Global Entry is good for 5 years. For your $100 you also get TSA PreCheck. You can purchase the TSA PreCheck by itelf (it is good for 5 years). For $15 more you can get expedited through U. S. Customs. This is helpful is you do a lot of international travel.
1. Date of Expiration-Keep an eye on your calendar. Globsl Entry expires on your birthdate. You should receive and email 90 days before it expires as well. Make sure you haven't changed your email address.
2. Don't get in trouble-You can't be convicted of any crime or you can have your Global Entry revoked. Follow the program requirements and you will be fine.
3. Avoid violating agriculture guidelines-You want to make sure you are not bringing back any fresh fruit, meat, dairy, etc. These agriculture violations are a big issue. You must declare these items if you are bringing them back to the USA. If you don't you can be fined and lose your Global Entry. If you are given fruit on the plane don't put it in your pocket and take it with you. You will get stopped.
If you don't have Global Entry you can use the Mobile Passport App that helps expedite you through customs.
Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe when traveling:
1. Airplanes-You know they are dirty. Did you know that patterns of infectious disease tranmission has been shown in the friendly skies? Think about it. The table trays are not always wiped down. The seat pockets are never cleaned so keep your stuff out of there. The armrests and headrest aren't either so consider packing wipes with you when you travel.
2. Traveling with a baby? - It is always recommended that you "wear your infant"- using a baby carrier through the airport. This allows you to manage your luggage while keeping your infant close in front of you so you don't have to sit them down in a dirty areas. Using the baby carrier is also a natural barrier from strangers wanting to come in contact with them and pass germs.
3. Zika-is still out there- Zika may not be in the news but pregnant women and women wanting to become pregnant need to take precautions when traveling to the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Mexico, Africa, South America, or Asia. It is recommended to talk with your doctor about potential risks and precautions.
4. Wear your Seat Belts- Insist everyone where their seat belt when in a vehicle. If you have young kids please use the proper car seat or booster seat for them. When in a destination make sure you wear your seat belt as well. If you are on an excursion and riding in a vehicle that has seat belts make sure you wear them for your safety. Never ride or drive when under the influence.
5. Shots-When traveling internationally make sure you and everyone in your family have the necessary shots for anyone 6 months and older. Always check with your child's doctor.
6. Food Safety-It is always best to drink bottled water when you travel. Make sure your food is cooked completely. Be careful with the raw fish. Be careful with your blended smoothies and cocktails. You are saying what??? Just be mindful as the drinks with ice, etc. can be contaminated. If you are a cheese lover eat it in small amounts. Other countries don't process their cheese like we do so be careful or you will have an upset stomach.
7. Wash hands before you eat and after you use the bathroom-Take your time to wash your hands with soap. The hand sanitizer doesn't kill all the germs. Do this reguarly and thoroughly when you travel.
8. Toilet paper-Always take a roll of toilet paper with your when you travel. There are many countries that charge you to use the restroom. Europe is known for this. Many may only offer a few sheets which may not be enough or flat out don't have any. Put the roll of toilet paper in a quart bag and keep in your purse or backpack. You will be glad you did.
9. Stay Hydrated-This is very important when you are traveling espeically when flying. Always take an empty bottle with you so you can fill it up in the airport so you can have a larger amount of water on the plane. When you are traveling you can refill it as well so you have water with you at all times. A good goal is to consider what you weigh in pounds and consume half that number in ounces of water per day.
10. Medicine kit-Always take it with you. You never know when you will need it. Take some Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, bandaids, pedialyte, and antacids. If you use essential oils a few drops of Digize in some tea or water. It is great for heart burn.
When I have clients traveling I provide them with their final itineraries. I do my best to make sure I have included all the details and cover things on what to expect, even if things do not go exactly as planned.
I have had a few different situations happen since I started my career in the travel industry. I know not everything will always go as planned like we would hope they would. It is life, things happen.
One incident was where the client had to cancel the complete trip. Part of it was due to a hurricane and the other was due to a medical condition that kept them from traveling. They had travel protection as recommended. I was my clients advocate to help make sure all the documents were submitted in order to request a refund. Their trip was fully refunded.
The second incident was a destination wedding. The wedding had to be relocated from one part of Mexico to a different location in Mexico due to a hurricane. Some guests of the wedding party had travel protection and some didn't. I was the advocate for the wedding group to get the wedding relocated where there was availability for their wedding date, new flights, rooms and transfers so the wedding could go on as planned. Everyone was lucky and fortunate that we were able to make the necessary changes without any additional cost due to the situation. The wedding was still a success for the couple.
When you cancel a trip and you don't have travel insurance, more often than not you will either lose your funds or receive a credit(with change fees), even with medical issues and weather issues. Refunds after certain dates are rare especially with airlines.
I do my best to get the best resolution possible. I can't guarantee this type of success when things happen, but the moral of the story is that I am your advocate, fighting on your behalf when things go wrong that were not your fault.
(PS--Get travel protection insurance.)
I hope you are having a great day! I have always enjoyed working in positions that allow me to be able to assist people whether it be helping with fundraisers, office work, helping sports teams, helping students, helping the elderly simply with basic things or just being there for someone to talk to. I love being in the people business and helping those that allow me to help them. A smile says it all.
Being in the travel industry provides me that same satisfaction while building friendships with you, your family, friends and co-workers. Collaborating with you on your ideal trip is what I enjoy doing. I get to learn more about you, what you want to experience and so much more. Many don't know where to start or where they want to go. As a travel advisor I will ask many questions so I know what I have to work with in order to meet your needs.
First, figure out what you (or your group) want to experience based on the things you (or your group) like to do. Based on this we can help narrow down a destination.
Second, Plan your trip at least 6 to 8 months in advance if not more for better pricing and selection.
Third, Be realistic with what you would like. You can't have champagne taste on a beer budget.
Fourth, If you have a group (destination wedding, family reunion, club, etc.) planning 15 months in advance is best.
Fifth, For cruises schedules are out 15 months in advance and that is when you get the best pricing.
Sixth, Travel does involve some planning but don't let it stress you out. That is why you work with a travel advisor so you don't have to spend hours researching.
When you are ready to start planning your next trip think about what you would like to experience.Here are pictures of me when I was with learning how to make homemade pasta from a Italian grandmother "Nonna" in Umbria, Italy. I found this much simpler to do than the way my German grandmother made them. The Italian Nonna grated black truffle for our pasta that we got to enjoy. Being able to learn and experience this was fabulous because I like to cook and be able to come back home and duplicate what I learned. I have since made some and they turned out great. If you like to get emmersed in the destination you travel to let me know and I will be gald to help you. One example is learning how wines are made in Italy and seeing them stored in historic cellars at cool temperatures. You could also learn how olive oil is processed. This process is really fascinating. The process in Italy is different then the way it is processed here in Texas. You could learn how cheese and many meats are processed in the destination. There are many cathedrals to learn about as well. Traveling is about exploring, experimenting, and having fun. It is great to connect with the locals. There are so many different things you can do. If you like this type of travel let me know. I am here to help you with your next travel adventure.
As you know the travel experience isn’t always perfect. With the right attitude and these tips you can simplify your trip and avoid any hang-ups at the airport.
Machu Picchu is a must see. It now seems straight out of Indiana Jones. In the summer of 1911, a dashing American explorer named Hiram Bingham led a Yale University expedition through the jungles near Cuzco to discover an unknown ruin perched on a spectacular Andean crag: the “lost city of the Incas.” Adventurers had been searching for the site for centuries, although nobody had been sure of its existence. News of the romantic find spread around the world, and Bingham would go on to become a U.S. Senator. But the 1911 “discovery” was actually less heroic than it sounds.
Bingham had actually been led to the site by a local farmer named Melchor Arteaga, whom he had met while camping on the Urubamba River. Far from being “lost,” the Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site—and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak. Still, to modern archaeologists, Machu Picchu raises more questions than it answers. About 1,000 people once lived there, in around 200 structures, but why was the spectacular citadel built? Bingham himself threw out wild theories. At first, he thought he had found the last refuge of the Incas who held out against the Spanish, Vilcabamba. (In fact, he had already come across the real ruins of Vilcabamba, which lay 60 miles to the west, and he had found them unimpressive). He then decided that Machu Picchu was the last holdout of Cuzco’s sacred Virgins of the Sun, who had fled the marauding conquistadors. For want of another theory, this has certainly held the popular imagination.
A century later, archaeologists are still arguing about the city’s true purpose. Most agree that it was a religious center for the Incas. Beyond that, speculation reigns. Was it part of a province wiped out in a rebellion? Or a royal estate supplying Cuzco with coca leaves? One thing hasn’t changed since 1911: everyone’s first glimpse of the city poised high above the jungle-covered ravines is one of the most majestic images in South America. Hiking the young mountain 1, 410 steps up and back down is something everyone should experience. The views you have up in the clouds looking down over the area is beautiful and eye dropping. We design our journeys around the stories they will tell. What story might you discover next with Experience Travelin?
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I love to travel and explore the world. My goal is to help others actually experience their desired destination(s) whether they are traveling solo or as a group. The world has so much to offer.