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About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!

Dream today – travel tomorrow

The world may be in lockdown but that will not stop us from traveling in our imaginations. Yet our imaginations do not need to be of tomorrow’s travel. Often in these trying times, I take a moment and remember where … Continue reading

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Travel Financials

Our industry has always survived on very tight profit margins. The rule of thumb was ten percent commission. In the olden days that is what the airlines, hotels and cars paid to travel agents. Now the airlines do not pay … Continue reading

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My thoughts

“Now is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill. 1943   As we all begin to think about the tomorrows we really have no … Continue reading

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If you need to cancel your flights

Canceled or to Cancel flights… It’s already May, and summer-the peak season when everyone has likely planned a big vacation-is looming into view. But that long-haul trip to Europe, booked and paid for six months ago? Now, getting there seems … Continue reading

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28 – 3

Meanwhile “We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but we can control how we respond.” ~ Lionel Kendrick During these uncertain times, it has been extremely hard to focus on the positives. However, we all … Continue reading

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Cleaning your luggage

So, let us get ready… First clean our luggage.   Luggage we always take on a holiday. My large piece of luggage has traveled far and wide, how about yours? Maybe now is the time to clean off dust and … Continue reading

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Everyone has a suggestion

For me a great suggestion are the movies set in wonderful destinations. What is your favorite? Roman Holiday comes to mind first for me. Then there is Out of Africa or Lost in Translation. In Tea with Mussolini the women … Continue reading

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A total distraction for today, Coffee and Italy

Are you enjoying a cup while you read my newsletter? Many have, maybe you traveled a lot in Italy, you love Italy after all, you walked your way to behave like a local, feel confident enough to enter a café … Continue reading

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Wants and Needs

We here in the USA often confuse wants and needs. We are so used to being able to obtain all our wants that we forget what we need. Right now, we all need to concentrate on need. Before we go … Continue reading

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Thank you, we will make it through

We will make it through…  The travel industry has had its share of rough patches: oil prices, wars, stock market and accidents. I have seen the sky with no airplanes, that was the scariest! During the first Gulf War, a … Continue reading

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