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How to Handle a Terrorist Attack while on Vacation

Although we live in troubling times, being prepared to survive a terrorist attack is a small piece of mind to have.

Here are some helpful ways to be prepared for a terrorist attack while you are on a vacation.

 

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Our world has been turned upside down by recent terrorist attacks in Europe and abroad, but we can’t let the terrorists win, so we must continue to live our lives. We can’t live in fear and traveling is a great way to show defiance to these terrorist scum. Although we live in troubling times, being prepared to survive a terrorist attack is a small piece of mind to have.

Here are some helpful ways to be prepared for a terrorist attack while you are on a vacation.

 

Know your destination

It’s important to know if the destination you are visiting has some sort of travel warnings in place. A little homework goes a long way to planning for your safety. I don’t care how awesome a place may be, if my country says there is a chance of a terror attack, I probably won’t be visiting that place anytime soon. There are plenty of destinations that are not as dangerous, so chose wisely.

When I travel I usually do a quick internet search of the place just to see what’s been gong on, if there are any political uprisings etc. Information is key when traveling; you can never have too much.

 

STEP

STEP or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a service that alerts you to any travel warnings in real time for your specific destination. This is a great tool, in case something arises while you are on vacation and may not be paying attention to local news.

 

Avoid High Risk Areas

This should be an obvious thing but it’s best to mention everything. Please avoid high-risk areas; no destination is worth risking your safety for. If an area is under civil war, maybe you shouldn’t visit it at this time. This is one end of the spectrum, the other end is high touristy areas are often targets of terrorists. Stay clear of large markets, festivals or other large gatherings if you want to stay safe.

 

Itinerary

It only takes a few seconds to share your itinerary with your friends and family, so if anything does happen, people know where you are. If some sort of attack happens, the last thing you want is for your family to be unable to contact you and have no idea where you are. Think about the ones closest to you and how you would feel if the show was on the other foot.

 

Have a plan

Always have a plan, no matter what the situation is. I always look for exits when I enter a building and you should too. Not just for a terrorist attack, maybe a fire or some other disaster. Know where the embassy is, the police station, etc. It’s always better to be prepared than to not and panic.

 

Emergency cash

I always carry a little emergency cash with me. You never know when you’ll need it but I can guarantee you will be happy that you have it when you need it. Keep a cool hundred dollars or so hidden just in case.

 

Travel insurance

I almost never buy travel insurance, but if piece of mind is what you seek, buy it. It’s usually under $100 and totally worth it.

 

Seek shelter

If a terrorist attack does happen while you are on vacation, seek shelter and wait the attack out. Hiding is always your best bet.

 

Seek information

Finding out what is going on is key to surviving an emergency situation. Knowledge is power, never forget that.

 

Only contact embassy if you are hurt

The embassy will be flooded with people after an attack, so if you are safe, stay where you are at until everything calms down. If you are injured, get help ASAP and many times the best bet is the US Embassy.

 

The chances of you getting caught in a terrorist attack are slim to none, but being prepared is always better than not.

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Everything You Need To Know About The Longest Cruise In The World

Viking Cruises recently announced they will soon be offering one-of-a-kind cruise experience will take 245 days and will visit a whopping 59 countries.

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Got $93,000 laying around and about 8 months to kill? Then do we have the experience for you!

Viking Cruises recently announced they will soon be offering one of the most unique and elaborate cruise experiences the world has ever seen. It’s called Viking Sun and it’s a giant, 465-room vessel that can house up to 930 people. But that’s not what makes this cruise so insane. The entire trip will take 245 days and will visit a whopping 59 countries. I probably can’t even name more than 30 off the top of my head.

The cruise will start in London and the first voyage is set for August 31, 2019, and will cover some of the most interesting places in the world and everything in-between. Just look at this list of places its passengers will see: Greenland, Iceland, the Caribbean Islands, much of South America, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Egypt, and even Jordan and Oman. And those are just the big hitters. There are many other lesser-known stops along the way that are sure to be worth the stop.

Now, naturally, 245 days and $93,000 (technically $92,990) is a lot to ask for most people. So Viking is offering people the change to take part in smaller portions of the grand trip. “Viking World Treasures” covers 127 days, 33 countries, costs $47,995, and stops in Los Angeles. While “Viking World Wonders” covers 119 days, 29 countries, costs $45,995 and replaces any World Treasures participants by picking up new passengers in Los Angeles who get to enjoy the return trip to London.

And while even those prices seem pretty darn high, we haven’t even covered the amenities yet. The ship includes private balconies in each cabin, an infinity pool, a Nordic sauna, and a “snow grotto.” Not to mention the price of admission covers business class airfare, free luggage shipping, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary shore excursions in every port and, maybe most importantly of all, unlimited free Wi-Fi.

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Tokyo Disney Will Soon Feature “Tangled” And “Frozen” Villages

Tokyo Disneyland will soon feature entire villages dedicated to Tangled and Frozen.

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If you haven’t really ever considered taking a trip to Tokyo and checking out Tokyo Disneyland… it’s time to start considering it. Disney fans were dancing in the streets when they heard the latest news: Tokyo Disneyland will soon feature entire villages dedicated to Tangled and Frozen! Yeah. You heard me right.

The scheduled open date is for some time in 2022. It comes as part of a complete overhaul of their DisneySea attraction and will also include an extensive Peter Pan experience. Here’s a closer look at what they’re planning.

TANGLED VILLAGE

For those that are still missing out and haven’t yet seen Tangled, it’s a new take on the famous story of Rapunzel. The Tokyo Disneyland Tangled Village will include Rapunzel’s tower, the nearby forest, and the restaurant where Rapunzel and her prince, Flynn, dine and sing the wonderful song “I’ve Got a Dream.” And yes, the restaurant will be a fully functional restaurant where you can get a delicious meal. So fun!

PETER PAN VILLAGE

Tokyo Disneyland is also just straight up adding Neverland. So cool. Naturally, you’ll get to meet Tinkerbell and Captain Hook while you’re there. And there will also be a functional restaurant inspired by the Lost Boys and their famous hideout. If you’re like me and never want to grow up, this will be the place for you.

FROZEN VILLAGE

Frozen is one of the biggest Disney hits in a very, very long time. We still can’t go a week without hearing some version of “Let It Go,” whether it be the real, recorded version or just some adorable kid belting it out while their parents roll their eyes.

From the official statement from Disney, the Frozen village will be “a heartwarming new attraction that will take guests by boat to experience the story of Elsa and Anna while enjoying iconic songs from the hit film, and a new restaurant will be located inside Arendelle Castle.” Yeah. They’re building the castle. I can’t wait!

A NEW LUXURY HOTEL

The renovation will also include a brand new amazing luxury hotel. It will reportedly be “themed to Disney fantasy” and will offer amazing views of all the different areas of the new development. It will also include 475 rooms, two restaurants, and a shop where you can grab all the Disney gear your heart desires.

THE WHOLE SHEBANG

I mean COME ON! Doesn’t that just look magical! I guess we shouldn’t expect any less from Disney. I just wish 2022 wasn’t so far away. But make no mistake… I’ll be there!

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Disaster That Can Occur When Traveling And How You Can Respond

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The lockdowns due to the pandemic have led people to travel at massive rates. This summer is going to be full of travel despite prices going up for everything worldwide. Gas prices are something that are crippling some families as prices have doubled in some locations in the US. There are issues that can arise when traveling that you might have to deal with. Most people have had to deal with one or more of these situations when traveling during their lifetime. The following are typical disasters that can occur while traveling and how to respond. 

Involved In A Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident then you need to contact a local attorney. Finding out what to do when involved in car accidents in Georgia or your location is very important. Driving in a new city can be overwhelming as some locations are known for extremely aggressive driving. Taking an Uber or taxi is another option but this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of an accident but could reduce it. 

Flights Delayed For Days Or Completely Cancelled

Flights getting delayed due to weather is something that happens around the world. What has been happening domestically is a shortage of airline workers is leading to cancellations unexpectedly. Some airlines have more flights canceled than others which you need to keep in mind. The tough aspect of this is that it could be days until there is another flight that will reach your ultimate destination. Take the time to look at options like that of a train as this can be a convenient option with less of a chance of a delay. 

Getting Sick While Traveling Abroad

Getting sick while traveling abroad is something that people have nightmares about. These can be a huge issue especially when the rest of your party has left the country. You want to ensure you are going to travel in good health as a long flight while under the weather can be disastrous. Food poisoning is quite common for travelers that are trying new foods that might not agree with their stomachs. You want to ensure you are getting enough rest and washing your hands regularly. You do not want a preventable sickness to arise just before you are about to head back home. 

Arrested Due To A Cultural Misunderstanding 

The most important thing that you can do when traveling abroad is to look up local laws and customs. You do not want to be arrested due to a misunderstanding. You also should realize that some police might be looking for a bribe as this is common in some foreign countries like Brazil where the police force is notoriously corrupt. Certain countries are governed by religious governments so something that is not remotely illegal domestically could land you in prison internationally. 

Traveling can allow you to broaden your horizons and see all the world has to offer. Plan what you can as luck will always play a role in having what you deem as a successful trip.

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