Travel Resources & Tips

SELF-BOOK:
Get an accommodation via Booking.com
PROFESSIONAL BOOKING:
Need assistance booking a holiday/vacation, cruise, Sandals or Viator excursion? Let LAVA know.

EMAIL:  LAVA.TRAVEL@PROTONMAIL.COM

Professional travel planning. 
Get extended getaways, far and nearby booked with confidence. Whether 
seeking solo, couples or family travel options,  LAVA has you covered.  Plus, get national and international travel advice for trips. Desire a resort trip? You can score a 7 day resort accommodation for $500 or even lower an acommodation! Also, get professional help from LAVA for a VIATOR excursion bookings.

LAVA PROMOTIONS: Do the Caribbean luxe-style: SANDALS RESORTS
Go west, young man or woman: Stay at Montana’s

THE GREEN O

The Green O in Montana
BOOK A DESTINATION

Suggestions? Try…

MEXICO- Marinarena’s World Destination of  2022
CARIBBEAN- BOOK A SANDALS RESORT

#OPENTRAVEL  PLACES W/ FEWER TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: FLORIDA  SOUTH DAKOTA
ICELAND   DENMARK

CHECK MORE OPEN DESTINATION ON COVID TRAVEL MAP 

 
RECOMMENDED PRO GUIDES 
Order physical book guides via preferred Bookshop.org- Marinarena By The Bay
or shop at your local independent bookstore. 
 
Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California
GENERAL TRAVEL

Dorling Kindersley (DK) Travel Guides – Marinarena’s go-to physical travel guide book with beautiful color photos, handy regional maps. Great for local travel discovery.
Frommer’s Guide -Very practical guide like DK, a strong local travel perspective. BIG kudos to Arthur and Pauline Frommer for their thorough advice
TRAVEL INFLUENCERS & GUIDES
Samantha Brown -Love Samantha! She’s a travel guru without the travel host ego. Go to for very practical tips, especially for family and solo travel with a strong female perspective. Check out her Places to Love series. 
Peter Greenberg -He is a travel veteran keen on a variety of travel topics. Notably Marinarena appreciates his passions for and exterprise in aviation, travel technology and island travel. Follow his Eye on Travel series. 
 

TIPS

Pack a pen and notepad.

Pack lightweight, light colored clothing.

Wear a RFID holder to protect your credit cards. 

Roll clothes to save space in luggage. It’s amazing how much you can get into a basic carry-on!

Try to bring only 1 roll-on suitcase and one carry-on item, for domestic and international flights. I know, I know… this is hard to do, especially for we who tend to shove a whole wardrobe and incidentals in a few luggage pieces. Honestly, travelers only need 1 or 2 travel pieces for an average trip.

Don’t forget to pack sanitizer and sunscreen. Shop super convenient, all natural travel care items at 
Gothink.com

Water is Everything!

Carry a durable water bottle. Stay hydrated always- and especially when traveling.  Fill the bottle with water after arrive at the terminal. Nalgene bottles are highly recommendable.

Air Advice

Book Marinarena’s preferred U.S. based air carriers Southwest Airlines and Alaska Air when you can. Consistently they are highest rated in overall guest service, friendliness and amenities compared to the major legacy airlines. SW has a special Texan hospitality. Alaska similarly offers warm, pro-guest service. 

More Air Tips

Also try to book small carriers when possible, such as Jet BlueAvelo and JSX. Generally, these offer better, smoother service due to lesser stress small airport usage.

Jet Blue: US Domestic, Puerto Rico and UK

Avelo: great for Western U.S. travel (SoCal, Wine country destinations (Santa Rosa, CA, Oregon) and Montana/Yellowstone

JSX: great for California-California trips
(LAX, San Diego, Bay area); 
California-Nevada; Nevada-Texas; 
California-Texas (Dallas-DAL, Houston-HOU);

Texas-Florida (Destin, FL)

SPECIALTY TRAVEL
Caribbean and Co (The Caribbean)
Cruise Critic
Discoverboating.com
Flight Aware – Track flights, cancellations or delays
ALSO…
Check out Weather Nation, preferred weather and travel page. Special focus on U.S.A regions
Luggage Free shipping service
Travel Insurance by Insured Nomads
*** ESPECIALLY IN THIS POST-COVID ERA, DON’T FORGET TO BUY INSURANCE BEFORE YOU JET OFF ! ***
STEP Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (USA) – Enrollment a trip with a U.S embassy, which is especially good if traveling abroad
Snag-a-Slip Preferred boating slip service from Marinalife magazine.

OTHER TRAVEL RESOURCES

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