What Snowbird Travelers Need to Know About the US Reopening its Borders

snow canadaSnowbird Travel and Insurance: Get the Facts Before Heading South

Canadian snowbirds are thrilled that the United States has reopened its land borders to Canadians. But don’t get too excited just yet; there are a number of things Canadians need to know about international land travel this season. So, if you are looking to explore the United States, visit family, or just want to indulge in some cross-border shopping, read these facts that every snowbird traveler should know before crossing the border.

Understanding the implications of traveling during the pandemic is paramount, as there are several risks and potential complications that could have snowbirds flying back home quickly. Before you leave, find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to snowbird travel, including crossing land borders into the United States.

resortThe Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions for Snowbird Travel to the United States

The top questions answered every snowbird traveler should know before heading south this winter.

Do I Need to Be Vaccinated to Enter the United States By Land?

Yes. In November, the United States opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Canada. Points of entry include both land and ferry options and for non-essential reasons such as tourism and sightseeing.

What Documentation is Required for Entering the United States by Land?

Those crossing into the United States by land will not have to provide a negative COVID test; however, they will be asked about their vaccination status. Border officials for the United States will randomly request documentation to prove vaccination.

Will I Be Denied Entry into the United States if I Can’t Provide Proof of Vaccination?

Yes.

Do Snowbirds Need to Provide a Negative Test When Entering by Land?

Currently, only travelers entering the United States by air are required to provide a negative viral test, often called a NAAT or antigen test.

How Long Is the Wait at the US-Canada Land Border Crossing?

Certain land border crossings have a wait time of more than two hours. Snowbirds should plan for delays when crossing into the United States.

What Is Required for Returning to Canada by Land?

Canadians returning home must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving at the border crossing. Canada only accepts molecular testing, which is often called a PCR test.

Where Can I Buy a PCR Test?

Canadians can purchase a PCR test from local pharmacies in either Canada or the United States, and in some cases can cost around $200.

What Happens If I Do Not Provide a PCR Test Upon Returning to Canada?

Entering Canada without a proper PCR test can result in a fine of $5,000.

Do I Need to Quarantine Upon Returning from the United States.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine upon arrival. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 cannot attend school or daycare for 14 days after arrival.

How Do I Provide Documentation to Border Officials When Returning to Canada?

Snowbirds must upload all requested documentation to the ArriveCan app provided by the Government of Canada. Failure to do so could result in being denied entry to Canada.

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Snowbird travel to the United States remains a complicated matter, especially for shorter trips. Restrictions and other COVID-related complications can arise in a matter of minutes, leaving vacationers scrambling to satisfy the request of border officials. Plan for absolutely anything when heading down south, and seek out products that can help you manage each step of traveling between Canada and the United States.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan offers unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance, including COVID quarantine cost coverage, COVID medical evacuations back to Canada and return of vehicles for no additional costs. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings that speak to the needs of snowbirds this winter travel season.

Snowbird Travel Insurance for the Holidays: Questions Answered for Elderly Vacationers

Snowbird TravelSnowbird Travel Insurance and Common Misconceptions Everyone Should Know

If you are a snowbird, travel insurance is a must-purchase when heading down south to escape the inevitable Canadian winter. Canadians traveling south to places like California, Arizona, and Florida can find great value in purchasing travel insurance that addresses sudden trip cancellations and lost luggage, but it might not be enough. Today snowbird travel comes with unique risks that might be overlooked by traditional travel insurance, especially in a post-pandemic world.

Before you head down south, take a close read of your travel insurance policy, and ensure that you are satisfied with both its inclusions and exclusions. Some senior snowbirds might be surprised by what isn’t covered by traditional travel insurance and the potential costs they may incur if they require emergency medical transportation or are hospitalized during the trip.

Begin by finding answers to the most frequently asked questions related to snowbird travel insurance. Learn how you can address every travel mishap that is overlooked by travel insurance.

As a Senior Snowbird, Will My Travel Insurance Cover Me During My Trip?

Yes, travel insurance will cover a few complications that could arise during your trip. Most will address lost luggage or canceled trips, but not major costs associated with emergency transportation.

Every policy is different, and snowbirds are encouraged to read the fine print of their policy that outlines exemptions related to pre-existing medical conditions and age. Understand what you are purchasing when it comes to travel insurance to ensure there are no surprises during your vacation.

hospital bedWill Snowbird Travel Insurance Help Me Return or Fly Home if I Get Sick?

No. In the event a Canadian must be flown home to receive medical care, traditional travel insurance will not likely cover the expenses of the flight, which could be well over $10,000.

Will Snowbird Travel Insurance Help Me Get Home During a Natural Disaster?

No, traditional travel insurance will not likely cover the costs you incur from a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado. Each product is different, and the fine print of your travel insurance policy will outline the types of events that could void your travel insurance entirely.

What Exemptions Exist for Snowbird Travel Insurance?

The top six travel insurance exemptions every Canadian snowbird or senior traveler should know are:

  • Medical emergencies or injuries sustained while participating in dangerous activities including skydiving, parasailing, bungee jumping, or cliff diving
  • Costs incurred to the traveler due to acts of war
  • Injuries sustained while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Medical mishaps that arise due to pre-existing medical conditions
  • Emergency dental procedures
  • Mishaps or injuries related to civil commotion such as strikes, protests, and political demonstrations

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Will Snowbird Travel Insurance Cover All My Medical Costs During My Trip?

No. Travel insurance is limited in its nature. Sustaining a serious injury or becoming hospitalized during an international trip is a complicated matter. Vacationers are likely to pay out-of-pocket for medical emergencies and then get reimbursed by their insurer. There are many exemptions and clauses that might void your travel insurance entirely, leaving you to foot the bill of unexpected medical costs that arise during the trip.

Will Snowbird Travel Insurance Address the Return of My Car or Vehicle?

No. Many travel insurance providers will not pay for the costs of returning your car to Canada should you need to be flown home or require emergency transportation. Fortunately, travel assistance plans like CAP include the benefit of bringing your car home in the event you are flown back to Canada.

Will Snowbird Travel Insurance Return My Pets if I Need to Return Home?

No. Traditional travel insurance will leave it up to the customers to make arrangements for the return of your pet. Travel assistance plans such as CAP provide the safe return of pets in the event a medical mishap requires a customer to return home quickly.

BeachSnowbird Travel Insurance May Not Be Enough, Explore More Offerings with CAP

There remains plenty of risks associated with snowbird travel, especially with COVID-19. Plan for absolutely anything this holiday season, and have peace of mind knowing that any travel casualty can be addressed by CAP’s Travel Assistance Plan. Invest in coverage that speaks to the needs of snowbirds and includes benefits that cover mishaps that are typically overlooked by traditional travel insurance.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan offers unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance, including COVID quarantine cost coverage. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available solutions that speak to the needs of Canadian snowbirds.

10 Signs You’ve Found Yourself in a Tourist Trap

TouristsKnow What to Look for to Avoid Tourist Trips During International Travel

Tourist traps are all too common, especially during international travel to Europe and beyond. There are endless situations that can leave a traveler open to misdirection and confusion, all to squeeze a few dollars out of your pocket. For your next trip, be prepared and avoid tourist traps so you can focus on the enjoyment of your vacation rather than your credit card bill.

Know what to expect during international travel and use these signs to help you avoid a tourist trap.

What Is a Tourist Trap?

Tourist traps are public places that have a reputation for attracting large amounts of out-of-town travelers that offer overpriced food, drinks, and souvenirs. Tourist traps typically charge more than what locals would pay for goods and services in the area.

TouristsHow Can You Avoid a Tourist Trap?

Avoid tourist traps during international travel by researching online and asking locals where they eat and shop. Local businesses that routinely serve locals typically offer better service and quality at lower prices.

What Are the Most Common Tourist Traps?

Remote travel destinations, including natural landmarks and wonders of the world, are surrounded by tourist traps. Keep an eye out for overpriced food and drinks in these areas.

Gift Shop Open SignHow to Spot a Tourist Trap: Ten Signs You Are Likely Visiting a Tourist Trap

These are the ten most obvious signs that you have found yourself in a tourist trap:

  1. One sure sign that you have found yourself in a tourist trap is a gift shop. Famous landmarks with carefully placed gift shops might offer souvenirs and gifts at a premium. Instead, head off the beaten path to find gifts that shine but don’t come with the high price tag.
  2. If you are visiting an international travel destination and are being encouraged to enter a local restaurant by a staff member standing outside, it is likely a tourist trap. These are called hawkers, and it means the restaurant must chase down visitors because the locals aren’t dining there.
  3. Dining options that have fake food on display are attempting to cater to tourists and not the locals. Take a look inside the restaurant and see if any locals are there; you might be surprised what you discover.
  4. Free travel guides might not have your best interests in mind and could be pointing you towards tourist traps. Consider that tourist traps have collaborated with businesses looking to sell food and drinks at higher prices.
  5. International restaurants that have their entire menu translated into English are usually considered tourist traps. Don’t be intimidated and try your hand at ordering food in a different language.
  6. Do your research on the tipping culture at your international destination. The art of tipping is very different across the world, and some wait staff might try to take advantage of an unsuspecting tourist by requesting a tip. Ask the locals if tipping is appropriate and save yourself some funds that can be spent elsewhere.
  7. Your taxi’s meter is mysteriously broken is a sure sign that a driver is about to take you on an unexpected tour of the area. Ask questions and ensure you only enter a taxi with a meter that works.
  8. Keep an eye out in airports and train stations for people who suddenly become very helpful. The bag handler scam is a common way of squeezing a few extra bucks out of unsuspecting tourists with a tip or an effort to distract you and leave you open for pickpocketing.
  9. Should you find yourself in a public place and there are very persuasive street sellers, you have likely found yourself in a tourist trap. Be polite and move on from pushy street sellers.
  10. Laminated menus are never a good sign and could mean that you have landed in a tourist trap. Local restaurants change their menus with the season. Look for places with blackboards or hand-written menu items; it is also a sign that the restaurant changes its menu with the season and offers fresh, not frozen,

Hot Air BalloonsAvoid Tourist Traps and Travel with CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

International travel comes with inherent risks, including tourist traps and common travel scams that can put a damper on your next trip. Be prepared for anything and find a product to help address common travel mishaps overlooked by traditional travel insurance.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance, including COVID quarantine cost coverage. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings for corporate and leisure travel.

Family Travel Safety Tips for the Winter and Holiday Travel Season

Austria Use These Family Travel Tips for Safe and Stress-Free Travel During the Holidays 

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends but packing up the entire family and traveling internationally can be a daunting task. Navigating through border security, public transit, and tourist hot spots with kids can be a recipe for complications.

Whether you’re an American visiting Canada (or vice versa) to see relatives you haven’t seen in years, or you are getting the family together for a spectacular trip overseas, a little extra due diligence and preparation will go a long way.

Family Christmas DinnerFun and Adventure with 8 Important Family Travel Safety Tips

Here are eight important safety tips that are key to enjoying the holidays safely:

1. Safety Rehearsals with the Children

Planning is crucial during international travel. Run through scenarios with your children and ensure they know what to do if they get lost, or a stranger asks them to come with them. Pick out easily recognizable landmarks that can act as a universal meeting place should an emergency occur.

2. Read Into the Neighborhood on Social Media

“Lurk” some local social media groups to see if there is any news that you should be concerned about. Sometimes social media can give you a heads up about trouble in the neighborhood, including political demonstrations or upcoming road or construction work.

3. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Smartphones are great for keeping in touch with your children, especially during a travel mishap. Many travel apps are tailored to keep families together and help parents stay connected with their children.

The CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan mobile app offers a one-touch assistance button that a child can press should the unthinkable happen. Powered by FocusPoint, the smartphone app can instantly connect a child with travel safety specialists, even if they feel unsafe or get separated. This can be an invaluable tool for parents in an emergency and give them peace of mind.

4. Vet Your Accommodations

An elaborate trip to Europe with the entire family might not be the best time to select “budget” accommodations. While deal hunting is acceptable, ensure that the neighborhood your hotel or resort is located in is “family appropriate.” Read online reviews regarding your potential accommodations and ask them if families regularly use their facilities. Hotel staff are likely to be honest on whether the area is suitable for a family, and some hotels might even offer discounts.

5. Pack a Travel Kit

Bring extra medication and a small care package of items to address travel mishaps, including a first aid kit. Nausea is common for many youngsters experiencing international travel, so plan accordingly for some messy surprises.

6. Digitize Important Travel Documents

Should you lose your phone and important documents on your trip, a digital copy stored in an email can save you a lot of trouble. Collect all important travel documents for the entire family, including passports, proof of vaccination, and flight information that can be accessed in an emergency. A stolen wallet or purse can really complicate international travel, so be prepared for the incident should it happen.

7. Keep Your Distance

Not only are large crowds a potential danger for the separation of a family member, but they can also be a health hazard. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to complicate the well-being of travelers, and many families should take precautions during their trip, including using face masks during transportation. Additionally, COVID-19 travel restrictions can change quickly with little notice. The complications that can arise from a COVID-19 outbreak can result in unexpected quarantines, throwing your entire travel plans for a loop.

CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plans include a wealth of valuable services for pandemics, including real-time intelligence reports, ground transportation support, emergency medical evacuation (medevac), and the costs of a CAP customer’s COVID-19 mandatory quarantine expenses (for up to 14 days).

8. Read the Fine Print of Your Travel Insurance

Travel insurance plays an important role for many travelers, but the truth is that not everyone reads the fine print of their coverage. Many consumers are shocked to learn that they can’t make a claim for incidents that are a result of political unrest, acts of terror, or a pandemic.

Before you pack up the family, ensure that your travel insurance can address sudden quarantines and hospital-to-hospital transfers in the event you or a loved one becomes sick during international travel.

AirportInternational Family Travel with CAP, Powered by FocusPoint

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance, including COVID quarantine cost coverage. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical travel assistance evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings tailored to your family’s needs when traveling internationally.

Does Travel Insurance Cover Space Tourism?

AstronautInterest in Space Tourism Soars to New Heights with the Inspiration4 Mission 

Space tourism has reached new heights in North America with the successful launch of Inspiration4, the world’s first orbital spaceflight that consisted entirely of private civilians. The flight itself broke records in space travel, reaching one of the highest orbits ever on a crewed flight at 585 km over the earth’s surface. Most notably, this space tourism event was charitable in nature, as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, raised donations to fund the flight and further their research efforts.

With positive media coverage of Inspiration4 spanning across the globe, many people have started pondering the idea, “when is it my turn for space travel?”

Should you decide to travel into space in the near future, travel insurance is likely not to cover the many mishaps that could occur during your trip. In fact, there aren’t any products that can address the complications associated with space travel, but that might soon change.

Addressing Travel Mishaps Related to Space Tourism

As CAP plays an important role for many international travelers and the challenges they face, including air ambulance and emergency relocation, space travel is something we are currently looking into. In the meantime, find answers to some of the most common questions related to space travel.

Space StationWhat is Space Tourism?

Space tourism is typically divided into four categories: high-altitude fighter jet flights, atmospheric zero-gravity flights, short-duration suborbital flights, and longer orbital trips into space. Space tourism offers the ability for everyday people to experience weightlessness along with an incredible view of planet earth.

How Much Does Space Tourism Cost?

Private space flights are, for now, reserved for the wealthy as an individual flight could cost up to half a million dollars.

Will Space Tourism Become More Accessible to Everyday People?

The positive reception of Inspiration4 has prompted many people to take an interest in space travel. Many more private trips to space are planned in the coming years, and space travel could become more accessible to everyday people within the next ten years. It is very expensive, but ongoing innovations could make zero gravity flights much more affordable in the coming years.

Is Space Tourism Safe?

Space tourism comes with many inherited risks and is far more complicated than traditional international travel. For those partaking in space travel, each traveler must fully understand the potential consequences of traveling to outer space.

When Will Space Tourism Be Made Available to the Public?

Many pundits predict that the space tourism industry will grow into a multi-billion-dollar industry in the next ten years.

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Space travel might be a way away, but for any international traveler looking to address the complications associated with international travel, there is one product that goes far beyond the coverage offered by traditional travel insurance.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance, including COVID quarantine cost coverage. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings for international and luxury travelers.

Travel Options That Offer Both Luxury and Privacy

Getaway in Style with These Once-in-a-Lifetime Travel Experiences

The luxury travel scene is evolving to address the needs of travelers who wish to indulge but keep things as private and lowkey as possible. These are some of the best travel options that any high-asset luxury traveler must experience.

SnorkelSnorkel Off a Small Island in Vanuatu

Luxury resorts offer all kinds of opportunities in the South Pacific. Private beach resorts with dedicated staff, including chefs and wait staff, are now more common than ever and offer seclusion and luxury. Private guided tours in Vanuatu are currently trending and can be complemented with helicopter rides, private scuba lessons, and visits to secluded beaches that are perfect for late-night beachside get-togethers with the family.

Sleep Under the stars in Africa

Get up close and personal with incredible wildlife and visit Africa. Luxury safari tours await you with accommodations fit for both kings and queens.

Visit remote tribes across Africa and experience culture like you never thought possible with luxury travel packages that dazzle.

JapanPrivate Guided Tours of Japan

Japan offers the most incredible dining experiences in the world, but researching and navigating through a foreign place like Tokyo could be stressful and time-consuming. Consider hiring a private guide to experience the best street food in Shinjuku or rent an exotic car and drive through the decadent neighborhood of ​​Roppongi.

Take a ride on a private train that takes you to Kyoto, where the world’s elite can experience an ancient Katana sword-making tour that isn’t available to the general public. Kyoto also offers a private Geisha performance and tea ceremony, with outdoor camping accommodations that include a private Onsen.

High-End Luxury Camping Experiences in Iceland

Iceland is unique, combining the great outdoors with luxury and high-tech accommodations. For those who love packing the family in an RV and exploring the world, many tour companies offer motorhomes or campervans that include everything a luxury traveler would need to explore Iceland’s mountains. Campers can even rent high-tech tent domes that protect campers from the forces of nature with fireplaces and fur linens for incredible comfort. Start your journey in Reykjavik, then sleep among the stars.

If camping isn’t your thing, consider exploring this country’s incredible mountaintops and waterfalls with a private guide or go shopping at the many one-of-a-kind boutiques in Reykjavik.

Style and luxury are at your fingertips in Iceland.

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Luxury travelers should be prepared for any travel mishap, even on private tours and resorts.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

CAP Hospital-to-Hospital Transfer

The CAP Plan includes transportation of a CAP customer from the medical facility where they are hospitalized and receiving medical treatment to their home hospital of choice, when possible. The goal? To get CAP customers home, safe.

QuarentineCAP Quarantine Expense Coverage

The CAP Plan also includes a wealth of valuable services for pandemics, including real-time intelligence reports, ground transportation support, emergency medical evacuation (medevac), and the costs for mandatory quarantine expenses (for up to 14 days).

While some international travel medical insurance providers now cover pandemics, like COVID-19 (including some quarantine expenses), it is only offered on a reimbursement basis, which means the customer must pay out of pocket (and then go through a claims process for reimbursement of eligible expenses). The flat-fee CAP Plan does not require a claims process, so customers do not have to pay out of pocket for the cost of deductibles or service fees.

It’s important to understand what the exclusions are in a travel insurance plan. For example, if there’s a COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and a customer is afraid to travel, most travel medical insurance plans deny coverage. Why? They exclude ‘fear of travel’ in the fine print. With CAP, ‘fear of travel’ is included in our standard pandemic and COVID-19 benefits.

Contact us directly to learn more about available solutions for corporate and leisure travelers concerned about COVID-19 and the DELTA variant.

Now is the Time to Take Advantage of Incredible International Train Travel Packages

TrainTrain Travel Should Be Top of Mind for North Americans Wishing to Experience Europe

Many leisure and corporate travelers are opting out of traditional air travel and embracing a form of travel that has taken the back seat for several years. Train travel is quickly gaining traction as a popular option, especially for leisure tourists heading over to Europe.

Air travel has gained a reputation for close quarters, making it difficult to stay distanced from the general public while traveling for work or play. Train travel has been paired well with cheaper flights that let consumers visit places like Europe while hopping on a train for a better view of the scenery. Travelers should take advantage of train travel packages that allow you to see the sights and experience more space and comfort during travel.

Train Travel in Europe Expands Its Reach

European nations continue to plan for the future, expanding train networks across the United Kingdom and Europe. The European Union has expressed its commitment to offering more appealing rail options for travelers despite being one of the oldest forms of modern transportation.

The launch of the EU’s Connecting Europe Express campaign is pushing more Europeans to embrace rail travel as a more comfortable and environmentally conscious travel option. With the high-speed rail utilizing solar electricity, international travelers can embrace the current trend of seeing the great sights of Europe with a reduced carbon footprint.

New low-cost offerings in the U.K. make heading across the pond even more appealing for North Americans, allowing corporate and leisure travelers to take advantage of an affordable international flight, then indulging in high-speed rail. Better yet, sleeper trains continue to increase in popularity. Wine, dine and enjoy accommodations on a European train and experience what was once written about in fiction novels as the most romantic way to travel Europe.

TrainTrain Travel Innovates to Win Over Travelers

Train travel has also proven to be far less invasive than air travel. Upon entering Europe, travelers can take part in border-free travel via train and skip out on security checkpoints at airports. Plus, private cabin offerings continue to make a lot more sense for people traveling with family. More space and privacy have been a growing trend in leisure travel as the industry adapts to the needs of international travel.

This means more offerings for both the budget and luxury traveler, along with high-speed wireless internet and 3G technology that can improve the overall experience. Many travel providers offer smartphone apps to make European train journeys more appealing with e-books that tell the story of the destination while describing the immediate scenery. Now is the time to book, with travel providers offering incredible flexibility, cancelation options, and customizable amenities that can dazzle even the pickiest of travelers.

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It’s important to consider that international train travel comes with inherent risks that all travelers, both corporate and leisure, should take into consideration. Travel Europe or any international destination with confidence, knowing that you are protected from a long list of travel mishaps that are typically overlooked by traditional travel insurance.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings for leisure and corporate travelers visiting Europe or any international destination.

Precautions Every Snowbird Traveler Can Take This Fall

Canadian PassportsSnowbird Travel is Trending in Canada. Are You Searching for Warmer Weather?

After a long and exhausting pandemic, many snowbirds who own property in places like Florida, Arizona, and California have finally decided to head back down south this winter. Despite international travel remaining complicated due to the emergence of the Delta variant of COVID-19, new health passes, vaccinations, and face masks have allowed many senior travelers to fly safely. Snowbird travel has come out of hibernation.

What is Snowbird Travel?

Snowbird travel typically refers to Canadians who head down south to various sunshine states to avoid the cold weather in the winter months. Snowbirds are generally senior travelers who own property like beachside condos or cottages.

Beach FunIs It Safe for Snowbirds to Travel?

It is safe for snowbirds to travel this season if they take recommended health precautions seriously. This means wearing face masks when visiting airports, on public transportation, and staying socially distanced from large crowds and gatherings. Snowbirds are also encouraged to perform proper hygiene like handwashing and regular sanitation during travel.

Is There Travel Insurance Specifically for Snowbird Travel?

Yes, many travel insurance providers offer products and services for snowbirds. Traditional travel insurance plays an important role for many leisure travelers but has many exceptions laid out in the fine print.

BeachFive Safety Tips for Snowbird Travelers

Focus on what’s important during your leisure vacation and use these five tips that can help ensure your safety when traveling down south.

  • Travel with extra medication on hand. It can be difficult to obtain prescribed medication in a different country, so plan accordingly. Consult your doctor and seek out ways to get your required medication, even if you are traveling internationally.
  • Get ahead and travel while keeping in mind that you could experience significant delays. Screening processes at airports remain highly complicated, and you might require extra time to get to your destination. Ensure your timing is flexible so that you are not feeling rushed or stressed.
  • Ensure that all travel documents are up to date. Snowbirds might be requested to provide proof of travel insurance or proof of Extra research is required to ensure that you have all the necessary documents to fly without any complications.
  • Don’t be a hero, and request help when necessary. Some airlines may be willing to assist with heavy luggage or can help address those with Should you need assistance, don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Eat and drink well during travel and avoid sugary snacks, especially on long flights. Should you be sensitive to certain foods, it might not be time to indulge while on an international flight. Bring along healthy snacks and stay hydrated to ensure you are safe and comfortable throughout the trip.

Beach ChairSnowbird Travelers Should Remain Informed of the Evolving Situation

Snowbirds should keep a keen eye on the evolving situation related to the ongoing pandemic. Travel restrictions and border closures can happen very quickly and put a damper on your travel experience. Stay informed about ongoing travel restrictions that could complicate travel, including testing requirements, required vaccinations, and any other regulations that can emerge suddenly.

Snowbird Travel and Safety Precautions

There is a supplemental travel product that can help seniors address any complications that could arise during international travel.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available products tailored to snowbirds heading south during this fall and winter travel season.

Seeking Out Pet-Friendly Accommodations Made Easy

cat hotelPet-Friendly Accommodations: Tips for Pet Owners Who Love to Travel

Sometimes it’s hard to leave your favorite four-legged friend behind for a vacation. Many travel providers understand these hardships and are responding by offering accommodations that allow you to enjoy your next trip alongside your best friend.

Pet-friendly accommodations are the latest trend in travel, as hotels bend over backward to delight not just the individual but their furry friends as well.

How to Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations

One of the simplest ways to find pet-friendly accommodations is to reach out to the local humane society. Head online to your destination’s local humane society or shelter and explore their website to see if they list any pet-friendly hotels or accommodations. These establishments are typically well-versed in local resources for pet owners. They can often point to pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and bars that don’t mind having a furry visitor.

In circumstances where this information isn’t listed online, reach out directly via email and ask for suggestions from one of the professionals working at the humane society.

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Pet-Friendly Accommodations at Hotels

Many major hotel chains do offer pet-friendly accommodations, but not all are created equally. With some research, pet owners can find hotels that offer unique perks for those bringing along a dog. Some hotels might offer a spa experience not just for you but for your companion as well.

Seek out hotel offerings that openly welcome pets and provide concierge services that can advise on local veterinary clinics, dog-walking options, and directions to pet-friendly trails and off-leash dog parks. In some instances, hotels that are vocal about their love for dogs might even have a dedicated dog park.

Tips for Visiting Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Many pet owners are highly particular about the comfort of their pets. Follow these steps to ensure that you and your dog or pet are focused on enjoying your trip and not any complications related to travel.

Reduce your stress with these simple tips for traveling with your pet:

  • Travel can be stressful for pets, so consider bringing along a crate that is their designated space. Crates can offer a calm and secure area on long road trips and are a safer option than letting your pet roam free in the backseat.
  • Coordinate with your hotel or host on any pet rules. Some hotels may wish to inquire about your pet’s health and vaccinations, so keep any paperwork on hand in case it is required.
  • On exceptionally long trips, consider that your pet might enjoy themselves more with a friend or family member. The nature of travel comes with plenty of complications, and some international travel destinations are just not be suited for pets. In these cases where the risks outweigh the rewards, consider a luxury pet hotel or a stay with another pet owner.
  • Prepare for the worst-case scenario, including some unpleasant “digestive situations.” Travel can induce a lot of stress in pets, and the unfortunate outcome may be an upset stomach. On long trips, it might be best to reduce your pet’s food intake for the day, so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises halfway through the trip.
  • Dehydration is common when traveling. Take breaks during long trips and have a water source available for your pet so they can hydrate as needed.
  • There is no place like home, so attempt to make your hotel room as “home-like” as possible. Bring your pet’s toys and bed that they are familiar with to ease their stress levels as much as possible.
  • Familiarize your pet with its surroundings. Upon arrival at your accommodations, spend some time in the room with your Later, leave the room and come back several times. Show your pet that you will return, and then take them for a stroll throughout the hotel to make them more comfortable with their surroundings.

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Wherever you are heading, ensure that you can address any travel mishap.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

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What are the Official Nude Beach Rules in Europe?

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With travel restrictions slowly being eased worldwide, many North Americans are flocking to popular travel destinations across Europe and indulging in sand and sun. Some travelers might be looking to try something new, such as visiting one of Europe’s nude beaches. Nice, France is known to offer nude beaches that are unique to the destination. Regardless of whether you are new to the experience or not, there are many nude beach rules in Europe that you will want to keep in mind during your next trip.

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Of course, the official laws surrounding public nudity differ around the world. Nude beaches have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming to travelers from all walks of life. There are, however, some common etiquette and unspoken rules that everyone visiting a nude beach should abide by. Here is what you need to know when visiting a nude beach in Europe this summer or fall travel season.

  • There’s an unspoken rule at nude beaches – no photos allowed. Consider leaving your phone or camera at your accommodations and enjoy the experience without any sort of documentation.
  • Do your own research before visiting a nude beach. Read about the rules and laws related to that specific beach. Consider asking for recommendations from other travelers.
  • Get naked! Do your best to be relaxed about the nudity on the beach, and don’t make it awkward for others by visiting the beach clothed. When in Rome…
  • Be on your best behavior. Just because others are nude does not mean it gives consent for unsolicited comments about another person’s body. Be respectful and give those who want privacy plenty of space.
  • Stay well prepared with water and snacks. Some nude beaches are far away from convenience stores and restaurants, and you don’t want to be left searching for the nearest store because you forgot to pack a bag for the beach.
  • Sunscreen is needed at a nude beach. Ensure those tan lines don’t turn burnt.
  • Many nude beaches require that each patron has their own towel. When a visitor wants to sit at a bench or a picnic table, common etiquette requires the use of a towel.
  • Keep your eyes to yourself as it is impolite to stare at others. Remain courteous to all other guests. Just because a patron is nude doesn’t mean they are inviting others to stare.
  • Respect others just as you would on a normal beach. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Should you experience unwanted attention from other patrons, be direct about wanting your own space and privacy. Other nude beachgoers are usually friendly, and you should be prepared for potential social interaction in the nude. If you feel uncomfortable, leave at once and head to a place with more people.

Keep in mind that local customs and attitudes can impact your next European vacation. Some beaches in Europe are open to nudity, while others could frown upon it, resulting in fines or even arrest. Ensure that you are aware of your surroundings and pay careful attention to local rules and laws that dictate where public nudity is appropriate.

Nude Beach Rules in Europe Can Be Complicated, But Safe Travel with CAP is Not

In some situations, public nudity can attract unwanted attention and even harassment from locals. Stay in the know of cultural attitudes anywhere in the world and find travel destinations that are safe and welcoming to all travelers.

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more.