How my travel credit card saved me $1,388

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In 2020, I was looking forward to leaving Los Angeles for a socially distanced vacation in San Diego. I had stocked up on food, hand sanitizer, wipes and masks.

To stay safe and distant, I had booked two cottages near the beach with my travel credit card. My friend and his significant other would stay in one, and my roommate and I would take the other. That was the plan, until one friend tested positive for the coronavirus and had to isolate at home.

When the unexpected happens, a credit card’s trip cancellation or trip interruption insurance may help you

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Half a Million Russians Shut Out of Turkey After Virus Restricts Travel Again

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Russia restricted travel to Turkey this week, leaving more than half a million Russians scrambling to reimburse tickets to the popular tourist destination and find alternative vacation spots.

Flights to and from Turkey will be drastically reduced from April 15-June 1 due to rising coronavirus cases in Turkey, a senior Russian government official announced Monday. Flights to Tanzania will also be suspended over cases of Covid-19 and malaria, affecting slightly under 10,000 Russian tourists.

Besides the health concerns, Russia’s decision came two days after Turkey’s president met his Ukrainian counterpart as political tensions between Moscow and Ankara brew. President Recep

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Americans may be able to travel to Europe again this summer. Their hosts may not be vaccinated.

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European travel is not yet an option for Americans. The European Union still bans nonessential travel from the United States, as it deems U.S. viral levels too high. Meanwhile, a third wave of the coronavirus has shut down many of Europe’s cities. Parisians can’t stray more than six miles from their apartments. Rome’s restaurants are closed to sit-down dining. Shops in Munich have been shuttered.

But E.U. officials are racing to put together a vaccine passport system by June that would ease travel inside the 27-nation bloc by creating a standardized way for residents to prove

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A top attraction reopens at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Travel Weekly

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Roughly one year after closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Thurston Lava Tube, also known by its Hawaiian name of Nahuku, has reopened to the public at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Park staff have created a new one-way walking trail, a half-mile loop that winds through native rainforest, into the lava tube and then back through the rainforest.

“We are excited to again share the incredible experience of walking through native rainforest into a lava tube that was formed during a Kilauea eruption more than 500 years ago,” Hawaii Volcanoes National Park superintendent Rhonda Loh said in a statement.

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Tesla rideshare program launches for Phoenix to Tucson travel

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Arizonans are often faced with a hurdle when traveling between Phoenix and Tucson because it’s too close to fly, but too far to use a traditional rideshare company like Uber. A new service unlike anything else in the U.S. just launched in Phoenix to address this challenge. 

Falcon Line, a new business headquartered in Scottsdale, is helping travelers move between the Valley and Southern Arizona in Tesla-style, minimizing costs, stress and inconvenience.


READ ALSO: Waymo helps PHX East Valley become hot spot for autonomous vehicles


“Flying is expensive, cumbersome and chaotic; bus or shuttle travel is inexpensive, but the

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Hong Kong Retailer Stocks Jump After City Eases Travel Rules

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Hong Kong firms dependent on tourism rallied on Tuesday after the government said it was planning to relax travel restrictions across the border from as early as month’s end, signaling a possible rebound for a sector acutely impacted from the year-long pandemic.

From insurers to cosmetic firms, once-popular business segments may be among top beneficiaries as the government mulls reopening check points with the mainland that were closed a year ago due to Covid-19. Beauty retailer Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd. briefly surged by as much as 9.9%. Jewelry company Chow Sang

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Big Old McHenry-Quentin road project would change travel through southwestern Lake County

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Transportation officials and others are eager to get the ball rolling on a massive road project that could include a railroad underpass or overpass in southwestern Lake County.

The Lake County Board will vote Tuesday on a $6.17 million contract with TranSystems Corp. of Schaumburg to study potential improvements along Old McHenry and Quentin roads in the Hawthorn Woods/Lake Zurich/Kildeer area.

In what is known as Phase 1 engineering, Old McHenry Road from Abbey Glenn Drive to Bonnie Lane, and Quentin Road from Old McHenry Road to Route 22 will be evaluated for widening and reconstruction, nonmotorized connections to regional

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How to Redeem Unused Flight Credits for Post-Pandemic Travel

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While the pandemic is not yet over, vaccinated Americans have started to consider travel plans for the spring, summer and fall of this year.

According to TripAdvisor, May through August are proving to be the most popular months for domestic vacations, and many travelers also hope to fly internationally later on in the year, pending vaccine rollouts across the globe.

As many travelers learned

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In Iraq, Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

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On my most recent visit to the Mesopotamian marshes, in March, I arrived at Sayeed Hitham’s for breakfast. The pandemic had kept me away for more than a year.

The sun was just rising, the sky pink and golden. Hana, Hitham’s wife, stood smiling near the door to their reed house. “Tea is ready, bread is ready,” she said. “Come on in.”

We sat on the worn-out carpet around a glowing kerosene heater, sipping tea and dipping the flat naan Hana had just baked into hot buffalo milk. “What took you so long, Emi?” Sayeed asked with a tone of

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New York updates travel advisory, quarantine no longer required for international travelers

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State updated its travel advisory Saturday, no longer requiring international travelers to quarantine.

The updated guidance can be found here and on the state’s website here.

As of April 10, the updated NYS guidance says asymptomatic travelers from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine.

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, the state recommends quarantine for those who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the previous three months.

You can find the exact

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