Global Entry & TSA Precheck for “Free” ??

         With Global Entry or TSA Precheck, not only will you have a shorter line at the airport but also the security screening is less complicated.  Access to these programs isn't too pricey, but you can get them for free as a benefit on certain credit cards. Here's what you need to know about TSA Precheck and Global Entry and how to get your application fee covered by your credit card. Eligible Travel Credit Cards  While the two programs are relatively [...]

Lets avoid the “Scammers”

              The majority of our clients travel to Europe ( it's our specialty) and we send them lots of information prior to departure about being prepared for their upcoming trip, travel tips, currency, passports, etc.  European cities have a reputation for some petty crime like pickpockets, scammers, etc.  It's always best to use your common sense and certainly don't flaunt your money or valuables.  Besides personal security, there are some other local travel scams to watch [...]

Is there really an “Ultimate” travel packing list ??

             Is there really such a thing as an "Ultimate" packing list ?? Everyone's different right? and everyone's an expert too :)  It's difficult to come up with a one size fits all list but we think this one is a pretty comprehensive list with choices for different types of travelers and certainly some best practices.  We do a weekly Tuesday Travel Tip video spot over on our Facebook Page Celtic Hearts Travel and highlight something useful [...]

Better Safe than Sorry….

"Everything is fine until it isn't" We've all been there, one minute you're having a great time and next minute something completely unforeseen happens and you're in a very different situation and scrambling to course correct. Oh and let's not forget our friend Murphy who always seems to show up !!!  As your trusted travel advisors we "ALWAYS" encourage and recommend travel insurance for our clients.   We have had a couple of scenarios where Travel Insurance proved INVALUABLE and [...]

Useful travel hacks

There's always so much to think about when you're going on a long trip - we second guess ourselves the whole time - should I bring this ? leave that ? what's the most hassle free way to get everything together ? We have some great travel hacks for your below:          Some of the top travel hacks include: LOSE THE WHEELS A duffel is much more flexible when it comes to onboard storage and you can often fit [...]

Tips to make International travel easier

Here are some tips make your overseas journey easier.  (courtesy of Travel & Leisure) Hotel business cards. Take a business card from the front desk when you check in, that way, if you ever get lost, you have the name and address of the hotel in the local language. Having something in a local language that can be shown to locals and taxi drivers is an extra bit of insurance.   The six-month passport rule.  The U.S. lets you use your [...]

Laptop Travel Ban – updates

What you need to know and how you can prepare for the laptop travel ban - Please note - THIS IS NOT IN EFFECT YET- Here is the fact sheet for Dept. of Homeland Security. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/21/fact-sheet-aviation-security-enhancements-select-last-point-departure-airports (Courtesy: WendyPerrin.com http://www.wendyperrin.com/how-you-can-prepare-for-the-laptop-travel-ban/) The (DHS) is expected to expand the laptop ban to include flights coming into the U.S. from Europe. Less than two months after the first ban required that fliers arriving from several Middle East countries pack their laptops, tablets, game consoles, digital [...]