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Want To Extend Your Trip? 15 Aug 2014

Did you know that you can often plan a stopover for free or very little additional money when traveling abroad by air?  Overnight or several day stops in major hubs like Singapore, Tokyo, Paris, Dubai, Istanbul, Honolulu and even lesser frequented areas like Helsinki and Reykjavik, can be added to your itinerary very cost effectively in many cases.  This may be a nice way to ease a long journey.  Call us for help in enhancing your next adventure!

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Is Your Passport Ready For Travel? 15 Jul 2014

passport requirements, international travelIf you are planning to travel abroad in the next few months or year, take a quick look at your passport to make sure it is adequate for your travel. Does the expiration date and number of blank pages fulfill the visiting country’s requirements?  Normal processing time for renewals and new applications is currently taking about 4 to 6 weeks, but expedited services are available through US Passport Processing Centers or designated private courier services.  An easy-to-understand guide can be found at uspassporthelpguide.com.

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Why Is Travel Insurance Important? 15 Apr 2014

Be careful not to assume that your US health plan covers you for needed medical care for injury or illness while traveling out of the country because most do not, including Medicare.  In addition to providing emergency medical coverage for you as a traveler, high quality plans also provide benefits in the case of injury, illness or death of a fellow traveler or immediate family member at home.
Another major benefit is trip cost reimbursement before or during travel as well as numerous other benefits such as compensation for a missed flight connection, lost baggage, etc.  Benefits vary and premiums are largely based on age and cost of your trip.  Enjoy peace of mind and call us for more details or go to Gateway Travel Insurance Information to make sure your trip investment is adequately covered.
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Update On Foreign Currency Conversion Fees 15 Mar 2014

Ever surprised after returning home from your international trip by what your credit card company charges for converting foreign currency to US dollars?  This can add up to a hefty sum of money and can be avoided.  Some card issuers such as American Express are now waiving this fee for their Platinum cardholders, as well as others like Capital One.  A few other banks also waive this fee for their preferred cardholders.  It may pay to check your bank’s policy before leaving home.

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How Do I Know If I Need A Visa For Travel? 15 Feb 2014

It’s easy to find out if you need a visa to enter a particular country by checking this governmental website:
And it is a simple process to obtain one for some countries, even doing so upon arrival at the airport such as in Bali, but can be a complex process for some other countries such as Russia or Brazil. Gateway Destinations makes this process easy and ensures that you have the proper travel documents through our visa service.
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