American Rail System Gains Speed

In 2009, President Obama shared his plan for a high-speed rail across the United States. Whether the rail system will ever get built remains to be seen, but one artist, Alfred Twu, has determined where exactly those speedy rail lines should go.

Twu posted his design on Facebook and since then, the post has gone viral. With the overwhelming response, Twu created a petition to the White House to fund the system, and the petition has over 27,000 signatures after one week.

If the petition works and the government decides to go ahead with the project, the trains would zip across the country at 220 mph. Sound futuristic to you? You’re right, but it might not be as far off as you may think. Advocacy groups have marked potential dates between 2030 and 2050.

Overall, the project is estimated to cost between $1-$2 trillion. If this cost is divided over four decades, the government would be responsible for about $25-$50 billion each year.

To get a closer look at the map, view or download this .PDF file. And tell us, do you think the rail system will bring the United States up to speed with the rest of the developed world? Would you travel on the high-speed rail system? Leave a comment below with your answer.

Top Spa Getaways for a Valentine’s Day Vacation

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you know what that means – the search of the perfect gift has begun! But don’t worry because we’re here to help! We can’t think of a better gift than an unexpected getaway. Whether you’re looking to escape with your loved one, travel with your single friends or just need some alone time, we’re sharing the top resorts around the country for your Valentine’s vacation.

If you want to surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway… travel to New York City and visit the Mandarin Oriental hotel and spa. This 5-star hotel overlooks New York City skylines and Central Park, which makes it the perfect setting for a romantic vacation. When it’s time to eat, the hotel has acclaimed dining options with tempting food and delicious cocktails. After indulging in their world-class restaurants, don’t forget your a stone’s throw away from all the entertainment New York City offers.

Photo: Mandarin Hotel and Spa

If you want to get away for the weekend with your girlfriends… visit the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Southern California. It’s the perfect place whether you and your girlfriends want an active vacation or want to simply relax. Between their golf course, tennis courts, Ojai Spa and Maravilla restaurant, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa will keep everyone happy.

Photo: Amangiri Resort

If you’re looking for some alone time… try the Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah. The resort’s name means “peaceful mountain”, and that’s exactly what this location boasts – the 600 acres define relaxation. With unbeatable views, a world-class spa, quiet suites and pleasant weather, the Amangiri Resort is perfect for a week of reflection and relaxation. If you decide to leave the oasis, the resort is a 15-minute drive to the shores of Lake Powell, where you can explore canyons, go wake boarding or just relax underneath the stars.

Lastly, if you want to ensure your Valentine’s vacation investment is protected… add travel insurance to your getaway package and make sure you can relax at the spa knowing your Valentine’s vacation is covered from the unpredictable.

We’re here to answer any questions you may have, so leave a comment below, write on our Facebook wall or Tweet us.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Safe travels,

Your Friends at TravelSafe


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Dare to Compare: New Rates and Age Bands

Starting December 15, TravelSafe is proud to offer new rates and age bands. This means there will be “flat” rates for children 18 years and younger traveling with an accompanying adult*. Please note that flat rate premiums have the following Maximum Trip Cost limitations: $10,000 for Basic Plan and $15,000 for Classic “Plus” Plan. Don’t forget, this includes a Cancel For Any Reason – Cash Back benefit, too!

Vacation Basic: Up to Age 18 – $12.00
Vacation Classic
: Up to Age 18 – $14.00
Vacation Classic Plus: Up to Age 18 – $22.00

More great news for travelers – TravelSafe’s Cancel For Any Reason Benefit (CFAR) will now cover up to 75% maximum by eliminating the Cancellation Penalty Schedule. This added benefit will simplify the process and eliminate any unnecessary confusion.
You will be able to see these new rates online starting December 15. Please call us at 1-888-885-7233 or click here if you would like new brochures. Please provide your Agency Code and the amount of brochures you would like to receive.
Safe travels,
Your friends at TravelSafe
*Maximum of 2 flat rate premiums for each accompanying adult.