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Make the Most of Your Holiday Travel with These Apps and Websites

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What are some of your favorite apps to help you avoid the holiday travel headaches? If you aren’t using smartphone apps, you may be missing out on many opportunities to streamline your travel and make things much easier. Here are some examples.

Find a nicer seat. SeatGuru will display a map of the plane’s cabin and you can potentially avoid having to sit in the middle. Use it along with the website ExpertFlyer.com and set up alerts to be notified when a seat happens to open up. You can choose something like “any aisle seat” and you’ll receive an email as soon as it becomes available.

Get all necessary information in one place. GateGuru is essentially the Swiss Army knife of travel, providing a breadth of information including real time TSA wait times, virtually instant notifications on flight delays or a gate change, and even a map so you can find out where to eat while you wait.

Stay in a lounge for less. Even if you aren’t a business traveler or if your seating includes economy, LoungeBuddy will allow you to purchase access to the VIP lounge at hundreds of airports around the world. Best of all, you won’t have to deal with memberships, extra fees, or any of the extra fuss.

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By Administrator at 14 Dec 2016

Ease Holiday Travel Stress with These Tips

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When traveling for the holidays, the last thing you want is to add further hassles and troubles to your trip. With all of the stuff you may be concerned about, use these tips below to make your travel during this month a little stressful and free of unwanted surprises.

Be wary of peak travel dates. Depending on what day of the week they happen to fall on this year, the peak travel dates for Christmas and New Year’s will vary. These are generally the priciest times to travel. You may also wish to consider what days will allow you to enjoy a long weekend without having to use your work vacation days.

Double check your important travel documents. Make sure your passport is not expired if you’re traveling internationally. Keep in mind that some destinations may require a six month visa, while others have different visa requirements before you’ll be allowed to enter. Make sure you’ve taken care of these before you leave.

Put a label on your luggage. It may seem outdated now that electronic tagging is so popular, but adding a label is another classic, proven safety measure to ensure your luggage has better odds of not getting lost.

Bring a versatile adapter. Depending on where you’re traveling to, you may find out your standard charger will not work in that country. The last thing you want is to run out of battery or not be able to use your electronic devices abroad for work purposes, so strongly consider bringing along a universal adapter.

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By Administrator at 9 Dec 2016

Why Senior Travelers Should Switch to Smartphones

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Most of us know how invaluable a smartphone can be when traveling, but for older individuals, a smartphone can still seem a tad overwhelming. What’s more, many older travelers have yet to adopt the many advantages a smartphone can bring when traveling abroad. If you’re still on the fence, here’s why you may want to bring along a basic smartphone on your next trip.

Navigation. Traditional paper maps are useful, but they’re becoming increasingly outdated. When you’re in a foreign city, the GPS capabilities make getting around significantly easier.

Taking pictures. You know those moments that get lost in just seconds? Even basic smartphones have decent camera quality. When it’s time to snap that perfect moment, a bulky camera might prove cumbersome when you’re trying to enjoy the moment.

Staying in touch. Whether it’s social media, texting, or one of the many smartphone apps like WhatsApp, staying in touch is significantly easier with a smartphone. Add a local SIM card to the phone if you happen to be in a foreign country, and you can keep your friends and family in touch with your whereabouts and potentially share pictures the moment you snap them.

Booking your travel. Your boarding pass, booking your flight and hotel, all of this can be done through an app or a website. Essentially, you’ll have all of your documents in one location, reducing the amount of papers you need to carry around.

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By Administrator at 8 Dec 2016

Save Money on Your Holiday Travel

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Traveling is a lot of fun, but it can also become an expensive hobby, especially for those that frequently travel internationally. Hotel rates, airfare, the cost of remaining connected, all of these things can quickly add up, especially during the holiday season. Thankfully, there are several ways to save some money here and there.

Track airfare with multiple tools. Google Flights has quickly emerged as a popular method of finding flights at a discount, but you may wish to consider using more than one tracker. Hopper is an app that can also provide alerts when prices drop, and there is really no reason why you should stick to just one app.

Purchase Wi-Fi before your flight. If you’ve been on a domestic flight, you’ve probably noticed that Wi-Fi is not cheap. In most cases, you can save a few dollars if you purchase your Wi-Fi access prior to your flight.

Save on your vehicle rental with Turo. Turo works similarly to Airbnb in that it is based around individuals versus companies. With Turo, you can rent a vehicle from an individual, know exactly what vehicle you’re going to be using, and potentially pay significantly less than you would with a rental car company.

Take a SIM card with you before you leave. If you’ve ever tried using a mobile phone abroad, you know it can become expensive, especially the exorbitant roaming rates. If you have an unlocked, GSM friendly phone and a global SIM card, you should be good to go.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa plans. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 2 Dec 2016

Keeping Your Wallet Safe Abroad

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Losing your wallet is one of the worst things that can happen during a vacation, potentially ruining the trip. However, there are some steps you can take to at least minimize the headaches involved should it happen to you.

Be aware of what is inside your wallet. Have you taken the time to see what the contents of your wallet reveal? Over time, you may forget about insurance cards, credit cards you don’t use, and other personal items. Keep a record of what’s in your wallet in a safe place and back it up to a secure location so you can access it online.

Carry only what you need. Many people bring along all of their credit cards or their social security card plus their license when they go on vacation. Stick only to the absolute essentials and you should be fine with just one official form of identification, your debit card, and/or a credit card.

Use the services of the U.S. Embassy. If you’re traveling abroad and lose your wallet and you don’t have any copies of your important documents, the United States Embassy can help you out. The U.S. Embassy can provide temporary identification and it may also be able to loan you money while you sort things out.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa plans. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 30 Nov 2016
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