First Time Traveler Tips

4 Top Travel Security Items You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

POSTED June 23rd 2019 BY Travel Writer
When traveling you want to lose yourself in the sights while not losing your valuables. The idea is to enjoy your destination and not be worried about theft, losing things, or being victimized by scam artists. In many foreign cultures, the thieves have a point of view of “shame on you” the victim, for making it easy for them to steal your valuables. They believe...
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What to Pack for Europe to Minimize Looking Like a Tourist

POSTED June 1st 2019 BY Travel Writer
Leave These Fashions for Home, Not Europe Leave clothes that scream tourist at home because they call attention to you, which can be unflattering and even dangerous in Europe. Tourists are typically the target of pickpockets, thieves and scam artists, so why broadcast that you could be a potential victim. It’s better to blend in more with the locals, even if you still look like...
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Trip or Travel Insurance? Or Both!

POSTED May 10th 2019 BY Travel Writer
Travel insurance or trip insurance? Insurance is necessary for peace of mind for you and your family when you travel. We’ve tried to make understanding the difference between trip and travel insurance easy. Insurance is your backpack plan if you encounter problems before or during your travels. Even the best thought-out plans may be interrupted by circumstances out of your control, think political unrest, global...
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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

POSTED May 1st 2019 BY Beth Williams
Better Safe than Sorry – International Travelers Should Register with the Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) While many travelers may be aware that most countries abroad have a US embassy to contact in case of emergency, they may not be aware of a program run by the US State Department for travelers who travel outside of the United States.  The Smart Traveler...
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This supplement could save your life on your next flight

POSTED March 23rd 2019 BY Travel Writer
No doubt you’ve heard about developing deep vein thrombosis or DVT in your legs during a long flight. DVT can be a life-threatening blood clot that travels through your bloodstream to your lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can block blood flow and be fatal. Signs of potential DVT include swelling of the ankles and/or legs and can be very uncomfortable. Good news,...
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Starting in 2021 US citizens will need to register online before visiting Europe

POSTED March 11th 2019 BY Travel Writer
Many major news outlets recently reported that in 2021 Americans will need a visa to visit the 26 European countries that make up the Schengen Area countries which include Spain, France, and Germany. That report is false. However, that US citizens will have to register with the European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, set up for travelers is true. It will require the currently 60...
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Should I Carry my Passport at all Times or Use the Hotel Safe?

POSTED February 26th 2019 BY Travel Writer
Detective Kevin Coffey, our founder, offered advice on protecting your passport on Rudy Maxa World Travel, America’s # 1 Travel Radio Show. You can hear the short segment here: Following is a summary of the tips he offered the listeners. What is best? Using the hotel safe or carrying your passport on your person. 1. Use the hotel safe. There’s a greater chance you’ll lose...
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How to Create an Emergency File for Travel

POSTED February 21st 2019 BY Beth Williams
Emergency Files for Home and Travel- Emergencies happen, and usually at a moment when you or your family least expect it. Imagine if something were to happen which would prevent you from accessing your home, your office, your bank, your cell phone. Your normal life would come to an abrupt “stop.” Hard to imagine? It happens all the time particularly when natural emergencies such as...
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