Archives for June 2013

Travel Assistance 101: What is Political Evacuation?

In recent years, we’ve encountered a lot of turmoil around the world. In 2011, political upheaval in Egypt changed the tourist-friendly country into a destination that many considered unsafe. The events in Egypt quickly sparked the Arab Spring with political uprisings and civil unrest occurring throughout much of the Middle East. And while the Middle…

On Call in Action: Throat Infection in the Bahamas

Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport, or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine how…

Tips on Tipping Abroad: A Country-by-Country Guide for Business Travelers

Tipping is one of the most common etiquette challenges we face when traveling in foreign countries. While tipping is pretty much mandatory in the U.S., not all countries play by the same rules. In fact, in some destinations, like Japan, a tip is actually considered an offensive display of wealth and pity—leave a 20% tip…

How to Stress Less Before Your Next Business Trip

Is your upcoming business trip making you anxious? Recent research from the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Solutions Group found that people traveling for work can lose almost seven hours on a trip due to stress—meaning the time was not used for work or rest. The hassles that come with traveling can be particularly stressful, so we’ve…

Destination Spotlight: 5 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Cuba

For 60+ years, travel to Cuba from the U.S. has been the “forbidden fruit” that many travelers have been dying to taste. And since the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC ) lifted some travel restrictions and continues to grant People-to-People licenses to select tour operators, American travelers are finally allowed to visit Cuba…legally. But…

Common Infectious Travel Diseases…and How to Avoid Them

In a quest for off the beaten path travel experiences, finding the perfect balance between fun and safety isn’t always easy. You don’t want to miss out on exotic foods, beverages and activities when you travel to faraway lands, but take the wrong risks and you could end up with some unhealthy surprises. We’ve put…

Top 5 Unique Summer Vacation Ideas

Planning a summer vacation for your family? You’re definitely not alone! This year, more than 75% of Americans are taking a summer vacation in the months of June, July or August – and the top travel destination is Orlando, Florida. If you’d like to avoid the crowds and try a whole new kind of vacation…

Hotel Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Belongings When You Travel

You might like to think of your hotel as your home away from home, but sometimes we get a little too comfortable and don’t take the safety precautions we should. Being aware of your surroundings is just as important in a hotel as it is at home. Here are our top safety tips for protecting…

Travel Assistance 101: How to Get a Prescription Filled When Traveling Abroad

You arrive at your hotel in Naples and you notice you forgot to pack your prescription medicine. Great, now what? Feeling panicked, you ask your hotel concierge where the closest pharmacy is located, and as luck would have it there is a pharmacy right down the street from your hotel. Now all you have to…