Blog

There are 47 items on 10 pages.

More Airlines Are Traveling to Cuba

undefined

JetBlue will be jetting off on its first official commercial flight to Cuba this week, becoming the first American airline to launch commercial flights to the Caribbean island nation in over five decades. The airline has already been sending planes on charter flights from New York since President Obama eased travel restrictions that had remained in place since the Cold War.

American Airlines also launched charter flights to Havana late last year, and several other airlines like Delta, Southwest, and Spirit have received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fly to Cuba, albeit with as yet unconfirmed schedules. Because of this, the airlines are not permitted to sell Havana airfare until they have received final government approval.

Jus twenty non-stop flights will be allowed to fly out of the United States to Havana, fourteen of those from major Florida cities like Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando. The remaining six flights will connect the capital city of Cuba with the following cities: Houston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Newark, Los Angeles, and New York.

Six different airlines will launch weekly flights to other cities in Cuba during the next few months, collectively making for more than 150 weekly flights. If you’re interested in visiting Cuba, there are several entry requirements that must be fulfilled prior to your trip, which you can read more about through the U.S. embassy in Havana website.

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. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 31 Aug 2016

Staying in a Rental Home When Traveling

undefined

Travelers seeking an experience that emulates the feel of being a local are increasingly forgoing hotels in favor of renting another person’s home. While this can make for a unique experience, there are personal safety issues to keep in mind in such a scenario.

For starters, make sure you thoroughly read the contract so that you know exactly what is included. For example, the contract may stipulate that you will lose any deposit you’ve put down if you don’t clean up after yourself. Before signing anything, make sure that the host is legally able to rent out the home. In today’s age where websites like Airbnb attract thousands of users, there have been many legal situations involving property owners and travelers. Ask for documentation; if the person is reputable they have nothing to hide and will be forthcoming with proof.

Any payments and communications should be done via the rental company website instead of directly with the property owner. This will add another level of security and significantly reduce the odds of fraud or your identity and credit card information being stolen.

The home you’ll be renting will likely have security measures in place like an alarm and the standard door locks. As you would when visiting any foreign place, use common sense and proper judgement. Keep your valuables at home, thoroughly inspect the references and be aware of your surroundings. If it feels sketchy or unsafe, have a backup plan. This is also a helpful step should the host be a no-show.

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. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 19 Aug 2016

Flying with Your Pet

undefined

Are you planning on doing any end of summer traveling? If so, one thing you may need to consider is what to do about your pet should you have plans of bringing him or her along. Thankfully, flying with your four-legged friend is easier than ever as the majority of airlines are quite animal friendly. However, each one has regulations regarding pets so make sure you thoroughly research them prior to booking your flight.

Most airlines will allow you to bring along your pet as either checked or carry-on luggage. You may already have a pet carrier that you prefer to keep your furry friend in, but do make sure that it is okay to use and that it meets the specific regulations so you don’t run into any surprises when you show up at the airport. Guidelines will vary but in most cases pets traveling as carry-on luggage will be required to go underneath the seat for the duration of the flight in a soft carrier. Larger pets traveling as cargo will be required to fly in a non-collapsible carrier and they must have plenty of water available.

With the proliferation of travelers bringing along their pets, hotels are increasingly providing pet friendly options.. Major chains like the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons will roll out the red carpet for your four-legged friend but again, make sure to read policies before booking. You will also be required to pay an additional fee for your pet to stay with you.

Before you and your pet leave for your trip, take the time to prepare for unforeseen medical emergencies. Research any emergency vet clinics in or near your destination in case you find yourself having to take your pet to an animal doctor.

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. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 18 Aug 2016

Smartphone Safety Travel Tips

undefined

Cybercrime, hacking, your mobile device is always susceptible to threats. For many travelers—especially business travelers—your smartphone is arguably the most essential item when traveling as it allows us to stay connected when overseas. Since most people own either an Android device or an iPhone, these platforms are often targeted by criminals, but you can breathe a little easier by simply taking a couple of precautions when you’re traveling.

It may be slightly inconvenient, but one of the easiest things you can do is to password protect your phone, preferably something that’s harder to guess than simply using “password”. Better yet, use your phone’s fingerprint scanner if it has one as this will provide an additional layer of security.

Before you leave for your trip, make sure your phone is running up to date software. Manufacturers typically release software updates when vulnerabilities are discovered that could allow third party intrusion and you’ll have more peace of mind knowing that you’ve “sealed the cracks”.

As time goes by, you’ll probably start to accumulate a large number of apps or leisure games that will go unused. It’s a good idea to delete these old apps as they often store information about you and will track your location, in some cases even when you aren’t using them. On that note, make sure to thoroughly review apps prior to downloading them by checking the comments and reviews. Malicious apps often look legitimate to try and fool users.

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. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 11 Aug 2016

Trends Among Luxury Travelers

undefined

Luxury travelers are playing major roles in the travel industry as demand for unique and meaningful travel experiences grows. In fact, personalized experiences are among the hottest trends happening in travel right right now as tourists seek experiences that are out of the ordinary and defy convention, such as celebrating birthdays while watching elephants. Let’s take a look at a few other trends that are quickly emerging.

Perhaps the most obvious is the rise in technology as travelers—luxury or otherwise—have come to depend heavily on mobile devices to book and manage all of their travel plans, making changes as necessary while on the go and staying consistently updated.

Affluent millennials are increasingly looking to travel in groups with their friends and family, preferring spaces that can accordingly accommodate. Spacious living and dining areas, outdoor spaces, multiple bathrooms, itineraries that can be heavily customized to individual preferences are another trend.

Business and leisure should not be mutually exclusive, and the rise in working vacations among travelers reinforces this. Dubbed “bleisure”, luxury travelers are taking the time to explore the local area and bring other people along on the trip, adding vacation days so that their trip lasts beyond the duration of their work responsibilities.

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. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 10 Aug 2016
There are 47 items on 10 pages.
Tags
Latest Comments
By Joseph Lister at 21 Jun 2016, 04:24 AM on Things to Know Before Purchasing Travel Insurance

By Ryan Keller at 18 Jul 2017, 13:01 PM on Losing Your Passport Abroad

By benistar at 7 Sep 2017, 03:10 AM on The Importance of Health Insurance

By benistar at 7 Sep 2017, 03:13 AM on The Importance of Health Insurance

By Auto Insurance at 8 Sep 2017, 06:22 AM on Medical Emergencies and Claims When Traveling Abroad

Authors
Administrator
EMILY GLEN
Emily Glen
Categories
News
Archive