Important Safety Tips for Using Uber and Lyft

If you use Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services while traveling in new places, there are a few specific safety tips you should keep in mind to avoid dangerous situations. Uber lists some of these on its website under Rider Safety Tips, but the list is incomplete. Here’s what you need to do before, during, and even after your ride to ensure rideshare safety for you and others.

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UncategorizedCynthia Amin
Why Visit Cancun?

As one of the popular tourist destinations in Mexico, Cancun attracts about four million visitors each year to its pristine white beaches, its top notch resort and hotel scene, and its crystal blue waters.  The city is home to hundreds of hotels that line the beaches in an area called the hotel zone.  Cancun attracts all types of guests from traveling business people to timeshare owners to families and girlfriends getting away just to trying to have some fun. 

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UncategorizedCynthia Amin
20 Reasons Why You Have To Visit Dubai

Well, it’s time to think about a visit to Dubai. Dubai is one of the few cities in the Middle East that are very open to welcoming tourists. Dubai is located in the east of the Arabian Peninsula and is most celebrated for its constant sunshine, stunning coastline, and vast deserts, among others. Visitors to Dubai will feel safe and secure while exploring the area at any given the time of day.

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Too Much Alcohol Can Nullify Travel Insurance

Travelers love to kick back and enjoy alcohol on vacation, but what many individuals may not be aware of is that their drinking could nullify their insurance if they aren’t careful.

For most insurers, intoxication is an exclusion for all plans, from anything like injuries sustained in a personal fall after drinking, or being barred from a flight because a crewmember observes behavior they deem could endanger other passengers.

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8 Things You Should Never Do in a Hotel

You may think of it as your “home away from home,” but try not to get too comfortable in that hotel room. Private hotel rooms are a surprisingly public space, shared by hundreds of strangers each year. And whenever you share something with that many people, things are bound to get dicey. For your own sake, we recommend that you avoid these eight activities no matter where you stay.

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Three Easy Ways to Avoid Restaurant Scams

No matter where we wander, everyone needs to eat sometimes. However, ordering food – and more importantly, paying for it – can be a challenge. Considering the language barriers, currency conversion, and different norms for payment, international travelers may run into the occasional waiter who would be more than happy to serve more than food with a smile.

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7 Common Mistakes Made in Airport Travel and How to Avoid Them

There are ways to lower the cost. Some travelers don't pay enough attention to the words "long-term parking" in their haste to get inside the terminal, through security and to the gate. Parking in short-term parking for two weeks will result in a bill of several hundred dollars in most larger airports.

Sometimes it's best to park off the airport property at nearby lots catering to travelers. Parking coupons and other discounts can take a bite out of the bill, just as low-cost carriers help with airfare expenses.

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Do You Know Why Overhead Bins Are So Full On Economy Flights?

The airlines do have a system to stop basic economy fare ticket holders at the gate to check that they do not have a full size carry-on bag, but not necessarily on the plane. While these special fare ticket holders aren’t allowed a full size carry-on bag, they can have a carry-on bag that fits underneath the seat in front of them. Part of the problem is that the flight crew may not police it on the aircraft because they are too hurried to get the flight loaded and away from the gate. Therefore, some of them are putting their bags in the overhead bin.

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Can You Travel With Alcohol?

Can you travel with alcohol? The short answer is “yes,” with some qualifications, and the main concerns are when you fly.

You can freely pack alcoholic beverage bottles in checked baggage. The only restrictions you face are on international flights: liquor import limitations in your flight’s destination country. Your main worry is breakage—a real possibility, given the way checked bags get handled.

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Do You Know How to Get the Best Exchange Rates When Travelling?

When traveling abroad, many people are guilty of mentally converting the cost of everything they see into U.S. dollars and cringing at the thought of paying so much more than what they would have in the States. The exchange rate alone can be enough to make you worry you’ve blown your budget, not even taking into account poor conversions and extra fees. In order to avoid poor conversion rates and fees, consider signing up for a Bank of America, Capital One or CitiBank debit card before your trip.

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9 Times You’ll Regret Being Cheap When You Travel

Everybody likes to save when traveling, but have you ever regretted being cheap while traveling?  Here are some parts of travel that may just not be worth it. 

Some parts of travel are worth the splurge. Although saving a little cash feels good when you first book that rock-bottom-price plane ticket, that pre-dawn moment when your alarm rings for that 6:00 a.m. flight might make you regret being cheap.

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UncategorizedCynthia Amin
2018 Destinations to Watch in the Caribbean

As part of our Destinations to Watch series, all week we’ll be profiling noteworthy destinations to keep on your radar this year. Whether it’s a hot emerging destination or an established location that’s been given new life, keep your eye on these places this year. We’ve taken a look at cruise ports, as well as places in Central and South America and Asia to keep in mind; today, we turn our eyes to the Caribbean.

Tobago: Just as Sandals has created buzz around the over-the-water room category in the Caribbean, it is also responsible for creating excitement over the island of Tobago, which has always served as a two-day getaway from sister island Trinidad, and now may be able to stand on its own as viable option for a four- or five-day getaway.

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6 Reasons to Travel With a Group

The great thing about group travel is that, while you may be arriving at your destination solo, you won’t be alone once you get there. Traveling in a group means you are sharing the experience with others who have a similar mindset, creating great conversations and bonding experiences. At the same time, you’re widening your circle of companions who share similar interests for free-time exploration. When some of your group decides they really don’t want to see another museum that day, you can grab the other art-lovers to check it out with you.

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