international travel tools

International Travel Tools

Things to help you with your travel:
passport & visa services, airlines, destinations, club access & more.

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Travel Document Services

This company has my highest recommendations.  In 9 years, they have never failed to deliver top service.  Why use a visa service company?  Did you know if you deal directly with an Embassy for your travel visa and it is rejected - you may not have another opportunity to get that visa?  Travel Documents works for you:  reviewing visa applications for any red flags and hand delivering your application to the Embassy.  They are responsible for any follow up with the Embassy.  I cannot imagine not working with Travel Documents!

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Priority Pass

Access to over 1000 airport lounges around the world, regardless of airline flown or class of ticket. Complimentary drinks, refreshments and pre-flight bites including alcohol.

With a Priority Pass Membership, enjoy a VIP experience – whoever you fly with, in whatever class of travel and without the need to book in advance. Be sure to research the member clubs before your trip on their membership site. 


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Expert Flyer

Quickly find information on Awards, upgrades, flight availability, seats, fares, and the best travel options! With our new Seat Alerts® feature, you can be notified when the exact seat you want becomes available!®, a service of Expert Travel Services, LLC, was designed to meet the needs of the frequent flyer, the airline mileage program “elite tier” passengers, professional travel managers, and the occasional air traveler looking for the best values. was conceived and created by an eclectic team to deliver a 24/7 real time powerful air travel information service. I’ve used this for several years and have found the information they provide invaluable!

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Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is the standard for researching your destination and now offers hotel booking.

By looking through the user comments on Trip Advisor, I was able to locate a local student guide when we visited the Great Wall – in fact, through those same comments, we were able to visit an off-the-beaten-track part of the Wall that was amazing!

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Viator is a TripAdvisor company that offers handpicked tours & activities, verified reviews & photos, VIP access, a low price guarantee & 24/7 support!

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PointsMAX is a new way to earn benefits when you book accommodation on It’s simple – choose your favorite loyalty program, and you’ll earn points toward that program with every booking you make.

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Weekend in Italy

Dreaming of Italy?

Weekend in Italy offers unique tour opportunities for any Italy based location you can imagine.

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1,186,084 properties worldwide

Including 610,368 vacation rentals.
No matter what you need,!

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Travel Guard

Travel Guard insurance has different levels of coverage available – I prefer the Gold Plan.

Always make sure you have medical evacuation coverage – it’s something you cannot cover out of pocket if the unexpected happens while out of the US.

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Roam Right

Do not travel without trip insurance.  With the choices available, you can protect your trip value and yourself with insurance.

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Express VPN

Reasons to use Express VPN:  Bypass firewalls (like no FB in China) to go past other censorship for other websites such as what movies you watch on Netflix, etc; increase your online security with encrypted data; private browsing; locate better deals on websites that punish with cookies (such as airlines...); protect all devices with easy to download VPN apps.

Express VPN worked like a charm on my iPhone inside China.  Very user friendly and highly recommended.


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Own a gsm world cell phone that works in over 170 countries from just $29



If your smartphone carries your world in it - like most of us - you might want to consider leaving it home (!) and renting a smart phone with a World SIM card in it.

Why?  Certain countries are becoming very 'inquisitive' upon exiting their country, asking to complete access to everything in your phone, including popping the SIM card out.  This is not happening everywhere, but becoming a bit more frequent.  Look for my post about Global Communications for more details.  Keep your personal phone safe - rent a phone for your next trip ~


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