Suspension of Turkish Visas for American Travelers

A recent diplomatic spat between Turkey and the US has resulted in both countries suspending the issuance of visas for travelers to their respective countries. The tit-for-tat actions have been going on for months and have recently escalated when an employee of the American consulate in Istanbul, who is a Turkish citizen, was arrested. That caused the US missions in Turkey to announce they would be scaling back visa services to Turkish citizens due to security concerns. This was followed by ...

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Cuba Travel Warning – Questions and Answers

The Trump administration’s travel warning for Cuba has left many people with questions about traveling to the island nation. Travel to Cuba is still allowed, and no travelers have suffered what has happened to several American diplomats in Havana. The attacks, causing hearing loss, vertigo, nausea, and other symptoms, seem to have been targeted only at American and a few Canadian diplomats. They do not appear to be random, nor have they affected anyone else. If you have plans to ...

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17 Day China Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

We have found an amazing deal on a tour to China from Stunning China that might be of interest to you! It’s a small group tour so if you are interested in joining, call us right away to book your spot.

Highlights: Beijing and the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Yangtze River Cruise, Terracotta Soldiers in Xian, and more!

Departure Dates:  March 24th, 2018 

Tour Type: Small Group Tour
Application deadline: 75 days before departure dates

Air Inclusive Rates: $2,499, per person, double occupancy  ...

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Oman!

With all the news coming out of the Middle East region, it is nice to see a story that is positive and encouraging about one of our destinations. Last night, Anthony Bourdain’s show on CNN – Parts Unknown – was in Oman. If this doesn’t make you want to go, then I don’t know what will!

Oman defies expectations; it shouldn’t, according to the cruel logic of the world, exist. But it does, and it’s incredible.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

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Christmas in the Canaries

Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve Sailing the Canary Islands!

The Arctic Cruise to Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands has sold out, but the cruise line has many more interesting cruises on offer. One that caught my eye is the Christmas & New Year Canaries & Madeira. It is on their ship Columbus, and departs from Amsterdam on Friday 22nd Dec 2017. A Standard Twin Ocean View cabin is $2139 per person, with other cabin options available.

Celebrate Christmas on board ...

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A word from Emirates Airlines on the new electronics ban

Emirates customers traveling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilize their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their Emirates US ...

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Customs & Immigration Made Easy

mp_icon-ai_One of the least appealing parts of travel is the line at Customs and Immigration on your return. Well here is something that should make that process a lot easier and go faster – much faster: Mobile Passport Control (MPC), the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the United States.

Linda, our SCM Missions coordinator, recently returned from abroad ...

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Suddenly Considering Travel Insurance? You’re Not Alone.

Below is a recent article about travel insurance in the New York Times. To read the entire article, please click on the image. One of the best takeaways from the article is to read the fine print of any insurance policy carefully. Many things that you might think would be eligible for a claim are very narrowly defined. Also, calling and speaking to a person about making a claim is really helpful, too, and it’s possible that on occasion ...

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