Destinations for Solo Travelers

Ireland: Explore miles of rolling green hills, dramatic coastal cliffs, and mingle with the friendly locals and enjoy a lively pub culture while touring through Dublin and the Irish countryside. Travelers can take it easy while hopping from one pub and bed & breakfast to another, or rent a car and enjoy a tranquil coastal drive. The country’s rich history and rural charm — and of course, beautiful historic castles and churches — will put you in a relaxed frame of mind.

Costa Rica: With some of the highest national rankings for happiness and safety in the world, Costa Rica is the perfect setting for a peaceful getaway that combines adventure travel and relaxation. If you’re looking for relaxation, you’ll have plenty of beaches to choose from – the country has dozens of Pacific beaches.

Stockholm, Sweden: Although Stockholm is definitely on the pricier side, the Swedish capital is one of the best cities in Europe for solo travelers. The city is safe and friendly for travelers who are looking to explore a European city. Also, if you get lost, most Swedes speak English and will be happy to help you find your way.

New Zealand: If you’re looking to really get away, experience a new culture, and tour through some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world, plan a trip trekking across New Zealand. Like the other destinations on this list, New Zealand people are really friendly and willing to help visitors to their country.

Now it’s your turn to tell us. Where would you like to travel solo? No matter where you decide to go, make sure travel insurance is part of your vacation plans. With medical coverage, flight delay coverage, lost luggage coverage and much more, it can make a difference in your vacation.

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How to Avoid Jet Lag While Traveling

Jet lag can put a real damper on your vacation. Well-seasoned travelers swear by a variety of practices to combat this common issue. We asked our travelers for their most effective ways to beat jet lag, and you answered with some great tips (thank you!). Read on to find out the best ways to avoid jet lag and be sure to share your tip in a comment below!

“Adjust your sleep schedule a week before the trip,” Betty B. says. “If it’s possible, try to become acclimated to your new time zone before you arrive, and you’ll be able to start your vacation with a running start!” Betty’s on to something here! Research has shown it takes a day for each time zone traveled for a person’s body clock to catch up to the local time, so if you adjust your sleeping times, it can help shorten the adjustment period.

“If you can’t sleep at night when you arrive, try taking a melatonin supplement,” shares Kathie C. Melatonin supplements are sometimes used to treat jet lag or insomnia. However, it’s important to note, that you should consult a doctor before taking any medication, especially ones that affect someone’s ability to drive or operate heavy machinery like melatonin.

“Try to schedule your flight to depart late at night,” advises Michael M. “That way, you can sleep overnight on the plane and get moving once you arrive at your destination.” Michael’s theory is proven useful! Not only does being exposed to light help convince your body it’s time to get going, but getting a full-night’s sleep can also help keep grogginess at bay.

Do you have a tip to beat jet lag? Share it in the comments below. We’d love to hear more great tips from our travelers!

Top US Travel Destinations for 2014

Are you having trouble deciding where to vacation next year? We’ve got just the list for you. And there’s good news – you don’t have to go far for an enjoyable vacation. For the fourth year, Lonely Planet has released their top 10 US travel destinations for 2014.

  1. Grand Rapids & Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast
  2. Yosemite National Park, CA
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Central Coast, CA
  5. Jersey Shore
  6. Kansas City, MO
  7. Cumberland Island, GA
  8. Las Vegas, NV
  9. Sun Valley, ID
  10. Lana’i, Hawaii

To find out why these destinations were chosen, see Lonely Planet’s complete list. And tell us, which of these locations would you like to visit? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

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How to Avoid Theft While Traveling

Europe is a very safe country when it comes to violent crimes, however theft is an unfortunate reality for travelers. Thieves tend to target American tourists when it comes to pickpocketing and purse snatching. However, most of these instances are avoidable if you follow these tips:

  1. Don’t bring along your valuables. You’ve heard it before, but leave your valuables at home when traveling. If you bring expensive equipment with you on vacation, like a laptop, keep them in a hotel safe when you’re out for the day.
  2. Don’t carry a backpack. Thieves can easily unzip or even worse, cut the bottom your backpack without your knowledge on a crowded metro. Instead, carry a cross-body bag underneath your jacket or wear a money belt.  If you must carry a backpack, wear it on the front of your body. You may look silly, but it will keep thieves from unzipping your backpack without your knowledge.
  3. Blend in. Avoid wearing anything that screams, “I’m a tourist!”. This includes your newly purchased “I love London” t-shirt, white athletic shoes and baseball caps. These items will most likely attract thieves as they are known to target Americans.
  4. Stay alert. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowds. Most thieves use a distraction or create commotion of some kind in order to distract you. If you stay vigilant and trust your instincts, it can save you from being a victim of theft.
  5. Get travel insurance. Sometimes theft is unavoidable. If your items are stolen, travel insurance can provide protection where your homeowner’s policy falls short. To find the plan that’s right for you, visit travelsafe.com or call us at 888-885-7233.

What your best tips are for staying safe while abroad? Leave your tips in a comment below, write on our Facebook wall or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Travel Tips

If the holiday season is sneaking up you, we’re here to help. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you haven’t booked your travel yet, follow the tips below to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Book your flight as soon as possible. If you see an air deal within your budget, book it!

If you can, avoid traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward. These tend to be the most expensive days to travel. To ensure you get the best prices, try flying out early on Thanksgiving day and returning on Saturday or Monday after the holiday.

See if there are nearby airports with more inexpensive fares. For example, if you’re wanting to head to Miami this Thanksgiving, consider flying into Ft. Lauderdale to save money.
Wait to book your hotel room. This may sound backwards, but trust us on this one. Since most travelers stay with family during the holidays, many hotels offer great last-minute deals. Orbitz, Expedia and Last Minute Travel all offer great last-minute options.

Invest in travel insurance. Holiday travel can be more important than just a “normal” vacation. To make sure you’re covered against the unexpected, add travel insurance to your travel package. Just look at everything that it covers.

We want to hear from you. Where are you traveling to this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Happy Thanksgiving, travelers!

Destinations for Your Bucket List

We all have that list. That list of vacation destinations we want to visit. That list that you day dream about on Mondays. Well we’ve got destinations you should add to your travel bucket list.

Fiji is first up. This island country is located about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. It makes our list because hearing the name Fiji alone makes you think of exotic beaches and clear, blue water. And if you needed more reason to visit, there is also a number of activities to please a variety of travelers.

New Zealand is next. It goes beyond saying when you see the photo below, but the scenery is spectacular. Add in the air fresh, the delicious food friendly people and you’ve got a dream vacation. No matter what your taste or budget, there is a wide variety of accommodations, too.


Greenland is another great destination too add to your travel bucket list if you thirst for adventure. Diving, climbing, mountaineering and ice fishing are just a few of the activities available in located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Because of its very high latitude, Greenland has an arctic to subarctic climate with cool summers and very cold winters, so hot springs are also a great tourist attraction.

India is last but certainly not least. In addition to picturesque views and historical sites, India boasts music that ranges over various traditions and regional styles. Between the the historical and cultural attractions, India makes for a great addition to any travel bucket list.

We want to hear from you. What are the travel destinations on your bucket list? Leave a comment below, share photos on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Why Travel Insurance is Important

Travel insurance. It’s a topic that has been getting a lot of attention lately. Whether it’s an article questioning it’s worth or travel insurance tips, it’s a topic that deserves to be discussed. Travel insurance is important for a variety of reasons, and it is designed to protect you in three ways: 1) to reimburse you for your financial investment; 2) to protect you against the costs incurred during your trip for medical expenses, a medical evacuation, services to assist you in an emergency situation; and 3) to protect against loss, damage or destruction of your personal belongings.

Let’s face it. There’s a lot of things that are out of control when we travel. Flight delays, unexpected medical issues  and family issues are just a few of the things that can disrupt your vacation. With that being said, remember that many of your travel arrangements may be either non-refundable or subject to strict cancellation penalties. The lowest cost airfares, cruise and land packages generally include significant penalties if you are unable to actually take your trip. If you experience an unexpected hiccup in your vacation, travel insurance can provide the coverage you need to make sure your travel investment is covered.

Do you have further questions about how travel insurance can protect your next vacation? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us. Were here to answer your questions.

10 Tips for Solo Travelers

Solo travel can create the most exhilarating and proud moments of your life. In fact, solo travelers account for 11 percent of all American vacationers according to the U.S. Travel Association. So if you’re thinking about making your way across Europe solo or visiting the Virgin Islands by yourself, we’ve got the top 10 tips to keep you safe, happy and ready to hit the road … solo.

 

  1. Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  2. Avoid appearing like a tourist. Leave the “I LOVE NY” shirt at home and don’t walk around with your face in a local guidebook. You’ll save yourself from appearing vulnerable.
  3. Carry identification with you. It is also important to make copies of your driver’s license and passport and leave them in safe place with a trusted person.
  4. Walk in well-light, public places, especially at night.
  5. Double check your directions and public transportation routes before leaving your hotel.
  6. Send a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member. It’s also important to stay in touch by email or phone.
  7. Talk up your travel plans on social media. You don’t have to giveaway your exact travel dates or any personal information, but sharing ideas and experiences with other solo travelers can provide important insight.
  8. You may be able to bargain room rates. Most hotels base their rates on double occupancy. Simply try asking if a discount is available since you’re the only person staying in the room and that you’ll be using less electricity and water and eating less breakfast than two guests. In the end, it can’t hurt to ask.
  9. Take lots of pictures. When you return home and want to show off all of the great places you traveled, you’ll be glad you have the pictures to go along with your stories. Don’t forget to share them with the people that helped you on #7, too!
  10. Safety should be your top priority. Traveling solo means you have to look out for yourself even more. Carry travel insurance to make sure your belongings, travel investment and medical needs are covered. If your bag is lost, travel insurance can cover your costs to replace the lost items. If you fall ill in a foreign country, travel insurance can make sure you are seen at an English-speaking hospital and cover the costs of your treatment.

Now it’s your turn to tell us – what’s your best tip for someone traveling solo? Share your tip in a comment below, Tweet us using the hashtag “#TravelSafeSolo” or post on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend is here! If you’re still looking for activities to fill your holiday weekend, we’ve got you covered. From hot air balloons festivals to historical walking tours, here are five events that will keep you busy this holiday weekend.

  1. Washington D.C.: On Sunday, Sept. 1, enjoy a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. local time. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. This year’s theme is Americana with works by John Williams, Mark Isham and other composers with the Wild West as the theme.
  2. Pine Mountain, Georgia: On Sunday, Sept. 1, the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival will fill the skies in Pine Mountain. If the Hot Air Balloon Festival doesn’t do it for you, there’s also a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, and a 5K Race event. See the entire schedule of events here.

  3. Kansas City, Missouri: From Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, Kansas City celebrates Irish Fest. Irish music will be played on seven stages, and there are also workshops, exhibits and food throughout the festival. This year you’ll also be able to visit the Tourism Ireland Virtual Café, where you’ll be able to chat directly with someone in Ireland.
  4. New York City: Spend Monday, Sept. 2, getting some exercise and education at the same time. At the Labor Day Historical Walking Tour, you’ll learn about immigrant and labor history as you explore downtown NYC.
  5. San Fransisco: On Monday, Sept. 2, the Golden Gate Park Band will present a concert in Golden Gate Park. The concert will begin at 1:00pm. Special Labor Day Concert with great American and Patriotic music featuring Hall Goff, Trombone soloist along with music by Sousa, Jenkins, Victor Herbert and more!

Share your suggestion for a Labor Day Weekend activity by leaving a comment below, writing on our Facebook page or Tweeting us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Travelettes Inspires Women to Travel

Unforgettable summer nights in Berlin, great bars in Paris or surfing in Costa Rica. These are just a few of the adventures highlighted on the online magazine, Travelettes. Founded by Katja Hentschel, the magazine sets out to inspire a new generation of female globetrotters.

“Backpacking in heels” is their motto and that is just what Hentschel did for one year. After her year of backpacking in heels was complete, she founded Travelettes and shares her adventures there. Whether it is “glamping” (read: glamorous camping) or devouring hot soup at a Thai roadside kitchen, she has a lot to share.

In addition to Hentschel, there are 10 Travelettes from all around the world contributing to the blog, sharing the best hotels, cool things to do, and not to be missed adventures.

Hentschel’s advice for other women who want to see the world?

“Be active, be proactive, go traveling and go see the world. Because I find it’s such a huge part of becoming who you are.”

Our advice for woman who want to see the world? Take advantage of resources like Travelettes, combine that with the knowledge of your travel agent and make sure to protect yourself with travel insurance. If your luggage is lost, you come down with the flu, you have to travel home for a medical emergency, your flight is delayed or you just want to cancel your vacation, travel insurance can help.

If you have questions about an upcoming trip and how travel insurance can protect you against the unknown, leave a comment below or call us at 888-885-7233. We look forward to hearing from you!