"Not only is contactless easier, it’s actually safer. Your credit cards are encrypted and hidden behind your phone’s lock screen. This makes it nearly impossible for a nefarious shopkeeper to copy your credit card number. Your name and 3-digit security code are not transmitted, nor even seen, so even in the unlikely event they get your number, they can’t make online purchases."
From the New York Times. Read the whole article here:
Why Pay for Travel Insurance?
It's clear that the cost of travel and the level of complexity are increasingly more elaborate. Managing airline schedules, routes, and logistics are often the difference between traveling well and never wanting to leave home again. For most of us, staying home is not the option we’re looking for. Reducing the risk, the stress, and the uncertainty of travel is becoming a valuable aspect of a vacation, work travel, or any other need to get from one place to another. Travel insurance is an affordable and customizable way to mitigate some of the risks associated with travel and the benefits are increasing.
The integration of immediate personal communication has a growing effect on the way we make plans and often requires that we remain flexible and are at times required to implement responsive contingency plans. Health insurance plans have gradually stopped providing features that used to include medical expenses and emergency services while traveling.
If you’re young and healthy and someone else is paying for your travel you probably don’t think about the risks involved in travel. The idea of spending a night in the airport waiting for the next flight out, a storm to be over, or rebooking an itinerary might seem like an adventure. However, if you’re paying for your own vacation and you have some idea of what can go wrong, how much it costs, and you realize how easy it is to remove those concerns or at least their impact on your well being, then you should be interested to know how inexpensively you can get insurance to cover specific aspects of travel.
You may not need the deluxe all inclusive “Cancel for any reason” option. You may not need automobile insurance. You may not want to pay for coverage on airfare because you know you have a ticket that can be refunded or at least keep the credit or miles, but you may want to cover the cost of a week vacation at your favorite location that has a strict cancellation policy.
Travel today means there are more ways for unexpected things to pop up and less responsibility on the part of the airlines, medical insurance, and everything in between. There are many travel insurance companies. The each have their own features.
Travel Insurance with TravelEx is a Good Idea because you can buy the level of coverage you want and add specific coverages as you wish. It’s a great value when you consider the cost of cancelling a trip, losing a piece of luggage, or experiencing one unfortunate accident. It can protect you during your travels by knowing you have protection from a growing variety of problems. You can use travel insurance for your next vacation to protect your luggage from loss or theft, not have to worry about buying the rental car insurance, or knowing you won’t have to spend the night in the airport if you miss a flight. They also offer a generous 21 days from booking your travel to buy insurance. It’s worth looking into it at home while you’re able to think calmly.
The greatest thing about visiting Paris is discovering things with a profound personal connection to the city. One of the best ways to increase the chances of this happening is with a Paris Pass or a Paris Museum Pass. These are two products worth comparing to see which works best for your style of discovering a city. Both passes offer free entry to many of the most visited sites in Paris and easily pay for themselves when compared to visiting just two or three locations.
The Paris Pass provides you with a Paris Museum Pass and additional transportation features, sightseeing information, and activities. The Paris Pass website compares the features of both cards. The Paris Pass can be purchased online. While it can be shipped to your Paris location it's best to purchase this pass early and have it shipped to your home so you can read the additional information and plan activities before your vacation. This also helps avoid the logistics of acquiring the pass in Paris when you could be out making great discoveries.
The Paris Museum Pass, which is included with the Paris Pass, is primarily a museum access pass for people who want to navigate the city and find activities on their own. As a result it costs a little less than the full Paris Pass. The Paris Museum Pass is available in Paris for two, four, and six day periods (cost is 42,56, and 69 Euros). Planning a visit to Paris for two, four, or six full days is the best way to take full advantage of these cards. The Museum Pass is easy to purchase in Paris and allows the greatest flexibility for planning.
Both cards, through the Museum Pass, offer access to museums without waiting in lines for a day pass purchase. This makes it easy and affordable to revisit a museum to complete a tour or see something again, stop in to a museum cafe, use the facilities, or enter a museum quickly for a short visit to see something specific without feeling obligated to stay longer to get your money's worth. You may also find something you never expected to discover simply by not having to buy a pass for a museum that just happens to be right in front of you at the right moment. This is a great way to see Paris and many other cities in the world have similar products worth looking for.
June 12th, 2012
Cell Phones in Europe
The mobile phone has made it's way into our lives for a number of reasons. If you have a solution for cell phone access for your vacation to France you would recommend, or not recommend, I think lots of people would be interested in hearing about it in the comments to this post.
I found this site that has longer explanations of the following options. Click here to see the entire article. If you want a cell phone in Europe, you have these options:
Paris Museum Pass
Here's a link to the Paris Museum Pass. It costs less than the Paris Pass. The difference between the two is that the Paris Museum Pass mainly gets you access to museums and the Paris Pass includes additional things like tours and transportation for the city of Paris and some surrounding areas. I have used the Paris Museum Pass and recommend it because I'm mainly there to see art and culture in museums. The bus tour, wine tasting and river cruise are things I tend to incorporate into my time in Paris without wanting to feel bound by those opportunities. We usually supplement our Paris Museum Pass with a Bateaux Bus pass for a few days which gives unlimited access to the boat taxi that goes up and down the River Seine all day. It's a nice way to see the city from the river in different light, at many times of the day, and get around above ground. If you're not sure which one to get you can read about both of them and make an assessment.
__Airfare, hotels, car rentals; There are plenty of online tools to help manage vacation expenses. Hotel prices, airline capacity cuts and rising travel demand mean travelers work harder to find greater values. Here are 19 go-to Web sites to you save money this year. Click anywhere on this text to open a new page with the article from the New York Times.
Why wouldn't you want to go to France? History, art, food, wine, what else is there?