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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.

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: Common Medications That Cause Sun Sensitivity

8/31/2016

Did you know that many medications can have negative effects on your skin when you’re exposed to ultraviolet light? This condition, also known as photosensitivity, can cause symptoms ranging from itchiness to an uncomfortable rash, burns and blisters. If fun in the sun is on your summer travel agenda, you won’t want to miss this list of common types of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can trigger photosensitivity.

Adventures in Packing: Preventing the Stress from Weighing You Down

8/31/2016

Figuring out what to pack can be an adventure in itself. Figuring out how to pack is an art form. Get it right and you won’t be scrambling to find a toothbrush or washing socks in the hotel sink at 3am after realizing you forgot to pack extras. Get it wrong and you’ll catch yourself cursing the bewildering logic that forced you to iron in your hotel room at midnight. Even the most seasoned traveler can get weighed down with packing stress, but have no fear: we have some effective strategies for even the most bewildered packer.

Common Travel Scams (And How to Avoid Them!)

7/26/2016

Heading overseas for a conference? Spending your summer semester abroad? Or maybe you're turning a week long business trip into a leisure trip for the whole family. Regardless of your destination or the purpose of your visit, there's always a chance you could find yourself a target of local crime.

Airport Security: 'New World' Considerations for Travelers

7/26/2016

In the wake of tragic recent events like the Istanbul and Brussels airport attacks, airport security is a real—and valid—concern for organizations and their travelers. According to our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, "These attacks will continue to impact the way we look at airport security; and correspondingly, risk professionals need to be imaginative about security and think of various ways to ensure the safety of their travelers in the long-term."

Fit to Fly: 5 Tips for Healthier, More Productive Travelers

7/26/2016

Are your employees 'fit to fly?' (or should we say …unfit from flying?). It's no secret that business travel can be disruptive to employees' regular sleep, exercise and eating routines–all of which can take a toll on their overall health and well-being. Unhealthy travel habits can also lead to less productive employees and can hurt your organization's bottom line

Don’t Leave Home Without It

7/8/2016

You’ve got your RV packed, your campsites booked, the family and pets loaded up – ready to hit the open road. Even the best laid plans can take an unexpected turn…your back goes out, the kids get sick, your chest develops a sharp pain, or you lose your glasses… and your trip takes a turn for the worst. Follow these Good Sam Travel Assist pre-trip planning tips to make sure you have everything you need in case of an emergency.

Beat the Heat: Advice for Safe & Healthy Summer Travels

6/29/2016

Summer is in full swing and so are its soaring temperatures. If you’re planning on spending time outdoors during your summer travels, whether for a camping trip, beach getaway or hiking trip, it’s important to take the following precautions to keep you and your family safe and healthy.