How to Stay in the Holiday Spirit during the Busiest Travel Season of the Year

Traveling during the holiday season can be tedious, especially if you find yourself packed into confined areas for hours or made to wait in long lines through security. According to the AAA Thanksgiving 2014 travel forecast, this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007 with as many as 46 million Americans taking a trip. So, how do you stay in the holiday spirit while traveling?

  1. Realistic expectations. If you hope for the best and plan fort the unexpected, then you’re setting yourself up to have a more pleasurable experience altogether. That way, if something does happen, you’ll be more prepared for it. It’s also good to consider travel insurance and carry a copy of the policy. That way, you can read your description of coverage if something unforeseen like a flight delay or cancellation does happen.
  2. Comfort. A little neck pillow or something light to use as a blanket can make you feel more relaxed. If you’re traveling for more than a few hours, it might be worth taking these items as long as you have the space in your carry on. Be sure to check the latest measurements for carry-on baggage (Delta, United, American Airlines), as it has changed in the recent past.
  3. Entertainment. While most planes offer some sort of in-flight entertainment, it might be worth downloading a new holiday playlist, movie, book or whatever you enjoy. That way, you’ll have something to pass the time. Don’t forget about downloading something for the kids too. Noise canceling headphones might be another thing to bring if you have the space.
  4. Treats. In the spirit of sharing this holiday season? You may want to consider bringing festive snacks for you and your family. Be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip, especially if you’re traveling with small children. Gum or something to chew during takeoff and landing may help your ears pop.
  5. Plan ahead. Having a game plan before you depart will make your experience better than if you wait until the last minute. Know where you’re going, give yourself plenty of time to get there and travel as stress free as possible. Have a back-up plan just in case something unexpected does happen. Even if you don’t end up using it, it’ll be nice to have it in your back pocket. Be sure to do your homework ahead of time. Know the TSA rules, especially if you’re bringing presents on the plane. (TSA Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers), check for flight delays (FAA) and the weather before you go to the airport. There are all kinds of apps that you can use to help with this as well. (iTunes Apps Store Travel)

If you’re traveling in the U.S. or flying halfway around the world, you should consider travel insurance. Be sure to research what’s available and get the correct policy to meet your needs from a reputable travel protection provider, such as CSA Travel Protection.

No matter where you’re going or who you’re spending the holidays with, be sure to follow these five helpful holiday travel tips and make your trip merrier.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance Group company, is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. With over 20 years of experience, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way.

8 Places to Experience Breathtaking Fall Colors Around the World

Fall color is one of earth’s biggest spectacles. Many places right here at home in the United States offer an incredible display of fall leaves on auburn and golden trees. It’s not too late to see the leaves changing color in some parts of the United States. The leaves may be past their peak in the Northeastern U.S., but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternatives.

If you’re itching for some fall foliage, then here are some places around the world to consider. Just a warning…their autumn appeal may be so great, that you might want to plan a vacation.

Fall foliage along a river  Crystal clear lake surounded by fall colors  Bright fall colors in trees on the edge of a lake

Check out this list of destinations, their tourism websites and time of year when you should visit.

  1. Dandenong Ranges, Australia – Time to visit: March
  2. Jiuzhaigou Valley, Chengdu, China – Time to visit: October
  3. South Island, New Zealand – Time to visit: April
  4. Patagonia, Argentina/Chile – Time to visit: April
  5. Lake Ashino, Kanagawa, Japan – Time to visit: Late October/Early November
  6. Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan – Time to visit: Mid to late November
  7. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England – Time to Visit: September through December
  8. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Time to Visit: September
  9. Serpentine Hot Springs, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska – Time to visit: September
  10. India’s Kashmir Valley, Kashmir, India – Time to visit: August through October

If these fall destinations are calling your name, then it may be time to take a trip and explore. If you do, be sure to consider travel protection from a reputable provider such as CSA Travel Protection.

Though looking at photos of beautiful fall scenery online can be inspiring, vacation photos are always better when they’re your own.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance Group company, is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. With over 20 years of experience, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way.

Would Your Guests Like 24-Hour Roadside Assistance?

Two in three vacation rental guests used their own car to reach their destination, according to a survey of the U.S. vacation rental market conducted by PhoCusWright in 2012. With that in mind, how much do you think your guests would value 24-Hour Roadside Assistance services included with their vacation rental insurance*?

If they find themselves stuck with a flat tire, dead battery, keys locked in the car or they just need a tow, guests who have purchased a Guest Protect Plan from CSA Travel Protection just need to call our hotline, anytime, anywhere in the U.S. and our friendly service provider will be there to help.

CSA’s Guest Protect Plan includes 24-Hour Roadside Assistance for the travelers’ own vehicle or rental car.

24-Hour Roadside Assistance Services include:

  • Towing Service
  • Battery Jump/Minor Roadside Adjustments
  • Flat Tire Change: A flat tire will be changed with the insured’s spare tire
  • Fuel Delivery
  • Vehicle Winching/Extraction: The vehicle will be winched if it is stuck in a ditch, mud or snow as long as it is accessible from a normally traveled roadway
  • Locksmith Services

The PhoCusWright research showed that four in five vacation rental guests staying at properties in the Midwest, Northeast and Southern regions of the U.S. (except Florida) drive their own cars, but a flight and rental car combo is much more common for Florida and the Western region. Rental Car Damage coverage is also included with CSA’s Guest Protect Plan* (not available to residents of Texas).

Learn more about partnering with CSA

Click here to learn more about CSA’s Vacation Rental Damage Protection and travel insurance plans.

Data from “A Market Reinvented: The U.S. Vacation Rental Landscape” (A PhoCusWright Special Project, December 12, 2012)

*Coverages and services listed are for the G-330CSA plan. 

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services. Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions. Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply. Travel Retailers may not be licensed to sell insurance, in all states, and are not authorized to answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. This plan provides insurance coverage for your trip that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by your travel retailers. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker. This notice provides general information on CSA’s products and services only. The information contained herein is not part of an insurance policy and may not be used to modify any insurance policy that might be issued. In the event the actual policy forms are inconsistent with any information provided herein, the language of the policy forms shall govern.

Travel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.