Great Travel Reads
You’ve planned a great trip, and you’re eagerly anticipating it. In fact, the anticipation is all part of the fun of travel. One of my favorite things to do is to read a book or watch a movie about my destination. I find that it gives me greater cultural insight that makes the experience richer. I also always enjoy finding places that were mentioned in my book or seeing sights from a movie.
You can do an internet search for recommended books for most any place. Here are some favorite books from the Globe Travel team:
Under the Tuscan Sun (Italy)
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Botswana)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Savannah, GA)
In a Sunburned Country (Australia)
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (China)
Journey to Ollantaytambo: In the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Peru)
In the Time of the Butterflies (Dominican Republic)
In Patagonia (South America)
Doctor Zhivago (Russia)
The Great Railway Bazaar (Europe, Asia)
Video Night in Kathmandu (Far East)
As you get ready for your next vacation, check out a book about your destination—or start with this list and get inspired for where to go next.
Spring Break Travel
I know we haven’t gotten through the holidays yet, but yes, it’s time to start thinking about spring break travel. By the time spring break gets here, you know you will be ready for a get-away: from winter temperatures, from homework, from the day-to-day routine.
Here are a few questions to help you get ready for your trip planning:
1. What’s your spring break dream destination?
* Beach resort? All you need to think about is which coast: Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico. We can make some good recommendations for any of these.
* Theme parks? Orlando is the place to go for non-stop family fun.
* Urban adventure? Big cities offer something for everyone, and you can stay in the U.S. or go international.
2. Who’s going?
* Small quiet family trip? You could use some quality time together.
* Extended family fun? With grandparents and others.
* Bringing along your kids’ friends? You know they’ll have more fun with their BFFs.
* Multi-family vacation? The more, the merrier.
3. How do you want to travel?
* Fly and rent a car?
* All-inclusive resort?
* Road trip?
Are the wheels turning yet? Thinking about the possibilities? It’s the perfect opportunity to get away. Put in that vacation request now, and start planning your ultimate spring break. We’re here to help!
Sneak Peek: Major League Baseball
I’m going to let you in on what I think is the best kept Florida vacation secret: Spring Training. Spring training games offer you a chance to see Major League Baseball teams play in smaller, more accessible venues. Enjoying a spring training game with a hot dog in hand under the warm Florida sunshine is a little slice of Americana.
Fortunately for baseball fans, Florida spring training parks are almost all located near beaches. When your neighbors are shoveling snow and shivering in early March, you can be relaxing at a beachfront resort and enjoying the first baseball games of the season. You only need to choose: Atlantic beach or Gulf beach. You can stay for a few days or for a week at a great resort and be within easy driving distance of 3-5 stadiums, where they play games almost every day.
Prefer the desert over the beach? Lots of teams also do spring training near Phoenix, which is famous for lavish golf resorts and spas.
Details and Recommendations
Getting there: There are plenty of convenient airports close to spring training stadiums. West Palm Beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast; Tampa and Fort Myers on the Gulf coast; Phoenix.
Staying there: Beach resorts area the way to go for your spring training vacation in Florida. In Phoenix, enjoy the pampering of premium golf and spa resorts.
How long: That depends on your baseball to beach ratio. How much time do you want to spend enjoying the beach and Florida attractions? How much time do you want to spend watching baseball games? You could catch a game a day if you are a real fan. The spring training season is short: from the end of February through the end of March.
Don’t miss: Getting an autograph or a photo of players before or after the game. In spring training stadiums, players are very accessible to fans.
Contact: Globe Travel at 434-296-0171 or email@example.com to help you find a great resort and a convertible to enjoy the sunshine as you drive from one stadium to the next!
There was the time my mom fell and broke her foot in Scotland—just an hour after we got there. Then there was the time when I got really sick on a cruise ship and had to see the ship’s doctor. And, really, there are plenty more vacation mishaps I could bore you with. All of these put a major damper on vacations. But fortunately, they weren’t catastrophes that caused us a tremendous amount of stress. Part of the reason why we were relatively stress-free in these unfortunate situations is because we had travel insurance. We knew that we had support.
Travel insurance covers a lot. The two main reasons that I buy travel insurance:
1. To reimburse me for upfront costs if I have to cancel a trip—or even part of a trip. This came in handy in Scotland. When my mom broke her foot, she had to spend the first day with it on ice and elevated, which meant we had to cancel a day trip to the Isle of Skye hat we had planned and paid for. Travel insurance reimbursed us for the cost of that missed tour.
2. To pay for medical expenses that my health insurance won’t cover. Does your health insurance cover medical expenses incurred in another country or on a cruise ship? Mine didn’t; most health insurance doesn’t. Travel insurance fills that gap and reimbursed me for the costs billed by the ship’s doctor.
In addition to these two reasons, there are other benefits that most travel insurance offers. For example, reimbursing you if you need to buy clothes because your luggage is significantly delayed, air lifting you off of a cruise ship if you have a medical emergency, and providing assistance services for things like medical provider referrals and situations of identity theft.
The biggest benefit from having travel insurance is peace of mind. So don’t forget it when you are planning your vacation.
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