with you $10.00 USD CASH ONLY for purchase at the airport is your choice.

Contact Mary at 732-747-8187 or email Mary@thetravelbugonline.com for more information

More on our Italy 2015 trip


Join The Travel Bugs, Tom and Mary, on a trip to Italy! You'll be glad you did!

​Our trip includes a once-in-a-lifetime attendance at the Passion Play, "La Passione", in the town of Sordevelo, Italy. This magnificent event is held once every ​five years by the local townspeople of Sordevelo.

​June 11

depart for Rome

Jun 12
arrive in Rome
– 3 nights with breakfast
Balance of day at leisure. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening is included.

Jun 13

This morning we will enjoy a private tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel and end with St. Peter’s Basilica. Afternoon at leisure.

Jun 14

​Morning tour of Imperial Rome, where we will view the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Roman Forum and visit to the Colosseum. Afternoon at leisure.

Jun 15
Rome / Florence
- 2 nights Florence with breakfast
Depart for Florence and drive through the Tuscan hills where our will stop for a wine tasting and light lunch.

June 16

Morning walking tour of Florence, we’ll stroll through the historic streets of the city to arrive in the Square of the Duomo, here we will learn the secrets of Giotto’s Bell Tower, and discover the beauty of the Baptistery with its golden, bronze doors. Then we will visit the Accademia Gallery famous for its David by Michelangelo. Afternoon is free to explore this beautiful city on our own. Dinner will be included at a local restaurant this evening.

June 17
Florence / Biella
– 3 nights Biella with breakfast
This morning we will make our way to Biella. Balance of day at leisure. Dinner included tonight at a local restaurant.

Jun 18
Biella /Turin / Biella

Today’s excursion will bring us to Turin to explore the city’s major monuments and Piazza Castello with its beautiful buildings. A highlight of the day will be the Cathedral and museum of the Holy Shroud, whose last public display was April-May 2010. There will be time at leisure to shop and explore on our own. In the afternoon return to our hotel. This evening is at leisure.

Jun 19

Our morning tour will begin with Piedmont’s countryside and the historical center of Sordevolo, including the church and museum of Santa Marta, and museum of Santa Marta. Sordevolo is the village where, every 5 years, a Passion Play is performed, with all the actors being local village people. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Sordevolo before we attend this remarkable performance of La Passione, “The Passion of Christ”.

Jun 20
​Biella / Milan

This morning we will transfer from our hotel to Milan for our return flight home.

Please call for details and to reserve your seat!

Contact Mary at 732-747-8187 or email Mary@thetravelbugonline.com for more information