5 Easy Summer Travel Tips

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With summer vacations starting and 4th of July around the corner, now is the time to venture out and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Summer is regarded as the best season to go on vacation. It’s the best time you can spend traveling without having to worry about being in the midst of punishing weather. Vacations are supposed to be a fun and relaxing activity, not a disappointing and exhausting event. Whether you are traveling with your special someone, family, or your friends, you have to be well prepared. The best trips involve careful planning. Here are 5 summer travel tips to kick start your summer vacation plans.

 

1. Destination

What is your ideal vacation spot this summer? When deciding, consider your budget, the number of days of travel, and the number of people you will be traveling with. Collect a summer travel guide and decide your place of interest. Get familiar with the maps and tour books of that area.  The internet has a variety of resources – Fodor’s and Lonely Planet are good starting points.

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2. Accommodation & Prior Reservation

It is always a good idea to plan where you are staying well in advance. This will not only save you money but it also ensures that you get the hotel of your choice for your summer vacation. Booking in advance secures you with comfortable travel dates and often will allow you to be eligible for special offers. It would be an excellent idea to get customer reviews of the hotel and its locality.

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3. Documentation & Monies

Before you plan to travel anywhere within the country or abroad, it is absolutely necessary to collect all needed documents. Carry your travel documents like visa, identification papers, and passport if you are traveling outside the country. Do not forget to carry foreign currency, credit cards, and debit cards. It is very important that you have more than enough money for where you’re going. You don’t want to be stuck in unfamiliar territory because you are short on cash.

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4. Basic Medicines

 Another absolute necessity when traveling for summer is to carry a portable first aid kit with the medicines associated with summer vacations – possible sore throats, diarrhea, summer boils, allergies, cuts, and scrapes. Pack medicines that are part of the family’s daily dose. If you have a history of any illness, carry the health related documents. Enlist your doctor’s number, the local doctor’s number, and the numbers of your emergency contacts.

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5. Shed Extra and Pack Smart

Avoid carrying unnecessary items and pack things that have multiple uses. Always consider the climatic condition of the place you are about to visit and pack your luggage accordingly. When traveling for the summer, it calls for careful preparation. Carry sun-glasses, an umbrella, lightweight cotton or linen clothes, and pleasing pastels. Avoid synthetics and go for sensible footwear like flip-flops or walking shoes. Don’t forget to protect your head by wearing hats, bonnets, or visors if you feel like re-living 1999.

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You will surely have a blast on your summer vacation this year if you’re better prepared and organized. This does not mean that you have to give up on spontaneity. You can still do things that you may not have planned for but if you make a plan, it will be in a safe and responsible manner.  There’s always travel insurance and rental car insurance to protect you and your family in case of emergencies.

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Spring Break Travel Tips

Spring break is a great opportunity to see many great attractions of the world. The travel options during this time are limitless. Popular Spring Break destinations each year include Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and more – basically any place that is hot and sunny.

 

When planned properly, Spring Break can be one of the most unforgettable experiences for college students and young adults. To ensure that all Spring Break travelers have the time of their lives safely, here are 4 Spring Break travel tips to get you on your way:

 

  • Plan Ahead. In order to prepare and make your vacation possible, you need to allow yourself enough time and resources. Ideally, you’d want to begin your preparations at least 5 months in advance. Start thinking about which place you want to visit. Compare the pros and cons with different housing accommodations as well as the travel methods you will be using to get to your destination. Once you’ve decided on a destination, it’s now time to purchase the tickets and reserve your hotel room. Doing this early on will allow you enough time to save for other expenses and get reasonable deals. However if your trip is more sporadic, some businesses offer last minute deals on their packages if demand has been underwhelming.

 

  • Do the Research. Research is essential if you plan on traveling to a place that you have never visited. It is necessary to familiarize yourself with the location prior to your arrival. Things to research on include currency exchange, culture, entertainment, food, and weather. You also need to determine whether you will need a passport, a photo ID, birth certificate, or all of the above. Additionally, be sure to pack the appropriate clothing and sunscreen for where you’re going.

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  • Budget for Expenses. It’s crucial for traveler’s not to lose sight of how important this is. Having a sufficient budget can either make or break your trip. Budgeting your expenses should be done consistently throughout the planning phase of your Spring Break trip. Determine what you want out of your trip, such as tattoos and souvenirs, and allocate your money accordingly. The more attractions and purchases you plan to visit and make, the more you will need to expand your budget. It is also a good idea to under-budget your trip to accommodate for unforeseen expenses. Here is an online budgeting calculator to help you stay on track.

 

  • Get Ready. Make sure that you pack all the essential items for your travels. Example: passport, gear, luggage, local currency, and apparel. If you’re flying to your destination, it would be good to know the rules & policies of the airline in regards to flight cancellation, missed connections, lost baggage claims, and more.

 

Have your trip well planned and prepared in advance. Being an organized traveler will ensure that you have a great time. Get everything together and get ready to enjoy your Spring Break vacation!

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Why I Fell in Love with Peru

Those who know me best know that I love traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures and cuisine. I try to put my passport to use every year. So 2013, I decided to put it to use to visit Peru.  The country has been on my must-travel-to list for quite some time now and I was excited to finally have to opportunity to go.  And what could be a better reason, than to watch two of my friends get married!

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CUSCO

We spent the first 4 days of the trip in Cusco, which is a quaint city located about an hour plane ride away from Lima. It’s an ancient city which at one time was the most important city in the Incan Empire. It now serves as a beautiful city with sweeping views of the Andes….and also the city in which the wedding took place. The altitude in Cusco is more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Thus, making the air thin. It’s very common for hotels, restaurants, and other public buildings to have oxygen tanks on standby for those are who are short on air. Altitude sickness affects many differently. Some experience nausea, headaches, shortness of breath and general discomfort. It’s advised to drink plenty of water and allow your body to adjust to the new altitude. And for the adventurous traveler, Cocoa Tea is recommended by the locals.

 

The wedding took place in Cusco in a beautiful hotel which used to serve as a monastery hundreds of years ago. The grounds were stunning and beautifully manicured and the building was breathtaking. And speaking of breathtaking, Mariella, the bride, looked gorgeous. They are a wonderful  couple and it truly was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to attend.

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MACHUPICCHU

No trip to Peru would be complete without out a visit to Machupicchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It’s an amazing empire built by the Incans nestled on one of the peaks in the Andes Mountains. Many travelers each year take the pilgrimage to the ancient ruins by foot. Starting the journey in Cusco, the trek takes about 4 days. Along the way, the hikers are sure to experience the Peruvian culture first hand through the stunning scenery , the small villages that hikers pass though and the pure serenity that only nature can provide. Others opt for a more luxurious option: by train (which is what I chose.) The train is comfortable and is equipped with a glass ceiling for maximum views of the Peruvian countryside along the way. Meals and beverages are served aboard the 4 hour journey through countryside, over rivers, and through mountains. You know you’re approaching the foothills of Machu Picchu as you start seeing snow capped mountains ahead and intermittent ruins beginning to become more commonplace.  The train’s route ends in a small city called Aguas Calientes, translated as “hot waters” due to the natural hot springs in the area. The city is located in the valley and surrounded by the green, jungle-like mountains.

 

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we quickly checked into our hotel and set off for the bus ride up to the peak of the mountain where we would finally experience Machupicchu. The bus ride was a thrill for sure; narrow roads, a windy route, steep drop offs and no guardrails. The 20 minute scenic ride went by quickly. I recommend to anyone who goes to Machupicchu to get your passport stamped. It’s a cool memento and a worth the wait in line.

 

When we finally arrived at the site of the ancient city, we were speechless. I have never experienced such natural beauty that is so intertwined with man’s creation. And the architecture found within Machupicchu’s ruins has been a mystery for many scientists and researchers. The site was built with such precision, that not even the blade of a thin knife can fit through the mortar-less stonework. Upon touring the site, we learned about other mysteries that have been baffling experts for a while: Where did this civilization go? It appears as though the people just disappeared hundreds of years ago. There are no records that explain this. Why did the Spanish not conquer this civilization as they had all other Incan civilizations of its time? We may never know. But one thing’s for sure: the Incans left us with a true jewel.

 

Peru is truly a beautiful place to experience, so it’s important that tourists are adequately prepared before their Peruvian adventure commences. Below are a few tips I would recommend to anyone who plans to make this journey.

 

  •  Allow time to adjust – Machupicchu is located in a very high altitude. Tourists should allow a few days in Cusco to adjust to the altitude before making the trek up to the site. It’s common for tourists to suffer from altitude sickness. Travelers should drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol for the first few days and get plenty of rest. You can also visit a travel clinic beforehand and get a prescription for altitude sickness medication as a precaution.

 

  • Research the significance – Before heading to Peru, research the history of the land and its historical significance. Incan culture is a big part of Peru and it will help tourists fully comprehend the beauty of Machupicchu.

 

  • Endurance Prep – There are two ways to get up to Machupicchu. If the multi-day hiking/camping excursion is the method of choice, tourists should be sure to spend the months leading up to the trip exercising to build up endurance. It’s not an easy trail, so the more prep, the more enjoyable the journey.

 

  • Be adventurous with food – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT eat at a McDonalds during your trip. Did you go halfway around the world to eat somewhere you can easily go to at home? Hopefully not! Part of truly experiencing a culture is through the food. Peruvian food is wonderful and exotic. Be sure to try the local delicacy: Cuy. Or as we call it in the states: Guinea Pig. It tastes just like chicken. Honest!

 

  • Try to learn a little Spanish – The people are nice and very helpful to tourists, but it’s a nice way to prepare for your trip. Good phrases to know are “Thank you,” “How much does this cost,” “Where are the restrooms” and “No thank you.” In either case, bring a language translator.
  • Get covered – Before traveling, I was sure to get travel insurance through Protect Your Bubble. It was affordable, easy to purchase and I enjoyed having peace of mind throughout my Peruvian adventure.

 

When planning your Peruvian adventure, remember that vacation insurance is a great way to cover trip emergencies, cancellations and interruptions. Visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick quote.

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Pick Pocket Proof Pants – An Extreme Anti-Smartphone-Theft Maneuver

Have you ever had the thought, “gee, my pants just aren’t pick pocket proof enough?” Well if so, then you’re in luck.

 

We at Protect Your Bubble would like to introduce you to: P^cubed – Pick-Pocket Proof Pants.

 

You may think I’m joking but no, these pants really exist, and that for a good reason.

 

Preventing Smartphone Theft: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

 

Have you ever been worried about walking through a crowd, or taking extra precautions while traveling, simply because you thought your wallet, smartphone or keys would be snatched out of your pocket? Pickpockets are a real danger in our society and you’ll need just more than good senses and carefulness to prevent you from becoming a victim of smartphone theft. Especially in light of the fact that smartphone theft is a growing problem as our cellular lifelines are the ideal targets for thieves.

 

 

Pickpockets are very fast and cunning and in reality, you will not have much chance to stop them from getting to your stuff, unless you have specialized pants with the sole purpose of preventing theft.

 

But how do P^cubed – Pick-Pocket Proof Pants help you secure your smartphone? It’s fairly simple actually. The pants just add additional security measures to the built in pockets in form of additional hidden pockets and additional guards with buttons and zippers to protect what’s inside.

 

Now one could say that all of those extra security measures make your life a bit hard when trying to reach what’s inside, but that’s actually the whole point of those pants. They make reaching the pockets just a little bit harder for you so the thieves have a really hard time trying to get their hands in.

 

The fabric is of very high quality and the pants themselves are very comfortable, and this is what makes them ideal for traveling because you won’t feel them restricting your movements and such.

 

The fact that you need to carry much more when travelling makes these pants invaluable. Thanks to the many pockets, you can really carry around a lot without having to depend on bags or other external cases.

 

If you’re traveling a lot, looking for stylish, durable pants, and invested in protecting your beloved smartphone from theft, then consider picking up a pair of P^cubed – Pick-Pocket Proof Pants. FYI – Protect Your Bubble is not affiliated with P^cubed (we just see a LOT of claims stemming from smartphone theft and think an extra measure of protection while traveling is wicked smart).

 

Speaking of, you may also want to consider getting a little extra protection for your current smartphone. We at Protect Your Bubble have one of the most comprehensive insurance coverage and can help safeguard your phone against theft.

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Free Infographic: Traveling This Summer? Beware of Theft

Are you travelling this summer? Protect Your Bubble has created a free infographic on the top cities to be on guard while traveling abroad, the top airports for TSA theft, common ways travelers get robbed and how you can avoid theft while traveling. Come on, let’s travel the world!

 

The Top 10 Cities to be on Guard

 

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Prague, The Czech Republic
  4. Madrid, Spain
  5. Paris, France
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Top Airports for TSA Theft

 

  1. Miami International Airport
  2. New York JFK International Airport
  3. Los Angeles International Airport
  4. Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport
  5. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  7. New York – LaGuardia International Airport
  8. Newark – New Jersey International Airport
  9. Philadelphia International Airport
  10. Seattle – Tacoma International Airport

 

The most common ways travelers get robbed

 

  1. ATM scams
  2. Pickpockets
  3. Bus robbers
  4. Distractions at train stations
  5. Counterfeit money getting passed off at restaurants
  6. Fake police officers

 

5 Ways to Avoid Theft While Traveling

 

  1. Leave valuables at home, such as high-end jewelry.
  2. Avoid using outer storage pockets and try to conceal belongings.
  3. Lock up your property with TSA locks and stay alert in crowds.
  4. Don’t let your guard down in your room. Theft occurs in hostels and even up to 5 star hotels.
  5. Be mindful of scams and watch out for anyone trying to be overly helpful.

 

These are just some vital information you need to know if you’re traveling this summer. If you’re interested in finding out how you can protect yourself, check out our  travel insurance.

 

Travel Vacation Infographic

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