Newington agency offers travel tips for 2018

Published on Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:33
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON - The women at French’s Travel have the latest in savvy tips and cautionary tales for upcoming travel in the New Year.

Honeymooners and spring-breakers might be concerned about heading to the tropics after a particularly active hurricane season.

There are islands to be wary of, the team says, but other places fared just fine.

“The western Caribbean in fine,” travel agent Karen Powell said. “If you’re going to do more in-depth exploring in the eastern Caribbean, some of the outings you might normally want to do won’t be the best right now. The inland areas of some of the islands are still heavily devastated.”

That includes St. Martin and St. Thomas, two of the most popular Caribbean destinations. Frequent visitors may still choose to visit as a way to aid in recovery.

“Some people have an island they love and they want to spend their dollars there and help the people get back on their feet,” Powell said.

The cruise lines have returned to San Juan, Puerto Rico, after a heavy hit from Hurricane Maria several months ago. The port has long been on cruise itineraries and was able to return to business as usual fairly quickly.

For those craving a last-minute escape who don’t have time to plan or worry, consider exploring our own continent. The agents at French’s Travel are putting together more and more last-minute getaways to Arizona, Florida, California and Canada.

There are cities, small towns and interesting spots to check out closer to home that feel like a world away.

Despite the current unsettled nature of many popular tourist destinations, that doesn’t mean world travel is out of the question.

Owner Valeri French is in South Africa on one of many exploratory trips she and fellow agents take to keep up to date.

Africa is one of those special destinations that demands a bit more planning than others. Although illness prevalence is always changing, there are usually several vaccinations doctors advise.

“You can go to a travel clinic or your primary care doctor to find out the latest,” Powell explained.

As a matter of fact, she added, anytime you’re considering a trip “off the beaten path,” it’s smart to research travel requirements and suggestions.

People often turn to the World Wide Web for this information, but travel agents are a more trustworthy resource.

To plan your next trip, stop in or call French’s Travel, 50 Market Sq., at 860-666-4625.

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:33. Updated: Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:36.