TripHub Group Trip Advisor: Spa Travel #travel #to #london

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Spa Travel

Spiritual Spas

I received the 2007 travel agent edition of SpaFinder’s Spa Guide magazine a few weeks ago and immediately made a pact (with myself) to plan a spa trip in 2007. This guide has 300 plus pages of day spas, destination spas, spas by region, medical spas, and plenty of reviews and information to help anyone plan a great spa trip.

My favorite feature was the spa sorter index. I can now find spas by Single-Friendly, Pet-Friendly, Organic, Romantic, Urban Hotels, and so forth. Perfect. No more hunting for themes. They are neatly laid out in this index.

I also liked that there were several spas in the category of Spirituality, classified by their common programs and classes featuring a strong emphasis on meditation, yoga, or spiritual awareness. This goes nicely along with recent data that shows spa-going is a growing trend for vacationers .

Here are spiritual spas listed in the 2007 Spa Guide from SpaFinder:

  1. Cal-a-Vie, California
  2. Chiva-Som, Thailand
  3. Chopra Center Spa at Dream, New York
  4. Chopra Center for Wellbeing, California
  5. COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, Indonesia
  6. Golden Door, California
  7. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and Spa, Australia
  8. Maroma Resort and Spa, Mexico
  9. Mayflower Inn Spa, Connecticut
  10. Mii Amo at the Enchantment, Arizona
  11. Miraval, Life in Balance, Arizona
  12. New Age Health Spa, New York
  13. Ojai Valley Inn Spa, California
  14. Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
  15. SAMAS at the Park Hotel Kenmare, Ireland
  16. Stoweflake Mountain Resort Spa, Vermont

Great idea for a birthday gift for a good friend, anniversary present, girls getaway, guys getaway, or honeymoon. TripHub is ideal for planning all the details and arranging schedules, coordinating itineraries, etc.


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Trip Cancellation Insurance – Travel Insurance Services #flight #cheap

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You’ve dreamed of this trip for months or years maybe even a lifetime but life can be extremely unpredictable. Anything from terrible weather to a family emergency can ruin all your careful planning and bring your trip to an end before it even begins. And what happens if you fall ill while you’re away from home will you have the medical coverage you need? Will you lose the money you invested if your trip gets cut short? With Travel Insurance Select on your side, you can worry a lot less.

In fact, Travel Insurance Services has been helping people just like you protect their travel plans for over 30 years. With one of our travel insurance plans you can focus on what really matters – making sure your trip is everything you dreamed of – while we help protect your investment.

Best of all, Travel Insurance Select offers three different levels of coverage so you can choose the right plan for your unique needs and budget. Additional Travel Insurance Select benefits include:

  • Protection for trip cancellation – Regain up to 100% of the money you invested in your trip.
  • Protection for trip interruption – Recover up to 150% of your costs depending on the coverage you choose.
  • 24-hour access to emergency assistance services – so no matter where you are, you have help when you need it.

Don’t let all the time you’ve spent saving and planning go to waste – get your complimentary, no-obligation quote and purchase your Travel Insurance Select coverage today. Because you deserve to travel knowing the trip of your dreams is well protected.


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Travel Insurance International Trip Cancellation Cheap Travel Insurance Online #airline #tickets

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More Trip Insurance Information

Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover financial and other losses incurred while travelling, either within one’s own country, or internationally.

Trip insurance can usually be arranged at the time of booking of a trip to cover exactly the duration of that trip or a more extensive, continuous insurance can be purchased from (most often)[travel agents, travel insurance companies or directly from travel suppliers such as cruiselines or tour operators.

The most common risks that are covered by travel insurance are:

  • Cancellation
  • Curtailment
  • Medical expenses
  • Emergency evacuation/repatriation
  • Delayed departure
  • Loss, theft or damage to personal possessions

and money (including travel documents)

  • Delayed baggage (and emergency replacement of essential items)
  • Overseas funeral expenses
  • Accidental death, injury or disablement benefit
  • Legal assistance
  • Personal liability and rental car damage excess
  • Loss of income

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    Travel Insurance Direct Ireland – Single Trip & Annual Multi Trip

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    Travel Insurance Direct Ireland

    Great Value, Great Cover

    For all your trips Fair Price Policy Sports Activities Children Covered Free Pre-Existing Medical Condition

    Cover 24 / 7 Medical Helpline

    Compare Benefits Sports & Activities Policy Wording

    This is your ticket to low cost travel insurance. Simply complete the quote form and get an instant quote.

    Choose the level of protection you want and complete your booking online. No sales calls, just high quality low cost cover purchased quickly.

    Policy Benefits include

    • Medical Expenses – up to 10 million.
    • Airline Failure – covers scheduled flights not part of a package
    • Cancellation – if you have to cancel due to sickness.
    • Curtailment – if your travelling companion or a close family member falls ill.
    • Personal Liability – covers you for accidental injury to third parties and their property.

    Our Promise

    • No hidden price extras.
    • Clear and simple insurance policies.
    • Friendly and efficient customer service.

    Single Trips & Holidays

    Our Single Trip Insurance provides great value, flexible cover for a single return trip to Europe or Worldwide. Family friendly polices with free children’s insurance included. Optional Golf Equipment cover.

    Annual Multi Trip Insurance

    For regular travellers our Annual Multi Trip Insurance covers you for an unlimited number of trips with individual trip duration options of 24 days, 31 days, 45 days or 60 days. Children are covered for free.

    Backpacker Insurance

    A Long Stay Insurance policy specifically designed for the young traveller aged under 46 years. This cheap and flexible insurance also covers a large range of sports and hazardous activities.

    Ski & Wintersports Insurance

    All our policies have the option of Ski & Snowboarding Insurance with on and off piste cover. Includes ambulance cover and medical emergency repatriation together with a range of other benefits.

    Business Travel Insurance

    Our Business Travel Insurance includes additional cover for business equipment, making it ideal for employers looking to insure their assets and their employees whilst travelling. This option is available with our Annual Multi Trip policies.


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    Travel Insurance – Compare and Buy Trip Insurance Online #travel #mood

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    Sep 21 2015


    Your site is very useful! I compared about 20 plans from 5 companies and ended up paying a lot less for travel insurance than I expected. Buying through your site was easy and quick (got my policy via email). Thanks for the help!

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    Travel Insurance – Annual – Single Trip Holiday Insurance – Club

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    High Quality Travel Insurance

    Club Direct has a sound reputation for highly competitive prices as well as an unparalleled level of personal service.

    Club Direct Travel Insurance policies offer highly competitive levels of cover; here are some of the benefits you can enjoy from a Club Direct Travel Insurance policy:

      Medical cover of up to 10 million

    Cover for many pre-existing medical conditions*

    Winter Sports cover option, on and off piste.

    Single Trip cover for customers up to the age of 79

    Our travel insurance policies also provide cover for your belongings, holiday cancellations, delays and numerous other risks that can occur during your trip abroad.

    We can provide Annual Multi Trip Travel Insurance up to the age of 74 and Single Trip Travel Insurance up to the age of 79 online. In addition, Club Direct has an online medical screening system which allows us to quote you for many pre-existing medical conditions. Alternatively if you’d prefer to speak to one of our team they can take you through the screening process over the phone, just call 0800 083 2455 for a quote.

    Club Direct provides a fast and efficient service, low prices and exceptional comprehensive travel insurance packages to customers across the UK. This makes Club Direct your first choice for competitively priced travel insurance. Simply click below for an instant quote or call 0800 083 2455.

    For further details and information regarding the different travel insurance products we have available at Club Direct, simply click on the left hand navigations, where you will discover a whole host of options open to you, whether it be Annual Multi Trip, Wintersports coverage or specialist medical conditions, to name but a few!

    *subject to our online or phone based medical screening system.

    CLUB DIRECT (UK) LIMITED. Reg. No. 4573579.

    Registered in England and Wales. Reg. Add: Cutlers Exchange, 123 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7BU.

    Club Direct is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 311886.

    This site is only available to United Kingdom residents.

    The Underwriters of the scheme, Optimum Underwriting Limited are Underwriting Agents for Ageas Insurance Limited and are

    authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Registered number 308047. For more information you may visit .

    Optimum Underwriting Ltd, Registered in England: No. 3805719 Registered Office: Cutlers Exchange, 123 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7BU. Ageas Insurance Limited, Registered in England: No. 995253, are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and are a member of the Association of British Insurers.


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    Single Trip Travel Insurance Quotes #cheap #flight #and #hotel

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    Buy travel insurance and get 2 for 1 cinema tickets

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday for a whole year with MEERKAT MOVIES

    Comparing single trip travel insurance

    So why might you need single trip insurance? Well, travel insurance is an essential thing to have if things go wrong when you’re far from home. Even in the best hotels accidents and incidents can happen.

    Single trip cover is just what it sounds like – an insurance policy for one holiday. If you go away twice or more every year, it could work out cheaper to buy annual travel insurance. But if your main holiday is just once a year, single trip will probably be better value.

    What does travel insurance cover?

    The main idea behind travel or holiday insurance is to cover you for cost of medical treatment abroad – which could go into thousands of pounds. It could also pay for you to be transported home in an emergency.

    Policies do vary depending on the insurer, but they usually cover emergency medical treatment costs, like hospital charges and ambulance fees. If you can’t use your original ticket because of an illness or injury, you’re usually covered to get home after your treatment. A friend or relative could staying with you while you’re treated, with costs covered by the insurance, or fly out from home to support.

    Most policies will cover you for the loss of your baggage or other possessions, and refund you if your trip has to becancelled or cut short for any reason.

    So how much will it cost you to buy single trip travel insurance? It actually depends on a few things, so the best way to find out what would work best for you is to do a travel insurance comparison.

    Where are you going?

    When you compare travel insurance you first need to tell the insurer where you’re off to. You can buy a policy for the UK, or for Europe, or the USA, Canada and Caribbean. You’ll need extra cover if you’re going to the USA, Canada and Caribbean, and if you’re going further beyond you’ll need to check that country is covered.

    Your travel insurance won’t cover you if you are travelling to a country that the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) doesn’t consider to be safe. If you’re not sure, check the FCO website.

    Some people think that they don’t need travel insurance if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). In many European countries, if you need medical treatment and have an EHIC, you can get treatment on the same basis as people who live in that country. However, it will be on the basis you get taken to a public not private hospital. In the event of an emergency you will be taken to the nearest hospital. Also some policies will waive your excess if you have one.

    But the EHIC should never be used as a replacement for travel cover – it wouldn’t pay for getting you home or any other costs linked to your medical emergency. They are also date-specific, so check the expiry on your card before you travel. Be aware too, that not all European countries recognise the EHIC.

    Who’s going?

    Your single trip travel insurance could just be for you as an individual policy, or you could buy insurance as a couple, a family or a group. If you’re including other people, you’ll need their dates of birth and details of any medical conditions they might have, to get an accurate quote.

    What’s on the itinerary?

    If you’re going skiing or snowboarding, taking a cruise or a business trip, not all policies will cover you. Winter sports mean more risk of injury, while with cruises you might need specific elements, like cover for being airlifted to hospital in an emergency, or confined to your cabin.

    If you’re travelling on business (and your company isn’t insuring the trip) not all general policies will cover you. We’ll ask you about these elements as part of our quote information.

    Are you planning on being adventurous on your travels? If so you might need to check whether that deep sea fishing, white water rafting or rock climbing is covered in your policy.

    How’s your health?

    To get you a list of quotes, we’ll ask you a few questions about your health and get you to add in the names of any medical conditions.

    From an insurer’s point of view, a health condition could mean you‘re more likely to need medical help while you’re away. Because of this, some conditions might make your insurance more expensive but this isn’t always the case with all conditions.

    It’s important that you do list any medical issues and give insurers all the information they need because, if not, you might be charged more by your insurer or not be covered. If your insurer discovers that the medical emergency on your trip was linked to a condition you already had, they could refuse to pay your bills or charged.

    Get comparing and save!

    You’ll now get a page full of travel insurance quotes. They are listed in price order with the cheapest travel insurance at the top.

    All the main details of each policy are shown – the amounts of medical, baggage and cancellation cover, how well it’s rated by Defaqto, and how much excess you would pay if you did make a claim. You can filter your results to only show those over a certain limit. To find out more about what is and isn’t included in the policies, click each one for more details.

    Once you’ve have found a travel insurance quote that suits you, click the button to go through and buy. Make sure you read all the details. It’s unlikely you would need to claim, but it’s important to make sure you have the right cover, just in case.

    Don’t forget, if you buy your travel insurance policy through us, you will benefit from the fabulous Meerkat Movies! You can get 2 for 1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, every week for a whole year*. A great reason to choose us for your holiday insurance. Have a great trip!


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    Road Trip Planner with Stops: Tools – Tips for a Perfect

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    The first step is the fun one: selecting the route. To do so, decide what s most important to you: distance, destination, or budget. Once you know this, you can begin researching and building out the rest of your plans.

    When in the planning stage, Roadtrippers  will be your best friend! Founded by two fellow wanderlusters, this web and mobile service provides a seemingly endless database of inspiration. Explore tested routes, or plan your own and discover the variety of interest points that can be found along your newly blazed trail.

    From culture to campsites and nature to nightclubs, Roadtrippers will help you plan a trip tailored to your travel style. It’ll also help you budget by providing cost estimates for the gas require for the selected trip.

    Make sure your route is broken down into doable driving segments both to and from your final destination. Your plan should also include a list of attractions you want to see along the way. The more you have on the list the better, but be prepared to skip a few. You never know what will happen on the open road. Being flexible is key.


    Once you know where you’re going, you’ll need to decide where to stay.

    If your road trip is all about the great outdoors and you plan on camping, visit to find and book campsites on your route.

    Prefer more modern accommodations? Priceline. Hotwire. Expedia. or any one of your preferred hotel booking sites can help you book a hotel at each check point along your route.

    Or, check out AirBnb for a more unique lodging selection.


    You’ve heard it, you’ve probably said it, and we all know it’s true: “there’s an app for everything.” And as a matter of fact, there’s quite a few to aid in your road trip success. Here are the ones we suggest downloading before you go:

    TripIt . Yeah, so this might be a shameless plug, but we can actually help! You’ve already selected and booked your lodging and attractions, so let us automagically create an itinerary for you. That way you can find all your plans in one place and you won’t have to dig through all your email to find times, locations, and confirmation numbers. TripIt will also automatically generate the best route between stops with turn by turn driving directions and Google Maps. It s perfect if you re looking for a road trip planner with stops.  

    Along The Way : Whether you’re in need of a bathroom, caffeine fix, retail therapy, or just about anything else, Along The Way can help you locate whatever you’re looking for without getting off track.  

    Gasbuddy : Unfortunately, you’ll have to frequent the gas stations on your road trip, which makes this app essential. Gasbuddy provides a crowd-sourced list of gas prices to help you find the best deal near you.  

    Spotify : Every road trip needs good jams and lots of them! Although the free version of this service is awesome, it’ll definitely be worth your money to upgrade to premium for your road trip. For just $9.99 a month you have access to any song at anytime … even when you re offline.  

    AAA : Although we suggest you check out your car before leaving, you never know what can happen out there on the road. With this app, you can contact roadside assistance and help them locate you. You can also discover AAA discount locations, Diamond-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions.  

    Wi-Fi Finder : Whether you need to post to Facebook, Facetime mom, or email your boss, Wi-Fi Finder will help you stay connected by locating both free and paid Wi-Fi spots.


    On your road trip you’re going to see some breathtaking sights and make some incredible memories, so documentation will be key.

    If you’re into the visuals, snapping pics on your phone is a must. Step up your editing game with VSCO Cam ; this will help your pictures come to life and look at least half as beautiful as in real life. Then your photo will be ready to share on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to tag your pictures with #TripItPic to share your travels and have a chance to be featured on our page .

    For your videos, you can use Magisto to automatically create and edit amazing videos, complete with music and effects.

    Evernote is yet another great documentation tool. Write down everything you love and learn along the way, and add photos to create the ultimate travel journal.

    Any other road trip tips? Share them below! Happy travels!


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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide #africa #travel

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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide

    5. Book your airfare.

    Because airfare will probably be the most expensive part of your trip, you’ll want to book it before anything else (car rental, hotel, etc.). This will allow you to be more flexible with your dates, which is a great way to save money on your flight. You can also spend less by flying on international discount airlines like Aer Lingus.

    Enliven your trip with a layover in a different country. Many airlines, such as Air France, offer occasional free layover promotions. Stop by the Schiphol Airport for a day on the way to Paris and take the train into Amsterdam to see the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House.

    For more information:

    6. Book your accommodations.

    It’s time to go back to that rough itinerary you jotted down and fill in some places to sleep. As is the case with pretty much everything you book for your trip, the earlier you make arrangements, the better — especially during high season.

    Sure, you can just book a room at the local Hilton and be done with it. But do a bit of research and you could discover some funky lodging that’s almost as exciting as the attractions you plan to visit. Keep your eyes open for historic castles, tiny bed and breakfasts, houseboats, eco-friendly hotels or organic farms. Budget travelers take note: Vacation rentals, homestays, farmstays and house-swapping are accommodation options that can be shockingly affordable. or even free.

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    7. Consider travel insurance.

    There are several kinds of travel insurance: trip cancellation insurance, flight cancellation insurance, medical insurance, etc. The best time to buy insurance is right after you put down the major deposits on your trip, whether that entails airfare, a package or prepaid hotels. Once you know how much money you’ve paid up front, you can insure your trip if you so choose. Many airlines and travel providers sell insurance that you can purchase along with your flight or tour package. Always, always read the fine print in your policy and compare it with other travel insurance policies before you make a purchase.

    Check your medical insurance coverage to see if you’re covered overseas. If not, you may want to purchase supplemental medical insurance to cover situations like the cost of transportation back home for emergency care.

    For more information:

    8. Book local transportation.

    When in Rome, ride the Metropolitana. Find out how the locals get around the destination to which you’re traveling, and act accordingly. You won’t need a car rental in places like bike-friendly Amsterdam or London with its convenient underground Tube, unless you plan to go outside the city.

    A car rental is your best bet if you’re traveling to locales that can’t be easily reached by rail or plane (such as the Irish countryside). Be mentally prepared to drive in a foreign country, which can be a frightening experience when faced with incomprehensible traffic signs, narrow streets or sheep roadblocks.

    To get from city to city or country to country, examine your rail options in comparison to routes and prices offered by European discount airlines like easyJet or Ryanair. Travelers embarking on extensive travel within Europe may save money by purchasing a rail pass that permits unlimited train travel within a specified region.

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    9. Tackle last-minute logistics.

    A few weeks before your departure date is the right time to start taking care of a number of key logistics: money, phone, house-sitter, pet-sitter.

    Call your credit card companies to let them know you’ll be traveling abroad. While you’re at it, find out if you’re going to be charged a fee for using your card overseas. Research the locations of ATM’s in your destination, especially if you’ll be relying on cash.

    Does your cell phone plan or equipment allow you to make calls overseas? If not, your phone options include purchasing an international cell phone, renting a cell phone or getting an international calling plan (if you have the right kind of phone). While you may be tempted to leave the phone at home and really “get away from it all,” it’s smart to have an emergency phone with you if you’ll be traveling by car, or hiking or biking long distances.

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    10. Pack.

    Instead of packing the day before your trip, start thinking about what you’ll need to bring at least a week before you leave. For one, if your destination of choice is suddenly experiencing abnormal weather, you may need that extra time to go shopping for something like a packable rain coat. Plus, experienced travelers know that the chance of forgetting something essential increases the longer one puts off packing. (It’s only a matter of time until a scientific study confirms this.) About a week before departure day, check the weather, put together a packing list, and take a look at your suitcase to make sure its wheels work and everything’s going to fit.

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    Plan My Trip #simpsons #travel

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    Dear all concerned,

    Paris incident on friday night 13th NOV15 will have a profound impact on the number of Air Travel for a sector in and out of France.

    Please be advised/notified on the ticket handling procedures for TG online passenger holding TG document (217) as follow;

    For TG document issued worldwide except Thailand before 14NOV15 with travel period during 14NOV15-14DEC15

    1. Reservation Change for sector from/to Paris

    1.1 Authorize to change date of travel within ticket validity without fee and surcharges for any TG online passenger for sector to/from Paris.

    Notation on the Remark field on the PNR:

    “Involuntary change due to Paris incident”

    2. Rerouting/Reissuing :

    2.1 Authorize to reroute/reissue ticket within its validity without fee and surcharges. The routing may be changed to a destination within Europe which flight operated by TG only.

    2.2 Recalculation shall be corresponding to the original fares and TFCs paid.

    2.2.1 Any additional amount to be collected (e.g. fares, tax (es), surcharges) differences and/or other expenses occurred are on passenger s account.

    2.2.2 When the new itinerary results in a lower fare, no credit of the residual amount will be made.

    3. Refund

    3.1 For refundable ticket, the refund fee will be waived. Submit or contact by 30DEC15.

    3.2 For non refund ticket, the conditions remain unchanged.

    Notation on the Remark field on the PNR:

    “Involuntary change due to Paris incident”

    Please comply and disseminate to concerned functions under your supervision.


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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide #airfare #travel

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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide

    Before you can experience authentic Spanish tapas, piazzas in Rome or rooftop terraces in Prague. an important to-do list stands between you and your European vacation. The logistics involved in planning a Europe trip may seem tedious or overwhelming, but the more prepared you are, the greater your chances of a successful trip that lives up to your expectations. That’s why it’s important to do a bang-up job creating an itinerary, arranging transportation and tackling the brass tacks before you’re off to the Continent.

    The following simple steps will help you engineer a well-planned escape to Europe — so you can spend less time worrying about your travel arrangements and more time staring at pictures of castles and men in kilts.

    1. Get your documents in order.

    If you don’t have a passport, it will take four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one. Expedited services will trim the process down to two or three weeks, but it will cost you an additional $60, so it’s best to take care of this well before your trip. Already have a passport? Check its expiration date. The last thing you need is to find out your passport has expired while you’re in line at airport check-in.

    All car rental companies require drivers to have valid licenses in their home country, so you’ll also want to check the expiration date of your license. Some car rental companies also require an international driving permit for European rentals in addition to a valid driver’s license. For U.S. citizens, these can be obtained through the American Auto Association (AAA).

    U.S. travelers to Russia must have valid visas in addition to passports; obtaining one is a complicated process that can take weeks even after you have been approved — so start early.

    For more information:

    2. Establish a budget.

    It’s important to establish a budget as early as possible — even before you know your destination, travel dates or itinerary. Some destinations are generally cheaper than others, but there are ways to save everywhere: travel in the off-season, pick budget accommodations, plan a shorter trip. For example, London is an expensive city with an unfavorable exchange rate for Americans, but many travel providers and airlines offer affordable vacation packages to the city, and it’s not hard to find cheap air deals to London, especially during the winter.

    Set your budget early on, and you’ll avoid any disappointment that could come from forging a fabulous itinerary, like two weeks in Geneva during summer, and then discovering you can’t afford it.

    For more information:

    3. Pick a destination.

    Now that you know how much you can spend, where do you want to go? If you’re like many travelers (including the staff at and you have a humongous list of places in Europe you want to visit, this could be tricky. Some tips:

  • Pick a particular site that’s on your must-see travel list, and plan your vacation around that. Last year I planned a trip to Ireland centered on an excursion to remote Skellig Michael Island, a World Heritage Site I’d dreamed of visiting. The excursion turned into an unforgettable two-week Emerald Isle road trip.

  • Pick someplace timely. Visit countries’ tourism Web sites and search for seasonal events like festivals or local holidays (which you may want to either avoid or join, depending on how you feel about crowds). Don’t forget to check the weather before you decide on your destination.

    For more information:

    4. Create a rough itinerary.

    So you want to go to France. eh? Don’t go ahead and buy a roundtrip flight to Paris and a hotel room — at least, not yet. You’ll want to sketch out a day-by-day itinerary of your perfect trip to France before you book a thing. Research sites and cities you really want to explore, and then figure out which ones you have the time and budget to get to.

    Check out alternative ways to travel in Europe. If you want to see multiple countries or cities but are on a tight budget, you may want to consider a cruise (exchange rates are naught for U.S. citizens onboard American ships). Walking tours, bike tours, camping and adventure tours are other interesting options worth considering.

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  • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Trip Planning #taiwan #travel

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    Plan Your Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Trip

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is located within Sevier County and is about five miles north of the  Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The city is a wonderful town with plenty of opportunities for family fun wrapped in wholesome values and Southern hospitality!

    Along with the beautiful Smoky Mountain  scenery, the city offers a number of things to do. You can find everything from city parks  to attractions. Start planning out your visit and order a free copy of the PigeonForge, Tennessee Travel Guide. Below are a few insights for every traveler:


    Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. is the site of a number of carshows and parades. Expect to experience traffic delays during these events. We suggest, that you note the dates of these events and plan your travel plans accordingly. All events are subject to rescheduling or cancellation. To confirm event dates and times contact us at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism .

    Seat Belt Laws

    The state of Tennessee has a mandatory seat belt law requiring all vehicle passengers to wear seat belts. There is also a mandatory child restraint law, that requires children (infant to 12 years of age) be secured in a child safety seat and/or in the back seat of the vehicle.

    Cell Phone Use

    Making and receiving calls while driving in Tennessee is allowed, unless you have a learner’s permit. Also please be aware that it is against the law to text and drive in Tennessee.

    Traveling with Pets

    Before planning your trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Check with your veterinarian to ensure that all required vaccinations are up to date and have proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate with you when you travel. Make sure your pet has proper identification with a current tag or microchip. Your pet’s collar should also include a travel tag with information on where you are staying while away from home.

    Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act

    In the state of Tennessee smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places. With a few exceptions, the smoking ban applies but is not limited to:

    • Restaurants
    • Hotels and motels
    • Retail stores and shopping malls
    • Sports arenas, including enclosed public areas in outdoor arenas
    • Restrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways and other common-use areas
    • Health care facilities


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    Mentawai Surf Travel – Mentawai Island, Indonesia, Mentawai Surf Trip #travel

    #surf travel


    Mentawai Surf Travel   is the only company owned and operated by a local indigenous Mentawaian. You get THE BEST PRICE, the BEST SERVICE, and you will be supporting the LOCAL COMMUNITY into the bargain. We are fully licensed and registered, and know all local government officials for a smooth trip. You have the choice of basing yourself in a Surf Camps or on one of the Charter Boats.

    There are waves for all levels of ability – from learner to intermediate through to advanced surfer. Whatever your level, we can get you onto a wave that suits you! At the best price!

    Be assured, we know our stuff. After all, we were born and raised here! If you are thinking of a trip to the Mentawais, then look no further, Compare our prices, compare our authentic experience.

    Surfing is the main activity MST caters for. However big game fishing is also available and is highly recommended as a quality once-in-a-lifetime extension to your time in the Mentawai Islands.

    Let our local knowledge get you amongst the finest barrels in the world!!

    The Mentawai Islands offer the most consistent waves in the world, bar none. But it’s not only surfing: The island of Siberut is home to indigenous tribes who you can visit and spend time with the true locals as MST also cater  Siberut Eco and Cultural tours  which are very popular, where you can trek into the forest to meet the local people, learn about and participate in their way of life. It all adds up to a unique surfing and cultural experience found nowhere else on earth. So do it right, go with the local company.

    We look forward to seeing you really soon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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    How to Plan an Around the World Trip. #travel #to #canada

    #travelling around the world

    How to Plan an Around the World Trip

    No matter what type of long-term travel you re planning, be it an Around the World Trip (RTW), a Multi-Destination Journey or a Circle Pacific Trip. we re here to help you figure out how to best see the world.  For over 25 years, AirTreks has been creating simple and flexible trips for all types of travelers and we are here to help learn how to plan an Around the World Trip with the help of our travel experts.

    We know that planning any trip  is full of challenges and when you are planning an Around the World trip the challenges get larger, but we are here to take the mystery and frustration out of how to plan an Around the World Trip. In addition to our own resources we recommend that you check out our friends at BootsnAll and their excellent Around the World Travel Guide.

    25 years of experience of working with people on their Around the World and Multi-Destination airfare have taught us a few lessons on how to plan your trip and we are here to share that information with you.  On this page you ll find links to numerous AirTreks travel planning resources — use them to help you figure out how plan an Around the World trip that s affordable, efficient and just plain awesome! We also have our personal travel consultants available to answer your questions. You can call them at 415.977.7100 to help with planning your trip.

    You re in the planning phase: the period from the glimmer of the travel idea until the moment you leave for the airport.Ready? Here s how to plan an Around the World Trip:

    These are tips on how to make your around the world trip great from the very beginning.

    AirTreks Official Planning Timeline  Our big overview of how to plan an Around the World Trip. Everything you should be doing in the planning phase and when.

    What is an AirTrek? Who we are and what we do. Helping define AirTreks and the RTW ticket.

    How to choose where to go? Tips to help you decide what places to put on your around the world trip.

    How to create your travel budget Advice on expenditures and knowing what this thing will cost.

    Who should you travel with? Insight on traveling companions: female, solo, children and more when planning an around the world trip.

    Booking tickets The ins and outs of the AirTreks around the world ticket booking process. Practical info.

    Insurance Details about the most important thing you pack on your around the world trip.

    Packing, gear and technology What to take with you and how to keep it light.

    Where will you stay? Advice on accommodations.

    Staying healthy on the road How to get back home in ship shape.

    For all our tips on planning your trip, visit the READY section of our guide.

    How to Plan an Around the World Trip. 3.6 out of 5 based on 17 ratings


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    Europe Travel Itinerary – Plan a Trip to Europe #kenya #travel

    #european train travel

    Europe Travel Itinerary

    A Couple Itinerary Highlights from the Europe Trip:

    Rail from London St. Pancras to Paris Nord Rail from London St. Pancras to Paris Nord

    Rail from Paris Bercy to Firenze Campo Rail from Paris Bercy to Firenze Campo

    Avis Car Rental in Florence (pick-up) Avis Car Rental in Florence

    Tuscany Tips:

    – Drive on right side of road in Italy

    – Tuscany, Florence and Sienna are popular with tourists, especially Jun-Sep, so try to avoid the crowds

    – cooking classes offered every morning at 10am with lunch at the hotel s highly-regarded restaurant, La Limonaia

    A view of Sienna, Italy:

    Siena s thriving historic center, with red brick lanes cascading every which way, offers Italy s best Gothic city experience.

    Milan Tips:

    – Milan is not the prettiest city, but has the best shopping and restaurants in Italy

    – designer shops in Quadraliateral Fashion District near Duomo Church

    – visit Cenacolo of Leonardo da Vinci at Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie

    Cinque Terre Tips:

    – Manarola, tiny town with pastel houses on the cliffs, known for Sciacchetra a super-sweet late-harvest dessert wine, lunch at the Marina Picola, Via Lo Scalo, 16, or dinner at Trattoria dal Billy, Via Rollandi122, both great and over-looking the ocean


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    Enthralling India Trip with Cheap Flight Tickets #africa #travel

    #cheapest air ticket

    Enthralling India Trip with Cheap Flight Tickets

    By Kathryn Garraway on November 19, 2015 0

    The Republic of India is a land of many facets. Located in South Asia, this beautiful and magnanimous country has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. In this world s biggest democracy, you will find the invasions, the saints, different religions and culture, the beautiful landscapes and not to forget the exotic architecture and scriptures of the ancient monuments that will spellbound you.

    India has many things and places that attract millions of travelers every year. In the recent times the prices of flight tickets to India has significantly gone up. Also, buying flight ticket is always a hassle but knowing the right tips and keeping a regular watch on the airfares can always get you the best deal and cheapest flight tickets. Here s some key tips to book cheap flights that will help you save big on time, efforts and the most importantly money.

    Plan your journey and book your flight tickets in advance to save a huge. The reason is that the flight charges will be high if you book your fights near to your travel date and it is cheaper if book earlier. Generally, airlines release their tickets 11 months in advance so you can book them early at a cheaper rate and also keep a check on the rates.

    Know the Best Time to Book Flights

    It is always advisable to know the best time to book your flights. One should always consider the Peak Season and Off Season before booking the flights to your favorite destination. Peak season and holiday weekends will always have the higher demands, so expect higher prices. For e.g. the period from November to February is the peak period for India and fares tend to peak from the beginning of December to mid-January. So, the best time to book flights to India is 54 days in advance and the worst time is the last 14 days before the trip.

    Use Credit Card

    Sometimes using a credit card of a particular bank helps to get discount on your airline ticket. This also helps you to pay the EMIs later on if you are not able to pay the price at the moment. Also, if you have a travel card from any bank, then also you can use the points earned by you and buy the ticket accordingly.

    Be Flexible on Travel Dates

    Always be flexible with the dates of the traveling. If going for holiday, you can adjust your date of arrival and departure by one or two days to get cheap flight tickets. You may also get cheaper tickets if your flight is on Tuesday or Wednesday whereas on Friday and Sunday, the flight prices are comparatively costlier.

    Subscribe Yourself

    This is also a good way to know about the latest offers and discounts. Subscribe to the newsletters from portals and from the airlines via email-id or mobile number to get updated about the airfare sales at any moment or place.

    Compare the Airfares

    Besides trusting the few big names only, you should always do some analysis about the flight rates and discounts. Always go for all flight search option and compare the airfares of the airlines and choose the cheapest airfare.

    Book Alternate Airport

    There are some low cost airlines that prefer to fly to small airports rather than the major airports. For e.g. If you want to go to Dubai, you may get cheaper air tickets to Sharjah in comparison to Dubai, so you can always consider the alternate airport with cheaper flight tickets.

    Prefer Connecting Flights

    Always prefer connecting flights as they are cheaper than booking direct flights.

    Book from Online Portals

    Many people book tickets from online portals like Riya Travel to get superb offers and discounts.


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    Compare Single Trip Travel Insurance #gta #travel

    #travel insurnace

    Single Trip Travel Insurance

    Find the best travel insurance quote for your trip

    Who needs single trip cover?

    If travelling once or twice per year, single trip cover can be a cost effective solution when it comes to making sure you are covered for a variety of eventualities.

    Our comparison tool will allow you to compare policies from a wide variety of UK travel insurance companies and you can tailor the policy to your individual requirements by including extras such as winter sports, holiday money and baggage cover.

    As the name suggests, single trip cover will give you the protection you need for one particular trip, and cheap single trip policies start from under 10 when purchased for a typical seven day holiday.

    What does single trip travel insurance cover?

    With a single trip policy you’ll usually be covered for a combination of eventualities, this can include: injury illness, holiday cancellation, public liability. loss of baggage, theft of holiday money possessions and emergency repatriation.

    A comprehensive insurance policy will usually also give you access to a 24 hour manned emergency telephone number to ensure any claim is resolved quickly and efficiently.

    Cover can be arranged for the exact number of days you require and is suitable for a single person or a couple.

    What cover levels should I look for?

    When searching for single trip deals, it’s important to make sure you find a policy with the features and cover levels you need at a competitive price. Choosing a policy based on price alone can lead to you missing out on valuable cover in important areas.

    We recommend that you aim to get the following minimum levels of cover when running quotes to find a single trip holiday insurance policy:

    Medical cover of at least 2million (aim for 3-4million when travelling to the USA). This should also include the cost of an air ambulance back to the UK.

    Personal liability cover in the region of 1 million.

    Cancellation cover equal to or higher than the value of your holiday to ensure you can recoup the cost should the unexpected occur. This should also cover pre-paid excursions and activities you’ve booked so don’t forget to include these in the total value.

    Cover is usually sold on a per person basis so you would need 1,500 worth of cover each if the total value of your holiday came to 3,000.

    Baggage and personal belongings cover should cover the cost of replacing the personal items you are bringing with you. Expensive digital cameras and laptops can exceed the single item limit on some policies as it is common for insurers to cap the amount you can claim on any one item.

    How can I save money on single trip insurance cover?

    It is important to remember that cheap single trip travel insurance may not always give you the cover level you need and you will usually find that the excesses you would need to pay in the event of a claim can be higher on a cheaper policy.

    To get a great deal on your travel cover when browsing through single trip insurance quotes, it’s best to compare a number of policies to ensure you can get a good combination of price vs. cover levels and then narrow the search down to a couple of prospective policies.

    If you travel three or more times a year, a single trip policy is unlikely to be the most cost effective solution to your insurance needs and you should consider an annual multi-trip travel insurance policy.

    If you are travelling with your family, purchasing a number of single trip policies may not be the best option. Instead, you should look for family holiday insurance which could save you some money in the process and may include extras such as additional baggage cover.

    Likewise, if you plan to travel with a group, you should investigate a group travel insurance policy as this may present the best value for money solution and you can usually add extras such as cover for water sports and skiing.

    Possible exclusions

    In common with the majority of travel insurance products, you may find that dangerous activities – such as winter sports, climbing, bungee jumping and diving – are not covered under the standard terms and conditions of a policy.

    In many cases a claim can be rendered void if the insurer finds out that the policy holder was inebriated or under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of an accident.

    To compare cheap single trip travel insurance quote now, please click on the link below:


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    Cheap Trips, Cheap Trip Ideas, Cheap Round Trip Airfare #travel #to

    #cheap trips

    Cheap Trips

    Planning cheap trips can be as easy as taking the garbage out. In fact, in the time it takes to wrangle up all your different garbage bags and take them to the curb, you can book a cheap trip. In the old days, finding cheap trips was a bit of a hassle, as you had to depend on your travel agent to uncover special deals for you. Nowadays, you can plan a trip online and find a plethora of cheap trip ideas, from camping at a nearby state park, to spending a few days at a sunny beach. With flights departing daily from airports around the country, finding cheap round trip airfare is often the least of your worries, and with vacation package deals numbering in the tens of thousands, you can save money any number of ways when it s time to get away for a while.

    Good cheap trip ideas can include a short cruise. a rustic cabin rental in the woods, a hike in a nearby state park or even a weekend in Vegas. If you travel to your destination during the off season, you can often find a cheap trip, as hotels and tours tend to drop their rates when demand is low. If you want to get away in the big city for a weekend, you can add that to your cheap trip ideas. Many downtown hotels in bigger cities cater mostly to business travelers during the week. Come the weekend, you can see downtown hotel rates drop in cities like Chicago and San Francisco. Perusing the myriad of options for affordable getaways can be the best way to drum up some good cheap trip ideas. Some last minute trip deals don t allow you to choose your destination, but the deal might be so good, and the destination so interesting, that you can t pass it up. When you go to find a cheap trip, you will often find that the cheap trip ends up finding you first.

    To help you find a cheap trip, you might avoid the weekend at some destinations. Weekend rates at the Las Vegas hotels tend to be higher than they are during the weekdays, and that Miami Beach oceanfront hotel you ve had your eye on will probably be more expensive on the weekend as well. Many golf courses around the country have inflated weekend rates, so if you can plan your golf trips for weekdays, not only can you often save money, but you can also avoid the weekend crowds. To find a cheap trip, sometimes it s just as easy as finding a destination where prices are good across the board. Some places cost more to fly to, like Hawaii. and in some states, overall prices for accommodations and such can be much lower than other states. If you plan to go skiing. you can often save gobs of money by choosing a lesser known ski destination. Big name ski resorts can be much more expensive than the less-publicized options nearby. Cheap trips come in all shapes and sizes, and as long as you are willing to look for them, you can find them. Since it is so easy to find a cheap trip these days, there is little reason to not get out and head somewhere exciting the next time you have some days off.


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    Japan Travel Guide- plan your trip #hotel #travel #sites

    #japan travel guide

    Japan Travel guide

    Japan. Michelin’s recommendations

    From geishas and tea ceremonies to mangas and cosplay, the visitor is intrigued or amazed by Japan, but never indifferent. An archipelago of some 8,645 islands, Hokkaido and the north are swept by Siberian winds while the southern islands of Okinawa bask in a tropical Pacific climate.

    Although the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 2011 and their consequences have made trips to Tohoku more problematical, a host of other beautiful regions await the visitor, among which Kansai, reached from Osaka International Airport. The temples of Kyoto, the former imperial city of Nara, the busy entrepreneurial character of Osaka, the lakeside landscapes of Shiga and the pilgrimage routes of Kumano Kodo (twinned with the Way of St James) all embody different facets of Japan’s quintessential blend of tradition and modernity.

    Japan. Must-see towns and regions









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    Book My Trip #how #to #find #the #cheapest #flights

    #book airline tickets online

    Dear all concerned,

    Paris incident on friday night 13th NOV15 will have a profound impact on the number of Air Travel for a sector in and out of France.

    Please be advised/notified on the ticket handling procedures for TG online passenger holding TG document (217) as follow;

    For TG document issued worldwide except Thailand before 14NOV15 with travel period during 14NOV15-14DEC15

    1. Reservation Change for sector from/to Paris

    1.1 Authorize to change date of travel within ticket validity without fee and surcharges for any TG online passenger for sector to/from Paris.

    Notation on the Remark field on the PNR:

    “Involuntary change due to Paris incident”

    2. Rerouting/Reissuing :

    2.1 Authorize to reroute/reissue ticket within its validity without fee and surcharges. The routing may be changed to a destination within Europe which flight operated by TG only.

    2.2 Recalculation shall be corresponding to the original fares and TFCs paid.

    2.2.1 Any additional amount to be collected (e.g. fares, tax (es), surcharges) differences and/or other expenses occurred are on passenger s account.

    2.2.2 When the new itinerary results in a lower fare, no credit of the residual amount will be made.

    3. Refund

    3.1 For refundable ticket, the refund fee will be waived. Submit or contact by 30DEC15.

    3.2 For non refund ticket, the conditions remain unchanged.

    Notation on the Remark field on the PNR:

    “Involuntary change due to Paris incident”

    Please comply and disseminate to concerned functions under your supervision.


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    Any Reason Trip Cancellation Insurance #sti #travel

    #travel insurance cancel for any reason

    Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance

    Sometimes things happen between the time you booked your trip and your departure date. Important things, like your child’s soccer team unexpectedly advancing to the playoffs, are worth changing your plans. Or maybe this year the slopes are bare and you just don’t want to take that annual ski trip.

    For the times you may need to cancel your trip for a reason that’s not typically covered by traditional trip cancellation insurance. there is Cancel For Any Reason coverage.

    With this optional coverage, you can cancel your trip for any reason, as long as your documented cancellation occurs at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. You’ll then be reimbursed for 75% of non-refundable trip costs.

    For example, with Cancel for Any Reason coverage, RoamRight will reimburse you for:

    • Non-refundable cancellation charges imposed by the travel suppliers
    • Airfare cancellation charges for flights commencing within one week of the land/sea arrangements
    • If your travel supplier cancels your trip, you are covered up to the cost of the ticket or the reissue fee charged by the airline for the tickets. You must have covered the entire cost of the trip, including airfare

    You can purchase Cancel For Any Reason trip insurance up to 21 days after your initial trip deposit for the Elite. Preferred , Adventure and Active RoamRight travel insurance plans. Simply check the box to add this important optional coverage to your policy during the checkout process. To help find out if this extra coverage is right for you and your trip, ask one our representatives via live chat today.


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    5 Easy Travel Hair Styles for Your Next Trip! #cheap #travel

    #easy travel

    5 Easy Travel Hair Styles for Your Next Trip!

    Taming and styling your locks takes a little extra effort when you re on a trip, but these easy travel hair styles, will help make it a breeze. While a travel sized hair styling tool is okay for vacations and holidays, it’s nice to have a minimalist travel style while you’re on the road, especially for longer trips such as Round-the-World trips .

    Hair Accessories Needed

    Black Headband Leatherette / Styling Mesh Chignon Bun Maker / Scunci Flexible No Damage Headband / Floral Chain Elastic Fashion Headband / Braided Non-Slip Headband / Gold Tone Floral Chain Elastic Fashion Headband / Grip Oval Top Jaw Clips / Silly yogi cotton batik headband / Grip Beautiful Blends Bobby Pins

    5 Easy Travel Hair Styles for Your Next Trip!

    ➊ Simple and Sophisticated

    A writer for top women’s magazines in the US, Joanna Goddard, knows a thing or two about beauty. Joanna specializes in simple buns and up dos which is great because its especially challenging to rock a cute hair style in 40 degree heat. Check out her blog and her 14 incredible hair tutorials giving you super easy and chic hair styles for your travels.

    ➋ Twists And Braids

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    A professional hair stylist and make up artist from Utah, Steph gives you incredible looks for home and on the road on her website Hair and Makeup by Steph. With these easy styles, Steph shows you 15 ways you can pull back your bangs (fringe) for a perfectly pretty look. I found this tutorial and other cool tutorials on Six Sisters Stuff.

    Don’t know how to braid hair? Get this ebook on DIY Braids !

    ➌ Hair Wraps

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    A great way to hide bad hair days and give yourself a bit of glamour, Keiko Lynn, shares her tutorial and hair wrapping expertise. Yet another great use for scarves.

    Not good with wrapping scarves? Fake the look with these cute head wraps !

    ➍ The Famous Sock Bun

    image credit: Makeup by TiffanyD

    Elegant and simple, the sock bun is the perfect solution for hot weather and bad hair days. As an added bonus, the sock bun creates two looks in one – an up do when rolled up, beautiful curls when rolled down! Watch the above tutorial on Makeup by TiffanyD .

    Instead of a sock, I travel with a couple of these hair bun donuts !

    ➎ No Heat Curls Video Tutorial

    This is my personal favorite hair tutorial! I actually have curly hair (and hate it) but with this easy styling strategy, beautiful curls are easy and possible for all girls! It’s a lengthy tutorial (skip to 1:45) but very thorough. Follow her easy steps and get incredible curls without the need for a curling iron! Just click on the image and it will link to her youtube hair tutorial .

    Learn How To Create More Travel Hairstyles

    Braids, Buns, and Twists. Step-by-Step Tutorials for 80 Fabulous Hairstyles



    The Ultimate Hairstyle Handbook


    Fore more tips and ideas on travel hair styles, please read:

    Hope you liked these 5 easy travel hair style for your next trip ideas. Please share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Thanks for reading!


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    Cuba Travel: 5 Things to Know If You – re Thinking

    #cuba travel

    Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. will loosen restrictions on visiting Cuba has some travelers in tizzy. By all means, pack your bags—but read this first.

    Did you hear that noise yesterday afternoon? It was the collective squeal of travelers around the country, upon learning that President Obama had announced the resumption of U.S diplomatic relations with Cuba. For many American vacationers, Cuba with its classic cars, mojitos, and fine cigars is a dream destination, but one that rigid travel restrictions have made difficult to visit. Yesterday s announcement didn t remove those strictures, but it did promise to relax them.

    Ready to go? Here s what you should know.

    1. Don t expect anything to change overnight

    While the new policy won t allow unrestricted tourism to Cuba (which would require an act of Congress), it will loosen restrictions on certain types of trips, according to a White House statement. So what exactly does that mean? There s plenty of speculation, but no one really knows the details just yet. On Wednesday afternoon, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), part of the Department of the Treasury, announced that it expects to issue its revised travel rules in the coming weeks. No changes will take effect until those new rules are released.

    Currently, U.S. citizens who want to visit Cuba have a few options. Cuban-Americans with close family in the country can visit as often as they like, while other people may be permitted to go for professional, religious, or educational purposes. However, for the typical traveler, the most viable option is a people-to-people trip. These are super-regulated group tours, which must focus on educational and cultural interactions with Cubans. Many industry experts expect that the new rules will focus on loosening the restrictions around these existing forms of travel.

    2. Some prices may fall

    According to Collin Laverty, president of trip provider Cuba Educational Travel. the typical cost of a group tour to Cuba is around $4,000 to $5,000. One reason prices are so steep, he explains, is that people-to-people trips must be highly scheduled, meaning they include all meals, guides, transportation, activities, and more. Plus, tour providers must stay on top of their permits and licensing, which requires manpower and lawyers fees. (Katharine Bonner, who oversees travel to Cuba for Tauck. says it took six months for the company to get its paperwork renewed.) Tom Popper, president of operator insightCuba. adds that Cuban travel suppliers tend to charge American firms a premium, which drives up the price of the tour.

    If the new rules allow less rigorously structured tours, prices are expected to come down. And, should they allow for independent travel to the country, vacationers will likely be able to choose their lodging and itinerary, giving them more control over what they pay.

    3. but demand is likely to pick up quickly.

    Travel to Cuba is already pretty popular. According to the Associated Press. 170,000 Americans visited the country legally last year, while Quartz report s that the island was the second most popular Caribbean destination for international travelers during the first nine months of 2014. As U.S. travel restrictions ease, trip providers say they expect demand to surge. For people who ve always wanted to go but never managed to pull the trigger, the idea that massive cruise lines could soon be adding Cuba to their itineraries may be what it takes to get them to book. People want to go before it changes, says Popper. The collective travel consciousness says this isn t going to last forever.

    4. The infrastructure isn t there yet.

    For Canadians and other international travelers, Cuba is often seen as a sun-and-sand getaway rather than a cultural destination, says Laverty. As a result, there are a sufficient amount of hotels by the beaches, but once you get into Havana, there aren t enough rooms, he says. Until the country s tourism infrastructure has a chance to catch up, Americans looking to stay in the cities or countryside may have a tough time finding accommodations. Flights are also tricky. Right now, the only domestic commercial options are charters, all of which fly out of Florida.

    5. New options are coming.

    Under the current system, travel companies that are licensed to take Americans to Cuba have something of a monopoly, says Laverty. While the new rules are unlikely to completely erode that advantage, they should make the industry more competitive and fuel new options for travelers. In the case of Cuba Educational Travel, that may mean adding some more independent, less full-service options. Says Laverty: We re ready to help people navigate these uncharted waters.


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    CIBC Trip Cancellation #europe #train #travel

    #travel cancellation insurance

    CIBC Trip Cancellation / Trip Interruption Insurance

    The investment that you make when booking travel arrangements can be significant. If you are forced to cancel your trip, you may have to pay cancellation penalties charged by the airline or the tour operator. If you must disrupt your trip and return home prematurely, the costs can be even more severe.

    From the date you book your plane ticket, hotel and other travel arrangements, you have seven days to purchase your CIBC Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. When you purchase CIBC Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance, your eligible non-refundable, pre-paid travel costs will be covered if you are forced to cancel or interrupt your trip, up to the coverage amount purchased.

    Products and their features may change at any time. This is a general description only. Certain limitations and exclusions apply (including pre-existing condition exclusions). A detailed summary of the terms and conditions, including benefits, limitations and exclusions, are contained in the Certificate of Insurance. Download a sample copy of the current Certificate of Insurance (260 KB) used for new customer enrolments or you can call CIBC Travel Insurance at 1-800-281-9109.

    Insurance products and certain services are provided by various third party companies. CIBC Emergency Travel Medical, Trip Cancellation / Trip Interruption and Comprehensive Travel Insurance are underwritten by Co-operators Life Insurance Company. CIBC Baggage and Personal Effects, and Rental Vehicle Damage Insurance coverages are underwritten by The Sovereign General Insurance Company. All CIBC Travel Insurance Products are administered by TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators Ltd.


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