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Yellow Fever and Travel: FAQs and Preventative Advice

4/11/2017

Yellow fever, a virus endemic to numerous tropical regions in Africa and South America, has been a topic of discussion in the travel sphere since the CDC issued an Alert – Level 2 late last year.

RV PET TIPS FOR DAY TRIPS

4/6/2017

After you settle into your new campsite, it’s time to explore with your best furry friend. But before heading out together, follow these practical pet tips for RV day trips so everyone can have a great time.

HEALTHY EATING WHILE TRAVELING: AT YOUR DESTINATION

3/14/2017

First things first, make sure your bags are packed with healthy snacks and you made it out off the plane cheeseburger and french fry free. Now it’s time to keep your positive momentum going and stick to your New Year’s resolutions no matter what type of trip you’re on.

SPRING BREAK TRAVEL: 7 TIPS FOR A SAFE AND HEALTHY TRIP

3/14/2017

No more pencils, no more books…yes, after a long winter, spring break is finally on its way, and with it, the time-honored tradition of getting away for a well-deserved break from school or work. But before pack your bags and head out the door, make sure you check out these tips for a safe and healthy spring break.

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: How to Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness

1/27/2017

One of the best things about traveling to another country is trying local, authentic cuisine. However, it pays to know a few basic rules so you don’t become one of the 10 million overseas travelers to suffer a bout of traveler’s diarrhea or other foodborne illnesses each year. Luckily, you can protect yourself from foodborne health problems (and spending half your trip visiting restrooms) with these easy-to-follow tips:

Considering a Bleisure Trip This Winter? Here Are 5 Unique Destinations:

1/27/2017

Thanks to the rising trend of bleisure travel, professionals are finding creative ways to enhance their business trips. Looking to spend a few extra days in the sun the next time you travel for work? Here are 5 unique destinations where you may want to turn your business trip into a “bleisure trip” this winter.

Keep Your Cool: What to Do If Your Passport is Lost or Stolen While Traveling

1/26/2017

What would you do if your passport was lost or stolen while traveling overseas? The bad news—it could eat up a little bit of your time, money, and patience (and potentially delay your trip). The good news? If you’re prepared and know what to expect, you can actually make things a lot easier on yourself. While Good Sam TravelAssist members can rest assured that we can assist them through the process, here’s what you should know (and do) if your passport is lost or stolen while traveling abroad:

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: 7 Essential Tips for Safe Winter Travel

1/2/2017

Here are 7 tips for safer and less stressful winter travels. 1) Check the weather early (and often): Many travelers will wait until a storm hits to start making other provisions, but, why wait? If you can manage to stay ahead of a major weather system, you can start to get your contingency plans in place. Believe it or not, winter weather forecasting is pretty reliable and storms can usually be predicted at least 48-72 hours ahead of time (in the summer it’s a little trickier since thundercloud formation can occur fairly quickly).

Animal Vaccines—Protecting Your Pet Before Hitting the Road

1/2/2017

Animal vaccines — what you need to know. When we go RVing with our pets, we expose them to diseases that don’t exist back at home. Give your dog or cat the protection they deserve by brushing up on these vaccine basics for traveling pets.

‘Tis the Season to Be Healthy: Tips for Healthy Holiday Travel

11/30/2016

Since it’s the season for giving, we’re sharing tips on how to stay healthy during holiday travels so you can spread some yuletide cheer (not germs!) wherever you’re headed.

Stress-Free Holiday Travel: 5 Ways to Get Through the Airport Quicker

11/30/2016

Getting through the airport can be a dreaded task for anyone – especially during the holidays. The TSA has been introducing significant changes to make the security process as seamless as possible, but unforeseen events can still cause long delays and upset travelers. Check out our tips below so you can have a quicker (and less painful) trip through the airport this holiday travel season:

TravelAssist 101: How a Medical Evacuation Works

11/30/2016

Sometimes we travel to places where the quality of medical care isn’t the same as what we’re accustomed to in the U.S. According to our Transportation Manager, Juan Ives, “If a member needs critical medical care while they’re away, our main goal is to ensure they’re treated in a facility that is properly staffed and well equipped to treat their condition. And if it’s not, it’s our job to evacuate them to a facility that can.” He continued, “If a traveler requires a higher level of specialized care (IV, fluids, oxygen, medical monitoring, etc.), and can’t travel home for care on a commercial flight, we’ll coordinate an air ambulance evacuation.”

Smartphones and Travel: Staying Connected (Without Breaking the Bank)

10/26/2016

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and 46% say their phones are something they “couldn’t live without.” Which isn’t at all shocking; after all, people are turning to their mobile devices to do much more than text, call or email these days…and travel is no exception. Whether it’s keeping up with breaking news, chatting with loved ones back home, or even looking up directions, many people depend on their phones while traveling overseas.

FINDING THE SNOWBIRD DESTINATION OF YOUR DREAMS

10/26/2016

Every year, millions of U.S. citizens and Canadians fly south to enjoy the warm winter temperatures of the Sun Belt. Before you join the Snowbird flock, consider what you’re looking for in a snowbird roost.First, determine the type of Snowbird trip you’re embarking upon before hitting the gas. This will help you figure out what you’re looking for in a snowbird park.

The 2016-2017 Flu Season: 7 Things Travelers Should Know

10/26/2016

The flu is contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. Often confused with the common cold, the flu can actually lead to some serious complications if left untreated. In fact, 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications each year. Flu.gov also reports that annually, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu, which equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity

Fall Travel: 4 Considerations for Business Travelers

9/22/2016

The lazy days of summer have come and gone –along with the busy summer travel season. As temperatures drop and we fall back into routines (no pun intended!), a variety of options present themselves to business travelers. Here are some things to consider if you’ll be traveling for work this fall:

4 Things NOT to Take Home from a Trip

9/22/2016

It’s hard enough remembering to re-pack all the essentials when your trip is over. But did you know that bringing back the wrongthings could actually spell BIG trouble? Unfortunately, many travelers are unawarethey may be packing items that could lead to major issues—not just when they get back to the U.S, but also in their host countries. Don’t be one of them! Read our list of four items to never bring back, as well as ways to save time, hassle (and potential incarceration!) by ensuring everything in your luggage is safe to take home.

Traveling to Cuba: 5 Considerations for a Healthy Trip

9/21/2016

Since the Obama Administration’s recent publication regarding amended regulations that allow for expanded travel to Cuba, more Americans will be able to experience a destination that has been off-limits for 60+ years. And while the country’s infrastructure is improving to better accommodate foreign visitors, health officials warn travelers that there are health risks present in Cuba and it’s important to prepare accordingly. If you are one of the twelve types of travelers allowed to visit Cuba, stay safe and healthy while you’re there with our advice:

Do This, Not That: 8 (Avoidable) Mistakes Travelers Make Overseas

8/31/2016

Are you fairly new to the world of travel…but don’t want to blow your cover? Or, maybe you’ve put in some serious frequent flier miles, but you still find yourself repeating the same mistakes over (and over) again? No one is a perfect traveler, but with a little extra preparation we can all get a little better at it (and save time, money and sanity in the process) – read these 8 avoidable mistakes we see travelers make, along with some advice on what to do instead.

Summer Travel Round-Up: Our Best Advice for End-of-Season Trips

8/31/2016

We hate to admit it, but summer is ending just as quickly as it arrived – but thankfully, it’s not over just yet! Last year, AAA Travel projected 33 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home over Labor Day weekend. With gas prices finally leveling off around the country, travel trends may be similar (or even better) this year. Since Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching, we’ve put together a round-up of our top summer travel posts to help you prepare for your end-of-the-season trips.