Last Updated on August 2, 2018 by Jim Ferri
What Travel Insurance Does and Doesn’t Cover
When you book travel with a credit card, you usually get some kind of travel insurance — but what it doesn’t cover can leave you vulnerable. Here’s what you really get, and why you might want to buy additional coverage.
Planning for vacation is fun. We make lists of clothes to pack and museums to visit, anticipating the relaxation and fun to come. It’s considerably less fun to think about everything that could go terribly, horribly wrong.
Your flight to London could get delayed, leaving you stuck overnight in Boston. Your luggage could end up in Hong Kong while you’re en route to Tokyo. The New York Times
IRS Revoking Passports of Americans Who Owe Taxes
The Internal Revenue Service says that 362,000 Americans with “seriously delinquent” overdue tax payments will be denied passports or passport renewals if they do not pay the money they owe, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The IRS has the power to block passports thanks to a law passed by Congress in 2015, which authorizes the move in cases where more than $51,000 is owed. Since February, the agency has been sending tens of thousands of violators’ names to the State Department, which oversees passport applications. Travel + Leisure
Sizing Up the Bargain Potential of One-Way Airfares
Conventional wisdom dictates that you have to book a round-trip itinerary in order to get a great price. This was once true, but it isn’t necessarily the case anymore. Most major American carriers used to price what some call open-jaw segments — flying into one city and then returning from another — for price-insensitive business travelers. But competition and the increasing popularity of one-way flights has changed this dynamic.
The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), which provides air travel intelligence, released a report last summer on one-way tickets that concluded “the long-held belief that it is better to purchase round-trip tickets whenever possible to get the best fares is simply no longer true.” The New York Times
Best Beach Holidays in Europe
Seduced by far-flung heat and the exotic tropics, it is easy to forget that some of the best beaches in the world are a couple of hours from home.
Europe is blessed with some of the world’s most sensational coastlines. Great long stretches of golden sand, secret coves, the calm blue-green waters of the Mediterranean; and the feisty Atlantic waves to play in. Driftwood walkways through the sand dunes, pretty seaside villages and harbors clinking with sailing boats and wine glasses. And beyond the beaches themselves – it’s everything else that should come with a beach holiday. Conde Nast Traveller
This Is the World’s Most-booked Tour on TripAdvisor
Picking a new destination to travel to can be a daunting experience. It can be hard to tell if you picked the right place, right hotel, and right experiences along the way. But, luckily for you, the great people of the internet have your back.
According to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travel Trends Report, if you want to go on a trip that’s nearly guaranteed to be amazing, look no further than the City Wonders Skip the Line tour, which ranks as the world’s most popular travel experience on the site. Travel + Leisure