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High Tides Surge Through Venice, Locals Rush to Protect Art
Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure of St. Mark’s Square to the public and flooding most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center before easing. Forecasters warned that the danger for more wind-propelled high tides remained through the weekend.


The Traveler: November 2019
Welcome to the November Edition of The Traveler e-Newsletter! Enjoy a newsletter packed with interesting security, health and travel-related articles.


The Most Special Week in Travel is Right Around the Corner
Barter Week only happens once a year. During this seven-day stretch, from Nov. 18 to Nov. 24, you can stay in a handful of accommodations (largely inns and small bed and breakfasts) around the world in exchange for some requested services. Think: writing skills, English lessons, photography, tango lessons — any skills that you can bring to the table.


Now Health International ties up with Assist America
International private medical insurance (IPMI) provider Now Health International Group has announced a partnership with travel assistance company Assist America.


Assist Alert: Aftermath of October Earthquakes in Mindanao
The Island of Mindanao, Philippines, has been struck with three strong earthquakes on October 16, 29 and 31. 


Assist America and Seguros Atlántida S.A. Announce New Partnership
Seguros Atlántida S.A. Partners with Assist America to provide global emergency medical services


Assist Alert: Extreme Red Flag Warning - Wildfires Rapidly Spreading Across California
Thousands of firefighters in the State of California have been fighting a total of 17 rapidly spreading wildfires in Northern California’s wine country and in the Los Angeles area. 


Halloween-Like Traditions Around the World
The fall season brings us cloudier days, cinnamon, pumpkin-spiced flavors, and the classic thrillers we spend hours watching and losing sleep over. At the end of October, many cultures around the world have their own way of celebrating the season. Here are a few examples of how cultures around the world spend their October 31st!


Qantas Completes First-Ever Nonstop Flight Connecting New York and Sydney
The 19-hour survey flight on a Boeing 787 is part of the airline's effort to launch the world's longest flights connecting Australia's east coast to both New York and London.


Assist Alert: Thousands of Protesters Fill the Streets of Lebanon as Government Announces New Tax Measures
Thousands of people are filling the streets of Lebanon on Thursday demonstrating against the government’s new tax measures. Road blockages are currently shutting down access the Beirut's International Airport, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. 


14 Fall Road Trips for Seeing the Best Fall Foliage
There is more to see in the fall in the U.S. than just leaves changing color (although those are worth seeing, too). As the weather cools and gets crisper, take advantage by going on a road trip.


American Airlines Passengers Were Told They May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A by a Flight Attendant
Thirty-six American Airlines passengers were notified that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A by a flight attendant, the ABC affiliate WSOC-TV reported. The potential exposure reportedly occurred on a September 21 flight from San Francisco to Charlotte.


Assist Alert: Japan Prepares for Super Typhoon Hagibis
A dangerous typhoon, considered as a Cateogry-5 hurricane by the U.S. military’s weather agency, is expected to hit Japan this Saturday, October 15 with what could be the heaviest winds and rain since 1958.


The Very Best Airlines for Holiday Travel
If you look only at price, you might end up on an airline that’s notorious for losing bags or delaying passengers. If you’re a frequent flyer, you could be flying for free after you collect your points, jet-setting to a destination you otherwise may not have considered, but choosing who you fly with matters.


In Action: Medical Repatriation from Florida After Colon Surgery
While traveling with his wife in Florida, Jason started experiencing severe pain in the abdomen and was immediately taken to the local hospital. Here's how Assist America helped Jason and his wife return home after his colon surgery.


7 College Football Travel Destinations Worth Visiting
Few events rival the atmosphere of college football. From tailgating until the final score, you cannot help but feel excited. Even if you're not rooting for either team, these college football travel destinations are some of the best places to visit in the fall.


Assist Alert: Thomas Cook Collapses Overnight and All Flights Have Been Canceled
Thomas Cook, a British, fully integrated travel company and tour operator headquartered in Manchester, England that serves leisure destinations worldwide, has collapsed as of Sunday, September 22 after talks on a financial rescue failed.


This Is the Best Time to Book Your Holiday Flights for 2019, According to Experts
The holiday season is one of the busiest and most popular times to travel with people wanting to get home to family or go on a spectacular vacation with their time off. Experts say it’s also one of the most expensive times to travel and that waiting for the best price can actually come back to hurt you.


Assist Alert: Construction at San Francisco Airport Runway Leads to more than 450 Flight Cancellations and Postponements while British Airways Cancels 100% of Flights due to Pilot Strike
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has closed one of its major runways for repairs over the weekend. Construction of the runway has caused hundred of flight delays and cancellations that may continue until September 27, when the runway reopens.


9 of the best US Labor Day events for 2019
Held on the first Monday of September, Labor Day has become much more than a 24-hour celebration. The public holiday, in honor of working people in the United States, signifies the end of summer for many. So it is little wonder that the entire three-day weekend boasts festive events to which people travel from coast to coast.