After Canada’s anniversary year, tourism growth will likely slow. To learn more, click here.
Royal Caribbean is raising daily gratuity fees. Want to read more? Click here.
The TSA confirms that it is extending the deadline for REAL ID. Click here to find out more.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IDENTIFICATION NEEDED WHEN FLYING! To see it, click here.
To learn about current updates on cruises in the Caribbean, click here.
The TSA is considering merging pre-check and the Global Entry programs. For more information, click here
Want to learn more about the airline fees that you know about and may ones you don’t know about? click here.
New technology promises that airport screening of bags will include laptops and liquids inside of them. To learn more, click here
Non-travelers are now able to go through security to greet family and friends at one U.S. airport. To learn which one and how it works, click here
SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
STEP is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (https://step.state.gov/)
You then will receive Travel Advisories from the embassies/consulates of your travel locations, alerting you to any demonstrations that might take place and other information that may be relevant to your visit. Plus, should there be some disaster in the city where you’ll be staying, the embassy/consulate will be aware that there is an American staying there and will be able to contact you.
After creating an account/profile on the website, register any planned travel in the “Add a Trip” section.
Under the Destination section, indicate your first overnight stop.
Under Purpose, an example would be “Flying from MIA-ATL-FCO and return. Traveling Apr.26-May 9 on Insight Coach Tour Rome-Venice and May 9-20 in Sicily.”
Then under Address section, indicate the name of the first hotel/or other location with the date on that same line. There’s a place for “Add Additional Address ” – enter all relevant information. If staying at a regular hotel, you may not need to put in a street address.
Be sure to include your e-mail address and cell phone number in the appropriate section.
Once home, go back onto the website and delete that trip.
Here are some external links to get more travel information and tips:
U.S. Transportation Security Administration:
U.S. Department of State: