International Travel

Europe Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. ...
An Informed Traveler Is a Safer Traveler

By Seth Kugel of nytimes.com Which sounds like the most dangerous way to spend your next vacation? 1. Going to Brazil, epicenter of the Zika virus, for the Olympics. 2. Visiting Istanbul, where eight German tourists died in a terrorist...
Keep these things in mind while packing your toiletry kit.

Practicing good hygiene is always a good idea, but bringing every toiletry you own on a trip is impractical. While you should feel confident the cruise you're on will have at least the basics aboard, it's always nice to have toiletries you normally use. Keep...
Tourists Killed in Terrorist Attack on Istanbul’s Historic District

by Donald Wood of travelpulse.com Tragedy struck Tuesday morning when a Syrian man allegedly detonated a bomb that killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 others in a popular tourist section of Istanbul’s historic district. According to Lefteris Pitarakis and Suzan Fraser of the Associated Press, the suspected...
U.S. Embassy issues alert for Bahamas after sexual assaults

by travelweekly.com A crime warning issued Tuesday by the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas has singled out operators of personal watercraft or jet skis. The embassy issued the alert following the sexual assault of a U.S. citizen by a man on one of the watercraft on Cabbage Beach. The Royal...
Cruise Ship Terrorism: "The Elephant in the Room" for 2015

by Jim Walker of cruiselawnews.com We are just a few hours before placing 2015 is in our rear view mirror as we start upon a fresh New Year. So what are the memories which come to mind when we think of taking a cruise in 2015?  And what...
Taking a cruise with your kids doesn't have to be a nightmare.

Children can bring untold joy to our lives and make us look at the world with fresh eyes. Even so, there's practically no end to the horror stories of parents taking their kids on a trip and seeing their dream holiday quickly degenerate into...
Make sure you've got bug spray to keep these pesky little guys away in the more exotic locales.

Your toothbrush. Your laptop charger. At least one change of underwear. These are things you mustn't forget to pack wherever you're going - and however you're getting there. But when going on a cruise, there are a few items specific to the experience that no...
Traveling with friends gives you a chance to bond over mutual adventures.

Going on a cruise vacation with your friends lets you bond over an adventure together. However, traveling with others isn't always the easiest feat. Here are three things to remember when you're vacationing as a group: 1. Personality Keep your traveling companions' personalities in mind when...
Paris River Cruises

by cruisecritic.com River cruise passengers could see the introduction of airport-style security scanners following the Paris bombings. They are among increased safety measures being discussed by river lines in Europe following the attacks in Paris and subsequent police investigations in Belgium. The United States State Department issued a worldwide travel alert...