Skip the Line Tours: When is it worth it?

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Have you caught onto the Skip the Line Tours trend yet? If you haven’t, it might be a game changer for your next vacation.

Let’s face it. Time is limited and time is money. You don’t want to spend half your vacation standing in line to see things like the Eiffel Tower or the Sistine Chapel.

Another bonus: Often you can combine skip the line tours with other local attractions and breeze your way through several in one day.

Most of us are familiar with FastPass at Disney Land and Disney World. What you might not be aware of though, is this same concept can be applied to a lot of attractions around the world. For a bit more money you can skip the line and save time. Which means, see more things on vacation and making the most out of your time.

What is that worth to you?

The best places to apply Skip the Line Tours

Have you ever Skipped the Line?

We want to hear about your experiences. Was spending the extra money worth it? Where was it?

Don’t forget…

There are always risks with traveling. Set your mind at ease with an Emergency Medical Plan. In case of illness or injury, we bring you home. For less than the cost of one plane ticket, you and your family can be covered for a year. Corporate plans are also available.

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What Can You Do About the Flu in the 2018-2019 Winter Travel Months?

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They’re Back!

Those nasty flu germs that make us sick in the winter are here again, making us dive between the blankets with fevers and chills.

If you plan on traveling in the winter months, it’s good to know what’s what when it comes to the 2018-2019 flu season, and who would know better than the CDC?

We’ve taken what we considered the most widely applicable points directly from their website. The CDC also indicates that flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. Here’s what it says are the most widely recommended vaccines available this year. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about what’s best for you.

Flu vaccines recommended by the CDC for 2018 – 2019:

What other information is available?

Click here to see a table the CDC says includes all flu vaccines FDA-approved for combating the 2018-2019 influenza virus in the U.S.

The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated before the flu begins spreading in your community, adding that it takes about two weeks following your vaccination for antibodies that help protect you to develop in your body. Ideally, people in the U.S. should be vaccinated by the end of October.

Some children require two doses of vaccine given a minimum of four weeks apart; those children should be vaccinated as soon as possible to allow for the extra dose.

Things you can do to help yourself stay well

Just as vaccines can provide that ounce of prevention that beats a pound of cure, so can simple things you can do every day, especially when traveling. Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it often. Have sanitary wipes on hand for cleaning notoriously germy places like airplane flush handles and arm rests. And the simple act of washing your hands, including when you return home, can work wonders. Check out our recent post for more:

Missed that Boat that Sailed in October?flu

If you didn’t get vaccinated in October, the CDC says you still should and that vaccinations should continue to be offered “into January or later.”

Don’t Forget Your Emergency Medical Plan

We encourage you to ensure you will be properly taken care of in the event of an injury or illness. For less than the cost of a plane ticket, your whole family can be covered for a year. You will be medically airlifted home to be treated by your own doctors in the event of an emergency.

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Gifts for Travel Lovers

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In case you didn’t find the perfect gifts for the travel lovers on your list on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we have compiled a list. Or maybe you’ll just want to get something for yourself!

Happy Giving! Happy Travels!

Perfect Gifts for the Travel Lovers on Your List

Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

Carry On Luggage with Wheels

Travel Towel

Emergency Medical Travel Plan

Bluetooth Speaker

Electronic Adapter

Travel Pillow

Compression Socks (That actually look cool!)

Waterproof Electronics Organizer

Personalized Luggage Tags

Don’t Forget…

An Emergency Medical Plan is a great investment, especially if you or the travel lovers on your list are traveling multiple times in one year or are traveling overseas. If you get sick or injured, the cost of out of pocket medical transportation can be as much at $100k. For less than the cost of a plane ticket your whole family can be covered.

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Traveling with Kids? Here Are Some Great Tips

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Traveling with Kids Doesn’t Have to Drive You Insane

You haven’t lived until you’ve flown with an airsick toddler, or realized too late that the 10-day forecast for your family’s tropical vacation destination is rain – and you’re traveling with four kids. Here are some ideas that can help.

We’ll start with:


  • Make lists days before your trip of everything you’re likely to need and where you’ll pack it. Is it a diaper bag item? A purse item? A suitcase item? Make sure nothing ends up in a checked bag that you might need on the flight. Keep your list with you on the trip.    
  • If flying outside the country, check with your health insurance company first. International coverage is not always included. If you or someone in your party requires overseas medical transportation, you’ll want to know you’re covered. Don’t have a plan? GET A PLAN
  • Buy a few extra pacifiers and toss them in your carry-on. Nothing is more disheartening to a parent than trying to console a hysterical kid whose pacifier just fell in an airplane toilet.   
  • Have snacks handy. Think of things that travel well, offer some protein, or help sustain blood sugar. Apples, string cheese, cut-up veggies, and dried fruit are good ideas.
  • Try to book a direct flight. One time on and one time off is easier on everyone, and if possible, book flights for times when your wee ones are more likely to nap. Avoid red-eye flights where it’s likely no one will get enough rest.
  • Some airports are more kid-friendly than others. If you have options as to which airports you’ll use, do some research before booking. Read here  to learn more.
  • Ask for seats toward the back of the plane to avoid those endless treks to the bathroom.
  • Tell your kids what to expect at the airport and on the plane. Demystify anything that might be scary and make sure they understand that their ears might hurt a little during takeoff and landing.
  • Smile at your fellow passengers. A little goodwill now could have big payoffs later when your three-year-old is having a meltdown. Because face it, some people don’t particularly like kids – on airplanes anyway. Some courtesy extended toward the flight attendants is also in order.
  • Know how you’ll keep your kids entertained. Whether it’s I Spy or a game pad, having a few tricks up your sleeve for keeping kids occupied will make everyone’s lives easier. It’s also smart in case you’re stuck in the hotel due to rain. Need a few ideas? Read here!
  • Research in advance nearby children’s museums, indoor play spaces and movie theaters in case being outside once you’re at your destination is not an option.

The More Generic Family Getaway

Sometimes packing up the family car for a vacation with the kids can feel like planning for a zombie apocalypse. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Just as we suggested before flying, start a list early so you’ll have your bases covered, and create a calendar to go with it. Consider something like Google Calendar that everyone can access, including house- and dog-sitters.
  • Keep reservation confirmations and contact information handy.
  • Set up priorities for the trip and establish a budget, letting the kids help where they can.
  • Keep your travel papers, list of medications and maps handy.
  • Make sure you have your phone chargers and consider a vacation data plan for your phone.
  • Pay bills ahead of time and tell your bank what you’re up to. Few things are more frustrating than being blocked from using your debit card because the bank sees your purchases as out of character for you.  
  • Check with your health insurance company and tell them how far you’ll be traveling. For surprisingly little money, you can purchase an emergency medical plan to cover everyone. In the event of an injury or illness; it can even airlift you home to your own doctors. Here’s more information.

A Thought Whether You’re Flying or Driving

Some families have found success by hiring a nanny (or manny in the case of males!) to help with the kids. The pros and cons are many.


  • You’ll have someone to watch the kids so you and your spouse or partner can have down time.
  • They’re an extra set of eyes and ears for when you’re stressed and preoccupied.
  • They don’t have to come from a service. A “nanny” might be extended family or your kids’ regular babysitter. Be clear about your expectations upfront, however, to avoid misunderstandings or hurt feelings when you’re going out for the evening, and the nanny thinks she’s invited, too.
  • There’s just more help – period.


  • The cost. In some cases, people have paid for a nanny’s trip, expenses, and paid them for their work. For others, the trip is all that’s covered. It’s up to you and the nanny, but no matter how you work it, the costs can add up.
  • Your nanny has to have the right documentation if you’re traveling outside the country.
  • It’s one more person who could become sick or injured.

Here’s a parting thought that might help a lot. Your kids have no idea how stressful shepherding them through an airport or in and out of tourist attractions can be. But these times might one day be among their happiest memories, and you don’t want those memories marred because you lost your temper once too often. They won’t be small forever. Hanging on to your sense of humor while traveling with little ones can set you up for some of your happiest memories too.

Happy Traveling!

Safe Holiday Travel Destinations

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There are a lot of things to thing about then considering safe holiday travel destinations.

Where are the safest places to travel to this holiday season? 

In these politically charges times, not to mention unpredictable climate changes, you do have to take some extra time in planning. One thing to carefully consider, no matter where you go, is a solid medical emergency plan.

If you are considering a destination that may be questionable there are a couple of really good sources to check before you book that flight.

  1. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) lists 225 countries in alphabetical order. Click on a country name and you will be given detailed information about that country, travel info, and any travel advisories (if there are any).
  2. The Unites States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides travel alerts and advisories, as well as Holiday travel tips.

According to a recent article in The Telegraph:

5 counties with a security status to watch out for

  • Tunisia – It’s almost three years since the terror attack on the beach at Sousse.
  • Turkey – the FCO still advise against all travel close to the Syrian border.
  • Thailand – Avoid the border with Malaysia
  • Egypt – If you are traveling to holiday resorts check FCO advisory first. Large parts of Egypt are deemed to be unsafe due to attacks on police and security forces.
  • France – According to the FCO, ‘Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in France’ – people are advised to be vigilant.

Safest countries to visit


The Global Peace Index (GPI) in 2017 ranked the country of geysers, glaciers and the Northern Lights its safest destination for the seventh consecutive year. Its egalitarian society and general air of lack of conflict make it a great place to visit, and with mixed saunas for all ages and the magnificent Blue Lagoon keeping everyone in a peaceful frame of mind, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s a good spring destination.


Positioned nicely in central Europe, spring and summer in Croatia has sunshine, relatively cheap hotels and restaurants, and a magnificent living history that is ancient, medieval and in many places very recent. It has a relatively low terror threat, and although there are still areas with landmines, its narrow layout gives it a laid back coastal mentality that makes it a peaceful destination for a summer holiday.


Chile is continually ranked as the safest country in South America, with political stability and a growing economy, a low terror threat and the highest on the Global Peace Index. Its narrow coastline stretches all the way down the Andes mountains, and it enjoyed record tourist numbers in 2017, with English visitors up 6% to a record 54,714.


You’re so safe in Japan, that if you accidentally leave your camera or laptop on a bench, you’re likely to come back a few hours later to find it there and untouched. Japan is perennially ranked as the safest country in the world. Even better, it’s also the cheapest long-haul holiday value destination, where your pound will go further. Spring in Japan has the magnificent Hanami cherry blossom season, while summer is a beautiful time to visit the many holiday islands.


One holiday island the FCO regards as safe is the jewel of the Mediterranean, the rugged, historic beauty of Malta. Its capital Valletta is is the European Capital of Culture in 2018, and while it may not have sandy beaches, it is compact, walk-able and is a living history of Europe, and a safe place to travel for families and enjoy year-round sun.

Flying with Nut Allergies: the risks and new accommodations

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Nut allergies are serious, life-threatening medical conditions. People who have serious nut allergies have to anticipate exposure everywhere they go. Airplanes are places where they have to be particularly careful due to close quarters and the high volume of people who travel.

Airplane passenger with nut allergies now allowed to board early on American Airlines.

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Fortunately, American Airlines has taken an important step in accommodating passengers who have this condition by allowing them to board early. This gives them time to wipe down their seat and surrounding area. The company announced that the new policy will go into effect on Dec. 12 after flight-service manuals are updated.

It will be interesting to see which additional airlines are the first to follow suit.

Nut allergies can be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and these passengers believe they should have the right to fly safely just like every other passenger on board.

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Travelers with Nut Allergies Could Benefit from a Travel Emergency Medical Plan

People who have nut allergies know all to well how scary it can be when you are exposed. If you are traveling outside of your daily routine, you might not be able to anticipate every possible potential situation where you could come in contact with nuts. Emergency trips to the hospital are a real possibility. For this reason, a travel medical emergency plan could be the perfect thing for your peace of mind.

For less than the cost of an airplane ticket, you and your whole family can be protected.

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Holiday Travel – The Latest from TSA

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Holiday travel during the holidays can be tough, but knowing what TSA expects of you will help. The TSA website, is a great resource for information on how to avoid delays at the security checkpoint.

Our first suggestion is a given no matter what:  Plan to arrive early so that there’s plenty of time for security screenings.  

What if I have mobility issues?

If you have mobility issues, keep in mind that you can call the TSA Cares help line 72 hours before your flight and have someone from TSA there to assist you once you arrive at the checkpoint. The number is 855-787-2227.

Another important point: Even after you’ve arrived at security, you can always request to speak with a supervisor or ask for a private screening.  

What if I Use Mobility Aids?

If you use mobility aids, you know that they are items such as:

  • wheelchairs
  • scooters
  • crutches and
  • canes

If you’re able to raise your hands above your head and can walk without assistance, it’s likely you’ll be asked to submit to advanced imaging technology or a walk-through metal detector. If you can’t stand on your own, or choose not to be screened using these techniques, you will require a pat-down. A pat-down is also necessary if you trigger an alarm during screening.  

Shoes are subject to screening, as are crutches and canes. If you’re unable to remove your shoes, additional screening will be required for them as well. Wheelchairs and scooters, including cushions, can be checked even while occupied, and certain removable portions will undergo x-ray screening.

Still have mobility aid concerns?

  • Contact the TSA Cares helpline at 855-787-2227
  • Click here for a video on TSA and mobility
  • For TSA’s frequently asked questions, click here

What about “Real ID” on Domestic Flights?

In 2005 Congress passed the Real ID act mandating that states establish minimum standards to help ensure secure issuing of driver’s licenses and ID cards. In short, the Real ID act is intended to stop the use of fake IDs by making faking harder to do.

Right now, every state in the US is either compliant or has been issued an extension, meaning you will not have any Real ID issues during the 2018 holiday season. However, the federal government will not accept non-compliant licenses as ID beginning October 1, 2020.  

Passports and passport cards continue to pass muster as acceptable forms of ID, as do “Global Entry” and other cards known as “trusted traveler cards.”

Children under 18 years of age still do not require identification provided their companion has appropriate ID. If you plan to send your child on a flight as an unaccompanied minor, check with the airline to make sure you understand the requirements.

For more on Real IDs click here.

Don’t Forget…

An Emergency Medical Plan is a great investment, especially if you are traveling multiple times in one year or are traveling overseas. If you get sick or injured, the cost of out of pocket medical transportation can be as much at $100k. For less than the cost of a plane ticket your whole family can be covered.

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2019 Travel Trends: What’s in store for next year?

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What’s in store for 2019 Travel Trends?

Planning anything big for next year? Now is the time to start thinking about those vacation days you are going to rack up in 2019. What’s on your bucket list? We’ve compiled the latest 2019 travel trends from several sources into one easy to read article.

Let us know where your next trip will be?

2019 Travel Trends


Even though people tend to go on vacation to “unplug,” technology advances in hotels can make traveling more convenient. Hotels are working on how to integrate things like Alexa and more automated devices without taking away from customer service. The flip side is that more and more travelers are seeking destinations to recover from work burn out and escape social media and email. People will continue to seek more and more remote places to unwind.

Online Booking

Some big players (think TripAdvisor and AirBnB) are working on expanding their platforms to provide friendly, one-stop-shopping for all of your vacation planning. No more website hopping. This is great news for those who plan their own vacations and like to shop deals.

Related: Where in the World is Airbnb Cheaper than Hotels?

Healthy and Active Travel

More and more people are looking to stay healthy and active while on vacation. This means more activities and a wider variety of healthy food options.  This includes yoga sessions, bicycle tours, cooking classes, spa retreats, snorkeling, hiking and more.  Authentic food experiences is also a huge trend made popular by many cooking shows.

Related: 5 Activities to Keep You Active on Vacation

Off Peak Travel

Travelers are taking advantage of deals available in the off season. Cooler weather is also a great perk for many of these deals.

Related: Traveling During Hurricane Season: Tips for Deals & Survival

Educational Trips

2019 will see a focus on travelers making choices with extra significance as they look to add more purpose to their trips. Over half (56%) of global travelers agree traveling has taught them invaluable life skills, and 2019 will see a rise in people’s desire to learn something new while traveling, as well as an increase in volunteering and skills-based vacations across generations.

Related: Family Learning Vacations

Environmentally-Friendly Travel

In 2019 environmental concerns will turn into greater environmental action. Millennials and Gen Z travelers will look for sustainable experiences in their destination, while accommodation providers will look to reduce their plastic usage and increase their sustainable credentials. Expect to see a number of new travel start-ups and individual enterprises committed to shaping a new future for our planet’s destinations emerge in the coming year, with intriguing technology at the core of their solutions.

Related: Eco-Friendly Travel Experiences

The Weekend Getaway

Over half of global travelers report they plan to take more weekend trips in 2019. It’s a year that’s predicted to be all about made-to-measure, bite sized travel with more curated travel itineraries squeezed into shorter time frames. There will also be an increase in the desire to stay in unique and remarkable accommodations, which will give more meaning to the shorter vacations.

Related: Packing Tips for Traveling Light

Don’t Forget…

An Emergency Medical Plan is a great investment, especially if you are traveling multiple times in one year or are traveling overseas. If you get sick or injured, the cost of out of pocket medical transportation can be as much at $100k. For less than the cost of a plane ticket your whole family can be covered.

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Traveling During Hurricane Season: Tips for Deals & Survival

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We are in the midst of Hurricane Season in the United States and some of you may be second guessing your travel plans. Hurricane Michael ended up being stronger than originally thought. However, when planning for next year, or even in the next few weeks–you don’t necessarily have to avoid this time of year for travel.

Things to consider when traveling during hurricane season

1. Price Breaks

The travel industry knows people may be less inclined to travel during hurricane season so many companies have deals and incentives to boost tourism. With a little bit of planning, you can take advantage of this.

Remember, weather is unpredictable and the odds are pretty low that a storm will hit when and where you are traveling.

2. Get a Medical Emergency Plan and Trip Insurance

Some trips are just worth the extra insurance, and hurricane season is one of them. Be sure to consider all your trip insurance options for flight, accommodations, and car rental. In addition, an Emergency Medical Plan is a great investment, especially if you are traveling multiple times in one year or are traveling overseas. If you get sick or injured, the cost of out of pocket medical transportation can be as much at $100k. For less than the cost of a plane ticket your whole family can be covered.

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3. Cruises are a great way to go!

Cruises are a pretty safe option when considering traveling during hurricane season. Even though it is counter intuitive (open water and all that) it actually does make sense if you think about it. Cruise lines have amazing weather technology and can adjust their stops and route if there is a storm in their path.

If there is a hurricane looming, a cruise ship can get ahead of it and head out to see. You are far safer being at sea than on land during a hurricane. Plus, there are some really really great cruise deals this time of year.

4. Be Flexible

If you do plan a trip during hurricane season do it with an open mind and flexible schedule. Flights can get delayed and plans may have to be changed. It doesn’t mean your trip will necessarily be cancelled, just changed. If you know this going in it is less likely to cause stress. Include buffer travel time on either of your trip just in case.

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5. Be Prepared

In the event that you will have to travel some extra days or be delayed–pack accordingly. Extra clothes, medications and available vacation time at work are all things to consider.

Related:  5 Things to ALWAYS Pack in Your Carry On

6. Choose your travel providers wisely

Picking the cheapest options aren’t always the best way to go this time of year. Many travel providers have a lot of experience dealing with hurricane season and have built in safety measures. They also know how to save you time and money in the event of a hurricane. Always read the fine print and ask a lot of questions.

The Take Away

You don’t need to avoid hurricane season when making travel plans and there are many great deals out there. Just be sure to include some pre-planning measures and never forget the trip insurance and a medical emergency plan.

Happy Travels! We Bring You Home!

Medical Marijuana in Carry-Ons is Now Allowed

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LAX (Los Angeles, California) Airport announced they will start allowed allowing small amounts of medical marijuana in carry-ons.

In an article published yesterday by CNN Travel it was stated that:

“The Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana,” reads a statement on LAX’s official website, which was posted in September 2018.

Marijuana is not yet legal on the Federal level, so while state laws vary from state to state, that does not guarantee medical marijuana users are completely protected.

While several states have legalized medical marijuana, including California if you are traveling with it in your carry-on, you need to be sure it also legal at your destination.

Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and medical marijuana is legal in 30 states.

Click here to see a map of which states have legalized marijuana.

Read the full article for all the details.


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We encourage you to ensure you will be properly taken care of in the event of an injury or illness. For less than the cost of a plane ticket, your whole family can be covered for a year. You will be medically airlifted home to be treated by your own doctors in the event of an emergency.

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