It seems like every few months, a new travel app comes out, or some new website pops up promising the best deals ever. And while certainly technology can make many things about travel more organized, the secret to the best trip of your life has been around much longer than aggregate travel sites. Because the secret to an awesome trip isn’t an app — it’s a human being!

Your Travel Advisor has got the experience, the know-how, and the connections to help you design and plan your unique vacation that will create the best memories of your life.

I am a Travel Advisor who takes the hassle and stress out of finding the perfect Luxury Adventure. How? By doing the research for you based on your unique requirements, providing you with choices. All you need to do is relax, indulge, and be as adventurous as you want to.

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Planning for your dream vacation can be so exciting — where you’re going to stay, what you’ll see, the shows you’ll take in, all the amazing food you’ll eat. 

But what about all your travel documents? Are they all in order?

Here’s a list of everything you need, plus practical tips on how to keep everything organized, safe, and accessible.

When you’ve assembled all the essential documents/copies, the first thing you should do is check to make sure your name appears the same on all documents. This may seem like a small thing, but it can be a big hassle during travel if your names don’t match.

Next, scan the papers and send them in an email to yourself and to your emergency contact(s).

In addition, you can carry a USB card with encrypted copies of all these images — so even if it gets stolen, no one could access the documents without the master password. You can keep this USB card in a tiny, discreet pocket, along with some extra cash — an absolute last resort in the extremely rare event that you lose everything.

Choose a family member or close friend who will be your representative while you’re away and who can have access to major accounts if needed. This way, you have a trustworthy contact available any time, and there is someone who always knows where you are.

Store copies of your major travel documents (passports, tickets, reservations, etc.) in a waterproof plastic zip bag and in a separate piece of luggage from the originals. It’s stressful enough to have your passport stolen — but having it stolen from the same bag where all the copies are is even worse. When you’re out sightseeing, always carry the essential documents on your person, ideally in a waterproof carrier that can be worn under your clothing.

Once you get all this info in order, you can travel with confidence, knowing you’re covered in the event of the unexpected. And — bonus! — you’ll have laid the groundwork for future trips.

To start planning your trip today, contact me by clicking here. I look forward to hearing from you!

The idea of traveling to a country that’s in economic crisis can be unsettling. You see images of protests, people yelling, long lines at ATMs. You read headlines that predict dire endings, total collapse. It can be hard to sort out click-bait subject lines from reality.

Here’s the good news: you can absolutely travel to countries that might be having economic trouble, and you can have a fantastic trip. Several of 2016’s most troubled economies according to Bloomberg were countries that are popular with tourists – places like Brazil, Greece, and Russia.

First, I can help you separate hype from fact. For example, while the thought of protests can sometimes be uncomfortable to U.S. citizens, it’s important to note that protests are a fairly common occurrence in places like Europe. Protests and strikes are much more a part of the social fabric for average citizens than they are for people in the United States, and often under the drama of signs and shouting, conditions in a particular country might still be very normal and relatively calm. And as long as things are stable and it’s safe to be in that country, there’s no reason to avoid it.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind if you decide to an economically-distressed country. If you prepare properly, you can protect your investment and maximize the enjoyment of your vacation.

Get travel insurance and make sure you clearly understand all the details. Insurance can help protect your purchases in the event that a tour company or resort goes out of business. Just make sure you understand what’s covered and what isn’t. For example, if a protest or strike is predicted before you get on your plane, your travel insurance company may refuse to cover your expenses. Talk to me or contact your insurance provider directly to make sure you understand the terms clearly.

Book with credible airlines and tour operators. For U.S. citizens, this means booking with providers approved by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Package deals also tend to protect the consumer more than buying each service separately.

Bring a variety of ways to pay for your holiday, including extra cash in the currency of the country you’re visiting. Most hotels, restaurants, and tour operators will still take credit cards, and often the cash limit at ATMs that’s in place for citizens will not apply to foreign visitors. Federal credit regulations allow travelers to file credit disputes if a service wasn’t provided because of bankruptcy. Still, it’s a good idea to bring more cash than you would normally, just in case there’s an interruption in credit card or ATM services.

The recently-instituted value-added-tax (VAT) increase in Europe may slightly affect prices on some goods and services. For tourists, this mainly affects things like hotel prices and restaurant food — though there are plenty of ways to still get great deals on these services.

Consider exploring areas of the country that you know will be quieter. Downtown in major cities like and university campuses tend to be common rally areas. Often, the countryside or smaller cities offer gorgeous views, plenty of amenities, delicious meals at affordable prices, and friendly citizens who appreciate the boost of tourist dollars. Take advantage of an opportunity to experience an amazing place — and help boost a discouraged economy.

Make the extra effort to connect with citizens. Strike up conversations in coffee shops. Ask questions at your hotel front desk. Take an extra moment to learn about what’s going on from an inside perspective. What you see in the news does not reflect the nuance of human experience. Your trip can only be enriched by connecting with the people who live in the country you’re visiting. 

Do you have a place in mind but have questions in an uncertain global economy? Contact me today and let’s see how we can make your vacation a reality. You’ll be so glad you did!   www.BeaconTravelLLC.com to schedule your Unique Planning Session.

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