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Morocco Earthquake: Travel Considerations and Support for Recovery
The recent earthquake in Morocco, the deadliest in over 60 years, has left a huge impact on the nation. With more than 2,600 lives lost and 2,500 people injured, the aftermath of this natural disaster has left many travelers questioning their upcoming trips to this North African destination. While the devastation in some regions, particularly in the High Atlas mountains and Marrakech, is undeniable, the situation on the ground suggests that canceling or postponing your plans may not be the best course of action.
Public transportation has resumed, airports are open, and flights are operating as usual. Private institutions, hotels, galleries, and museums have already reopened in Marrakech, and many souks (marketplace stalls) are eager to welcome visitors back. The country's economy heavily relies on tourism, and now, more than ever, travelers can make a positive impact by continuing with their travel plans. While it's advisable to avoid destinations in the High Atlas mountains for now to allow first responders and aid to reach affected villages, most other regions of Morocco are welcoming tourists with open arms.
By visiting Morocco during this challenging time, you not only support the economy but also bring hope and recovery to those affected by the earthquake. Your trip can contribute to rebuilding and restoring the beauty and culture that make this North African destination truly special.
Will the Government shutdown will affect your travel plans?
In the event of a potential government shutdown, it is unlikely to directly impact travel plans for most people. Airlines and cruise lines are privately owned and should operate with minimal disruption. However, certain government agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), could experience slowdowns, as they are overseen by the government, even though their employees do not work directly for the government.
For example, if a government shutdown occurs, it could impact processes like the reauthorization bill for the FAA, as Congress would not be in session to vote on it. Essential functions like air traffic control will continue, and passports can still be used. Nevertheless, a shutdown could have financial consequences for the travel industry, with estimates suggesting potential losses of $140 million per day according to new data by the U.S. Travel Association.
Additionally, travelers should be prepared for potential delays and challenges during a government shutdown, as residual effects could affect various aspects of the travel industry. For this reason, we encourage you to think about getting travel insurance. A Trip Cancellation plan with Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage from Trawick International is the best option, as it has comprehensive coverage for trip cancellations, trip interruptions, and even travel delays.
Most Popular Travel Destinations for Fall
As summer travel prices skyrocketed, fall offers a break with more affordable options. Travelers are seeking cultural experiences in cities like Savannah, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Taipei, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong. Savannah offers pleasant fall weather and spooky ghost tours. Japan, particularly Osaka and Tokyo, are seeing increased interest with lower airfare pricing. Las Vegas remains a popular choice, with concerts and NFL games drawing visitors. Mexico City is trending due to its social media presence and comfortable fall weather. Taipei offers a blend of tradition and modernity while Buenos Aires attracts travelers with its springtime charm. Hong Kong, despite recent weather challenges, is seeing a surge in interest for its vibrant fall events and eased COVID-19 restrictions.
With lower airfares and fewer crowds, the fall season is proving to be an ideal time for culture-seekers and adventurers alike to embark on memorable journeys.
U.S. Government to Announce Israel Granted Entry into Visa Waiver Program
The Biden administration is poised to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) this week, making it easier for Israeli citizens to visit the United States. The VWP allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa.
The decision is aimed to boost tourism between the two countries. Israel is a popular tourist destination, known for its historical sites, religious significance, and natural beauty. The country also has a vibrant cultural scene and a diverse culinary landscape.
The admission of Israel to the VWP is a significant development for both countries. It will make it easier for Israeli citizens to travel to the U.S. for business, leisure, and to visit family and friends. It is also a sign of the close ties between the two countries.
If you are traveling from Israel to the U.S., be sure you have travel medical insurance to help cover you while traveling out of the country!
Where to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated in the United States from September 15 through October 15, is a vibrant and culturally enriching time of the year. This 30-day celebration honors the significant contributions of Americans of Latino descent to the nation's culture, artistry, and identity.
During this month, various events and destinations offer unique opportunities to explore and appreciate Latino heritage. From Washington, DC's GALA Hispanic Theatre to Miami's Little Havana and New York's Latin Night Market, we’re just scratching the surface on all of the events this month will hold.
These experiences invite everyone to embrace the diversity and heritage that make Hispanic Heritage Month a time of celebration and reflection.
To learn more, read our latest blog.