Last month I was shocked to read a post on Facebook. The mother of a friend had suffered a stroke during her visit to the USA! She had partial brain damage and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. To make matters worse, her visitor insurance coverage ran out in just two days. Her family needed to raise money quickly to complete the treatment so that she could return to India. I was really sad to hear the news. According to her family, she had undergone pre-trip medical tests that were necessary for the insurance and was given clearance by the doctors to travel to the USA.
Spring is here and it is time to plan for a summer trip for yourself or your parents. If you or your parents need assistance during the flight, then early planning is always advisable. Remember these items for your to-do list.
In addition to being excited to see our parents again when they visit us in the USA, we also look forward to the favorite foods and spices they bring, which are hard to find here. However, it is important to remind them that meat products and fresh fruits are not allowed to be taken to the USA. They should not try to sneak any onboard, even though they think they are doing us a favor.
When family visits from halfway around the world, they stay for as long as possible—sometimes for months. Staying for a longer time might be because they can’t afford to travel back and forth, or because they want to help out with a new baby or other major life change, or they simply miss you and want to spend as much time as they can with you.
After catching up with relatives from out of the country, however, most people eventually run out of vacation time and have to return to work before their guests return home. Isolation by staying at home alone is not healthy even for older adults. What can your long-term guests do while you are at work and the kids are at school?
You notice that the person that you are helping on a long-haul flight is suddenly chatty, jumpy, or unusually quiet before boarding. As the plane revs its engines and begins to taxi, your travel buddy begins digging their nails into the armrest and looking around suspiciously or praying. If this is that person’s first air travel experience, they might be experiencing some anxiety, and you as a travel companion can help make their first trip abroad a pleasant one.
Not all seats are created equal! Your seat assignment determines your order for boarding the plane, which overhead bins to select, and how comfortable you will be during your flight. If your parents are visiting the USA or you are a travel companion, reserving comfortable seats can improve everyone’s travel experience.
Some movies just make me want to find a travel buddy and travel the world. Have you ever had that feeling, too? This list contains our personal all time favorites. Many of them are favorites because of the music or cinematography or subject. They are not necessarily historically accurate or even politically correct—just good, silly, or a little of both.