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Maybe.  We all know that our passport must be set to expire more than 6 months after our scheduled return date.  You may also check with US state department to determine if you travel destination (s) require a visa.  But who among you check on immunization requirements and health risks.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine when planning to travel to most destinations.  The only exceptions are Canada, Western Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia. 

As I book travel for customers, one of my first research steps is to determine health risks and recommended immunizations.  The CDC (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list) is the leading authority on all destinations throughout the globe. This way my clients, along with their primary care doctor, can make informed decisions about their health.

In addition to vaccine recommendations, the CDC can help you take basic precautions.  For instance, in countries where typhoid is prevalent, don’t eat from street vendors or eat unwashed fruit. Drink bottled water and omit ice in your drinks.

While you may be tempted to take your risks or stay home, obtaining the recommended vaccines can provide an added measure of protection. I took my own advice and had the first Hepatitis A vaccine, with the plan to have the second in 6 months.  Yes, it hurt and continued to be sore for about 2 days.  But it is a small price to pay to avoid the risk of infection.   

Consult with your doctor for the final word on what is best for you. Then focus on your business or personal travel plans, knowing that you have that additional protection. For more travel advice, visit me at https://glicktravel.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/glicktravel/.

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10 Reasons to take a cycling vacation

When I tell friends about my cycling vacations, their first reaction is that I must be an athlete. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I consider myself the “un-athlete”. So why do I take biking vacations?

Here are some of my reasons:
1. Even “un-athletes” can ride a bike. It just takes practice.
2. You can see so much more on a bicycle. Imagine reaching the top of a hill to see a view of the Austrian Alps in the distance. On a bicycle, you pull over to the side of the road to enjoy the view and snap pictures – frequently.
3. You can “smell” so much more. My husband and I rode through a balsam-scented forest that we will never forget.
4. You can eat more terrific, regional food. Meals are guilt free because you will work off the calories.
5. Opportunity to make friends. Cyclists are a friendly group and often ride in packs.
6. You can spend all day outdoors.
7. Plenty of chances to connect with the local residents. Somehow the different languages were never a barrier.
8. The sense of accomplishment after riding several miles and taking that last hill feels great.
9. You might get a chance to ride the cobbles. Unlike the Tour de France, the stretch of cobbles is short and our speed is slow.
10. It is FUN. When I cycle, I feel like a kid again.

With the recent introduction of e-bikes that power you up hills, even non-cyclists can take a bicycling vacation. So pull out your old bicycle and start riding. Remember, you never forget how to ride a bike.

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