Archives for March 2013

Before You Travel: Key Phrases to Learn in the Local Language

While you don’t need to be fluent or have perfect pronunciation, learning a few key phrases in your destination’s language makes a great impression and could also make your travels much smoother. Below is a list of universal phrases worth learning before you leave—be sure to make adjustments to adapt to your own unique travel…

How to be “Smart” with Your Smartphone When Traveling Abroad

In a recent mobile study, Google reports that 80% of smartphone users don’t leave home without their devices.  Sound like you? For those of you planning to use your smartphone abroad, here are some things you should know—and do—before and during your trip. 1. Find out if your phone will work: This may sound like…

Honeymoon Travel: A How-to Guide for a Safe and Healthy Trip

Planning a honeymoon or destination wedding? Lucky you (and congratulations)! No matter where you and your fiancé are headed, here is some advice for making your trip of a lifetime safe, healthy and worry-free. Passports and Visas: Generally speaking, countries have little tolerance for those who arrive without proper documentation. Instead, they’ll refuse to let…

Travel Assistance Myths…Debunked!

Travel assistance… it’s something that is so important, yet sometimes overlooked. For those of you that know all about it, you’re probably asking yourself, how could anyone leave home without it? We’ve wondered that too. But the truth is, not everyone knows what it is and how it can help protect your health and safety…

Go High and Stay Well: 5 Healthy Tips for High Altitude Travel

The higher you go, the “thinner” the air gets, and when you go too high too fast, your body cannot get the oxygen it needs. While many people can reach up to 8,000 feet without any ill effects, anyone who travels from lower altitudes to above 6,500 feet could experience altitude sickness. So whether you’re…

The History of Spring Break Travel: A Retrospective

Ah, Spring Break. Most of us think of it as a week of relaxation—usually in an exotic setting on a sun-filled beach, where we can temporarily escape from our daily lives. The experience itself has become a staple of modern American life, but have you ever wondered how this whole tradition started? If you answered…

Business Travel for Women: 6 Tips for Playing It Safe on the Road

Recent research shows that women account for nearly half of all business travelers in the U.S. This is rather astounding considering 40 years ago this number was a mere 5%. And according to a different study, 48% of the surveyed women traveling for business said they often travel alone. Despite advances in gender equality in…