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Sarah Krafty, owner of Krafty Travel is a travel agent located in Perrysburg, Ohio


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See The Mouse Dining Tips

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Hello Travelers!

My name is Jodi and I am the Disney Travel Specialist with Krafty Travel.  I eat, breathe and sleep Disney!  But today I want to focus on the eating.

Meals can be difficult while on vacation, with different family members wanting different things. But Disney is very good at everything they do, including meal times.  With more than 200 dining choices at Disney World, from snacks to full service dining, everyone will find their favorites!

Here are some of mine…

Character meals are a Disney staple! Meeting your favorite character is always magical, but sitting down for a nice meal and having the characters come to you is even better!  My family has great memories from Chef Mickey’s character breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto each coming to our table in their rounds of the dining room, taking photos and signing autographs.  Recently Disney debuted the Bon Voyage Breakfast, at Trattoria al Forno located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.  At this beautiful Italian restaurant you will meet Arial & Eric from The Little Mermaid, and Rapunzel & Flynn Ryder from Tangled.  Look out for the smolder!

Disney snacks are calorie-free, or at least that’s what I hear.  I could go on about all the yumminess through Epcot’s World Showcase or Mickey pretzels, but my favorite is the Dole Whip.  The famous Dole Whip is soft serve ice cream made with fresh Dole pineapple.  You can get it in a cup or as a float with fresh pineapple juice.  I can’t smell pineapple now without wishing I was in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland!

Quick service meals at Disney don’t have to be burgers and fries for every meal; there are a wide variety of choices! Epcot World Showcase offers a quick service restaurant for each country.  On our last trip my family had a long day at “the park that shall not be named”  (Universal Studios) and everyone was tired and hungry.  So we ventured to Mexico in Epcot for an authentic quick dinner.  The cute little outdoor eatery was very crowded, and for good reason!  The food was so good. The tacos, quesadillas, mini churros and Mexican fruit popsicles were all wonderful. The tables overlooked the lagoon for a beautiful setting!

Full service table meals in the parks have so much to offer. The 50’s Primetime Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is such a fun place to visit.  Pulling up a seat at the family kitchen table and enjoying some comfort food is always good, just don’t put your elbows on the table! Fried chicken or meatloaf dinners will take you back to the day in this retro themed restaurant, but your waiter will be sure you eat your veggies before you get dessert! The host labeled me a “troublemaker” from the beginning.  He was right!

When in the Disney parks you have to eat, so you may as well enjoy it! If you want to try out any of these wonderful places or have any Disney questions please let me know. I’d love to help you make some magical memories of your own!

Jodi Oechsle

Disney Travel Specialist

jodi@kraftytravel.com

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Happy Spring!

We made it through winter!  Depending on where you live it has either been a breeze, or brutal.  Now that March is here, and we’ve entered Daylight Savings Time, the later sunset is a welcome change.  There is something about daylight lasting longer, the buds on the trees and the birds chirping that gives us a burst of energy and good mood.
We are working through the last of our spring travelers seeking warm destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.  Europe travel is beginning to pick up with the first of our travelers heading to Ireland and Italy in the coming months.  Our focus now turns to summer travel.  Now is the time to get those reservations in order.  Contact us to talk about your plans!

This month’s Supplier Spotlight is CIE Tours International!

For 85 years, CIE Tours International has provided travelers with the highest quality vacations to Ireland and Britain.  You may choose a fully inclusive coach tour, with no optional extras to purchase at your destination for Ireland or Britain, or a self or chauffer-driven program of Ireland with a wide range of hotel accommodations as well as popular B&Bs.

Want to learn more? 

  • Join us April 13, 2017 for our Travel Tastings event at Degage Jazz Cafe in Maumee, Ohio.
  • We will  travel to the Emerald Isle for food and conversation inspired by Ireland with special guest Roger Kraemer of CIE Tours International.
  • The $10 cost payable in advance via MeetUp will cover your food tastings.
  • Beverages will be available for purchase directly from Degage.
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  • CIE Tours Exclusive Offer for attending.

Krafty Travel is growing again!

We have added Disney Travel Specialist, Jodi Oechsle!

We are so happy to have her on the Krafty Travel team. Jodi lives in Onsted, Michigan with her husband Jason and daughters, Isabelle and Joselyn.  When she isn’t researching Disney or planning trips Jodi enjoys taking photos, cuddling up with Jason & a good book, or just laughing and having fun with her family.  Jodi loves all things Disney and would be happy to help you plan your next Disney vacation!   Look to see her Disney highlights in our newsletter in the coming months.  Contact Jodi at jodi@kraftytravel.com.  She can’t wait to get started.  There is never a bad time to visit the Mouse!
Welcome Jodi!

Ireland is the focus of our April Travel Tastings discussion.

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Ireland is an island located on the western rim of Europe, northwest of the mainland of Europe.  It is approximately 300 miles north and south, and 175 miles east to west.  It is the approximate size of the state of Indiana.
The climate of Ireland is temperate, meaning there are no extremes.  Any time of year is a good time visit Ireland.  The weather is mild but wet, and changeable.  Layers of clothing, comfortable shoes and rainwear are recommended.
It is a destination with an amazing landscape, rich history and warm, welcoming people.
Come chat with us on April 13, 2017 as we taste the destination of Ireland.

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Thanks so much for keeping in touch!  We can’t wait to send you somewhere awesome real soon!

Very best,

The team at Krafty Travel


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Happy Holidays from Krafty Travel

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We are here because of you.

Krafty Travel would not exist without you.  Tami and I truly love helping you create special memories and hearing from you after you return.  There is nothing that can replace the feeling that we’ve done our job well. It is our joy to research new destinations so we can find just the right trip for you.  We are thankful for your business and referrals to friends and family this year.  Here’s to traveling someplace awesome in 2017!

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Baby it’s cold outside!

When the mercury dips many of us dream of swapping the wintry cold for warm, sunny breezes.  If a winter getaway is in your future, consider these tips before you book:

  • Double check that your passport is still valid, has at least 6 months before expiration from your anticipated return date, has blank pages and is not damaged in any way?  Remember a passport BOOK-not card, is required for air travel outside of the United States and territories.
  • Late January through late April is one of the highest traveled seasons for the entire year.  Last minute deals are a thing of the past. Travel suppliers know you want to travel and will charge for it.  Waiting means missing out on best air, availability and room categories.  You may end up paying a premium for a less than stellar resort.  Book early!
  • Consider travel insurance.  Winter weather is very unpredictable, often causing flight cancellations and delays.  Travel insurance is relatively inexpensive and can help cover costs for hotel stays due to flight cancellations and more.  You’ve spent a lot for this trip, make sure you are covered.
  • Why DIY when you don’t have to?   Save time and stress by contacting us at Krafty Travel.  Your vacation begins the minute you call.  We are experts, planning trips day after day.  Fees are minimal and worth it for the peace of mind.  Get started with a personal travel assessment.

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Join us at our next Travel Tastings event!

We will warm up with food and conversations of Jamaica.  Thursday, January 12, 7P at Degage in Maumee.  Please RSVP so we can have an accurate food count.  http://meetu.ps/e/C7rlP/ts4Vz/f

 

Thanks so much for keeping in touch!  Tami and I can’t wait to send you somewhere real soon!

Sarah Krafty and Tami Degner

Krafty Travel


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Happy Thanksgiving from Krafty Travel!

thanksgiving-tableNovember is typically a slow month at Krafty Travel.  It is the calm before the winter storm of travel planning.  While your minds turn to the long list of tasks for the month ahead don’t forget to give yourself a gift as well.

 

Choose a gift of gathering with friends.  Meet us on December 8 at 7p for our first ever Travel Tastings event at Degage in Maumee, Ohio.  We will travel to Alaska in our minds.  Bring friends and enjoy conversation.   Give yourself the freedom to unwind.  Click here for reservations:  http://meetu.ps/c/2RbmY/ts4Vz/f

 
Choose a gift of service. This month I attended CruiseWorld in Fort Lauderdale.  It is an annual conference hosted by Travel Weekly in which I learn updates in the industry and get an opportunity to tour a ship or two.  This year I was most impressed by Fathom Travel.  Fathom offers impact and immersion travel to the Dominican Republic or Cuba. The Cuba itineraries offer people to people tours with plenty of downtime to explore on your own. Visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, unpack once.
When not in Cuba, Fathom sails to the Dominican Republic offering you the opportunity for social impact activities connecting with residents of the Dominican Republic.  It is a chance to have fun helping others.  Check it out then contact me to make a plan.   https://youtu.be/PkcDi8CIuDI

 
Choose the gift of travel. Now is the time to start the conversation for a winter getaway.  Take advantage of early booking promotions and put a deposit on your escape out of the cold. You will be glad you did.

 

Here is a note from Tami about their October trip to Sandals Montego Bay!

Hi everyone! It is getting to be that time of year again. I really enjoy the holiday season and love spending time with family and friends, but it does add a little more work and stress to our days.

Dave and I are thankful to have had the opportunity to spend a week in Jamaica at the Sandals Montego Bay resort last month. We had a fantastic time relaxing on the beach and by the pool. I especially loved taking a morning water aerobics class and then treating myself to a cup of coffee (with Jamaicas fine rum cream added!) from the French pastry cafe located right there by the pool. And David loved his deep tissue massage from the Red Lane Spa.

We took the shuttle over to the Sandals Royal Caribbean resort and spent a day exploring their beach, pools and restaurants. Later in the week we did some shopping and also went on a glass bottom boat ride.

Thanks for letting me share a few special moments from our trip with you! I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Tami

Thanks for taking the time to keep in touch.  We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.
Tami and I can’t wait to send you somewhere awesome very soon!

Sarah Krafty
Krafty Travel
419-386-0425

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Wild Weather Month

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Hurricane Matthew!

You might not know that I moonlight as a meteorologist.  Well, not really.  I do watch the weather closely and try to predict potential issues for my travelers, stepping in with itinerary changes if necessary.  I help my travelers with issues regardless of the season, with hurricane season and winter the most challenging.

I had a handful of travelers with trips to the Caribbean during Hurricane Matthew and was watching schedules very closely.  All but one couple managed to escape issues.  And for that one couple, it was just a matter of relocating to a different destination.

The official hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 .  This season can be a rainy time for some destinations and is usually in full swing by late August and September.  Pricing tends to be lower because of this.  Add that to the fact that school is typically back in session and some nice prices can be found, but not without risk.  I offer travel insurance to every client.  It is optional and worth considering.  It is not uncommon to experience flight delays and cancellations during periods of volatile weather.  The airline typically will not offer vouchers for cancellations and delays due to weather.  Don’t be stuck paying for the extra night out of your own pocket.

This year was a tough season for escaping weather issues.  And while it is not over, the horizon has been much clearer in the last couple of weeks.

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Foodies Unite!

I am excited to announce that Krafty Travel has a new monthly event called Travel Tastings.

Join with me and my travel supplier connections on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm at Degage Jazz Café, located in the Historic Commercial Building at 301 River Road in Maumee, Ohio.

We will sample tastings of wine, beer and food to give us some travel inspiration.  Bring your friends for a new destination each month.

The cost is $10 per person, prepaid through Meetup and will cover your tastings.  Our first event is December 8 where we will travel to Alaska!

I am hoping this will be a fun opportunity to network, try some new food or beverages and get inspired.

RSVP for Travel Tastings!

 

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Friends of Krafty Travel, Amanda and Wyatt, sent in this photo of them enjoying their trip to Italy this past spring.  Their vacation was to celebrate their 5th anniversary and included stops in Venice, Florence, Donnini, Rome and Positano.

Wyatt and Amanda wanted to travel on their own.  Other than a few activities as a group, they enjoyed Italy at their own pace.  Krafty Travel helped with the logistics of getting from A to B with airfare, rail tickets and ground transfers in each destination.

Thanks for the photo and the opportunity to work with you, Amanda and Wyatt!

Now is when we should be talking about your winter and spring vacations.  Last minute deals do not exist for high travel times when everyone wants to get away.  Please don’t wait!

Thanks for keeping in touch!

Tami and I hope to send you some where awesome real soon!

Very best,

Sarah Krafty, CTA, ACC
Krafty Travel
  

 


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Welcome Fall!

The kids are back to school, the temperature is cooling down and some fun fall activities are always on the horizon.  Our kids (big teenagers and young adults!) bug us to head to the Halloween store as soon as they start opening for the season.  Mike and I enjoy the remaining opportunities for deck sitting in the evening and we always look forward to the last few events at our beloved Kelleys Island.  What is your favorite fall activity?

 

 

Meet Renee and Megan!  This fun mom and daughter celebrated Megan’s high school graduation with a fun trip to London and Paris.  They were kind to send a nice review and a photo of them having fun.  For their trip we used the “Week in London and Paris” Monograms package.  Monograms falls under the Globus family of brands and is a unique way to travel independently but have access to the services of a local host to guide you if you need assistance or would like ideas for activities.  The local host is usually accessible right in the hotel where you are staying and can give some great suggestions for where the locals go.  The host generally greets you at the airport, provides you with city maps and information, and helps to make sure everything goes smoothly.  A guided tour is usually included as well.

Check out the Monograms experience:  https://youtu.be/OhcpXW8dUlE and then let us know if you would like more information on available trip options.

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Mom and daughter enjoy their London and Paris getaway!

 

Thanks for keeping in touch!  Tami and I want to know how we can be of service.  We can’t wait to send you somewhere real soon!

Sarah Krafty and Tami Degner

Krafty Travel

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Well here it is the middle of August! Summer has flown by. Our two youngest children are back to school and this Saturday we take our oldest up to Central Michigan University. Our first fledgling to leave the nest!

The big news around the water cooler is that Krafty Travel has grown from just me to a “we.” I am pleased to introduce to you Tami Degner. Tami has joined the Krafty Travel team in an office managerial role. She will work remotely covering back office duties so that I can focus on taking care of you, our client.

Tami and I met in fourth grade when we were studying state capitols. We’ve been best friends ever since and now we can expand our geography studies to cover world travel. Tami lives in southern Michigan with her husband David of 27 years. They have two grown children, Hillary and Nathan. Tami absolutely loves searching for beach glass! She also enjoys reading, walking and exercise. Tami and David enjoy traveling and one of their favorite places is Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas. They are looking forward to an upcoming trip in October, once updates are done! You can contact Tami at 419-386-0425 or tami@kraftytravel.com. Reach out and say hello!

In early July, I traveled to New York City to experience the services of a preferred NYC supplier. It was big fun and a great opportunity to learn first hand what you can expect when using this supplier.

After New York City we hosted a river cruise info night with AMAWaterways. AMA is a favorite for many reasons. If River cruising in Europe or Asia is on your bucket list, let’s chat. Also, look for more travel info nights in the future. And with any luck, wine!

July ended with a fun weekend in Las Vegas at the Bellagio to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. Vegas is a great getaway for a long weekend and perfect for groups. What celebrations do you have coming that need a Vegas getaway?

Thanks for keeping in touch. I can’t wait to send you somewhere real soon!
Sarah Krafty , Krafty Travel www.kraftytravel.com www.facebook.com/KraftyTravel www.twitter.com/sarahkrafty

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