Travel Tips 2017-12-30T17:08:41+00:00

Travel Tips

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The Latest Travel Gadgets

The latest travel gadgets.  Suitcase GPS?  Scented bags?  Collapsible sunglasses? We will always know the whereabouts of our checked luggage. We will sleep as comfortably on planes as kittens in a basket. And we will never again experience the horror of watching our gadgets power down with no outlets in sight. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long for this futuristic world. At most, till June. “Manufacturers are innovating to keep up with the changing traveler,” said Michele Marini Pittenger, president of the Travel Goods Association, which organizes the annual event. “Luggage is increasingly lightweight, carry-on [makers] are considering the [...]

Ways to Stay Healthy Ashore

5 WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY ASHORE BEFORE YOU GO Make sure your immunizations are up to date for the destinations you're visiting and have a flu jab if you're flying anywhere. Ask your doctor or local travel clinic for advice. Travel insurance with good medical cover is essential. PACK WIPES AND HAND SANITIZER:   These are useful when soap and water aren't available. Keeping your hands clean helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria – and it should go without saying that you wash or clean your hands before eating and after using the toilet. PROTECT AGAINST BURNS AND BITES: [...]

Travel and Romance

Can Travel Make You Fall in Love? Finding true love in a far-away land, reclaiming a bit of joy through a holiday romance. These are such commonly woven yarns that they border on cliché. Eat Pray Love taught us we may find our soulmate in Bali on vacation. Midnight in Paris (and just about every movie set in Paris, it seems) taught us we could very well fall in love while walking the streets of the City of Light. And how did Stella get her groove back? On a trip to Jamaica. But is there some truth to this? Can [...]

Become a Tipping Expert

Travel tipping guide - Who gets what? Become a tipping expert by learning exactly who you should tip and by how much. To tip or not to tip, and if yes, when and how much for what services? For many travelers, the rules are murky. How much to tip often depends on the circumstance, and there’s a wide variety of opinions on the matter. Keep in mind that these “tips” are only for domestic U.S. travel; tipping customs vary overseas. What is surprising is that many travelers don’t realize that tipping is even appropriate or expected in certain circumstances. From [...]

Travel Tips to Help Get You Through the Airport

Crowds in airports can be ugly, with so many people, so many immovable lines, so much chaos.  Most of us just stick it out, but there are better strategies for navigating terminals quickly, and they’re good year-round. These are six useful tips: Pay a fee that’s actually worth the money: The TSA's faster airport security program, called PreCheck, isn’t free — and some think its $85 price tag is on the expensive side — but membership benefits are good for five years. And if you fly often enough, it can you save hours and hours of waiting in long, long [...]

Business Tips to Help Maximize Your On-The-Go Productivity

Getting your ducks in a row when traveling can be the difference between a trip to remember, and a travel nightmare.  A high school teacher once said: "if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail."  That sticks, so now when traveling you can look for as many productivity hacks as possible.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling for business, leisure, or both: productivity is key to the success of the trip.  Staying productive while you’re on the go is all about staying one step ahead. So, what can you do to maximize business travelling? Plan ahead:  To enable your trip [...]

Tips for Traveling with the In-Laws

The Story - “Jack, we should call someone. I don’t think he can do this. Do you have reception here? Let’s call someone. He can’t do this.” ...That’s my mother-in-law, Maureen. Jack is her husband, and I am “he,” lying underneath a rented vehicle on an unpaved road high above Leadville, Colo., trying to solve the SUV’s complex spare-tire retention system so I can change a flat. It is 47 degrees and raining. Cold runnels of dull-orange mud are coursing around me. With Maureen and Jack are my wife, Cathleen, and our two children, all huddled around a small pine [...]

Personal Pre-Trip Checklist

Our Group Leaders have crazy schedules and can be heading for different parts of this beautiful world on any given day. They’re not only in charge of other travelers but they must deal with packing their own bags, too!  They’re fielding questions from the group’s travelers, confirming travel plans and dealing with other last- minute issues. As a result, the many calls from members and flights here to there can make forgetting to lock the door a real possibility. To avoid this, use this handy checklist before each trip that leaves your house empty for more than two days. One [...]

5 Health Insurance Tips for Overseas Travelers

Make sure you're really covered for medical mishaps abroad. No one wants to think about middle of the vacation health scares. But emergencies happen, and your regular insurance may not cover your care overseas. We advise that in order to avoid any expensive surprises, lay the groundwork before you board a plane.

TravelKatz Vacation Testimonials

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Jack & JoAnn Douglass, Miami, FL

I appreciated all the information that was given before I left on the trip. Our Guide, Jerry filled in all the other interesting information on what to expect. I felt safe, well feed and learned so much from a trip 45 mins from USA…I want people to see the beauty of the country, the people and their wonderful culture. I so loved the music. I am playing the CD’s often that I bought from the musicians. A trip I would like to do again. Thank you.

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