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2019 Hurricane Season Outlook +

With just over a month ahead of the traditional start of the Atlantic hurricane season on 1 June, attention has turned to early predictions about what to expect for 2019. An average season, based on data compiled between 1981 and 2010, usually consists of 12 named storms, of which six are hurricanes and three are major hurricanes. However, the past two years have seen a higher-than-expected number of storm systems; 2017 notably was a record-breaking year in the Atlantic, with the formation of 17 named storms, including 10 hurricanes in a row, while last year saw 15 named storms, of which eight were hurricanes and two were major hurricanes. Click to read more...

Traveling During Ramadan +

The holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, prayers, and reflections, has begun for Muslims around the world. It is observed throughout the ninth month of the Islamic calendar to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. The exact start and end dates change every year based on the cycles of the moon - this year Ramadan started on Sunday, May 5th and will last until Tuesday, June 4th. Click to read more...

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Water Drinking Safety Around the World +

Many travelers don’t think about the water they drink when they are at home. They turn on a tap, fill a glass, and drink it. When traveling internationally however, such automatism should be avoided, and travelers should pay careful attention to what they drink and where their drink is from. Click to read more...

Assist America In Action: “What a lifeline Assist America was for me!” +

When Jack*, a member on vacation in Mexico, realized he had forgotten one of his prescription medicines back home, he feared his trip would be ruined. Thankfully, he explains “I remembered that my insurance may be of help with this issue.” Indeed, his health insurance policy comes with Assist America’s unique Global Emergency Assistance program. Click to read more...

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Boeing 737 Max 8 Cancellations: How It May Affect Your Summer Travel Plans +

Travelers all around the world have had to reschedule their flights and change their destination due to the ban of the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. These airplanes have been banned by many flight authorities around the globe due to two fatal crashes earlier this year. Here is everything you need to know about this situation, what passengers should be doing, and how to continue traveling smartly. Click to read more...

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