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Should You Come Home To The Virus-Embattled U.S. Now, Stay Abroad – Or Even Leave?

Mar 23 2020

My award booking partner Steve Belkin was traveling abroad for a month. He and his wife were in Mozambique. Do they come home to the virus outbreak or stay put? Risk infection but access medical care? Lots of Americans abroad faced similar questions, and they came up with a unique solution. Still others are encouraging older Americans to flee. What to do?

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14 Things You Need To Know About Working From Home But Were Afraid To Ask

Mar 16 2020

Work from home tips are like a cottage industry now, but I’ve got a real head start on you and I think I can offer solid concrete advice. I transitioned out of being in the office every day back in 2014, and I’ve worked from home and on the road ever since. It’s the best decision I ever made, but it isn’t for everyone and it isn’t ‘natural’ for someone that isn’t used to it. Some people thrive, and others flounder.

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New Yorkers Banned From Global Entry: Just Change Your Address?

Mar 10 2020

A reader shares that they had Global Entry conditionally approved when New Yorkers were banned from being approved for Global Entry. He arrived at New York JFK off of an international flight from London shortly after the announcement, but while his approval was still active, and sought to do his interview on arrival. No officer was available. A few days later his application was purged along with the rest of New Yorkers.

However he “immediately reapplied” using an address in another state. It worked.

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Remember to Garden Your Reservations After You Book Them

Jan 24 2020

I find it’s worth checking a booking right after you make it to make sure everything was done correctly — are traveler names accurate? Can you assign seats? Does a partner airline see the booking and does it appear ready for travel? If the reservation is for some time in the future, scroll through your reservations at least once a month. Do it again a few days in advance of travel, too.

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How to Beat Jet Lag Every Time

Jan 24 2020

Sleeping, and waking on local schedule at your destination, is the number one way to beat jet lag. Then stay up at your destination on arrival and go to bed as close to when the locals do as possible.

When I take an overnight flight to Europe or Asia that arrives in the morning, I take a shower and change clothes. If it’s sunny, take a walk. If my schedule allows I will take a nap. I will get up and make myself go out to dinner. This can be tough. I’ll be dead tired. Doesn’t matter. I want to go out, ideally a late dinner, so that I’m tired and fall right to sleep when I get back to the hotel.

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6 Things To Know Before Traveling This Thanksgiving

Nov 24 2019

If you’re traveling this week in the U.S., best of luck to you! Here is my nickel’s worth of free advice as you prepare to depart along with 40 million other Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday (fortunately they won’t all be flying).

Some of them will save you hassle, some will save you money, and some may just save your trip…

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Had a DUI? You May Not Be Able to Enter Canada

Aug 29 2019

George W Bush pled guilty to DUI in 1976 which makes him.. inadmissible to Canada without special permission.

Canada has gotten even stricter about their drunk driving laws in the past year. It doesn’t matter if your charge was a misdemeanor in the U.S., a drunk driving conviction is treated as a serious offense in Canada. And any driving charge related to alcohol may preclude you from entering Canada.

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Travel Agency Scam: Take Customer Money, Don’t Actually Book Their Travel

Jul 21 2019

There are supposed travel agents online that will sell you packages, hotel rooms, tickets for activities. They will charge your card. You’ll show up, and they’ve simply taken your money and not booked anything for you. You have a paper confirmation that doesn’t mean anything.

Would you book from a travel agency using Osama bin Laden’s initials?

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