• When to document with a Photo?

    When to document with a Photo?

    Everyday we read about videos and photos travelers take to document bad situations. When should you take a photo or video and how should you do it? If you are going to document situations, keep notes which include names of flight attendants, pilot etc. Your seat number and ticket number, which is the very long letters/numbers reference.

    First get the time/date on your phone set correctly. Then include something in the photo that dates and places the incident.

    When not to take a photo: 

    A manager/check in personnel has been horrible to you, ask for their card.…

     
  • Why are Solo Women Afraid to Travel: Part 2

    Why are Solo Women Afraid to Travel: Part 2

    Part 2 will address the following issues which scare us women:

    Find the trip you want, walk through the itinerary to identify the scary parts. 1- Did luggage arrive? 2-Is someone there to meet me? 3-If my plane is delayed, should I get hysterical?

    Walk thru the itinerary with us on the phone; lets find anything which you worry about and address it. Elephant ride in India? A long walk? Food?

    As the airport carrousel rolls around with everyone’s luggage, most women hold their breath.  …

     
  • New Airline Regulations for Women

    New Airline Regulations for Women

     

    There are new regulations and there are new headlines. Two girls were turned away from a United flight, wearing leggings.  They were traveling on airline passes, as a relative worked for United.  Airlines have strict dress codes for passengers on free tickets and leggings are definitely not allowed. This is a fake story. Read before you panic.

    Another new regulation is that all electronics (except phones and medical devices) must be packed,if you are flying from 8 airports in the Middle East on airlines which fly direct to the US.  …

     
  • Is Your Airline Safe?

    Is Your Airline Safe?

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    Several weeks ago, I took connecting flights. On the first intra-Europe, the door to the pilot’s cockpit was open. At the second check in, I was grilled about why I was traveling,who I worked for,how long, what was the job description and more. So which airline was safer?

    Stats are that they both were!

    Here are a few items to investigate:

    Charters?  NO Most insurance companies will not cover you on either a charter or private plane.

    Code Shares: YES Code sharing airlines with US carriers are vetted by the FAA and the US carrier can be liable for its partners’ standards and safety.…

     
  • Your Worst Travel Companion

    Your Worst Travel Companion

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    How will you know if a friend will make a good travel companion? For short periods of time we are all on our good behavior.  For a week or two, who knows?

    Five red flags to look for:

    Always sees the empty glass.

    Is opinionated on things they know little about.

    Is inflexible.

    Uses the word ‘I’ all the time.

    Is a great fashionista.

    Going in a group with other women, helps dilute your friend out, but why do we even have these five

    red flags?…

     
  • Surviving Airline Weather Cancellations

    Surviving Airline Weather Cancellations

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    Some of our group in Ixtapan Spa were cancelled by Delta on Feb. 15 2015, due to high winds at JFK.  The other women had no problem getting home same day. A few simple choices can help reduce the stress of a cancellation and any added costs.

    Obviously travel insurance is the first preventative for both stress and $$. The second is to keep calm especially if you are solo.

    On your airline profile (when you enter an airline website), put that you prefer notices by text message. …

     
  • Snowed in

    Well not exactly, but we thought we would be while listening to the news.If you were a solo traveler yesterday, you would have been nervous and thinking about cancelling your wonderful trip,right?

    What do you do when you are abruptly cancelled from a trip departure? First have a list of all your reservations from the taxi, to pre-tour rooms, aiport lounges through the trip. Then speak with your tour operator and make sure they know you have an issue and ask for their imput.…

     
  • Love your FF miles; hate the rules?

    Try insuring them when you use ff miles! If you have to cancel a trip and redeposit your miles, you will need to pay a fee. Last time I paid it was $150 to Delta but that might be higher now.

    Our insurance now covers the redeposit cost, any change fee on your flights and more.

    Now if your airline changes the flight on you; you usually have the right to get miles back with NO fee. You might have to call them and ask for the supervisor, but you will avoid a fee.…

     
  • Fear of Flying: Alone that is

    You do not have to be afraid of flying to meet up with a Women’s Travel Group trip. We are happy to coordinate you with others. If you live in the West and we are going to Europe or you live in the East and are going to Asia, you might want this service even more.  We have several alternatives:

     

    Meet up in the city of departure. On our Cuba trip, we meet up in Miami the night before and have our orientation at an airport hotel.…

     
  • New TSA Rules Need Close Attention

    New TSA Rules Need Close Attention

    tsabadgeThe TSA has announced that they are now requiring all electronic devices be opened at security. Phones, tablets, computers, kindles….. This means some time delay and it requires that your devices have a live battery. Cameras are not mentioned in the list, but beware if they are battery operated.

    If you are on a long trip, you will need to re-juice your devices before you go through security, as it is possible that security overseas will match our new regulations. And when you board your direct flights to the US from overseas say like Catania from our Sicily trip, TSA regulations will apply.…

     
 
 

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