Ten Tips on How to Prevent Seasickness

Top Ten Tips on

How to Prevent Seasickness

First, let me say that I am not a physician, but I have been on more than 40 cruise sailings. As a professional cruise consultant I have hundreds of active cruise customers and clients. I have  dear family members who have accompanied me who suffer from severe motion sickness, and I personally am a gastric bypass recipient where food tolerance and stomach distress are daily issues for me, even on good days. So, while my expertise does not come from medical training, I do have a good deal of valuable personal knowledge and insight to offer on the subject.

My first tip, should be that of my hat – to the cruise line industry in that recent innovations made to ship stabilizer systems on today’s modern cruise vessels have greatly improved the experience of a smoother ride for many cruisers. That being said, as with any venture out into open waters can attest to the fact that Oceans are still what they are, and can at times become rather “tossed-about” in their nature.

Initially, I think you should be asking yourself, do YOU suffer from severe motion sickness symptoms. If you answer yes, then I strongly recommend a visit with your family physician prior to your cruise and consider having them prescribe medication, and better yet consider a trans-dermal patch for use during your entire cruise. Also, don’t make the mistake of thinking you feel fine and either fail to use or discontinue use of your patch(and/or other medications) before you complete your cruise and travel, as you may well find yourself feeling very sorry for doing so.

OK, so the balance of my writing here will be focused on what the everyday person who only experiences occasional effects with respect to motion sickness faces in their travels.

Seasickness (as it is often called) is actually Motion sickness, which is a very common disturbance of the inner ear that is caused by repeated motion. In addition to sea travel, motion sickness can develop from the movement of a car or from turbulence in an airplane. The symptoms of motion sickness are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, and a sense of just not feeling well. These symptoms arise from the inner ear (labyrinth) due to changes in one’s sense of balance and equilibrium.

In my opinion, Seasickness is best thought of as a prevention issue, as your condition prior to boarding your cruise (or plane to get there for that matter) is probably more important to anything else you can do. While it may be impossible to prevent all situations and ailments from motion sickness, the following tips may be a help to you in the prevention or lessening the severity of motion sickness:

  1. Monitor and give thought to your consumption of foods, drinks, and be sure to AVOID alcohol before and during travel (as it actually causes dehydration to the body), and makes you more vulnerable to motion sickness.You should also avoid excessive caffeine, and acidic foods or liquids intake that “do not agree with you” or make you feel unusually full. Heavy, spicy, or foods that are rich in fat may actually worsen motion sickness for some. Suggestion: Rather than consuming a filling meal prior to boarding your ship, consider smaller more frequent snacks until you have gotten aboard the ship and know better how you feel. Consequently, you should never travel on an empty stomach either, and be sure to take in plenty of water prior to/and during your travel(s).
  2. Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least amount of motion possible. As a former flight attendant, I can attest to the fact that the middle of an airplane over the wing is generally thought to be the calmest area of an airplane. When choosing your stateroom on a ship, those in mid-level staterooms, and near the center of a ship generally experience less motion than passengers cruising in higher or those located in the extreme forward or aft staterooms.
  3. Try to avoid being in close proximity to the preparation of foods that can give off strong food odors which can enhance the symptoms of nausea. If it becomes unavoidable try sucking on a lemon drop, or other hard candy, as your sense of smell can often be overcome by doing this. Another natural remedy for the effects of stomach distress held by many cruisers is the use of Ginger. Ginger root comes in various forms of pills, drops, powder, and even candy. As well as available in lower doseage commercial products such as teas, cookies, cakes, and breads. While this is not a scientifically proven treatment, many of my cruise passengers attest to its efectiveness.
  4. Avoid sitting in a backwards facing position from your direction of travel. Definitely when travelling by car, you should endeavor to sit in the front seat. Be sure to explain this need to your travel partner(s), so when situations arise while travelling, they understand your needs in advance.
  5. Do not read while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness. Also, it is advisable to not view thru binoculars or use cameras for prolonged periods as this can actually enhance the onset of motion sickness.
  6. Whenever you travel by auto or boat, it can sometimes help to keep your vision focused on the horizon or on a fixed point. Never stare at the waves or other moving objects. While inside the cruise ship try to focus on walls or items of furniture as compared to looking out the windows.
  7. Definitely be sure to get a full, and good night’s sleep before embarking onto your cruise ship. Try your best to avoid getting or becoming stressed as well.
  8. Be sure to steer clear of others who may be suffering from the effects of motion sickness. Just overhearing others talk about motion sickness or seeing others experiencing such ill effects can sometimes lead to you becoming sick or feeling ill yourself.
  9. Be sure to remain close to an open window, vent, or other source of fresh air if possible. If traveling by Motor coach, always sit toward the front of the bus, never in the rear that is susceptible to diesel fumes. When traveling by ship, AVOID the lower decks that are closest to the engine rooms that again put off toxic diesel odors, which can either keep you feeling seasick or cause it to occur.
  10. There are medications that can help. Be sure to consult with your physician prior to departing for your vacation. One such measure that has been tried by many cruisers is electronic wristbands that operate by applying acupressure on a specific nerve (the P6-neiguan) in the wrist that is thought to control nausea and vomiting.  While there are over-the-counter medications such as meclizine (found in Bonine, Antivert, and Dramamine, which are normally available in the cruise gift shops) can be a very effective preventive measure for short trips or for mild cases of motion sickness. Your doctor also may choose to prescribe medications for longer trips, or if you repeatedly develop severe motion sickness. An example of a prescription medication is a patch containing scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) that often is effective in preventing motion sickness. Remember that scopolamine can cause drowsiness and has other side effects, such as blurred vision, etc., and its use should be discussed with your physician prior to your trip.

I truly hope that you have found some information here that you can take away with you on your next cruise or travel adventure that will be a help in combating the effects of motionsickness and seasickness. Bon Voyage!- CruisewithMike

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Hurricane Sandy Impacts on Cruise Sailings

Hurricane Sandy

Impacts on Cruise Sailings Thusfar

As a service to our readers, we are FORWARDING a post from our good friend RICH TUCKER at CruiseSource.

If you desire to have the fastest and latest updates we highly recommend that you subscribe to his link below. Rich is the foremost writer on Hurricanes and their impact on the North American Cruise Schedules!

Hurricane Sandy Cruise Impacts

Posted: By CruiseSource 24 Oct 2012 02:17 PM PDT

Hurricane Sandy made landfall earlier today in Jamaica.                        

Cruise ships in the Caribbean are navigating around the storm keeping their passengers and crew safe. We will have a better idea of the damage in Jamaica tomorrow and if the damage will prevent ships from calling on Jamaica next week. If I had to guess, I’d guess that cruise ships will continue to call on Jamaica next week [but that is just a guess].

The projected path of Hurricane Sandy indicates that there could be impacts Friday cruise departures from Miami or Port Canaveral. She could also impact Carnival Fantasy departing from Charleston on Saturday.

No announced impacts to Cruise Departures

There have not been any changes to upcoming cruise departures from Hurricane Sandy. We will monitor announcements closely and report here if there are cruise impacts from Hurricane Sandy. CLICK HERE to subscribe to CruiseSource.

If you are departing between Thursday – Saturday, I recommend you be in contact with your travel agent and bookmark this page for updates. You can also follow @CruiseSource on Twitter.

Last update from Carnival Cruise Lines [5 PM ET]:

10/25/12 AND 10/26/12 DEPARTURES:
CARNIVAL DESTINY, CARNIVAL SENSATION and CARNIVAL IMAGINATION
At this time, no changes have been made and our itinerary remains as scheduled. We’re keeping our fingers crossed the weather will not impact our plans.

At the moment, there are no changes expected for any other sailings departing this weekend.

BTW, I’m departing Sunday from Ft. Lauderdale on the Allure of the Seas. From the projected path, we look fine but I will be watching this one closely.

Author Note: Rich Tucker, founder of CruiseSource has been reporting on cruise impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes since 2008.

CruisewithMike: Thanks for visiting our weblog for updated information on this and other interesting travel and cruise topics. If you would like to obtain more information on this and other topics, you can simply browse through our library of informational topics on these subjects. You can  contact Mike at email cruisewithmike@cruiseholidays.com  or check out more details to come about this cruise opportunity at http://www.cruisewithmike.info . You can follow mike on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike  . Join our Travel Club at http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/  Mikes web site can be found at  www.mberryhill.cruiseholidays.com .

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Do I need A Visa for travel to a certain country?

Do I Need A Visa

For Travel to a Certain Country?

Many times I am asked if a customer or client needs a travel visa when traveling to certain country destination. I have provided a list of more than 200 countries and whether or not U.S. Citizens are required to obtain a travel visa in order to enter a certain country. Note: Those Country Names shown in Green Do not require a visa for pleasure travel purposes.

Prices for travel visas can vary widely from less than $50, up to hundreds of dollars. They are usually dependant on the destination being traveled to, purpose of visit (whether business or pleasure), how soon to departure you are applying for your visa, and relations between the host country and the U.S. Government. Note: U.S. Citizens traveling abroad are strongly encouraged to check on the latest travel information, including warnings and watch lists which can be found on the U.S. State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/

I hope you find this information helpful.

Country

US Citizen Visa Information

Afghanistan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Albania Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Algeria Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Andorra Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Angola Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Anguilla Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Antigua and Barbuda Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Argentina Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Armenia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Aruba Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Australia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Austria Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Azerbaijan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Bahamas Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 3 months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 3 months
Bahrain Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Bangladesh Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Barbados Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Belarus Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
 Belgium  Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Belize Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Benin Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Bermuda Business: No visa is required for you to travel to this destination.
Tourist: No visa is required for you to travel to this destination.
Bhutan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Bolivia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival
Bosnia Herzegovina Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Botswana Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Brazil Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
British Virgin Islands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Brunei Darussalam Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Bulgaria Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Burkina Faso Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Burundi Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Cambodia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Cameroon Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Canada Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Cape Verde Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Cayman Islands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Central African Republic Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Chad Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Chile Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
China Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Colombia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Comores Islands Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Congo Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Cook Islands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Costa Rica Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Cote D’Ivoire Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Croatia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Cuba Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Cyprus Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Czech Republic Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Denmark (Including Greenland) Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Djibouti Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Dominica Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Dominican Republic Business: Visa Required. Visa required for travelers entering the Dominican Republic for technical business purposes (such as installing software) and carrying computer equipment and/or tools. For regular business purposes (business meetings, seminars, etc.) visas are not issued prior to departure. A card will need to be purchased upon arrival in the Dominican Republic. Please check with your airlines for further information.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Ecuador Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Egypt Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
El Salvador Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Equatorial Guinea Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Eritrea Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Estonia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Ethiopia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Falkland Islands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Fiji Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Finland Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
France Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
French Guinea Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
French Polynesia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
 French West Indies  Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Gabon Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Gambia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Georgia (CIS) Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Germany Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Ghana Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Greece Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Grenada Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Guatemala Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Guinea Bissau Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Guinea, Republic of Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Guyana Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Haiti Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Honduras Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Hong Kong Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Hungary Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Iceland Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
India Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Indonesia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Iran Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Iraq Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Ireland Business: No visa is required for you to travel to this destination.
Tourist: No visa is required for you to travel to this destination.
Israel Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Italy Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Jamaica Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Japan Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Jordan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Kazakhstan Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Kenya Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Kiribati Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Korea, Republic of (South) Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Kosovo Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Kuwait Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Kyrgystan Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Laos Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Latvia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Lebanon Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Lesotho Business: No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days
Liberia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Libya Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Liechtenstein Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Lithuania Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Luxembourg Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Macao Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Macedonia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Madagascar Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Malawi Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Malaysia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Maldives Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Mali Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Malta Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Marshall Islands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Mauritania Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Mauritius Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Mexico Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 180 days for simple business meetings. A visa should be obtained for people conducting technical activities.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 180 days
Micronesia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Moldova Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Monaco Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Mongolia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Montenegro Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Montserrat Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Morocco Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Mozambique Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Myanmar (Burma) Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Namibia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Nauru Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Nepal Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Netherlands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Netherlands Antilles Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
New Caledonia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
New Zealand Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Nicaragua Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Niger Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Nigeria Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Norway Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Oman Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Pakistan Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Palau Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Panama Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Papua New Guinea Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Paraguay Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Peru Business: Visa Required
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Philippines Business: Visa Required No visa required for stay of up to 21 days. Visa required only for stay longer than 21 days
Tourist: Visa Required No visa required for stay of up to 21 days. Visa required only for stay longer than 21 days
Poland Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Portugal Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
 Qatar  Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Reunion Island Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Romania Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Russia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Rwanda Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Saint Kitts and Nevis Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Saint Lucia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Samoa (American) Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
San Marino Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Sao Tome & Principe Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Saudi Arabia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required Tourist travel can only be authorized through approved tour groups.
Senegal Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Serbia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Seychelles Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Sierra Leone Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Singapore Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Slovakia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Slovenia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
 Solomon Islands  Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Somalia Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
South Africa Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
South Sudan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Spain Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Sri Lanka Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Sudan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Suriname Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Swaziland Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 60 days
Sweden Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Switzerland Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Syria Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Taiwan (Republic of China) Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.
Tajikistan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Tanzania Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Thailand Business: Visa Required
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
 The Vatican (Holy City)  Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tibet Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Timor-Leste Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Togo Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Tonga Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Trinidad and Tobago Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Tunisia Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 120 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 120 days.
Turkey Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Turkmenistan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Turks and Caicos Islands Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tuvalu Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Uganda Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Ukraine Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
United Arab Emirates Business: Visa Required However, no visa is required in advance of travel for a stay of up to 30 days in the UAE.
Tourist: Visa Required However, no visa is required in advance of travel for a stay of up to 30 days in the UAE.
United Kingdom Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to six months
Uruguay Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Uzbekistan Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Vanuatu Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Venezuela Business: Visa Required
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days
Vietnam Business: Visa Required
Tourist: Visa Required
Western Samoa Business: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days
Yemen Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Zambia Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Zimbabwe Business: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.
Tourist: Visa Required – Please read the note below regarding visas obtained upon arrival.

Note: It may be possible to obtain a required visa upon arrival at some of these destinations. Significant restrictions often apply and requirements for entry vary. Check with the local consulate for details. Be sure to inquire with your airline if boarding is allowed without a visa. Immigration officials in the destination country can refuse entry to anyone for any reason. To minimize risk of being refused entry and to avoid excessive waiting for an on arrival visa to be issued, the US Department of State strongly recommends that travelers obtain all visas prior to departure whenever possible.

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NCL Norwegian Cruise Line for a change

NCL – A New Ideas

Cruise Line, for a Change!

Normally I wouldn’t even think of writing such an article for my viewers, but after due reflection (with my thoughts) about the subject I decided that it was more a duty to report facts, and to do my part in promoting cruise industry information to the cruising public. While I truly endeavor to refrain from painting bleak pictures, nor coming off sounding like I am whining about my chosen profession. I am sure about one thing. Which is, that cruise business across the boards are being impacted, some more than others. But as for me and others like me (being located in the greater southwest), which would appear to have had more than our fair share of hard, I see a ray of sunshine.

It’s no wonder what with a downed economy, worries over Mexican cartel reprisals, and concerns about increased port fees after the Panama Canal project is completed, and then there was the Costa Concordia disaster that we are seeing a real slump in the California cruise market. Even though there are three ports in California, pretty much most of the west coast cruise traffic has chosen to make home at southern, or east coast ports, or elsewhere other than for a presence in Seattle and Vancouver for the Alaska Season (which is pretty much the April to October time frame). So for the most part California has become a virtual Cruiseship ghost town. All of which having left us (agents and customers alike), with many changes by and from the cruise lines that have basically relegated the need to work a lot harder, while earning less, and incurring increased fees. But then so is everybody else these days! Right?

Even though times are at their toughest, one cruise company has stepped forward from the pack to try to make things better for me and for my cruise customers. While there are several cruise lines that like to say or promote that they help, none have truly made a real effort to make it happen, until recently with NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Initially a couple of years ago, I saw NCL begin to make a welcome change in their “thinking” process and not just to their policies. They chose to refer to me as their “partner” rather than an “outside” something or other. They have continually and religiously stayed in communications in bringing to me their monthly meetings with their key management team and regionalized product familiarizations. They also have made great strides in making improvements in the way we conduct business with each other, “simplifying” processes and generating new ideas and areas of support where possible to make things better and easier for us to effectively do a better job for our customers. In short, they have not only listened, but they have taken what they have been hearing from folks like myself, and most importantly from their cruise customers as well, and actually have done something about it. I like to call it responsive management. What a novel idea!

It has been in years gone by NCL was just a quiet little cruise line that folks didn’t give too much thought to as they were such a small percentage of the cruise market. Years ago even though they were small they brought about some fundamental changes to the way they cruised being the first to introduce the concept of “anytime dining”. Which, lead to other innovations in the regimented and formalized mentality of the cruise industry as to just how a cruise should be, which they referred to as “Freestyle” cruising, with more options so the customer could cruise with their pleasure and comfort in mind, as opposed to the wants and perceptions of the cruise line mentality. This concept has grown in popularity so greatly over the years, that every other cruise line has adopted almost all of their innovative thinking and incorporated it into changes made to their own way of doing things as well. That should tell you something right there!

Norwegian Cruise Line has been committed to providing one of the youngest fleets of modernized vessels in the industry today, with more spacious and refined staterooms, and an upgraded style and service level of suite accommodations, as well as to enhancing their public areas onboard ship, with some new ideas like offering “studio” staterooms for those cruising alone. While this was not a new concept to the cruise industry, it was certainly a new idea to the North American cruise culture. NCL will soon have these staterooms on her three largest ships Epic (130 rooms already), as well as the soon to be launched Breakaway, and Getaway with the present thinking of incorporating such rooms into their upcoming fleet renovations. Again something other cruise lines are not even thinking about, let alone making it happen. Way to go NCL!

 Also, you have to truly experience their Freestyle Cruising which is cruising the way you want to, or as you would please! I strongly recommend you check out my recent reviews of the “Epic”, (click here to see) and the soon to come “Breakaway” (click here to read about it) and “Getaway” ships to gain more insight into the changes they have made. “Ice Bars” (the only one at sea) with more firsts yet to come. More specialty restaurants, and a new program where they offer several  different specialty dining packages that allow you to sample at least three of their specialty dining venues for just $47 which historically has been about the price of a single visit on many other cruise lines. I also appreciate the continuation of NCL’s special One Day and Weekend Sales offerings. Just some more ways NCL helps in stretching your cruise dollar which is a big winner in my book!

NCL offers a top-notch entertainment experience for all cruise passengers. With a special emphasis on children offering some of the best in recreation, and play activity areas aboard ship today. Speaking of things for the younger set, NCL is great in their planned youth activities, which is segregated into five unique age appropriate groupings, of up to 2, 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12 with their Nickelodeon and Hilario (Cirque Du Jour) children’s programs. Offering interactive workshops, and a Kid’s Center. There is even a 13-17 age group called “Teens Entourage” providing organized and supervised sporting and themed events as well as their fully equipped Teen Center. And, should Mom and Dad choose to take a shore excursion, or late night out alone, NCL offers two wonderful kids programs which they call Port Play, and Late Night Fun Zone. Nice that someone is thinking about giving parents some time alone too! One of the newest additions I am happy to talk about is that on many cruise lines other than water and iced tea there may not be too much selection in the form of “free beverages” that are suited for kids taste, but on NCL they have introduced Lemonade, Tropical Mango, and Strawberry Kiwi flavored beverages to help parents to be able to curb those costly soda charges which is something I am most happy to see. Keep it up NCL!

Actually, there is so much that’s new and improved that it is really difficult to try to include everything here. If you haven’t ever been on a Norwegian Cruise, or it’s been a while since you have; you really should give them a try, as their customer satisfaction surveys prove out, they are the best when it comes to customer satisfaction, which is no accident for sure. You have to really not only want something a lot, but to actually succeed in doing things better than others in order to be the voted best at it. I am in particular, a stickler when it comes to value for your cruise dollar, and am happy to say here that Budget Travel Magazine has named NCL their 2012, readers’ choice award for “Best Cruise Line”. Take it from me! Why not consider taking your next cruise with a cruise company that is not only focused on the future, but to genuine customer service and satisfaction. Why not make it an NCL Cruise for a change! Happy Cruising!! – CruisewithMike

CruisewithMike: Thanks for visiting our weblog for updated information on this and other interesting travel and cruise topics. If you would like to obtain more information on this and other topics, you can simply browse through our library of informational topics on these subjects. You can  contact Mike at email cruisewithmike@cruiseholidays.com  or check out more details to come about this cruise opportunity at http://www.cruisewithmike.info . You can follow mike on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike  . Join our Travel Club at http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/  Mikes web site can be found at  www.mberryhill.cruiseholidays.com .

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Win A Cruise For Two Sweepstakes Contest

CruisewithMike Launches New

Face Book Fan Page & All FANS

Have a Chance to Win a Fabulous

Cruise For Two!!

The New Face Book Fan Page…….Which has just been launched to showcase our Cruise Giveaway Contest. To visit our brand new “CruisewithMike” Face Book Fan Page and enter the contest, simply visit us at http://facebook.com/CruisewithMike and be sure to “Like” our page as this contest is for our FANS!

Then you will want to click on the “Win A Cruise” icon tab to begin your contest entry form. Sorry, this link will not work for mobile devices.

If you are wishing to enter from an iPhone, or other portable device you will need to access that from the following link which is http://bit.ly/WinACruisefor2 . Basically the contest runs from now until 11:59(CST), September 30, 2012. With the lucky winner receiving a Cruise for Two, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (restrictions apply) and will be announced after our drawing which will take place on October 12, 2012. You can view full contest rules on either of the links that are shown above. Please SHARE this link with ALL your FAMILY and FRIENDS!! Thank You!

Thanks for Liking our New Face Book Fan Page, and good luck to All!– CruisewithMike

CruisewithMike: Thanks for visiting our weblog for updated information on this and other interesting travel and cruise topics. If you would like to obtain more information on this and other topics, you can simply browse through our library of informational topics on these subjects. You can  contact Mike at email cruisewithmike@cruiseholidays.com  or check out more details to come about this cruise opportunity at http://www.cruisewithmike.info . You can follow mike on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike  . Join our Travel Club at http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/  Mikes web site can be found at  www.mberryhill.cruiseholidays.com .

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Join “CruisewithMike” for a fabulous 2014 New Years Cruise Along

Don’t miss an opportunity

To Enjoy a New Year’s Cruise

At regular cruise prices and better. A special group value package valued at more than $400 is a part of this wonderful planned group cruise. Even better, deposits are only $100 per adult passenger, with final payment not being due until October of 2013 leaving plenty of time to muster up your cruise funds, and make plans to take vacation time. Check out a review that I recently wrote on this magnificent cruise ship, there is even a short video included. Click Here to See it all!

The cruise is on the magnificiant MSC Divina, which was only recently launched within the past few months, and beginning in 2013 will be based out of Miami Florida. Our sailing date is Saturday December 28, 2013 and after a wonderful 7day Western Caribbean itinerary will return to Miami on Saturday, January 4, 2014. With prices starting from only $938 per adult over age 18 (plus taxes) . CHILDREN AGES 11 and UNDER SAIL FREE (when sailing in-room with 2 adult passengers), you just pay the government taxes. See flyer below for more details.

Don’t miss our Special Early Bird booking offer where our On-Board Credits will be upgraded to up to $100 per stateroom for those that book their cruise reservations by August 15, 2012. Our prices include a special group amentiy package that is valued at well over $400 and even includes comprehensive insurance covereage that is comparable to gold and platinum coverage limits offered through other cruise lines and travel providers.

Please see the details on the informational flyer which follows. The ship is filling quickly so act quickly to be sure to secure the stateroom you desire.

Hope you can join us for this wonderful cruise event!!

CruisewithMike: Thanks for visiting our weblog for updated information on this and other interesting travel and cruise topics. If you would like to obtain more information on this and other topics, you can simply browse through our library of informational topics on these subjects. You can  contact Mike at email cruisewithmike@cruiseholidays.com  or check out more details to come about this cruise opportunity at http://www.cruisewithmike.info . You can follow mike on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike  . Join our Travel Club at http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/  Mikes web site can be found at  www.mberryhill.cruiseholidays.com .

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The Seven Biggest Mistakes Travelers Make

Here are the Biggest 7 Mistakes

Travelers Commit when booking travel

and/or when travelling

Many times I am asked by folks what is or are the major or most frequently committed mistakes that people make while booking travel, or just for travel in general oversights. I would have to respond TIME: I would say that the worst committed oversight that few people make adequate allowance for is time. Time to adequately research their travel purchases they intend to make (especially with on-line purchases). Time to make it safely from home to the airport, or getting through airport check-in and security checkpoints, and making it to the gate on time so that their flights run smoothly. Lack of adequate time allowed for transfers between planes and terminals, or transfers from airport to cruiseport, or not allowing ample time for the cruise check-in process at the pier. I would have to say that as I see it, this is the major cause behind confused passengers, frayed nerves, lack of patience, and short tempers when dealing with others they may have to come in contact with. In general I believe that the lack of time allowances is the number one culprit in making travel such a unpleasurable experience for many of us. There are also six other offender situations that top my list and I have expounded on them herein.

Travel Booking Mistake #2:

Not Maximizing your investments by Turning Money You’re Already Spending into Travel Rewards. One of the ways that anybody can be able to take incredible vacations for pennies on the dollar is by leveraging money that they are already spending by participating in reward and loyalty programs. These can be in the form of credit card reward programs, frequent stay programs at hotels, and frequent flyer programs as well as frequent cruise programs (and don’t forget rental car programs, too). This is where membership and loyalty not only has privileges, but has an advantage by way of their travel rewards and privileges. Be sure to choose the program(s) that make the most sense for you. Also, you may need to alter your ways of buying, but stay loyal and dedicated toward turning those rewards into vacations and travel adventures you desire. It’s not always easy, but if you stick to it, in time you will find yourself at the top of the loyalty ladder. In short, if you are not practicing this very important tip then you are missing out on thousands of dollars worth of free travel, hotel stays, airline upgrades, and the like that come in participating in credit card reward programs and travel loyalty programs with airlines, hotels, car rental companies and cruise lines.

 Travel Booking Mistake #3:

Not Participating in Discount Travel Clubs.
Closely akin to my #2 mistake is this one. This is advice that travel seller insiders don’t want you to know about, especially travel agents because they don’t offer it. Vacation travel clubs are a great way to not only save money (stretch your travel dollar even further) when you travel, but also meet new friends who love to travel and can become travel partners or buddies for you, to illuminate those dreaded Single Supplement Fees, when traveling solo. Travel with a partner is so much more rewarding for the most part. Provided you’ve chosen a like-minded travel partner. Also, you know how you save money when you are a member of Costco or Sam’s Club? Well in the past couple years, there have been some companies who’ve employed this same concept for buying travel with travel clubs and they pass the savings onto their members. This is not the same as purchasing vacations through Costco or Sam’s club, but the savings are good and sometimes even better. Check out our Travel Club Meetup Site by clicking here. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live. Membership in our Club is FREE and open to all!

Travel Booking Mistake #4:

Not Getting the Best Price when Booking Online. My #3 three travel mistake that can cost you big bucks is not getting the best price when you’re booking your vacation online. First, and foremost Travel Websites don’t have the ability to be interactive and to ask the important questions so that you make sure you purchase what you think you are getting. Next, Not all travel sites are created equal when it comes to getting the best price or the best deal. Most savvy travelers know this, but a lot of people who only shop occasionally for travel online probably don’t. There is nothing worse than paying more for something when you could have got it for less. Why are you not using an experienced and reputable agent to do this work, and knows better than you possibly can anyway? Not all Agencies or Cruise Consultants charge fees for their service. They earn a commission from the Cruise Line, or Resort destination you are travelling to. Also, where do you think you are going to be able to turn when a travel glitch occurs, (some online site? I don’t think so), and if you travel enough…Trust Me it will happen to you too. Not only do you get an experienced person to help you get the perfect vacation at the best price, but you have an ally back home when disaster strikes. And even better if it happens to be an agent that is part of a larger consortium of travel professionals when having to get you rerouted or put up in a hotel, etc. It just makes the best sense to use the services of a professional!

Travel Booking Mistake #5:

Making last-minute travel plans is NOT ALWAYS BEST!
Booking Airline Tickets at the Last Minute Will Cost You Big Bucks.
Here’s some important travel advice about booking airline tickets at the last-minute: it will cost you big bucks. Nowadays, airlines have drastically limited the number of flights they’re operating, and planes are packed full every flight. Most of the last-minute deals that used to help airlines fill up their planes are no longer even needed, so don’t think you’re going to buy a cheaper seat if you waited until the last-minute. Booking at the last-minute can cost several times more than if you had purchased well in advance of your travel needs. Beware of last-minute cruise and travel offers, as they are often nothing more than the leftover inventory after loyalty and awards programs have been completed, so best to leave the last-minute travel deals to the hearty at heart! The best travel deals are found when you start looking six months to a year or more before your vacation so shop early for your best deals, but don’t’ shop too early either. Example: Prices for flights are not even available until you are within 330 days out from your intended trip date. Also working with a reputable agency or cruise consultant is always best in case the property or cruise line reduces their prices they can normally get you the very same deal by working through an agent. Some cruise lines such as Carnival are even guaranteeing you the best deals when working with an agent or cruise consultant. So get out there and plan and book early!!

Travel Mistake #6: Not Packing Light!!!

My travel advice on luggage and how to pack your suitcase light is extremely important these days and not packing light is my travel mistake #6. In today’s new era where airlines are charging huge fees each way for checked baggage (which as a former airline employee is a real gripe of mine). You need to know how to pack light, and that means either just fly with a carry on suitcase (just be certain it’s within the regulatory size limits and your liquids are TSA compliant ). Even more importantly, be sure you don’t pack your suitcase over 50 pounds or it will cost you a small fortune EACH WAY. If you are not sure how to accomplish this, then you really need to invest some time and learning it, since packing too much can easily cost you an extra $50 to $100 or more-especially if you are traveling with family, on every flight you take domestically and internationally which can add up to some serious expense. I am always mindful of packing light; However, as a former flight attendant I was lucky to have been trained on the art of skillful packing. You may wish to take a look at my Blog Article on “Packing Like A Travel Pro”, which you can view here at http://wp.me/p1foVW-mV . This should be a source for some helpful information before your next venture. Tip: Be sure you have a lightweight piece of luggage too, as many times empty they can weigh up to ten pounds just by themselves. Remember this – that it doesn’t take much to exceed the weight limits especially for you ladies!!

Travel Mistake #7: Not having adequate Travel Protection (Insurance)

This is without a doubt, the single biggest mistake that so often many people are so not prepared for when they travel. You should know that it can cost you severely both emotionally, as well as financially. An accident or sudden illness (especially in foreign settings) can happen to anybody, of any age, at any time, and any place. Travelers generally think of adequate travel protection as a waste of time and money. Only to find out how desperately they need it and don’t have it! Adequate travel protection insurance should cost about 4 to 10 percent of your non-refundable travel expenses. (with the higher percentage being age proportional). And travel insurance isn’t just about cancelling a trip anymore Dorothy! Having the correct Travel Protection Plan for you, can be just as important as choosing the right travel destination or cruise. Be sure to Check out my FREE E-Book on the subject by visiting http://ow.ly/1dEE3u You will be glad you did!

In Summary: I hope that by pointing out these oversights you might be empowered with the ability to avoid such pitfalls yourself, and enable you to maximize the effectiveness of your hard-earned travel dollars that you spend. You might even wish to visit this Blog site for even more money-saving ideas and suggestions. I Thank You for visiting our site – “CruisewithMike”.

CruisewithMike: Thanks for visiting our weblog for updated information on this and other interesting travel and cruise topics. If you would like to obtain more information on this and other topics, you can simply browse through our library of informational topics on these subjects.

You can contact Mike by email at mberryhill@cruiseplanners.com or check out more details to come by revisiting this Blog Site . You can follow mike on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike . Join our Travel Club at http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/ Mikes web site can be found at http://cruisewithmike.net .

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