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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.

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By Administrator at 30 Nov 2016

Tips for First Time Holiday Travelers

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Tuesday marks the beginning of the holiday rush as travelers pack the airports to reach their destination in time for the holidays, and it will only get busier on Wednesday as the holiday rush shifts into top gear. Thankfully, there are no weather problems on the horizon that will make matters worse, but if you’ve never flown away for the holidays, be prepared to wait. With over 25 million passengers expected to fly the friendly skies between November 18 through the 29th, patience is key.

The key to flying at least relatively stress-free is to allow yourself more time than you think you might need and take steps to plan ahead. Terminals will be packed, and if you didn’t sign up for TSA Precheck, those security lines will take a while to get through. In fact, it may take a while just to get into the airport because of the thousands of holiday travelers.

Speaking of weather, while it’s mostly cooperating, there are possibilities of snow and icy weather in Denver, Colorado. There is also a possibility of a winter-like storm forecasted to affect the upper Midwest area. and Minneapolis may also receive ice and snow. Remember that flights can be delayed or even canceled because of poor/dangerous weather conditions. Stay positive but do be prepared for sudden changes in your travel plans.

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By Administrator at 23 Nov 2016

Ease Your Holiday Travel with These Apps

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Thanksgiving is later this week, and chances are you’re using an app to help you with your travel plans. You’re probably already familiar with services like Hotels.com or Kayak, but there are a few under the radar apps that can help you out during this busy holiday travel season.

Are you still looking for a cheap, last minute flight? Hopper is well known for its price comparison over time feature, which is great if you’re looking to save where possible. Google Flights is also a great option.

Speaking of hotels, HotelTonight is great for finding cheap rates at last minute. Unlike most hotel booking apps that allow you to book weeks in advance, HotelTonight is more suited for those seeking a room that same night.

When time is of the essence, the My TSA app can be a huge time saver. Developed by the TSA, it provides incredibly useful information such as what you can and cannot bring as part of your luggage and it will also provide estimated security checkpoint wait times.

Do you have a fairly recent iPhone? If so, you already have a simple way to keep track of all of your boarding passes. The app will store all of your mobile boarding passes in one place so you don’t need to waste time opening multiple apps or your email. Android users can use the PassWallet app.

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 22 Nov 2016

Visit Cuba While You Still Can

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We're switching from talking about holiday travel to focus on the island nation of Cuba. There is a certain allure that comes with traveling to a place that’s been shrouded in mystery for decades because of its travel restrictions, and it’s probably a reason why interest in traveling to Cuba has grown significantly.

Though traveling to Cuba has become easier, there is a risk that the new president-elect and his administration may undo Obama’s lifting of the embargo, so you may want to plan your trip before it’s too late. Keep in mind, however, that there are still requirements attached, which we’ll detail below.

Travel to Cuba is easier, but there are still restrictions. You cannot travel to Cuba solely for leisure. Your trip must involve one of the twelve approved categories which include visiting relatives or for educational/religious purposes. You’ll need to have a full itinerary prepared and you’ll also be expected to maintain receipts for up to five years to ensure that you did, in fact, adhere to the rules while in Cuba.

You may have trouble with lodging. You won’t find hotels in Cuba listed on major websites like Expedia, which means you’ll need to seek a company that specializes in travel to the island. Because of the surge in interest, it may be harder to find a room due to the relatively limited number of rooms.

Strongly consider cash. Cuba doesn’t yet have a very robust ATM network, and there are still a number of merchants that will not accept credit cards. Bring along more cash than you think you’ll need in case of unforeseen emergencies.

Make sure you have insurance. Cuba’s government requires all American travelers to have an insurance policy during their trip, plus a separate health insurance plan.

Get ready to disconnect. Cuba does have Internet access, but it’s not as widespread or strong as what you’re accustomed to. Public Wi-Fi will likely cost you and you’ll need what’s called an Internet card to use it which can take time to purchase because of long lines. Be aware that there may be several moments where you’ll need to go without it for a while.

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 Nov 2016

Avoid Holiday Travel Headaches

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If you’ve already booked your holiday airfare, you may still have work to do. If you’ve yet to make reservations, now is the time. For each day that you delay, your fare can increase by four to five dollars, which only makes the already pricey fares that much more expensive. After you’ve purchased your tickets, here are some practical tips to make sure your holiday travel doesn’t become a nightmare.

Always be on the lookout for ticket changes. It’s very common for an airline to make changes when it comes to departure time or even worse, canceling a trip altogether. Make sure your contact information is correct so that you can be contacted in advance.

Keep an eye out for seats. If you weren’t allowed the option of choosing your preferred seat or there weren’t any you liked when you booked, check back to see if seats have been made available. You may be able to find seats when you check in for your flight.

Be aware of what you can and cannot bring through security. Food items like cakes, cookies, pies or sandwiches will be allowed, but are subject to being X-rayed. However, bottled items like liquor, salsas or jams are not allowed. If you’re concerned about what you can bring, check the TSA 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 16 Nov 2016
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