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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Thanksgiving Travel 2015: What to Look for this Year

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Are you one of the millions of people who plan on traveling over this Thanksgiving holiday? Think it is too early to plan? Think again. Start planning now for the busiest travel season of the year and find yourself having a hassle-free trip that will also keep your wallet fat. Along with a big dose of patience, use these tips to help put a successful Thanksgiving travel plan in place.

 

1. Research the Best Travel Deals Now

Getting a good rate for your Thanksgiving Day airfare requires booking tickets early: to get the best rates on the best airline, it is essential to know how the airline industry really works. To secure the very best airfare possible, do your research now. If you do this early on, you can save hundreds of dollars. Book your flights now! This is the last week before airline ticket prices begin to rise due to surging demand.  Use Hipmunk to find some great travel deals.

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2. Flexibility

One must always be prepared to make changes to plans. The more flexible you are on your departure and arrival dates for your Thanksgiving holidays, the better the deal you will get. In fact, if your schedule permits, why not travel a few days before or a few days after Thanksgiving? This is usually less crowded and stressful. Another advantage of reserving your Thanksgiving flight early is it will likely cost considerably less because you won’t be traveling during peak travel days.

 

3. Timing is Everything

The busier the airport, the more time you need to allow to get to there and make it through the long lines. This very well means that you have to leave your house earlier than you normally would. It is important to remember that during this holiday break, there are thousands of others just like you that are making their way to the airport, so traffic is bound to be congested. It’s ideal to arrive at the airport with at least two hours to spare before your flight is scheduled to depart. Prepare in advance if flight delays and cancellations are likely due to inclement weather or other issues with travel insurance.

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4. Check-In

Given that it is the busiest day travel day of the year, airline schedules do get routinely shifted on Thanksgiving Day. Call ahead or check your airline’s website an hour or so before embarking on your journey. You could save yourself hours of time wasted waiting at the airport. If you’ve never printed your boarding pass and checked in to your flight online before, now might be the ideal time to give it a go because it will save you lots of time and aggravation.  Most airlines now provide mobile apps that make this process seamless.  One popular app is the Delta Airlines app.

 

5. Road Trips

If you’re driving, make sure you are prepared before heading out. Check your vehicle’s fluid levels, oil, brakes, and radiator. Check all of the hoses. If any are frayed, cracked, mushy or leaking, have them replaced. If accessible, squeeze the hose. For safety bring a cell phone and road map. Thanksgiving travel can be tedious, especially for kids so bring something to pass the time like movies, tablets, and coloring books. If you’re renting a car at your destination, rental car insurance will save you money if an unexpected accident occurs.

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Be safe this Thanksgiving season as more travelers hit the roads and skies. Most of all, enjoy that turkey


 

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The First Voyage of Christopher Columbus: Why He Could Have Used Travel Insurance

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Columbus Day is approaching and you’re ready to enjoy the extended weekend. Find out how Columbus could have used insurance protection for his travels as I drop some historical knowledge on you. La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción (Spanish for The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception), or La Santa María, was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage. The Santa Maria was no longer than 70 feet and history portrays it as an ugly and slow-moving ship, yet she has come to symbolize the spirit of adventure as she carried Christopher Columbus and his crew to the new world.

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As history narrates, after engaging in festivities and drinking, Columbus ordered the crew to continue sailing to Cuba late into the night. One by one the crew members fell asleep until only a cabin boy was steering the ship, causing it to run aground off the present-day site of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, on 24 December 1492, sinking the next day.

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Although travel insurance was nonexistent during the Columbus voyage, we couldn’t help but wonder “what if travel insurance was available back then?” Would it be just as valuable back then as it is in today’s generation? Here are 4 reasons on how the Columbus voyage on the Santa Maria could have used travel and rental car insurance:

 

Lost & Damaged Property

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As in any shipwreck, there’s likely to be a lot of lost and damaged property. Columbus lost almost everything on the Santa Maria during that fateful Christmas – food, clothing, weapons, and most importantly rum. Luckily he still had his other 2 ships intact. With travel insurance, passengers can file claims for their missing possessions. Any valuables that weren’t recovered after the sinking would have been covered by Columbus’ travel insurance.

 

Travel Plans

 

Travel problems are unpredictable, whether you think it will or not. Despite your best-laid plans and preventative measures. Sure, Columbus and his crew were expert travelers, but they were no exception to a dire situation. Columbus ran his ship aground with no option but to salvage his ship for materials. When the unfortunate happens, without insurance you’re basically screwed. With travel insurance, you are protected from unexpected travel predicaments.

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Medical Emergenciesscurvy

 

Travel medical and health insurance plans today would have been of great use back in 1492. With this type of insurance, instant medical intelligence at your fingertips that can help with most medical conditions is extremely valuable.  Columbus and his crew suffered all sorts of common ailments during that time – scurvy, gangrene, and dysentery! It would have been ideal to have a 24/7 emergency medical assistance for frequent travelers such as Columbus.

 

Rental Car

 

More like rental boat! Columbus convinced Juan de la Cosa, the owner of the Santa Maria, to let him use the ship.  Columbus was effectively renting the ship from Cosa.  And of course, Columbus shipwrecked the Santa Maria – how inconvenient.  With rental car insurance (or rental boat in this case), Columbus would have been covered for severely damaging the Santa Maria.  Instead, he was at the mercy of Cosa and forever indebted.

 

These days, travelers can resort to travel insurance especially when casualty arises from unforeseeable events where there is a risk of financial loss. If there’s anyone that could benefit from travel and rental car insurance, then it would be the travelers of the Columbus Voyage.

 


 

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Summer Vacation Never Dies: 5 Travel Ideas for Fall

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Whether you spent your summer lounging by the sapphire waters of a faraway land or slaving away in an office cubicle, you don't have to give up on vacation once Labor Day hits. Here are five fall vacation ideas for in-love duos, adults married with children, and singletons living for a good cocktail.

 

1. Belated Beach Trip

Somehow, someway, summer escaped—and you never even caught a glimpse of the ocean. Luckily, the beach and ocean are open year-round, especially in SoCal, where autumn is basically a continuation of summer. And by September and October, the crowds diminish and hotel rates go down. Where to go? The quaint surf town of Encinitas is a laid-lack Cali destination. Unlike L.A. and San Diego, Encinitas moves at a slower pace, and it has an eclectic downtown featuring various surf shops, coffeehouses and record stores.  So pack it up, get a protected rental car, and road trip it out to always sunny California.
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Photo by Mikefairbanks via Wikimedia Commons

 

Aquatic insurance: A dry phone is a working phone, but accidents happen. From stand-up paddle boarding to an extra-large latte, one small slip-up, and your phone could ultimately meet its demise. In this kind of emergency, you'll be happy you had liquid and water damage coverage.

 

2. Harvest Weekend Getaway

A break from the norm doesn't have to include a long-distance road trip crossing state lines or flying overseas. Day trips are fun too. For young families with kids back in school, the fall weekend is a great time to get away, even if it's just a jaunt to a nearby town. September signals the start of fall and the soon-to-be pumpkin-flavored everything pandemic: Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin bars. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie. And pumpkin patches. Take the fam to a pumpkin patch, apple orchard, corn maze or hayride for harvest fun, and don't forget to take pictures for Instagram.