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TOP-REVIEWED RV PARKS IN MONTANA

7/5/2017

Top reviewed RV parks in Montana reveal the best sides of Big Sky Country. Spend any amount of time exploring Montana and you’ll discover just how refreshingly wild and unpolluted the Big Sky State really is. Spiny mountains and rocky foothills spill into undulating valleys that are dotted with rustic ranches and sparkling glacier-fed lakes. This is still frontier country, through and through.

Traveling With Pets: How to Plan for the Unexpected

7/5/2017

Anyone who travels frequently knows all too well that leaving a four-legged pal at home can be difficult. Aside from finding credible sitters and boarding facilities, the guilt factor alone can make travel less enjoyable for many pet parents—and for those planning longer-term stays, it may actually be more cost effective to bring Fluffy along for the trip.

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: How to Keep Your Medications Safe in the Heat

6/6/2017

Picture this: you’re visiting friends at their lake house when your allergies start acting up. You pop an over-the-counter pill — which usually gives you quick relief — but you still feel uncomfortable. In fact, after several more doses, the drug still has no effect. What gives? Think long and hard where your medication was stored.

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

5/12/2017

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.

Top 5 Unique Summer Vacation Ideas

5/12/2017

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 next months of June, July or August. If you’d like to avoid the crowds and try a whole new kind of vacation experience, check out our top 5 unique summer vacation ideas below.

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