Is it dangerous to fly in Cuba?

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Did you hear about the plane crash in Cuba over the weekend? Not many people did. The plane crashed shortly after take off and 100 passengers died. Three remain in critical condition.

So what happened? Authorities are still unclear.

Cuba rented the plane from a Mexican charter company, Damojh Airlines (also known as Global Air), which apparently has had issues in the past.

The Telegraph covered the story and raised a few more questions. Read the full article here.

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Spring Flower Festivals to Visit Right NOW!

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Do you need some spectacular beauty in your life? Of course you do! Here are 10 Spring Flower Festivals in Europe for you to enjoy now!

Check out the Telegraph’s guide to Europe’s best blooms, featuring flower festivals in:

  • France
  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • Holland
  • the UK.

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Smart Luggage Ban: Did you invest too soon?

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Have you heard about the Smart Luggage Ban? Early adopters of this crowd funded technology may be rethinking their quick hop onto this travel band wagon.

Owning the latest technology and gadgets is tempting–especially with the rate everything is advancing these days. However, new technology is only amazing it if doesn’t jeopardize safety.

Unfortunately, Bluesmart, the company that has sold an estimated 65,000 smart luggage bags, has ceased trading after airlines banned passengers from checking bags with built-in lithium-ion batteries.

The risk: the lithium-ion batteries pose a fire risk, especially when left unattended in the hold. YIKES!

According to an article in The Telegraph, in the US, smart cases are banned from the hold unless the batteries can be removed. Some airlines allow smaller bags in the cabin as long as the power is switched off. Others, including British Airways, demand that the batteries be removed from checked luggage and carry on bags as well.

Apparently, removing the batteries takes a bit of an effort and requires removing four screws and unplugging three wires from the case. Of course, doing this reduces the product to your standard suitcase and makes the “smart technology” a mute point.

So, consumers have to ask themselves if it is even worth the high dollar cost to own the newest technology in travel gear if the airlines are going to nix it anyway. Probably not.



Preparing for a Crisis Abroad

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Plan for the worst and hope for the best. That is good advice for traveling (or life in general). You don’t want to assume you will experience an crisis abroad, but it’s good to be prepared for one.

Hopefully you won’t encounter any dinosaurs while traveling, but there are other types of crisis to consider.

Whether traveling for vacation, work, studying or relocating–traveling to a new country involves a lot of considerations. We have compiled a list for you based on information from the U.S. Department of State on how to prepare for a crisis abroad.

Be Informed of the Potential for a Crisis Abroad

  • Education yourself about the county you are going to before hand. Find out about their visa requirements, local laws, customs, and medical care.
  • Check all Travel Alerts for your destination.
  • Enroll in an Emergency Medical Plan that will cover you in case of a medical issue, injury or terrorist situation. Your health insurance plan will most likely not cover you completely once you travel more than 150 miles away from home. Traveling without a Medical Plan Can Cost Thousands
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It is a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad. You can enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate so they aware of your plans and whereabouts.
  • Know how to contact the US Embassy where you are traveling. It is good to understand what they can and cannot help you with.

Be Prepared for a Crisis Abroad

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  • Have a two week supply of food and water for each member of your household – don’t forget your pets! A crisis can make it impossible to leave your home or make the local water undrinkable.
  • Create an document emergency kit that includes:
    • passports
    • birth abroad certificates for children born overseas
    • cash in the local currency
    • a card with local translations of basic terms
    • an electrical current converter
    • vaccination records of any pets
  • If you have infants and young children, plan for:
    • diapers and wipes
    • formula or baby food
    • a change of clothing
  • Medication–It is good to have enough medication to cover you for at least two weeks beyond your scheduled trip. Don’t forget copies of your prescriptions.
  • Make sure your passport is up to date.

Be Connected

  • Create a list of emergency contacts
  • Create a communication plan for reaching family and friends in the event of a crisis abroad.
  • Phone lines are usually affected during a crisis. You can update your social media status often and send messages as regularly as possible to let friends and family know how you are doing.

Be Safe in a Crisis Abroad

  • Know your exit strategy.
  • Follow instructions from local authorities about security and evacuation. Doing so could save your life.
  • Monitor local radio, television, and other sources for updates. Situations can change quickly, limiting the time you have to get out.
  • Familiarize yourself with the emergency plan for a variety of crisis events – fire, flood, electrical outage, storms, etc. for the place you are staying (hotel, house, hostel, AirBnB, etc.)

One more thing…

As mentioned above, it is always best to have an emergency plan and hope you never have to use it.

Don’t have a plan?

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Fewer Pets Allowed to Fly

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Two months ago, United Airlines got slammed in the media when a dog died and some other issues with handling pets arose.

Now, United Continental Holdings Inc. has announced an updated pet flying policy. They will no longer allow 21 dog and four cat breeds that are prone to physical problems from heat or other travel stress.

According to their website: Effective June 18, 2018, United will implement several new policies and customer requirements for pet air transportation to improve the safety of the travel experience. Throughout the remainder of the year, United and American Humane will continue to make enhancements as needed to further improve the safety and care of animal transportation.

They will again accept dogs and cats in the cargo hold starting July 9 if the animal’s guardian is booked on the same flight, spokesman Charles Hobart said Tuesday. United is also teaming with American Humane to “improve the well-being of all pets that travel on” the Chicago-based airline, according to a company statement.

How Much Does it Cost For Pets to Fly?

United charged more than $2,400 for some large animals on some European and Pacific routes. Domestically, pets had cost $201-$963 depending on the animal’s size. That is no small change. With those types of prices, you would expect your animal to make it safe and sound.



CPR Training

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Why is it a good idea for everyone to have CPR Training?

Cardiac arrest—an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts the flow of blood, is a leading cause of death.  Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival largely depends on the immediate application of CPR and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator, if available.  The American Red Cross has simplified the CPR process over the years-its CPR/AED course can be completed in about two hours.

Although an in-person class with practice on a mannequin is best practice, a simplified method can be used by untrained people and learned via a brief online video.

For those unwilling or unable to do mouth-to-mouth breathing, this technique focuses on chest compressions, which-when done properly-can keep blood moving through the heart and to the brain, which is critical to patient survival.

Fear of making a mistake should not keep a person from acting and administering help.  Good Samaritan laws in every state and the federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act help to minimize a lay rescuer’s liability.

June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. During this week each year, additional CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted nationwide, events are hosted and educational information is distributed.  Global Guardian encourages everyone to take advantage of this upcoming opportunity and become trained in CPR and AED.

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Is it Safe to Travel to Egypt?

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It seems like we hear mixed message about how safe it is to travel to Egypt.

Egypt definitely has its fair share of terrorist attacks, safety scares and violent protests. However, it also has numerous tourist attractions and historical significance, which makes it a popular bucket list destination for world travelers.

Currently, some areas of Egypt are safe to travel to and some, according to the US Government Travel site, are not safe.

Do not travel to:

  • The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism.
  • The Western Desert due to terrorism.
  •  Egyptian border areas due to military zones. 

In addition, there is no FCO (the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) advice against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist areas along the Nile river (including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.

For more information on traveling to Egypt, visit Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Travel advice for Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo, Luxor and the Nile

Be Prepared Before you Travel to Egypt!

If you are planning on traveling to an area that has warnings or is close to those types of areas, it is extra important that you consider an Emergency Medical Plan.

Your health insurance or typical trip insurance usually won’t cover instances that involve terrorist attacks. Also, you will want to be transported home, should anything happen.

Don’t have a plan?…

GET A PLAN



Madeira has the Ultimate Spring Weather

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Are you longing for real Springtime weather?

Madeira quite possibly has the best spring weather–all the time!
The US Midwest and other areas are getting repeatedly slammed with icy, wintry weather this Spring.

For those of us who are sick of the cold and wind, Madeira could provide the best escape plan.

Check out this article and pictures from CNN.Travel on Madeira!

Pack your bags now! Happy Travels.

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Overseas Travel: Be sure to pack these items

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Are you planning any overseas travel this Spring or Summer?

We hope so!

Traveling is amazing and a great way to expand our understanding of the world and ourselves. If this is your first overseas trip there are a few things you want to be sure to pack.

Essential Items for Overseas Travel

There are so many things to you can take with you when traveling. Chances are you will lay it all out on your bed and agonize over how many shirts and which shoes, and “do I really need my favorite blue scarf?”

Wardrobe aside, there are other essentials that are really important that you should always pack for overseas travel.

1. Emergency Medical Plan

Is that like a first aid kit? No, it’s even better. It is a whole team of people who will bring the world’s best first aid kit–an entire medical plane–to your rescue if you get sick or injured while traveling.

“But I have health insurance–I don’t need this.”

Actually, your health insurance doesn’t work the same once you travel 150 miles away from home. You aren’t guaranteed the same medical care. That’s why an emergency medical plan is essential. Plus, it will make your loved ones feel better knowing you are protected and will be taken care of.

Don’t have a plan?…

GET A PLAN

2. Medications, Prescriptions and Supplementscarry on medications

Talk to your doctor before you go and make sure you have enough supply of your regular medications. It can often be difficult or impossible to get prescriptions refilled while overseas. You also might not be able to find your favorite supplements and vitamins–so pack enough of those too.

Oh, and pack them in your carry on or purse–not your checked luggage–just in case that gets lost.

3. Travel Documents

There is more paperwork to worry about with overseas travel. Be sure to make copies of your passport and other important documents.

Related: A Checklist for International Travel

4. Local Currencyunderstanding exchange rates

It is a lot cheaper and less of a hassle to get money converted to the local currency of your destination BEFORE you go. Airports usually have the highest exchange rates because they know you just waited until the last minute. Check with your bank well in advance of your departure date.

Related: Understanding Exchange Rates

Global Guardian Air Ambulance has an expansive library of blogs and articles dedicated to travel, including travel alerts, warnings, tips and tricks!

Check it out!

Happy Travels!



Tensions With Syria Cause Flight Alerts

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In response to the suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over the weekend, President Trump’s announced Monday that the U.S. will respond “forcefully”.

President Trump also suggested earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin may share responsibility.

A TRAVEL warning has been issued for British travelers heading from the UK to Cyprus as flights are at risk amid Syria military action.



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