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Murphy’s Law is one is the most quoted maxims in history, and it basically says that if something can go wrong, then it will. While this is of course an exaggeration, when you go and travel sometimes this is much truer than you would like. Some things that can go wrong are inconveniences, but they […]

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Murphy’s Law is one is the most quoted maxims in history, and it basically says that if something can go wrong, then it will. While this is of course an exaggeration, when you go and travel sometimes this is much truer than you would like. Some things that can go wrong are inconveniences, but they sometimes feel like major catastrophes. If you’re really unlucky you may even actually experience a real catastrophe such as a terrorist attack or a super-hurricane. You just never know, which is why you need to learn how to choose travel insurance.  You should buy insurance if the entire trip costs more than $5,000 because that’s a considerable expense. Insurance is also a good idea if you’re a nervous traveler who worries constantly about things that can go wrong, because the travel insurance will at least give you some peace of mind. It’s also a good idea if you’re taking a cruise, a packaged tour, or a journey with a lot of complicated moving parts. And it’s essential when you’re leaving the country, especially if you’re on Medicare as medical evacuations can cost a bundle and you need to pay up front, and usually Medicare doesn’t provide coverage for outside the country.

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There are many benefits to travel insurance, just in case some part of you is thinking of it as an unnecessary expense. Some people think that they don’t need travel insurance because they already have health and homeowner’s insurance and a credit card to cover emergencies. But these things don’t offer any protection when you cancel your trip or interrupt your trip. And, of course, there’s the matter of lost luggage. Even though you pay a lot for checked luggage and there are fewer checked bags as a result, about 26 million suitcases still go missing every year. According to airline insiders, most late bags turn up within two days. But that’s little consolation when you’re affected. It’s always a terrible feeling when you’re waiting for your bag to appear on the carousel and it doesn’t. Sometimes the luggage may even get lost for good—in 2010 a million suitcases were never recovered at all, either because they lost their identifying tags along the way or they were stolen.

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How to Choose Travel Insurance

How to Choose Travel Insurance

How to Choose Travel Insurance

Read the Travel Insurance Reviews

One way of looking at travel insurance companies and policies is to look at their website and see the features of their various policies. It should cover the basics of what you need, and you should be able to get a quote easily online. You should also make sure to read the fine print as well. Sometimes when it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. There’s one policy that says they cover up to £200 (about $300) for cash lost or stolen while travelling, but the excess (the amount you’re responsible for before the insurance kicks in) was also for £200, which meant the cover was actually useless.

But you can’t always rely on the ads. Hopefully you’re old enough to realize that what a company says may be different from what they actually do. This is especially true of insurance companies, which of late have earned a rather dismal reputation for paying out. What travel insurance companies say may be different from the accounts of various people who actually went through claiming from a travel insurance company. That’s why you need to read the travel insurance reviews written by people who actually dealt with the insurance company when they lost their luggage or their flights were cancelled. Read their accounts fairly and see what they found. So what considerations should you focus on when how to choose travel insurance learning? Here are some things to look for when choosing a travel insurance company and a particular travel insurance policy.

  • Check the “free look period”. This is the period of time you have after you’ve purchased a travel insurance policy when you can still ask questions about the policy or shop around for something better. During this period, you can go over your policy again and ask questions so you gain a better understanding of your policy. If something doesn’t fully satisfy you or if you found another insurance policy that’s more suitable for your current needs, you can terminate the contract during this time without paying additional charges and get a full refund.
  • Do they cover the frequency of your travels? Now getting a separate travel insurance policy may make sense when don’t travel a lot. But if you’re a frequent flier, then perhaps a yearly multi-trip policy may be a more sensible choice. It saves you the bother of arranging for travel insurance every time and if you travel at least 3 times a year then a multi-trip policy can actually provide you with savings.

Just make sure that the places you go to are all covered, and it can be much cheaper if it doesn’t cover places that you don’t go to.

  • Get one policy that covers the entire party. It’s much cheaper for your family when you get a signal insurance policy that covers everyone, including the kids. It may be difficult to find a single insurance policy to cover every one in your family when they’re travelling independently.
  • Check the coverage limits and the excess. How much exactly do you get in return when the entire trip is cancelled, or if you missed a flight? How much do you get when your baggage is lost? You may also want some personal liability cover, a cover on rental cars, and of course, medical cover that applies for any pre-existing condition you may have.

You can’t assume that you’re valuables are covered by your insurance policy. Some policies don’t even cover commonly lost items such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and other portable electronic gadgets. The same may also apply for your passport, as well as your jewelry and expensive sunglasses. You need to ask your insurance provider if these things are covered.

Missed or delayed flights are another reason why travel insurance is such a boon. You see, airlines are under no legal obligation to assist you if your flight is delayed when the reason is beyond the control of the airline. This means that if the flight is delayed because of the weather or mechanical issues, the airline is only obligated to get you a seat on the next available flight. With travel insurance, you may get enough to pay for meals and a hotel room for the night should these things become necessary. Typically, there’s a minimum number of hours for the deal before this coverage can be used, and there may be a limit per day. You may not be compensated fully if you suddenly decide to get a penthouse suit and eat lobster while waiting for the next flight. You may also want to think about special covers, such as if a small airline you’re using or a hotel you’re staying in suddenly goes belly up.

  • See if your activities are covered. It doesn’t make all that much sense if you’re going on a ski holiday and your insurance policy doesn’t expressly cover skiing. Some policies offer an exhaustive list of covered activities, including camel riding (which is actually a very popular activity among tourists in the Middle East) and bungee jumping.

Of course, you need to note the restrictions that apply. For example, the policy may be voided if you’re not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident. Or perhaps the coverage applies only if you’re with an official guide. If you’re planning to go scuba diving, the policy may only cover you when you stay within a defined depth. In general, the more dangerous activities are allowed the more expensive the policy becomes. You may not need this part when you’re greatest wish is to go inside museum, but if you’re riding a motorcycle or an elephant you need to make sure that it’s an activity that’s covered by the policy. So think about what you might be doing on your vacation and list down anything that seems a bit more dangerous. Make sure all your transportation choice and your potential activities are covered.

  • Find the details about your medical coverage. One thing you need to remember is that travel insurance is different from your regular medical insurance, so getting a checkup while on vacation isn’t covered by the travel insurance policy. Travel insurance is basically accident insurance, and it’s mostly about paying for emergency care for you when you get into an accident doing something that’s covered by your policy.
Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Some people think that when they get injured or sick on their travels and they need medical attention, the insurance company will pay for their expenses to get them home to the hospital they trust. That’s not true at all. What travel insurance companies mean by medical evacuation is that they’ll provide medical transfer to the nearest medical facility, and that’s determined by the insurance company. So if you insist on getting home from abroad to a hospital you trust back in the US, you’re going to have to foot the bill yourself. And evacuation flights alone can be financially disastrous. A medical evacuation flight from London to the US with two pilots, a paramedic, and a critical care nurse can cost up to $70 thousand. From Africa or Asia, the cost can reach up to $140 thousand, and you’re not yet including the hospital expenses.

  • You should also check the trip cancellation protection. Some deposits and trip payments are non-refundable, so if the trip is cancelled for some reason then you can get back what you already paid. You may also interrupt your trip because of some emergency, such as a death in the family back home.

The travel insurance company may have to approve the reason for the trip cancellation or interruption before you are compensated, and for the cancellation there may be only a limited time frame for you to use it.

  • Also check if you have liability insurance and if you get coverage for your legal fees when these become necessary. For example, what if you accidentally bump another car or a pedestrian on the road when you’re driving your rental car?
  • Do they offer 24-hour assistance? Often you may panic when you get into trouble in other country, so you need a calm and knowledge source of information. The insurance company should be available 24/7, so that you can consult on what you ought to do when there’s been some trouble. At the very least, you should also get some phone numbers of local contacts you can consult.

Many of these points are crucial, but the reviews can paint an accurate picture as to how the insurance company interprets the various details. For example, if you’re drinking alcohol and you get into an accident, you may not get reimbursed. Some policies say that the coverage doesn’t apply if you engage in “reckless” behavior, and again there’s no hard and fast definition for this term. Some anecdotal reviews may help you understand just what the company means by reckless behavior. They may even think that walking alone late at night constitute reckless behavior on your part. So read the travel insurance reviews to get a better sense of how the company defines these vague terms.

Travel Insurance Companies

Which travel insurance companies should you trust? That’s a very good question, and one answer is that you should only deal with insurers that are listed in the U.S. Travel Insurance Association website. Here are some good options when choosing a travel insurance company:

  • Allianz Travel Insurance. Here you get a 10-day free period, which is pretty much standard in the industry. That means you have ten days after purchasing the policy to get a full refund.

The plans Allianz Travel Insurance offers are based on which state you live in. They offer coverage for a single trip, on an annual basis, or just for the rental car you get. To get a quote, you need to specify the age of the people traveling in your party, the departure and arrival date, the travel agency, and how much this trip is costing you. In general, the cost of insurance will run about 4 to 8 percent of the prepaid non-refundable cost. You get your cash back for prepaid nonrefundable payments when you cancel your trip as long as the cancellation is due to a reason covered by the policy. These reasons may include a sudden medical emergency, employer termination, jury duty, or even terrorist attacks. Once you cancel your trip, you have 72 hours to notify your travel suppliers. The insurance coverage is underwritten by either BCS Insurance Company which is rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co. or Jefferson Insurance Company which has an “A” (Excellent) rating.

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Their 24-hour hotline assistance is excellent as well. It’s staffed with multilingual specialists who can help you deal with all types of emergencies. These include offering help in reporting lost baggage, replacing your passport, and securing cash for emergencies. They can refer you to local legal assistance, and even guarantee payment so you can gain admission to a hospital. You can still buy travel insurance when you have an existing medical condition, provided you comply with certain rules. You have to be a US resident who is medically able to travel on the date you bought the policy, you have to buy trip cancellation coverage that covers the full cost of all your nonrefundable trip payments, and your insurance plan must be purchased within 14 days of your original trip deposit or initial payment date. The limits of the coverage will depend on the plan you choose. A default by your travel supplier is also covered, but the travel supplier must be listed as a covered supplier.

  • Travelex Insurance. This insurance company also offers several basic travel insurance plans to set your mind at ease. The Travel Basic Plan offers essential coverage, including trip cancelation and interruption benefits, coverage when a travel supplier becomes insolvent (side excursions are included), and coverage when you miss your cruise connections.

Emergency medical evacuation is also part of the policy. They also accept a very long list of reasons for trip cancellation. This plan should suffice for short domestic vacations, and it’s quite affordable. You can receive reimbursement for eligible losses with no deductibles. The Travel Select plan is the company’s most popular option. Aside from the features included in the Travel Basic option, your kids under 21 year of age who come with you are also covered without additional cost. There’s a 21-day pre-existing condition exclusion waiver available, and the transportation upgrade comes with rental car insurance policy. You also get a 24-hour AD&D (accidental death and dismemberment) benefit. Other upgrades include options for families that allow coverage for accidental death and dismemberment, medical protection for traveling pets, or even movie rental reimbursement for overnight delays. For adventurers, there’s an upgrade that covers daring activities such as mountain climbing and parasailing. The professional upgrade adds more reasons for reimbursement due to work related cancellation or interruption, and protection for professional equipment is available.

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The Travel Max plan is the most extensive. You can cancel for business reasons, and there’s an upgrade that allows you to cancel for any reason up to two days before your scheduled departure. This upgrade only applies to trip costs of $10,000 maximum, and you can get reimbursed for up to 75% of the trip cost. It offers a substantial amount of coverage for emergency medical expenses and medical evacuation, and you also get lots of travel assistance and concierge services. You may even get coverage for any delays in the sporting equipment you rent. Other plans from Travelex Insurance are for business travellers with a 30-day maximum trip length per covered trip, and a flight insurance policy that focuses on the flights.

  • Vayama International Travel. This company is more known as a travel company. It aims to be a one-stop shop for travel needs, which is why they’re extending their services to travel insurance. They offer the usual terms for travel insurance, but the most notable benefit is the convenience of getting everything you need for your travel with just one company. You can book your flights, make your hotel reservations, and get your insurance, and Vayama can handle it all.

With the Vayama International Travel’s extensive contacts in the travel industry, you can get a lot of info from their 24-hour travel and legal assistance.

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Travel Insurance

Travel Insured International with World Nomads

World Nomads insurance company has earned a stellar reputation since it started. Their insurance plans are very easy to understand, and the prices are reasonable. They have three plans: the Worldwide Trip Protector Lite, Worldwide Trip Protector, and Worldwide Trip Protector Plus. The middle plan offers a very long list of reasons for trip cancelation and interruption, including a school year extension, attending childbirth, or a pre-existing medical condition. The flight cancellation can return 100% of the trip cost or 150% of the trip cost for trip interruption. Emergency medical coverage and evacuation has a $1 million limit, and lost baggage and personal effects have a $1,000 limit. Coverage also includes accident and sickness medical expense ($100,000), baggage delay, travel delay, missed connections, changed fees, and reimbursement of Miles or Rewards points. Pre-existing medical conditions are included too. Coverage for children is included. With the Plus, you can cancel or interrupt your vacation for any reason, and you can get back 75% of the value of the unused trip cost.  There’s also a $50,000 coverage limit on rental car damage.

Perhaps the only troubling aspect here is that there are no explicit discussions on the plans for sport activities, so you need to discuss this factor with the World Nomads representative before you purchase a plan. If you and your family are going skiing, bungee-jumping, or horse-riding, you need to know that any injury is covered beforehand. With all these options, you ought to get a good start. Learning how to choose travel insurance is about knowing that bad things are always possible, and that’s why you need insurance on the first place. Think of the worst-case scenarios, and make sure you’re covered for any disastrous eventuality.

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Don’t you just love technology? A few years ago, you would have to ask a stranger to take a photo of you with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Nowadays, you can capture better photos from unique angles using an XShot camera extender. No doubt, this is a product that has become a must for […]

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Don’t you just love technology? A few years ago, you would have to ask a stranger to take a photo of you with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Nowadays, you can capture better photos from unique angles using an XShot camera extender. No doubt, this is a product that has become a must for any traveler. If you’re not familiar with the XShot camera extender, then my friend, you are missing out on the benefits of this valuable tool.  XShot camera extenders like the XShot Pro and XShot 2.0 have become as ubiquitous as iPhones and Android phones among today’s younger generation. Although XShot did not really invent the selfie stick—Minolta had one way back in 1983—  it has produced the most popular line of camera extenders today. So what can you expect from an XShot camera extender? Let us take a closer look at the XShot 2.0 as well as the other camera extenders from the company such as the XShot Pro.

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The XShot 2.0 camera extender is a nine-inch stick that can extend up to 37 inches, or around three feet.  This lightweight selfie stick weighs just 1.25 pounds. It connects all point and shoot cameras. Since it is only nine inches when collapsed, the XShot 2.0 is portable enough to be stored inside a backpack. This is a nice camera extender that you can use when traveling, camping, or hiking. And it’s not really for outdoor use as you can make use of this camera extender for parties, concerts, and when taking family photos, or just about any occasion when there’s no one to take your photos, or when everyone in the family wants to be on the photo.

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You don’t need to be a techie in order to take great photos (and even videos) using this camera extender. Simply screw your camera or camcorder on to one end of the XShot 2.0, then tilt the camera and lock it in place. The camera or camcorder should not be more than 24 ounces in weight. Pull open to extend the rod up to 37 inches. Now you can extend this camera away from you, allowing you to capture a wider background. And there is absolutely no need to ask a stranger to take photos of you and your companions!

It’s quite cheap too, with a price of around $35. Of course, if you can buy a point and shoot camera that’s worth a hundred bucks, why can’t you buy a camera extender for a lot less right? However, the XShot 2.0 isn’t perfect. The most common complaint about this camera extender is that the head section flops quite a bit, making the camera move forward and backward. And it’s not designed for smartphones and cellphones—which says a lot because many of us take photos using our iPhones and Android phones.

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GoPro Camera Extenders

The XShot 2.0 isn’t the only camera extender in the catalogue of XShot. It also has the XShot Pro camera extender for GoPro cameras. GoPro cameras are compact and lightweight action camcorders that are used for capturing photos and videos outdoors. These cameras are ideal for extreme action photography thanks to the rugged construction, waterproof frame, and WiFi compatibility. And unlike most cellphones, these cameras can capture high definition photos and videos.

The XShot Pro is particularly designed to be compatible with GoPro cameras. It can also be used with other compact digital cameras. When it is collapsed, it is shorter than the XShot 2.0 as it only measures 7 inches long. But when it is fully stretched, the XShot Pro measures 32 inches which can let you capture photos with many subjects and a wider background. There are a lot of things to like in this camera extender.  One is that it is very compact and lightweight. It only weighs 7 ounces, and as mentioned, measures seven inches in length. You can take this camera extender anywhere you go – whether you are off to a three-day hike or you would spend your time in the beach.

It’s also very simple and easy to operate.  Simply pull it out to extend to 32 inches, and you don’t have to deal with locks, rings, or twists. It is not surprising that it has become the camera of choice of outdoor adventurists like surfers, hikers, snowboarders, cyclists and just about anyone who has an active lifestyle. The common complaint or issue that users have with this camera extender is that it moves a lot, so oftentimes they are left with shaky footages. If you are not satisfied with the length of the XShot Pro, you can opt for the XShot 2.0 for GoPro camera extender pole. This camera extender can stretch up to 38 inches, or half a feet longer than the XShot Pro.

Handheld Monopods for Travel Photography

XShot specializes in handheld monopods for travel photography. Unlike tripods, handheld monopods are compact and easy to carry. Handheld monopods are also easier to set up compared to tripods. And aside from being less expensive, handheld monopods require little space to use effectively so you can use these camera extenders anywhere—whether you are in the crowded streets of Manhattan or in the vastness of the Sahara desert. Aside from the three XShot camera extenders mentioned above, there’s the new XShot Selfie Stick that includes a Bluetooth compatible wireless remote and expandable phone holder to accommodate larger phones like the iPhone 6 Plus. The XShot Selfie Stick extends to 31 inches and collapses to 7.5 inches.

Then there’s the Pocket XShot camera extender that closes to 6.5 inches and extends to 30.5 inches. It sells for less than $30. XShot has singlehandedly made the production and distribution of camera extenders a multi-million dollar industry. And thanks to this company, travelers like yourself can capture awesome photos anytime and anywhere with the help of an XShot camera extender.

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At some point in your life, you have probably found yourself behind one of those people who take forever in security due to poor preparation or, even worse, you have been one of those people yourself. Although customs and security will never be a fun experience under the best of circumstances, there are several tips and strategies which you can implement in order to make the process an easier one. So next time you are jetting off, spare a thought for your fellow travellers and use these tips to make your journey, and that of others, a stress-free one.

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Airport Security Quick Tips

Airport Security Quick Tips

Dress Appropriately

Slip-on shoes are the best choice and you should avoid metal items such as buttons and buckles as any buckles and other metal items will need to be removed before you walk through the security detector anyway. If you really want to avoid these issues altogether, opt for a cloth belt instead or a metal buckle and choose a shirt and pants with plastic buttons. Keep the layers to a minimum. Remove any sweaters or jackets which aren’t necessary before you get to the security line. Make sure to empty all of your pockets of phones, PDAs, change, and keys before you approach the airport security X-ray machine as removing these in line wastes a lot of precious time. Choose form fitting pants instead of baggy ones. Baggy pants are more likely to raise suspicion since, obviously, there are more places to hide illegal and/or dangerous items within baggy pants.

Pack Lightly and Smart

You should make sure that you are fully aware of what you can and cannot carry onto the airplane. This can be found on the TSA website. Items should be neatly and clearly labeled within the suitcase and a plastic bag should be used for liquids and toiletries and should be placed in an outer pocket so that they can be easily accessed by security. Make sure that the liquids are in bottles that are 3 ounces or less per TSA guidelines. Packing your bag in an organised manner will make the process of searching luggage much quicker and hassle-free for both you and security.

Airport Customs Problem Free

Airport Customs Problem Free

Be Prepared

Have your boarding pass and ID in hand and head to the line that is shortest. There is often a security line or two that many people don’t go to because they erroneously think that the line is only for one airline. Place everything that you have in your pocket into your jacket or bag and then remove that item. Only keep your ID and pass with you. If you are carrying a laptop, unzip the bag. Once you have passed the point where the ID is checked, remove your shoes. Staying one step ahead of everyone else will help you to breeze on past those who are still rummaging in their pockets in order to collect all their change.

Pay Attention and Follow Instructions

Pay close attention to any instructions that you are given as well as the mistakes that those in front of you make. Learn from them and be prepared to avoid those mistakes that they make when it is your turn. This way, you will be able to make the process a lot simpler when it comes to your turn. If you are required to go through additional screening, don’t make a fuss. Just do it!

Purchase a TSA-Approved Bag for your Laptop for US Travel

As long as your purchase a bag that is approved by the TSA as “check-point” friendly, you will not be required to remove the laptop from the bag. Make sure that you also label the laptop as they often get left behind due to poor identification. Although options for TSA-approved bags are still limited, there are some options which are available, the cheapest and simplest of which is the laptop skin. The best I can recommend is the Victoriatourist V6002 Laptop Backpack check-Fast Airport Security Friendly

Avoid Traveling During Busy Periods

Although this is not always something that can be planned for, peak travel times should always be avoided if possible. These peak times typically include the hours between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Avoiding these hours can help in getting through the security and customs much more quickly. Some times throughout the year, such as sporting events including the Olympics, holidays, and spring break times, will be inevitably bad so you should prepare yourself to be agitated during this time and plan to be there earlier than normal so that you ensure you will not miss your flight.

The process of going through security and customs can be vexing but need not be the tortuous experience that many claim it to be. Be prepared and don’t be afraid to bypass people who aren’t. Yes, we are an organised society who lives by the “line”. And, yes, we are programmed to think that “cutting” is inexcusable. However, walking past someone who simply isn’t ready will more than likely make the security people happier than they otherwise would be if they had to waste time waiting for the person who is still rooting around for their ID.

Written By David:  is an editor and co-founder at www.CreditCardCompare.com.au, one of the top Australian consumer advice services specialising in credit card comparisons, particularly in air miles credit cards for frequent travellers. Click here to read more about him on their blog or follow him on Twitter.

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You’re heading to distant lands of creeping jungles and mysterious shanty villages. You’ll head there and trek through wet marshlands, endless rainforests and stunning mountain ranges. But not yet – because you’re trapped in an airport.  Indeed, if you kick around an airport for long enough, you’ll start feeling unsettled.  The clean, clinical corridors; ghostly figures […]

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You’re heading to distant lands of creeping jungles and mysterious shanty villages. You’ll head there and trek through wet marshlands, endless rainforests and stunning mountain ranges. But not yet – because you’re trapped in an airport.  Indeed, if you kick around an airport for long enough, you’ll start feeling unsettled.  The clean, clinical corridors; ghostly figures chugging coffee in a percolated daze; baggage spinning round and round the metal carousels – if there’s anything more likely to put a dampener on your holiday, it’s an airport.  But there are plenty of ways to make your time at the terminal fun – you just need to arrive prepared.  With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few ways for you to make your airport stay enjoyable. Take a look and enjoy. Fun Things to Do When Stuck At Heathrow Airport

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Airport greetings!

Trying to find a parking spot in an airport is like negotiating Daedalus’ maze. You could drive almost endlessly and still struggle to park your car. Not to mention that you’ll have to park so far from your terminal that your trek to the airport will become a Lord of the Rings-style quest. But the cream of the airport crop can offer you airport meet and greet services that will lighten your load. These services will pick up your car at the terminal, and drive it to a safe location until your return. Just imagine being able to head straight to your departure area without the hassle of parking. It’s an airport user’s dream.

Plug and play

You’ve come prepared – you boot up your laptop and get started on your latest World of Warcraft adventure.  But what’s this? Your battery indicator is flashing and there’s no plug in sight. And then, with a phutting noise, the screen dies. Before you lounge in your terminal, find a seat close to a plug socket. These are the most prestigious chairs in the departure lounge, so guard yours like a dragon guards gold. If you’ll be setting up camp in international airports, invest in some universal adaptors. That way, your precious laptop will always have some juice.
Stuck in the airport VIP lounge

Stuck in the Airport VIP Lounge

If you choose the right airport, you don’t have to take root in a dodgy departure lounge. For a small fee, you can upgrade your time to gain a VIP experience. What will the extra pennies get you? A luxury lounge, free drinks and snacks, Wi-Fi, a big-screen telly and even gaming systems to keep your kids quiet – it’s so luxurious, you won’t even want to board your flight.

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Traveling should be fun and enjoyable but too often, situations arise and put a damper on your trip. This article will give you five of the top travel issues that you can avoid altogether with careful planning and advanced preparation. Planning carefully and preparing in advance are the key factors in traveling without the stress or the hassle. There may be some things you have no control of but that doesn’t mean they are not going to happen. In fact, most of the things that do happen when people travel can be actually be prevented. Some, however, you just have to make the best effort to avoid.

5 Top Travel Issues and How to Avoid Them

  1. Flight Delays and Cancellations

Flight delays and cancellations are hardly preventable since these occur primarily because of the aircraft’s mechanical issues or weather conditions. You can, however, minimize a delay or cancellation by choosing direct flights instead of those with stopovers to get to a destination. You won’t miss a connecting flight if the layover between your flights is longer even if there are delays. Check in with your airline if you are bumped off your flight as a result of overbooking. Airlines typically compensate with their passengers when such incidents happen by giving them lodging and/or food compensation. If, however, the flight was cancelled as a result of a mechanical or weather issue, you don’t receive any compensation. Keep updated with your flight schedules to avoid this.

  1. Jet Lag

While the jet lag experienced by frequent international travelers is truly dreadful, you can do some things which would lessen your jet lag’s extent. When you book your flight, for instance, ensure that you have time for sufficient sleep by moving around during the flight. Set your watch to the time zone of the place where you will land.  Give your body a time to adjust before leaving for your destination. Move bedtime up by 30 minutes every night if you are heading east and move it back by the same number of minutes if you are traveling west. Do this a week before your actual departure to give yourself sufficient time in adjusting to different time zones.

Jet Lag - Top Travel Issues

Jet Lag – Top Travel Issues

  1. Scams and Crimes

Travelers can avoid both scams and crimes by being alert and vigilant in foreign environments. Remember that where travelers congregate, scammers will soon follow. Be especially wary of those pretending to be police offers and accosting you for bogus violations. Scammers presume most travelers are not aware of how police uniforms of other countries look like. If scammers coerce you to part with your money, criminal force you to give up your cash. Pick pockets and muggers are common encounters which you can avoid by not looking like you are ripe for being victimized. Never look like you are lost. That is easy to do when you have a camera dangling from your neck and looking up from a foreign language dictionary or trying to figure out a big map.

Unless you know people in the country you are traveling to – like former classmates, relatives, friends, etc. — go to your consulate or embassy and ask for advice on what areas to avoid. If you are fortunate to know locals you can trust, ask their advice on safe attractions, restaurants, and other sites which you may want to visit. You can also ask to accompany you.

  1. Lost Items

The worst travel issue is loss or theft of items such as wallets and passports. For seniors, the loss or breakage of contact lenses or eyeglasses and/or hearing aids is, undoubtedly, frustrating since their visual and auditory functions will definitely hamper their enjoyment of the trip. What you can do is make several copies of all the important documents that you will need while traveling prior to your departure. Copy account numbers, telephone numbers, expiration dates, etc. on index cards and tuck them away in an envelope where your passport should also be once you have arrived at your hotel or lodging. This envelope should be placed in a secure place where it can be readily retrieved when needed. Always carry copies of important documents with you when you go out of your hotel or lodging.

Emailing those copies to your own email address guarantees that you can retrieve them online should there be a need for them and all other options have been ineffective. Avoid cash shortage and leave some with the concierge and/or security of the hotel’s vault. Don’t keep all of your money in just one place. Leave half in your bag and half with you.

Wear clothing with several pockets if possible and distribute your money in them. If, by misfortune, you encounter a slick pickpocket or a fast snatcher, you won’t lose all your money since it is in several places. Write down the serial numbers of your traveler’s checks, their dates of issuance, and the issuing agency’s location for faster facilitation of their replacements.

Always bring a spare pair of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when traveling. Most people hardly ever give consideration for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when going on a trip, yet either lost or damaged can bring your sightseeing to a grinding halt and ruin your travel. Keep a copy of your prescription with you at all times. Additionally, keep another copy online.

Have the phone number of your eye doctor in case you will need a recent prescription to buy a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are great deals on eyeglasses in some countries that have lower costs of living such as Thailand where you can get frames for your eyeglasses at cheaper prices. Or you can get prescription sunglasses to use as backup.

Have a lens cloth and tiny screwdriver in a case to do basic repairs – tightening screws, for instance – on your eyeglasses if they tend to get loose; when this happens, it is likely that your eyeglasses can just become unscrewed and get broken or damaged. For users of contact lenses, bring a spare pair in an unopened case.

  1. Illness

Getting sick while on a trip is not unheard of. If your trip is overseas, ensure that you have been vaccinated. Aside from a first aid kit, keep common medications in one container that can be easily accessed. These medications include those for motion sickness, diarrhea, indigestion, cold and flu, fever, cough, stomach upset, etc. If you use syringes or needles for insulin injections, keep your medical certificate with — from your doctor — indicating these are for your medical use.

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Travel Insurance

Why Get Travel Insurance?

The reason for having travel insurance with medical coverage cannot be emphasized enough. These top five issues may all be covered with a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Having such cover will give you peace of mind and security in cases of theft, loss, and flight delays and cancellations as well as immediate medical treatment in case of serious illness, injury or accident. Some people may tell you that having travel insurance is not necessary. On the contrary, travel insurance ensures security for so many things involved in the course of your travel including, but not limited to, repatriation in case war breaks out in the country you are in, theft or loss of your personal items, and medical attention for an injury or accident, among other circumstances.

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Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and traveling to The Great White North is one of the more memorable experiences you can have. This article tells you what kind of travel insurance and why you need it so you can enjoy your Canadian trip safely and with peace of mind. If you have been consistently traveling, you know it’s important to have travel insurance, a practical and necessary way to ensure that you are prepared in any case of eventualities. Travel insurance is no longer a luxury. From flight changes to family surgery, injury, illness or death in the family, travel insurance is mandatory for a majority of working holidays and Canadian border authority may be inclined to check if you have sufficient cover. You may want to ski or snowboard in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, for instance, which will require you coverage for any possible injuries which may occur while engaged in those activities. Travel insurance for Canada means a plethora of rates, providers, options, add-ons, and other variables that you should know about to make an informed decision.

Do You Need Travel Insurance When Traveling to Canada from the US or Europe?

Choose a Local Insurer

Take note that insurance is compulsory requirement prior to the issuance of an International Experience Canada (IEC) visa. You will be asked to provide insurance details if you arrive in Canada and should you not be able to comply, you may not be issued the visa. Insurance coverage must be valid for your stay’s duration, cover not only hospitalization and medical care but repatriation as well. Additionally, each entry into Canada must be covered and its details made available for any port of entry officer for his or her review. Choosing a local insurer has numerous benefits such as having comprehensive coverage to include routine medical check-up and/or exam and maternity benefits. It is also less difficult when you make claims – and receiving money – with a local insurer.

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You DON’T Save Money without Travel Insurance

You don’t need to buy additional coverage for sports and any type of injuries sustained at work. Getting your local insurer also means you get direct billing and avoid dealing with an overseas insurance company which could be costly in terms of phone bills. The Canadian Health Care System doesn’t cover holders of IEC visas, that is why travel/medical insurance is recommended for them. If you think that not getting travel insurance when traveling to Canada will save you money, it won’t. First, you will be denied entry into the country. Second, without travel insurance, you are vulnerable to all kinds of risks, not the least of which is an emergency of a medical nature. Medical costs can run up to several thousands in Canada for simple tests or doctor’s visits.

What You Need to Know for Coverage Extensions

Your Port of Entry or POE Letter of Introduction entitles you to obtain your work permit when you arrive in Canada and only then will you know how long you can stay. The length of your stay is dependent on your nationality; it could be a year or two years. It is essential for you to have coverage for your visa’s full duration because any immigration officer may:

  • Ask you to show proof of your insurance cover policy and question you regarding its details.
  • Limit the duration of the work permit you were issued to match your policy’s duration if this is validated for a shorter period of time.

Although some insurers will allow a policy extension, there will be some that won’t. In case your chosen insurer allows an extension, however, you still need to exit from Canada on a temporary basis as a requirement for that extension. If you plan on staying longer in Canada, ensure that you and your chosen insurer both have a clear understanding of what an extension will entail.

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Insurance Coverage for Winter Sports

Most of the standard policies exclude coverage of winter sports like snowboarding or skiing but you have the option to add such coverage. Ensure that you are well informed on the extent of the coverage for the winter sports you engage in while you are in the country since these have a potential for injuries and surgery, especially for beginners. Your travel insurance policy should have medical coverage as part of it or as an add-on. Be aware of whether or not it covers pre-existing medical conditions and non-emergency conditions. You also have to know the up font costs of what your insurer will pay and the costs which you have to pay for in order to obtain reimbursement and how long it will take to get reimbursed.

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Travel Insurance

One thing we all have to buy before leaving on our long-term travels is travel insurance – traveling the world without an insurance is really not worth it in case something serious happens. But the travel insurance industry is like a jungle, it’s really difficult to know which one to choose and what they normally should cover. When comparing different travel insurance companies you will see that they often look very similar on the outside but actually differ quite a lot when it comes down to the details. If you’re not sure exactly how long you will be away, make sure that the travel insurance company allows you to update and extend your travel insurance, it’s also a great bonus if they can pay you back the difference in case you go home early.

When comparing travel insurance companies, make sure that they cover:

Lost, Stolen and Damaged Items

Lost passport and travel documents, as well as your belongings like jewelry, clothes and electronics should be covered. However, there are many circumstances when the travel insurance won’t cover you. To sum it up, they will cover your belongings if it was stolen from you despite being locked up in safety box or concealed storage compartment, or if it’s stolen from you while you’re carrying it.

What it doesn’t cover…

It won’t cover you if you left your baggage unsupervised in public areas, for example not caring for the safety of your belongings.

Overseas Medical/Dental Expenses

If you get ill or injured during your trip that can cause serious harm if it’s not treated, the insurance should provide cover for urgent and necessary medical treatment and emergency dental treatment or hospitalization.

What it doesn’t cover…

I won’t have to say that it won’t cover plastic surgery and similar things, but also know that it doesn’t cover medical check-ups, vaccinations, STD’s, treatment where injury was caused by alcohol and drugs (remember that one!), chronic and reoccurring illness and pre-existing medical conditions that were there before you started traveling. Compare this carefully between different travel insurances, especially if you have planned to do a bit of adventure sports. Many insurance companies have different types of insurance deals depending on what you need and how you will travel, whether you will be going on a two week ski holiday in Europe or backpack through South America.

Canceled Flights and Accommodation

If your trip is interrupted or if you get ill before your trip and have to cancel flights and pre-booked accommodation due to illness or a close relative’s illness or death, you should be covered. The insurance should also cover the flight home if there is a case of emergency and you have to interrupt your trip. If your transport has been canceled due to bad weather, illness or failure in service from the transportation provider, your travel insurance should cover the cost.

Good to know…

If your flight is canceled, overbooked or delayed for more than 6 hours many insurance companies will cover reasonable expenses for hotel, meals and local transportation.

Other Things Travel Insurance Should Cover: 24 hour emergency phone assistance, Personal liability coverage in the case of damaged 3rd party property or injury and all countries you will be visiting and the entire duration of your trip (including the day you return home). Now that you have a check-list on what should be included in your travel insurance, compare different companies with each other and see if they all cover the things above and if some even have extra benefits.

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 What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance

After all the RTW planning you do for what to pack and where to go, there are those extra expenses left that many people forget to include into their travel budget: travel insurance is one of them. It’s also one of the things that can be either super expensive, or barely noticeable in the overall budget – but don’t let the price completely decide which company you choose – it’s about the coverage you get for your money. So when looking for travel insurance, also look into the details to find out what they actually cover. If something happens to you while you are traveling around the world, you need to be covered! Before looking for other companies to provide international travel insurance, check with your home and content insurance to see if they can offer you a cheap deal as an added bonus to your existing home insurance.

Here is a travel checklist for the basic things you should make sure they cover:

  • The countries you’re visiting: This is very important. You don’t want to have bought travel insurance for Europe, break a leg in Switzerland and realize that it didn’t cover that country.
  • Lost, stolen or damaged items, including electronics: But make sure you save the recepits for them, otherwise you will not get the money back!
  • Overseas medical/hospital expenses: Read the fine print here, because it’s often limited and there are many exceptions
  • Expenses for transport home in case of personal emergency
  • Reimbursements for rebooking cancelled flights and accommodation
  • 24-hours emergency phone assistance (you want to be able to contact them at all times)
  • Personal liability cover in case of damaged 3rd party property or injury
  • The entire duration of your trip

If the insurance company covers all this for a reasonable amount, you should be able to save some money while at the same time stay safe on your journey if something happens. But this isn’t like FDCIFor the experienced travelers out there: Is travel insurance something you always make sure you get for your travels?

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Learning a new language is a tough challenge while traveling, and it can easily get so overwhelming that you finally just give up. I don’t have a quick fix to learn a foreign language, there are no magic pills. I have traveled on business to many countries and being able to communicate, even at a simple level, is not only critical for your business, it’s polite.  I have had the opportunity to study many languages, and have found out what works and what doesn’t work for me and which way is the best to learn a foreign language.

To learn a foreign language fast you need 3 things:

Interest, Courage and a situation that forces you to learn.

If you’re not interested in learning you’ll never learn no matter how much someone tries to push it down your throat. But most importantly, you have to have some guts. I honestly believe that most of the people are simply too shy and too afraid of making a mistake, that they don’t even bother trying. Add a No Option Situation, and you’ll be guaranteed to learn fast!

I’ve used translation services when traveling to Central and South America both for business and personal needs while in country, and also prior.  A fellow business acquaintance has had great success using a company to translate and proofread for cultural and grammatical correctness, but nothing compares to learning Spanish and some of the culture yourself.

The No Option Way

We are phenomenal at finding ways to avoid complicated things, and it’s not until there is no other option, not until you’re actually forced to learn – that you will really get it. That’s why you need to create this situation for yourself. The absolute best situation to put yourself in is in the country where they speak the language you want to learn, in a place where everyone will speak to you in that language and most people barely understand English at all.

Germany, China, France, Italy are good examples of this.

Surround yourself with the language, completely immerse yourself in it – if everything you see and hear is in that language you will learn faster – simply because you have no other choice.

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My 3 Best Ways To Learn A Language:

Find a practice buddy

Is there someone you know who also wants to learn the language? Do it together, and practice with each other. Do the same language course, go out together and help each other. Be aware though, if you are close friends, it is very easy to give up and just start speaking your native language.

Go Out And Meet Local People

You don’t have to be fluent in a language before you can talk to someone. Practice a few phrases, even write them down on a piece of paper, go down to town and practice them with people in the shop or on the streets. Ask them relevant things like “how much is this?”, “How do I get to”, “What’s the time?” etc. If you already know the answer that’s great, it’s a way to learn how to say it. Nightclubs and pubs can also be a place to practice your language. There, people are already open and happy, and you can make a fun thing about it. Try to say a few things in their language, and then mix with your own etc. Often people find it a lot of fun teaching someone words and sentences. Perhaps they will teach you a few words you normally wouldn’t learn in language teaching books (come on, you know what I’m talking about!) 😉

Don’t be scared to mix English and the local language. If there is one word in the sentence that you have no idea how to say, then say everything else in the sentence and simply say that word in English. Chances are that they know that word in English, and can inform you of the real word, or just simply reply to your question. Nobody thinks it’s strange, they understand.

Hang out with a English speaking local

If you don’t want to force yourself totally yet and ONLY hang out with people who can’t speak English at all, then try something in between until you feel more confident. Hang out with someone who speaks both english and the language you want to learn, and meet their friends. Watch and learn, body language goes a long way in communication. When you don’t understand you have your friend who can explain to you.

Well there are a few tips to get you started on the road to language learning. There are many language courses and books to learn foreign language fast out there, but the truth is that if you really want to learn a language, learn from the people who speak it and interact with them in real life on a daily basis.

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Finding the time and extra money to travel when you want can be a real challenge nowadays, especially for busy mothers. However, it’s important for your mental health and well-being to get away every once in a while. Calculating your miles using online tools can help you enjoy more freedom if you use it strategically. […]

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Finding the time and extra money to travel when you want can be a real challenge nowadays, especially for busy mothers. However, it’s important for your mental health and well-being to get away every once in a while. Calculating your miles using online tools can help you enjoy more freedom if you use it strategically. There are benefits to a United Travel Credit Card so you can enjoy a freer lifestyle. Checkout our Round The World Travel Guide which includes over 100 pages full of lessons and tips we learned while traveling around the world on our first RTW trip.

The Benefits of Travel Credit Card

If you are busy with responsibilities such as work, raising kids and maintaining a household, it can be difficult to take vacations. Saving money these days is not easy; bills and everyday expenses have a way of eating up most of your income and savings. However, with a Travel Credit Card selected after searching through a comparison tool such as the one by MileCards.com, you can save up travel miles and use them for flights, hotels and other travel-related expenses.

The great thing about a card such as a United Travel Credit Card is that you use it on products and services you would normally purchase anyway. That way, as you accumulate miles on the card, it’s like free money that you can use for those excursions you’ve been dreaming of.

The specific benefits you earn with a Travel Credit Card will depend on the card you get. However, many cards not only allow you to earn travel miles but also other perks such as nights at popular hotels, memberships in airline travel clubs and the right to check bags for free. The latter is an especially good benefit as airlines are charging more and more for baggage fees.

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Budget Travel Tips to Keep in Mind

There are quite a few ways to create a freer lifestyle where you can travel more frequently. Having more money at your disposal certainly helps, but it’s also a matter of managing your time. Time is a resource that’s often quite scarce in the life of the typical mother. Planning can go a long way in helping you make the most of your time.

While it can be fun and romantic to decide to take a last-minute weekend trip to Paris or the Bahamas, for most people in the real world, it’s easier if you plan ahead. Planning also allows you to seize the best travel deals. If you can plan a trip or two off season, that’s even better for saving money. Combining this with using travel miles you’ve saved up on your credit card can really make a difference and help you enjoy economical trips.

Sometimes choosing an all-inclusive vacation can help you to save money. These include resorts and cruises. Aside from being cost effective, such trips can be fun because once you pay for it, you don’t have to worry about adding up all the separate expenses. On the other hand, if you have enough miles saved on your travel card, it might be more economical to use your travel points on hotels. If you have enough points to take care of both airfare and hotel, most of your trip is paid for!
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Choosing the Right Travel Destination

When planning trips, you have to consider your interests and preferences as well as your budget. Do you prefer a vacation that’s relaxing or one that’s full of activities? Do you like beaches, snow or bustling European capitals? Of course, you might like all of these at different times. You should, however, consider what you want to get out of your journey so that you can select the destination and type of trip that’s most suitable. You can feel great about spending money where it counts the most, letting you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

In some cases, you don’t have to go far or for a long time to feel rejuvenated. For example, getting away for a weekend at a place that’s a short flight away can be reasonable and easy to plan. It can be just as refreshing, if not more so, than a longer and more elaborate trip. There are other considerations as well when choosing a travel destination. If you’re traveling with kids, you naturally want to choose a hotel or resort that’s child friendly. Weather conditions during the time of year when you’re traveling also must be planned for.

Make Travel a Part of Your Life

If you want to arrange your life so that you have more freedom to travel, you may have to make a few adjustments. You may simply have to decide to make this a priority and make sure you plan a few trips each year. Getting a good Travel Credit Card such as a United Travel Credit Card can certainly help when it comes to paying for the trip. The main thing to keep in mind is that you can travel more frequently if you really want to. The first step is making the decision to find ways to make this a reality.

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Jetting off on a family holiday is an incredibly exciting time, for both parents and children alike. From pre-planning the itinerary to finally packing up the suitcases, family holidays are a fantastic way to bring everyone together. However with multiple heads to take care of, things can soon get quite expensive. To help you plan a family friendly getaway without breaking the bank, we’ve put together this handy guide that talks you through everything you need to consider when booking a family holiday on a budget:

However with multiple heads to take care of, things can soon get quite expensive. To help you plan a family friendly getaway without breaking the bank, we’ve put together this handy guide that talks you through everything you need to consider when booking a family holiday on a budget:

Family holidays

Family holidays Flights

Planning Family Holidays Flights

Depending on your destination, flights could be one of your biggest expenses. The sting is bad enough for one person however when you’re booking three or more seats, things can really add up!  As such, it always pays to source the best possible deals. As a rule of thumb, booking in advance is generally the most effective way to secure the cheapest prices.

If you’ve got any babies or very young children, it always pays to check with the airline whether or not kids under a certain age are eligible to fly for free. If they are small enough to spend the flight sitting on your lap or in your arms, you could save a significant amount of cash.

You can also go through an online travel agent that will help you find flight deals at prices that aren’t advertised anywhere else. An even smarter choice is to look at booking an all-inclusive package holiday. When you bundle together flights, accommodation and even activities, there are some amazing savings to be had!

Planning Family Holidays Destination

While it’s important to be thrifty when planning big expenses such as flights and accommodation, it’s also advisable to think about the cost of the actual destination itself. After all, there’s no point in securing fantastic deals on flights and accommodation if the activities, restaurants and entertainment options blow the budget! To help you choose, we’ve come up with three of our favourite budget destinations that your family is guaranteed to love.

Family Holidays Lapland

For a budget friendly holiday with a difference, why not whisk your family away to the wintery delights of Lapland? Located in the heart of the Arctic Circle, the magical destination is home to the fantastic winter resorts of Levi Fell and Olos. With husky sledding, reindeer petting and Santa sightings galore, you’ll be giving your family a holiday that they’ll never forget.  For cheap holidays to Lapland departing from Gatwick and Machester, check out the fantastic deals on offer from Cosmos.

  • Orlando

If your family is all about adventure, a trip to Orlando is sure to have the kids squealing with delight! The fun filled Florida city boasts world famous attractions including Universal Orlando, Sea World, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While the US isn’t well known as a budget holiday destination, if you book with a leading travel agent you can pick up some incredible deals on flights and accommodation. Compared to the UK, eating out and entertainment is also very reasonable.

  • Lanzarote

With sun kissed beaches, wonderfully warm weather and an abundance of resorts that won’t break the bank, Lanzarote is the budget holiday destination of choice for a huge number of British families. Flights are cheap, food is affordable and activities are surprisingly inexpensive.

Planning Family Holidays Insurance

Some nomads like to take the risk of omitting the expense of insurance, but if you’re travelling with your family, insurance really is an absolute must. The easiest way to find the best deal is to jump onto a quote compare site, enter your details and let their search engines trawl the database for the best possible prices.
Family Holidays Baggage
 

Baggage allowance

When booking your flights, it’s essential to read the small print and determine whether or not you’re going to be slapped with extra baggage fees. Some budget airlines may look like they are offering an amazing deal however most of the time they won’t include baggage costs. This means that you’ll be forced to add on luggage fees at the airport which often comes with an extortionate price tag!

Pre-book entertainment

If you’re really organised, there are some great savings to take advantage of when it comes to entertainment and attractions. For example, if you’re heading off to Orlando, booking early bird tickets to some of the premier theme parks could save you a lot of cash! Whether you’re planning a close-to-home European getaway or have your heart set on somewhere further afield, these handy tips will help you organise a fabulous family friendly getaway that’s easy on the bank account.

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While travelling somewhere, the main concern most people have is the safety and security of their personal belongings. We believe the best travel handbags are the number-one safety measure everybody must take in order to keep all your important things like credit/debit cards, travel documents, smart devices, etc, safe. Failing to take safety precautions might […]

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While travelling somewhere, the main concern most people have is the safety and security of their personal belongings. We believe the best travel handbags are the number-one safety measure everybody must take in order to keep all your important things like credit/debit cards, travel documents, smart devices, etc, safe. Failing to take safety precautions might leave you vulnerable to pickpockets and identity thieves. Therefore, it is smart to use secure anti theft handbags for travel no matter where you go. You can use them for your travel purposes as well as in your daily lives.

Best Travel Handbags For Anti Theft Travel

So, what types of a bag do you like carrying? A sling, a cross bag or perhaps a good old-fashioned backpack? No matter what you prefer, you have to make sure you get one which is slash proof and contains a minimum of one or two zipper compartments which can be locked. Fortunately for you, there are a number of different Anti Theft Handbags available which you can use for different purposes.

Best Travel Handbags Anti Theft Handbags

Best Travel Handbags Anti Theft Handbags

Best Travel Handbags Types of Anti Theft Handbags For Travel

The Travelon Anti Theft Cross Body Bag

Travelon’s anti-theft cross body bag is a popular travel bag preferred by many. Although this edition does not include RIFD blocking, you can get a RFID wallet or credit card holder that you can keep in the bag securely. The best thing about this Anti Theft Handbags is that it has a lot of different sections where you can store all your belongings. There are compartments which are lockable. There are plenty of pockets and card slots, a zippered pocket available for smartphones, and two front pockets.

Plus, there is also another zippered compartment in the bag which faces you when you carry the bag. The central compartment of the bag can be locked by hooking the zippers on to the metal loop provided. The whole Anti Theft Handbags is made of nylon which is slash proof. The strap is also made to be slash and cut proof.

Specifications:

The bag measures 14.5”x12”x1.5” and weighs 12 oz. The shoulder strap measures 55.5” in length and can be measured. You can lower the strap up to 15” to 28”. You can choose to buy the bag in over 6 colors. Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag an affordable bag priced at $57.

Pros:

  • Lots of manageable compartments/pockets
  • Cost-effective

Cons:

  • No RFID blocking.

The Pacsafe Citysafe 400 GII

The Citysafe 400 GII travel bag is best suited for fashion savvy women who want to add a bit of style to their traveling. The Citysafe 400 is a big Anti Theft Handbags but is designed to give a casual and trendy look. It also features a sleeve that can be slid to expose a wheeled luggage handle which makes the bag a good carry on Anti Theft Handbag. The bag is designed to be comfortable and has adjustable straps.

Specifications:

The bag measures 15.9 x 13 x 6.7 inches, with a 20-liter gear capacity made with nylon. It is has 2 main compartments and weighs 1 lb. The Pacsafe Luggage Citysafe 400 Gii Hobo Travel Bag is priced at $120.

Pros:

  • eXomesh slashguards in the side, bottom and lower front panels
  • Smart zipper security
  • Strap, for anchoring the bag to a fixture
  • RFID-blocking pocket
  • Smart zipper security™
  • Turn & lock strap hook
  • Slashproof detachable shoulder strap

Cons:

  • Limited colors

Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag

The Travelon Messenger bag is designed to be thick and big then its previous version, but it is also a bit short and not that wide. The messenger bag is cut proof and features a chain link with various compartments with zippered locks. The shoulder strap can be adjusted accordingly, and can also be fixed into position.

The central compartment of the Anti Theft Handbags is pretty wide and you can store quite a few big things in there, for example your DSLR camera or a tablet. There are also different manageable pockets given in the bag to store different things. The bag also has a magnetic flap on the front which conceals a zippered compartment and also has a zippered pocket at the back. They can both be easily locked and secured. There are also two side pockets given which can hold a water bottle or a small umbrella.

Specifications:

The Anti Theft Handbags weighs 1 lb and measures 11.5″ x 10″ x 4.5″. It is made of nylon and is slash and cut proof. The Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag is priced at $90 and is available in 5 different colors.

Pros:

  • Good organizational storage.
  • Compact and light.
  • Inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Pockets provided in each of the compartments cannot be zippered and you will drop coins should you decide to keep them there.
  • No RFID blocking feature.
  • Strap can get uncomfortable if the bag is heavy.

Types of Anti-Theft Handbags

Packsafe Citysafe 200 GII Anti-Theft Handbag

If you are in the market for a hobo-style purse which is trendy, it is strongly recommended that you go for the Pacsafe Citysafe 200 which is available in 6 different colors. Both the bag and its straps are manufactured using pure water repellent ballistic nylon which is slash and cut proof. The central pocket of the bag is quite large and you can store quite a few things in there, for example a small notebook, a small umbrella or other documents.

The compartments are zippered and there is also a soft but sturdy laptop compartment given as well. There are pockets for headphones and RFID.

Specifications:

The Anti Theft Handbags measures 14.6″ x 9.4″ x 3.9″ and weighs 1lb and 1oz and Pacsafe Luggage Citysafe 200 Gii Handbag is priced at $80.

Pros:

  • Can hold lots of things.
  • A numberf of theft-proof features.
  • Comfortable to carry.
  • Great quality.

Cons:

  • Easy to overstuff, so it can get heavy if carried for a long time.

Travelon Anti-Theft Hobo Bag

The Travelon Hobo bag is both styles and overly theft proof. The entire Anti Theft Handbags features slash proof, cut proof and chain linked manufacturing. The strap given on the handbag is adjustable and cut proof. The central pocket of the bag is quite roomy and can be secured by a concealed carabineer which allows you to chain your bag to a lamp post or bench.

Specifications:

The Anti Theft Handbags measures 12 1/4″ x 10″ x 3 1/2″ and is made using 900 denier nylon and weighs 10oz. The handbag is priced at $55.

Pros:

  • Sufficient space in the main pocket
  • RFID blocking compartment with passport slots
  • Main compartment  can be locked with lobster claw clasp
  • Shoulder strap can be adjustable and is cut/slash proof
  • Bag can be secured via a chain which can be attached anywhere
  • Front zipper pocket

Cons:

  • The outside pocket does not lock

So, there you go..These are some of the most reliable Anti Theft Handbags and travel bags which are both anti-theft and stylish at the same time. If you plan to travel anytime soon, be sure to get yourselves one of the above mentioned Anti Theft Handbags.

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