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The Traveling Cyclones are partnering with the schools of the Big 12 Conference for a unique travel offering next July aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta -- a family-friendly trip to Alaska's Vistas and Glaciers hosted by Voice of the Cyclones John Walters and his wife, Joni. The Big 12 sports-themed trip will include a Big 12 reception and tailgate, a celebrity lecture by legendary CBS Sports announce Verne Lundquist, and the chance to network with not only your fellow Cyclones, but with Bears, Jayhawks, Horned Frogs, Sooners, Longhorns, Cowboys, Mountaineers, Wildcats, and Red Raiders, too. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see glaciers, fjords, forests, mountains, and historic Alaska towns -- including the Alaska Explorer Youth Program for your children and grandchildren ages 5-12. Bring the whole family for this awesome adventure to Alaska next July. Hurry! Make sure Cyclones claim their fair share of the ship and represent the Cardinal & Gold on this Big 12 cruise. For more information about this unique opportunity to see Alaska, visit our website or call Traveling Cyclones director Shellie Andersen (L)('88 marketing) or assistant director Heather Botine (L) toll-free at (877) 478-2586.


Good news: The early booking discount has been extended for our Nov. 27-Dec. 8 Traveling Cyclones adventure to Germany's holiday markets. Now through Aug. 8 -- or until the trip fills up -- enjoy discounted pricing on this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. For more information about this opportunity, visit our website or call Traveling Cyclones director Shellie Andersen (L)('88 marketing) or assistant director Heather Botine (L) toll-free at (877) 478-2586. See you at the Christkindlmarkts!


From the latest edition of “Cy’s Suitcase,” the travel newsletter for Cyclones everywhere, ISU Alumni Association travel director Shellie Andersen (L)(’88 marketing) offers up her tips and tricks to help you make sure your summer travel season goes as smoothly as possible.

Be flexible
When traveling there are always delays and things that inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling. This is something I have had to work on myself. Since I can’t control the weather or the flight crew, I might as well just get a coffee and relax.

Make a list
About a week before each trip, I make a list of items I don’t want to forget. I now use my phone for this, but grabbing a notepad and writing things down as you think of them will work just as well. I know I have to write it down when I think of it, or I will forget it!

Pre-plan your outfits
It’s easy to just throw your favorite clothes in, but unless you figure out what you are wearing with what, you may end up with all black outfits. Remember, you will be wearing these outfits in photos that you will be keeping forever.

Learn common phrases in the local language
A simple “please” or “thank you” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way.

Make photocopies of important documents
Keep an extra copy of your passport with you. I have pictures of mine on my phone as well. I know of people who have lost theirs while traveling, so always be prepared.

Bring portable chargers and extra batteries
Nothing is worse than being out and about to take pictures and your camera dies, which for many is now your phone or iPad. Batteries drain quickly while on trips, so be prepared and have an extra with you. And on that note, make sure you have enough memory on your phone for pictures. I have had those instances where you are ready to take the best breathtaking photo and you get that annoying message that you don’t have enough storage. There are solutions to that. Ask your kids – or grandkids. They will know how.

Carry on essentials
I learned the hard way last summer why it’s important to have a well-packed carry-on. My luggage was lost for almost a week, so I hosted a cruise with one pair of underwear (yes, I washed them every night) and the same outfits. Keep underwear, a comfy pair of shoes (if you aren’t wearing them already) an extra shirt (I always wear a cardigan when traveling so I have a few items to interchange with if my luggage is lost), toothbrush, medications, and my laptop. I also bring lotion and lip balm, as plane cabins are very dry.


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