Guide to Beating the Flight Delay Blues Part 3: 4 Places to Unwind and Relax!  image from www.xpresspa.com

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been going over some fun and unique ways many of you can kill time while you’re waiting at the airport, either due to a long layover, or a delay! For art lovers, we showed you some cool exhibits you can find at airports, and for the foodies, we’ve gone over some unique eateries to test out, as well.

But maybe neither of these options strike your fancy. In fact, some of you may be too worn out to walk around all over the airport looking for eateries and art exhibits.

All you really want to do is unwind and de-stress as you prepare for this amazing week away from work, office deadlines, and (most) responsibilities. So take a deep breath and relax! Stop stressing over your delayed flight or your 5-hour long layover. Instead, check out these amazing in-airport spas and salons, and pamper yourself with luxury treatment that is probably long overdue.

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6 Gifts for People Who Travel that Won’t Break the Bank

By Jessica Thiefels 

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We all have a few world travelers in our lives—they’re here and there, and always posting pictures of their latest trip for you to pine over at home. Now, while they’re home for the holidays, it’s time to shower them with your love and a great gift.

While travel is the number one wish list item this year, according to a 2016 holiday survey, sending your friends or family on an excursion may be a little out of your price range.

Instead, spoil them with one (or a few!) of these budget-friendly accessories and gifts. From stocking stuffers to presents to put under the tree, here are six of the best gifts for travel that won’t break the bank.

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Get Your Friends and Family Ready to Visit, Starting with U.S. Visitors Insurance

By Chaitanya Bala

image from nis2.orgWith the holiday season coming up, many international students are having their parents and relatives come to the States so they can check out their living arrangements and get a taste of American culture. With a huge number of international students studying in the U.S., it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of overseas travel back and forth during the winter months; students are either returning home for the holidays or trying to get his or her guest(s) to the United States.

If you’re an international student who wants your family, significant other, or friends from your home country to come visit the U.S. during your holiday break – or even if you’re not a student and simply want your relatives to visit from another country – you may have many questions; namely, what steps do they need to take to ensure they’re prepared for an enjoyable trip?

That’s why we’re here to help!

Let’s assume that your guest has already applied for a B-2, or a visitor’s visa, has been granted the visa, and has an up-to-date passport. Here are the next steps they need to take – starting with buying U.S. visitors insurance – as they get ready to come to the United States for the holidays:

 

Get Visitors Insurance for the U.S.A.!

This is by far one of the most crucial recommendations we can give you. As a person who travels to India often, I will admit that I have never gone to India with a travel insurance policy since healthcare is pretty cheap there.

However, I definitely wouldn’t dare travel without travel insurance if I were traveling from India to the United States. This is because travel insurance for visitors traveling to the United States covers healthcare expenses, which as very expensive in the U.S. relative to the countries visitors may be coming from. According to John Hopkins professor, Gerard Anderson, an average emergency room bill without health insurance is $8,094.21. And with insurance, this cost is reduced to $309.57.

If residents of this country who make enough money to sustain a living are reading this in astonishment, imagine how things would be for a traveler who’s brought just enough money for some leisure activities and goods, and ends up facing a medical emergency with no insurance! Before your guests come to the U.S., definitely urge them to purchase a U.S. visitors insurance policy.

 

Get Up-to-Date Vaccinations

One of the requirements for immigrants entering the United States is that they must be vaccinated to protect against a particular group of infectious diseases. Make sure to communicate to your guests that they must have up-to-date vaccinations for these diseases, including measles, polio, and hepatitis A and B. Have them check out the full list provided by the CDC.

 

Figure out their Phone Situation

Are your guests going to use your phone the entire time they’re in U.S.? Are they going to change the SIM card on their phone while they’re here? Or, are your guests simply going to purchase a cheap phone to use during their stay here in the United States? It’s quite possible your guests are already cognizant of this, so just remind them to consider what they’re going to do for communication before they come here.

 

Bring the Right Amount of Money

Depending on where your guest is traveling from, the difference between the value of the U.S. dollar and the value of the other currency can be either barely discernible, or dramatic. Based on your knowledge of the exchange rate and your guests’ spending habits and budget, give them a ball park estimate of how much money would be sufficient to bring. Some other questions that your guests should consider is whether or not using a foreign credit card will be a good idea. If so, where should they go apply for one? Or should they carry around all cash? Your guests should also determine when they’re going to exchange currency and where. Once they get this squared away, they can ensure they have enough money to enjoy their stay!

 

Don’t Forget the Adapter Plugs!

In a day and age when we live and breathe technology, having your laptop or other electronic devices die with no way of bringing them back to life is pure torture. I still remember one time when I went to India and had accidentally dropped my adapter in the back of the taxi cab. Let’s just say the next two weeks went by really slowly. That’s why it’s super important to ensure that your guests have the right power plug that is compatible with electrical outlets in the United States. They can purchase adapters online, or at travel stores in their city. 

 

We hope things go smoothly as your friends, significant others, and family members get ready and come visit you in the U.S. for the holidays! Good luck!


4 Ways Travel Insurance is a Life Saver in Countries with Civil Unrest

Albania-Riot-PoliceAll of us have a little bit of wanderlust in our systems. Whether we simply want to head over to a creek near home, or venture out into the unknown, all of us like to do a little bit of traveling and go on adventures. However, for those of you who like to venture out into the unknown and visit foreign countries, there’s always a risk that your dream getaway destination may be going through some civil or political unrest. And this could pose a risk to the safety of yourself and whoever you’re traveling with. One popular example we can see right now is with Brazil. The South American nation is gorgeous and well-known for its rich, diverse culture and its breathtaking beaches and coastal cities - one of the reasons Rio de Janeiro was chosen as the destination for the 2016 Olympics. However, Brazil is also one of the many nations dealing with political corruption, with a president that is currently suspended from office. Many times, countries dealing with these issues could pose risky situations for the common traveler, as they run into violent strikes or riots, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fortunately however, travel insurance can be of assistance to those who are traveling to nations dealing with civil or political unrest. How? Let’s find out!

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In Rio For the Olympics?
Follow These 4 Safety Tips!

MaxresdefaultIt’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The start of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While some of us are going to be lounging back on our couches as we enjoy the various Olympic competitions, some of us are actually going to be in the breathtaking, picturesque Rio de Janeiro, watching the Olympics up close and live. It’s an amazing experience that everyone who’s a fan of the Olympics should get a chance to experience at some point in life. The 2016 Olympics is going to be a real treat for those attending it live; not only because of the various competitions to be viewed, but also because it’s going to be in one of the most beautiful seaside cities in the world. However, as gorgeous as Rio de Janeiro and the entire nation of Brazil is, there are also many safety concerns associated with being a tourist there. So how can you make sure to stay safe? Let’s find out!

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