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Posted: 31 October 2008 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Travel Tips

As you are planning your trip or vacation there are many things that you are going to need to plan for and take care of before your trip starts. You will definitely want to have purchased some type of travel health insurance so that you are covered on your trip in the event of a medical emergency. Travel medical insurance is what is going to protect you if you are taken ill from a virus or from something that you eat. If you have an accident and are injured your travel health insurance will pay to have you taken to safety and for your stay in the hospital.

Most travel medical insurance will offer you several different policies. If your own personal health insurance already offers you some type of coverage when you are on vacation to out of the country you can think about skipping travel health insurance or you may want to purchase some travel medical insurance to supplement your personal health insurance. The most important thing to consider when buying travel health insurance is the length of time that you will be away. If you are going to be gone for a long period of time or will be traveling often you will want to buy an extended coverage policy. Different travel medical insurance policies will cover different types of medial issues. Some of this coverage may include:

* Medical and hospital expenses.
* Dental emergencies
* 24 hour medical emergency care
* Emergency evacuation
* Accidental death
* Lost luggage
* Trip cancellation

When you are purchasing your travel health insurance make sure that your discuss exactly what you are looking for with your travel agent.

Traveling can be as easy or as complicated as you make it. Here are some travel tips and international travel tips to help make your vacation or trip that much easier:

• Local currency. This is one of the most common travel tips that you will hear. Before leaving on your vacation change some of your money into the local currency of the country that you are visiting. This will be one less thing for you to worry about when you arrive at your destination.

• Secure your valuables. Always make sure that your money and traveler’s checks are in safe in your purse or in your hand luggage rather than in your suitcase. Suitcases get lost and stolen and you don’t want to arrive at your destination without and funds.

• Hotel safe. If the hotel in which you are staying has a safe be sure to take advantage of it and leave your money and valuables in the safe.

• Luggage. Never leave your luggage unattended in an airport or outside of the airport while you are waiting for your taxi. Always keep a close eye on your bags.

• Confirmations. After you arrive at your destination take some time to make sure that all your return flight are on time. Making sure that the times you have on your ticket are correct will save you lots of time in the event that there has been a scheduling change that you are unaware of.

When you are traveling a big concern is always what and how much to bring. Here are some travel packing tips for you to take into consideration:

• Pack lightly. This is probably one of the most important travel packing tips that you will get. The less you pack the better since you can always pick up those extras or that forgotten sweater at your travel destination.

• Books on language. If you are traveling to a foreign speaking country you may want to think about taking a long a book that has some common phrases in the language of the country that you are visiting.

• Color combination. If you pack all of your clothes in two matching colors you will able to mix and match all of the clothes that you have packed, creating a variety of outfit choices.

• Raincoat. If you are packing a raincoat find one that will double as a windbreaker so that you aren’t taking too many pieces of outer clothing.

• Jeans. Leave the jeans at home if you can since they weigh more and are harder to carry around. As well they take a longer time to dry if you have to wash some of your clothes and hang them to dry in your hotel room.
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Posted: 01 November 2008 08:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks for the travel tips.

I was tempted to delete this post since it does not appear that it has anything to do with Cuba specifically but I’ll allow it since there are some good tips in there.

In the future, try to keep all topics Cuba related or offer more unique travel trips related to travel to Cuba.

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Posted: 04 November 2008 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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definitely good allround travel tips.  A couple things I might ammend regarding Cuba:
ref insurance - make sure your insurance company will cover trips to Cuba.
Local currency - Except buying privately from someone who has brought currency back, Cuban currency, both CUP and CUC cannot be bought or sold outside of Cuba.  You are allowed to bring both out and in, however, with ceilings on both. Bringing in exceedingly large amounts of money need to be declared (believe its like $5000.- or so)
Jeans - disagree - Jeans are always useful.  If worried about weight, wear them on flight.

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Posted: 04 November 2008 12:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Good tips too, thanks.

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Posted: 12 March 2009 09:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thank you for the tips. We should be familiar first with the place that we are planning to go to. Do some research on the internet. If they are speaking a different language, maybe you should learn the basic like the greetings. Never forget first aid kit/medicines needed. Have a mobile phone. You should also participate in forums where you can ask if someone has been in that place and maybe he can share his travel experience with you. Baja Mexico Vacations

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Posted: 15 June 2009 09:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hi,

I was in Baradero and Havana a a couple of Years ago and this are great travel tips about general stay but not necessarily Cuba…
I was staying in the hotel most of the time but when I went out to Havana I changed to the local currency and could buy stuff 10 times cheaper (I look a little Cuban and Speak Spanish). About securing your valuables:

Wearing Back pack or bag upfront
Try to keep your hands in your packets.
Take out your camera on secure places only, not too crowded.
Keep small amount of cash, if you get robbed they didn’t take much.
Keep Passport in the hotel or in a hidden place in you body (losing a passport might be a huge trouble in Cuba).
Preferably go with a group of people and not alone, don’t try to look for unnecessary adventures.
Don’t trust anyone that is not part of you group or your tourist guides - always be suspicious!
Don’t leave you belongings unattended, it can “disappear” in a matter of seconds.

Hope that helps, I have a lot of experience traveling in Latin America and I did get robbed a few times but that thought me more.
Also there are some great travel tips websites that might help you get around.

Let me know if you need any help

Angela

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