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Boutique airports and airlines: Why smaller is better
We spend a lot of time celebrating aviation's brashest achievements -- biggest, fastest, longest. But for most of us, the everyday reality of travel is economy and short-haul, and that can often mean crowds, delays and wasted time. There are some regional airlines and airports making efforts to improve the short-haul experience, however, and to bring some of the humanity back to travel.


Where to find Winter Wonderland in the Middle East
Snow? In the Middle East? Yes, it does happen! Here are six places where you can find snow in the region this winter.


Hawaii's Volcanic Eruption
In May 2018, the Kilauea Volcano erupted on the island of Hawaii causing severe destruction in the area. However, if there’s ever a silver lining to this tragedy this is it.


Assist Alert: How the Current U.S. Federal Shutdown May Affect Your Travels
On December 22nd, the U.S. Federal Government began a shutdown due to the disagreement regarding fund assignments for the 2019 fiscal year. The shutdown is currently in its third week and is starting to impact tourism and travelers across the country. 


Assist Alert: U.S. Government Renews its Warning Regarding Travels to China
This Thursday, the U.S. Government renewed its travel advisory regarding travels to China. This warning is the result of what the U.S. Government considers as the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and the detention of several U.S. and Canadian citizens without cause.


Top 5 Business Travel Destinations for 2019
According to the World Tourism Organization, more than 1.3 billion people traveled in 2017 with more expected to have traveled in 2018. This increase in travel worldwide has not only created a more sophisticated leisure traveler but has also raised the bar for business travels. Providing assistance to millions of business travelers each year, Assist America has selected its top business meetings destinations. 


Assist Alert: Indonesian Authorities Warn of Possible New Tsunami as Volcano Still Shows Menacing Activity
Last Saturday night, a tsunami struck the Sunda Strait coasts in Indonesia without warning, killing at least 373 people and leaving almost 1,500 people injured on the islands of Java and Sumatra. 


Delta Has Barred All Emotional-Support Animals on Long Flights
The Atlanta-based airline company will update its service-animal policy later this month to include a ban on emotional-support animals (ESAs) on flights lasting longer than eight hours.


Assist Alert: Tsunami Alert After 7.0 Earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska
Two back-to-back earthquakes rocked Anchorage, Alaska this Friday morning, triggering a tsunami warning for coastal areas in southern Alaska and Kodiak Island.


The Traveler: November 2018
Welcome to the November Edition of The Traveler Newsletter! We hope you'll enjoy this winter and holiday season-focused edition, packed with interesting security, health and travel-related articles. On behalf of the entire Assist America Team, happy holiday season, filled with fun and safe travels!


5 Tips for Smart packing
Traveling can be exciting and with all you have to look forward to; you do not want to forget the essentials. Packing can be time-consuming and you may still end up forgetting some things back home. Instead of having to go through the stress of incomplete packing, follow our quick and easy five tips that will keep you organized on the go!


Venice Faces Worst Floods in 10 Years, Stranding Tourists and Threatening Travel Destination
A European city crisscrossed by waterways is facing too much water altogether. Officials estimate that up to 75 percent of Venice, Italy, is flooded amid intense winds, the BBC reported. The water reached its highest level since December 2008, according to the Associated Press. 


Emergency Medical Evacuation From Canada
When Lara and her husband travel outside the United States for an adventure trip, she takes a fall to her hip. This is how Assist America helped the couple navigate their way back home after they were unable to find the proper facility for treatment in the area. 


5 Tips for Air Traveling with Children
Traveling can be an enriching experience for your children as they can learn so much from meeting new people and seeing new things disparate from the norm. However, traveling with children can also leave some parents worried as not all kids have the same response to new experiences. Here’s a list of tips parents should try when air traveling with their young ones!


Assist Alert: Category-5 Hurricane Willa To Hit Mexico on Tuesday
Hurricane Willa, which strengthened to a Category-5 hurricane, is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning anywhere from Mazatlán to the north of Puerto Vallarta.


The Best Airplane Seat for Every Possible Travel Need
Spoiler alert: Bulkhead seats and exit rows shouldn't always be your top choice. Everyone has their go-to spot on an airplane, which can actually say a lot about a person's personality.


Assist Alert: Category-4 Hurricane Michael Hits Florida And Will Affect Cities Far Inland
Within the last three days, tropical storm Michael intensified to a Category 4 Hurricane, surprising a lot of Floridians and tourists who waited before evacuating. The hurricane reached the western Florida coast this afternoon with winds of 155 mph which makes it the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in almost 50 years.


Emergency Medical Evacuation from Kansas
While visiting family in Kansas, Kevin severely injured his leg and was unable to travel. This is how Assist America helped Kevin navigate his way back home to California. 


Ways to Reduce Your Travel Footprints
Traveling is great fun, but can come at a cost to the environment. It is essential that we take care of the resources we currently have available to us and not deplete them all together. To reduce your footprint on your next journey, here is a list of things you can do!


Assist Alert: Primera Air ceases operations, leaving thousands of passengers and crew members stranded
Primera Air declared bankruptcy and ceased all operations effective Tuesday, October 2nd. With no warnings, over 60,000 passengers and many crew members were left stranded at airports throughout Europe and parts of North America.