Travel planning Blog Posts

Top Worldwide Travel Destinations to Play Pokemon Go

Top Worldwide Travel Destinations to Play Pokemon Go

Posted by Emmet Pierce on August 1, 2016 in Travel

Combining travel with fun, many tourists are playing Pokémon GO, a smartphone game that uses global positioning systems to help players track down make-believe characters in real-life locations. The game has created a whole new reason to travel. Pokémon GO isn't something you can play while sitting at home. The app enables you to capture virtual creatures on your smartphone screen as you see the world. Your phone will vibrate to let you know when you're closing in on various Pokémon, which you can then attempt to catch with a poké ball. National Geographic describes the game as a city guide that encourages exploration. It also fosters social interaction. In areas where Pokémon Go is popular, some players hold meet-ups and chase the virtual creatures in groups.... Read More ...

Dealing with Culture Shock

Dealing with Culture Shock

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 28, 2016 in Travel

Culture shock is a normal reaction to experience as you adjust to a new culture abroad. However, you don't want to let it ruin your trip! Use this infographic to learn more about the signs and symptoms of culture shock, and how you can quickly cope and get back to enjoying your travels!... Read More ...

8 Ways to Stay Safe While Taking Public Transportation in a Foreign Country

8 Ways to Stay Safe While Taking Public Transportation in a Foreign Country

Posted by Alex Torres on July 26, 2016 in Travel

Traveling abroad can be an extremely exciting opportunity, and it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of sampling new cuisines, exploring different cultures, and visiting world-famous landmarks. But no matter where you travel, it’s important to take personal safety into consideration. For those who use public transportation while exploring foreign countries, this is especially true. Traveling via bus, train, or metro is a convenient and cost-effective way to get around, but encountering crime is still a possibility.... Read More ...

How to Get By in a Foreign Country When You Don't Speak the Language

How to Get By in a Foreign Country When You Don't Speak the Language

Posted by Emmet Pierce on July 25, 2016 in Travel

Traveling the globe can be the adventure of a lifetime, but sooner or later travelers are bound to run into some language barriers. It isn't always feasible for international travelers and students to learn the language of every country they visit, but there are strategies they can use to make sure they're understood. Here are some communication tips to make your overseas journeys more enjoyable.... Read More ...

Staying Healthy While You Travel

Staying Healthy While You Travel

Posted by Goats on the Road on July 18, 2016 in Travel

At its best, travel is a fun and often unpredictable whirlwind.  But to really enjoy your time on the road, you’ll want to be feeling healthy and strong.  You’re putting your body through a lot of challenges, from eating new foods to changing up your normal routine. However, there’s nothing so complicated about staying healthy while you’re on the road. ... Read More ...

4 Apps to Download Before Your Next Trip

4 Apps to Download Before Your Next Trip

Posted by Goats on the Road on July 11, 2016 in Travel

With all of the information available on the internet, the way we travel is undoubtedly changing- especially since many people have replaced a traditional guidebook with their smartphone. Whether you decide to use a SIM card or not, there are several apps out there that can greatly improve the way you travel. Be sure to download these before you take off on your next trip!... Read More ...

How to Create a Realistic Study Abroad Budget

How to Create a Realistic Study Abroad Budget

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on June 23, 2016 in Study Abroad

Study abroad is a popular way to broaden your education while gaining a first-hand perspective on the world. The experience also comes with a price that may be higher than the cost of your primary college or university. Here are seven tips for creating a realistic study abroad budget that will help you cover the basics, as well as travel:... Read More ...

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Posted by Joe Laing on June 6, 2016 in Travel

Visitors to America have so many choices for exciting vacation destinations that it’s sometimes difficult to know which ones represent the “real America.” To help you plan an authentic American experience, here are our picks for the top 10 places to visit on your Great American Road Trip.... Read More ...

What No One Tells You about Long-Term Travel

What No One Tells You about Long-Term Travel

Posted by Emmet Pierce on May 27, 2016 in Travel

Long-term travel gives you time to explore the world at a leisurely pace, but there are downsides to lengthy trips that should be considered carefully before you plan your vacation. A wide variety of things have the potential to go wrong when you're on an extended journey. Here are five to consider:... Read More ...

How to Plan the Ultimate Buddy Trip

How to Plan the Ultimate Buddy Trip

Posted by Brianna Weidman on May 23, 2016 in Travel

So you’ve decided to embrace one of the most time-honored traditions in golf—the buddy trip. Whether your trip is an annual event or a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the time you’ll spend with friends is invaluable, and the memories you’ll make will last a lifetime. But where should you go, and who should you invite? Planning a buddy trip presents a series of unique challenges that set it apart from a solo excursion or family vacation; you and your friends have different obligations, separate finances, and conflicting schedules. To aid in the planning process, we’ve laid out the most important aspects of buddy-trip planning: the group, dates, and destination.... Read More ...

Indianapolis Favorites for Your Indy 500 Experience

Indianapolis Favorites for Your Indy 500 Experience

Posted by Andrea Emerson on May 16, 2016 in Travel

Every year, thousands of racing fans flock to Indianapolis for the Indy 500, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. As the city prepares for the 100th running of the race this May, spectators from all over the world are gearing up for a weekend full of live music, entertainment and, of course, world-class racing. Are you coming? If so, don't limit your experience to the Motor Speedway--although that will be loads of fun. Below are great ways to get out into the city and explore everything Indianapolis has to offer.... Read More ...

Prepping for the Third World

Prepping for the Third World

Posted by Bekah Wright on May 6, 2016 in Travel

Planning a trip outside the United States? Along with scouting online for transportation, accommodations, and sightseeing suggestions, travelers should allot time on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website. Easily navigable, the site's drop-down menus feature vaccination requirements for both types of travelers (i.e. students, missionaries, families traveling with children) and worldwide destinations. Additionally, alerts provide up-to-date reports of countries with outbreaks of diseases, like Zika virus.... Read More ...

Study Abroad Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Prepare

Study Abroad Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Prepare

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 21, 2016 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an amazing experience, but getting ready for the big trip can be hectic and overwhelming. To ensure you don't forget anything and have a smooth transition to your new host country, it is best to make a checklist to keep yourself on track for your departure.... Read More ...

What is Terrorism Coverage?

What is Terrorism Coverage?

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 19, 2016 in Insurance

In the world we live in today, bad things happen, including terrorist attacks in wonderful cities like Paris and Brussels. Sad incidents like these shouldn't discourage families from their summer travel plans, but it is important to be insured for the possible travel costs that can arise from an act of terrorism.... Read More ...

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Posted by Andrea Emerson on April 15, 2016 in Personal Wellness

You've finally made it. Months of saving your vacation days, picking out the right swimwear and meticulously planning your trip have finally paid off. You're almost there. But as excited as you are to embark on a new adventure, a small voice in the back of your head is yakking on about all the calories you're about to eat, the risks and temptations of your destination city, and how hard that first workout will be when you return. Fear not. Though your vacation should be a time to let loose, you don't have to choose between being healthy and having fun. In fact, here are five simple ways to stay healthy that can actually help you get more out of your vacation.... Read More ...

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Posted by Emmet Pierce on April 12, 2016 in Insurance

It's wonderful to receive a visit from parents who live in a foreign country, but don't forget to have a travel medical insurance policy in place to help cover any unexpected medical costs that might arise while they're in the U.S. When your parents travel, it's likely their domestic medical insurance policy will no longer cover them once they've left their home country. U.S. medical care is among the most costly in the world, and a simple fall could send your parents to the hospital, leaving them with large medical bills.... Read More ...

How to Travel the World and Still Make Money

How to Travel the World and Still Make Money

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 11, 2016 in Travel

World travel can be an exciting and eye-opening venture, but many people feel that it is too expensive or difficult to be a feasible option. That doesn't have to be the case, however, as there are plenty of opportunities and career options that make world travel a reality for people of all budgets and backgrounds.... Read More ...

The Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

The Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 7, 2016 in Study Abroad

If you are off to study abroad, you are about to embark on an amazing, educational adventure. Before you head to the airport, you'll need to do some serious planning and preparation. This is a big trip to a foreign country, and to avoid overspending while away, you should be sure to pack everything you need.... Read More ...

How Travel Medical Insurance Protects Your Family While Vacationing Abroad

How Travel Medical Insurance Protects Your Family While Vacationing Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on April 5, 2016 in Insurance

Taking your family vacation international this year? Whether you're planning to soak up the sun in the Bahamas or knock some historical sites off your European bucket list, you're probably determined to relish every second you spend with your family abroad. And while you're bound to have an incredible vacation experience, there are certain health, safety, and financial precautions you can take to secure the welfare of your family. One safeguard worth considering, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is travel medical insurance.... Read More ...

What Countries Require Health Insurance for Travel Visas?

What Countries Require Health Insurance for Travel Visas?

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 4, 2016 in Travel

International travel is an exciting, educational experience. With an American passport, it is possible to visit many countries around the world without any pre-approved travel visa. However, some countries have added a new requirement stating that tourists and other visitors must have travel medical insurance for the duration of their stay. Here's what you need to know before you hit the road.... Read More ...

Traveling with Mobile Disabilities: It's All About Planning Ahead

Traveling with Mobile Disabilities: It's All About Planning Ahead

Posted by Emmet Pierce on March 28, 2016 in Travel

Having mobility problems may pose challenges, but it doesn't have to stop you from traveling overseas or visiting the countries you've been longing to see. If you prepare for the obstacles you may encounter, you can successfully visit many popular destinations, said Timothy Holtz, group travel coordinator for Minnesota-based Flying Wheels Travel.... Read More ...

Is Travel Medical Insurance Right for You?

Is Travel Medical Insurance Right for You?

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on March 22, 2016 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance can provide important peace of mind –– and cover life-saving emergency medical services when you're out of the country. Such insurance can cover everything from a doctor's visit to treat an upset stomach to an evacuation back to the U.S. for emergency care. However, travel medical insurance isn't necessarily for everyone –– you may already be protected by an existing insurance policy, your credit card, or other coverage provided by an airline or vacation operator. Here are six questions to ask before purchasing a travel medical insurance policy:... Read More ...

How To Travel with a Wedding Dress

How To Travel with a Wedding Dress

Posted by Lauren McNitt on March 21, 2016 in Travel

Whether you've decided to have a destination wedding or you're getting married just down the street, it's important that your wedding dress looks perfect on your big day. This guide will provide you with everything you need to know to ensure your dress holds up until the moment you walk down the aisle. How you decide to transport your wedding dress will determine how you want to package it. By plane: TSA does allow wedding dresses to be carried through security, but be sure to call your airline to find out how it recommends packaging your gown. ... Read More ...

Moving to a New City After Graduation

Moving to a New City After Graduation

Posted by Brianna Weidman on March 16, 2016 in Life Transitions

Some college students graduate with the same dream they had when they first received their acceptance letters in the mail- to receive a job offer in a faraway state so they can pack up their things and begin their lives somewhere else. Others are perfectly content to remain in their college town, surrounded by friends (and maybe even family), but the reality of the job market forces them to start submitting applications across city and state lines.... Read More ...

How to Navigate Transportation in the U.S.

How to Navigate Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 14, 2016 in Travel

Getting around in the United States is quite a bit different than in many other countries around the world. While large cities across Europe and Asia have expansive public transportation systems, these systems are fairly rare in the United States. If you are planning a trip to the United States, check out the following tips for easily navigating American cities.... Read More ...

Returning from the Mission Field

Returning from the Mission Field

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 9, 2016 in Life Transitions

Going on a mission trip to a foreign country can be an amazing and rewarding experience. In addition to religious work, missions are a great way to help those in need around the world by offering community building, medical, and other support. Returning home from a lengthy trip in a less-developed region can be a big shock. Follow these steps to make your transition home smooth and comfortable.... Read More ...

If Liam Neeson Isn't Your Dad, You Need Crisis Response Coverage

If Liam Neeson Isn't Your Dad, You Need Crisis Response Coverage

Posted by Andrea Emerson on March 8, 2016 in Insurance

Imagine you're strolling along the travel destination of your dreams. Someone motions you to check out a great restaurant or the Instagram-worthy scenery around the corner. Before you know it, you've been kidnapped, to be let go after your captor has sucked your bank account dry. It's what's known as an express kidnapping and it's far more common than you'd think. In fact, express kidnappings are on the rise, because unlike classic, elaborate kidnappings, they require just a single delinquent with a weapon, no planning, and go largely underreported.... Read More ...

Airbnb Best Bets for 2016

Airbnb Best Bets for 2016

Posted by Andrea Emerson on March 7, 2016 in Travel

Chances are someone (or several someones) you know has booked an Airbnb rental. And if you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, we're guessing you're at least intrigued by the community-sourced hospitality company. And with good reason: to date, more than 60 million guests have booked one of Airbnb's 2+ million listings — apartments, castles, villas, yurts, lighthouses and more — in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Even the skeptics among us have to admit Airbnb has earned an impressive crowd of fans.... Read More ...

Travel Insurance vs. Travel Medical Insurance: Is There a Difference?

Travel Insurance vs. Travel Medical Insurance: Is There a Difference?

Posted by Brianna Weidman on March 1, 2016 in Insurance

Purchasing an insurance policy is one of the most important things travelers can do to protect themselves from the health, safety, and financial risks that accompany international travel. But when it comes to travel insurance, it’s often difficult to figure out exactly what you’re getting- or even what it is that you actually need. In this article, we break down the two types of insurance you may be considering: travel insurance and travel medical insurance. Is there a difference between the two? The answer is usually yes.... Read More ...

How to Stay Safe While Vacationing Abroad

How to Stay Safe While Vacationing Abroad

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on February 29, 2016 in Travel

Despite some recent high-profile attacks and political uncertainties in many parts of the world, it's rare for a vacation to be directly impacted by terrorism. What's more, you can take pro-active steps to ensure you have a safe experience and are prepared for a worst-case scenario. To safeguard your trip, take these seven precautions:... Read More ...

What is Medical Care Like Outside the U.S.?

What is Medical Care Like Outside the U.S.?

Posted by John Egan on February 22, 2016 in Travel

When you visit the ER or the doctor's office in the U.S., you pretty much know the routine. That routine isn't the same in other countries, however. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, people access health care in a variety of ways. Here's a look at how medical care works in a number of popular travel destinations outside the U.S., and how American travelers might receive care in the event of an unexpected illness or injury while abroad.... Read More ...

6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on February 9, 2016 in Insurance

Whether you're planning a relaxing beach getaway, foodie-themed city escape, or a safari adventure, you always run the risk of your international trip being cancelled or interrupted by illness. Travel medical insurance provides peace of mind by (typically) covering overseas medical treatments, hospitalizations and medical evacuations, as well as trip reimbursements if you have to go home early. Most policies also offer 24-hour assistance, coverage for terrorism incidents, and reimbursements for lost or stolen luggage.... Read More ...

U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

Posted by Andrea Emerson on February 8, 2016 in Travel

Lost luggage. Running out of medication. A bad case of traveler's tummy. What overseas traveler hasn't considered these mishaps when packing for their journey? While prepping for possible misadventures, it's also smart to stay on top of the risks specific to the country you're visiting, and to know how to get help if things go haywire. Luckily for you, that's information you can access with a tap or two on your mobile device, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State. Below, we break down quick, resource-rich links you'll want to note or bookmark for your trip.... Read More ...

Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Spot

Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Spot

Posted by Lauren McNitt on February 1, 2016 in Travel

When you have just one week to travel, whether because of work, school or your budget, you want to make the most of it. Here are five tips for choosing the perfect spring break destination. 1. Consider travel time: With just one week, you want to spend as little time en route to your destination as possible. Do you know all the direct flights out of your airport? An app like Skyscanner can help you narrow down a destination based on direct flight options and flight duration. Also consider how much you can truly fit into one week.... Read More ...

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 28, 2016 in Study Abroad

Each year, hundreds of thousands of American students depart for a study abroad experience. In recent years, the number of students taking part in international study programs has grown steadily. For many, the destination is the most important factor when selecting a program or organization. Here are our top 5 destinations for American students going abroad:... Read More ...

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 21, 2016 in Study Abroad

Study abroad preparation is important for a smooth trasition and successful experience. This timeline breaks down the process into helpful steps to follow, beginning as early as 18 months prior to departure. Timelines for all students will vary based on country of origin, the procedures of the university they will attend, and more. For some students, the process can take as long as two years; for others as short as 6 months.... Read More ...

Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Posted by Brianna Weidman on January 19, 2016 in Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions) travel advisory following an alarming number of reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other severe birth defects in babies born to mothers infected with Zika virus while pregnant.... Read More ...

4 Tips for Global Travelers on a Budget

4 Tips for Global Travelers on a Budget

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 11, 2016 in Travel

Traveling the world can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, many people believe that they're unable to travel due to the high costs that accompany plane tickets, hotels, and excursions. Travel does not have to be cost prohibitive, however. Here are some tips to save money on your next international trip.... Read More ...

The 15 Best Study Abroad Organizations

The 15 Best Study Abroad Organizations

Posted by Brianna Weidman on December 31, 2015 in Study Abroad

There are thousands of cultural exchange programs all across the globe that can make your dreams of international study come true. The following study abroad program providers are some of the best in the business, awarding millions in scholarships each year and offering destinations from China to Argentina- and nearly everywhere in between. Whether you’re looking for a year-long program or a short summer stay, we’re sure that our list of the 15 best study abroad organizations has you covered!... Read More ...

Don’t Let Jet Lag Ruin Your Holiday Travel

Don’t Let Jet Lag Ruin Your Holiday Travel

Posted by Brianna Weidman on December 31, 2015 in Travel

From overcrowded airports and flight cancellations to lost luggage and baggage fees, the hassles of holiday-season plane travel can appear endless. The last thing you want to worry about when traveling for the holidays is being struck with a bout of jet lag after successfully arriving at your destination. Read on to discover just what jet lag actually is- and how you can prevent it.... Read More ...

The One Thing Every International Golfer Needs

The One Thing Every International Golfer Needs

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on August 4, 2015 in Insurance

Did you know that most insurance coverage does not extend to foreign countries? Your golf vacation is not the time to worry about how medical expenses work in a foreign country. You can alleviate your concerns with Atlas Golf.... Read More ...

Teeing Off Around the World

Teeing Off Around the World

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 31, 2015 in Travel

If you're planning a golf outing abroad, you'll want to make sure you know what kind of climate you'll be dealing with as you hit the course. For example, you'll want to steer clear of Japan during typhoon season, and maybe head to South Africa instead to bask in their August sunshine. However, all your planning and research... Read More ...

50 Travel Websites You MUST Visit

50 Travel Websites You MUST Visit

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 24, 2015 in Travel

Ever see someone at the airport who seems to have it all together? Someone calm, relaxed, not fumbling for his passport or sweating as he drags his luggage? It’s usually the pilot. The following travel hacks will help you achieve that same zen-like presence. Pilot’s license optional.... Read More ...

Common Travel Myths Exposed!

Common Travel Myths Exposed!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 30, 2015 in Travel

Many reasons keep people from traveling internationally, and almost all involve a fear of the unknown. You might fear catching a disease, or language barriers, or the possibility of getting pickpocketed or kidnapped. With proper research and solid preparation, you can set aside your fears and feel comfortable about packing your bags and leaving your home countries for an international experience you won't soon forget!... Read More ...

5 Ways to Save Your Travel Memories

5 Ways to Save Your Travel Memories

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 11, 2015 in Travel

Traveling is all about discovering, feeling alive, finding out the truth about yourself, and collecting the most precious memories. You can travel far or near, solo or in a group, go abroad or simply re-discover the beauty of your surroundings. Everywhere you go you document the things you see, whether you intend to or not.... Read More ...

Guide to Sightseeing in the U.S.

Guide to Sightseeing in the U.S.

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on June 11, 2015 in Travel

Traveling to the United States can be intimidating. Because of its size, the U.S. offers a dizzying array of destinations. This vastness means the country offers a wide variety in terms of climate, culture, history, foods, and fun. From big cities to open spaces to museums and tours exploring U.S. history, there is something for every visitor.... Read More ...

Tips for Visiting the USA

Tips for Visiting the USA

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 11, 2015 in Travel

The United States is home to many amazing landmarks, both man-made and natural. Have you always dreamed of taking the quintessential road trip out West? Perhaps you want to pay homage to important sites of the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Or maybe the American Revolution in the Northeast has always captivated you. Whichever... Read More ...

Travel Health Insurance Myths

Travel Health Insurance Myths

Posted by Abigail Pratt on May 7, 2015 in Insurance

Do any of the following travel medical insurance myths sound like a reason that has prevented you from buying a policy? Hopefully your situation is unlike the millions of people who travel every year, and find themselves in precarious circumstances without the protection of travel medical insurance. Here are some travel insurance myths you should learn about before you decide whether or not to purchase a plan before your next trip abroad.... Read More ...

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Posted by Cynthia Roush on May 7, 2015 in Travel

If you want to see as much of the world as you can, you may be worried about juggling kids and travel in the future—or you may be facing that conundrum already. Traveling is sometimes thought of as an activity for the young and childless, but many travel bloggers, including Feather+Flip, are proving... Read More ...

Planning for International Travel: Infographic

Planning for International Travel: Infographic

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 7, 2015 in Travel

Planning to travel internationally? Check out this infographic, which showcases 12 of the best countries to visit and helps you plan your trip to one of these popular places, including information on when to visit, when to book, top cities, travel tips, and more!... Read More ...

Inexpensive Sightseeing in the US

Inexpensive Sightseeing in the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Travel

We have written before about inexpensive vacation destinations for the international jet-setting traveler. But what if you want to enjoy the United States on the cheap? There is no shortage of sightseeing destinations or breathtaking landmarks of natural beauty for the American traveler to see in their home country.... Read More ...

Your Interactive Guide to Missionary Travel

Your Interactive Guide to Missionary Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Travel

Missionary travel can be a tedious and scary challenge to accept. You have made a choice to embark on an adventure that is taking you to a foreign country. There will be trials along the way—from what to pack, to your personal documents, to how to capture your memories, to taking care of your health. Missionary travel can be somewhat unpredictable, but you can still be prepared.... Read More ...

How To Travel with Cats

How To Travel with Cats

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on May 5, 2015 in Travel

Almost everyone enjoys traveling, but no one enjoys leaving his or her cats at home. Traveling with cats can be a little complicated. However, if you take the time, do your research, and understand what you are getting into, then you do not have to leave your little friend at home. As you begin this ... Read More ...

How To Fly With Cameras l Video

How To Fly With Cameras l Video

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 28, 2015 in Travel

Steven, avid photographer, recently met with us to share his tips on how to fly with cameras and camera equipment.... Read More ...

Seven Honeymoon Destinations

Seven Honeymoon Destinations

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 27, 2015 in Travel

Preparing for your wedding can be pretty stressful, and sometimes planning the honeymoon can add even more stress. However, by focusing on the excitement of discovering a new destination and your time away as newlyweds, your planning can turn from stress-filled to stress-free. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, here are seven honeymoon... Read More ...

Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 23, 2015 in Travel

Transportation is different all over the world. From streets filled with cars to streets filled with bicycles, every city has its own way to travel. In the U.S. the main forms of transportation change depending where you are in the country.... Read More ...

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Study Abroad

Whether you are entering college right after graduating high school or you are enrolling after some time off, getting prepared for college can be tricky. It can be even trickier to prepare when your new school is in another country!... Read More ...

Get the Most out of Your Trip to Rome

Get the Most out of Your Trip to Rome

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on April 22, 2015 in Travel

Taking three day bus trips is a very common thing to do when studying in or planning a trip to Rome. It allows you to see as much as possible in the least amount of time. The best part about three day bus trips is that they fit comfortably within any week-long visit to Rome,... Read More ...

Finding Online the Best Adventure Travel Buying Guides

Finding Online the Best Adventure Travel Buying Guides

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Travel

For many, a vacation is a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy spending time doing as little as possible. For others, the perfect vacation is an opportunity to go on physically grueling new adventures while exploring exciting locations, all the while being covered by travel sports insurance. If your definition of a perfect getaway ... Read More ...

Finding the Right Travel Websites

Finding the Right Travel Websites

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Travel

There are many travel websites on the Internet today. They all claim to provide the best deals on airfare, hotel accommodations and transportation. Are all travel websites created equally? Surely, some of the travel websites out there are more functional and more user friendly than others. Here are some reviews on popular travel website... Read More ...

Five Tips for Your Missionary Travel Experience

Five Tips for Your Missionary Travel Experience

Posted by Shelby Walton on April 22, 2015 in Travel

Going on a mission trip is a huge decision and an even greater commitment. While some mission trips are short term, many can last anywhere from 1-2 years. Expectedly, leaving your home country for this extended period of time requires lots of careful preparation.... Read More ...

Single Suitcase Solutions: 6 Ways to Lighten Your Load

Single Suitcase Solutions: 6 Ways to Lighten Your Load

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2015 in Travel

You may have seen the movies in which a high-maintenance character arrives with a dozen pieces of luggage for an overnight trip. In reality, carrying that much baggage can be a hindrance, especially when you have only a few days to enjoy your trip.... Read More ...

Studying Education Abroad

Studying Education Abroad

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2015 in Study Abroad

For many students, the thought of leaving their home, school, and friends behind to study abroad is a scary thought. For some students, what keeps them from studying abroad is the fact that their education may experience a slight setback.... Read More ...

Where to Find Important Travel Information

Where to Find Important Travel Information

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 20, 2015 in Travel

So, you’ve decided to travel abroad. The only problem is you have no idea where you want to go. There are so many places you have wanted to visit, things you wanted to see, cultures you have wanted to experience and people you have wanted to meet.... Read More ...

Finding Air Travel Deals

Finding Air Travel Deals

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 20, 2015 in Travel

Here is a list of helpful tips that will lead you to finding air travel deals... Read More ...

Family Travel with Kids

Family Travel with Kids

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 19, 2015 in Travel

With holiday seasons fast approaching, you are probably preparing for travel. But family travel with kids can be difficult and frustrating if you let it. Family travel with kids can also be an incredibly fun time. Here are a few tips to making your travel experiences smoother and more fun:... Read More ...

The 2015 Masters Tournament: Your Guide to Augusta

The 2015 Masters Tournament: Your Guide to Augusta

Posted by Ashlee Taylor on March 19, 2015 in Travel

If you’re traveling to the Masters this year, you need to know where to stay, where to grab something great to eat, and what else there is to do while you’re there. Augusta is a great city full of history and culture, and you won’t want to miss these top attractions.... Read More ...

Costa Rica Travel Tours

Costa Rica Travel Tours

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on February 24, 2015 in Travel

Full of beautiful forests, beaches and wonders, Costa Rica is a dream getaway for anyone. Costa Rica has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, hiking through forests, climbing mountains, or flying through the treetop canopy, you are sure to find something that interests you in this Central ... Read More ...

The Best Carnivals in the World

The Best Carnivals in the World

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on February 20, 2015 in Travel

Carnivals usually have specific themes and unique attributes. For instance, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife features some of the best dancing in all the carnivals around the world. Knowing this, you expect that the attendees must love to dance. The big celebration in Venice revolves around an elaborate masquerade, where those in attendance don impressive masks in a bid to win prizes and show off.... Read More ...

Bangkok Thailand Travel Destinations

Bangkok Thailand Travel Destinations

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on February 10, 2015 in Travel

One of the best parts of travel is experiencing the collision of the modern and ancient worlds. The ability to seemingly travel backwards in time by walking a few blocks is something that can only be experienced in certain places in the world. One of those places is Bangkok. The capital city of Thailand dates... Read More ...

Backpack in Germany

Backpack in Germany

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 6, 2015 in Travel

Leisurely backpacking around Europe has become the dream of many young Americans. While there are many places to go, some people are drawn to the friendly culture and lively beer gardens of Germany. If you want to backpack in Germany but aren’t sure where to start, check out these suggestions for how to prepare, where... Read More ...

All You Need to Know About Orienteering

All You Need to Know About Orienteering

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 5, 2015 in Travel

Orienteering is a wilderness navigation race using a map and a compass. Courses can span large areas of diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain. Participants must use their supplied topographical map and compass to reach specified areas called controls. While many people practice foot orienteering, there are several different types of orienteering, including canoe, car, bike,... Read More ...

Prepare for the Unexpected While Traveling in Southeast Asia

Prepare for the Unexpected While Traveling in Southeast Asia

Posted by Abigail Pratt on February 4, 2015 in Travel

What the countless travel blogs on the web fail to highlight are the unexpected illnesses, injuries, or trip interruptions you need to know how to protect yourself against before traveling. The unexpected awaits you in any destination and in Southeast Asia, the unexpected takes on different forms in every one of its countries.... Read More ...

Seven Caribbean Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

Seven Caribbean Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

Posted by Derrick Braziel on January 9, 2015 in Travel

The possible destinations for your summer vacation are almost limitless, and when you start reviewing your options, the choice can be difficult. The best way to begin is by deciding on a region of the country or the world that you want to visit. Have you thought about somewhere in the Caribbean? This region offers... Read More ...

5 Things Your Travel Insurance Company Won't Tell You

5 Things Your Travel Insurance Company Won't Tell You

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 8, 2015 in Insurance

Purchasing travel medical insurance is an important step when planning an international excursion. Most policies come with a standard menu of coverage, which includes accident and injury protection and emergency medical evacuation. But some policies provide additional benefits you may not be aware of – and they could be the difference in your out-of-pocket expenses... Read More ...

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on January 8, 2015 in Travel

This summer, skip the hectic city vacation and take your family to one of America’s gorgeous and affordable state parks. The following five parks all allow camping and are outstanding for beauty, history, and family entertainment.... Read More ...

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations - Part 2

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations - Part 2

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on January 8, 2015 in Travel

This summer, skip the hectic city vacation and try one of America’s gorgeous state parks for affordable family vacations. In part two of this blog posting, we discuss the Blue Mounds Park in Minnesota, Hocking Hills in Ohio and three other natural treasures.... Read More ...

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Posted by Abigail Pratt on December 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a major decision, and plenty of smaller decisions fall under its umbrella. Sure, it’s easy to decide you’ll study abroad. However, once you decide to go, you need to do some research. Where are you going to study? What are you going to study? Do you want a foreign-language program? How are you going to get there? How do you apply for the program? How much is it going to cost to study abroad? What options are there for financial aid? These questions can be overwhelming, but don’t let them deter you. After all, there are many great benefits to studying abroad.... Read More ...

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Top 5 Places For U.S. Students To Study Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on December 3, 2014 in Study Abroad

When choosing where to study abroad, U.S. students often think of popular destinations, such as Italy, France, Greece, Spain, and the U.K. All of these countries offer rich cultural experiences and top-tier academic programs, but there are several excellent college and university options that students tend to overlook.... Read More ...

Rainy Day Activities in November

Rainy Day Activities in November

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on November 2, 2014 in Personal Wellness

November rain is a time of the year that’s hard to look forward to. The bright, flavorful leaves of Fall disappear. It can get dark, gloomy, or snowy if you are a lucky Northerner. Although rain may keep many inside during the month of November, there are many rainy day activities you can propose to your friends and family to keep you sane and entertained. ... Read More ...

Why Travelers Need Crisis Response Coverage

Why Travelers Need Crisis Response Coverage

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on October 14, 2014 in Insurance

Whether you’re taking a business trip or family vacation, you never want to think about the threat of being kidnapped abroad. But kidnappings of international travelers do happen in countries across the globe. One travel danger for international travelers... Read More ...

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning Infographic

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning Infographic

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on September 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

Students preparing to study abroad must complete several steps in the months leading up to their departure. The following infographic illustrates a timeline with the general breakdown of the steps you should follow to ensure the process moves smoothly. Keep in mind... Read More ...

Shop 'til You Drop in London

Shop 'til You Drop in London

Posted by Randee Portteus on September 18, 2014 in Travel

Though London is rich in history, sometimes a traveler wants to explore what’s going on today in the city. One way to do this in London is to explore the wide-ranging and exhilarating network of markets. Here are ten to get you started... Read More ...

Planning for International Travel

Planning for International Travel

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on September 10, 2014 in Travel

Brazil may have taken center stage as a travel destination in hosting the World Cup, but it’s just one of the many places international travelers will visit this year. Our new Planning for International Travel infographic showcases 12 of the best countries to visit and helps you plan a trip... Read More ...

Explorer Travel

Explorer Travel

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on August 11, 2014 in Travel

The adventure traveler doesn’t stay in five-star hotels, dine in restaurants requiring a tie and jacket, or hire a chauffeur deliver him to destination hotspots. The adventure traveler plans for a vacation filled with adrenaline-pumping activities, once-in-a-lifetime challenges and scenic vistas. Proper attire, from waterproof boots to impact-resistant sunglasses, is a necessity. In addition, the adventure traveler must prepare prior to the trip by making various lists, packing documents and other potentially life-saving items such as a first-aid kit, rain poncho and quality compass.... Read More ...

Literary Landmarks in Dublin

Literary Landmarks in Dublin

Posted by Randee Portteus on August 5, 2014 in Travel

The capital of Ireland is a city as rich in literature as it is in history. In this post, you’ll learn a little bit about the tradition of literature in Ireland, as well as some of the best places to go to get your literary fix.... Read More ...

Corporate Travel Insurance: Five Reasons You Need Coverage

Corporate Travel Insurance: Five Reasons You Need Coverage

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 30, 2014 in Insurance

You are 30,000 feet in the air reviewing your presentation for an upcoming meeting in Brussels, Belgium. As the plane begins to descend, you experience shortness of breath. By the time the plane lands, you need to go to the hospital. A situation like this is one of several reasons corporate travel insurance is critical when journeying internationally. Below are five reasons you can’t leave home without it:... Read More ...

5 Tips For Preparing to Stay with a Host Family

5 Tips For Preparing to Stay with a Host Family

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Study Abroad

When you picked a location to study abroad, most likely you were intrigued by your host country’s culture. Deeper research into the family structure and style of your host country will help tremendously in understanding your new family. Each culture has its own way and standard of living, and by gaining insight before even entering... Read More ...

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Backpacking through Europe is a vacation that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The sights of the Old World combined with travel-friendly countries are attractive to all types of tourists.... Read More ...

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Top 5 Alternative Destinations for College Mission Trips

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Traveling is becoming a growing trend among today’s student population. Most students tend to travel to Western Europe or Australia in order to study abroad in countries that are culturally similar to their homes, but college mission trips offer an exciting alternative to the traditional college student trip. College mission trips take place all over the world similar to study abroad programs. While many missionaries flock to a few typical destinations to work (Haiti and Mexico top many lists for good mission fields), you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to choosing a place to volunteer abroad. If you’re looking for a unique place to lend a hand, consider our top 5 alternative destinations:... Read More ...

Trip Medical Insurance Buying Guide

Trip Medical Insurance Buying Guide

Posted by Jarred Juett on July 29, 2014 in Insurance

Whenever we interact with new customers thinking about trip medical insurance, one of the points we try to drive home the strongest is this:... Read More ...

Five Tips For Visiting The U.S.

Five Tips For Visiting The U.S.

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 29, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to the United States can differ from traveling around your own country, or other places around the world. Like any time you travel, there are things you should consider doing before you leave home, and a few things you’ll want to do when you arrive. Here are a few tips for visiting the USA. ... Read More ...

Trip Accidents: South America Trip Accidents Infographic

Trip Accidents: South America Trip Accidents Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 29, 2014 in Travel

From the picturesque beaches of Venezuela to the snow-capped summits of Chile, South America holds some of the most beautiful locations in the world and attracts visitors from around the world. Whatever your escapades throughout the continent, whether it’s reading Borges in his hometown of Buenos Aires or racing llamas through Peru, keep in mind that trip accidents may happen. Getting travel insurance can help in the long run if you happen to catch a soccer ball to the face during a Brazil match. This infographic gives you an idea of how much trip accidents abroad could cost you without insurance. Before going south of the equator, check into your insurance options, and try not to get too crazy with your tango moves.... Read More ...

Itinerary for Malaysia: An Asian Adventure Trip

Itinerary for Malaysia: An Asian Adventure Trip

Posted by Jarred Juett on July 24, 2014 in Travel

Known for its iconic blend of three major Asian cultures and vast collection of nature parks, Malaysia offers the perfect destination for your next adventure trip. To help you plan the perfect Asian adventure getaway, we have prepared an itinerary for Malaysia covering the best spots for exploration.... Read More ...

Busting Myths of Travel for Business

Busting Myths of Travel for Business

Posted by Sandra Eblevi on July 23, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to people who travel for business, there are lots of stereotypes and myths. Just because you are a business traveler, it does not mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style for cost and lesser quality (or spend lots of company money for no good reason!). We are going to break down myths surrounding people who travel for business and try to explain how you can break them during your travels.... Read More ...

Must-See St. John Beaches

Must-See St. John Beaches

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on July 22, 2014 in Travel

If you’ve read some of my past blogs you know I’m a seasoned St. John visitor. It’s by far my favorite Caribbean destination, in most part because of their legendary beaches. Time is precious on vacations so be sure to make the most of it. Whatever you do, do not leave St. John without experiencing... Read More ...

International Travel Immunizations: An Interactive Guide

International Travel Immunizations: An Interactive Guide

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 21, 2014 in Travel

At HCC Medical Insurance Services, a big part of what we do involves helping international travelers to prepare for their time abroad. One question in particular tends to come up often: What travel immunizations will I need for my trip?... Read More ...

2014 World Cup: The Beautiful Game Returns to Brazil

2014 World Cup: The Beautiful Game Returns to Brazil

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 4, 2014 in Travel

The World Cup is returning to Brazil for the first time in 64 years this summer, and with 32 teams playing through a round-robin group and four knockout rounds, there are many games to fit into one month. Because of that, games will be... Read More ...

Best Parisian Food and Where to Find It

Best Parisian Food and Where to Find It

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on May 9, 2014 in Travel

If you ever get the chance to go to Paris I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the “City of Lights” the second you step onto the sidewalks and are flooded with the delectable smells of French cuisine. That is, if your nose isn’t filled with cigarette smoke first. Let’s be real, you only have a limited amount of time in the city, should you decide to go. So, unless you are moving there and have a lifetime to try every dish in the city, you are going to have to prioritize your meals.... Read More ...

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Caves, Oh My!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 9, 2014 in Travel

What’s your ideal travel destination? For some, discovering all your home country has to offer is more than enough. Others are content to visit theme parks every opportunity they get. Those who love the outdoors have no shortage of choices. Hiking, rock climbing, skiing – the list goes on and on.... Read More ...

Fun Family Vacation Destinations

Fun Family Vacation Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 22, 2014 in Travel

Summertime means no school, warm weather, and plenty of family time. It also, for many families, means taking a fun family vacation. Of course, not every family vacation turns out as anticipated; we have all been on that trip that just does not go the way we expected, and someone gets upset. But family vacations... Read More ...

How to Sit By the Best Stranger on a Long-Distance Train

How to Sit By the Best Stranger on a Long-Distance Train

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on April 14, 2014 in Travel

Plenty of articles already exist about the types of people you want to avoid on a train. The crying baby, the guy with the small bladder, the hygienically challenged – take your pick. But rather than focus on the people you should stay away from during your ride, consider finding... Read More ...

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Travel Insurance Rep

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Travel Insurance Rep

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

Many international travelers don’t realize how much travel insurance can vary in terms of coverage, billing and customer service. When you’re traveling abroad and there’s an emergency, the last thing you want is to experience frustrations about unexpected out-of-pocket costs or uncertainty about whether you’ll need approval to seek medical treatment.   It’s far better... Read More ...

Why Travel Medical Insurance?

Why Travel Medical Insurance?

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as you prepare for an overseas trip. With all the logistics involved in scheduling vacation days at work, planning your itinerary, packing your suitcase, and getting transportation to the airport, travel medical coverage can become an afterthought. But neglecting to think about travel... Read More ...

Top 5 International Travel Apps

Top 5 International Travel Apps

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

All travel requires a certain amount of planning. But you want to ensure you’re especially prepared when heading to a different country, where language and cultural barriers may be harder to overcome. Having a full range of mobile tools at your disposal can significantly improve your experience. With smartphones, managing your trip is a more... Read More ...

Top 5 Ladies-Only Trips

Top 5 Ladies-Only Trips

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

You love your family but sometimes you just need to get away and spend time with your girlfriends. Give the kids a hug, your partner a smooch, and head out for one of these 5 re-energizing and rejuvenating ladies-only trips: The Wine Trip – Wineries have popped up all over the world, from Monterey, to... Read More ...

When Using a Travel Agent is Better Than Planning Your Own Trip

When Using a Travel Agent is Better Than Planning Your Own Trip

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

Travel agents once held the keys to the vacation kingdom. But the rise of the internet and the subsequent prevalence of online travel sites has led many to forsake using travel agents altogether. Despite the DIY turn of vacation planning, there are still several occasions when using a travel agent makes sense. Uncertainty: It’s one... Read More ...

What to Do After Retirement

What to Do After Retirement

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 7, 2014 in Life Transitions

Most people dream of the day when they can finally retire and have as much free time as they could want. However, when that day finally arrives, many people find they don’t know what to do with all of the extra time they now have on their hands—time that used to be spent working. Retirement... Read More ...

U.S. Visa Information

U.S. Visa Information

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 4, 2014 in Travel

Visitors come from all over the world to travel in the United States. From short business trips to permanent immigration, most visitors must obtain a visa before entering the U.S. Knowing international travel requirements before embarking on your journey can save valuable time and prevent travel mishaps.... Read More ...

Egypt Travel Story from an Atlas Travel® Insurance Customer | Video

Egypt Travel Story from an Atlas Travel® Insurance Customer | Video

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Allison Carter met with us after her trip to Egypt to share the story of how she fulfilled her dream of participating in a camel ride across the desert. Do you have stories of your summer vacation that you would like to share as well? Post your comments at the bottom of this post.... Read More ...

Exotic Vacation Destinations Infographic

Exotic Vacation Destinations Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

From destinations with the best extreme sports, to cities that host epic parties, this infographic can guide you to your next exotic vacation destination!... Read More ...

Keys to Traveling Abroad with Atlas Travel Insurance

Keys to Traveling Abroad with Atlas Travel Insurance

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

One great opportunity in life is to be able to travel. It gives you a chance to explore distant countries and learn about their histories and cultures. Before you hop on that next plane, consider these Atlas Travel® Insurance keys to traveling abroad:... Read More ...

How to Backpack Around the World

How to Backpack Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling can be expensive, especially when going abroad. How are you supposed to see the world if you cannot afford renting space in a hotel or resort? The answer is simple if you know how to backpack around the world. Sadly, not many people know of these cost-effective and exciting travel techniques.... Read More ...

Finding the Right Medical Mission Trips for You

Finding the Right Medical Mission Trips for You

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to medical missions trips, there is literally a world of opportunity out there. Surprisingly enough, you don’t necessarily need to be a doctor to travel the world and serve. Whether you’re an accomplished physician, a student in nursing school, or someone with zero medical training, there are plenty of organizations (religious and otherwise)... Read More ...

Mission Trip: Preparing for your Church Group Mission Trip

Mission Trip: Preparing for your Church Group Mission Trip

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Whether you are embarking on your first mission trip or fourth, your trip may only be as successful as the amount of preparatory work you put into planning and organizing. We recently spoke with a former youth pastor and veteran of many international mission trips. He shared these tips on preparing for a group mission trip:... Read More ...

Packing for a Business Trip

Packing for a Business Trip

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Packing for a business trip can quickly become stressful even though few items are usually required for the trip. Forgetting a crucial item such as a tie, heels or a portfolio can cause stress when packing for a business trip.... Read More ...

Packing the Perfect Travel Makeup Kit

Packing the Perfect Travel Makeup Kit

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

When packing for a trip, it’s not uncommon to forget a few things. Your makeup doesn’t have to be one of them. The tips below will help you pack the perfect travel makeup kit.... Read More ...

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 28, 2014 in Travel

If you want to visit the United States, there are several types of tourist visas for the US. For temporary visits, there are three different types of non-immigration visas. There is the visitor visa, the temporary worker visa, and the student/exchange visa. We will look at each type so you can figure out which one is right for your trip to the United States.... Read More ...

Tips For Traveling Internationally With Kids

Tips For Traveling Internationally With Kids

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

One of the best gifts that can be given to children is the opportunity to travel abroad and experience different cultures. Foreign travel affords people of all ages with a view of wider horizons and offers the chance to better understand the conditions and issues that affect the rest of the world. Here are some tips for traveling internationally with kids.... Read More ...

Tips for Traveling Light

Tips for Traveling Light

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Sometimes, travel is anything but relaxing. Many business trips and super-quick vacations entail a fair amount of travel after you arrive at your destination, so finding a good list of tips for traveling light is the key to a smooth travel experience. The last thing you want to do is haul around heavy luggage,... Read More ...

Sightseeing in Barcelona: Top Places to See

Sightseeing in Barcelona: Top Places to See

Posted by Sandra Eblevi on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff Barcelona is a city renowned for its food, people and culture. Sightseeing in Barcelona can mean whatever you want it to mean. The city is rich in architecture and history, but it will also cater to travelers seeking art or music or delicious Spanish cuisine. - See more at: http://www.hccmis.com/blog/page/25/#sthash.G8Hx9bIb.dpuf... Read More ...

Tips on Packing for Travel

Tips on Packing for Travel

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Some people like to pack no more than the bare necessities when they travel. Others like to leave nothing to chance, bringing everything they can carry in case they need it. The best option is somewhere in the middle. When packing for travel, it is important to consider the destination, what it has to offer and then decide what amount of gear is optimal.... Read More ...

Top HCCMIS Blogs for August 2011

Top HCCMIS Blogs for August 2011

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Customer Story: Aswan – Tranquil Temples, “No Hassle” Markets Aswan feels like Africa in a way Cairo does not. The people are darker skinned, the dusty streets are full of buildings painted blue and gold, bony dogs,... Read More ...

 Top Sites for Travel Information

Top Sites for Travel Information

Posted by Sandra Eblevi on March 28, 2014 in Travel

You have blocked the calendar, picked the destination, and purchased the trip. The next step is to learn about where you are going and figure out your daily itinerary. The following sites are great places to kick start your travel information research.... Read More ...

Top Travel Websites to Get the Best Deals

Top Travel Websites to Get the Best Deals

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

The Internet has no shortage of travel websites. The key when searching the numerous options is to maximize your time while digging up the best deals. To assist you in that endeavor, try the following top travel websites as the first phase of your search.... Read More ...

Travel Blogs That Help You Enjoy the World from Your Computer

Travel Blogs That Help You Enjoy the World from Your Computer

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Thanks to the selection of blogs available, there are plenty of temptations to whet a daydreamer’s appetite. Regularly updated travel blogs provide consistent stimulation for those who may wish they were traveling the globe. Whatever the reason for a person’s curiosity, travel blogs can be informative and rich with the flavors found in other parts of the world.... Read More ...

Travel Connections: Utilizing Google Travel Search and the Most Useful Apps

Travel Connections: Utilizing Google Travel Search and the Most Useful Apps

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Recent tech innovations have changed the game when it comes to travel. Now, strangers in a foreign land can be buoyed by a buffet of apps and online resources that help them navigate unfamiliar places – everything from finding the way back to their hotel to finding the cheapest parking or the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant.... Read More ...

Travel Guide for France

Travel Guide for France

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff Traveling in a country like France can be intimidating with all of its world class cuisine, wine, culture, history, and architecture. Where do you even begin planning a trip in such a culturally rich country? We have created this travel guide for France to help you plan your next vacation.... Read More ...

Preparing for Mission Trips to Africa

Preparing for Mission Trips to Africa

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

You’ve just made a huge decision: You’re interested in pursuing potential mission trips to Africa. You know you want to serve, you know you want to experience what Africa has to offer, but where do you begin? There are plenty of ways to go on mission trips to Africa, but you need to stop and think about what you want out of a trip. Use this handy guide to help you get ready for mission work in Africa.... Read More ...

Preparing for Travel: 5 Snowbird Travel Tips

Preparing for Travel: 5 Snowbird Travel Tips

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

As autumn quickly approaches, many snowbirds are preparing for travel to warmer climates to wait out those long, cold winter months. Snowbird travel requires some forethought and planning to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, so we have compiled a few tips to help you travel safely and comfortably on your next snowbird adventure.... Read More ...

Travel on Thanksgiving

Travel on Thanksgiving

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 28, 2014 in Travel

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you have probably started thinking about travel plans. Travel on Thanksgiving can be a major hassle for anyone involved. Long lines at the airport, bad traffic, and bad weather can lead to a ruined holiday. However, with these travel on Thanksgiving tips, you will find your holiday traveling much... Read More ...

Travel Overseas Checklist: 7 Tips for Safe Travel Overseas

Travel Overseas Checklist: 7 Tips for Safe Travel Overseas

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling overseas can be exciting and fun. It also can be filled with problems. As you plan your trip, make sure you are aware of potential problems and add these recommendations to your travel overseas checklist:... Read More ...

Travel Tips for Europe

Travel Tips for Europe

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Whenever you are considering a trip to a new place, it’s always a good idea to do research before you leave home. With that in mind, you are on the hunt for some good travel tips for Europe, and you know that there is a lot of learning ahead of you before you can travel with some idea of what you are doing. We thought we would lend a hand by compiling our own list of easy travel tips for Europe that might help make your European tour more enjoyable and just a little easier to manage.... Read More ...

Traveling Abroad: Four Cultural Customs to Remember

Traveling Abroad: Four Cultural Customs to Remember

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Many a traveler has accidentally committed a faux pas after neglecting to respect an important custom or practice of a particular place or group of people. Respecting traditions abroad shows respect to the people of the country you are visiting. Listed below are four cultural customs from around the world.... Read More ...

Traveling Abroad? Need Help Finding an Agent?

Traveling Abroad? Need Help Finding an Agent?

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Most international health insurance agencies offer services that allow you to get a quote and buy health insurance directly online. HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS) specializes in international health insurance and was a pioneer in providing these online services to people in need of health insurance while traveling abroad.... Read More ...

Traveling in a Country with a Travel Alert

Traveling in a Country with a Travel Alert

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

What do you do if the U.S. State Department issues a travel alert for a planned travel destination, or a country in which you are already traveling? You will ultimately have to decide whether to cancel your trip, cut it short, or continue it. Here is some information that will help you to make your decision and decrease your risk.... Read More ...

The Benefits of Traveling Spain by Train

The Benefits of Traveling Spain by Train

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

The United Nations World Trade Organization Tourism Highlights study says that Spain is the fourth most popular nation in the world for international tourist arrivals. If you are looking for a way to spice up your travel and try something new, you may want to consider traveling Spain by train on your next vacation.... Read More ...

Warm and Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Warm and Sunny Winter Travel Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Do you get the winter blues? You may be experiencing the effects of something called Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you suffer from SAD, you are definitely not alone. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that up to 20% of people in the United States experience at least mild symptoms of SAD. SAD occurs most frequently during winter.... Read More ...

5 Language Learning Tips for Study Abroad

5 Language Learning Tips for Study Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

As a student, the opportunity to study abroad offers you the ability to expand your horizons in new and exciting ways. You’ll be introduced to a new culture and confronted with new ideas and ways of life. Most of all, you will learn an entirely new way of communicating with others. This is a simple task for those who choose to study abroad in English speaking countries.... Read More ...

Study Business Abroad

Study Business Abroad

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

In today’s economic market and job climate, it really helps to have a little something extra on your resume. In fact, many employers look for potential hires that not only have relevant experience, but who can also provide a competitive advantage. Whether you are currently studying business, management, or international business, going to study business abroad will not only improve your resume, but also provide a wonderful educational and cultural experience. Studying business and management abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance your skills and gain practical and applicable experiences on an international level.... Read More ...

Backpacking in Asia

Backpacking in Asia

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful countries in Asia offer plenty of opportunities for an incredible backpacking experience. However, for first-time backpackers or backpackers unfamiliar with the area, planning your trip can be daunting. Here are some tips for preparing, suggestions for where to go, and how to save some money while you’re there.... Read More ...

3 Part Checklist for Backpacking Abroad

3 Part Checklist for Backpacking Abroad

Posted by Derrick Braziel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You are finally going on the backpacking adventure you’ve dreamed about for years. But before you stuff everything into your pack and rush off to the airport, there are a few things you need to take care of. About two or three weeks before you leave, go through this checklist for backpacking abroad, and make... Read More ...

Backpacking Tips and Destinations

Backpacking Tips and Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Where do your trips take you? If you’re more likely to be found rushing down river rapids or climbing bridges than taking guided tours to museums and cafes, you may fall into a special category of traveler: the adventure backpacker.... Read More ...

Best Places to Stay in St. John

Best Places to Stay in St. John

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

First things first, why go to St. John? I’ve been to my fair share of Caribbean destinations, but St. John wins out every time. I’ve been to Aruba twice, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico, but nothing comes as close to paradise as St. John, USVI. St. John has it all: clear blue water, white sandy... Read More ...

5 Holiday Financial Tips Santa Doesn’t Need, But You Do

5 Holiday Financial Tips Santa Doesn’t Need, But You Do

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Believe it or not, you and Santa have some things in common. Most are familiar with Santa’s big December trip that takes place on the eve of the 24th, but many of us regular folks pack up our suitcases and take off during December as well. Santa visits every child in the world—all in one... Read More ...

Checklist For International Travel

Checklist For International Travel

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

International travel is extremely exciting. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or business, you are most likely excited and nervous. You might be excited about the opportunities and experiences ahead of you, or you might be nervous about the experiences ahead of you. We do not always know what lies in front of us, especially ... Read More ...

Costa Rica, A Honeymoon Haven

Costa Rica, A Honeymoon Haven

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful country of Costa Rica has been a honeymoon favorite for many years now. With exotic rainforests and pristine beaches, the tropical getaway is a great place to spend those precious first days as newlyweds. There are many cities and resorts in Costa Rica that can provide lasting memories, so be sure to do your research to find your perfect honeymoon location.... Read More ...

6 Podcasts for Long Road Trips

6 Podcasts for Long Road Trips

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Got a long road trip coming up? Or maybe a long, international flight? Here are a few great podcasts that you may want to check out. You’ll be sure to find one you like that will make your long trip a breeze. If you’re looking for a good story, then... Read More ...

7 Fool-Proof Trip Planning Tools

7 Fool-Proof Trip Planning Tools

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Writer and travel expert Jeanne Ammermuller fills us in on her top 7 tools for easy, headache-free trip planning. , I talked about my approach to planning—finding all of the places I want to visit and putting them on sortable index cards. But how do you find those gems? Who do you trust? And where... Read More ...

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to dream destinations, many list grand European cities like Paris or Venice or exotic beach locales like Hawaii or Aruba. Those are great locations, but right now, for me, Iceland tops the list. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen (admittedly from afar) a country as beautiful as this island nation.... Read More ...

Family Travel Abroad

Family Travel Abroad

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The opportunity to experience different cultures and see the world is something that can expand your horizons. Like some great things in life, it can all come to a screeching halt once you have kids. But it doesn’t have to. When looking into family travel abroad, know that your travel style will change, but your... Read More ...

Finding Discounts and Deals on Hotels

Finding Discounts and Deals on Hotels

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Staying in a hotel can be one of the most expensive components of your trip, especially if you don’t know how to take advantage of the many discounts and deals that are out there. Here are some suggestions on how to find the best deals for your hotel stay... Read More ...

Getting Around: A Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Getting Around: A Guide to Transportation in the U.S.

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the difficulties of traveling to the United States is that getting around once you’re there can be confusing. There are several different types of transportation that are used, and every city is different. Some major cities have excellent subways and trains, while others have extensive bicycle paths. Other cities rely more on personal vehicles and buses. Before you go, it is helpful to know about the different types of transportation that you may encounter. Here are a few of the most common.... Read More ...

Kid Friendly Vacations on a Budget

Kid Friendly Vacations on a Budget

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Planning a family vacation can be difficult process, but planning one on a budget can be even more difficult. However, just because you are planning on a budget does not mean that your vacation cannot be memorable or enjoyable for everyone. Kid-friendly vacations on a budget can be a great experience for your entire family.... Read More ...

Latest Travel Trends in the U.S.

Latest Travel Trends in the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Travel trends change just as quickly as fashion trends, technology trends, and social trends. Just like leather goes in and out of style, our demand in vacation spots, such as Cancun, increases or decreases. One of the most prominent travel trends recognized in history is The Grand tour, which was the traditional trip of the... Read More ...

Great Zoos Around the World

Great Zoos Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Zoos are a great way to get the family out in the fresh air to have some fun, while enjoying an educational experience at the same time. Although the sizes of zoos vary, most have many kinds of activities to entertain their guests. There are zoos all over the world that offer a fun adventure... Read More ...

Live Local -- It's the Only Way to Travel

Live Local -- It's the Only Way to Travel

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Photo courtesy of Trey Ratcliff. A new service was recently launched in Berlin where travelers can hook up with a local to tour the city and learn how to imbed themselves into the local culture of the German capital. This struck me as one of the greatest travel, and business, ideas I had heard of... Read More ...

Living as an Expat in Abu Dhabi

Living as an Expat in Abu Dhabi

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Abu Dhabi has become quite the destination for expats over the last decade. As a beautiful island in the country of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is close to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. Abu Dhabi was once a pearling island and has since grown rapidly as a leading oil foundation in the UAE.... Read More ...

Guide to Events of the Winter Olympics

Guide to Events of the Winter Olympics

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There are tons of great events in Sochi at the XXII Winter Olympics. Here are a few events that you may want to watch out for. If you are looking for some great Olympic competition, then look no further than the 2014 ice events. Here is a little more information about the sports. For more... Read More ...

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Rotorua is a city in the north island of New Zealand. It is known for its geothermal activity, most notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa. The Rotorua region has several lakes, and many people spend time fishing, waterskiing, and swimming. Rotorua features several luxury hotels and resorts, as well as several top-of-the-line spas. It has... Read More ...

Packing for Missionary Travel

Packing for Missionary Travel

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Packing for missionary travel is slightly different than packing for a normal vacation. For instance, you might need to pack work clothes and supplies. Depending on where you are traveling to, packing for missionary travel may mean packing clothes that are versatile and made for all types of weather conditions. Check out this list of ... Read More ...

How to Have Fun While Planning a Trip

How to Have Fun While Planning a Trip

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Writer and travel expert Jeanne Ammermuller enlightens us on how planning a trip can be just as fun as the trip itself–if you do it the right way. I planned my first trip in 1982 as a college student heading to a semester abroad. In a pre-internet world, I relied on two resources: and a... Read More ...

Mission Trips Abroad for Young Adults

Mission Trips Abroad for Young Adults

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Mission trips are a great way for young adults to have unique experiences in foreign countries while working toward something that matters. Many teenagers go on these trips and have life-changing adventures. So you want to go on a mission trip? But where to start? There’s a few things to consider when thinking about a mission trip.... Read More ...

Packing Tips for Travel

Packing Tips for Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Very few people actually enjoy packing. In fact, most leave that horrible task to the last minute, which can add unwanted stress. Packing tips for travel are all over the Internet, and often these packing tips will provide you will valuable knowledge, but sometimes you have to look at multiple sites to get all the ... Read More ...

The 5 Best Holiday Travel Blogs

The 5 Best Holiday Travel Blogs

Posted by Daniel Giffin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is bearing down on us at full speed. If you’re traveling this year and want some advice on what not to do or where to go, you may want to consult some experts. Here are five of the best holiday travel blogs from travelers with holiday travel experience.... Read More ...

The Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows

The Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Whether you are preparing to travel to the United States or are already in the U.S., the Fourth of July is a huge time for celebration. The , or Independence Day, is a national holiday in which friends and family gather together in order to celebrate America’s independence. Typically, these gatherings consist of grilling food,... Read More ...

The Best Places to Mountain Bike

The Best Places to Mountain Bike

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There are many ideal places for mountain biking around the world and, chances are, there is even a trail somewhere close to where you live. However fun this nearby trail might be, is it one of the best trails in the world? The most exciting and enjoyable mountain biking trails feature varying terrain and beautiful scenery. Here are a few of the best places to mountain bike.... Read More ...

How To Travel Cheaply

How To Travel Cheaply

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Going on vacation can take a hefty toll on your bank account. However, many travelers don’t know most of the ins and outs to getting the most out of their money. Let’s look at some expensive travel items and ways in which you can get the same luxury experience without the giant price tag.... Read More ...

The Top 5 European Music Festivals

The Top 5 European Music Festivals

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Summer is the most popular time of year for European travel. While many pack their bags to see ancient ruins, gothic castles, and priceless works of art, others make the trek for the opportunity to catch the best in live music.... Read More ...

Tips for Backpacking Abroad

Tips for Backpacking Abroad

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You are all set to embark upon a thrilling Asian backpacking adventure. You have your tickets and you can’t wait to traverse the exotic terrains of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and India. Before you set out on your trip, there is a lot of preparation to do at home. As important as it is that you ... Read More ...

Tips for Completing the Visa Application Process

Tips for Completing the Visa Application Process

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

So you’ve decided where you’d like to go for your extended stay overseas! You’re excited to start the journey, but you know that there is a lot to do before you board the plane to your destination. Travelling internationally takes careful planning.... Read More ...

Sochi Cuisine: Five Foods to Try, Five to Avoid

Sochi Cuisine: Five Foods to Try, Five to Avoid

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to Sochi, Russia, this year for the Winter Olympics? We’ve got a list of five Russian foods and Sochi cuisine that you’ll definitely want to sample while you are there, along with a list of five foods you should avoid if you’re at all queasy when trying new foods and textures. A Ukrainian beet-based... Read More ...

Planning A Destination Wedding

Planning A Destination Wedding

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Planning a trip to the United States can be very exciting, although the visitor visa process can be daunting. There are a few things that are slightly different when obtaining a visitor visa for U.S. from India, so be sure to read through this process carefully to make sure you follow the directions correctly. ... Read More ...

Planning for Oktoberfest

Planning for Oktoberfest

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Prost! Fall is here and to German traditionalists and beer enthusiasts alike that can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a historic and lively 16-day beer festival in Munich, Germany. People travel far and wide to experience Bavaria’s one-of-a-kind celebration, and needless to say, it demands ample preparation. While it is free to attend... Read More ...

Top Destinations for Travel in 2013

Top Destinations for Travel in 2013

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

So it turns out the Mayans were wrong and 2013 will actually happen. Not that we have that squared away, the next question is where to go. Deciding on a destination varies greatly depending on budget, travel experience, travel style and many other factors, but the fact remains that choosing a vacation spot can be... Read More ...

Top Places to Discover in Istanbul, Turkey

Top Places to Discover in Istanbul, Turkey

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You might know someone who took a European tour this summer. More often than not, European itineraries consist of the popular few cities: London, Paris, Barcelona, and maybe even Berlin. Why not challenge the “Eurotrip” norm? With one of the world’s largest populations, amazing historical sites, noteworthy shopping, and a lively nightlife, this article should... Read More ...

Preparation for Golf Vacations

Preparation for Golf Vacations

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Golfing with you friends doesn’t always have to be a Friday afternoon routine. Change up your golf routine and try a different course, go with different people, or attend a golfing event.  Marty Muse-an avid golfer and golf fan- has figured out how to keep his golf outings interesting. If you are planning a Friday... Read More ...

Preparing Your Home For Vacation

Preparing Your Home For Vacation

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Your bags are packed, flights are booked, and you are ready for vacation. But, before you leave home and start enjoying yourself, have you thought about preparing your home for vacation? You may not have considered it before, but you really do need to take time to prepare your house for your absence.  Below are... Read More ...

Traveling to New Zealand

Traveling to New Zealand

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the best places to visit in the world is New Zealand. An island just southeast of Australia, New Zealand is home to beaches, mountains, lush rainforests, and volcanoes. No matter if you are looking for a relaxing trip or an adventure, traveling to New Zealand will provide you with many opportunities to explore,... Read More ...

Traveling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling with kids can be a pretty stressful situation, and if you have decided to fly during your next trip or vacation, it can be even worse. Let’s face it: kids gets can get cranky, tired, and loud, especially when confined to a small space like an airplane. As a parent traveling with kids, it... Read More ...

Traveling with Your Toddler on an Airplane

Traveling with Your Toddler on an Airplane

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling with your toddler on an airplane is no small task. Being confined to their seat and not having all of the toys at the ready can leave any child frustrated and grumpy. Not to mention, the people around you probably will not enjoy it if your child is screaming and crying the entire time.... Read More ...

Trips for Seniors

Trips for Seniors

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Trips for seniors are in abundance, because the amount of seniors that travel are enough to surprise us. These mature travelers and mature business travelers are what we consider as seniors. It is clear that senior travel is a huge percentage of the U.S. population. Those born before 1946 are referred to as “mature travelers.” ... Read More ...

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Types of Tourist Visas for the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

If you want to visit the United States, there are several types of tourist visas for the US. For temporary visits, there are three different types of non-immigration visas. There is the visitor visa, the temporary worker visa, and the student/exchange visa. We will look at each type so you can figure out which one is right for your trip to the United States.... Read More ...

What to Do in London During Summer Olympics 2012

What to Do in London During Summer Olympics 2012

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Massive amounts of people are flooding into London for the summer Olympics of 2012. Many people have tickets to spectate some of the dramatic and eye-catching sports. However, there are still plenty who don’t have tickets and are in town to simply enjoy the energy and bustle of the city during this exciting time. ... Read More ...

Where to Travel in October

Where to Travel in October

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Autumn leaves are frequently looked over when you are traveling through your home town. In order to truly appreciate the beauty of fall and all of the colors that come with it, taking a holiday trip may help you see the wonders of the world with a different perspective. Here are some ideas on where ... Read More ...

Types of Travel Documents for Entering and Departing the U.S.

Types of Travel Documents for Entering and Departing the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

As an international traveler, the requirements for crossing over boundaries change depending on the country. Making sure you have the required visas and necessary travel documents for entering or departing the U.S. are an essential part of international travel. Documents for leaving the U.S. by air U.S. law requires all customers, regardless of citizenship, age... Read More ...

Where to Travel in November

Where to Travel in November

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

November is one of the best fall months of the year to travel. Whether you are looking to take your family somewhere for Thanksgiving or simply looking for a weekend retreat, there are plenty of places for you to visit. Many people prefer to take trips over the summer or extended winter breaks, so traveling... Read More ...

Where to Travel in March

Where to Travel in March

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling in March may seem like an odd time to vacation, but in reality there are many unique events that make it a great time to go, especially if the weather in your area is getting you down. From festivals to nature spectacles, as well as off-season bargains, a March vacation can be the experience... Read More ...

What to Pack for Alaska

What to Pack for Alaska

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Taking a trip to Alaska is a great opportunity to explore a new part of the world. Filled with wildlife, natural wonders, and new experiences; Alaska is a world of its own. Whether you enjoy ice fishing, climbing glaciers, or taking a relaxing hike; you are sure to find something worth your time in Alaska.... Read More ...

Where to Travel in January

Where to Travel in January

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There is a hefty crowd that is tired out from the holidays, but there are also a select few who decide to travel in January. Because of this, you can find some of the best travel deals during this month. You can find airlines selling cheaper tickets just to try and fill the planes. ... Read More ...

Where to Travel in Europe

Where to Travel in Europe

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Traveling to Europe means a lot of new experiences for anyone. No matter how many times you travel in Europe, there is always something new to do and somewhere new to go. Which makes you wonder, “Where should I travel in Europe?” Here are some of the best places to travel in Europe:... Read More ...

Where to Travel in December

Where to Travel in December

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

For some people, snow can bring peace, happiness and joy. For others, it brings the opposite. If you have lived with snow your whole life, it may not even faze you going 40 mph down an icy road. If you ski, you look forward to a fresh layer of powder in the morning. But what... Read More ...

Three Reasons Why You Should Buy Travel Medical Insurance

Three Reasons Why You Should Buy Travel Medical Insurance

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Insurance

So, you’ve decided to travel abroad. The only problem is you have no idea where you want to go. There are so many places you have wanted to visit, things you wanted to see, cultures you have wanted to experience and people you have wanted to meet.... Read More ...

Cheap International Family Vacations

Cheap International Family Vacations

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The United States offers thousands of travel destinations for families. A trip to Disney is almost a rite of passage for many children. Throw in New York, Washington D.C., Yellowstone and other natural wonders and the obligatory beach vacation and you could spend the rest of your life touring the U.S. and not see everything.... Read More ...

Busting Myths of Travel for Business

Busting Myths of Travel for Business

Posted by Sandra Eblevi on March 26, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to people who travel for business, there are lots of stereotypes and myths. Just because you are a business traveler, it does not mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style for cost and lesser quality (or spend lots of company money for no good reason!).... Read More ...

London Olympics: A Guide to Local Transportation

London Olympics: A Guide to Local Transportation

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The streets of London are sure to be filled with sports fans from around the world during the Summer Olympic Games of 2012. To help you from getting lost on the streets during the London Olympics, we have put together this short guide for getting around town:... Read More ...

Obtaining a Visitor Visa for U.S. from India

Obtaining a Visitor Visa for U.S. from India

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Planning a trip to the United States can be very exciting, although the visitor visa process can be daunting. There are a few things that are slightly different when obtaining a visitor visa for U.S. from India, so be sure to read through this process carefully to make sure you follow the directions correctly.... Read More ...

Mission Trips to Africa: Where to Go and What to Do There

Mission Trips to Africa: Where to Go and What to Do There

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

One of the most common places for mission trips is Africa. For most of the developed world, mission trips to Africa offer a unique opportunity to experience a foreign culture, encounter strange wildlife, and help communities in great need.... Read More ...

The Top Tools for Travel Groups

The Top Tools for Travel Groups

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Planning a trip for just one person can be a challenge;  however, organizing a trip for travel groups is a considerable undertaking. Besides the organization and logistics, each individual has their preferences – which airline to fly and seat selection, the time of day to travel, taking guided tours rather than planning your own schedule.... Read More ...

Tips for Flying

Tips for Flying

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You are all set to embark upon your next trip! You have purchased your tickets and your bags are packed. There is just one more obstacle to conquer before you can relax on the beach or explore a foreign land: the flight.... Read More ...

Tips for Traveling to Switzerland

Tips for Traveling to Switzerland

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

These tips for traveling to Switzerland can help you navigate the culture and customs that will be around you. From booking your tickets to deciding where to stay, this article can help you make the most out of your trip. Here are some tips for traveling to Switzerland.... Read More ...

Tips to Travel Europe on a Budget

Tips to Travel Europe on a Budget

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Traveling can be expensive, and no one likes that. If you are smart about the way you travel, then you can actually save money, which allows you to travel more often or for longer periods of time.... Read More ...

Top 4 Cruise Lines for Couples

Top 4 Cruise Lines for Couples

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 26, 2014 in Travel

It’s wedding season and you’ve narrowed your honeymoon experience down to sailing open waters on a romantic cruise. The next step is to find what cruise lines offer the best cruise for couples. Here are some of the top cruises that will make you fall in love all over again.... Read More ...

Planning a Trip to Europe

Planning a Trip to Europe

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You have decided you want to go to Europe, but there is just one problem: You have no idea how to plan a trip to Europe. You can relax a little bit. Our short guide will give you the stepping-stones that are necessary to turn a huge journey into a manageable checklist.... Read More ...

Planning the Perfect Family Vacations with Toddlers

Planning the Perfect Family Vacations with Toddlers

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Nothing rejuvenates quite like a vacation. The chance to get away from the everyday, relax your mind, and unplug can reinvigorate and refresh your spirit. The opportunity to successfully do so, however, can be a challenge when you have little ones in tow.... Read More ...

U.S. Visitor Visa Application Tips

U.S. Visitor Visa Application Tips

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Applying for a United States visitor visa can be a long and difficult process. Wading through all of the forms and fees only to be rewarded with an intense interview can seem very scary. However, with the help of these handy tips and tricks, you could be breezing through it in no time.... Read More ...

 Travel Guide for India: Getting From A-To-B

Travel Guide for India: Getting From A-To-B

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

It can be hard to find a travel guide for India that fulfills all of your needs for your trip to the huge subcontinent. With all of the possible destinations, activities, and ways to travel for you to consider, it may seem overwhelming. We have written a travel guide for India before,... Read More ...

Travel Guide for India: India’s National Parks

Travel Guide for India: India’s National Parks

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

When you think of India, you probably think of deserts, crowded cities, the River Ganges, and a lush bamboo jungle. We have told you about some of the other tourist hotspots of India, in a previous Travel Guide for India post, but did you know that India is home to over 70 national parks?... Read More ...

Traveling to the 2012 Olympics

Traveling to the 2012 Olympics

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

You have watched every Olympic games on your television, but this is the year you want to see the games in person. There is only one small problem. Travel in general is expensive and complicated, and Olympic travel can be even more so.... Read More ...

Where to Travel in February

Where to Travel in February

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The winter months provide great opportunities for you to travel all over the world. Because traditional summer vacation spots are not overly crowded, you can enjoy the beach with far fewer people. However, February is also a great time to go check out those places that get a lot of snow, sit by the fire,... Read More ...

What You Should Know About Planning a Trip to Alaska

What You Should Know About Planning a Trip to Alaska

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The opportunities to experience the state’s natural beauty are seemingly endless. If getting out in nature is your idea of a great vacation, Alaska’s 54 million wild acres, 15 national parks and 6640 miles of coastline has you covered. One of the top sights on the list is the Aurora Borealis, which can be seen very clearly in Alaska.... Read More ...

First-Time Traveler’s Tips

First-Time Traveler’s Tips

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 24, 2014 in Travel

International travel can be overwhelming, especially for someone who has never been to a foreign country. You have inevitably read numerous posts and articles containing all kinds of traveler’s tips for where you are going, and while it never hurts to be prepared for your trip, you might find yourself overwhelmed.... Read More ...

US State Department Revamps STEP: What it Means to International Travelers

US State Department Revamps STEP: What it Means to International Travelers

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 24, 2014 in Travel

The U.S. State Department has revised its Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to better inform travelers of potential dangers abroad. Provided below is a summary of the updated STEP and what it means to international travelers.... Read More ...

Destinations and Adventures: Unusual Places for Travel

Destinations and Adventures: Unusual Places for Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 27, 2014 in Travel

Families pack up their stuff, get the kids in the car, and drive to the obvious travel spots: theme parks, local nature preserves, and other standard destinations. Sure, visiting major cities and tourist attractions is fun, but what about all the other unique destinations and adventures that everyone is missing out on?... Read More ...

After Sochi: Extending Your European Adventure

After Sochi: Extending Your European Adventure

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 17, 2014 in Travel

If you find yourself in Sochi for the Olympic Games, you might as well extend your trip to check out what’s in the area. Here are few places you may want to go if you choose to stick around after the Olympics ends. The financial and political center of Russia, Moscow is one of... Read More ...