Got International Travel Plans? 5 Things You Should Know First

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Those planning an international trip should prepare well in advance for as many contingencies as possible. Protect Your Bubble has organized list of five essential tips for those going internationally for business or pleasure.

 

1. Educate yourself before leaving – Spend some time researching the destination. Is it safe? How widely spoken is English? Also, find out if vaccinations are necessary and if so, which ones. It’s also advised to find the country’s U.S. Consulate location in advance, as well as contact the bank to update them that you’ll be traveling internationally. This will ensure the bank doesn’t assume the purchases made overseas are fraud. A bit of planning beforehand will make for a much more entertaining and less stressful trip.

 

2. Keep money and valuables hidden – Pickpockets, thieves and general muggers love tourists who do not speak the language, have no idea how to contact police and make easy targets. Small passport bags (also called money belts) which hang loosely in front and can be hidden inside a shirt are the best and safest way to travel. A few companies make theft-resistant bags and are not a bad idea if regular travel overseas is planned.

 

3. Buy a charger adapter – Many other countries use different electrical outlets from the US. The outlets are also vastly different depending on the destination, so investing in an adapter is a good idea to charge phones, cameras and other electronic gadgets while abroad.

 

4. Take some currency – The main branches of most banks will have the ability to change currency. The currency exchanges in the airport are frequently higher on rates than smaller, local exchange rates. Having a bit on hand makes for easier transfers at taxis and subways, so plan ahead well in advance before leaving. Learn exchange rates before leaving also, as they do change frequently. Take a look at a currency converter.

 

5. Buy travel insurance – A small purchase can pay huge dividends if a flight has to be canceled, baggage is lost or a medical emergency transpires. Besides, what is a few extra dollars on a trip of a lifetime, except peace of mind.

 

When planning your vacation travel plans, remember that travel insurance is a great way to cover trip emergencies, cancellations and interruptions.

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Hurricane Season Travel Stats: Flight Delays & Cancellations [Infographic]

Hurricane season is upon us through June to November.  We found some pretty interesting data from last year about flight delays and cancellations.  Check it out below:

 

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Hurricane Season travel infographic

  • Over 3.5 million flights from Jun – Nov 2014
  • Of those flights, 21% were delayed
  • Most delays occurred in August
  • More than 63,000 flights cancelled during hurricane season
  • Most cancellations occurred in June
  • During hurricane season, Spirit Airlines had the most delays
  • Delta Airlines has the least delays during the same time frame

Don’t get stranded at the airport during hurricane season.  Check out our new flight insurance that will protect you against delays and cancellations.

 


 

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Overseas Travel Checklist

Planning on traveling abroad soon?  We’ve created a checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered before you leave.  This includes making sure your passport is more than 6 months out from its expiration date, checking the CDC for recommended vaccines or precautions for your destination, and protecting yourself from unexpected accidents or injuries with travel insurance.

 

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Overseas Travel Checklist

 


 

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Holiday Travel Roadmap 2014 [Infographic]

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This 2014 holiday travel season is supposed to be the busiest travel season in recent memory. Christmas holiday travel will surge this weekend as it is the last weekend before Christmas. The most expensive day to travel is the Sunday before Christmas. That’s just one of many interesting travel tidbits we found about this holiday season.  Take a look at the others:

 

  • 23% increase in travel between Christmas and New Year’s compared to 2013
  • 91% of travelers will be road tripping by car or other personal vehicle
  • 36 is the average age of the holiday traveler
  • Christmas Day is the cheapest day to fly, followed by Christmas Eve
  • Christmas travel costs 40% more in the 2 weeks before Christmas than compared to an average day
  • 2014 airfare is expected to be 5% higher than in 2013
  • Orlando is the #1 flight destination this holiday season; Las Vegas is #2
  • $1,286 is the average travel insurance claim

Holiday Christmas Travel Infographic

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Top Holiday & Christmas Travel Destinations

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For some people, the holiday period during Christmas is a great opportunity to travel to an exotic destination due to the extended break. Those who like to explore cultural diversity, natural wonders, and deep-seated history often use the holiday period to fulfill their dreams abroad and escape cold wintery weather.

 

Here are our top five holiday global destinations where you can enjoy your holiday break.

 

South Africa

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This is a country which is famous for its wildlife. The amazing landscapes in South Africa are not just popular in the country but are famous throughout the world. Cities like Durban, Bloemfontein, and Johannesburg in South Africa are blessed with amazing natural beauty, wonderful landscapes, excellent infrastructure, and fast life. There is much to explore in South Africa and it will surely make your trip memorable.

 

New Zealand

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This country is famous for its emerald mountains and outstanding caves. Visitors from all over the globe visit New Zealand to explore the crashing caves which are found nowhere else in this world. New Zealand is a perfect holiday destination for the travelers who like exploring adventurous places. This country is also famous for caving, trekking, winter sports, bungee jumping, and glacier hiking. You can imagine yourself trekking through New Zealand as if you were Frodo yourself.

 

Sydney, Australia

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Australia might not be a traveler’s first thought of where to spend their Christmas break, but Sydney truly might be one of the most festive cities in the world. December in Australia is actually summertime, but don’t be fooled by the 80-degree temperatures; just like any other travel spot, Sydney spares no expense in creating a Christmas wonderland throughout the city. Some highlights include the enormous Christmas tree at Martin Place pedestrian mall , the dazzling holiday lights at Town Hall, and Christmas on the Green in Hyde Park, where an appearance by Santa delight youngsters and their parents.

 

Colombia

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This country is blessed with excellent natural beauty and is truly a top holiday destination where you can enjoy your vacation with your family or friends. Whether you are looking for high green mountains, sun soaked beaches or lively culture; you will find everything in this country. People who like shopping visit this excellent country and return with their bags filled. There are also many attractive and old museums in Colombia which is famous in and around the country.

 

Milan, Italy

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Milan is the hub of Italian culture, music, media, and sports. If you’re a fashionista then Milan is a must-visit destination due to its status as a fashion capital along with Paris and New York.  It has been an interesting and vibrant place since its inception as the capital of the western half of the Roman Empire. It was one of the most glorious of the Italian Comuni during the Middle Ages. With so many things to do and see, take the time to simply enjoy yourself – this is a destination that every traveler must have one their list.

 

There are numerous vacation destinations in this world where you can enjoy your holidays with your family or friends. If you are just fed up of your busy schedule and want to have a break then it is always better to plan a vacation for you and your loved ones to one of the top holiday destinations. It will not only relax your mind, but you will find yourself feeling fresh and alive again on returning back to the work.

 


 

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