Vacations are used to foster bonds and create special memories as a family. However, it is not always possible as a family to get away or take vacations; especially if you are forced to stay home like we have seen for most of 2020. So, if you are a family that likes to travel and to play games, one way of having fun as a family is to play travel-themed board games together.
There are many reasons to play travel-related board games as a family. These travel-themed board games can be played if you looking to get in the “travel mood”. You can play these travel-themed board games while you travel to pass the time while on vacation. Or you can just play these travel-themed board games to have fun as a family. Regardless of your reason for playing board games as a family, we have compiled a list of the 11 best travel-themed board games for families.
One of our favorite board games for families and perhaps one of the best Travel-Themed board games – Ticket to Ride is a game series that is about building train routes across countries.
In this game, you have to play matching cards that will let you acquire as many train routes as possible. Earn more points when you build a route that connects two places that are far apart. Extra points are also awarded when you build the longest route in the game. The classic game series has received many awards since it was developed by Alan R. Moon and first published by ‘Days of Wonder’ in 2004. The game can be enjoyed by up to 6 people at a time and promises a wonderful family time during vacations.
Gameplay = 30 – 60 minutes
Players = 2 – 6
Ages = 8 +
This games has many variations, so based on where you want to travel or experience there are many options for you and your family to enjoy. Here are list of all game titles in this series:
Monopoly has a long history that can be traced to as far back as 1903 when the landlord’s game was created although it was not until 1935 that the game monopoly was derived from it. Currently published by Hasbro, Monopoly is about the control of the market by a single entity just as the name implies. Each player tries to be this single entity while rolling two six-sided dies to move across the board and conduct trades. It can be played by as many players as twice the number of pawns on the board. The game has a recent version with an electronic banking feature as well as a Monopoly Junior version that can be played by little children.
Gameplay = 30 – 120 minutes
Players = 2 – 8
Ages = 8 +
There are two versions of Monopoly that are extra fun to play if you and your family like to travel. With Monopoly Here and Now the goals are the same as the classic Monopoly, but with a twist. Not only are you playing with “Inflation” but the properties have been updated to inspire you to travel around the United States. The second Monopoly is the Monopoly National Parks Version. Once again, the same goals as the classic Monopoly, but features 22 of the most popular and visited scenic United States National parks and some beautiful artwork.
While not know as a travel-themed game, this is an EXCELLENT game for families to travel WITH. It is a great board game for experiencing some downtime during a cruise, at a resort, in the hotel, or at a picnic stop at a national park. This is another board game with a lot of history and has been around for quite a while. It was first known as cross-crosswords when it was first created.
Scrabble can be played by two to four persons and is available in 29 different languages. In Scrabble, players have to use 7 letters randomly drawn on their tiles to form words across the boards and also use some special squares on the board to their advantage. These Special squares like ‘double word’, ’triple letter’, and others make players get more points from words played.
Who doesn’t like Disney or dream about going to Disney? This fun variation of the classic Hedbanz game gives you the Disney twist you world expect. In Hedbanz players take turns placing a Disney figure in their headband and then asking questions to help the wearer figure out what Disney character they are.
Each game comes with Mickey-mouse shaped headbands, 48 Disney character cards, and 55 clue cards. This game is fun for the whole family, especially mom and dad! Just put on the headband, pick a card and start having fun!
In Rat-A-Tat Roll, you will roll around the world and do an unusual thing to win. Unlike many other games where you try to get the highest score, here you have to keep your scores low to stay in the game and have the lowest score to be the winner. Spend high cards (rats) fast and hold on to low ones (cats). This game is suitable for children aged 6 years and above and can be enjoyed by two to six people.
Formerly known as the Settlers of Catan, players build settlements and acquire holdings while trading in this fun family board game and they are rewarded with points as the settlement grows. The winner is the person with the largest settlement. Catan can be played by 3 to 4 players including children that are 10 years or above.
Get an experience of the National Parks in the U.S with this amazing, award-winning, board game. Players are rewarded with colorful trail stones and cards as they travel through different parks and can a lot about geography. The person with the highest points from the gathered cards and stones emerges the winner. The game can accommodate up to 6 players at once so it is suitable for a large family and children that are 8 years old and above can join too.
If your family is the adventurous type and enjoys the ocean, this board game is for you. Played by two to four players, the Labyrinth is a board game that forms a maze of fixed and moving pieces. Players use their tokens to move around the labyrinth and collect as many treasures as possible then try to return to their starting point. When the card pile is exhausted and all treasures have been redeemed, other players will try to prevent a player with the highest treasures from returning to the start position. The Labyrinth is an excellent puzzle-solving game and can be enjoyed by 2 to 4 players.
In Imhotep players take on the role of ancient Egyptian architects. Over six rounds, players try to transport stone blocks to end up in the most valuable positions at five construction sites, while trying to keep other players doing the same. To win the game and be named the greatest architect, players must get your blocks to the right place places, in the right order, at the right time. This game can be enjoyed by every member of the family, including older children 10 years old.
To inspire your family to travel to England, a twist on the classic game of Clue. Clue, Downton Abbey Edition is inspired by the hit series, Downton Abbey. A valuable object has been stolen, and Mr. Carson needs help to solve the mystery. Players play as detectives in this crime-solving game. Clue, Downton Abbey Edition can be played by 3 to 6 people. Each player is served cards from the confidential file in the middle of the board and players have to accuse each other and try to find out which type of cards others have with them. Children as 13 years old can also participate in this game.
Gameplay = 60 minutes
Players = 3 – 6
Ages = 13 +
US Flags Around The World Family Board Game
In Flags Around The World, players take it in turns to choose a flag, which they then must say which country it belongs to and what the country is capital is. If the player is correct, they score points. The aim of the game is to collect flags from each continent. Flags Around the World can be played by 2 – 6 people. This is an excellent way for kids to learn about different countries around the world. Children as young as 4 years old can participate in this game.
Gameplay = 15 minutes
Players = 2 – 6
Ages = 8 +
We have suggested above what we think are the 11 Best Travel-Themed Board Games for families that you can enjoy with your family starting today. Some of these board games, in addition to being entertaining are also educational and can help players hone their cognitive abilities and inspire them to travel the globe. Give these 11 travel-themed board games a try and then let us know what one is your favorite. Or, if you have one that is not including in our list, tell us what ones you would suggest!
You can’t prevent the unexpected from happening before or during a planned vacation, consider safeguarding your family vacation with Travel Protection, also known as Travel Insurance. Family vacations get planned many months in advance and make up a significant part of a family’s annual budget. Unfortunately, it only takes a few moments to have your vacation plans and budgets ruined. It is a smart move to consider safeguarding your family vacation with purchasing a travel protection product for your next vacation or trip since it is hard to predict the future.
You might have never considered adding Travel Protection to your vacation or you may have done so on your last vacation. Regardless of your experience with Travel Protection, there are many benefits worth considering for reasons to safeguarding your family vacation with Travel Protection in 2020 and beyond. Here is a guide for you to use to learn the end and outs of Travel Protection so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.
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As we have seen over the past several weeks, you can’t prevent the unexpected from happening. Three months ago, it was hard to believe we would be ordered to stay home. Only essential businesses would operate. And that all the cruise lines around the world would suspend their operations during the busiest sailing season of the year. While the COVID-19 is and has been as “unprecedented” time and unforeseen, other unforeseen events can happen that prevent you from taking a much-deserved vacation.
As a Travel Agent, we have seen many things that have happened to our clients before they left on their vacation. One client broke his leg after he fell off one of his kid’s hoverboard. Another couple realized that their daughter was starting her first year of college during their vacation. Unfortunately, many clients had been diagnosed with cancer or some other serious health condition. All requiring medical care and treatments. And, a few had experienced the death of an immediate family member or spouse before their trip. All these were unforeseen and for sure not warranted or welcomed. Even so, they happened and ruined their plans for their vacations.
We have also seen situations causing significant unforeseen disappointments. One of the most common disappointments is flight delays and cancelations. When you travel you find out that you are at the mercy of the airlines and your schedule is not your own but of the airlines. In 2019 there were 105,222 domestic flight delays and 16,726 domestic flight cancellations. While this number improves, if you are one of those impacted, it sets the tone for your entire vacation.
More disappointment can happen during your vacation besides flight delays and cancelations. With 1,800,000 mishandled bags filed by domestic carriers in 2019, many travelers experience lost luggage, missing luggage, or damage to their personal belongings. There is nothing worse than going on vacation but your luggage doesn’t end up going with you. Even if you plan ahead and buy the latest and greatest luggage and travel accessories, once you hand it to someone else to handle, the condition it shows up with you is anyone’s guess.
And, what ruins a vacation more than getting sick or injured during your vacation. Regardless if it is motion sickness, food poisoning, or something causing you to spend the time in your hotel room or cruise cabin, missing out on your vacation is never fun. Then on top of being sick, you have to pay the medical bill for seeing the ship’s doctor or going to the resorts medical facility.
Most Travel protection products provide cancelation benefits before your trip, they also give you extra benefits during your travels. During your travels, medical treatment or lost luggage can leave you with unexpected and expensive bills, such as the emergency evacuations that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Despite the best planning, events that are out of your control can derail your travel plans. Travel protection products can help with the financial impact of these unexpected circumstances. Travel protection products can also help you in an emergency.
What is Travel Protection
Travel Protection (also known as travel insurance) helps you protect the financial costs you have paid into your trip in the event you have to cancel, or your trip is delayed or cut short. Travel Protection provides medical coverage for when you are traveling.
Traveling without protection can be a bit of a gamble. If someone in your family gets sick or bad weather closes the airport for the day, you could lose any non-refundable deposits you’ve made for your trip. If you experience a medical emergency, you may need to be transferred to a better hospital. These situations happen more often than you’d think – and are costly when they do!
Components of travel protection include emergency medical insurance, coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, delays, medical evacuation, and lost, damaged, or stolen luggage, and emergency travel assistance.
For more information about travel protection, the purpose of travel protection and how it works, check out our dedicated page on this topic.
Why Purchase Travel Protection
Many don’t consider adding travel protection products to their vacation. But, there are many reasons you should. Here are 10 reasons to consider protecting your vacation with Travel Protection:
You have to cancel your trip due to an unexpected event such as inclement weather, an illness in the family or the financial default of your airline, cruise line or tour operator. Many travel protection products have cancel-for-any-reason add-ons that give you total peace of mind.
You must return home early due to an emergency such as an illness or death in the family.
Your luggage gets lost or delayed, forcing you to buy necessary essentials or prescription medications.
Your luggage or personal effects gets damaged or stolen.
You become ill or injured and learn that your health care plan doesn’t cover you outside the U.S.
You need an emergency medical evacuation due to an accident or sudden illness.
You run into flight delays and miss a part of your trip or cruise.
Your trip gets interrupted due to an unexpected hurricane or storm.
You lose your passport, leaving you stranded abroad.
You need help with replacing a prescription or an emergency cash transfer.
Travel Protection products vary from supplier to supplier, so we recommend working with those companies that have a good track record of paying claims and makes it easy for you to work with. We also recommend travel protection products that have coverages in the following 3 areas:
Trip Cancelation/Interruption Coverage. If your trip gets canceled, delayed, and cut short due to a covered reason (e.g. death or illness of yourself, travel companion, or immediate family member), travel protection will reimburse you for any unforeseen financial loss. You also get some benefits if your flights get delayed, you miss a connection or gets canceled due to weather or mechanical issues.
Medical Coverage Coverage. If you get hurt or injured while on your trip, travel protection will reimburse you for expenses associated with that during your trip.
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Trip Cancelation/Interruption Coverage
Trip cancelation coverage reimbursements you for unused prepaid expenses if a participating traveler cancels their trip due to a covered reason. Covered reasons are outlined by the policy itself. However, most cover cancellations due to illness or death of the travelers, partner, business partner or family, jury duty, legal appearance, or weather event. Make sure you understand what reasons are covered and ones that are not.
Some travel protection products provide additional cancelations benefits if you purchase the policy within so many days after your initial trip deposit. Additional benefits may include cancelations for work-related reasons and for financial default of an airline, cruise line or tour operator.
Most travel protection products will not cover you for known cancelations reasons, such as a named hurricane or worldwide pandemics, such as COVID-19. Additionally, most travel protection products will not cover you for a fear of the situation or fear of getting sick. This means if you are fearful of getting quarantined on a cruise ship or a fear of possible political unrest, cancelation benefits will not be covered. You have to actually have a financial loss in order to qualify for coverage
Coverage amounts should equal the amount of financial losses you would incure if you had to cancel your vacation. This means that if you purchased a vacation package for $5,000 and if you cancelled you would NOT get back $4,500 from the supplier, then you want to make sure your travel protection policy covers you for $4,500. There are some reasons why covering the entire $5,000 might be beneficial, which will be explained later in this article.
Cancel for Any Reason
Most third-party travel protection providers offer cancel for any reason policies. These policies will allow you to cancel for any reason beyond the “covered reasons” most policies cover. This means that you can cancel your vacation without any reason and be get back a portion of the money that is in penality with the travel supplier. In order to qualify for this type of coverage, you normally have to purchase your policy within many days of the first deposit of your vacation. There are a few things you need to be aware of with these policies:
Most only allow you to get back a % of the amount in penalty. For example, many will only give you back 75% of the amount in penalty.
Some cancel for any reason policies will give you back the penality in a travel credit instead of a refund. If you purchase travel protection from a travel supplier (cruise line, or vacation package provider), they may require you to purchase at the time of deposit and the only option is to get your money back via a credit. It is important for you to ask how the money will be reimbursed to you. We recommend a policy that gives you a refund in the form of the original payment.
After a major loss event, such as COVID-19, suppliers may not offer this benefit due to the financial risk to the Travel Protection provider.
MOST importantly, you may have to purchase this type of coverage at the time of deposit or within so many days AFTER the initial deposit. If you are interested in this type of coverage, make sure you ask before you pay for your deposit.
Trip interruption coverage helps protect you for expenses you’ve already paid into your trip when you must cut your travels short and return home unexpectedly. If you need to return home sooner than expected, with trip interruption coverage, you may be reimbursed for prepaid, non-refundable expenses associated with the portion of the trip that you didn’t complete.
We recommend a policy that covers 100% to 150% of our trip costs.
The reason you want up to 150% of your trip cost is the amount of money it may take to get back home at the last minute. Booking airfare the day of or the day before heading home can be very expensive and could be more than the cost of your trip. Having an additional 50% above your trip cost will help you to cover these expenses.
Similar to trip interruption coverage is trip delay coverage. While trip interruption benefits provide coverage if you are already on your trip and need to cut it short, the trip delay benefit gives you equivalent coverage if you need to depart for your trip after your scheduled departure date. For example, if you have jury duty that is scheduled to end two days after your trip is scheduled to start. You may be able to be reimbursed for airline change fees and the change in travel plans required to get you back up to speed with your planned trip.
We recommend a policy that reimburses you up to $1,000 maximum. It is also recommended you choose a travel protection product that begins coverage after the shortest amount of time of delay, ideally after 6 hours of delay.
if you miss a common carrier departure due to a cancelation or delay, this benefit covers you for unused, pre-paid expenses resulting from a missed connection.
We recommend a policy that reimburses you up to a minimum of $500 and begins after 3 hours of delay. The smaller the amount of time you have to wait for the delay the better you.
Political and Security Evacuation
If your trip gets interrupted because of potential political and/or security issues, you want a travel protection product that covers you for political and security evacuation. This type of coverage will assist you in the event of natural disasters, civil uprising, military coup, or political unrest.
Several travel protection products don’t cover this benefit, so make sure you are purchasing one that does. In today’s world, there many countries or governments that are not stable, so this benefit could come in handy. We recommend a policy that covers up to $100,000 in evacuation benefits and a company that will arrange this service when needed.
Emergency Accident and Sickness Medical Expense
One of the major benefits of purchasing a travel protection product for your next vacation is this benefit. Travel Protection can help with the expenses associated with an accident or sickness you experience while traveling – even if you already have standard health insurance. Travel Protection is especially important for Medicaid or Medicare recipients, as these healthcare plans don’t typically provide coverage outside the U.S.
It can happen at any time while you are on your vacation: a twisted ankle from walking on cobblestones, a head injury from a car accident, a visit to the infirmary on the cruise ship due to dehydration from the stomach flu. Such events occur whether you’re at home, or on the other side of the world.
Few people realize that their primary health insurance may have limitations when it comes to travel. Often, it may not provide the same level of coverage when the insured travels outside of the country – or even when traveling just a few hours away from home. If coverage is even available, it may be considered out-of-network, and therefore cost more. In some international cases, primary healthcare may not pay directly to a foreign hospital, so the traveler is required to pay for services out-of-pocket, and then submit for reimbursement when they return home. In a major emergency, these expenses can increase quickly.
We recommend a policy that reimburses you up to a minimum of $50,000 in medical expenses and at least $500 in dental expenses. The cost of medical care can be very expensive, especially if you are in another country or on a cruise ship, so the more the better. Always look at the coverage amounts on any policy you are considering. Premiums can dramatically be different based on the amount of benefit that is available. Normally, the cheaper the policy, the lower amount in this medical coverage.
“The cheaper the policy, the lower amount in this medical coverage”
Also, it is important you consider finding a policy that provides a benefit of a pre-existing conditions waiver. This waiver looks back so many days from the date you purchased your policy, and as long as you are not disabled at the time you purchase the policy, it will cover the insured. This means the insured will be eligible for trip cancelation/trip interruption, as well as emergency accident and sickness medical expenses, related to a pre-existing medical condition affecting the insured, a traveling companion or immediate family member.
To be eligible for Pre-existing conditions waiver, the Travel Protection policy has to be purchased within so many days from the date of your initial vacation deposit. This is why we recommend purchasing travel protection at the time of the initial department or at least within 7 days of the initial deposit. By purchasing your Travel Protection policy at the time of your initial deposit or within 7 days, you not only get this waiver, but you may also get some additional benefits (e.g. Cancel for work reasons, cancelation or interruption due to financial default. Not only do you get these additional piece-of-mind benefits, but you will also have the peace of mind you are covered for your vacation!
Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains
One of the missed overlooked and most important coverages to a travel protection product is emergency evacuation and repatriation of moral remails. Emergency Evacuation Coverage will reimburse you if they need emergency medical transportation. Repatriation of remains coverage will help with the arrangement and cost associated with the return of a person’s remains to his or her country of origin or to a nearby funeral or cremation facility. Neither of these coverages is something travels really want to think about actually happening to them. However, in such a catastrophe, this type of coverage makes the premium worth the purchase.
The cost alone for a medical evacuation and transport typically starts at $25,000 and can exceed $250,000. The cost of transporting mortal remains will depend on the distance, weight, and method of transportation. In addition to the cost of the travel method, you will have to purchase a container as well as other services associated with the mortal remains. The cost can range from $1,500 to as much as $15,000 for an international shipment.
On top of all the cost, the emotional stress of dealing with an injury, a serious health issue requiring an emergency evacuation or death while traveling will be difficult. Not only are you away from your support system of friends and family, but trying to figure out all the details around this type of need is beyond comprehension.
Many Travel Protection products will skimp on this coverage to save on the cost of the premium. Make sure you know the coverage amounts and what is all covered. We recommend at the very minimum $50,000 in coverage but more realisticlly $500,000. It is also important to understand what is covered and what is not covered.
One final thought; while this is something no one wants to think about it, it is always a good idea to be prepared in case the absolute worst happens while traveling. After all, this is an exact reason you need to consider purchasing Travel Protection for your next vacation in 2020 and beyond.
Accidental Death and Dismemberment
There are two types of Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverages, regular and Common Carrier Air Only coverage. A good travel protection product will provide regular AD&D and give you the option of adding Common Carrier Air Only coverage.
What is the difference? Regular travel accidental death and dismemberment coverage provides travelers to benefit if they suffer dismemberment or death in an accident during their vacation. Common Carrier Air Only Accident and Dismemberment coverage provide coverage only for dismemberment or death that may occur while riding as a passenger on an aircraft from a regularly scheduled airline or charter company.
We recommend a Travel Protection product that provides at least $10,000 in regular AD&D coverage and gives you the option to purchase Common Carrier Air Only coverage for an additional premium cost.
Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
This type of coverage, also known as luggage insurance can consist of two types of baggage/luggage coverages:
Lost baggage coverage, which can provide coverage to replace items in case your luggage is stolen or if a common carrier misplaces your luggage, and
Baggage delay coverage, which can provide coverage to buy essential items you will need during your trip in the event your luggage is delayed beyond the time trigger as outlined in your travel insurance policy.
Baggage and Personal Effects coverage will reimburse you for lost, stolen, or damaged luggage and personal items during their entire trip, not just a flight. In addition to reimbursing you for your luggage and personal effects, reimbursement can occur for the application of a new passport if your passports are stolen.
Certain items are excluded from this type of coverage, so make sure you understand your policy. Understanding what items are and are not covered will help you to know what items to bring or not to bring on your trip if you are worried about them getting lost, damaged or stolen. Additionally, some travel protection products include sports equipment in their premium, others have sports and business equipment as an upgrade, and yet others don’t even cover sports equipment.
We recommend purchasing a travel protection product that covers both lost baggage and delays coverages. Both coverages will have their own reimbursement limits. We recommend a minimum of up to $1,000 in lost baggage coverage and $200 in baggage delay coverage. Obviously, you can get more coverage, the better. And, if you are traveling with sports or business equipment, you for sure want a policy that covers this as part of their normal policy or has an upgrade.
Additional Coverages to Consider
The coverages mentioned above are the meat and potatoes of a good travel protection product. However, there are few other coverages you may want to consider before you purchase your next policy. Some of these may be part of the policy while others may be available by purchasing an upgrade to your policy, similar to Cancel for any Reason and sports equipment baggage coverage.
Worldwide Travel Assistance. This coverage provides 24/7 carefree travel assistance and travel-related services, including inoculation, Passport/Visa information, medical and legal referrals, translation services, lost baggage retrieval and much more. Most travel protection products include this service as part of their service.
Free Look Period. This allows those that purchase a policy so many days to cancel the entire policy after purchase. Each policy is different and some states dictate the time period. This would-be an included benefit of the travel protection product you purchased.
Kids-Included Pricing. Some travel protection products allow you to cover a child 17 or under for free for each paying adult. This included pricing is dictated by each state, but if your state is one that allows this type of pricing, you can save significant money for your family and at the same time have the peace of mind protecting your vacation investment and your family.
Rental Car Damage Upgrade. This coverage helps to protect you for damage to your rental car due to a collision, theft, vandalism, windstorm, fire, hail, flood or any cause not within your control while in your possession. If you are planning on renting a car as part of your vacation, the may be a cheaper option than purchasing insurance through the car rental company. This coverage is normally an upgrade option for most travel protection products.
Sports & Hazardous Sports Upgrade. Parachuting, scuba diving, mountaineering, and other action sports will give you the experience of a lifetime. However, these types of sports aren’t typically covered by most travel protection products. Because of the expensive equipment and inherent risks involved, you’ll want to have sports coverage in your travel trave protection product. This coverage is normally an upgrade option for most travel protection products.
Final Thoughts on Safeguarding Your Family Vacation with Travel Protection
Safeguarding your family vacation with Travel Protection in 2020 and beyond doesn’t have to be complicated. By learning a little bit about what travel protection is, what is covered, and knowing some of the basic coverages, you can take your next vacation and have total peace of mind. However, if you still feel overwhelmed but you know you want to protect your vacation investment and your family, you can reach out to someone that helps. Your local Travel Agent can be that help. They normally work with one or a few other travel protection companies that meet the coverages that were described above.
We recommend RoamRight Travel Protection and depending on your individual circumstances around your trip, where you live, your age, and other factors would determine the best product for you that they carry. If they don’t have a product that fits for you, we have a few other carriers we recommend to you.
Let us know what questions you have about Travel Protection or any comments you might have to help others make a decision to purchase Travel Protection for their next vacation.
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If you are like us, one of our initial fears about traveling was being safe. Being in a new place, around new people and new cultures almost prevented us from traveling. Yet, after a few trips, our fears began to subside. Much of our fears were of our own thoughts and not based on real evidence. Most people desire to live in a safe place and work to maintain the safety of their cities and neighborhoods.
Because others want to be safe, it doesn’t mean you should skip any concern about safety. It also doesn’t mean you should keep safety from your mind as you travel. Safety should always be on your mind, even in your own home. To be safe while you travel takes a little preparation, and begins when you pack. With a little preparation, there are ways you can stay safe on our next vacation.
Here are the top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation:
#1. To avoid being a target, dress conservatively. A flashy wardrobe or one that is too casual can mark you as a tourist. As much as possible, avoid the appearance of affluence. Instead, dress modestly and don’t try to draw attention to yourself because of your dress.
#2. Always try to travel light. If you do, you can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended.
#3. You should carry the smallest amount of valuables necessary for your trip. Plus you should plan a place or places to conceal them.
Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe. Make sure your safe works before you place your valuables in them.
When you do carry valuables with you, you may wish to conceal them in several places. You should not put them all in one wallet or pouch.
Avoid handbags, fanny packs and outside pockets which are easy targets for thieves. Inside pockets and a sturdy shoulder bag with the strap worn across your chest are safer. One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing.
We also recommend you purchase Travel Protection to cover your valuables in the event they get lost or stolen. Many Travel Protection products will cover you and your valuables. Make sure you choose a Travel Protection Product that covers valuable.
#4. If you wear glasses, pack an extra pair. Bring them and any medicines you need in your carry-on luggage.
#5. To avoid problems when going through customs, keep your medicines in their original containers. Bring a copy of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs.
If a medication is common or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting your medical need. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel.
#6. Bring one or two major credit cards instead of cash. This helps in the event one of your cards is not accepted where you are traveling. It also helps if your cash is lost or stolen. It always helps to have alternate ways to fund your vacation!
#7. Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport information page. This makes getting a replacement of your passport easier in the event it gets lost or stolen.
#8. Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage.
#9. Wash your hands often. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands with warm water and soap.
Also, take some small bottles of hand sanitizer with you. It will come in handy when washrooms are not accessible.
#10. Buy Travel Protection before you travel. While you can do your part to protect yourself, somethings are un-foreseen. For this reason, buying Travel Protection is a smart investment for you.
We recommend you buy a travel protection policy from a reputable company. We also recommend you have more than just cancelation coverage.
Vacations are too precious and too few for interruptions. With a little planning before you pack, you increase your safety while you travel.
We hope these top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation do that – keep you safe. The next time you begin to pack for your vacation, think about your safety! If you would like to see a packing list that includes some of the items above plus some additional items, check out our packing list; developed after several domestic and international travels.
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One of the most popular aspects of traveling is trying different food. Head for the bustling city streets to devour some of the most authentic local food! Whether it’s from a food cart, truck or booth, you can’t go wrong with sampling the medley of flavors the world has to offer. Check out our top picks for the best street food in the world!
Once the bars close in Berlin, you know where everyone is heading next! Well if you don’t, they are off to the currywurst stands to munch on chopped brats topped with a tangy ketchup and curry powder, and served with a side of fries. Or, take your taste buds on an adventure with Turkish doner kebab, lamb burgers, German potato pancakes topped with cottage cheese or even dumplings. Berlin has grown significantly when it comes to street food, taste for yourself!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The city revolves around the beach and this is where you will find the best food carts. From skewered shrimp to açai bowls, this city’s authentic food can satisfy any craving. You can’t miss the tasty snack of pão de queijo; they are a mix of flour and cheese baked to perfection! Other street foods you must try include the tapioca crepes, kebabs, fried pastries and coxinha – shredded chicken covered in dough and deep–fried. No matter if you are craving meat or sweet fruit, there are lots of delicious options to chow down on in Rio de Janeiro!
Satisfy the desire of your rumbling stomach with the most well–known dish in Jamaica: jerk chicken. This chicken is marinated with allspice and Scotch bonnet pepper rub then cooked over pimento wood until it is tender enough to fall off the bone. The combination of the smoky flavor with the seasoning is unlike any other! Don’t forget to sample some oxtail stew or sweetened bread called festival. Embrace the spices of Jamaica all while listening to reggae in the perfect weather.
Known as one of the best cities for foodies, Bangkok also takes the cake for some of the best street food. No matter where you go, you will discover hidden food gems. Head to the famous Yaowarat Road in Chinatown to taste the robust flavors of oyster omelets and spicy seafood soup. Some other delectable dishes you can find around the streets of Bangkok include fried mussel pancakes, papaya salad, fried rice, mango sticky rice and the all popular, pad thai. Let your stomach be your guide and savor the flavors of Thailand.
Birthing the ubiquitous hawk centers, Singapore takes their street food so seriously that they even organized street food vendors into an open–air complex of stalls. A heavy regulation means every meal is delicious and safe to eat! In fact, it’s so good that the Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle food stall actually received a Michelin star in the city’s inaugural guide. Some delicacies that this city is known for include steamed pork buns, dumplings, curried fish heads, soya beancurd, duck rice and chili crab. If you are really feeling adventurous, dig into BBQ stingray or frog porridge. There is a mouth–watering meal for everyone in Singapore!
Ho Ci Minh City, Vietnam
The streets of Ho Chi Minh City are flooded with plenty of unbelievably tasty eats. If you don’t know which direction of food you’d like to try first, start with well–known dishes such as bánh mì sandwiches, which consist of meat on a French baguette, and pho, a clear broth soup that consists of warm noodles which can be seasoned to find that perfect balance of sweet and spicy. But don’t forget about banh xeo, stuffed pancakes or bún cha cá, a fried fish cake soup. Feed your appetite in Ho Chi Minh City!
Eat your way through Cartagena! Street vendors here are experts in cooking sweet corn arepas stuffed with melted mozzarella cheese to give you an explosion of savory flavors. If you are looking for a lighter bite, there are ceviche or shrimp cocktails to help you embrace the coastal feel. You can also enjoy meat empanadas or bollos (tamales) and wash it down with some fresh juice all to embrace the cultural taste of Colombia! Another specialty is patacones, the Colombian version of tostones (fried green plantains) but stuffed with garlic. The wonderful variety of cuisine makes Cartagena a perfect destination for street food.
Where has you experience the best “street food”? We would like to know. Leave a comment or drop us a line at [email protected] and tell us what and where!
What comes to mind when you hear the word “beach? “Probably sinking your toes into the warm white sand, gazing out at the beautiful blue water and sipping on a tropical drink. However, beaches come in many different forms. If you want to change your perception of the beach, check out these unique beach destinations!
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California, USA
People used this beach in California to dispose of their trash before it became illegal in 1967. Over the years, the ocean worked its magic to smooth out the sharp edges of the glass debris and create wonderful treasures. What once was a dumping ground has now become home to beautiful sea glass of all different colors. Witness the glistening sea glass for yourself and take a trip to Glass Beach, where you can look but you can’t take!
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Although Pink Sands Beach is one of the smaller beaches on our list, it is a must–see. The microscopic coral insect foraminifera, which is found on this beach, has a red shell that when mixed together with the natural white sand, forms a marvelous pink hue. This beach is known as one of the best in the Bahamas and is definitely one you should add to your list!
Papakolea Beach, the Big Island, Hawaii
If you want to visit a beach with very distinctive colored sand, definitely take a trip to Papakolea Beach in Hawaii! Olivine crystals from volcanoes cause the sand to take on an olive coloring. This beach is off the beaten path and requires a two–mile hike, but the unique green quality of this beach is one you do not want to miss!
Giant Causeway, Northern Ireland
This beach is not one you’d want to tan and relax at but it’s the perfect photo opportunity! As the great mythical story says, a giant created these rock formations as stepping stones to reach his one love in Scotland. The scientific theory, although not as fun, is that the rock formations were caused by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Regardless if you prefer fact or fiction, the unique formations are so beautiful you must see it to believe it!
Playa Del Amor, Marieta Island, Mexico
Tucked beneath the surface of these islands, you’ll find the beautiful beach called Playa del Amor. While it means “Beach of Love,” it is better known as “Hidden Beach.” It is said that the hole that created this beach was due to the Mexican government using the islands for military testing, which caused a cavern type of formation. This secluded, gorgeous beach features turquoise waters, plenty of shade and room to explore!
Kohekohe Beach, Hampden, New Zealand
Scattered throughout this beach you can find spherical boulders up to nine feet in diameter and weighing tons. These boulders are a geological marvel formed by hardening sea sediment millions of years ago. Each one is unique, varying in size and shape – some with unique cracks and features. Take a journey to New Zealand and be amazed by the beach that looks like it is from another planet! Don’t forget your camera.
Where is your favorite beach? How do these compare with the beaches in the Caribbean? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Located in Western Europe, is a combination of cutting-edge modern and timeless tradition. It boasts of breathtaking landscapes, architectural masterpieces, bustling cities and charming villages. With over 2000 years of history, Germany offers visitors unique experiences. A perfect place to start the adventure is in Berlin, its capital. It is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Travel south and visit Frankfurt home to the European Central Bank or Munich which is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. If visiting for the first time, here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss.
Berlin, Germany’s capital, is an energetic and vibrant metropolis with classic and eccentric surroundings. There is elegant dining in an ex-brewery, world-class art displayed a WWII bunker, and all-night festivities in a power station. Be sure to visit the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie or a few of the 175 museums displaying masters of art and antiquities. Take a boat ride past the Nikolaiviertel, the site of Berlin’s medieval beginnings.
The Bavarian capital is revered for its colorful native costume. For gentlemen, the lederhosen and for ladies, the dirndls. Beer halls with oompah bands are plentiful throughout the city. A visit during Oktoberfest is sure to please the senses. Take a break from the revelry and stroll through one of Europe’s most beautiful city parks, the Englischer Garten.
Romantic Rhine Valley
The Middle Rhine section links Bingen and Koblenz and is known as the Romantic Rhine Valley. Its beautiful landscape spotted with legendary castles and small villages built of half-timbered buildings are surrounded by steeply terraced vineyards that yield some of Germany’s most fabled Rieslings. Highlights include Braubach and the Marksburg Castle, Bacharach and Kaub. The Romantic Rhine Valley can be explored by car, train, bicycle, on foot and most romantically—by boat.
The Bavarian Alps stretch from south of Munich and east to the Austrian border. For those interested in the slopes, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous for its ski slopes and breathtaking train ride to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. For WWII history buffs, a visit to the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountaintop retreat at Berchtesgaden is a stirring experience. Or visit one of the Bavarian palaces, Linderhof, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey.
The Black Forest is the largest forested mountain range in southwest Germany and is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. There are patches so dark and thick in the forest that one might expect to stumble upon the witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel’s fairy tale. Triberg is Germany’s cuckoo clock capital with numerous souvenir shops and the world’s largest cuckoo clocks, each the size of a house. It’s also the birthplace of the black forest cake! Café Schäfer in Triberg has the best.
Germany’s most popular holiday route is the Romantic Road. A highlight along the way is Neuschwanstein, said to be the inspiration of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Germany has so much to offer, that one visit may not allow enough time to fully experience the grandeur of this magnificent country. To get started, give us a call and we will work to package a perfect trip for you.
The Caribbean is full of so many wonderful destinations for any type of traveler. However, the best way to experience the Caribbean is on a cruise. Here are some of the must-see destinations in the Caribbean.
Eastern Caribbean As you sail through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean you could depart from sunny Miami to make your way to the US Virgin Islands for vividly colorful snorkeling in St. Thomas. Sip tropical drinks on a pristine beach to the beat of the Caribbean music on the British Virgin Island of Tortola. Or go exploring in a 4×4 vehicle when you arrive in Nassau. Whatever you choose, there’s no wrong way to relax and let loose on this vacation.
• St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: The town of Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking harbors in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, today visitors find treasures of a different kind, beautiful beaches, and bountiful duty-free shopping are truly its claim to fame.
• Tortola, British Virgin Islands: Discovered by Christopher Columbus himself in 1493, this exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for awesome birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighboring islands.
• Nassau, Bahamas: From the waterfront to the end of Bay Street, you’ll find some of the best duty-free shopping and a charming mix of architecture, both old and new. But there’s plenty to do besides shopping…swim with the dolphins, try your luck in a casino or snorkel with colorful fish. Nassau is also home to Atlantis, which is one of the top attractions in the Caribbean.
Western Caribbean One of the most popular cruise itineraries sails the western Caribbean and features amazing ports of call such as Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman not to mention all the cruise line private islands.
• Falmouth, Jamaica: The Georgian-era city of Falmouth offers history and outdoor fun. Visit the Good Hope Great House, climb Dunn’s River Falls, ride a bamboo raft downstream, fly through the rainforest via zip-line or just relax on a beautiful beach. • Cozumel, Mexico: Cozumel features great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine-life encounters, botanical gardens, trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel. The nearby mainland is home to Tulum, Mayan Cliffside ruins overlooking the Caribbean.
Southern Caribbean A popular starting point for southern Caribbean cruises is San Juan. From here it’s easier to explore deeper into the Caribbean and visit unique, smaller islands along the way.
• San Juan, Puerto Rico: With its cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors, San Juan is a popular tourist destination. • St. George’s, Grenada: Known as the “Island of Spice,” Grenada is an island getaway you may never want to leave. Boasting rolling hills, rock-strewn terrain, pristine beaches and miles upon miles of unspoiled rainforest, this exotic island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea offers something for everyone. • Fort de France, Martinique: With its uniquely European flair, world-famous beaches and mountainous landscape, the island of Martinique has been charming visitors for years. As an overseas region of France, its citizens are French, the currency is the Euro and the official language is…you guessed it, French! Martinique is justifiably famous for its vibrant blend of Gallic and Caribbean culture, food and style…and jaw-dropping natural beauty. • Basseterre, St. Kitts: For those looking for an escape or exploration, St. Kitts has it all. On this small volcanic island in the West Indies, white-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest mingle alongside historic, centuries-old sites that tell a deeper story of a culture that continues to inspire all who visit.
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