We are all trying to adjust to the new normal of unprecedented times due to the coronavirus. Your Travel Club has
had to cancel 3 trips: A Musical Journey, Have A Blast in Rocket City and our Essential Holland Cruise. A complete
refund will be mailed out shortly for the Rocket City trip as payments had not been sent out yet because the trip
departs May 11th. The Musical Journey trip is a bit different because we were only 8 days from departure and all
vendors had been paid in full. Therefore, when we receive the refunds (which the vendors have stated that they will
refund fully), we will be refunding you! There will be no need to file a travel insurance claim as you will be receiving a
full refund. As you realize, we are your travel club and not a tour company and we organize the trips just for you.
When you give us a deposit, we send the deposits directly to the hotels, etc. When you make your final payments,
we then forward those payments directly to the vendors (hotels, restaurants, attractions). This is different from a tour
company where they operate on a profit. Your trips are offered at the exact cost of the trip, plus 2% of the cost, which
goes directly to “club equity,” which is used for our year-end philanthropic disbursements and entitles us to provide
tours to our members as “fund raising” activities.
With the coronavirus upon us, many people have questions regarding “travel insurance.” Travel insurance can help
but has its limits! Travel insurance is a good idea if you’re traveling to a place where you feel more at risk of getting
sick or if you have a medical condition that could force you to cancel your trip. Policies have a very specific list of
covered reasons for cancellation but general concern about traveling isn’t one of them. Shop around and read the
“fine print” to make sure that the travel insurance you’re considering, covers everything you think it should. If you have
pre-existing conditions, select a policy that covers pre-existing conditions. Check out the website that lets travelers
compare travel insurance (InsureMyTrip.com). We list 3 major travel insurance companies on the travel page of the
Ladies Club website.
We have some great trips coming up this summer: Christmas in July (deadline June 5th) – Pink Jeeps – Secret
City. Also, our Falls trips are “a go!” Sandi Edwards is planning to redo “Have a “Blast” in Rocket City” for next May.
Our trip, that was to leave today (“A Musical Journey”), will be redone to coordinate with a trip that I was already
working on for March 2021. It will still visit Memphis (Graceland) and New Orleans but from there it really takes off.
Watch for this new trip on the website. It’s titled, “Spring in the South - My Favorite Places” and you guessed it …
this is my last hurrah (other than Ireland) and I’m taking you to my favorite places down South!
Please everyone - stay safe and healthy during these trying times!
Travel Committee Chairman