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Packing for a Trip to a Zika Virus Mosquito Zone

The mosquito borne Zika virus is more of a worry for residents of those zones than it is for travelers. The main people who have to worry are women who are looking to become pregnant within a year. You can see the whole rundown from the CDC here. Mosquitoes carry plenty of other viruses and […]

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Travel Spotlight on Medellin, Colombia

Have faith downtrodden destinations. You could end up going from “heck no” to “hell yeah” in a couple decades, just like Medellin, Colombia. Tourism there was up 38% year-over-year in 2015. I just finished watching Season 1 of Narcos on Netflix and it’s mind-boggling how far the country and Escobar’s cartel base of Medellin have […]

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Trust in the Sharing Economy Keeps Going Up

What was fringe is now mainstream in vacation lodging and transportation. When it comes to “the sharing economy” represented by the likes of AirBnB and Uber, awareness, trust, and usage are all rising dramatically. That’s the conclusion of the second annual Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index from Allianz Global Assistance USA. “More than double […]

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Where to Find Luxury in Nicaragua

Nicaragua and “luxury travel” haven’t been in the same sentence much until the last decade or so and only after the opening of Mukul Beach & Spa Resort did the country really get on the upscale travel agents’ radar. On the plus side, it means your decision-making is not all that difficult when deciding where […]

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The (Still) Disappointing Vacation Confidence of Americans

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say an annual vacation is important to them, but 40 percent are not confident they’ll actually take one in 2016. On the plus side, projected spending is up. The average American household that is at least somewhat confident they will take a vacation this summer will spend $1798 on average, up […]

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Lots of Reasons to Travel to Brazil This Year

Yeah, we know. The news items next to the word “Brazil” and “travel” this year have not exactly been flattering. But sometimes the best travel opportunities come out of perceptions of trouble, so let’s talk about the positives for a moment. First though, we don’t mean to make light of the Zika virus situation. If […]

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