Today more travelers are booking their own flight reservations online anywhere from air tickets to car rental and as a result many travelers overlook the need there is for travel insurance which helps protect against unforeseen emergencies which can occur at any time. It also helps protect you against other circumstances like travel delay, lost or stolen baggage and personal items, missed connections, hurricanes and so much more. Having travel insurance means peace of mind and will allow you to relax and enjoy your vacation without worry. If you don't think it's worth the cost, just ask someone who has needed to file a claim. If you need to get a price comparison from a reliable source InsureMyTrip.com is a good place to start there you can compare each policy and get the information you need to purchase travel insurance with confidence.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Study-abroad programs offer students an exciting opportunity for learning and cultural exchange. Study-abroad programs are increasing in availability and geographic diversity; thus, students can expect to deal with cultures and environments that are very different from their own.
Students may be at increased risk of illness or injury due to these cultural and environmental differences, such as climate extremes, the presence of certain insects, inadequate sanitation, and poorly lit roads. Travel to developing regions of the world, especially for a period of several weeks or months, can be particularly challenging.
Few events can negatively impact the travel experience more than becoming sick or being injured while far away from home. To reduce health risks while studying abroad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following general guidelines for students: See recommendations.
Posted by Paradise5000 at 7:45 PM
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
One of the quickest way to search online for discount hotels by ammenities or features is www.quikbook.com. Just keep in mind that this site is about hotels and nothing but hotels but inspite of the fact of not offering has many listings as its competitors at international locations, they do deliver without a doubt great rates in the most popular destination throughout North America, the Caribbean and in several European countries. New York, Florida and California hotels are its forte. This works great for travelers who wants to stay at a high-quality or classier hotel property while experiencing some great savings at the same time. They do not require pre-payment, which means that you can make your reservations online and pay when you check in and you also have the option of paying for your hotel on departure. There are no fees to join and they only charge their customers $10 to change or cancel a prepaid reservation, but no fee for reservations that are not prepaid, others will charge a higher fee plus hotel penalty. If you are interested in a specific destination their hotel map feature on their main page is very helpful. With the ever risen hotels rates it is always good to have some where to turn for speed and convenience and their quikbook shortcuts does deliver what they preach.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
When traveling with kids to a destination you have never been before, do your homework about the country you are planning to visit, I know the first thing that comes to mind is what is the weather is going to be like, but after we get that into perspective then the next should be what are the health risk, or infectious diseases that is predominant in that country, the safety of their drinking water and it's crime rate statistic. It is also very important that everyone’s get the necessary vaccination. For that information or to find out which vaccinations you need for the country or countries you plan to visit you can find at the CDC travelers health site list of destinations.
Before going on a family vacation Overseas choose a destination you feel comfortable visiting; check out all the ins-and-outs before you book your reservations. I find the Lonely Planet Bluelist to be extremely helpfull it has, their 2008 Edition is a collection of travel inspirations for the year ahead, coming to you from the Lonely Planet community of authors, staff and travelers. You can also get a lot of information just about every country in the world with their Lonely Planet worldguide it is a great source of valuable information for today travelers. We are all aware of the need to arrive to the airport at least 2 hours before our departure but if you are traveling with kids make sure you get there with ample time. If the kids are old enough talk to them about some of the airport security rules and ask them to help you keep an eye on the luggage’s upon arriving at the airport, this will make them feel a little bit like a grow up. When traveling with kids always keep a close eye on them at all times make sure and hold their hands in crowded malls, markets and street, kids are very curious by nature and may wander off. You should also write down your child’s name on a piece of paper and also put your name, and the address and phone number of the resort or hotel were you will be staying and put in the pocket or staple it on the inside of your Childs cloth every time leave the hotel to go on a family outings or drive.
Remember that family vacations are more enjoyable for the kids when they feel that they have their parents undivided attention and love this will create some unforgettable memories they. So go ahead plan that family vacation and select someplace where there is a lot of great activities for the kids because that is what family vacations is all about fun, fun, fun.
Monday, November 19, 2007
3-1-1 Gains International Acceptance
You arrive at the checkpoint to the sound of a transportation security officer reminding travelers to remove liquids, gels and aerosols from carry-ons. To the seasoned traveler this is old news, but to the seasonal traveler it might be a surprise. Regardless of your personal travel experience, the international traveling community agrees – TSA's 3-1-1 for liquids makes security sense. Countries around the world support TSA's approach to reducing the amount of liquids, gels and aerosols passengers can bring in their carry-ons. The rule limits the volume of liquids, gels and aerosols to bottles 3 ounces or smaller (or 100 ml), in 1 quart-sized zip top bag, and 1 bag per traveler.
TSA implemented the 3-1-1 policy in response to the thwarted liquid explosive bomb plot in the United Kingdom in August of 2006. Today, the wide-spread acceptance of that policy demonstrates the international understanding of the threat to aviation from liquid explosives.
Countries that are currently harmonized with TSA's rules for carrying liquids through the checkpoint include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
More than 70 percent of the world's air travelers now experience enhanced security measures at the checkpoint. The next time you hear a transportation security officer reminding passengers to finish their iced coffees before going through airport security, remember that as a global citizen, you are not alone.
*For extra TSA tips for Travelers:
The TSA official travelers site.
The TSA 3-1-1 Brouchure.
Posted by Paradise5000 at 10:39 AM
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
One of the first things to do when considering international travel is to consult the Consular Information Sheets about the country or countries you are interested in visiting. These sheets are available to be viewed online, www.travel.state.gov, and contain information about things such as the country's governmental structure, entry and exit requirements, and existing medical facilities.
Will your trip require you to have a passport and/or visa? The Consular Information Sheet provides this information. If you do need either a passport or a visa, be sure that they are signed and valid before heading to the airport. Also, take a moment to fill out the emergency information page in your passport.
Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of the country to which you are traveling. Remember that the U.S. Constitution does not follow you--when you are in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.
Visit your doctor and ask about appropriate vaccinations. Certain countries require vaccinations before you are allowed to enter, while other vaccinations are simply recommended. Vaccinations are important because they not only protect you; they decrease the chance of you bringing a disease home.
Consider registering with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is nearest to your destination. This registration will make your presence known in the country in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency.
Finally, be sure to leave a photocopy of your passport or other citizenship documents and a detailed copy of your itinerary with a friend or relative back home. Having such information in the hands of someone you trust could prove invaluable in a time of crisis.
FOREIGN CURRENCY (MONEY) EXCHANGE RATES: You can purchase foreign Currency at Bank of America, at several on-line sites, or in the country you're visiting when you arrive. Banks usually have the best exchange rates. The So California Auto Club has a Euro Travel Pack with a variety of Euro denominations. Canyon Crest Travel has American Express Traveler's Checks in Euros and 6 other currencies. It's a good idea to have a small amount of local currency for things like Taxi Fares, Coffee, etc. Many people find it's easier to use a Credit Card and let your Credit Card Company take care of the exchange rates (at a small fee). Check with your Credit Card Company to make sure. Our CURRENCY CONVERTER is a full transaction calculator that stores the exchange rate in memory even when turned off. It allows you to quickly see what you are paying in US Dollars or see what is a given $ amount would be in the local currency.